Parish Email for Friday, 23 December 2022

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Mark your calendar to join us throughout the season of Advent and Christmas

  • Saturday 24 Dec, 4pm:  Christmas Eve Eucharist with Carols
  • Saturday 24 Dec, 7pm:  Christmas Eve Eucharist with Choir
  • Saturday 24 Dec, 11pm:  Christmas Eve Midnight Mass with Incense
  • Sunday 25 Dec, 10.30am: Christmas Day Mass (no 8am)



Many thanks to all who contributed to the United Thank Offering.  We have sent a check for $381.00 to the Diocese to be used for grants in 2023.

We will be reinstating our pot luck dinners starting with the Epiphany Pot Luck on Saturday, January 7th at about 6:30 after the 5:30 service!  Please come to share fellowship and food!

The Transition Committee invites you to meet our bishop candidates when they’re here in the diocese for the Walkabouts. The candidates will visit with the public 10-13 January, and tour the diocese. Their visit will include visiting the cathedral and several churches, talking about ministries, and meeting many New Jersey Episcopalians. As part of that visit, there will be four Candidate Forums for the candidates to answer questions and engage in conversation with us. Clergy and delegates to the electing convention are especially encouraged to attend a forum, but everyone is welcomed and all of the forums will be available for remote viewing via the internet. The forum at Holy Trinity, South River will be available in English and Spanish, both in person and on the livestream/recording. Mark your calendar now for the forum of your choice!  More information on locations/times can be found here.  The closest visit to our area will be Wednesday, 11 January 2023 at Church of the Ascension in Gloucester City.


Thank you to Chris Scire and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia for performing “A Seasonal Sinfonian Spotlight” last Sunday evening.  TEC@RU concerts will be taking a break in January and will be returning in February!

Our COVID protocol is following the CDC guidelines for Gloucester County. The CDC COVID-19 Community Level is MEDIUM. This means masks are not required. But they are still simple and effective protection. Please be sure to stay on top of your recommended vaccinations to protect all those you love.

Lectionary readings for this week: Isaiah 52:7-10, Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12), John 1:1-14, Psalm 98

Lectionary readings for next week:  Numbers 6:22-27, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:15-21, Psalm 8

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Jennifer, Mary Esther, Cameron, Joe, Jane, Katherine, Chris, Stacey, Terry, Ginny, Erin, Joey, Jason, Tina, Andrew, Lori, Richard, Cress Family, Theresa, Catherine, Barbara, Bea, Sara, Gwen, Sue

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Winter at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist (Nave – now with music!): Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave – Rite I (Nave):  Sundays, 8am
  • Adult Formation (Parish Hall):  Sundays, 9am
  • Coffee Hour (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10am
  • Holy Eucharist (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer (Nave): Mondays at 4pm (also on Zoom)
  • Holy Eucharist at Lych Gate (most times):  Wednesdays, 5:30pm



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