Parish Email for Friday, 15 September 2023

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A Memorial Service for Lois Miltimore will be held on October 14, 2023, at Central Baptist Church, 37 S. Jackson Street, Woodbury, NJ. Visitation will be 10:30-11:30am, service from 11:30-12:30pm with a luncheon to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can made in memoriam to St. Jude’s at this site: See the obituary at


Thank you to everyone who attended the picnic/kickoff Sunday!  Special thanks to Barbara and Terry C for organizing!

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.

Come out early this Sunday for the Annual Ministry Fair!  See presentations from the many ministries St Thomas’ has to offer and see where you fit in!  Begins at 9AM during the formation hour this Sunday, 17 September.

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

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!

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’.

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!

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.

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.

Want an easy job to do while you’re already at church?  Why not be an Usher?  Ushers handle all types of small/odd jobs during the service like ensuring everyone has supportive worship books and papers, present gifts, greet new visitors and more.  Ask any Usher for more information.

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 14:19-31, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35, Psalm 114

Lectionary readings for next week:  Exodus 16:2-15, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16, Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Lou, Jennifer, Cameron, Jane, Bob, Jess, Ginny, Dolly, Dianne, Jessica, Gage, Betty, Nicandro, Erin, Joseph, Al, Betty, Jim, Chrissy, Karen, Jacqueline

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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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