St. Thomas Church

Serving God and the Community Since 1875

A Message from Father Charlie,

The traffic increases in Ennis with the coming of the bluebonnets. With the rain we have had, we can look out and see spring in all its beauty. Our tree in the yard of the church is beautiful and we can enjoy the time while we have it, before the summer heat comes. With the heat, things begin to dry up. Some of the green fades and we endure the heat of the summer. I wonder some times if that is not like our spiritual life. It is lush sometimes and dry sometimes as well. So it is important that we take the time to do our spiritual homework during the good times and not neglect it. For it is, that work, that will help us get through the dry times which are bound come. St. Paul mentions part of the homework in one of his letters. “Do not neglect meeting together in fellowship”. We are missed if we are not there, especially in a small group. Know you are missed, not only by the fellowship, but by God as well.



May is a busy month for us all with Mothers’ Day, Polka Festival, a baptism and who knows what else? (enjoy the spring)


Bless someone today,

Fr. C

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Church News

We welcomed new members in April, Mike & Jana Murphy and Louis & Debbie Perkins from Ferris. They are coming to us from St. Martin's Church, which closed in Lancaster.


We also welcome David Gregory, transferring here from St. Pauls' Waxahachie.


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Please join us this coming Sunday as we baptize Lauren and Evan Geades!


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Other news, Our very own Ben McGrath just won his last tennis match and is the regional winner and is headed to the state tournament in College Station in May.


Ben is the first Ennis Regional winner in the history of Ennis High School. So, we congratulate Ben and wish him well in the State Meet.


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We will baptist Lucas Gregory, son of Kelsey Gardner, on the 20th of May. Kelsey is the daughter of Jana Murphy.


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On that same day, we can dress down, for we will have a Church clean up day after the service.


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We are studying the history of the Church in class on Sunday mornings, we will give special attention to the history of the Episcopal Church int he USA.

Two questions ponder:

1. Who was the first Bishop in the Episcopal Church

2. Where was the Church started? (Come and See)


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We have a Bishop who has been here twice and might be ready to come back for confirmation. His name is Bishop Smith, so if you are interested in being confirmed, let us know and we will begin a class just for you!


Faithfully,

Charlie


Bless somebody today!

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One of the ministries here in Ennis, is managed by our own Stefanie McGrath, who has been at ACROSS for 7 years. As you may know, "ACROSS" furnishes temporary housing for thise who need it, for many different reasaons, from people who have lost three homes to fires to people in hard straits who need housing.


Stefanie shared with us that her greatest pleasure, is being able to furnish that housing to them and that her biggest sadness, is not being able to meet the needs of all who need it. Stefanie has a wish list there, and donations of towels, linens, bedspreads (queen and twin) and dishes would be of help to the folks who live there for a time. If you wish to donate, just drop things off at the Church, we will make sure they get to her.


Faithfully,

Fr. C

Bless somebody today!



ACROSS FUNDRAISER

June 9th - 7:30pm - St Thomas Parish Hall @ 901 Park Street - Ennis

Please come back for more details as they unfold.

Monthly Vestry Meeting - Sunday, Mayl 20th at 11:30am

We pray for those who are ill and those seeking the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit:

Ervin, Darlene, Mack, Colleen, Dale, Helen, Paul, Rick, Celina, Emma, Lily, Jim, Dennis, Maria, Jeffrey, Deborah, Kathy, Alex, Julia and Eric.

We pray for those who are fighting cancer and long term illnesses:

Birgit, Maria, Billy, Jose, Lynn, Jessica, Ann M., Billy, Nancy, Patrick, Lisa, Ricardo, Linda, Rachel, Thomas, Destri, Diedre, Jesse, Rafael, Jim, Sally, Lisa Ethan, Jana, Charlie, Emma, Debbie, Wilson, Barbara and all Hospice Patients with their families.

You can Click Here or on the Link Above and see the whole year online!

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As always, those who asked for a paper copy, will get one!


Please let me know if a link is broken, or if you'd like to see more/other information.


I am looking for input on how this is going for you all! Please any input is appreciated as we make this transition from paper to electronic newsletters.


Thank you,

Kim

To Seek Christ in All Persons

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Mission organized in 1875. The earliest meetings of the congregation were held in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where Bishop Alexander Garrett made monthly visitations and ministered. The first minister was the Rev. Voss. The congregation, in 1886, lost all of its furniture, church records, etc., by the burning of the building used for church and Sunday school purposes. The congregation then occupied a neat and tasteful chapel, and held services once a month, while Captain T. B. Easton, lay reader, held lay services every Sunday. (The church was built in 1888 and was located on the corner of Knox and McKinney Streets, across from the current Post Office. The building was destroyed sometime between 1915 and 1920 by a storm. (A Memorial and Biographical History of Ellis County, Texas. Published Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892.)


The current Church was built about 1930 on the corner of Sherman and Tyler Streets. The church moved to 901 Park Street in Dec. 1987. The first service held in the new location was a wedding, May 11, 1988.



What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

Luke 12:3

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Information

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

901 Park Street

P.O. Box 475

Ennis, TX 75119-0475

Office: (972) 875-2423



  • Holy Communion Every Sunday—10:00 a.m.
  • Children’s Sunday School—1st, 3rd, 5th Sunday’s-9:45am-10:45am
  • Luncheon—1st Sunday each month after services
  • Daughters of the King—1st Wednesday of each month—6:00p.m.
  • Vestry Meeting—2nd Sunday each month after services
  • Office Hours—Monday, Wednesday and Friday—9a.m. to 1p.m.


Please note: The office follows the USPS Holiday Schedule


Contact Persons:

Priest in Charge

Fr. Charlie Keen (214) 725-5328, e-mail Charles.Keen0201@gmail.com




Church Administrator/Treasurer

Kim Devrow—(972) 875-2423 Office

(214) 773-6544 Mobile


Altar Guild Director

Betty Glaspy—(972) 878-6304


Organist

Kathy Azevedo—(972) 875-8194


Vestry

Class of 2019

Linda Waldrop - (214) 236-5381

Susan Cooks—(972) 743-4045


Class of 2020

Betty Glaspy—(972) 878-6304, Sr. Warden

Jennifer Wartsbaugh—(407) 620-4914


Class of 2021

Roger Pecinovsky—(214) 883-1814, Jr. Warden

Birgit Dill—(972) 505-8692


ALL NEW & IMPROVED WEBSITE

www.StThomasEnnis.org


e-Mail

church@StThomasEnnis.org


The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas

www.edod.org