Outreach ~ Faith into Action

A Message From Our Deacon

The Toilet Paper Challenge for Thomaston Woods, Meadows and Affordable Living Communities

Living into Jesus’ new commandment to love that we read in John 14 is embracing opportunities to not only walk with, but at time step-up or step into action.  One such opportunity is with us now:  The Toilet Paper Challenge for Thomaston Woods, Thomaston Meadows and the other Affordable Living Communities of ERS.

No doubt you have read or heard about the fact that during the unprecedented times of COVID-19 quarantine, low-income individuals are suffering greatly.  Many lack support systems to help them access critically needed supplies and necessities.  Others, particularly older adults, fear the risks associated with going into public places. Even when they do venture out, they often find certain staples to be sold-out.  For the low-income seniors and families residing in Affordable Living by ERS, including the communities of Thomaston Woods and Thomaston Meadows – both communities were founded by Terrace Park parishioners of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and is still a proud outreach ministry partner – the services accessed and provided by ERS, parish and community partnerships are a true lifeline.  Toilet paper continues to be an item that is difficult for our residents to purchase and low-income individuals are not allowed to spend food stamp dollars to purchase this necessity.

An anonymous donor has committed $5,200 to fully fund 2 months of TP needs of the residents in our Affordable Living Communities served by ERS.  The donor has asked other friends of ERS to come forward and collectively match this gift to provide for the months of July and August.  St. Thomas Episcopal Church has committed an additional challenge to church members and the community of Terrace Park: St. Thomas will match additional gifts, up to $2,600, to fulfill this challenge. You can you help us reach this important goal and help some of our most vulnerable neighbors by donating online directly by visiting: https://www.episcopalretirement.com/corporate/donate/online and designate  your gift to “Emergency Response Fund” and enter “St. Thomas TP Challenge” in the comment section.  Or simply mail a check to: ERS Foundation, 3870 Virginia Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45227 (memo: “St. Thomas TP Challenge”).  If you’d like more information, please contact Susan Cleverly, Manager of Foundation Relations and the Annual Fund, scleverly@erslife.org or call her directly at (513) 979-2309.

Card Ministry remains something your whole family can participate in. All the seniors and residents of assisted living and supported communities are presently unable to receive visitors, have no personal contact with their family and friends and have reduced group activities. They are feeling quite isolated. If you would like to write a short note of greeting and encouragement to them, this is your chance.  Oasis Senior Advisors Cincinnati continue to coordinate a card campaign for the seniors who are presently sequestered in their Assisted Living situations. Oasis can drop off blank note cards to you, along with instructions, and then pick them up again, “contact free.” Oasis can then then deliver the cards to an assisted living community in the area. The personnel of the community will distribute them to the residents.  If you would like your cards to go to specifically residents of Thomaston Woods, let us know and we will make sure that happens. You can find more information on our website or either email Oasis at: KRobinson@youroasisadvisor.com  or call them at (513) 302-6957 with any questions or to get started.  Thank you for your willingness to help our vulnerable seniors!

Mountain T.O.P. Fall Adult In Ministry Program

adult mt topRedeemer and St Thomas are planning a Fall Adult In Ministry (AIM) trip for October 2-5.Please contact John Tiffany ( 513.646.9655, jctiffany@gmail.com) if you are interested in going. Download the registration form to get more information about this trip. You can also check out the Mt T.O.P. website( http://mountain-top.org/adults-in-ministry-aim/more-information/major-home-repair/) We will leave Thursday, October 2nd mid-morning, work Friday and Saturday, and drive back, Sunday, October 5th.

This program is focused on major home repair but no construction experience is required to be a part of this ministry. You just need to be willing to open your heart and mind to what God may be asking you to do for a weekend in the Cumberland Mountains of southern TN. If this weekend doesn’t work for your schedule sign up for one of the other weekends in October.

Abendmusik Concert: Soprano YoonGeong Lee

St. Thomas will unveil a new concert series this year called Abendmusik Concerts. Abendmusik (Evening Music) was a term used by Baroque composer Deitrich Buxtehude for the famous series of concerts that were known throughout Northern Europe. For the first Abendmusik Concert we are YoonGeong Lee, a frequent Bach Vespers soloist.

yoongeongSoprano, YoonGeong Lee is a recent doctorial graduate from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  For her upcoming St. Thomas concert on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm, she will sing the songs of some of the world’s greatest composers; among them:  Mozart, Schubert, Duparc, Martini, Delibes, Satie, Yun and Lehar.  YoonGeong spent the past two summers at Tanglewood Music Center as a soprano fellow and received the Grace B.Jackson Award, an annual prize given to an outstanding fellow.  Please join with us for another great summer night of music!

More information about Ms. Lee can be seen at www.facebook.com/yoongeongleesoprano


ccm prep logoThe UC College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir will both be operating special satellite programs beginning this fall at St. Thomas.

CCM Prep will be offering private music lessons based at St. Thomas. Actual offerings will be based on demand, but our recent survey indicated strong interest in many areas including voice, piano, guitar, brass and string. If you are interested in taking private lessons with CCM Prep faculty at St. Thomas, please contact CCM prep and request lessons at St. Thomas. (http://ccm.uc.edu/prep.html)

CChildrensClogoThe Cincinnati Children’s Choir will offer a Satellite Choir Program at St. Thomas. The Satellite Choir will be directed by St. Thomas Director of Music Carlton Monroe and will begin October 5th. The program is a 10 week program for children in grades 3-6 that provides an introduction to choral music and the philosophies of the CCC. Rehearsals for the St. Thomas Satellite Choir will be Sundays, 1-2pm. Please visit the CCC website for more information and to register. (http://www.cincinnatichoir.org/programs/satellite-choirs/)

(Note: St. Thomas Choristers are welcome to participate in both our Chorister program and the CCM Satellite Choir.)

