St. Thomas the Apostle
With the blessing of Metropolitan NICHOLAS
of Eastern America & New York
The Sunday of Orthodoxy
Services for the First Week of Lent
***(Please see below for directions on how to sync our Google Calendar to your Google Calendar)***
Tuesday, February 28th
6:00 p.m.- Great Compline & Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete
Wednesday, March 1st
10:00 a.m.- Presanctified Liturgy**Light Coffee hour - only simple finger foods that are easy and quick to clean up**
6:00 p.m.- Great Compline & Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete
Thursday, March 2nd
6:00 p.m. Great Compline & Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete
***NO Law of God Class ***
Firday, March 3rd
6:00 p.m- Presanctified Liturgy
Saturday, March 4th
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.- Deep Cleaning Day!!Come and help for any amount of time that you can!
**See below for more details**
3:00 p.m. - Catechism with Fr. Onouphry at the church
5:00 p.m.- Vespers
6:00 p.m.- Baptism of the Raper Family
Sunday, March 5th
Sunday of Orthodoxy
9:00 - 9:40 a.m.- Confessions
9:40 -10:00 a.m.- Hours
10:00 a.m.- Divine Liturgy
Bring your icons for our first procession around the church WEATHER PERMITTING!
Coffee Hour to follow.
First Day of Sunday School also!
Children will go first through the food line then head straight across the hall into the Sunday School Room for a lesson and craft!
2:00 p.m.- Parish Council Meeting
***To stay up-to-date on all services, classes, and events happening at St. Thomas please see our Parish Calender. www.rocorws.com/calendar ***
**Saturday of Deep cleaning & organizing**
Saturday, March 4 @ 9:00 a.m.
If you're willing to lend a hand at St. Thomas' upcoming deep-cleaning/organizing day or if you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Dillingham via Signal.
*Note: Fr. Onouphry's catechism class will be held in the back "baby room" on on Saturday march 4.
For all details,visit the parish Google calendar.
We appreciate all who volunteer their time for the benefit of St. Thomas Orthodox Church. May God keep our parishioners safe and bless these worthy endeavors.
Cleaning-rotation scheduleBegins Sunday, March 5
The teams for the cleaning rotation have been created and assigned dates for the next few months. Please carefully read this document, which contains team information, dates, and important reminders about this new system and cleaning the church overall. Take note of which team you are on: reminders for the week will be sent out on the e-bulletin and a schedule for the coming months posted on the church bulletin board. If you are going to miss your assigned day, it is your responsibility to find people to help out in your stead that Sunday so as to keep teams balanced and make sure things get done as quickly and efficiently as possible.
*** Note: Pascha & non-Sunday liturgies will be team efforts by whoever attends. ***
Sunday, March 5th, 2023:
Thomas & Mariana Millary
Adam & Anahi Oldham
Sunday, March 12th, 2023:
Taylor and Silas Mercer
Josh & Amanda Goins
Jonathan & Blaise Miller
Mat. Anna Keith
For both visitors and regulars, eating during coffee hour is made much easier and enjoyable by labeling common allergens found in your dish. You do not have to avoid cooking with them, just use a post it or index card (both can be found in the table next to the fridge in the food room) to identify your dish and common allergens it contains. A list of suggested labeling points can be found pinned to the fridge (gluten, peanuts, olives and chicken are particularly relevant ones for our community). Labeling food will also make it easier for the team who is serving to help little ones with their plates.
Parish Directory & Membership
If you were not yet able to submit a Membership Form last Sunday they are still available here by PDF or please see Mariana Millary or Rebecca Dillingham for a physical copy. These forms will not only help us compile our cleaning rotation list, but also allow families to vote on any issues brought to the parish as a whole, as well as be included in our forthcoming parish directory! You can hand your printed form to Mariana or Rebecca anytime you are at church.
Thank you so much!
***How to Sync to our Google Calendar***
Make sure you are on a desktop computer It will not sync to your cell phone initially so you must be on a desktop computer. This is the most important step!
Go to www.rocorws.com/calendar and click on the button at the bottom SYNC TO OUR CALENDAR
A pop-up window should then come up on your Google Calendar saying "Add Calendar: email@example.com"
Success (we hope) and you should then see all of our services in your Google Calendar. That way, if we need to update anything last minute, you will see that in your calendar ASAP if it is synced to ours.
Give us your feedback!
We hope this will help streamline things as we continue to grow.
~ Sunday School ~
Starts Sunday, March 5
The Sunday of Orthodoxy is an excellent way to kick off Sunday School. After coffee hour begins, children will get their food first and then go directly across the hall from the food room to the new "Sunday School Room," where there will be a lesson, followed by a quick craft. Please reach out to Crysta Mullis (336) 844-5391 with any questions.
Upcoming special services
The Raper Family baptism
after Vespers on Saturday, March 4. Please try to attend this glorious occasion in which our friends "put on Christ."
Father's Corner: Father Mark's latest article "Beginning the Fast".
As we enter the Great Fast be sure to check regulary for new entry's of Father's Corner.
"Law of God" class: On most Thursdays Fr. Mark holds a class discussing the "Law of God" book by Priest Daniel Sysoev. Please see our Google calendar to attend the next class in-person and feel free to listen to previous classes on our Catechism page.