Parish Email for Friday, 26 June 2020


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Dear St. Thomas’,

Summer is here! Businesses and other organizations are re-opening. The Stay Safe Committee is hard at work so that St. Thomas’ can join them! But the news leaves us with much uncertainty. Enjoy this season as you can, get outside, but please continue to exercise caution to take care of your health.





The (Partly) Anglican Origins of American Racism, Part 2/2: 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’, helps us examine how Anglican and Episcopal churches contributed to early American ideas about race. Sunday morning at 10am.

Sunday School for children at St. Thomas’ is taking the summer off, as is our normal rhythm. However, the Diocese of New Jersey is continuing to offer an online option: check it out!

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!

Anna Marie W. is turning 90 on 1 July! Send her a Happy Birthday card at 11 N. Ambler Road; Somers Point NJ 08244.

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: Genesis 22:1-14, Psalm 13, Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42

Lectionary readings for next week: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45: 11-18, or Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Brad, Joann, Ruth, Chuck, Medical Personnel threatened, sickened, and dying from their service to patients with Covid-19, Bryan, Dave, Debbie, Charles, Pat, Mike, Kim, Joan, Tommy, Riley, Steven, Kate, Tracy, Sofia, Bobby, Mary


This Weekend Online

Weekdays Online

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



Junior Warden Joe Rizzuto, along with the Tuesday night crew, have been at work on the Bell Tower Project. A new mechanism has been fabricated and installed for the bell, along with a new line down into the narthex. Further work in cleaning and lubricating the axel and refurbishing the “windows” around the bell is still in process. Soon St. Thomas’ bell will once again be announcing to the surrounding community, “We are praying for you!”



Hear some music from our very own Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg and the Atlantic Brass Band!

Or maybe check out my friend Wyatt playing the harpsichord!


Are you challenged/confused/disturbed by all the language going around about white privilege? The Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean of the National Cathedral, addresses this idea very clearly and non-threateningly in his sermon at the National Cathedral last Sunday.


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.

Contact Father Todd if you would like scholarship help! This is an excellent resource!


We celebrate the saints:

Cornelius Hill
Priest and Chief Among the Oneida, 1907


This Week at St. Thomas’

  • MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY DAILY OFFICE The Daily Office is the cycle of prayers traditional to Christians (and Jews before us!) that we see hinted at in the Psalms and elsewhere. Join St. Thomas’ as we pray, Monday through Saturday. Morning Prayer is posted online each morning at 5am. You can listen to it at whatever time suits you. Compline (bed-time prayers) meets live online at 9pm.

See a list of upcoming events or check them out on a calendar.


Saturdays, 5:30pm: Evening Prayer

Sundays, 8am: Morning Prayer (recorded)

Sundays, 9am: Sunday School (Diocese of NJ)
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

Daily on Weekdays: Morning Prayer and Compline



Office telephone:

Emergency Pastoral Care:


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