Parish Email for Friday, 14 April 2023

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Starting this weekend, 2 concurrent, 4-week Adult Forum programs will be offered!

Are you interested in a practical conversation about the Basics of Bible Study? (This is part of our ongoing “ABCD’s of the Faith” series.) Join us for a 4-part conversation on the four Sundays following Easter (16 April-7 May), at 9am in the Parish Hall, followed by Coffee Hour.

In celebration of Campus Pride Month, join us for the Adult Formation offering, Hearts Unbound.  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.  We will be exploring 4 new stories, setup in a fun, informal reader’s theater – no costumes or props!  Readers needed!  Contact Sarah T. for questions/more info.  Starting 16 April at 9 AM in the Lower Level Parish Hall.  See this week’s script here.

TEC@RU concludes it’s Monthly Concert Series for the semester on Sunday, 16 April at 6PM.  Come listen to talented Rowan music students and show them that St. Thomas’ welcomes their presence! This month features a Saxophone Ensemble, starting at 6PM in the nave.  You can find out more about this group on instagram.

Our student choir director, Chris S. will be holding their senior recital in the nave on Friday, 21 April at 5pm.  A light reception will be held afterwards in the parish hall. Please join us for this entertaining evening of music!

We had a full house this past Easter Sunday!  He is Risen!

Thank you to everyone who came out for Kitchen of Hope!  Our next giveaway is 13 May.

The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop (JNCPB) is continuing its work to prepare The Episcopal Church for the election of the 28th Presiding Bishop at General Convention in 2024. To that end they are releasing three essays this month to help inform the church about the ministry of the Presiding Bishop.  Read the third and final essay regarding The Basic Timeline and Steps of the Nominating and Election Processes here.  You can also read the first essay here and the second here.

Father Glenn D. and his husband César M. would be grateful if you could join them at their home for an Open House and/or House Blessing on April 16.  Follow this link for details and note, there are three pages, please scroll down to see parking information and a map:  Open House Mailout for St. Thomas

202 Broadway
Westville, New Jersey 08093
Mobile: 619-751-5556

Jane Addams

American settlement activist, reformer, social worker, sociologist, public administrator, philosopher, and author are just some of the hats Jane Addams has worn.  Her achievements are truly too innumerable to fit into one small blurb.  As a child, Addams attended Sunday School regularly and became fascinated by religion as a young adult.  She was baptized a Christian in the Cedarville Presbyterian Church, and Christianity would influence all of her future social work.  She co-founded the Hull House in Chicago with Ellen Gates Starr, early America’s most prominent settlement house that influenced others across the nation.  Settlement houses were built in “poor urban areas, in which volunteer middle-class “settlement workers” would live, hoping to share knowledge and culture with, and alleviate the poverty of, their low-income neighbors.”  “In 1898, Addams joined the Anti-Imperialist League, in opposition to the U.S. annexation of the Philippines.  She went on to speak and campaign extensively for Roosevelt’s 1912 presidential campaign.  In January 1915, she became involved in the Woman’s Peace Party and was elected national chairman and became a major synthesizing figure in the domestic and international peace movements.”  In 1931, Addams became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  She passed away on May 21, 1935, at the age of 74.


There are many small cogs in the the wheel that keep the church running.  One of those things are keeping our areas neat and clean?  Do you have some time once in a while to help clean up around the nave or parish hall?  Sweeping, mopping, taking out the trash and other small projects are always in need of a hand and many hands make light work!  If you are interested in giving a little time to this important part of the church’s function, reach out to the office!

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:  Acts 2:14a, 22-32, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31, Psalm 16

Lectionary readings for next week:  Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23, Luke 24:13-35, Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Jennifer, Cameron, Jane, Richard, Bea, Sue, John, Becky, Terryon, Bob, Andrea, Mary Esther, Braelynn, Jeffrey, Sam, Brian, Bill, Heather, Stacey, Antoinette, Tal, Barbara, Brenda, Neil, Tammy, Walter

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Spring 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
  • Children’s Sunday School (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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