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Announcements – June 23- 29, 2019

  Meetings up and coming:

1. WARDENS’ Meeting – Mon. June 24th   9:30 am

2. Zen Meditation- Mon.  June 24th      5 pm

3.  Wednesday EUCHARIST – June 26th   9:30 am

4. TGIF Cooking session – Wed. June 26th  all day


 Coming events/ Activities


  Spaghetti Supper- fund raiser to benefit Belleville   emergency service personnel.  All proceeds will be donated to Wounded Warriors.  

Today, Sunday,June 23, 2019  from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at St. Thomas’ Church.   Menu:  Spaghetti, Rolls, Salad, Dessert, Tea, Coffee, Juice.  Gluten free available upon request.  Pay-what-you-can.  Suggested donations $8 per person, under 12 free, family $25.   Hope to see you there.   


Thank You   1.to everyone who in any capacity helped make the Spring Eucharist & Tea a success.

    Bonnie Dobson & Betty Thompson


2.  To Paul Callaghan and Dennis Allen for constructing new composters beside the small shed. The old one is now closed.


St Thomas Book Club

The next meeting of the book club will be after the service Sunday July 14.  We will be discussing The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. For more information call or text  Bernadette at 613-922-4353.  Bring a lawn chair if the weather is good. 





Fun, food, fellowship & games, something for everyone!!  Rain or shine




The wardens will supply the burgers and hot dogs, you can bring a lawn chair (if you have one), salads and dessert!

Be prepared to have a great time. Have a great summer!



 SUMMER SERVICES will begin on Sunday,

 July 7, 2019 with one service at 9:30 am.

The church office will be closed on July 1st as well as on Fridays during the months of July and August.  



COMPLINE A Night-time Office

An ad hoc vocal ensemble—including some junior and senior choristers—will present the Office of Compline at St. Thomas’ on Sunday, July 28th at 9 pm.

Compline is a quiet and contemplative service, and the music setting is mainly composed of various chants. “As its name implies, compline (completorium) is the canonical hour which ‘completes’ and brings the day to its close. The office owes much of its present form to St. Benedict.” It is—with matins (morning prayer) and vespers (evening prayer)—an office which is still sung in many churches and cathedrals. 


This is going to be Francine & Matthieu's last service as music directors at St. Thomas’.



Francine & Matthieu were asked if they still have copies of Matthieu's CD, La grande École d'orgue française. They do, and they will make them available to anyone who would like to buy a copy after a service, until they leave on July 28th.

On the CD, Matthieu plays works by organist-composers who lived in France at the beginning of the 20th century such as Vierne, Widor and Dupré. It was recorded at the church of Les Saints Anges Gardiens in Lachine, QC, which has a 71-rank Casavant (1920 / 2006) and a generous reverberation in the nave. The price is $25, and 10% of the sales will be donated to the church.


Retreat Day  June 29th  9 am – 3 pm at Queen Anne Parish Centre ( 1295 Ridge Rd., Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, lead by Bishop Michael Oulton.

“Imagery and Importance of Bread in Scripture & in Life”

There will be bread making with Rev. Kate Ann Follwell.

Please see poster on Bulletin Boards for more information.

 Please contact the church office (613-962-3636) to register.


Library News -

Looking for some interesting summer reading? Check out the books in the Library display this month featuring a variety of non-fiction – History, Biography, Music, Humour – and more!



We at St. Thomas’ have collected a number of items such as used stamps, ink cartridges, batteries and eyeglasses for many years. The stamps go to Oxfam. The ink cartridges go to the recycling bins at the front of Staples and the batteries go to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for recycling. The eyeglasses go to the Lions’ Club, via local optometrists, for distribution in countries where they do not have access to eye care and glasses.  Please note -  do not include glasses cases as they will no longer take them.  Unfortunately the cases are just garbage unless someone comes up with a creative use for them so that they could be recycled as well.

The baskets for these items are on the shelves at the back of the church.

Of note ….. the church doesn’t receive any benefit for these items so if it is just as convenient for you to take the various things directly to Staples, the ReStore or your optometrist, please feel free to do that.


Thanks to all the parish collectors who have faithfully saved these items over the years to keep them out of the Landfill!! We hope you will continue!                   Bonnie Dobson                               


Second Sunday after Pentecost - June 23, 2019 


Commentary on Readings


1 Kings 19:1-4,(5-7),8-15a

In Israel, the northern kingdom, many people have strayed from worshipping God, partly because Queen Jezebel has promoted the Canaanite religion. After Elijah has shown that God is much more powerful than the local gods, he has killed the prophets of Baal.


Galatians 3:23-29

Some in Galatia (in central Asia Minor) argue that a right relationship with God comes through Mosaic law, but Paul has argued that it is God’s promises that establish this link. Before Christ came, the early Christians were like children, under a guardian or “disciplinarian”. We are people of faith, not law.


Luke 8:26-39

Jesus and his disciples arrive in Gerasa, a city which is a day’s walk east of the Jordan – in Gentile territory. Jesus transforms the man from being an outcast to being a member of a nurturing human community. The man becomes a missionary to his fellow Gentiles.


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