Today turned out to be a snow day, which I am sure the kids are happy about. The office is closed at St. Thomas – I am taking advantage of the snow to do some sermon prep at home – it is very difficult to get long term thinking/writing projects done in the office, for it is a busy place! And Jill will be going home after working with Meals on Wheels this morning – she has been fighting a migraine for three days. Please add Jill to your prayers.
Ronnie L. is still in the hospital and waiting to be transferred to a nursing home. Diane F. has knee replacement surgery tomorrow – please continue to pray for both of them. I have not heard of any new flu cases this week, but if you end up with the flu, first, please stay home and don’t spread it to others. Second, the advice I am hearing is to elevate your head, stay sitting or semi-sitting, and drink lots and lots and lots of fluids. And call your doctor. Tamiflu does help a bit to make the symptoms not quite as as bad.
Third Wall Productions is getting ready to put on “The Music Man at St. Thomas’ on the first two weekends in February. Mark your calendars and plan on coming. I expect it will be a good show.
This Week at St. Thomas’
Wednesday: City Light Music Practice
Thursday: 7:30 Church Music Practice
Friday: Women’s Retreat at Claggett
Saturday: 10:00 Christian Stitchin’
Sunday: Worship at 9:30
January 28 – Annual Meeting following Church, and a pot-luck brunch afterward in the Fellowship Hall. Please come to the meeting, vote for new vestry members, hear about what is happening and what our hopes and plans are for the future. Sign up to bring something in the Narthex.
February 3-5 Men’s Retreat at Claggett. My husband Steve goes every year, and thoroughly enjoys it. This year’s speaker is Bishop Ilhoff, retired bishop of Maryland. Its always more fun when several men from the church go together.
Come to me and I will give you rest – all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke -for it fits perfectly- and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens.
– from the Gospel of Matthew – The Living Bible
God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our community in your hands, be with us in the peril of this day. Keep all who must be on the roads safe; keep your beloved people warm, and watch over those who are ill. We trust in your goodness, O holy God. Amen.