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Message from the Senior Warden

Senior Warden’s Message

For those of you who missed it, we recently celebrated a wonderful service of confirmation and reception with the family and friends of eight of our young people who were confirmed and two adults who were received into our Episcopal community. Bishop Chilton Knudsen brought Deacon Cindy Christopher to assist her, and the church was filled with the Holy Spirit. It was exciting to witness such a marvelous event, and even more exciting to see what our newly confirmed and received members will bring to St. Thomas’ in the years to come.

While we welcome the efforts of newer members in our midst, many of you have multiple talents to offer today. Is there something you’ve often thought you’d like to do but never tried it? Are you curious about how the Altar Guild sets up for weekly services? Have you thought about how your weekly pledges are accumulated into our treasury to do the work we at St. Thomas’ strive to do in our community? What about helping with mass mailings that go out to our fruit customers or parishioners from time to time? Or do you enjoy gardening or painting? Is there a particular project or event you’d like to help with? As the saying goes, “Many hands make light work.” Is it time to put your hands to good use at St. Thomas’? If you don’t know where to start, you can start with me. I’ll be happy to discuss your talents and help you decide where you might help at St. Thomas’.

Diane Flayhart

Junior Warden’s Message

Spring is in the air! As I write this, tomorrow is the first day of Spring, and an impending snowstorm looms less than 48 hours away. Regardless, there are flowers and sunshine and warm days in our near future. I’m feeling grateful for the season to come, and I hope you are too.

I want to take a moment to introduce myself, in case you don’t know me. I am Sharon Greenbeck and I’ve accepted the position to serve as your Junior Warden for the next few years. My husband, Joe, and I have been members here for 18 years. When we arrived, our children were in Sunday School, and now our oldest grandson, Chip, is attending. I’ve served in many small roles over the years; reader, chalicist, helping with projects or events, or on a committee of one kind or another. This is by far the most challenging role and I’m excited to be able to serve the church, and you.

The property committee has an extensive list of upkeep, repairs and cleaning to be done to keep our treasured church property in good shape, so please consider volunteering. Work days will typically be the 2nd Saturday of each month. However, because we’re having a Dumpster Day on April 21st, that will also be April’s work day. As we get into the warmer weather, please look in the good news and church bulletins for the work-day plans. If you enjoy painting and we’re painting, please come and help for even an hour! If you prefer to work outside, look for those days and your help will be much appreciated! To this end, if you like to clean and throw stuff out, this is your time to shine!

I’m looking forward to the next few years, and to getting to know you better. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or ideas.

Sharon Greenbeck

Senior Warden’s Message

Welcoming the stranger! How exciting is that? Imagine going somewhere you’ve never been before and being welcomed with open arms and included in all that is offered. One of the things I’ve heard about St. Thomas’ is how welcoming we are. We are willing to step out and introduce ourselves to people who are visiting our church, especially during the passing of the Peace.

Well, I’m happy to report that your welcoming has come to fruition as we welcome two new families into St. Thomas’. You may
have been in church on the Sunday that Mike Zellhoffer, Executive Director of Third Wall Productions, gave the sermon. He and his wife, Laurie, have decided to join St. Thomas’, and we’re delighted to have them with us.

Some of you may also recall when our own Kenny and Tracey Daniels suffered a tragic fire at their home a few years ago. Their next door neighbors welcomed the Daniels family, including their four children at the time, to live with them while repairs were being done to their home. Well now it’s time for us to welcome those same neighbors, Maureen and Ronnie Creitz, and their two children, Devin and Gabrielle, into the St. Thomas’ family.

It’s exciting to have these families join us here at St. Thomas’. Keep up the good work and continue with your welcoming ways. We are truly blessed to be able to provide the spiritual and community comfort to those who seek it.

Our New Senior Warden

Hello! For those who don’t know me, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Diane Flayhart and I have been selected to serve as the Senior Warden here at St. Thomas’ for the next three years. It is a role I’ve been training for over the past year under the rock-solid hands of our previous Senior Warden, Jan Bahner. So I’m hoping to step right into the role, ready to work for you, the members of St. Thomas’.

I’ve been a member of St. Tom’s for more than 50 years, coming to St. Tom’s as a young child when the church was located on the corner of 31st Street and The Alameda in Baltimore City. I began singing in the Youth Choir with my sisters and continued many years into the Adult Choir until duckpin bowling interfered with choir rehearsals on Thursday nights. I still help out in the choir from time to time for special services. When I was in 10th grade I started helping out in the Nursery, a role I continued for 40+ years. I’ve seen many of the members of St. Thomas’ come and grow over the years. When we moved to our current location in Towson, I started working with the fruit delivery, a role I continue to maintain. I’ve served several terms on the Vestry including the position of Registrar, and I’ve proudly represented St. Tom’s at several Diocesan Conventions and Regional Council meetings.

You may have seen me up and about at the many functions at St. Thomas’. I chair the annual Basket Bingo and Crab Feast, and help at the Christmas Bazaar, Vacation Bible School, Tuesdays at Tom’s and National Night Out. I promote our service projects, such as ACTC, Woodbourne Center, and Loch Raven Network. I’ve also chaired the Stewardship Committee, worked with the counting teams and I currently provide your quarterly contribution statements. I also serve as Director of the Altar Guild, a position I will continue to hold in the coming years.

We at St. Thomas’ have a bright and exciting future ahead of us. I am anxious to get started, and with your help, guide St. Thomas’ into our future together. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you have any ideas. We’ll travel this journey together.

Respectfully Submitted,
Diane Flayhart

Message from Our Senior Warden

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Happy New Year! I hope you each found peace at Christmas and joy for the New Year!

This will be my last Senior Warden Message. After the Annual Meeting on January 28th, I will “retire” as Senior Warden and we will welcome Diane Flayhart as our new Senior Warden. I have spent time teasing about how glad I will be to be out of a “job”. The truth is that I will miss being your Senior Warden, but it’s time for a change in leadership. I know that you will give Diane the same loving support that you have given to me.

Any accomplishments we’ve made this past year will be detailed for you in the Annual Report and presented at the Annual Meeting on January 28th. So I won’t spend time here discussing them.

The past three years have seen much change in and around St. Thomas. Some good, some not so good depending on your perspective, but all part of the ever changing world in which we live. We and the world around us will continue to change.

I hope that we are ready to embrace the next new change. I hope that we do not dwell in the past and that we see new opportunities. I look forward continuing to work with you as we face the future at St. Thomas’.

To those of you with whom I’ve had to share difficult realities and decisions over the past three years, I hope that I’ve done so with compassion. If I’ve offended any one of you when I struggled with the job of Senior Warden, I ask your forgiveness.

To those to whom I could always turn to lend a listening ear or a helpful hand, my sincere and undying gratitude. I’m certain that I didn’t say thank you nearly enough.

To those of you who shared your wisdom and those who taught me invaluable lessons just by being yourselves, thank you.

Thank you for trusting me, for guiding me and at times for just tolerating me! I appreciate all of you!

Wishing you a blessed 2018 filled with peace and all of God’s many wonders!

Jan Bahner, Senior Warden