St. Thomas' Church, Whitemarsh - Tuesday FYI E-pistle  

11 September 2012

Bible verse of the week
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9

Sunday, September 16 

  Fall Service Schedule begins

8:00 a.m.     Rite I Eucharist in the church
9:00 a.m.     First Steps to Worship in Haas Hall
9:30 a.m.     Rite II Eucharist in the church
                    (Family Worship 1st Sunday of the month)
10:45 a.m.   Education and Spiritual Formation Hour:
                     Small Groups, Sunday Forum, Sunday School (ages 3-19)


Sunday School begins

Sunday Forum: Celebrating 314 Years of St. Thomas History: Part I 
A distinguished panel of historians will help us explore St. Thomas' three centuries of rich history. Join us as Professor David Contosta, author of the recently published history of St. Thomas Church, Professor Ann Greene from the University of Pennsylvania and parishioner Dick Lee examine one of America's most thriving Colonial churches. Professor Contosta will sign copies of his book (available for purchase) after the Forum.
Big Fun! Big Food! and Big Fellowship = A Glorious Day!
St. Thomas Church Post Kick-Off Highlights
Sunday, September 9 was an inspiring day in many ways, as our parish,
young and old came together. We gathered information from 16 Commissions and The Bible Challenge to get to know each other better. Energy was high as children scrambled into the Undersea Adventure, got their faces painted and jumped in the moon bounce.

A delicious luncheon was prepared by the Hospitality Commission.
We continue to work toward our Capital Campaign goal, but as the Bitterman girls and Maddie Jameson unfurled the banner, we learned we were on our way!

Raising $3.25 million dollars, and annual stewardship for 2013 is up 24%. The people of St. Thomas' made this a special Sunday.

Many thanks go to the following volunteers for helping on Wednesday night, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday or all four to decorate MacColl Auditorium and/or cook, serve and clean up Sunday's Capital Campaign luncheon: Danielle Breda, Anne Campbell, Marj Daniels, Beti Derbyshire, Margaret Davenport (creative mind behind the tablecloth stenciling), Lynne Englebreth, Shannon Geist (flower arrangements and stenciling), Claire and Bill Krewson, Cindy and Ken Oliver, Bill Potts, Neal Pratt, Leah Riband, Chris Russell, Pam Serra, Kay Sheldon, Casey VonSeldeneck and Chris Wendt (helped with the summer planning). A tremendous thank you to Dianne Crookenden for her oversight and long hours, flexibility and good humor.  


View more pictures here. 

Next Week:

Sunday, September 23 

Sunday Forum: Celebrating 314 Years of St. Thomas History: Part II

Professor David Contosta will address little known aspects of St. Thomas history.  Come and learn more about our amazing and venerable church and three centuries of impact by our ministries.  Professor Contosta will sign copies of his book after the forum.

Sunday, September 23
Guest Preacher: The Rev. Canon William Barnwell 
The Rev. William H. Barnwell most recently served as Canon Missioner at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. which focused on issues of social justice and poverty. He did similar work at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans. Fomerly an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans, Barnwell is well known as a teacher and lecturer. He has written several college textbooks and has been an editor for an editor for EfM.

News & Notes:

DOCC Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC) 
Are you looking for a way to grow in your faith? Are you wondering about the next turn on your spiritual path? Do you have questions of your faith that you would like to explore with others? Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC) is a congregational based Christian formation program for adults that builds community while encouraging individual spiritual growth.

DOCC meets weekly and there is no homework or preparation. Each session consists of a 45 minute presentation by the clergy on the night's topic and sharing in the Eucharist.

DOCC will begin October 3 and will last for approximately 12 weeks with breaks for holidays. For information please contact Jim Rowan or Mickey Fernly


EfM: Education for Ministry
The Education for Ministry group at St. Thomas' is inviting interested folks to join them in the fall. EfM, a program of the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, is designed to deepen a layperson's understanding of the Episcopal faith and provide an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service. Over a four-year period, participants study the Old Testament in Year One; New Testament in Year Two; Church History, Year Three and Theological Choices in Year Four. Participants and trained mentors meet weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year, and enrollment is one year at a time.  


EfM will meet on Mondays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the schoolhouse auditorium on the church grounds. Tentative start date is October 1.  


For more information, call mentors Katie Worrall at 215-233-1305 or Ken Oliver 215-646-1204.

Bibles for Sale  
A selection of Bibles for all age ranges is for sale in the church office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact the church office for more details.

Derrick invites you to join our choirs!

We are always in need of new members for each of our choirs.  There is a place for everyone, age 5 to 105!  Singing in the St. Thomas' Choir is a great way for adults to make beautiful music while having a great time.  Our St. Thomas' Choristers, St. Francis' Choir, and Alle*gro are fantastic avenues for kids to learn singing skills, music theory, teamwork, and discipline through fun and music-making.  Our fall season starts the week of Labor Day (Wednesday, September 5th and Thursday, September 6th) in Groton House.

Alle*gro (Pre-K and K, taught by Mrs. Standen from the Nursery School):4:00-4:30
St. Francis (Grades 1-3, taught by Mrs. Standen from the Nursery School): 4:30-5:15
Choir Dinner (all welcome): 5:15-6:00
St. Thomas Choristers (Grades 3-8, taught by Derrick): 6:00-7:15 with optional RSCM training after

St. Thomas' Choir (high school and up with Derrick): 7:30-9:00
Save the dates:
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Real Questions for a Real Faith: An Inquirers Class with the clergy  
Sundays, September 30, October 7 and October 14 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Haas Hall - All are welcome!

The Sunday Forum
Sunday, September 30
Preserving One of America's Landmark Church Campuses: Part I
Architects from Atkins, Olson and Shade will join Vestry member Bob Jones and parishioners Tim Russell, Glenn Worgan and John Simensen will help us see some of the most pressing needs for preserving our historic buildings on the St. Thomas campus and how we are planning to renovate, restore, improve and preserve them.

Italian Dinner and Cabaret 
Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of Italian cuisine and music provided by the St. Thomas' Choir, Choristers and guest soloists. Ticket prices and more information forthcoming. 
Youth Group Events:
St. Thomas' Shield Parents: 
Kick-off Cocktail Party
Friday, September 28, 7-9 pm
Church Office (Big White House)
Youth Group Kick-off Party
Sunday, September 30, 5:30-7 pm
Bonfire and Cookout at the Barn
Jr. and Sr. High (Grades 6-12) invited
Starting Sunday, October 7th 
Youth Group:
Sr. High Youth Group Every 1st and 3rd Sunday (9th-12th grade)
Jr. High Youth Group Every 2nd 4th Sunday (6th-8th grade)
Starting Sunday, September 16th 
Breakfast Club
9th-12th Graders:
Every Sunday 11:00-noon
Featuring Breakfast, Fun Worship and Activities
Please RSVP Brenda Sullivan, Youth Commission Co-chair
(215) 870-8797,

O Almighty God, who brings good out of evil and turns even the wrath of your children towards your promised peace: Hear our prayers this day as we remember those of many nations and differing faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Hasten the time when the menace of war shall be removed. Cleanse both us and those perceived to be our enemies of all hatred and distrust. Pour out the spirit of peace on all the rulers of our world that we may be brought through strife to the lasting peace of the kingdom of your Son; Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
- Collect for September 11, Episcopal Diocese of New York