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St.

Thomas Newsletter
June 2011

FROM THE PULPIT


Breath of Life
Gifts come in many ways. Some come in spectacular ways, demanding our attention. Others are given more quietly and only gradually come to our notice. Pentecost is the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit. But what kind of giving do we celebrate? In the Book of Acts the Holy Spirit is given publicly with the sound of rushing wind, tongues of fire, and powerful speech. This was Joel's dream of the Day of the Lord come true. A day when God's power was poured out upon all flesh. A day that reversed the confused babble of many languages and promised a profound unity to the world. A day of signs and wonders, visions and portents. In John's Gospel the Spirit was given at night, in a locked room, to a fearful group of disciples. It was given quietly, in a breath. With it was given peace and a task and the power of forgiveness- seemingly ordinary things. God's Spirit can come in wind and fire and move people to repentance and conversion. But such miracles can have a limited effect. Breath must continue if there is to be life. It is not flash and dazzle that gave birth to God's people, but the Spirit- a gift from God as surely as life itself is God's gift. Jesus enters into our locked rooms. With His peace we are freed from whatever fear and silence immobilizes us. With Jesus' sending we are commissioned to continue to full life-giving ministry of Jesus. With Jesus' breath God's life enters into us. Receive the Holy Spirit.

Father Mike

St. Thomas Birthdays and Anniversaries Birthdays


June 3rd June 9th Peg Bolte Lawrence Janes June 9th June 12th Donna Mitchell Frances Spofford June 12th Marian Rose

Anniversary
June 1st Ed & Nancy Kuck June 27th Bill & Lee Wahlers

St. Thomas June 5th June 12th June 19th June 26th

Lector Bob Butcher David Barnes Bob Butcher Bill Quayle

Eucharistic Minister Mike Mabee David Barnes Donna Becker Bill Quayle

Ushers/Greeters

Acolyte

Accompanist Bonnie Daniels Anne Butcher Bonnie Daniels Julie Quayle

B. Thomas/ L.A. Caswell McKenzie Stine Debby Barnes Jeff & Joy Roth Cooper Stine Mike & Nancy Mabee

Dates to Remember June 11th - Emmagene Belknap Memorial Service 11:00 am June 19th - Bishop Mark Hollingsworth, Jr. Visitation and Confirmation of Macey Good and
McKenzie Stine.

June 19th thru June 24th - Fr. Mike will be out of town. June 27th thru July 1st - Vacation Bible Study @ St. John Lutheran Church check the
bulletin board for more details.

July 3rd - Sunday Service time changes to 9:00 a.m. thru October 30th . July 23rd - 2nd Annual St. Thomas Golf Open See Sign up sheet and details on the Bulletin
Board in the Guild hall. Fun was had by all last year.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church 214 East Second St. Port Clinton, Ohio 43452

Contact information
St. Thomas Episcopal Church 214 East Second Street Port Clinton, Ohio 43452 419-734-3404 419-734-0334 Fax st_thomas@cros.net e-mail www.episcopalportclinton.com Service Time: Sunday 11:00 am March thru June 2011 Fr. Mike Wiechers Pastor 419-960-7052 wiechersmike@yahoo.com Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday Peace Lutheran 9:30 -12:30 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday St. Thomas 9:30 12:30 a.m. Friday Fr. Mikes Day off

Sunday Scripture Readings June 5th Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 June 12th Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 John 20:19-23 June 19th Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a; Psalm 8 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 June 26th Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42 IN THE HOSPITAL
Please remember to call Fr. Mike if someone is hospitalized.