Parish Email for Friday, 17 November 2023

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An Invitation from Bishop French

Everyone interested in having a healthy congregation is invited to join a Diocesan conversation about just that! The special speaker, the Rev. Alissa Newton, knows what she’s talking about and is always a joy to be with. You are welcome to attend online, and you will find it even more profitable in-person, at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton, on Friday evening (18 Nov) and Saturday morning (18 Nov). Register here.

It’s Giving Tree season once again!  Look for these trees in the Upper Level Parish Hall and the Nave.  Each ornament has an item chosen by a child hand picked from KoH families and others in need of some help this Christmas.  If you have any questions, please contact Sarah T. or Vivian H.

  • Please return any/all gifts unwrapped.
  • Affix the ornament to your unwrapped gift (this helps us know who it belongs to!)
  • Place any/all gifts in the designated boxes in the Nave and Parish Hall
  • Please return all gifts by 3 December
  • Thank you for your generosity!

Check out this article about St. Thomas’ parishioner and Rowan professor Heather L., who just published her new book, Psalms of Unknowing.


This week Presiding Bishop Curry called the Church to respond to violence in Gaza by demanding a stop to the killing. “Today I raise my voice for love because more than 10,000 people have died in Gaza, including more than 4,000 children. The violence is horrific, and the geopolitics are complex, but my call to love is simple: Stop the killing. Stop all of it. Stop it today.”

Read Bp. Curry’s statement in full

See some context at Episcopal News Service

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:  Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30, Psalm 123

Lectionary readings for next week:  Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46 Psalm 100

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Lou, Jennifer, Cameron, Jane, Bob, Sally, Gloria, Ed, Yomaira, Jamere, Cliff, Joe, Jerome, Ed, Dwight, Betty, Sandy

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