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The Tidings

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 Senior Warden’s Message........... 2 Back to Church Sunday ............... 2 Tuesday Bible Study Resumes ..... 2 United Thank Oering................. 2 Endowment Fund & Legacy Soc .. 3 Member Milestones.................... 4 Church Picnic .............................. 4  • Fall Potluck 9/10 • ECW Mtg 9/14 • Church Picnic 10/22 • UTO 11/5 Most days, I go to the beach twice a day. Once in the morning and again in the early evening. The mornings are nice but busy. I take my young dog to run and play with other dogs and it requires a lot of aenon and energy. The early eve-nings, however, are less crowded, and the skies are beauful. The dog runs around, digs a lile bit and is more calm. This allows me to nd quiet me as I watch the waves roll in and enjoy the gentle breeze. As I enjoy the view of the ocean, the sky and the breeze, one word comes to mind: eternity. I meditate on the fact that the ocean has been here for millions of years with des coming in and going out. I take in the awe of God’s eternal nature. The vastness of creaon, and our lile part in it. I’m also reminded of the consecraon of water in our bapsmal rite: “We thank you, Almighty God, for the gi of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the be-ginning of creaon. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bond-age in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the bapsm of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Messiah, the Christ, to lead us, through his death and resurrecon, from the bondage of sin into everlasng life.” We have a tendency to get too caught up in what is immediately in front of us; our daily rounes and challenges. We must nd me to seek a quiet place, and ex-perience, if even for a short me, the vastness of God’s eternity. At the end of the bapsm rite, we read, “Sustain [your servants], O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gi of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.” We are part of God’s great creaon, and Jesus teaches us to live in harmony, with one another and with creaon itself. Our God desires for us to live in his company, that we may have life abundant. As summer ends, I hope you nd me to revel in God’s love for you. Sunday wor-ship is a great place to start. See you there soon. Blessings and love,   DISCOVER TRUE COMMUNITY  

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’  As my wife Edna was preparing for her team dues for the next diocesan Cursillo in October, she ran across a program that we led in 2008 as part of our then weekly Worship on Wednesdays. It was a weekly lay-led service of "Prayer, Praise and Healing". The program had speakers from dier-ent disciplines. I spoke from a pharma-cist's perspecve, Dr Jim Guines spoke as an educator, Fr Brad Hau spoke from a clinical psychologist's view, a law enforcement representave spoke, and parents were invited to speak. Fr Alvin Robinson (now deceased) in summary captured the biblical and spirit lled atmosphere of the evening. Edna and I could not remember what led up to this extraordinary evening, so I searched Flagler County stascs and suddenly the reason leaped out; there were a signicant number of teen sui-cides! As concerned Chrisans, we oered peons to our Lord, Jesus Christ to help us beer understand the desperaon of our youth. We had a vibrant youth program and we wanted them to know how much they and their friends were loved. The Holy Spir-it was in our midst. I am reminded of the ministry of lay persons as recorded in our Book of Common Prayer on page 855. "The ministry of lay persons is to rep-resent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gis given them, to carry on Christ’s work of rec-onciliaon in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church." We lay leaders have a mission because we are Bapzed, and because Christ has commanded us to love one anoth-er. Does this remind you of Father Bob's sermon from August 27, 2023? If not, please go to our Facebook page and listen to the sermon again. We should reect Christ into the world of those in need. My October Tidings arcle will conn-ue focus. The combinaon of Fr Bob's sermon and the remembrance of the 2008 special service have conjured something in my spirit. I will end with "through whom does the church carry out it's mission"? The answer is also from our catechisms: "The Church car-ries out its mission through the minis-try of all its members.” Please tune in next month and see where the Holy Spirit leads me. May the God of love be with us all, Jodie Bevel 2 Back 2 Church Sunday October 1 is Back to Church Sunday at St. Thomas. All three services return: 8 a.m. Tradional (Rite I) 9:15 a.m. Contemporary (Rite II) with Praise Band 11a.m. Tradional (Rite II) with organ and choir Tuesday Bible Study The Tuesday Jewish Chrisan Bible Study, with Fr Bob Goolsby and Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, resumes September 12 at 1 p.m. in the church. All are welcome! The United Thank Oering is a personal and family devoonal program of the Episcopal Church. It is the sum of our daily thanks for the blessings in our everyday lives. Do you have your blue UTO box or envelope? Make checks payable to St. Thomas and write UTO in the memo. Remember your blessings be-come blessings to others. Our change, changes lives. Take a few minutes to visit our website, UnitedThankO, or visit our Facebook page. UTO Chairperson Dorothy A Thompson UTO November 5

