Parish Email for Friday, 1 September 2023

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The Annual Church Picnic will combine with the Annual Kickoff on Sunday, September 10, 2023 at Camp Sun N’ Fun. 1036 N. Tuckahoe Rd., Williamstown, NJ. 08094. Stay tuned for the sign up sheet for dishes.

We will also be offering a blessing of the backpacks and a commissioning of the church school teachers.

This week, 3 Sept, the 10.30 service will be outdoors, weather permitting. Bring a chair!

Are you interested in learning what it truly means to be a disciple for Christ? St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s first Adult Formation class of the year will cover that and more in our four-week book study, Belonging: Five Keys to Unlock Your Potential as a Disciple by Karoline M. Lewis. This book study, led by Rachael O. will begin on September 24th in the Parish Hall at 9 AM and will continue until October 15th. If you are interested in participating in the book study, please purchase Belonging at a bookseller near you, such as Barnes & Noble and Words Matter Bookstore in Pitman, NJ, or borrow the book at your local library. If you have any questions, please speak to Rachael O. at

Did you know that the first women to be ordained in the Episcopal Church were ordained in Philadelphia in 1974? Fifty years later, a documentary film has been made about “the Philadelphia Eleven” and will be screened on-site at the beautiful and historic Church of the Advocate on Saturday, 30 September, at 2pm. Cast members will be in attendance! We have ten tickets! Please email to reserve yours and join Fr. Todd at this event. First come, first served! Also specify whether you would be interested in a carpool from St. Thomas’.

The annual Fall Flea Market will be on Saturday, September 16, 2023. Anyone interested in renting a table can contact Barbara C. 609-876-7245.

SAVE THE DATE!  The Annual Ladies Tea is returning, Sunday, October 8th immediately following the 10:30 am service!  Hoping all ladies of the church will come and join us for the fellowship, tea, and goodies!

The ECW will be having a meeting Sunday, September 24th, immediately after the 10:30 am service in the lower level of the Parish Hall.  Please come!

St. Thomas’ is once again participating in the Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” fundraiser.   The ECW is selling 25% off passes to used in-store at Boscov’s only on Wednesday, October 18th from 8 am til 11 pm.  Passes are $5 and the entire $5 goes to St. Thomas’. Please see Linda K or other ECW ladies to get your pass.

I just want to extend my dearest thanks to you for stepping up in our time of need and for opening up your doors to us on Monday for the blood drive. We are so very thankful that we were able to collect much needed blood donations! Please extend our sincere thanks to all from the church who came out in support. These donations will be such a great help right now for our hospitals especially as we soon be issuing an emergency appeal.

Blood Drive Results

Goal:  22
Presented:  13
Deferred:  1
QNS:  0
Power Red:  1

Total Units:  13

Thank you so much for all you do!!


Come to church this weekend for birthday and anniversary blessings!

September Birthdays

8       Dcn John H
10      Marie D
14      Lenore L
21      John T
21      June E
21      Bonnie D
21      Sandy B
22      Donna B
30      Trudy G

September Anniversaries

5       Tom & Gretchen O
7       Elvin & Joan D
15      Matthew & Kristin W
16      Carl & Linda K
20      John & Donna B
23      Bill & Sandy B

If you would like to support relief efforts for those suffering from the fires in Hawai’i, Bishop Fitzpatrick of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i suggests donations to the Episcopal Ministry on Maui called A Cup of Cold Water .  You can send checks to: A Cup of Cold Water, 2140 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793. Or you can donate online by giving to the Bishop of Hawai’i’s pastoral fund which will then be forwarded on to A Cup of Cold Water.

Stewardship Committee – Sustainability is a $10 word basically meaning the way we keep something going over time. Think legacy; think durability; think eternity. You can also think: stewardship – another $10 word, depending on who you ask. Stewardship is about getting people to engage with Father, with Son, with Holy Spirit, and with St Thomas’.  We want to help encourage people to celebrate what our church does for our community of faith and beyond. If I describe the stewardship committee based on what we’ve done in the past, it may only serve to limit your vision, when really, if you have public speaking skills, writing skills, event planning skills, activity coordinating skills, or just about any talent you’re willing to share, you could be a part of this. Engaging with people and exciting them to put God first is what we’re about.  Please see Eric C. to find out how you can help.

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:  Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28,Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c

Lectionary readings for next week:  Exodus 12:1-14, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20, Psalm 149

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Lou, Jennifer, Cameron, Jane, Bob, Jess, Ginny, Dolly, Dianne, Dean, Richie, Christopher, Sandy, Robin, Valentina, Donna, Jackson, Jessica, Gage, Betty

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Summer at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist (Nave – now with music!): Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave – Rite I (Nave):  Sundays, 8am
  • Coffee Hour (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10am
  • Holy Eucharist (Nave): Sundays, 10:30am



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