Parish Email for Friday, 6 October 2023

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Sunday, 8 October, following the Ladies Tea, about 12:30pm. The Sunday School / Youth Group will be going to McCann’s Farm in Monroeville. There is a wagon ride, a pumpkin patch, and a corn maze. The kid’s admission to these areas will be paid for by the youth group fund . Please contact Barbara K. by Friday, 6 October if you can come.

Collections for flower donations in thanksgivings or remembrances can be given to Donna F.

Sign up to be a Coffee Hour Host!  See Donna F. or the sign up sheet by the coffee machine to get on the schedule.

The Sunday School will be participating in the Glassboro Fire Department’s Trunk or Treat on 25 October.  They are in need of a lot of bagged candy for this event.  If you are able to donate, there are bins in the Nave and Parish House.  Donations will be accepted up until the day of the event!

Most of St. Thomas’ parishioners should recognize our talented piano player, Sean Baker, but we thought it time to let you know a little more about this gifted musician. Sean has been involved with providing music to St. Thomas’ since the fall of 2020. He is now in his senior year pursuing his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance at Rowan University. Sean enjoys accompanying ensembles such as Rowan’s Concert Choir, Voces, and other instrumental chamber groups in Rowan’s College of Performing Arts. Outside of performing, Sean enjoys cooking, home-brewing, coffee, and spending time with friends.


The annual Pitman Glassboro Area CROP Hunger Walk is Sunday, October 15th.  Check in by 12:15PM at New St Park in Glassboro on Walk Day or sign up now at:

Money and non-perishable food are accepted. Make checks payable to “CWS/CROP”. Donations can also be made online.

Part of every donation will go to local pantries and shelters: Kitchen of Hope, Samaritan Center, Pitman Pantry, the Shop at Rowan, Lighthouse Community Center, and Family Promise of Southwest NJ.

Please join the “St Thomas’ in Glassboro” Team to help raise money to feed the hungry near and far from our community.  For more info, contact Eric C.

If you know someone who is homebound or does not have internet access to receive Parish Newsletters, please contact Sarah T. to get them on the mailing list.

Are you interested in learning what it truly means to be a disciple for Christ? St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s first Adult Formation class of the year will cover that and more in our four-week book study, Belonging: Five Keys to Unlock Your Potential as a Disciple by Karoline M. Lewis. This book study, led by Rachael O. will begin on September 24th in the Parish Hall at 9 AM and will continue until October 15th. If you are interested in participating in the book study, please purchase Belonging at a bookseller near you, such as Barnes & Noble and Words Matter Bookstore in Pitman, NJ, or borrow the book at your local library. If you have any questions, please speak to Rachael O. at

Reading Schedule
10/8: Chapters 3-4 (pp. 51 – 84)
10/15: Chapter 5 – Epilogue (pp. 85 – 106)

If you would like to support relief efforts for those suffering from the fires in Hawai’i, Bishop Fitzpatrick of the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i suggests donations to the Episcopal Ministry on Maui called A Cup of Cold Water .  You can send checks to: A Cup of Cold Water, 2140 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793. Or you can donate online by giving to the Bishop of Hawai’i’s pastoral fund which will then be forwarded on to A Cup of Cold Water.

Make a difference to a homebound or otherwise immobile congregant by becoming a Eucharistic Visitor.  Give the gifts to persons in their homes.  This ministry has been sorely in need of help since the pandemic.  Reach out to Dcn John or Fr Todd if interested!

Interested in joining a new ministry but don’t know where to start?  Every week, a different group will be highlighted at the end of the newsletter.  Information about meetings, what they do in the church or community, contact info and more!  If you have content you want to share about your ministry, send it to to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

Lectionary readings for this week:  Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46, Psalm 19

Lectionary readings for next week:  Exodus 32:1-14, Philippians 4:1-9, Matthew 22:1-15, Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23

Please continue in your daily prayers for:  Lou, Jennifer, Cameron, Jane, Bob, Dolly, Dianne, Nicandro, Erin, Joseph, Al, Betty, Chrissy, Karen, Jacqueline, Jessie, Jonathan, Kevin, Diane, Sandy, Gayle, Rose, Dani, Jonathan, Sally, Michelle, Crystal, Ed, Gerry, Diane, Gloria

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Need a ride to church?  The van offers transportation for the Sunday 8AM and 10:30AM services every 2nd Sunday of the month.  Upcoming opportunities for rides:  8 October, 12 November, 10 December.


Fall at St. Thomas’

  • Holy Eucharist – Rite II with music (Nave): Saturdays, 5:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist – Rite I (Nave):  Sundays, 8am
  • Adult Formation (Parish Hall):  Sundays, 9am
  • Children’s Sunday School (Parish Hall):  Sundays, 9am
  • Coffee Hour (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10am
  • Holy Eucharist – Rite II with music (Parish Hall): Sundays, 10:30am
  • Centering Prayer (Nave): Mondays at 4pm (also on Zoom)
  • Evening Prayer (Nave):  Mondays at 4:30pm
  • Holy Eucharist at Lych Gate (most times):  Wednesdays, 5:30pm



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