June 4: Bach Vespers


Sunday, June 4th at 5pm (lecture at 4:30pm)

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas concludes its Vespers season on Sunday, June 4th with a Bach Vespers for Pentecost. The featured cantata is Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten! BWV 172, one of J. S. Bach’s favorites as it received numerous performances and revisions throughout his compositional career. Scored for strings, three trumpets, timpani, soloists and choir, this festive piece will resound throughout the glorious acoustics of the Parish Hall. The prelude to the service will be the equally festive Concerto for Two Trumpets by Vivaldi. The BEST are joined by the St. Thomas Parish Choir in this glorious work. At the reception following the service, there will also be a chance to bid farewell to our regular bass soloist and Music Associate, Jonathan Cooper, who will be starting a new position as Communications Manager for the National Association of Episcopal Schools in NYC in mid-June.

Summer at a Glance!

Learn about these and more in the latest issue of Tidings!

Sunday 5/28
Parish Breakfast
in celebration of Pastor Mary’s ministry at St. Thomas

Sunday 6/4 – Day of Pentecost
Bach Vespers at 5pm
Special reception for outgoing staff member, Jonathan Cooper

Sunday 6/11
Mountain T.O.P. Commissioning

Sunday 6/18
Taizé Evening Prayer at 6pm

Sunday 6/25
Family Choir & Bike Ride at 10:15am service
All are welcome to come and sing & ride!

Sunday 6/25 at 6pm
Thomaston Woods Dinner
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Thomaston Meadows

Sunday 7/2 – Church Chat
Family Picnic at Carey Farm
7pm “Come as you are” Eucharist at the farm

Sunday 7/9
Mountain T.O.P. Commissioning

Sunday 7/9
Family Choir

Sunday 7/16
Parish Breakfast
Celebrate Christmas in July!

Sunday 7/16
Taizé Evening Prayer at 6pm

Sunday 7/30
Thomaston Woods Dinner at 6pm

Sunday 8/6
Parish Breakfast

Sunday 8/13
Family Choir

Sunday 8/20
Taizé Evening Prayer at 6pm

Sunday 8/27
Mass on the Grass & Pool Party
at Drackett Field & the Terrace Park Swim Club

Sunday 8/27
Thomaston Woods Dinner

Sunday 9/10
Kick Off Sunday
Fall programming resumes!

Communications Coordinator (Part-Time)

Click here to download a PDF of this Job Description

Posted: May 11, 2017

Part-Time Position Available: Communications Coordinator

This position is hired by and is accountable to the Rector and is considered a part-time, at-will contract-employee (or independent contractor) of the parish, and all policies regarding lay part-time contract-employees for the Church would apply.

Position Open:   June 15, 2017

Rate of Pay:   $16-$19/Hr. DOE

Hours:   24 hours/wk – as arranged (somewhat flexible)

Purpose and Primary Function

The Communications Coordinator has two main responsibilities: 1.) communication within the parish, and 2.) publicity to the larger community; both being formed by our core purpose: To make God’s love known by who we are, what we practice and how we serve others in Christ’s Name. As a member of the program staff team, the incumbent collaborates with the clergy, staff and volunteers in developing, administering and evaluating the different means of communications and designs the various publications as specified and planned. The incumbent must have experience / background in various graphic and communication skills, such as creative writing, editing, desktop publishing, production coordination, and digital design, including photography and video.

Qualifications and Gifts:

This position requires the ability to form a strategic vision for articulating the mission and ministries of the parish; the skills and experience to develop a communications plan and style palette for marketing these attributes; and the technical and broad skills to function as producer of the material. The incumbent needs to be organized and comfortable working both collaboratively as well as being self-directed with various projects

  • Preference given to applicants with at least 1 year related work experience and/or degree in communications, website development, desktop publishing or related field of study
  • Computer knowledge and proficiency especially in Adobe™ Creative Suite (including
    In-Design & Premiere), Microsoft™, Apple™ products, as well as other desktop publishing, video and web design software
  • Familiarity with database and spreadsheet software programs would be helpful
  • Must be over 21 years of age; and not a parishioner of St. Thomas Church
  • Possess good communication and organizational skills, with attention to detail
  • Demonstrate a desire and competency to work with information as well as people
  • Comfortable working as a team, leading & supporting volunteer adult assistants, as well as be self-directed for creative projects
  • Ability to plan and organize projects; as well as track supplies and materials
  • Have an enthusiasm for this ministry and a desire to grow in this position with the parish

Responsibilities* would include but not be limited to:

  1. Design, layout and production of parish newsletter (Tidings), as well as periodic reports, working with other staff and volunteers to assist in production & finishing
  2. Update and maintain parish website
  3. Design and update periodical and special advertisements
  4. Design & produce weekly e-news, utilizing multi-media as appropriate, such as video.
  5. General signage, posters, bulletin boards and general welcome materials
  6. Coordinate aspects, such as: copy, graphics, photos, links, etc. from volunteers, staff and other sources for written & web-based communications
  7. Keep records necessary to support on-going communications and special projects
  8. Attend meetings, appropriate conferences / retreats for the church staff & ministry teams

* Other reasonable duties assigned by the Rector or designee.

