Wednesday, July 1, 2020

COMING UP JULY 5

This is the 5th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9).  This week there will be an outside worship service at St. Thomas'.  It will be a little different from usual Sunday morning services and there are many guidelines that will be followed.  All are welcome- but if you would like to attend, contact the priest or send an email to the church and you can get all of the details.  See the "Contact Information" tab at the top of this page.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

JUNE 24- CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

This Sunday, June 28, is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8).  The Gospel lesson for this Sunday (Matt. 10:40-42), is a short passage- only 84 words long.  But the word, "Welcome," is used 6 times by Jesus in this lesson.  It is an important reminder to us that Jesus wants us to embrace everyone and be welcoming of all- regardless of any differences or issues.
St. Thomas' is going to have an in-person, outside worship service on Sunday, July 5.  The service will only be held if it is not raining.People are asked to bring their own chairs (if possible) and everyone will be asked to wear a mask.  The service will follow the guidelines prescribed by our Diocese (which can be found here).  If you would like to attend on this day, please send a message to the priest (see contact information tab at the top of this page).

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

JUNE 17- CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

This Sunday is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7) and it is part of the green season in the church year (see left column).  The Episcopal Diocese of RI has released guidelines for resuming worship at churches across the state.  Those guidelines are here.  Several churches are currently having small indoor services, or larger services outside.  St. Thomas' plans to have outdoor services beginning in July (contact the priest for details).
This past Monday, members of St. Thomas', delivered food to the WARM Center to be used in its brown bag meal distribution.  Thanks to St. Elizabeth's in Hope Valley who also donated items for this meal.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

JUNE 10- CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

The Church has now entered the Green Season (see the column on the left about this season of the church year).  As our nation continues to struggle with injustices and a pandemic, Christians are encouraged to pray, read, their Bibles and speak out in LOVE in all situations.
Our diocesan leaders are working on guidelines to help congregations get back to in person worship services.  At St. Thomas', we hope to have a Sunday morning service outside- sometime early this summer. 
We continue to pray together three times a week (see right column).  If you would like to receive a Sunday video, or if you would like to get the weekly emails, send a message to the email address listed in the contact information tab.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

JUNE 3- CONGREGATIONAL UPDATE

The Church across the globe celebrated Pentecost last Sunday in the midst of a pandemic and as this country struggles with injustices and violence across the land.  Pentecost, and the reality of the Trinity of God (which the Church celebrates this Sunday), remind us that God and the power of the Holy Spirit, and the love of Christ, need to be the foundation of life.  Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, has been in the news several times this past week.  His message is always the same- Love God, love neighbor.  This is the only way to move forward when the challenges of life start to overwhelm us.  Bishop Curry's words can be found here.

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).