MT.T.O.P. Partnership

St Thomas will have two young adults, Stacy Purcell and Jon Saxton, on summer staff at Mt TOP this summer. Stacy will be a YSM(Youth Summer Ministry) Camp Director and Jon will be a YSM Ministry Coordinator. Mt TOP operates on a partnership basis. Its summer staff are required to partner with their home churches, families, and friends to raise half of their salary plus living expenses($2,400 for Stacy, $2,200 for Jon). Stacy and Jon are grateful for this opportunity to share their God given gifts in His calling this summer and would appreciate your spiritual, emotional , or financial support. Please fill out an partnership form (available online and via CONNECTIONS) and mail it to Mt TOP at the address provided on the form. Thank you for your support. Stacy & Jon.

Thomaston Golf Classic, May 19, 2014 REGISTER ONLINE



For the fth year, the Thomaston Golf Classic is being held at the Golf Club at Stonelick Hills, located on U.S. Route 50 in Clermont County, less than 10 miles from Terrace Park, Ohio. It is one of the premier golf courses in Southwestern Ohio. The course quality and layout, facilities and professional staff are second to none. The foursome entry fee for this year’s event is $500 and the individual fee is $150 per person. Includes lunch, golf and cart fees, dinner, golf gift and awards.

The Thomaston Golf Classic is the sole fundraising event for the Thomaston Woods Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition scholarships for the young motivated residents of the Thomaston Woods affordable townhouse complex in Clermont County. Thanks to your support, over 30 scholarships have been granted to students attending UC Clermont and other area institutions. Let’s keep it going for 2014!

Spring is here, so get your foursome assembled and registered, using the registration form linked through the Parish website at http://www.stthomasepiscopal.org. And we’ll see you on Monday, May 19th. Thank you!



2014 TGC Announcement

2014 TGC Golfer Registration Form

2014 TGC Hole Sponsor Form


Spaghetti Dinner: Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis

Join Alex Jofriet, his family and his friends at the Crohn’s & Colitis Take Steps Walk this May 17th. The walk venue has been changed this year to Sharon Woods Park starting at 9 am. He feels that working together to raise awareness and raise funds for CCFA can make a difference. You can help Alex in his efforts for a cure by making a donation or walking with him on walk day. You can sign up for his walk team (The Eh Team) or make a donation online

Support Alex by attending a special Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, March 16 at 4pm at St. Thomas.

If you have further questions or an interest in helping or walking, contact Alex at church or give him a call at 513-722-2512. 

ALIVE: Christmas Gift Wrapping

In St. Thomas’s Parish Hall on Sunday, December 15th from 1-3pm, St. Thomas’s official youth ministry, ALIVE (Adolescents Living In the Valley Evangelized), will wrap your gifts for you in exchange for a small donation to the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization that helps our wounded veterans get on their feet again. If you would like to volunteer to wrap gifts with ALIVE please contact Allie Howe at 513-831-8855 or allie.howe@gmail.com. All skill levels are welcomed: if you don’t know how to wrap we will teach you! Volunteers will also be writing letters to solders overseas during this event.

Please come by the Parish Hall on the 15th; we would love to wrap your gifts for you and help you get rid of a little Holiday stress!

Note: All gifts should be dropped off no later than 2:30pm so that we have time to make sure they are wrapped and ready for you to pick up at 3pm. If you are dropping off gift(s) please make sure to secure your name on all of them (perhaps with tape and a post it note) so that they can be returned to you when you come back to pick them up at 3pm.

–Also if your family’s Santa always wraps gifts in a certain wrapping paper, please bring us a roll and we will be happy to act as Santa’s elves!

Cookie Caper Quilt

WP_20131022_005Cold nights are creeping in, bringing thoughts of snuggling into a cozy warm bed. THE GREAT COOKIE CAPER once again has a handsome quilt that will be raffled to grace some fortunate person’s bed after December 14. The pattern is Lone Star Log Cabin done in tones of green, tan and cream. The size is king-size [110”x 92”] but it will fit nicely on a queen-sized bed or perhaps even a full-sized bed. The quilting creates a design on the reverse side of the quilt that is also lovely.

The quilt top was donated by Anne Poleon. The display frame created by Mark Woolsey. Now it’s up to the ticket buyers to transform this quilt into meals and financial assistance for those who are helped by Inter Parish Ministries. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20. Tickets will be available on Sunday mornings before and between services. The more you purchase, the greater assistance to IPM and the greater your chances of winning.

The Order of St. Luke

osl_logo_printThe Order of St. Luke, an ecumenical healing/prayer ministry that meets here at St. Thomas on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, invite all who are interested to join us, starting Tuesday, October 8, to watch a 13 week series of healing DVD’s by Dr. Francis MacNutt, from 7:00 to 8:30pm each time. Each lasts for about 1 hour, followed by discussion and a practicum of the topic. The first one, on October 8, is entitled “Scriptural Foundations for Healing.” Topics will cover different kinds of healing prayer, how to pray for healing, and the history of healing in the Church. (See the list on the bulletin board in the Narthex.) We will meet in the Guild Room on Tuesdays.