Parish Email for Friday, 17 September 2021



Due to a high local “daily new cases” rate, we are having no indoor gatherings.  Masks are strongly suggested even outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.  Covering our noses and mouths is how we love one another right now.


The Right Reverend William H. Stokes has announced he is retiring in June 2023.

On Sunday, September 26th, St Thomas will meet after the 10:30 AM service to nominate 6 people to attend a Special Convocation. This Special Convocation Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 24th to elect one clergy and one parishioner to be on the Bishop Search and Nomination Committee.

We’re looking for nominations for representatives who will attend the Special Convocation, if elected. You can send nominations of confirmed adults (16 years+) in good standing (pledging generally) to by the afternoon of Wednesday afternoon, September 22nd.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can also email or call Eric Cephas at or 201-602-9454.

Are you off to school this fall? Students, faculty, and staff are invited to bring backpacks, briefcases, or other articles that represent your engagement with school in order that we might bless them as a community. Leave articles on the ground immediately in front of the altar before the service or after the homily at the 10.30 service this Sunday!

Thank you to everyone who helped organize, contribute to and carried out the Rally/Kick-Off picnic!

The Fall Flea Market is tomorrow Saturday, 18 September from 8am to 2pm.  Rain Date 25, September 2021. Please contact Debbie Lubelski for information and table rentals at 856-694-2449.

Due to the rising Covid numbers and safety protocols we are observing to keep everyone safe, the Ministry Fair is cancelled.  If you have information/pictures/etc. that you would like distributed to the congregation, you can forward them to Sarah Ternay at or 609-254-8974.

Fall is coming!  So what does that mean?  It means the St. Thomas flea market, cooler weather, apple cider, beautiful leaves, playoff baseball, and yes, Stewardship season. That time when we step back and reflect on all of God’s blessings in our lives; and respond with our pledges to St. Thomas’ so that we can collectively do God’s work.  October is coming and it’s Stewardship Month.

The ECW is selling Shopping Passes for the Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” fundraiser again this year.  With a $5.00 donation to St. Thomas’, you receive a 25% off shopping pass to be used at  the Deptford Boscov’s store on Wednesday, 20 October.  (Some departments are 10% or 15% off)  To get your shopping pass, please see Linda K or other ECW members at the 10:30 outside Sunday service or call Linda at 856-769-2315.

On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southwest portion of Haiti. This devastating earthquake was followed by Tropical Storm Grace on Monday night and much of Tuesday. More than 1 million people, including more than half a million children, have been impacted by the back-to-back disasters, and the death toll is close to 2000. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are responding immediately with direct assistance to vulnerable households in the region, as partners plan long-term recovery. Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of these disasters. To assist in these efforts, visit

Daily Covid Cases can be found for Gloucester County here:

New college activity! This month we’re starting a new liturgy aimed at Rowan students and others of college age: Compline & Pizza! At 8pm on Wednesday nights, we will gather outdoors at the Lychgate for a sung service of Compline, followed by pizza and conversation. Please pray for this new endeavor and especially for our neighbors at Rowan.

Soles for the Harvest 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run is sponsored by the Office of Jubilee Ministries in the Diocese of NJ!  Walk, jog, run and/or donate to support St. Thomas’ and Kitchen of Hope!  Contact Tal Kramer or check the website here for details.

Our collection for Episcopal Community Services is over but you can still contribute to help support new ministries in New Jersey by donating here:   Learn more about their work at 

Lectionary readings for this week: Proverbs 31:10-31, Psalm 1, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a, Mark 9:30-37

Lectionary readings for next week: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22, Psalm 124, James 5:13-20, Mark 9:38-50

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Dorothy, Chuck, Jennifer, Brandon, Shana, Barbara, Nancy, Russell, Mary Esther, Linda, friend of Kathy, Eric, Eleanor, Jackie, Marie, Bill, Melvin, Cass, Dean, Dot, Frankie, Vicki, Irene, Lois, Kitlin, Billy, James, Jon, Tony, Joe, Adam

If you are scheduling events at St. Thomas’ – or re-scheduling or canceling – please be sure to email the church office ( with all calendar updates. The canonical church calendar can be seen at . An up-to-date calendar avoids conflicting events and hurt feelings: it’s part of how we love one another. If your event is not on the calendar, your space isn’t reserved!

Announcements for the parish email are due via email by noon on Wednesday of each week. You can email them to

See the official St. Thomas’ calendar for a list of upcoming events.

Are you serving in liturgy? Check the rota!

Full-text of the liturgy is available at


Fall 2021 at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist on Lawn: Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer Online: Mondays, 4pm
  • Holy Eucharist at the Lychgate: Wednesdays, 5.30pm
  • Evening Prayer Online Only: Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Live-streaming of Evening Prayer: Saturdays, 5:30pm


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