Weekly Highlights
Sacred Ground at St. Thomas

Starting in September, St. Thomas will host  Sacred Ground: a 10-part series on race and faith, built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings. It is part of the  Becoming Beloved Community initiative of The Episcopal Church, a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.

If you would like to participate in Sacred Ground at St. Thomas, we ask the following:

Make a firm commitment to follow the journey to its completion. That means that  you agree to make every effort to attend each of the 10 monthly meetings, which will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month*, starting September 8, 2020. We will meet via Zoom at 7:00 pm, and each session will take 90 minutes. We also ask that you  commit to doing the homework - the assigned reading and viewing - prior to each discussion. The meetings are scheduled monthly to allow each participant sufficient time to read/view and absorb the materials. You will be provided with a password to access materials online. We do not underestimate that this is a considerable commitment in both time and energy: the journey we are going on together will take almost a year. It will not always be easy. But we trust that the Holy Spirit will be with us on this quest. Please read the attached Sacred Ground  Participant Preparation Guide to get a better idea of what is ahead.

(*If the number of confirmed participants is too large for one discussion group, we will split into two groups, with meeting dates to be confirmed.)

Second, we ask that you purchase or borrow the following two books which serve as core texts:

If acquiring the books is cost-prohibitive for you, please let Carol or Tami know and we will provide you with a copy of each.

Please email the office  by July 31, confirming your commitment to participate in Sacred Ground at St Thomas.
W hat Does Church Mean To You?

The pandemic is certainly different than anything we’ve lived through to this point in history. We want to create a book with reflections and meditations to share with the St. Thomas of the future. We hope you will join us in creating this piece of history.

Share with us an essay / meditation / thoughts on what the church has meant to and for you and what role it has played in your life during this time. The length is up to you, but please send everything to the  office by  August 1.   We will create a book with these writings which will find a home on the shelf in the library and will be committed to both the Vestry minutes and the church archives.
Book Group

The St. Thomas Book Club will meet via Zoom on August 2 at 11:30 am to discuss James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk. Please join us in reading the book and plan to attend our meeting. We'd love to see you.

Here is a link to the meeting to keep in your calendar:
Topic: Karen B.'s Book Group Zoom Meeting
Time: Aug 2, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 839 7064 2939
Password: 397298
Mom's Group

The moms' group meets Fridays at noon for 30 minutes for a prayer, meditation, and a talk about our current circumstances. This group gives support and refreshment to all mothers who need a break from the new routine imposed by COVID-19.  All are welcome, whether you signed up or not. 

Zoom  Meeting ID: 794 021 5828; Password: 099540
Bible Study

Bible study will resume in August.
Your clergy are here for you

If you need an opportunity to vent, to talk things through, to have someone listen, we're here for you. Let Carol or Tami know, and they'll make a date for a phone, FaceTime, or Zoom call. You are not alone, and you do not need to carry what is in and on your heart by yourself.

Carol can be reached by phone at (914) 327-5275, and by email at rectorstthomas@gmail.com .

Tami can be reached by phone at (914) 584-1418, and by email at associatestthomas@gmail.com .
If you missed Carol's or Tami's latest sermons, you can listen to them when you go here: Sermons . Our website also features a selection of hymns and anthems. Or your can visit our YouTube channel where all videos of sermons, services, and music of the last weeks are accessible.
You can continue to call the office at (914) 698-0300, or email office@saintthomasmmrk.org during regular business hours.