Wednesday, May 27, 2020

MAY 27- CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

This Sunday, May 31, is the Feast of Pentecost.  This is one of the major holidays in the church year as it celebrates the day the Holy Spirit descended upon the crowd in Jerusalem in the form of wind and fire.  The story is recorded in the Book of Acts 2:1-21.  We recognize this day as the birthday of the Church.  This powerful Scripture reading is a good reminder to us during these unsettling times- the Holy Spirit has been given to us- and will inspire each person to live a life of faith and love.  Bad times will come and go, but the good news of God in Christ last forever!
Everyone is welcome to join in a virtual evening prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 6pm.  See the column on the right for details.
If you want to be on the church email list, or if you want to receive Sunday videos, send a message to the address listed in the contact info. above.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

MAY 20-CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

This past Monday, St. Thomas' donated snacks, drinks and sandwich meats for bag meals to be distributed to WARM Center guests. Thanks to Dunns Corner Market and the parishioners at St. Elizabeth's for their help with the project this month.
This Thursday, May 21, is Ascension Day.  Normally at St. Thomas', we would celebrate with at worship service at 6pm, followed by a potluck, hotdog dinner.   This year, we will pray at home and remember the day that Jesus ascended into heaven- 40 days after Easter. The Scripture lessons for the day can be found here.
Our Bishop and his team are writing guidelines for Episcopal churches in this diocese that will help as churches begin the re-opening phase in Rhode Island.  Stay tuned for updates!
The vestry at St. Thomas' has been working to keep its budget on track, even in the midst of the pandemic.  Donations can be made by sending a check to the PO Box address in the Contact tab above, or by using PayPal (see right column).

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

MAY 13-CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

This coming Sunday is the 6th Sunday of Easter.  The Gospel lesson appointed for this week begins with these great words from Jesus, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."  At a time when we are missing our routines, we are missing our social times, and we are missing our worship services, it is so helpful to hear Jesus share this message.  It may be hard to live a normal life these days, but it is not hard to be a Christian.  Jesus makes it so simple.  Follow his rule- Love God and love each other.  Be creative and find ways to share that love- especially with those who need it at this time.  If you are aware of someone who has a need, contact the priest (info in the contact info. box).

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

MAY 6- CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

While the  building continues to be closed, the parishioners of St. Thomas' are busy being the church at work in the world.  They donate food to the WARM Center, they make masks, they support Episcopal Charities, they give rides to medical appointments, they shop for others, they write notes and make phone calls, and they do jobs around the church building. There is also an active Facebook group where people connect with one another and show encouragement (send a message if you want to join this group!)   A Zoom prayer meeting is held every Wednesday at 6pm. 
Go forth and be the Church!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

APRIL 29- CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

This coming Sunday, (May 3), is the 4th Sunday of Easter, traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday.  The readings appointed for the day include Psalm 23 and the passage from John's Gospel (10:1-10) in which Jesus describes himself as the loving, faithful shepherd who will protect his sheep.  Normally we don't think of our selves as being of need of protection.  But these are not normal times.  Reading Psalm 23, or any of the psalms, can provide comfort and reassurance when we are feeling nervous or uncertain.
Another way to ease nervousness is to do something for another person.  Write a note, make a call. Or if you are financially able, make a donation to an agency that is helping in the community.  This Way of Love Easter calendar (from a church in Minnesota) has suggestions for each of the 50 days of Easter.
Have faith in God and love your neighbor.
All will be well.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

APRIL 22- CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

Our church building continues to be closed, but the church is alive and active in the world.  There are many stories of people in our congregation who are helping one another in many ways!  One parishioner reaches out to one person a day, just to see how they are doing.  Another member of St. Thomas' provided a kitchen appliance  when she heard about a stranger who was in need.  A couple of people donated money to Episcopal Charities and to the WARM Center. Several  are sewing masks and distributing them to family, friends and community groups.  And  many parishioners have dropped off packages or sent notes or gifts to those who are in need or alone or who just needed cheering up. This is the church at work!!! This is what Jesus asked us to do! Keep these love stories going!!!
Our copies of Forward Day by Day for the months of May-July have arrived.  If you would like one mailed to you, send a message to the email address in the contact info. tab at the top of this page. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

APRIL 15 CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

Happy Easter!  The world celebrated an Easter unlike any other, but Christ is still risen and God is still victorious!  Check out the Facebook photos of how our church looked on Easter morning (lower right of this page). 
One of the great things about being a small parish (and there are many!) is that we are all able to be in frequent contact with one another by phone, email, texts, Facebook and handwritten notes.  If you would like to be on the list to receive the weekly email news, send a note to the email address listed under contact info. at the top of this page. 
We continue to worship together from our home three times a week- see the column on the right for all the details.  There will be a Zoom meeting at 6 pm for the Wednesday Evening Prayer service. Contact the priest if you want the link for that meeting.
If you are in need of anything, or you would like prayers, send us a message and we will try to help.