Weekly Highlights

Wednesday, January 8
  • The Thrift Shop is closed, but will reopen on January 11.
  • Holy Eucharist at 7:30 pm in the Chapel.

Thursday , January 9
Bible Study at 11:00 am in the boardroom or library.

Saturday, January 11
The Thrift Shop is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Sunday, January 12
  • Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am (said) and 10:00 am (with music). Sunday School is in session. If you requested donation envelopes - they can be picked up at the back of the church.

  • 2:00-4:00 pm: Larchmont Mamaroneck Human Rights Committee's 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Program - "Reimagining Dr. King's Dream: Examining Criminal Justice Reform in the U.S." Location: Hommocks Middle School Auditorium, Larchmont, NY. Event Honorees: Elizabeth Saenger, local social justice activist, and Youth Shelter Program of Westchester. Click here for more information about this important event. Sponsored by Community Resource Center and CURE (Coalition for Understanding Racism through Education) 
 
Tuesday, January 14
11:00 AM Brown Bag Lunch.
Bible study on the Gospel of Matthew

Come and learn about the book of Matthew which is the gospel we will be hearing most weeks during the Sunday gospel reading. Whether you have read the bible from cover to cover or have never cracked it open, you are welcome to join us. We will have both a Thursday morning  (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) and a Wednesday evening (8:00- 9:00 pm) study... choose what works best for you.  The Wednesday evening series will begin on Wednesday, January 15th and the Thursday morning series will begin on Thursday January 16th.  The study will run for six weeks. Ask Carol or Tami for more information.  
Sunday, January 26
One service only at 9:00 AM
ANNUAL MEETING
after the service
Book Club

The St. Thomas Book Club invites you to a discussion of our own Solange DeSantis' book, Life on the Line, this Sunday, January 12 , at about 11:30 am in the Heathcote Hall library. Please join us for refreshments and a discussion of her experience of work on a GM assembly line as well as the some of the "big issues" associated with it. Please join us!

We Christians Must Stand Publicly
with our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

A letter from Bishop Dietsche and Bishops Shin and Glasspool

January 7, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
On Sunday thousands of New Yorkers came out and into the streets to walk in solidarity with and loyalty to the one and a half million Jews of the New York City metropolitan region, in outrage and sorrow for the rapidly escalating pattern of anti-Semitic violence across America and in this our own New York. Episcopalians from our diocese participated in the March, and our whole church joins in condemning the rise in incidents of anti-Semitic violence in America. We offer and express to the Jewish Community whom we count as our dear neighbors and friends our love and sorrow, and our promise to stand with them against these rising forces of hate and destruction. 
 
The shootings on a Shabbat morning in October 2018 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh electrified this country with horror, and with alarm at the evidence of the spreading poison of anti-Semitism in our midst. This past year saw the Passover shootings at a Poway, California synagogue in April, a rising tide of harassment, intimidation and violence against Jews on the sidewalks and streets of Brooklyn, the ubiquity of swastikas and nazi-themed graffiti and hate speech, the murder of five shoppers at a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, and then in the last days of the year the multiple stabbings of people at a Hanukkah celebration at the home of their rabbi in Monsey, a community within the Diocese of New York. Jewish leaders have for some time been raising the alarm about the increase in anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence in America, but it is no longer possible for anyone to ignore or fail to see the evidence and proof of that anti-Semitism right before our eyes. We are witnesses to evil, and that calls us to responsibility and advocacy.
 
The gospel we profess teaches us the love of neighbor, care and protection of the oppressed, and abhorrence of violence. Prejudice and bigotry against anyone based on religion, race, gender, ethnicity, culture or sexual orientation, is always an eruption of human sin. It is a refutation of Christ, the tenets of our faith, and a betrayal of our common humanity. 
 
The Year of Reparation for the Sin of Slavery in which this diocese is now engaged teaches us and reminds us that evil is never passive, and must be positively faced and challenged, and that the overcoming of evil demands of all the faithful deliberate, intentional action. We your bishops call on every parish in the Diocese of New York to make a public declaration and witness to your community of the conviction of the Episcopal Church that God loves everyone, that we Christians know that love through our lord Jesus Christ, and that we claim all people as our own brothers and sisters. Declare in the things you do and the things you say that an attack on the Jewish community is an attack on our own community, and violence against Jews is violence against our own family. Take the time to express to the Jewish organizations and synagogues in your community your love for them, your loyalty to them, and our common rejection of acts of violence and expressions of hate. Let us stand together across our faiths and present before a broken world the faith and strength and courage of one people, all together, brothers and sisters under God.
Lifting Up Westchester’s 3 rd Annual Student Essay Contest

This year’ theme is Why Hope Is Important , particularly at times of personal hardship and diversity. The deadline to enter is January 31 st . Did you know that the American Psychology Association conducted a study and found that children who grew up in poverty but had success later in life had one thing in common – hope. Students are asked to submit essays and reflect on a number of questions:
 
  • What is hope?
  • Beyond basic necessities of food and shelter, do we need hope to thrive?
  • How do you restore hope in someone who has lost it?
 
The essay contest is open to all Westchester students in grades 7 through 12.  Prizes are awarded in each of three grade categories: 7 th and 8 th ; 9 th and 10 th , 11 th and 12 th . Students can enter the contest by submitting essays in PDF format via email to luwessaycontest@gmail.com  until January 31st, 2020.  Click here for more information on the contest, the guidelines, support materials, entry dates and the prizes. An awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 26 th at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Tarrytown.
Save the date

Dr. Sheldon Evan's memorial service will be held at St. Thomas on March 28 at 11:00 am.