We live so close to so many treasures of the area: Yellowstone Park, Shell Canyon, Sunlight Basin, the Pryor Mountains. We also live close to a treasure of our diocese: Thomas the Apostle Center. TAC is an ecumenical, interfaith retreat center operating with the support of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming. It is dedicated to fostering spiritual, physical, and intellectual growth in a quiet, reflective environment.
The center is just 23 miles from Powell, on the east side of Cody. From Beacon Hill road, just cross the Greybull Highway and follow the signs and the slope up to the center’s campus. The center works with a variety of organizations to provide a place for training, retreat and socializing.
Just in the last few months, St. John’s has been able to foster development in several ministries. Megan Nickles attended mandatory EfM mentor training with people from around Wyoming, Montana and California in August, and in September she participated in a lecture series “First Century Women’s Peculiar Predicament”. The seminar was lead by The Rev. Dr. Jack Guigere, pastor emeritus of the Grosse Pointe United Methodist Church in Michigan and consultant to Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.
In September, The Commission on Ministry held a workshop for Worship Leaders, Lectors, and Lay Eucharistic Ministers-LEMs (both who serve at the altar and taking the Eucharist out to the community) and included a review of preaching requirements in congregations and a discussion of the theology and utilization of acolytes. Diana Anderson, Laura Greathouse, Carra Wetzel and Jan Lenhard attended; Charlotte Patrick presented a talk on enlivening the ministry of reading scripture.
Our senior warden, Sue Woods, went to a stewardship workshop lead by Greer Terry of Jackson, and our youth formation minister, Jane Woods, will be attending a workshop on Godly Play on October 8th.
TAC is also a connected to the diocese as a “Video Tele-Conferencing” site. Using the internet, video camera and large screen monitor, any meeting or workshop can be seen and heard at the eight other VTC sites around Wyoming. This technology allows for full participation from each site, and makes large gatherings such as the pre-convention meetings possible with significantly less travel and expense.
The best way to support TAC is to go there, enjoy the offerings and the excellent food. Upcoming workshops include pastoral care and making an attractive church.
For more information, talk to the two of our members who are on the Board of Directors at TAC, Sue Woods and Ron Lytle, or go their website: http://tac.diowy.org/