Bishop Stokes recommends for all our reading an insightful and easy-to-understand article by Erin Bromage entitled The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them. It is especially relevant as begin to look toward the light at the end of the tunnel and think about what life could be like “after lockdown.”
See an important and insightful Pastoral Letter from our Bishop and the Bishop of Newark.
This Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension, one of the seven primary feasts of the entire Church Year! Join us online at 7pm as we celebrate this festival together.
We just received word that Family Promise is not going to bring in new families before June 1 as they are going to take the time to do a deep cleaning of the day center. Thus, we will not need any dinners or any volunteers for our host week! We greatly appreciate everyone who stepped forward and will reach out to you before our next hosting week, when hopefully the world will be returned to something closer to normal.
Kitchen of Hope’s mission of combating food insecurity is more important than ever during this time of mass unemployment. We have increased our operations to two distributions per month. If you wish to volunteer, it is imperative that you sign up for a shift instead of just showing up as we did in the past. Please contact Vivian H. to do so (or leave a message with your contact info at the church office).
Lectors (those who read Scripture in our services) are signing up for when they want to read over the next few months. If you would like to read, please contact Kathy I. or leave a message at the church office!
ATTENTION YOUTH OF ALL AGES: The Diocese is providing special programming for all youth, grades 6-12, online. There are also special meetings for educators. Read about it and sign up!
Long-time members of St. Thomas’, Annette Baker, Alice & Daniel Kapr, little Tyler Nguin (who hasn’t been a member quite as long, only having been born in 2018!) and the newest baby, Grace, are moving to Pennsylvania for Kwon’s (Alice’s husband’s) new job at the end of this month. They will be missed! Their new address will be 132 Iron Bark Court; Collegeville PA 19426.
The Spring Flea Market will not happen this May! Clean out stuff, get ready for September! God willing! Debbie L.
During the building closure, Evening Prayer is being offered live on Saturday nights. On Sunday mornings, at 9am we have Sunday School for young children and the 10am slot is used for Formation. Morning Prayer is offered as a pre-recorded video for you to view at an hour convenient to you.
I wanted to thank you so very much for all of your help with the blood drive this Tuesday. We had an amazing turnout and are so thankful for each and every donation. I wanted to share the great results with you and let you know what a difference these donations will be making. We were not only able to reach, but exceeded our goal at an AMAZING 186%!! [Goal = 15 units, Total donated = 28 units from 29 donors.] These donations will allow us to help up to 84 hospital patients and their families! We are so grateful for your continued support, especially during such difficult times. With your help, and the generosity of all of these donors, we were able to continue our mission of sustaining a stable and safe blood supply for our hospitals! – Mary Depasquale
If you miss your Forward Movement: Day by Day booklet, you might want to check out their podcast!
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Lectionary readings for this week: Acts 17:22-31, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21, Psalm 66:7-18
Lectionary readings for the Feast of the Ascension: Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53, Psalm 47
Lectionary readings for next week: Acts 1:6-14, 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11, John 17:1-11, Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36
Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Dot, Tina, Don, Brad, Joann, Chester, Ruth, Chuck, Sarah, Jim, Medical Personnel threatened, sickened, and dying from their service to patients with Covid-19, Carol, Bob, Pat, Armand, Jimmy, Lisa, Idalia, Roy, Joe, Dee, Mike, Jean, KOH volunteers and those they serve, Bryan, Bill, Tracy, Sandy, Catherine, Michelle, Kris, Owen Family, Tom
St. Thomas’ is feeding more hungry people than ever. More than 36 million people filed unemployment claims in the United States in the last two months. What do you do with a number like that? There are two things we can do. We can urge our governments to act. And we can act. In the face of such overwhelming need, our actions may seem token or symbolic. But that doesn’t make them any less important. Real people are getting real food because of Kitchen of Hope. And our efforts, on our scale, are modeling what we believe is the just, loving response at all levels to a sudden epidemic of economic trauma.
Saturdays, 4:30pm: Adult Formation
Saturdays, 5:30pm: Evening Prayer
Sundays, 8am: Morning Prayer (recorded)
Sundays, 9am: Sunday School
Sunday School for children
Sundays, 10am: Adult Formation
Sunday School for adults
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: