Parish Email for Friday, 22 September 2023

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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

Reading Schedule
9/24: Prologue & Introduction (pp. ix – 16)
10/1: Chapters 1-2 (pp. 17-50)
10/8: Chapters 3-4 (pp. 51 – 84)
10/15: Chapter 5 – Epilogue (pp. 85 – 106)

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!

The annual Pitman Glassboro Area CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, October 15th.  Check in by 12:15PM at New St Park in Glassboro on Walk Day or sign up now at:

Money and non-perishable food are accepted. Make checks payable to “CWS/CROP”. Donations can also be made online.

Part of every donation will go to local pantries and shelters: Kitchen of Hope, Samaritan Center, Pitman Pantry, the Shop at Rowan, Lighthouse Community Center, and Family Promise of Southwest NJ.

Please join the “St Thomas’ in Glassboro” Team to help raise money to feed the hungry near and far from our community.  For more info, contact Eric C.

Thank you to everyone who set up for, and attended the Ministry Fair!

One week away!  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!

The Van Ministry will start offering rides to and from the 8AM and 10:30AM services on the 2nd Sunday of each month, beginning 8 October.  Upcoming opportunities for rides to church will be available at the bottom of the newsletter each week.  Contact Sarah T. or the Church Office to get on the schedule!

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.

The Sunday School will be participating in the Glassboro Fire Department’s Trunk or Treat on 25 October.  They are in need of alot of bagged candy for this event.  If you are able to donate, there are bins in the Nave and Parish House.  Donations will be accepted up until the day of the event!

If you know someone who is homebound or does not have internet access to receive Parish Newsletters, please contact Sarah T. to get them on the mailing list.

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.

Looking to get directly involved with services? Acolytes are lay people who assist at the altar by lighting candles, helping prepare for communion, carry the cross in processional and so much more!  Adults and children 10 and up qualify to serve as an acolyte – no experience required!  Children will be trained to do tasks that match their ability, people aged 16+ will be trained as Eucharistic ministers to assist in administering the bread and wine at Holy Eucharist.  Trainings take place throughout the year – contact Sarah A.W. to 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 16:2-15, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16, Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Lectionary readings for next week:  Exodus 17:1-7, Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32, Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16

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, Jessie, Jonathan, Kevin, Diane

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Need a ride to church?  The van offers transportation for the Sunday 8AM and 10:30AM services every 2nd Sunday of the month.  Upcoming opportunities for rides:  8 October, 12 November, 10 December.


Summer at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist – Rite II with music (Nave): Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist – 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 – Rite II with music (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer (Nave): Mondays at 4pm (also on Zoom)
  • Evening Prayer (Nave):  Mondays at 4:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist at Lych Gate (most times):  Wednesdays, 5:30pm