Parish Email for Friday, 2 October 2020



Feast of St. Francis and Pet Blessing

This year of Covid-tide, we will celebrate our pet blessings as a drive-through at the Lych Gate. Come by on Saturday (3 October), between 4-5pm with your pet in your car! This will be a non-contact event.

62. A Prayer attributed to St. Francis

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

(BCP, 833)


The youth (middle & high school) will have a combined Sunday School and Game Night Sunday night at 6pm via Zoom! Contact Dan O. for connection details.

Sunday School for children meets on Sundays at 9am online.

Coffee Hour will not meet this coming week. Join us next Tuesday online at noon!

Wednesday night Eucharist is on hiatus until 28 October.

Adult Formation which normally meets on Saturday nights will not meet these next three weeks: 3, 10, 17 October.

Saturday night services will be Evening Prayer for 10, 17, 24 October.

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 October: the second and the fourth (10 October and 24 October). Volunteers are needed but you must sign up with Vivian Hanson and come only during your assigned shift so that we may continue to care for one another’s health by social distancing!

On 1 November we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints with baptisms! If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child, please contact Father Todd as soon as possible!

Our schedule of liturgies will continue to be in flux as we adapt to the conditions around us. More than ever, volunteers are needed in order to enable us to continue using our campus. Cleaning, setting up, and maintaining supplies are all tasks that you could help with. Please contact a member of the Vestry or a Safety Coordinator if you would like to participate. The more volunteers we have, the more often we can meet together safely without burning anyone out!

The Funeral for Mary Tyers will be in the St. Thomas’ Memorial Garden on Saturday, 17 October, at 11am. (Mary died on 11 May.) In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Help support St. Thomas’ on Oct. 14th and 15th with the Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends Fundraiser”. This year, NO shopping pass to buy! Shop Boscov’s in the store, or online, on Oct. 14th & 15th & everything is 20% off their sale prices. At checkout designate St. Thomas’ as the recipient, and St. Thomas’ receives 5% of the cost of your purchase! Thanks!

A message from Episcopal Relief and Development: While the pandemic claims our attention both in the US and abroad, we find ourselves nearing the height of the Atlantic hurricane season. Already, we’ve seen the Gulf Coast devastated by Hurricane Laura, and we’ve also witnessed the tragic wildfires as they rage in California. The weeks and months ahead hold a great deal of uncertainty, and they ask one thing of us: Be ready. So that we can continue to provide relief in communities across the country — and be ready to act in the weeks ahead — I ask you to make a donation to Episcopal Relief & Development’s Disaster Fund.

Amid all the challenging news of 2020, some tragedies linger on from years past. One of these is the Opioid crisis, unabated. The Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of the Diocese of New Jersey is holding an online workshop entitled The Intersection of COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis: How Can the Church Respond? with special speaker, Dr. Arnold Washton, MD. The workshop will be held online tomorrow, Saturday, October 3, from 9:30AM to 1:30 PM. To Register, call 609-921-2420 or e-mail

Pledging Report

  September YTD
Pledged $15,027 $142,202
Given $18,313 $133,789
Fulfillment 122% 94%

The Bishop George E. Councell Memorial Golf Tournament will take place this year on Monday, October 12, 2020 at Mercer Oaks Golf Club in West Windsor, New Jersey. It includes 18 Holes of Golf; Continental Breakfast, Box Lunch and Plated Dinner; Fabulous Prizes, Raffle, Silent Auction and what promises to be a day of Great Fellowship and Fun! The cost is $175 per person, which includes meals, green fees and cart. Read more.

Registration for the Soles for the Harvest 5K and Fun Run/Walk is now open. This year it will be a virtual run, at a time and on a course of your choosing between 1-7 November. Sign up online and choose “St. Thomas’ Church – Glassboro” as the recipient for your donation or fund-raising efforts: that way, 100% of your gift will go to Kitchen of Hope!

Announcements for the bulletin or parish email are due into the office by noon on Wednesday of each week. You can email them to or call the office at 856-881-9144. Announcements are subject to editing due to limited space.

Lectionary readings for this week: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20, Psalm 19, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46

Lectionary readings for next week: Exodus 32:1-14, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-14

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Joann, Joan, Lemmerman family, Livingstone, Lois, Jonnell, Handell, Jimmie, Rich, Sandy, Christopher, Lou, Marie, Colleen, Nancy, Stormy, Sally, Oscar

October Birthdays October Anniversaries
1 Marilyn E. 2 Scott & Stephanie W.
1 Christian S. 9 Bob & Kathy S.
3 Donna F. 16 Ted & Terry D.
4 Deacon Lou D. 17 Bill & Pat W.
5 Jerry C. 18 Mike & Barbara K.
8 Wayne C. 21 Joe & Sid D.
8 Jeremy O. 26 Dcn Lou & Marie D.
8 Chrissy M. 30 Dcn Ken & Amy C.
8 Bobby K.  
10 Elaine L.  
13 Becky F.  
15 Dylan R.  
15 Carolyn T.  
15 John B.  
15 Monet H.  
15 Hudson R.  
16 Joseph R.  
19 Nathaniel M.  
20 Colette D.  
25 Rasheen Sal B.  
27 Tommy L.  
29 Bill B.  


This Weekend Online and at St. Thomas’

Weekdays Online

Online events hosted by St. Thomas’ are accessed via Zoom: instructions here.



The Right Reverend Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia,
offers a timely reflection on non-violence, and understanding,
and resisting fear.

Watch here: Please Don’t Feed the Fears


During this season of coronavirus infections, when attending events on campus at St. Thomas’, please demonstrate your love for your friends and neighbors by:

  1. Wearing a mask (covering both mouth and nose)
  2. Remaining six feet apart from anyone you don’t live with
  3. Refraining from touching, hugging and shaking hands – even during the Peace
  4. There will be no singing
  5. Service bulletins you have touched must be taken home
  6. After the service everyone must disperse with no lingering
  7. No sharing of common objects such as pens, paper, etc.


Dear People of God in The Episcopal Church,

At baptism, we promise to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. Today, Episcopalians are turning out in cities and towns across the United States to make that promise real by demanding an end to systemic racism. With a gift to the BLESS Annual Appeal, you can support their ministry and The Episcopal Church’s witness for justice at this pivotal time.

If your income is uninterrupted during the coronavirus pandemic, we invite you to join us in supporting Episcopalians working against racism with a gift to the BLESS Annual Appeal.

You can make a gift online or you can call 212-716-6002 and make your gift over the phone. Thank you.

In Christ,

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings
President, House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church

Mr. Byron Rushing
Vice-President, House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church


See a calendar of Saints of the Episcopal Church.
Which Saint will you remember today?


See the official St. Thomas’ calendar or a list of upcoming events.
Are you serving in liturgy? Check the rota!


Saturdays, 6pm: Holy Eucharist
in the Nave: limited to 9 households or 17 people

Sundays, 8am: Morning Prayer with Sermon

Sundays, 9am: Sunday School
online: for children & teens

Sundays, 10.30am: Holy Eucharist
outdoors, rain or shine

Mondays, 4pm: Centering Prayer

Tuesdays, Noon: Coffee Hour
online – not meeting 6 Oct

Wednesdays, 7.00pm: Bible Study with the Bishop

Daily on Weekdays: Morning Prayer
online: recorded



Office telephone:

Emergency Pastoral Care:
Call this number if you have a pastoral emergency, such as an alert about an ailing parishioner, a hospital stay, a death in the family, or to request last rites. Leave a message and with a phone number for your call to be returned.


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