On Sunday, September 10, members of St. Thomas/Holy Spirit gathered for one service in our Crosspaths Garden for an uplifting service of music and dramatic messages of "opening doors" for people of all situations.
Following the service, members put their hands into action by participatng in two service projects. In the Fellowship Hall more than 900 cookies, baked by members, were assembled in boxes. These were taken by membes to six local fire and police departments, along with a "Thank You" note of appreciation for the many ways that first responders support and assist our homes, schools and communities. Thanks to Sandy and Lee Bodendieck for their leadership in organizing this effort.
In Room 101, 100 Hygiene Kits were assembled by 15 members which made the assembly go quickly. A Thrivent Action "Live Generously" grant provided $250 to support this project and provided blue T-shirts to all the particpants. Donated items came from members and several local dentists who provided toothpaste and toothbrushes, and a businessman 100 miles away who provided socks, hand sanitizer and lotions. The filled ziploc bags were taken to Immanuel/St. Philips in St. Louis where they will be distributed to the homeless who attend a weekly Sunday breakfast provded by members of an area Lutheran Church. Dave Eshelman, Grace Weber and members of the Social Ministry Committee led this project.
In the afternoon some members participated in the Feed My People Manna March with contibutions from our members.
St. Thomas/Holy Spirit maintains a food pantry near the church office which has been designated as an emergency assistance program. In 2017, 62 individuals and/or families were helped by this program. Frequently people come during the week and are assisted by the church secretary for items such as food, toiletries, diapers, etc. In 2017 cash donations of $1227 were contributed by individuals and groups to help keep this food pantry stocked. Gift cards to Aldi are purchased with this cash and are available on an as-needed basis. Information is also provided so that people can locate regular comunity-based food pantries such as Feed My People. Thanks to Lea and Jerry Wischmeier who faithfully keep the pantry stocked. Gifts to the Emergency Assistance Program are always welcome.
Ruth Thurau hiked 25 kilometers and walked over an additional 50 miles in New Zealand. Thanks for all of your support for the Guest Muscian Fund. Please make checks payable to STHS and specify "HIKE" on the memo line. Thank you for your genrosity.
STHS has been highly involved with the ministry of Feed My People for several years. Weekly we collect food items for these food pantries in our community. Throughout the year, special food drives as well as monetary collections focus on this important outreach. Volunteers from the church give of their time to help at Feed My People. We consider them a vital ministry partner in the community.
Three Ways to Share
1. Food for our Hungry Neighbors - Use the list below and fill a bag with healthy food items and return to church. Food will be donated to Feed My People which has been experiencing very low supplies of donated food and a tremendous increase in need.
canned chicken or turkey brown rice
canned salmon or tuna whole-wheat pastas
canned or dried beans whole-wheat/bran cereals
turkey or vegetarian chili plain or low-sugar oatmeal
low sodium broth or bean soups granola bars
peanut butter whole grain crackers
low-salt canned vegetables canned fruit in light syrup
low-salt canned tomato products no sugar added applesauce
2. Give MONEY to ELCA WORLD HUNGER APPEAL - Use a designated envelope. ELCA World Hunger provides relief, development education and advocay that address the root causes of hunger and poverty. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger help our church creatively and courageously work toward a world of justice in which all are fed.
3. ADVOCATE - Urge members of Congress to protect safety-net programs that feed hungry children. isit www.bread.org for more information on Bread for the World's efforts to bring the cause of hunger to our legislators. A personal letter really does make a difference.
SAJE Senior Ministry is an opportunity for us to help provide support, social/spiritual activities, transportation assistance and much more to the older adults in our community. SAJE Ministry is a partnership of the churches in the Crestwood/Sunset Hills area, including St. Thomas/Holy Spirit. The services are not only available to the members of our church but to all older adults regardless of what church they belong to or whether they are churched.
SAJE provides us a way to experience the missional task of doing God's work in our community. Check out the services of SAJE and the volunteer opportunities.
"Casting all of your anxieties on him, because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7)
Stephen Ministry is our congregation's one-to-one care giving ministry. God works through Stephen Ministers to plan a seed of hope and healing in a person whose life seems barren and forlorn because of some crisis or tragedy.
Everyone encounters unrealistic expectations, changes and loss that can be both a challenge and opportunity. A Stephen Minister is here to listen and walk with you. Read more about Stephen Ministry.
Christian Community Homecare, an outreach program of STHS, is dedicated to providing services that help individuals maintain independence while remaining in the comfort of their own homes.
We provide non-medical care with patience and compassion. The goal of our ministry is to connect people with loving caregivers, leading to a richer, fuller life.
Read more on the Homecare website, http://www.christiancommunityhomecare.org/
The St. Thomas/Holy Spirit Learning Center was established in 1998 as a self-supporting ministry of our church to serve preschool children in South St. Louis County ages 2 through 6. Our program incorporates a Christ-centered program which includes Bible songs, finger plays and prayer on a daily basis.
Read more on the Learning Center website, www.thelearningcenterstl.org
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Fellowship: 9:30 AM
Crossover Contemporary Worship: 10:45 AM
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St. Thomas/Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
3980 S Lindbergh Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63127