Dear St. Thomas congregation and friends:
Even as we breathe a sigh of relief that the impact of Hurricane Dorian has passed by our community, we are mindful of the devastation it has caused and continues to cause to our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas. I know that many of you want to be of assistance.
We will offer a collection point at St. Thomas this Sunday, which will then be relayed on to the Coconut Grove Fire Department. Items that will be especially helpful are:
If you would like to contribute financially, please note the opportunities in Bishop Suarez's letter below. You can contribute directly to those entities, or contribute to St. Thomas with that information on the check memo line and we will be sure it gets there.
Yours in Christ,
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.. Matthew 5:16
OUTREACH COMMITTEE NEWS
September 8 for "God's Work, Our Hands" ELCA Sunday of service. At 2:00 PM we will gather to lead them in BINGO. Due to the nature of their health challenges, many of the folks participating will need help and encouragement. We will have prizes to distribute to the winners, and all who play. We will also need hands to write letters to family members, writing down what they want to express to their families, and preparing it for postal delivery.
NEW MONTHLY SERVICE AT PERDUE MEDICAL CENTER
Beginning September 15, St. Thomas will lead a Christian service in the chapel at Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center on the third Sunday of every month at 2:30 PM.
The service will last 20-30 minutes and will feature upbeat hymns, a small reading, short message, and blessing with oil.
All are invited.
Contact Deacon Carol Petrusky if you would be able to arrive at 2:15 to help residents get to the chapel. The medical center is located at 19590 Old Cutler Road.
THANK YOU to everyone for your kind donations!
On September 22, the fourth Sunday of the month, we will again make about 120 sandwiches after worship. We need volunteers to take the food to Old Cutler Presbyterian Church at 3:00 PM and then to the homeless downtown at 4:00 PM.
St. Thomas Lutheran Church
We're still in need of :
· New or gently used kitchen items for the residents of Chapman Partnership who are moving into apartments.
· Nonperishable food, toiletries, and Publix, Winn-Dixie, and Aldi gift cards of $15, $20, or $25 for the homeless children at Miami Southridge Senior High School.