St. Thomas Church

Serving God and the Community Since 1875

A Message from Father Charlie,

A pastor of a church in California put a sign in front of the church during the advent season that said "Jesus is the reason for the season. Merry Christmas"

He received a complaint from a woman in the community who took exception with the message. She closed the conversation by saying, "I don't think the church should try to drag religion into every holiday." (the bad news)

In a Dennis the Menace cartoon, Dennis and Joey are looking into a dept. store window that has been decorated for Christmas. Dennis says, "Last month was our giving thanks holiday,

an' Christmas is God's way of saying "you're welcome."

We live in between those two attitudes this time of year and I certainly like the response of Dennis. I am grateful this time of year for my Episcopal heritage and how it has influenced the culture. For years the Midnight Service on Christmas Eve from the National Cathedral was telecast all over the country. Our outstanding Midnight service was about all there was on Christmas Eve, but over the years almost all Churches have a late afternoon or evening service. They are probably Latent Sacramentalists. So here we are in 2018 and it is our first Christmas with St. Thomas and both my wife and I are excited and looking forward to the holiday.

We hope you will join us on the 9th for some Advent Cheer. and good food.

We are also looking forward to present out new Brass Rubbing program after the first of January to some Churches that have already expressed interest in our program.

I hope too, that some who read this will be interested, and participate.



Father C.

Bless Someone Today

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There are a number of ways to reach out this season here at St. Thomas. We will have some Angels to hang on our tree, which are part of the Angel Tree program.

There is room in each of our tubs (one red and one green) for coats, sweaters and shoes. some of which we will give locally and some to houseless. or men getting out of prison.

We will be decorating the Church and the Hall on Sunday the 16th after worship. Hopefully you wont be too tired after your decorating at home and it doesn't take that long.

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Stewardship Time

During the month of December we ask you to pray about your giving to the ongoing ministry of St. Thomas. You can read about your pledge elsewhere in this letter.

You are asked to bring your pledge card to Church on Sunday the 23rd and you will be able to put the pledge card in the offering plate.

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, Kathleen, & Family.

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

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

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

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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.

Copies of the newsletter can be found on the table outside the green room.

Thank you,


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St. Thomas Episcopal Church

901 Park Street

P.O. Box 475

Ennis, TX 75119-0475

Office: (972) 875-2423

  • Services Every Sunday—10:00 a.m.
  • Children’s Sunday School—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—Daily 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

Church Administrator/Treasurer

Kim Devrow—(972) 875-2423 Office

(214) 773-6544 Mobile

Altar Guild Director

Betty Glaspy—(972) 878-6304


Kathy Azevedo—(972) 875-8194


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


The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas