Parish Email for Friday, 3 December 2021


Wanted: Families to light the Advent wreath each week of Advent! Email with the week you would like to light the wreath (28 November, 5 December, 12 December, 19 December) and which service (Saturday or Sunday) .

Blessings for Birthdays & Anniversaries are offered the first Sunday of each month. Come to church this Sunday to receive a birthday blessing!

This week the Diocese of New Jersey celebrates ECS Sunday! ECS-NJ is a new initiative that focuses on proactively addressing human needs, such as food and shelter, and relentlessly working against both social and racial injustice. St. Thomas’ helped lead the way as a founding sponsor of ECS-NJ when we gave nearly $12,000 following a summer campaign. Thank you for being a light in our Diocese, modeling love for our neighbors and a spirit of commitment to the good works of our larger Diocesan community.

The leaves are falling: that means it’s almost time for Grungy Sunday! Join us right after the 10.30 service on Sunday, 5 December as we clean and beautify the St. Thomas’ campus in preparation for the winter months.

Join us 7 December at 7pm for Advent Vespers – St. Thomas’ Young Preachers Series celebrating the feast day of St. Nicholas of Myra, Bishop.  Can’t make it to the service?  Watch it live here!

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (Pitman) is hosting its annual Hol-Lee Fair tomorrow, Saturday, 4 December, 2021 from 9am to 3pm.

Mark your calendar to join us throughout the season of Advent

  • 7 December, 7pm: Feast of St. Nicholas of Myra, Bishop
  • 14 December, 7pm: Feast of St. John of the Cross, Mystic
  • 21 December, 7pm: Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle
  • 22 December, 7pm: Longest Night Mass (Blue Christmas)
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve
    • 4pm: Outdoor Eucharist
    • 7pm: Eucharist in Parish Hall (and streamed)
    • 11pm: Eucharist in Nave (and streamed)
  • 25 December, 10am: Nativity of Our Lord (and streamed)

Daily Covid Cases
can be found for Gloucester County here.

Lectionary readings for this week:  Advent 2 – Baruch 5:1-9, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6, Canticle 16

Lectionary readings for next week:  Advent 3 – Zephaniah 3:13-20, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18, Canticle 9

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Dennis, Marge, Joann, Lou, Jennifer, Jackie, Gary, Paul, Marie, Carl, Gage, Walter, Robert, Kevin, Yomaira, Jared, Bob, Sandy, Karen, Janet, Marilyn, Lori, Ginny

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Fall 2021 at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall and Streaming online: Sundays, 10:30am
  • Bible Study on the prophet Isaiah Online:  Sundays, 6pm (not meeting 28 November)
  • Compline Online:  Sundays, 7pm (not meeting 28 November)
  • Centering Prayer Online: Mondays, 4pm
  • Holy Eucharist at the Lychgate: Wednesdays, 5.30pm
  • Compline & Pizza (especially for Rowan students) at the Lychgate: Wednesdays, 8pm
  • Holy Eucharist in the Nave and Streaming online: Saturdays, 5:30pm


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