Parish Email for Friday, 3 September 2021



Due to a high local “daily new cases” rate, we are having no indoor gatherings.  Masks are strongly suggested even outdoors, regardless of vaccination status.  Covering our noses and mouths is how we love one another right now.


Birthdays & anniversaries will be celebrated at the Sunday service this week, and Saturday next.

Kitchen of Hope is next weekend, Saturday, 11 September.  Contact Vivian Hanson (856-366-8461) if you can help Friday for setup or Saturday for distribution.

Next Sunday 12, September 2021 we will be having our Rally/Kick-Off picnic. Come join in the fun 11:00-2:00pm.  The picnic will be held on the lawn next to the rectory.  We will have food, games and entertainment all done in a way to ensure safety during this Covid-19 time. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Gretchen Owen 856-264-5681.

Start to get ready for the Fall Flea Market to be held Saturday, 18 September from 8am to 2pm.  Rain Date 25, September 2021. Please contact Debbie Lubelski for information and table rentals at 856-694-2449.

Fall is coming!  So what does that mean?  It means the St. Thomas flea market, cooler weather, apple cider, beautiful leaves, playoff baseball, and yes, Stewardship season. That time when we step back and reflect on all of God’s blessings in our lives; and respond with our pledges to St. Thomas’ so that we can collectively do God’s work.  October is coming and it’s Stewardship Month.

On Saturday, August 14, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southwest portion of Haiti. This devastating earthquake was followed by Tropical Storm Grace on Monday night and much of Tuesday. More than 1 million people, including more than half a million children, have been impacted by the back-to-back disasters, and the death toll is close to 2000. Episcopal Relief & Development and its partners are responding immediately with direct assistance to vulnerable households in the region, as partners plan long-term recovery. Your generous gift can provide assistance to help people in the wake of these disasters. To assist in these efforts, visit

Our collection for Episcopal Community Services is over but you can still contribute to help support new ministries in New Jersey by donating here:   Learn more about their work at 

A Collect for Labor Day

Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Lectionary readings for this week: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23, Psalm 125, James 2:1-10, [11-13], 14-17, Mark 7:24-37

Lectionary readings for next week: Proverbs 1:20-33, Psalm 19, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38

If you are scheduling events at St. Thomas’ – or re-scheduling or canceling – please be sure to email the church office ( with all calendar updates. The canonical church calendar can be seen at . An up-to-date calendar avoids conflicting events and hurt feelings: it’s part of how we love one another. If your event is not on the calendar, your space isn’t reserved!

Announcements for the parish email are due via email by noon on Wednesday of each week. You can email them to

See the official St. Thomas’ calendar for a list of upcoming events.

Are you serving in liturgy? Check the rota!

Full-text of the liturgy is available at


Summer 2021 at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist on Lawn: Sundays, 10am
  • Centering Prayer Online: Mondays, 4pm
  • Holy Eucharist at the Lychgate: Wednesdays, 5.30pm
  • Holy Eucharist Online Only: Saturdays, 6pm
  • Live-streaming of Holy Eucharist: Saturdays, 6pm

Rally Day & Picnic: 12 September, Picnic follows 10am service

Ministry Fair:  19 September, between 8am and 10am service


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