Week of June 19, 2022


Don’t Forget — Parish Picnic Next Sunday, June 26

The rescheduled parish potluck picnic is next Sunday, June 26th, at 11:15am. The parish will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers. Last names A-L are invited to bring a dessert to share, and M-Z a side item to share. Some seating will be available, but we ask that if you can, please bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket.

 Fourth of July Children’s Parade

Once again St. Thomas will be hosting the children’s portion of Greendale’s Fourth of July Parade. We are looking for individuals who would be willing to be a welcoming presence along with Melesa+, on Monday, July 4th, from 8:30am-9:45am. We will open our building for parade participants to use the restrooms and distribute water. To sign up, email Melesa+ or write your name on the sign up sheet in the gathering space.

 45th Women’s Mini Week | August 7-10, 2022

The first Women’s Mini Week took place June 23-26, 1977, when ladies from churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee gathered at Camp Webb in Wautoma, Wisconsin. Women’s Mini Week continues annually at Camp Lakotah (the camp’s name since 2009) and is attended by women from lots of different churches.

 The theme for 2022 is “Women Smiling Together.” This year’s team is excited to be planning a delightfully memorable weekend for YOU, rain or shine! The agenda always includes worship services, crafts and learning activities, beach time, canoes and kayaks, nature walks, meals, evening events, and lots of time for rest and relaxation. Informational fliers are available in the gathering area.

 Coffee Hour Sign Up

Take a moment after church to sign up for hosting a Sunday coffee hour.  The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Gathering Space.  Coffee hour hosts provide a light snack (cookies, cheese, etc) for about 40-50 people, set up prior to the end of the 10:00am service, and clean up if necessary.  St. Thomas provides the paper goods and coffee!

 Altar Flower Sign Up

While you are grabbing a coffee and snack during the coffee hour, take a minute to review the sign up for sponsoring altar flowers.  There are open dates in early July, August, September through November.  It’s a wonderful way to celebrate or honor a special occasion.

 Registration for Education for Ministry (EfM) has begun!

EfM is a program of group study with the purpose of developing a richer foundation for our life and ministry together. EfM’s four-year cycle covers Hebrew Scriptures, the Christian Testament, Church History and Theology. The program was developed by the School of Theology at University of the South (web site here: https://efm.sewanee.edu/) and is sponsored locally by the Diocese of Milwaukee.

One year of EfM consists of 36 sessions that meet weekly and include discussion of assigned readings, shared reflection and meditative worship. Participants enroll one year at a time with no obligation to complete all four years. EfM classes are limited to 12 members and so afford the opportunity for close fellowship as well.

This Fall there will be two available sessions in the Milwaukee diocese: one class meets in person, and the other meets exclusively on Zoom.

The in-person class meets at St. Aidan’s in Hartford from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. In the past, this class has met on Wednesdays, but that’s open for negotiation for next year. Micki Hoffman is the mentor of that group. Contact her at mphoffmann70@gmail.com or 262-673-2903 if you have questions about this group.

The Zoom-based class meets on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Because that class does not meet in person, it may include participants from across the country if there are available openings. Depending on interest, it is possible the class may meet on Tuesdays. The mentor, Terry Zimmer, can be contacted at ztleman@gmail.com or 414-839-9312.

Regardless of where or how the class meets, an EfM group often has participants from several parishes or non-Episcopal churches, giving discussions and reflections an ecumenical flavor. If you already completed EfM, you are welcome to return and re-take any year you wish. If you started EfM at one time, but did not complete it, you can usually pick up where you left off.

Please contact one of the two mentors above if you would like to participate in EfM this Fall, or if you have any questions about the program.

Our Prayers have been requested for:

Aaron, Adam & Monica, Addison, Alyssa, Amy M, Anne & Jacque, Arthur, Barbara, Bess, Bill, Guyon, BJ, Brett and their families, Bobbie, CC and Tom, Charlotte, Chris G, Dan, Daniel, David, Dee, Dennis, Edie, Gary H, Jacquie, Jennifer D, Jeannie M, Family of Jim, Tasha & Nicholas, Jeff A, Jim, John, John & Gail P, Judy L, Judith K, Julie, Karen, Kayla, Leslie B, Linda S, Mary, Mary & Peter K, Mike, Mike B, Mike G, Mike V, Nancy, Nancy S, Nathan, Neil, Norb, Olivia, Pam K, Richard, Rick R, Robert, Ron T, Ruth L, Salvado, Steven, and Tyler.


June 22 – Bruce & Bobbie M.

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