Weekly News and Notes ~ July 15 – 22, 2021

July 15 – 22, 2021

In Person Worship Services

Sundays ~ 8:00am & 10:15am

Online Services will continue on our dedicated YouTube Channel

Quarterly Giving Statements

Quarterly Giving Statements were sent out via email.  They come from St. Thomas Episcopal Church, email: notifications@onrealmmail.org.

If you have any questions please email Becky Fugate

Summer Hospitality

We would like to reintroduce coffee hour regularly after the worship services throughout the summer.  This can only happen with a hospitality team.  Please sign up for dates that you would be interested/available.  Thank you for your willingness to serve.  If you would like more information, please contact Jim Davis at Jim.Davis@cornerstonecontrols.com for details. 

Supper Club is Coming Back

The St. Thomas Supper Club will be back in action at the Terrace Park Country Club on the 2nd Wednesday of each month starting in September.  More info to follow but mark the dates on your calendar.

Martha Guild

Since hospitality is beginning, it is time for the Martha Guild to organize. If you do not remember us, we are the folks, women, men and children who keep our kitchen surfaces sparkling. You work with a friend for a couple of hours one time a month, one time a year. Past members please renew your willingness to help. Please contact Joan Smith for more information or to offer your services moorefieldvintner@gmail.com or (513) 732-6775.

Fourth Annual Cincinnati Festival of Faiths August 22 – 29

Mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Cincinnati Festival of Faiths August 22-29, 2021 (virtually presented) This year’s theme: “Compassion through Action: We are in it Together.” Cultural, spiritual, and fun activities for all ages.

Cincinnati’s annual Festival of Faiths serves as the leading opportunity in Greater Cincinnati to bring together people of all faiths and communities to learn from each other and celebrate our differences. EquaSion’s festival has resulted in the creation of the most inclusive network of faith communities ever engaged in our region’s history.

Keep up with the latest information on the Festival of Faiths here.

Want to access your realm account?

You can update your Realm profile, address, phone number and email. As well as check your pledges, contributions and giving. Any questions contact Kim Baumgartner

Church Office Hours

Monday – Office Closed
Tuesday – Friday  – 10am-2pm

The church doors will remained locked.  If you need to enter the building during these office hours please call the number posted on the door. Kim Baumgartner can be reached M-F 10am-2pm by phone 513-831-2052 or email kbaumgartner@stthomasepiscopal.org

Need to contact us? Email at office@stthomasepiscopal.org or call (513) 831-2052, and we’ll get in touch!

Updated Guidelines

An Announcement from St. Thomas Leadership

Since the beginning of the pandemic, our actions as they relate to worship and operations have been to follow the exact mandates and guidelines from the CDC and from the State of Ohio. With the latest word from the CDC and our Governor, we are able to lift all the restrictions with regards to worship for our Sunday services.

Starting Sunday June 6th there will be no restrictions imposed for the attendance at worship. We can take this action based on the recent Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People and Governor DeWine’s lifting of Covid-19 health orders as of June 2. You may read these formal recommendations at: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/publicorders/rev-2nd-final-amended-do-soc-dist-remove-face-cover-21.pdf.

For the June 6th services, there will be no capacity restrictions within our worship space, so there will be no need to register early to attend a worship service. There will also be no health check station and masks will no longer be re-quired. Social distancing is no longer a requirement as well, so the restrictions on pew availability will be removed. The singing of hymns will also return, in an adjusted format. The one restriction that remains, is the inability to provide a common cup for the Eucharist. This restriction can only be lifted by the Diocese. Once this restriction is lifted, we will return to a full Eucharistic offering.
Even though mandates and restrictions have been lifted, we all recognize and embrace that it is left to each individ-ual to decide what personal precautions should be taken. Everyone should follow whatever precautions they see fit, whether that be wearing a mask, refraining from contact, distancing, etc. We also rely on each person to self-assess their health. We ask that if you do not feel well, or show signs of symptoms, that you do not attend services in person. We will continue to make hand sanitizer and masks available. We will also continue the posting of weekly services on the internet for remote viewing.

Please take note of the fact that what we are detailing in this letter applies only to lifting restrictions for Sunday wor-ship. We must wait until new guidelines are released with regards to early childhood schools, so that we can make decisions regarding the building and weekly operations.
We have so much to be thankful for in terms of the progress we have made and can continue to do so in how we share, support, and encourage each other. Your patience, understanding and assistance makes all the difference.

Thank you for the ways you continue to serve Christ in each other, here, and beyond.
God Bless!

The Rev. Heather Wiseman Associate Rector

Jim Davis Senior Warden

Jon Saxton Junior Warden