Jim LaFreeda died on July 22nd, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Marie. Jim’s funeral will be held on Sunday, August 2nd at Matthis Funeral Home (43 Delsea Dr N; Glassboro, NJ). The service at 5.30pm will be limited to 25 people, but visitation from 4pm-5.30pm will be open to those who want to come greet Marie and the family.
Come join us for Evening Prayer on Saturday night at 5.30pm when we will offer Birthday and Anniversary blessings!
This week in adult formation (Sunday, 2 August, at 10am), Jonathan Wilson completes a four-week online 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.
Our Deacon Intern, Jeannie Marcucci, will lead a class following Jonathan’s: two weeks on Just and Proper Use: A Small Study in Eco-Spirituality. You can download a copy of the booklet or email or call the church office if you would like us to mail you a paper copy. Then stay tuned to study with Jeannie on 9 and 16 August.
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!
There is no Game Night this weekend; game night for teens will re-commence on 13 September!
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 August: the second and the fourth (8 August and 22 August). 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!
The Stay Safe Committee continues to do preparation work for gathering our parish back together again. If nothing changes for the worse, we are expecting to begin celebrating the Holy Eucharist together again following the Labor Day weekend. If you’re curious, you can see the training video (about 30 minutes) and/or the video with instructions for communion (about 4 minutes), both provided by our Diocese to guide our work in re-opening our campus.
Dear St. Thomas’ Church family, We sincerely appreciate and thank you for your kind expressions of sympathy at Charles’ passing. The outpouring of support and caring has brought much solace and will help sustain us as we grieve our loss. Having many of you present at the graveside service was a comfort and we are forever grateful for your support. We ask for your continued prayers during this time of bereavement. Peace and blessings, Nancy and Tamara Floyd
Thank you to all our St. Thomas family for your prayers, love and support during this difficult time. We are all greatly comforted by your caring. -The Freidel-Kramer Family
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Lectionary readings for this week: Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17:1-7,16, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21
Lectionary readings for next week: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33
Please continue in your daily prayers for: Dennis, Marge, Brad, Joann, Ruth, Medical Personnel threatened, sickened, and dying from their service to patients with Covid-19, Joan, Steven, Nancy, Tamara, Donna, Sandy, Freidel-Kramer Family, Rona, Joan, Kathy, Marie, Dawn
|August Birthdays||August Anniversaries|
|2 Barbara C.||1 Wayne R. & Lenore L.|
|3 Harold L.||4 Jonathan W. & Dani A.|
|6 Eric S.||15 Robert & Barbara C.|
|8 Jennifer E.||25 Tal K. & Donna F.|
|8 Linda S.|
|8 Elias H.|
|9 Trevor B.|
|9 Brenda M. (90th)|
|9 Bill W.|
|13 Ted D.|
|14 Carol R.|
|18 Robert C.|
|19 Jakob M.|
|21 Chip S.|
|22 Valerie S.|
|22 Tyler N.|
|23 Barbara K.|
|23 Baylor L.|
|24 Wanda R.|
|25 Noah G.|
|27 Carol S.|
|28 Kristin D.|
|28 Kimberley H.|
|29 Mike K.|
Brenda M. is celebrating her 90th birthday in just over a week! Send her a card at 455 Hurffville Cross Keys Rd, Apt 711; Sewell NJ 08080.
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.
- 7/31: Jeremy Bacon Quartet
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
Emergency Pastoral Care: