Help Restore Heat at St. Thomas

~ Ancient Faith - Common Prayer ~

Greetings in the name of our Lord! I am the Revd Jason Hess, a missionary Deacon tasked with leading the currently forming church plant, St. Thomas Anglican Mission in Mathews County, Virginia. We are a mission church in the Missionary Diocese of The Most Holy Trinity of the Orthodox Anglican Church.

This sowing opportunity - or fundraiser, if you prefer - is in order for use to purchase the first of two necessary Heat Pumps for the facility that has been generously offered to St. Thomas for our use, as well as help with some unavoidable expenses associated with a new mission.

As I mentioned we've been generously - and graciously - offered the use of a former Disciples of Christ building. We will be the sole tenants, and as part of our rent-free lease agreement we must resolve the heating issue. Until heat has been established we can not utilize our entire worship space. The necessary 5 Ton Heat Pump - that this fundraiser is for - will provide the much needed heat for the santuary space, which will allow us to hold services in there.

Currently our plans involve us utilizing space heaters in the Fellowship Hall, however they can only do but so much, and there's obvious safety concerns with longterm use. After having various HVAC professionals evaluate our situation and provide qoutes, we settled on a local HVAC company that has agreed to install the 5 Ton Heat Pump and Air Handler, wire up the Aux Heat found in the Fellowship Hall's Air Handler, and do all other necessary things to ensure the safe use of the equipment.

If for whatever reason you're uncomfortable with donating online you can mail your gift to the following address:

St. Thomas Anglican Mission
P.O. Box 291
Cobbs Creek, VA 23035

Check made out to: St. Thomas Anglican Mission

As the Missionary Deacon-in-Charge it is my prayer and hope that St. Thomas becomes a place where people hurt by the Church, hurt by their addictions, their struggles, and their doubt - some of which can be great – will have the opportunity to encounter the risen Lord; to be enveloped by his grace as found in the baptismal waters, and to mysteriously experience Christ through the sacrament of Holy Communion. I firmly believe that as these folks believe, they will see him working in and through their lives; they will encounter Jesus - week in and week out - as they engage in the life of his Church.

Many of the life trials that we seek refuge from are also things that can cause us to doubt. It’s for that reason that my aim – Lord willing – is to form a community of people where the broken can find rest from the hurts of their past as they encounter Christ. The recovering will be encouraged to dream the dreams of tomorrow as they engage with the Sacraments. And the revived are challenged to change the reality of today by living into the fullness of the Christian Faith.

St. Francis of Assisi said, “We have been called to heal wounds, reunite what has fallen apart, and bring home those who have lost their way.”

At the end of the day that is the heart of St. Thomas Anglican Mission.

Consider partnering with us as we establish a sacramental presence here in Mathews County, Virginia, by proclaiming Christ in Word and Sacrament.

Grace and Peace to You.

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Blackwater, VA
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