What’s Happening?

Advent at St. Thomas’

It’s Advent as St. Thomas’! What hasn’t been happening? Very little! On Advent 3, Gaudete Sunday, we rejoiced as the children presented a pageant (on the stage!) telling the story of the birth of Jesus. On Tuesdays in Advent we celebrated Evening Prayer, commemorating Saint Nicholas of Myra, Thomas Merton, and St. Thomas the Apostle. Our young preachers each challenged and encouraged us in our faith. Finally, Advent means the joy of decorating, preparing for Christmas. The youth built Gingerbread Houses and the adults decorated the Nave. It’s Advent at St. Thomas’!

Thanksgiving 2018

For Thanksgiving, many of us gathered at the church for Holy Eucharist at noon and a meal afterwards. Several Rowan students came and were deeply appreciative of our hospitality. St. Thomas’ is a family — with room to spare for our Rowan neighbors! Thank you to everyone who brought dishes to the meal and helped clean up afterward!

Renewal of Ministry

On Sunday, 18 November, St. Thomas’ celebrated a Renewal of Ministry, recognizing the changes that come when a church and a new Rector begin to work together. This was a big liturgy and a big reception, with very many people contributing to make them go. Thank you! St. Thomas’ was gracious and generous with our Bishop, local clergy, and numerous out-of-town visitors who came to celebrate with us!

Ham & Oyster 2018

Ham & Oyster 2018 was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen! Thank you, especially, to Linda Kinsley for her extraordinary organizational work this year. Our guests raved about the food, proclaiming the oysters the best ever (with our new breading mix!). The hours and effort that St. Thomas’ puts into making this event happen cause the vitality of our parish to shine for every person who walks in our doors every Election Day!

Pepper Hash Sunday!

Thanks to all who helped last Sunday to make 32 gallons of pepper hash for the Oyster & Ham Supper! Please remember everyone’s help is needed again all day this Sunday & Monday to prepare for the dinner. On Tuesday, Election Day, help is needed from 7 am until 9 pm.  Please find time to both help and also to come & enjoy the dinner!


Grungy Sunday

Grungy Sunday 2018

Thank you to everyone who participated in Grungy Sunday! We had a big turnout, a delicious lunch, and thanks to your labors, our campus is more beautiful inside and out! Thank you for making St. Thomas’ a more welcoming place for members and visitors alike: your work will make an impression on over 700 guests at the Ham & Oyster Supper, which is less than two weeks away!

HVAC for KoH

HVAC for the Kitchen of Hope
Thank you to Joe and Tal for organizing and effecting the installation of the HVAC for the Kitchen of Hope. It will be up and running this weekend, well before an upcoming inspection. Thank you to those who donated to defray the costs of the new unit. Kitchen of Hope is made possible by the good stewardship of the entire St. Thomas’ Community!

Ladies’ Tea

Ladies' Tea, 2018

Many thanks to the ECW for an amazing St. Thomas’ Ladies’ Tea 2018! We packed the Parish Hall and had to set up extra seating. The varieties of tea and treats were astounding. The fellowship was sublime. Thank you to our organizers and everyone who brought goodies to share. Thank you, St. Thomas’, for your faithful stewardship, which enables events like this to happen.