This weekend is the last weekend for children’s Sunday School this spring! If you have a child (elementary school and younger), join us online Sunday at 9am! Whether or not you have your own child in the program, please join me in thanking Barbara K., Gretchen O., Barbara C., and Kathy S. for their faithful ministry and expressions of love for our parish’s children even through the challenges of Covid-19.
The (Partly) Anglican Origins of American Racism: To understand where we are, we need to consider where we’ve been. In this challenging two-part formation series, Jonathan W., a professional history instructor and member of St. Thomas’, will help us examine how Anglican and Episcopal churches contributed to early American ideas about race. Sunday mornings at 10am on 21, 28 June (this week and next!).
Kitchen of Hope’s mission of combating food insecurity is more important than ever during this time of mass unemployment. Therefore we will be offering food distributions on two different Saturdays in June: the second and the fourth (13 June and 27 June). Volunteers are needed but you must sign up with Vivian H. and come only during your assigned shift so that we may continue to comply with state and Diocesan guidelines on social distancing!
Ruth G. asks for prayers for her 18th great grandchild, Sofia, born Thursday this week. Sofia was born two months early and is doing well so far.
Anna Marie W. is turning 90 on 1 July! Send her a Happy Birthday card at 11 N. Ambler Road; Somers Point NJ 08244.
Join Poor People’s Campaign, the largest digital gathering of poor and impacted people in this nation’s history. More than 100 organizations will participate, along with 16 religious denominations, and national figures and celebrities. The core of the program will be the words and experiences of poor and impacted people from across this country—including direct testimony from Chaplains on the Harbor, and Episcopal Ministry in Washington State. Together, we will change the narrative. Join us on Saturday, 20 June at 10am and 6pm, and on Sunday, 21 June at 6pm online: https://www.june2020.org/
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Lectionary readings for this week: Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17, Romans 6:1b-11, Matthew 10:24-39
Lectionary readings for next week: Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42
Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Don, Brad, Joann, Ruth, Chuck, Jim, Medical Personnel threatened, sickened, and dying from their service to patients with Covid-19, Roy, Bryan, Tracy, Sandy, Catherine, Michelle, Kris, Owen Family, Tom, Gwendolyn, Simkins Family, Family of Dorothy Johnson, Tracy, Karen, Dave, Eunice, Darrell, Janet, Jade, Chris, Jimmy, Andrea, Leann, Family of Adriel, Jimmy, Debbie, Mike, Kim, Joan, Charles, Stormy, Tommy, Riley, Sandy, Steven, Sofia
The St. Thomas’ Stay Safe Committee, selected both for subject expertise and for representing a large cross-section of the life of St. Thomas’, is hard at work. Many of you responsded to a congregational survey during phone calls this past week: your answers will help inform the policies they shape. Once those policies are approved by the Diocese, we will be able to use those policies to resume operations safely on our campus. Thank you Eric, Mary Ann, Barbara, Sid, and Wayne, for your generous service to St. Thomas’!
This march has been moved online! Join us Saturday at 10am!
The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey Anti-Racism Ministry invites you to take advantage of these sequestered and less scheduled days to enroll in 20 hours of virtual Anti-Racism Training streamed to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. The training takes a historical approach to help participants understand systemic racism and empower them to confront and organize against racism, inequality, and injustice. Lecture and discussion topics include “What is Race?”, “Systemic Racism and White Privilege,” “Internalized Racism,” “The Role of the Church,” “Settler Colonialism,” “Racism in Immigration and Naturalization Legislation,” and “The Prison Industrial Complex.”
The training begins on July 10 with a Zoom videoconference plenary group session to introduce participants and instructors, schedule and program layout, requirements to receive a certificate at the end of the course, and opening exercises. Each subsequent day through July 31, participants will be presented with recorded lessons, lectures, and live interactive discussions via Zoom and Moodle, an online training platform.
Participation is required in four Friday Zoom group meetings:
- July 10, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
- July 17 7:00 to 9:00 PM
- July 24, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
- July 31, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Register for the course by July 6 ($50 fee). Scholarships are available. https://tinyurl.com/Anti-Racism-July2020
Contact Father Todd if you would like scholarship help! This is an excellent resource!
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 – some Sundays in summer
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: