Parish Email for Friday, 20 October 2023

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Services for Jacqueline Imes Jenkins will be held at St. Thomas’ on Saturday, 21 October, beginning at 1.30pm.  Repass afterwards; contact Vivian H. to help out.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Negro College Fund.




Dear St. Thomas’,

The renewed conflict in the Holy Land, which marked its beginning with
the horrific actions of Hamas extremists last week, has been much on
many minds and many hearts. Thousands of Jewish people have had their
lives taken or forever changed. Thousands of Palestinian people
unconnected to Hamas, including many Christians, have been similarly
killed and hurt, or had their homes and businesses destroyed. The
situation in the Middle East has long been fraught beyond easy solutions
or even easy explanation. We continue to pray to God, who is bigger than
every conflict, for relief for every victim and, finally, a durable and
just peace.

Did you know the Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, so much in the news
this week, is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem? You can
read more about it, or make donations through a reliable partner, the
American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Read Presiding Bishop Curry’s comments on these events here.

See a news report on the hospital’s most recent trauma here.

Prayer is the most important thing you can do. Giving can be a form of
prayer. I invite your heart-felt and meaningful support of God’s
suffering children wherever they may be found.




Starting this Sunday!

TEC@RU continues it’s Monthly Concert Series on Sunday, 22 October at 6PM.  Come listen to talented Rowan music students and show them that St. Thomas’ welcomes their presence! This month features a string duo, starting at 6PM in the nave.

Last Week To Donate!

The Sunday School will be participating in the Glassboro Fire Department’s Trunk or Treat on 25 October.  They are in need of a lot of bagged candy for this event.  If you are able to donate, there are bins in the Nave and Parish House.  Donations will be accepted up until the day of the event!

The Diocese ECW annual meeting and ingathering of the UTO offering will be this Saturday, 21 October at 10 am at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 410 S. Atlantic Ave, Beach Haven, NJ, 08008.  Bishop Sally French will be speaking.  You can watch or get info on the livestream here.

St. Thomas was recognized for outstanding service at the recent Partners Award Luncheon by the Food Bank of South Jersey, Above, Vivian H accepts the Partners Award from Christopher Luebbe, senior manager, programs and services at the Food Bank, “… for dedication to the Food Bank’s  weekend meals pack and summer meal program which has improved the lives of countless children in South Jersey.”  Food Bank of South Jersey the Direct Service Partnership Award for outstanding service to St. Thomas Episcopal Church food pantry. Your dedication to the weekend meal packs and summer meal program has improved the lives of countless children.  Congratulations!

Every three years the Diocese ECW asks that the churches nominate a “Woman of Honor.”  Congratulations to Vivian H, our St. Thomas’ 2023 “Woman of Honor”!  Vivian is actively involved in every aspect of St. Thomas’ and most especially, the driving force behind Kitchen of Hope.  Vivian always demonstrates love of God, family, and church and is most certainly a “Woman of Honor”.  We were very delighted to celebrate with Vivian at last Sunday’s Ladies Tea.

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:  Exodus 33:12-23, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Matthew 22:15-22, Psalm 99

Lectionary readings for next week:  Deuteronomy 34:1-12, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, Matthew 22:34-46, Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Lou, Jennifer, Cameron, Jane, Bob, Nicandro, Kevin, Diane, Sandy, Gayle, Rose, Sally, Michelle, Crystal, Ed, Gerry, Diane, Gloria, Karen, Lloyd, Marlene, Christina, Robin, Valentina, Theresa, Albert, Jackie, Sheila, Minerva

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Prayer requests can be sent to

Watch our livestream here Saturdays at 5:30pm and Sundays at 8am & 10:30am!

Full-text of the liturgy is available at

Need a ride to church?  The van offers transportation for the Sunday 8AM and 10:30AM services every 2nd Sunday of the month.  Upcoming opportunities for rides:  12 November, 10 December, 14 January.


Fall at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist – Rite II (Nave): Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist – 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 – Rite II with music (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10:30am
    • Every 1st Sunday of the Month Meets in the Nave
  • Centering Prayer (Nave): Mondays at 4pm (also on Zoom)
  • Evening Prayer (Nave):  Mondays at 4:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist at Lych Gate (most times):  Wednesdays, 5:30pm



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