Parish Email for Friday, 17 February 2023

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The CDC COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM. This means masks are not required but still not a bad idea! COVID exposures (being around someone who has COVID but doesn’t realize it yet) are still happening, including at church.


This weekend we welcome our guest preacher for Black History Month, Canon Barbie Bach, to both the 8am and 10.30am services on Sunday!

Stay after the 10:30 service for our Black History Month Annual Luncheon!

Ash Wednesday Schedule at St. Thomas’ – 22 February

7:30am-8:30am – Ashes to Go (Drive through at the Lych Gate)

12pm – Holy Eucharist (Nave)

4:30pm-6pm – Ashes to Go (Drive through at the Lych Gate)

7pm – Holy Eucharist (Nave)

Thank you to everyone who came out to help with Kitchen of Hope!  Our next giveaway is Saturday 11, March.

Read A pastoral word from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the death of Tyre Nichols

Read We Must Stop Forgetting by the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

Partner with Episcopal Relief & Development to provide support to people affected by the deadly earthquake along the border between Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria. Visit today to make a contribution to the Türkiye (Turkey)-Syria Earthquake Response Fund

TEC@RU is a group of local churches committed to the spiritual and physical well-being of the students, faculty, and staff of Rowan University. Chiefly, we like to pray, we like to socialize, and we like to eat! The spring semester of events have just kicked off and we are looking for volunteers to help show Rowan students that they are welcome and loved!  Upcoming events include Ashes to Go (22 Feb, 9am-11am, 2pm-4pm), Church in the Woods (2pm on 9 Feb, 9 March, 13 April, 11 May), student-led trainings, Monthly Concert Series in the Nave and more!  Contact Rachael O, or Father Todd to get involved!

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:  Last Sunday after the Epiphany:  Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9, Psalm 2

Lectionary readings for next week:  First Sunday in Lent:  Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19, Matthew 4:1-11, Psalm 32

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Jennifer, Mary Esther, Cameron, Joe, Jane, Lori, Richard, Bea, Sue, Lenore, John, Cris, Jamie, Laura, Judy, Becky, Cindy, Heather, Bill, Theresa

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Winter 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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