Parish Email for Friday, 10 June 2022

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The CDC COVID-19 Community Level is HIGH. This means masks are required at any indoor gatherings at St. Thomas’, including gatherings for worship.

Kitchen of Hope is tomorrow, Saturday, 11 June.  Contact Vivian H. (856-366-8461) if you’d like to help!

Congratulations to Canon Donna Freidel, Esq., recognized for her outstanding service to the Diocese of New Jersey and installed as an honorary canon at Trinity Cathedral this past Saturday.

We want to hear from you!  We have extended the deadline for the survey until 27 June!

The Strengths and Interests Committee is conducting a survey so we can learn more about our parishioners and what you would like offered at St. Thomas that doesn’t currently exist.  We also want to know what are your talents?  What are your interests?  The survey is streamlined and takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.

  • Each family member should complete the survey individually
  • Easily completed on a computer, mobile phone, iPad
  • A summary of responses will be shared (anonymously) after survey completion
  • Survey Link:
  • You may scan the QR code below to access the survey
  • If you require a paper copy to complete the survey, please contact Jo-Ann T. or Devin D.
  • Paper copies will also be available at worship services

This Sunday we continue our celebration of Pride Month. Come at 9am to participate in a special adult formation offering led by Sarah T. and based on reading Scripture together.

The overwhelming message of the Bible, in story after story, is that of God’s radical love and welcome. Every time we think we know who’s in and who’s out, God does something to challenge those assumptions, to unbind our hearts and minds from old ways of understanding, and to draw the circle ever wider.  This is setup in a fun, informal reader’s theater – no costumes or props!  Readers needed!  Every Sunday in June at 9 AM in the Lower Level Parish Hall.  Find this week’s script here.

Do you have a freezer taking up space that you don’t use anymore?  Kitchen of Hope is in need of one to replace a failing unit.  Contact any board member if you would like to contribute one – it’s a tax write off!

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested, or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Kitchen of Hope is looking for volunteers for our next gleaning trip on 23 June at 11AM.  Contact a board member if interested.

Louie Crew

Esteemed writer, poet and professor, Louie Crew could be considered a local celebrity!  Lifelong Episcopalian, Crew was born in  1936.  He taught English in 12 different schools spanning over 6 states and overseas, ending his career just upstate at Rutgers University.  In 1974, Crew founded “Integrity USA”, an Episcopalian group focused on gay acceptance.  “Integrity USA” is still active today.  He co-founded the LGBT Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English and served on the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (the organization from which our Adult Forum offering is derived.) He served in several capacities in the Diocese of NJ including executive council and as deputy to six triennial national General Conventions.  He has been published over 2,600 times including essays, poems, manuscripts and books. Crew married his long time partner, Ernest Clay in 1974, “although at the time their marriage had no legal standing. They married legally on August 22, 2013 and Crew took on his husband’s last name. The two are featured together in “Not That Kind of Christian” an 80-minute documentary film”  He passed away in 2019 at 82 years old.

Watch “Not That Kind of Christian” here.


Our COVID protocol is following the CDC guidelines for Gloucester County. Masks are presently required. Please be sure to stay on top of your recommended vaccinations and masking to protect all those you love.

If you would like to contribute to the work of Episcopal Relief & Development serving refugees from Ukraine, you can donate here.

Lectionary readings for this week:  Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15, Psalm 8 or Canticle 13 (or Canticle 2)

Lectionary readings for next week:  1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a, Psalm 42 and 43, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Joann, Jennifer, Lou, Mary Esther, Chuck, Ruth, Lois, Kathy, Jack, Stacey, Jim, Donna, Jim, Kass, Kathleen, Tyler, Carl, Linda, Ed, Jackie, Katie, Shannon, Brandon

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Prayer requests can be sent to

Watch our livestream here Saturdays at 5:30pm and Sundays at 10:30am!

Full-text of the liturgy is available at


Pentecost at St. Thomas’

  • Hearts Unbound Adult Formation: LLPH in-person every Sunday in June, 9am
  • Holy Eucharist Outdoors and Streaming online: Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer Online: Mondays, 4pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave and Streaming online: Saturdays, 5:30pm



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