  • The Communications Coordinator is hired by, accountable and reports to the Rector (and/or rector’s designee), and is considered an “at-will employee” (resignation/termination may be done by either party at any time for any reason).
  • As a statutory employee (P/T or 0.6 FTE), the incumbent would satisfy all application, screening and interview procedures, including a personal background check, interview, and would be expected to participate in Safe Church Training – Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention and Sexual Misconduct Awareness Training; as well as any relevant in-service training (provided to the employee at no expense).
  • The Communications Coordinator will be reviewed initially after 90 days and then annually.

Compensation & Benefits:

  1. Compensation – Based on 24 hours per week, this position at an hourly rate of $16-19/hr. (DOE)
  2. This position would be considered an “at-will” part-time employee. As a church, St. Thomas is exempted from the Unemployment Act, and so the employee would not be eligible to ever pursue Unemployment (or the like). Normal FICA contributions would be withheld from the employee’s gross pay, as would all appropriate federal & state withholdings, based on the W-4.

Terms: One month (probationary); ninety day (review); One year (renewable); “At-will”.


  • Applicants are welcome to submit current CV/resume along with cover letter and sample work to the parish (send to The Rev. Darren Elin, Rector, c/o St. Thomas Episcopal Church 100 Miami Ave., Terrace Park, OH 45174) by the close of business on June 15, 2017. Candidates will be notified by June 25th
  • Or email Darren@stthomasepiscopal.org with “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line.

May 1st at 7:30pm – May Festival Lecture

Special FREE Event
with the May Festival!

Presenter | Matthew Swanson
Speaker | Prof. Douglas Easterling
Monday May 1st at 7:30pm

At St. Thomas Episcopal Church
100 Miami Avenue
Terrace Park, OH 45174

Learn about why J.S. Bach composed hisB Minor Mass and why it is important to music history. Enjoy live musical examples performed by chamber musicians and mix and mingle with musicians at a post-talk reception. Click on the flyer to learn more!

May 7 at 5pm: Bach Vespers

Bach Vespers
at St. Thomas

“Wo gehest du hin?” BWV 166 – J. S. Bach
Oboe Concerto in D Minor – Alessandro Marcello

The Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas
Dwight Parry, Oboe
Carlton Monroe, Conductor
Vocal Soloists

Join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and vocal soloists under Dr. Carlton Monroe for another evening exploring the incredible cantatas of J. S. Bach. This month we present the cantata “Wo gehest du hin?” BWV 166. This piece begins by posing the question, “Where are you heading?” and proceeds to answer it in a stirring and powerful musical setting. During the prelude to the service, we’ll also hear CSO principal Oboist, Dwight Parry, performing Alessandro Marcello’s Oboe Concerto in D Minor.

Be sure to come early and hear more information about the piece at our Pre-Vespers Lectures at 4:30pm before each Vespers service, led by Xavier University’s Prof. Douglas Easterling.

Dwight Parry, Principal Oboe with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Lent | Holy Week | Easter Schedule

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Palm Sunday (4/9)

8am                      Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:15am               Choral Eucharist, Rite II
7pm                      “Come as you are” Eucharist

Monday of Holy Week (4/10)

Noon                    Holy Eucharist

Tuesday of Holy Week (4/11)

Noon                    Holy Eucharist

Wednesday of Holy Week (4/12)

Noon                    Holy Eucharist
6:30pm                Centering Prayer

Maundy Thursday (4/13)

Noon                    Holy Eucharist
7pm                      Maundy Thursday Liturgy
8pm                      Prayer Vigil

Good Friday (4/14)

Noon                    Good Friday Liturgy
4pm                      Family Service (for children)
7pm                      Good Friday Liturgy

Easter Vigil (4/15)

7pm                      Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter

Easter Day (4/16)

8am                      Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:15am                 Festive Choral Eucharist, Rite II
10:45am               Festive Choral Eucharist, Rite II
7pm                      “Come as you are” Eucharist

Pysanky Egg Workshop + Soul Collage

Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Workshop

Sunday, April 2 from 12pm to 3:30pm in the Parish Hall

$8 gets you a light lunch, and all the supplies you need to make at least two Pyzanki eggs.

Detailed instruction starts at 12:30, but you can join in at any time. Since we use candles and hot wax, attendance is limited to ages 10 and above.

It will be quiet, contemplative work as we share the Parish Hall with the Soul Collage workshop.

LAST day to sign up is March 24th

For more information, contact Elizabeth Erb (513) 324-4357

3/12: Lenten Bach Vespers

Bach Vespers for Lent

Sunday, March 12th at 5pm

We invite you to join the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas and vocal soloists under Dr. Carlton Monroe for another evening exploring worship through lens of the incredible music of J. S. Bach. This month we present Cantata 131, Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (“Out of the depths, I cry unto thee, Lord”). Written early in Bach’s musical career, Cantata 131 is a deeply reflective and emotional piece that is the perfect focus for a Holy Lenten season. Be sure to come early and hear more information about the piece at our Pre-Vespers Lectures at 4:30pm before each Vespers service, led by Xavier University’s Prof. Douglas Easterling.