St. Thomas, Eugene

St. Thomas, Eugene

During the year Bishop Michael Hanley visits the various congregations that make up the Diocese of Oregon. Visitation times are known to change so please contact your congregation or the diocesan office for specific details.

2020 Vestry/BAC & Treasurers Workshop (St. Thomas, Eugene)

This workshop for congregational leaders such as vestry/BAC members, wardens, clergy and treasurers will be offered four times at different locations in 2020. There will be breakout sessions that focus on resources of interest to each group. There will be discussions on roles and responsibilities for church governance, Parochial Report preparation, audit program/procedures, and liability insurance questions, contact information for assistance, as well as information on the many online and cost-free resources.

The 2020 workshop dates are:

  • February 8, St. Thomas, Eugene
  • March 7, St. James, Tigard
  • March 28, St. Luke’s, Grants Pass
  • April 18, St. Catherine’s, Manzanita

The workshop will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge for attendance and lunch and beverages will be provided. Please indicate any dietary needs on the registration form. Registration will open in January 2020.

We are very excited about this opportunity to share information with our churches and their hard-working treasurers, finance people, wardens and BACs/vestries!

Questions? Contact the Rev. Canon Carol W. Sedlacek, Canon for Christian & Leadership Formation, carols@diocese-oregon.org.

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63rd Annual Christmas Bazaar

St. Thomas Episcopal church women are celebrating 63 years of our annual Christmas bizarre! We have a luncheon of soup and pie. That is just apart of the Christmas bizarre. There are all kinds of Christmas gifts, oranments, and a raffle. The raffle is for a basket of chocolates and wine. Plus we will be selling swags for your front door. So, come enjoy the spirit and find that special treasure, or a homemade sweet to take home.

Offering Sacred Welcome to Immigrants and Refugees Workshop

Join the Commission for Sanctuary and leaders from the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ) as we learn to live out our commitment to Confront Hate, Racism, and Poverty in the Diocese of Oregon as declared in our 2017 Resolution II. Together we will explore our stories of sacred welcome, connect with one another in the work happening in Oregon, and discover our next brave step in offering sacred welcome to immigrants and refugees.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Eugene
November 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Congregation Close-up: St. Thomas, Dallas

In a town of roughly 15,000 people, St. Thomas is a church dependent on lay members and deeply engaged with the Dallas community. Vicar Fred Heard says, “We are a family and that is how we function. Occasionally we have family squabbles, but we come together and recognize we are Christ-centered.”

Whether it’s for their family-and-friends Thanksgiving dinner or people who came in when the church was open as a winter warming shelter, St. Thomas welcomes all who come through their doors.

In 2017 members of St. Thomas helped organize a Rally Against Hate at the Polk County Courthouse.

St. Thomas is committed to promoting community health. They were the first church in Dallas to open their doors for meetings of 12 Step programs, and currently host weekly meetings for AA, Al-Anon, and Weightwatchers. In 2018, when a local gun shop owner was raffling off AR-15 weapons, church members went to the school board and the city council to express their concern.

This dedication to family, community, and health also expresses itself in fun: this past Valentine’s Day, the congregation stepped out to spread love throughout the town by taking cookies to businesses, service personnel, and their neighbors to say “Thank you!”

Visit the St. Thomas website.