Parish Email for Friday, 24 February 2023

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The CDC COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM. This means masks are not required but still not a bad idea! COVID exposures (being around someone who has COVID but doesn’t realize it yet) are still happening, including at church.


On 26, Sunday at 12 noon, we will be concluding our Black History Month activities by watching The Loving Story followed by group discussion led by Deacon John.

“A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The Loving Story is a story of love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic anti-miscegenation sentiments in the U.S. The Lovings, an interracial couple, fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, and, because of a confluence of social and political turmoil our reluctant heroes bring about change where previously no one else could. They are paired with two young and ambitious lawyers who are driven to pave the way for Civil Rights and social justice through an historic Supreme Court ruling, changing the country’s story forever.”



This Sunday, Adult Forum will begin it’s new series “The Way of Love.”  Led by Deacon John and promoted by Bishop Curry, this program ties the Easter Vigil readings to the seven practices of the Way of Love.  Each week lessons will be introduced, via video provided in the newsletter, and explored.  Weekly videos can also be viewed on the Adult Forum page of the website.

The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, communities are invited to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life. Together, we will reflect anew on the loving actions of God as recounted in the Easter Vigil readings. Together, we will walk through the depths of salvation history into the fullness of redemption.

Session One / TURN: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ (Romans 6:3-11)

Stations of the Cross, convened by Sara J. will take place every Friday in Lent at 7pm.

The Easter Vigil is coming (8 April, 6pm, in the Nave)! We need readers for the Old Testament letters: the more creative the better! You can perform a skit, read a story book, do reader’s theater, tell the story in your own words, or just read the text. Those who wish to sing or play psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs (without the word “Alleluia” in them)
are also invited. Please email to sign up, specifying which reading you want to offer. The more of us participate, the more joyful our Vigil will be!

Readings available:
1. Genesis 1:1-2:4a [The Story of Creation]
2. (Sarah T.)
3. Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 [Israel’s deliverance at the Red Sea]
4. Isaiah 55:1-11 [Salvation offered freely to all]
5. Baruch 3:9-15, 3:32-4:4
6. Ezekiel 37:1-14 [The valley of dry bones]
7. Zephaniah 3:14-20 [The gathering of God’s people]

We have nearly a table-full of seats spoken for for the gala. But St. Stephen’s (Mullica Hill) has two! Can we match them? Speak to Donna F. if you would like to join us at the Gala!

Read A pastoral word from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the death of Tyre Nichols

Read We Must Stop Forgetting by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

Partner with Episcopal Relief & Development to provide support to people affected by the deadly earthquake along the border between Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria. Visit today to make a contribution to the Türkiye (Turkey)-Syria Earthquake Response Fund

The Offline Outreach Ministry keeps parishioners who are homebound, far away or not connected to the internet up-to-date on goings-on around St. Thomas’.  Clocking in at about 10 minutes a month, this is one of the easiest ministries you can take part of and make a huge impact!  Requirements are being able to stuff a few envelopes with printed newsletters and dropping them in the mailbox.  All supplies are provided!  If you are interested in adding yourself to the roster, please contact Sarah T.

Interested in joining a new ministry but don’t know where to start?  Every week, a different group will be highlighted at the end of the newsletter.  Information about meetings, what they do in the church or community, contact info and more!  If you have content you want to share about your ministry, send it to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Lectionary readings for this week:  First Sunday in Lent:  Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11, Psalm 32

Lectionary readings for next week:  Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17, Psalm 121

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Jennifer, Mary Esther, Cameron, Joe, Jane, Lori, Richard, Bea, Sue, Lenore, John, Cris, Jamie, Laura, Judy, Becky, Cindy, Heather, Bill, Theresa, Bennett, Terryon, Melissa, Daniel, Annette, Roy, Ginny, Harley

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Winter at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist (Nave – now with music!): Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave – Rite I (Nave):  Sundays, 8am
  • Adult Formation (Parish Hall):  Sundays, 9am
  • Children’s Sunday School (Parish Hall):  Sundays, 9am
  • Coffee Hour (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10am
  • Holy Eucharist (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer (Nave): Mondays at 4pm (also on Zoom)
  • Holy Eucharist at Lych Gate (most times):  Wednesdays, 5:30pm



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