Parish Email for Friday, 3 July 2020


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A Collect for Independence Day
Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Collect for the Nation
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


This week is the first Sunday of the month: join us live on Saturday night as we celebrate Birthdays and Anniversaries!

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 onlinen option: check it out!

There will be no adult formation offering this Sunday. But fear not! Jonathan Wilson will be back on Sunday, 12 July, at 10am to begin a four-week series on Light in the East: Exploring the Wide World of the First Christians. The Jesus movement has always called believers from diverse nations and cultures. Yet sometimes Americans imagine that the church’s diversity is the work of modern missionaries. Join us in a four-part historical series as we uncover the original “bigness” of our faith by exploring the surprisingly vast world of Jesus and his early followers.

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 July: the second and the fourth (11 July and 25 July). 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!

Pledging Report

  June YTD
Pledged $15,027 $94,801
Given $15,155 $91,006
Fulfillment 101% 96%

Rich D. reports that his mother-in-law, Lillian S., would appreciate a phone call from you! Everyone in her Methodist Homes community in Pitman is remaining in their own rooms to avoid spreading the virus around – such communities have been among the hardest hit. Lillian would love to hear from you during her confinement! Contact Rich or the church office for her phone number.

Barb J. is looking for her black quilt display rack. The last time it was used was in the Parish Hall for our Black History Month celebration on 23 February. Please let her know if you have seen it.

My name is Mitchell M. and I am a recent graduate of Rowan University. I wanted to reach out to thank you for the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with the Kitchen of Hope. Over the past three years, I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to work with your church community and the Glassboro community, to provide food for others. Thank you so very much for this experience, and for treating us students like family at your church.

If you’re wondering whether the Parish Cookbook is still happening, it is! Keep sending in your recipes! We want to see them! Send in as many as you like, there is no limit. Email them to Sarah Ternay at or mail them to the church and we will get them!

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 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

Lectionary readings for next week: Genesis 25:19-34, Psalm 119:105-112, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

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, Andrea, Nancy, Tamara


July Birthdays July Anniversaries
1 Amy C. 12 James and Maiiya O.
1 Rachel H. 13 Richard V. and Colette D.
1 Florence H.  
1 Anna Marie W.  
3 Joan D.  
6 June S.  
8 Nathan S.  
9 Devin D.  
10 Handell H.  
10 Daniel O.  
13 Kristin W.  
14 Tracy D.  
14 Scott W.  
14 Stephanie W.  
15 Sadie E.  
16 Nancy R.  
16 Megan S.  
19 John H.  
20 James O.  
22 Lily G.  
23 Ethel D.  
24 Debbie L.  
24 Kass T.  
25 Butch T.  
30 Helene E.  
30 Kimberly V.  


This Weekend Online

Weekdays Online

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



Kitchen of Hope continues their stepped-up service to our community, providing food for hungry families twice a month. With more than 90 families served this weekend, the threat of food insecurity continues unabated. St. Thomas’ continues to manifest the presence of Christ in substantial, meaningful ways in our community even while our buildings are closed.


MusicCC0-small.Png Jazz: Songs of Resilience and Strength
“Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from [jazz]. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Watch this concert series from a parish in Seattle live on Youtube every Friday in July at 9:30pm (or view the recording the next day at your convenience!):

  • 7/3: Marina Christopher Trio
  • 7/10: LaVon Hardison Quartet
  • 7/17: Nichole Walters Quartet
  • 7/24: Stephanie Porter Quartet
  • 7/31: Jeremy Bacon Quartet

marina_christopher.jpeg July 3: MARINA CHRISTOPHER is a rising star in the Seattle jazz scene. Named as Earshot Jazz Magazine’s Emerging Artist of 2017, her style of jazz enthusiastically embraces the genre while blending in the music of R&B and pop. A native Seattleite, Marina grew up listening to her father playing jazz and boogie woogie on the piano. She began playing the electric bass at 11 and took up the upright bass at 12. Marina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Double Bass Performance from Central Washington University, where she studied with Jon Hamar. Marina is a founding member of the Mo Jam Mondays at the Nectar Lounge, has worked in the orchestra of Royal Caribbean cruise ships, is an established artist at SeaTac Airport, is a staple in the Seattle music scene headlining in many regional venues and has toured extensively. Do not miss the artist The Seattle Times declared one “you should get to know.”



Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions. “Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor” on Thu, July 9 from 12:30-2 p.m. is an online training event jointly hosted by The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to equip you. Both Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, will be part of this time of exploring the nature of faith-based advocacy, the issues to which we can speak, and the ways we can make our voices heard. Ordained ministers, Lutherans, Episcopalians, and friends are welcome to the free webinar and will leave with tools and inspiration to make a difference.

Register here and receive instructions for joining this event put on by the Episcopal Public Policy Network on Thursday, July 9.

Spots are filling up fast! If the webinar is full, please watch with us live on the EPPN’s Facebook Page.


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:

Walter Rauschenbusch, Washington Gladden, and Jacob Riis
Prophetic Witnesses, 1918, 1918, 1914


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 – not on 5 July
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



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