Parish Email for Friday, 11 November 2022

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Bishop Stokes has written to all of us a Pastoral Letter on the Anniversary of Kristallnacht. I commend it to your careful consideration. I am grateful we have a pastor who speaks clearly to the evils and temptations we face in our efforts to live out our faith with authenticity.

Join us for Adult Formation this Sunday at 9am for the final installment of our series on “The Book of Common Prayer – Beyond the Dirty Pages”. Then stay for Coffee Hour at 10am!

Would you like to help light the Advent candles this year? We need two people at the beginning of EACH weekend liturgy from 27 November through 18 December, meaning there is lots of opportunity for you to participate. Often families or friends like to team up for this short, simple act of service. If you would like to sign up, please email with the day and time of the liturgy in which you would like to serve in this way.

Coming soon: Thanksgiving potluck! Please speak to Deacon John if you can help!


On November 20 at 4 PM, the early (Tudor era) music ensemble from Rowan University music department, presents a program at the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1720 Old Black Horse Pike, Chews Landing (Blackwood) NJ, under the direction of Dr. Lourin Plant. The performance length will not exceed approximately one hour. Masking is encouraged but not mandatory. The choir and Episcopal Church Women of the parish are preparing a light reception of snack foods popular during the Tudor era.

The Jane O.P. Turner fund is a special fund administered by the Diocese of New Jersey for families who need financial assistance due to expenses incurred in the care of children with incurable or terminal illnesses. See the notice on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall to learn how to apply for consideration.

The 11th annual Soles for the Harvest 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run is tomorrow, 12 November 2022 and is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, Office of Jubilee Ministries.  Details about the event can be found here or by contacting Tal K.


November is a month to give thanks and throughout November, United Thank Offering (UTO) boxes and envelopes will be in the church and Parish Hall.  Each year, this collection from the congregation is presented to the Diocese of New Jersey through the ECW.

“UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for these blessings and make an offering.”

In 2022 the Diocese Executive Council awarded over a million dollars in grants with funds collected in 2021. Coins, cash, or checks written to St. Thomas’ with UTO on the memo line all will be gratefully received!  Thank you!

As Episcopalians, we belong not just to a congregation but a Diocese. There are many ways to serve God’s community on the Diocesan level, and several of those opportunities (“offices”) will be filled at our 2023 convocation. Now is the time to make nominations! See the letter, list of offices to be filled, and nomination form on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or online.

Our COVID protocol is following the CDC guidelines for Gloucester County. The CDC COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM. This means masks are not required. But they are still simple and effective protection. Please be sure to stay on top of your recommended vaccinations to protect all those you love.

Lectionary readings for this week: Isaiah 65:17-25, Canticle 9 (BCP, p. 86), 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-19

Lectionary readings for next week: Jeremiah 23:1-6, Canticle 16 (BCP, p. 92), Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Jennifer, Mary Esther, Don, Cameron, Ruth, Joe, Barbara, Kathy, Jane, Rose, Sarah

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Fall at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist (Nave – now with music!): Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave – Rite I (Nave):  Sundays, 8am
  • Adult Formation (Parish Hall):  Sundays, 9am
  • Coffee Hour (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10am
  • Holy Eucharist (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer (Nave): Mondays at 4pm (also on Zoom)
  • Holy Eucharist at Lych Gate (most times):  Wednesdays, 5:30pm



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