This week St. Thomas’ is hosting four families through IHN / Family Promise. These are children and adults, women and men, who have a warm, safe place to sleep and a hearty meal at the end of each day thanks to the hard work and generosity of St. Thomas’. Cleaning, preparing meals, sleeping over, driving the van: disciples of Jesus Christ love their neighbors in practical ways even when it means sacrificing their own comfort and desires.
Guess what? “Pre-Grungy Sunday” work is already going on, getting ready for the Ham & Oyster Supper. But it’s not too late for you to join the fun! Come out this Sunday to receive Communion in your “grungies,” then let’s get to work preparing a hospitable campus for the hundreds of visitors we will receive on 5 November!
This weekend was the Feast of St. Francis, when many like to offer a blessing of the animals. St. Francis saw God’s handiwork everywhere he looked, which meant that even the animals were deserving of care and honor as they, too, are God’s gracious gift. We blessed the pets on Saturday and the children’s stuffed animals on Sunday!