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LENT 2018 - Saturday, February 17

Posted by Laurie Angelo on

Philippians 4:8. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. I have always loved this passage. In...

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LENT 2018 - Friday, February 16

Posted by Jennifer Eichenberger on

John 17:1. Glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you. I’ve noticed recently that when life is pretty good and we have a normal amount of stress and an abundance of blessings, its easy to not notice God’s presence, especially in a culture where we don’t really talk...

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LENT 2018 - Thursday, February 15

Posted by Ashley Boaeuf on

Psalm 103:14. For he himself whereof we are made; he remembers that we are but dust. I have always been struck by what it means to be “dust”. As a human who succumbs to the same temptation that most humans do -- to consider ourselves to be more grandiose than we actually are; to...

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Lent 2018 - Reflections by and for the People of St. Thomas

Posted by The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of Olympia on

Joel 2:13b - 14. Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. Return to the Lord your God. With Ash Wednesday, Lent begins. It is a time of reflection, a time to slow down, to look deeper, to give...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Seven

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Posted by St. Thomas Staff on

Well, our time is up. It feels like we just arrived in Guatemala and like we’ve been here forever. Time does funny things during the types of experiences we’ve had this past week. Every support team like ours has the chance to go on a special outing with a group of students from Safe...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Six

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Tonight’s blog post is short and sweet. Today was a day off from our work with Safe Passage. The staff schedules the majority of their meetings for Fridays and are tied up with their work, giving support teams a day off to explore and enjoy Guatemala. Our team took the day to venture about...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Five

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When we go on a mission trip, we often want a task to do – something tangible to show that we made a difference and made a positive impact for God’s kingdom. For some, that means building a house, painting walls, putting on a Bible camp, or, as was the case for our Guatemala mission...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Four

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Today was another full day with students at Safe Passage. We split our time between the CRE (middle school and high school educational reinforcement center) and the jardin infantil (preschool). Our day in Guatemala City began with a PE class with middle school students. We played a game of tag...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Three

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Today was our first day working in the classrooms at Safe Passage. After arriving at the colegio (elementary school), our team was divided up into 1st-5th grade classrooms. Team members in 1st and 2nd grade classes immediately loaded into vans with their class to travel a few minutes away to the...

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Guatemala Mission Trip: Day Two

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After playing tourists yesterday (which feels inappropriate given that we are in Guatemala for a mission trip, but our arrival a day early is necessitated by the flight schedules from Seattle), today was a day of exposure to the context in which we will be serving. It was a sobering and hard...

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