Parish Email for Friday, 6 August 2021



The coronavirus has not receded as hoped this summer. Due to low vaccination rates, the virus has been given opportunity to develop new, more infectious variants. The United States, and New Jersey, are experiencing another surge in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Thus, in following the recommendations of the CDC, our state government, and our Diocese:

1. Masks should be worn at all times while indoors on the St. Thomas’ campus.

2. Masks are optional for those who have been fully vaccinated while outdoors.


The St. Thomas’ Church School Annual Picnic is tomorrow, Saturday, 7 August, from noon to 6pm at Camp Fun ‘n’ Sun (1036 N. Tuckahoe Rd., Williamstown, NJ 08094). Join us for lots of food, games, and swimming. We will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 2pm. For additional information, please contact Terry and Barbara Cadogan.

There will be no Saturday Evening Service at St. Thomas’ this week: join us at the picnic instead!

Thank you to Dr. Barbara and Terry Cadogan for organizing this weekend’s Church School Picnic!

Thank you to all those who organized and provided food for our Family Promise neighbors this week!

All through the summer we are collecting funds for Episcopal Community Services. Make your check payable to St. Thomas’ and mark “ECS” in the corner.

Did you know that St. Thomas’ produces our own daily podcast of Morning Prayer? Are you interested in listening, recording, helping with or learning about what we do? Join us for a Conversation about the Daily Office on Thursday, 12 August, at 7pm online!

Safe Church training is once again being offered live. While you can renew your training online, the first time you take it must be done in person. All Vestry members, staff, and anyone who works with children at St. Thomas’ is required to have this training. For more information and for training schedules, see

Lectionary readings for this week: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33, Psalm 130, Ephesians 4:25-5:2, John 6:35, 41-51

Lectionary readings for next week: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, Psalm 111, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58

Episcopal Relief and Development sent a thank you letter for our gift of $802. The letter has been posted in the Parish Hall.

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!


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 in Nave: Saturdays, 6pm
  • Live-streaming of Holy Eucharist: Saturdays, 6pm

Family Movie Night on the Lawn: 27 August, 7.30pm

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


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