St. Thomas Church
Serving God and the Community Since 1875
A Message from Fr. Charlie,
It is interesting that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s day were the same day, this year, but even more ironic is Easter and April Fool’s day are on the same day as well.
Maybe that is not so surprising for there are many around us in this day and age who think the whole Christian thing is foolish and a joke. Many are even arrogant about it. We should not be surprised for (Paul mentioned the same thing in his letter to the Corinthians 1-22:31 - 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. 30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”)
Those who are critical of Christianity have the same aspirations, needs, and fears as anyone else. They look at us who claim belief in Jesus Christ. They look at us to see if we walk the walk that we talk about. They like it when we don’t for it reinforces their belief about foolishness, but when they see that we are attempting to walk the walk that we talk about, they take notice as well. A good question for us to look at in lent is how our behavior presents the good news or the bad.
This is the first note from me as I begin my ministry here at St. Thomas and I am honored to be here.
WELCOME FR. CHARLIE
Born in Pueblo, Co and has three siblings and three children!
He is co-founder of The Gathering (Homeless Church) 2012 to present and he has been part of the Cursillo Ministry since 1972.
He likes to Run and do Yoga!
I have had the pleasure of working with him IN the office for 2 weeks now. I must say, while it is difficult to get used to having someone in the office with me, it has truly been a blessing also! I am enjoying getting to know him and learning about his way of ministering to people. I can say, he is very different in the way he thinks about how our little yellow church can grow. I am TOTALLY excited about what he is doing so far, I am looking forward to see what he has to offer and I am looking forward to another 10 years here at St. Thomas working along side him!
If you have not been to Church in a few weeks....COME ON! You have NO idea what you are missing!
Father Keen and Sandra, with my deepest Blessings,
WELCOME TO ST. THOMAS
Monthly Meeting - Sunday March 11th at 11:30am
We pray for those who are fighting cancer and degenerative diseases:
Birgit, Maria, Billy, Jose, Lynn, Jessica, Ann M., Billy, Nancy, Patrick, Lisa, Ricardo, Linda, Rachel, Thomas, Destri, Diedre, Jesse, Amy, Jason, Rafael, Jim, Sally, Lisa Ethan, Jana, Charlie and all Hospice Patients with their families.
P.S. I KNOW I missed some things, so check back Friday for more news! Kim
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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.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
901 Park Street
P.O. Box 475
Ennis, TX 75119-0475
Office: (972) 875-2423
- Mass 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
Priest in Charge
Fr. Charlie Keen (214) 725-5328, e-mail Charles.Keen0201@gmail.com
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
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