St. Thomas Episcopal is the only Episcopal church in Falls City, but it
is by no means new. Located at 16th and Harlan,across from the post office,
St Thomas has been in essentially the same location since 1868.
See the history link at the top of the page for more details. With such
a long tenure, it is not surprising that our services have much of
tradition in them, but our outlook to the future is modern in
concept but traditional in execution.
The parishes of the Episcopal Church are regulated
by a pastor (rector) and
vestry system. The vestry is elected by the congregation, and they in
turn locate and hire a rector The Vestry is made up of a Senior
Warden, A Junior Warden, and a number of vestry members. How many
members depends on the size of the congregation. Our Vestry (left to
right in back) are Larry Parrish (Pastoral Leader), Bob Drummond,
Elizabeth Drummond, Tom Whitehouse, and Joe Wittwer (Junior
Warden) . In the front row are Kathy Davis and
Cooper. See picture..
High Church Episcopal services resemble Roman
Catholic in many ways. It would be difficult to tell the difference,
especially early in the service. Episcopal churches embrace many
different levels of formality however, the most formal and traditional
being refered to as high churches, and the least formal being called
low churches. Regardless of which type of Episcopal Church you visit,
all baptized christians are welcome to participate fully in our Holy
Eucharist service. Except in unusual circumstances, we have the
Eucharist every week. Episcopal Priests are not required to be
celibate, and most are married and raising families.
St. Thomas participates in the Richardson County
Ministerial Association, the food pantry, and other charitable
organizations. We have an active outreach program that supports youth
activities, libraries, charitable organizations, and occasionally
individual people in need. We believe in the power of prayer, and have
recently started a prayer service for anyone that needs it. See the
prayer line link at the top of the page.
St. Thomas is traditional in appearance as you can
see from the photograph at the left. Our exposed beam and
stucco sanctuary are right out of old England. The beautiful
windows have a history of their own, as you will see if you follow the
history of St. Thomas link at the top of the page.
The links at the top of the page will give you
further information about St. Thomas and the Episcopal Church. We hope
you will find yourself interested and drop by to see for yourself how
beautiful a traditional church can be.