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Book Club 2nd Mon 5PM
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Gratitude & Generosity




Generosity is founded in grace. We are grateful for grace of God in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ who, through his words and deeds, has shown us the way to eternal life. This grace has flung wide open the doors of our hearts and thrown away the key. We no longer need to live in dread of death's dark door or in guilt and shame for our many failings. We now live in the abundance of God's love and because we live in this abundance, we can share it with others. We are grateful for the many, many blessings that God has given us in our families and friends with whom we share a life abundant in sharing and caring for one another. We are grateful for living in a land flowing with milk and honey. As Americans, we live with abundance in the sheer variety of food we can put on our tables and in the other creature comforts that, at times, make life a little easier. We are grateful that our abundance makes it easier to let others share in it. We know the joy of giving whether it is giving from our material abundance or the simple joys of giving our friendship, caring and concern to people who need it. A hug, a smile, a caring touch can be the difference between a bad day and a really good one for so many people. Gratitude is the basis for the Christian lifestyle.

Generosity in all things is the most powerful expression of this lifestyle. Jesus' generosity was reflected in his hospitality. Jesus' dinner table was opened to all people; especially those that the rest of society thought were dirty and unworthy. Jesus teaches explicitly that we are to include the poor and infirm (those who seem least likely to reciprocate) in our invitations to dinner (Luke 14:12-14). Jesus was always moving the bounds of hospitality to wider dimensions. Such generosity always enlarges not only the human heart but the Spirit as well.

Becoming a person who is always ready to give more than what is expected is a hallmark of our sanctification - our becoming more and more Christ-like. The more generous our hospitality the brighter our light shines with the face of Jesus. Perhaps, we will be known by the Bedouin honorific: "He is one who makes coffee day and night." Or even as the Church who takes seriously that first century itinerant rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth, who, still wet with resurrection, who said to his disciples, "Come. Have breakfast."

This fall I pray we will be generous in our hospitality, with the upcoming Art Show during Ahoskie Heritage Days, the Blessing of the Animals, our Lobster Feast and the Bazaar as well as our twice-monthly soup kitchen. As we open our doors, let us open also our hearts and treat those who come to us with the kindness, graciousness, generosity and respect that we would extend to our Lord and Savior, because he lives in the orphan, the weak, the widowed, the helpless and the stranger.

Thanks to all of you. Thanks be to God!

Peace-

+Jeff

PS - My discretionary fund could use a boost. Thanks for your generosity.

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© June 2014 by The Rev. Jeff Douglas


St. Thomas is a vibrant, welcoming, Christian community cultivating mind, body & spirit through worship, fellowship, and service, loving our neighbors as ourselves

The Rev. Jeff Douglas, Rector

Our Staff:
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
       Secretary:
       Lisa Forbes

Our Vestry:
       Bubba Peele,Sr. Warden
       Jim Shotwell, Jr. Warden
       Barbara Outland, Clerk
       Ernie Carter,Treasurer
       Jamie Johnson
       Lindsay Vaughan
       Gretchen Simons
       Hugh Davis
       Patsy Jones
       Daniel McCamish

Parish Committees:
       Parish Hall:
       Bubba Peele
       Events:
       Barbara Outland
       Kitchen:
       Ernie Carter,
       Mary C. Pierce
       Garden Committee:
       Charles & Lois Sawyer
       Bazemore Garden
       Planning Committee:

       Martie Tayloe,
       Colin & Patsy Jones,
       Gretchen Simons,
       Dicky & Becky Hoggard
       Lobster Feast:
       Jim & Linda Shotwell

WORSHIP
       Altar Guild:
       Mary C. Pierce        Acolytes:
       Charles Sawyer
       Flower Guild:
       Ernie Carter,
       Martie Tayloe,
       Patsy Jones

EDUCATION:
       Adult Sunday School:
       Carolyn Peele
       Children's Sunday
       School:

       Gretchen Simons
       & Beth Douglas

PASTORAL CARE:
Becky Hoggard,
Vicki Blandchard
& Jerrie Taylor

LONG RANGE MAINTENANCE PLANNING
       Patsy Jones
       Jim Shotwell
       Jamie Johnson
       Jack Tayloe
       Mike Steczak

RECTOR'S COMPENSATION COMMITTEE:
       Bubba Peele
       Ernie Carter
       Daniel McCamish
       Gretchen Simons

If you would like to volunteer or have ideas about how St. Thomas' can have a more effective ministry in these areas, contact the appropriate person and make St. Thomas' ministry even better.