Holy Wednesday, 4/5, 7pm
As we ponder our Lord’s passion, our own brokenness and need for healing is often exposed. Come to a gentle service if you are in pain, bereaved, feeling hopeless, needing forgiveness, or wanting to show mercy. In addition to a contemplative service, the pastors will offer the laying on of hands, blessing, and moments for personal prayer. Pr. Adrianne Meier will preach. Join us at 7pm in Heritage Hall.

Stations of the Cross, 4/6-4/7, 9am to 4:30pm
The Stations of the Cross–a visual representation of Jesus’s Passion–will be available in Heritage Hall starting Thursday, April 6 and remain available through Friday, April 7.

Maundy Thursday, 4/6, 7pm
Hear again the new commandment to love one another. During an extended, contemplative prelude, our pastors, deacon, and vicar will wash feet or hands as a sign of our calling to follow Jesus’ example of humility and service. We gather around the Lord’s Supper to inaugurate the Great Three Days that lead through the cross to the empty tomb. The service concludes with the stripping of the altar. Pr. Lecia Beck will offer a children’s message, Pr. Adrianne Meier will preach, and the choir will sing.

Good Friday, 4/7, 7pm
On this day, we look to the cross, where Jesus draws all people to himself. We pray for the world for which Christ died and honor the cross as the sign of forgiveness, healing, and salvation. Vicar Amy Bartleson Balcam will preach, and the choir will sing.

Easter Vigil, 4/8, 7pm
As Holy Saturday descends into darkness, we celebrate that this is the night that saw Christ pass from death to life. We hear the great saving stories from scripture—told by members of our community of all ages—and, especially, the first proclamation of Easter. Together, we await Christ’s coming both now and at the end of time. Pr. Lecia Beck will preach. Join us at 7 p.m. in the parking circle to light the new fire, then moving into Heritage Hall to hear stories and celebrate the Eucharist. The celebration will continue with an Easter Egg Hunt and s’mores after worship.

Resurrection of Our Lord, 4/9, 8:30am and 11:00am
With shouts of joy we proclaim the crucified Christ, risen from the dead, which secures our own victory over death. Together we look for signs of new life which emerges even when things appear uncertain. Pr. Lecia Beck will offer a children’s message, Pr. Adrianne will preach, the choir will sing, and brass will accompany our worship. Between services, enjoy an Easter breakfast.

You’re welcome here. As disciples of Christ who value the faith, gifts, and ministry of all God’s people and seek justice, racial equity, and reconciliation, we welcome all God’s children to an inclusive community. This welcome is extended without exception and regardless of sex, race, national origin, educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical and mental ability, age, or economic condition. 

The pandemic continues to bring our congregation so many questions. In this strange situation, how can we lead one another to discipleship? How can we form our children in the faith, practice, and ethics of this faith community? How can we worship together under the latest set of guidelines?

And other, greater questions aren’t going away. How can we help to build a society that is more fair, more just, and more inclusive? How can we help to dismantle the racist structures that distort our nation? How can we resist threats to Earth’s beautiful and sacred climate?

All these are serious questions, ultimate questions, because Jesus calls us here and now to love God and our neighbors. We’re searching – through shared study, through worship, through service, through prayer – to find, not ultimate answers, but simply the next steps to take. It’s hard work. We invite you to join us in the search.

8:30 Sunday morning

  • Masks are always welcome and are available at the welcome desk.
  • We gather around the altar for Communion. The elements are bread broken by our Pastor, gluten-free wafers, and wine and grape juice in recyclable cups.
  • This service is live-streamed and available on YouTube. If you are shy, there are some areas in the back rows that are less visible to the cameras.

9:45 to 10:45 Sunday School, ages four through adult

Children: Those age four through kindergarten are invited to join our Godly Play class. Elementary students are divided into two classes, first through third grades and fourth through sixth grades where they learn the Biblical stories. 

Confirmation: Students in grades seven and eight are part of our confirmation class where we examine the Small Catechism and the Bible, asking “What does this have to do with my life?” in preparation for Affirmation of Baptism.

Youth: High School students have the opportunity to meet with three inspiring teachers each month. Once a month, Pamela Smith will meet with the students to explore familiar and unfamiliar stories from the Bible. Mary Thomason-Smith will host monthly conversations where youth will get to know a guest from our St. Thomas community as they share their unique story of how faith shaped their decisions or impacted their life. Moriah Reichert will be working with the students to dig deep into a social justice issue, learn about it from an ELCA Christian perspective and take action. 

Adults: This class studies various topics in three to six week sessions; check the announcements for the current topic description. Women’s Bible Study is available on Second Sundays each month. Not just for women; all are invited.

11:00 Sunday morning

  • Masks are always welcome and are available at the welcome desk.
  • We gather around the altar for Communion. The elements are bread broken by our Pastor, gluten-free wafers, and wine and grape juice in recyclable cups.

The 8:30 AM worship service is live-streamed on the St. Thomas YouTube channel. Video is available for viewing after the live-stream. Links to the videos and the worship bulletin are below.

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Autumn 2022 – We were at Pridefest! — God’s Work Our Hands projects — Sunday school starts up