All Souls/All Saints Day 2018


Dear All,

 November 1, All Saints' Day, is next Thursday.   That is the day we offer thanks to God for ALL the saints of God: those we know, those we have heard of, and those known only to the Trinity.  Please remember to offer thanks for all of God's good works and workers, and to all of God's saints, known and unknown, and join them in praise to the Ruler of All.

Also coming next week is All Souls' Day, November Second, when we remember our departed, from both this year and years past.  If you wish  to make a thank offering in remembrance of someone dear to you, envelopes will be available in the back of the church on Sunday October 28, and a list of those remembered will be placed in our bulletins on November 5.  If you wish to add the years of their earthly life, we will also list that information.

May the blessings of the Saints be with us all, and may we remember with kindness both those of us who have gone before, and those who need our assistance in this, their earthly life.


Regards and blessings,

Carol Eskesen Smith, Sr. Warden

Lent 2018


Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting….I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.  BCP, 264-5



  We hear these words and invitation to Lent each year at our Ash Wednesday service.  It is an opportunity for each of us to consider how, and perhaps if, we are living as Christians.  The elements of Christian practice that are emphasized in Lent – self-examination and repentance; prayer, fasting, and self-denial; reading and meditation on God’s holy Word – are intended to deepen our relationship with God in Jesus Christ.

            In my recent address at the Annual Meeting, I spoke to the importance of recalling and nurturing our relationship with God in Christ because it is the foundation of who we are and all we do as individuals and a parish.  If we allow that relationship to lie fallow, our work is in vain—for it will be temporary, passing.  It is only when our being and our doing are grounded in a living, active relationship with Christ that God’s Spirit empowers and sustains us; linking our efforts with God’s mission of reconciling all of creation with God’s self and each of us with one another.  It is a mission begun in and through Christ and continues in u


 Advent 2017                           


“O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,

that morns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!  Emanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

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Submitted by Angela Zimmerman:

“All things come from you, O Lord, And of Your own have we given to you”.


St. Thomas’ is going through a time of great reflection, reviewing our past and looking forward to the future. In developing this Agenda, we look forward to everyone’s input, involvement and investment. Each of you has a perspective, a thought and contribution as we move forward in God’s work. Your ideas and thoughts are greatly appreciated as together we do make a difference…

From August – October, three Visioning Sessions were held. The purpose of these meetings was to create a universal plan, inclusive of parishioners, to cultivate the growth and development of St. Thomas’ Church now and in the future. It also connects to broader movement – the Five Marks adopted by the Anglican Communion. Through this process St. Thomas’ mission statement was revised: Love one another as Christ Loves you…

Some reflections that guide us as we move forward:
* We grow where we are planted;
* Our motivation to Act should be dictated by what we want to see happen;
* Our catechism: mission to restore all to unity with God and each other in Christ;
* Our Baptism Covenant: see and serve Christ in all people;
* Our Mission is the heartbeat of our church and our work….

Our assets. talents and opportunities were explored and the following are activities that we will embrace into our mission and ministry in 2012 as we continue to grow into a more welcoming community:

§ Feeding Program to include those who are experiencing “food insecurity” and/or people who feel isolated;
o Action Follow-up: Janice Anderson and Kelley Meyer are working with a Committee. An application for support will be filed with Episcopal Charities, an initial collection was taken at Mother Christine’s Institution and the program is scheduled to begin at the end of February.

§ Continue Life Skills Fellowship Initiative, co-sponsoring with neighborhood groups as appropriate;
o Action Follow-up: The Stewardship Committee has planned four workshops from January- June 2012. Some of the workshops will be co-sponsored with local organizations to maximize visibility and impact. The first one, BULLYING PREVENTION will be implemented on January 31, 2012 in collaboration with the Junior League, Women’s Club of Farmingdale.

§ Create loosely structures “SAFE SPACE” activities i.e. open teen nights in collaboration with neighborhood entities;
o Action Follow-up: Patti Meyer will work with an ad-hoc committee to continue the Family Night Concept and with Linda Kreussling and others to continue the Safe Halloween Program. Other activities to promote the SAFE SPACE concept will be explored over the upcoming year.

§ Community Fellowship and/or Fundraising Events: Spaghetti Dinner, St. Patrick’s Day Dinner etc.

§ Formalize/develop a Transportation “BUDDY SYSTEM” to help folks get to services;
§ Visitation/Check-In Program for the sick and homebound;
§ Enhancing St. Thomas’ as a place for spiritual growth, learning and worship.
Father Palmer Farewell Video