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3 An Endowment provides addional support for church ministries beyond what is possible in its annual operang budget. Endowment funds are intended to benet its long-term mission and ministries of the church. The success and longevity of a church is signicantly improved with gis to an Endowment from members who support the connuing life of the church. The St. Thomas Episcopal Church Endowment Fund was begun to provide mem-bers and others the opportunity to make gis to the church which become a perma-nent nancial assistance and a living memorial. The endowment fund is in its early stages of devel-opment. Accord-ingly, it does not yet produce the income required to support long-term mission and minis-tries, but it has an encouraging beginning and the signs for growth are good. The fund has approximately $200,000 on July 31, 2023. The plan is to grow the Fund to $1,000,000 to earn more income. That can only happen with members’ current and Legacy Gis. Such gis are restricted for specic purposes as designated by the do-nor and other purposes determined by the church such as, mission trips and scholarships for our youth. The in-come cannot be used for the operaon of the church. The income can also be ulized for repairs and maintenance of the building and for capital expenditures. “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” —1 Timothy 6:18 Gis to the fund can be cash and praccally any other asset such as stocks and bonds, annuies, and life insur-ance policies. St. Thomas can be the sole beneciary, or a shared beneciary as designated by the donor. Legacy gis are generally included in a will or trust. The St. Thomas Legacy Society recognizes those who have included the endowment fund in their wills, trusts, or life insur-ance policies. The Society also recog-nizes members and friends who nofy the church of their intenon to do so. Please consider including the St. Thomas Endowment Fund in your estate planning to ensure the long-term wellbeing and strength of our church and to become a Legacy Society Member.   St. Thomas Legacy Society and Planned Giving contacts: Sal Brucculeri, Endowment Fund Chair: Ralph Yearwood, Treasurer: Church Oce: 386-446-2300.

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   --  -- September Anniversaries 1 - James & Edith Rowe 4 - Jodie & Edna Bevel 4 - Neville & Verna Wintz 8 - Les & Jan Hylander 8 - Carl & Leona Poer 10 - Tim and Ruby Abram 16 - Daniel & Annee Bowman 16 - Randolph & Marian Clarke 23 - Gene & Cheryl McGregor 27 - Les & Lenore Elder 30 – Ronald & Erika Leal September Birthdays 1 - Gloria Lamb 2 - Cynthia Shannon 4 - Caryl Glaner 4 - Charles Kreuz 6 - Lorna Brown 6 - Tim McMullen 8 - Natalie Cato 11 - Frances Gilgeours 13 - Vernon Downes 14 - Joshua Ball 14 - Greta Hogarth 16 - Marcia McMullen 17 - Roslyn Benne 17– Kathleen Burnham 17 - Liz DeAndrea 17 - Faith Paerson 18 - Bey Lou Cranston 19 - Marie Valenne 21 - Teresa Marn 22 - Jean Cancryn 22 - Ralph Yearwood 24 - Edgar Anderson 28 - Joy Hudson 29 - Roberta Covart 29 - Brian Jones 29 - Robert Laa 30 - Gene McGregor 4 St. Thomas Tidings  Above: Cynthia Simpson celebrated her 100th birthday in August. Above: Cynthia Simpson, who turned 100, and Nathan who turned one, with mom, Courtney.