Adult formation is back this week! Join us on Sunday, 12 July, at 10am as Jonathan Wilson begins a four-week online series on Light in the East: Exploring the Wide World of the First Christians. The Jesus movement has always called believers from diverse nations and cultures. Yet sometimes Americans imagine that the church’s diversity is the work of modern missionaries. Join us in a four-part historical series as we uncover the original “bigness” of our faith by exploring the surprisingly vast world of Jesus and his early followers.
Our Deacon Intern, Jeannie Marcucci, will lead a class following Jonathan’s: two weeks on Just and Proper Use: A Small Study in Eco-Spirituality. You can download a copy of the booklet or email or call the church office if you would like us to mail you a paper copy. Then stay tuned to study with Jeannie on 9 and 16 August.
Sunday School for children at St. Thomas’ is taking the summer off, as is our normal rhythm. However, the Diocese of New Jersey is continuing to offer an online option: check it out!
If you’re looking for something else to do with your little ones, Father Todd’s friend Nicole is posting a weekly Bible story and craft series called Wade in the Water all summer long!
Kitchen of Hope’s mission of combating food insecurity is more important than ever during this time of mass unemployment. Therefore we will be offering food distributions on two different Saturdays in July: the second and the fourth (11 July and 25 July). Volunteers are needed but you must sign up with Vivian H. and come only during your assigned shift so that we may continue to comply with state and Diocesan guidelines on social distancing! KoH will operate a little differently this week due to the Food Bank’s scheduled being altered by the Independence Day holiday.
The Stay Safe Committee has released an initial report which is being reviewed by the Vestry and will then be submitted to the Diocese of NJ. We continue to work our careful, methodical way toward meeting in person once again. Thank you to everyone who is contributing to make sure we as a parish act in a responsible, safe, loving way! If you’re curious, you can see the training video (about 30 minutes) and/or the video with instructions for communion (about 4 minutes), both provided by our Diocese to guide our work in re-opening our campus. Also, the NY Times published a story this week about outbreaks associated with re-opening churches: it’s a serious issue!
Barb J. is looking for her black quilt display rack. The last time it was used was in the Parish Hall for our Black History Month celebration on 23 February. Please let her know if you have seen it.
Do you need a haircut? Let Aden C. show you how it’s done!
New Jersey Together is gathering more than 300 people from across the state to to ratify a non-partisan agenda focused on racial equity and criminal justice. Our Bishop and the Diocese of NJ have played a significant role in this effort. The group is laying the groundwork for a virtual action in August with 1,000+ across the state. Their desire is for at least five people from St. Thomas’ to join their planning team on July 27th. All you need to do is register at http://www.njtogether.org/july27
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Lectionary readings for this week: Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9,18-23
Lectionary readings for next week: Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-30,36-43
Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Brad, Joann, Ruth, Chuck, Medical Personnel threatened, sickened, and dying from their service to patients with Covid-19, Bryan, Dave, Debbie, Charles, Pat, Mike, Kim, Joan, Tommy, Riley, Steven, Kate, Tracy, Sofia, Bobby, Mary, Andrea, Nancy, Tamara, Ginny, Tal, Sr., Elsie, Donna
Jazz: Songs of Resilience and Strength
“Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from [jazz]. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
- 7/10: LaVon Hardison Quartet
- 7/17: Nichole Walters Quartet
- 7/24: Stephanie Porter Quartet
- 7/31: Jeremy Bacon Quartet
Saturdays, 5:30pm: Evening Prayer
Sundays, 8am: Morning Prayer (recorded)
Sundays, 9am: Sunday School (Diocese of NJ)
Sunday School for children
Sundays, 10am: Adult Formation
Sunday School for adults – some Sundays in summer
Sundays, 11.15am: Holy Eucharist at the National Cathedral
Mondays, 4pm: Centering Prayer
Tuesdays, Noon: Coffee Hour
Wednesday, 6.30pm: Prayer in the Evening
Wednesdays, 7.00pm: Bible Study with the Bishop
Emergency Pastoral Care: