Weekly News and Notes ~ June 17 – 24, 2021

June 17 – 24, 2021

In Person Worship Services

Sundays ~ 8:00am & 10:15am

Reservations are no longer required to attend.

CLICK HERE for Updated Guidelines Announcement from St. Thomas Leadership

Online Services will continue on our dedicated YouTube Channel

Standing Committee nominates Provisional Bishop Candidate

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Southern Ohio announced today that they have nominated the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith to serve as provisional bishop in Southern Ohio beginning August 15. An act of the Diocesan Convention is required before Smith can take office as the Ecclesiastical Authority of the diocese. The Standing Committee plans to call for a special session of the 146th Convention on Saturday, July 17, 2021 for the purpose of this action.

Click here for the letter from the Standing Committee

Sisters of the Holy Grail ~ Meeting June 23, 2021

Sisters of the Holy Grail Zoom meetings are at 7:00 pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  Because we cannot meet in person and duplicate the experience of sharing over a meal, the group decided to do a book study.  The book is From Widows to Warriors: Women’s Stories from the Old Testament by Lynn Japinga.  Japinga is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America and Professor of Religion at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. 

All women are invited to join us. 

If you are interested in joining the Zoom meetings, please email:
hwiseman@stthomasepiscopal.org .

Women on the Journey

Mondays ~ 9:30am – 11:30am

We will be exploring the book The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions. We will be meeting via Zoom.  To sign up to participate please email The Rev. Heather Buchanan Wiseman at hwiseman@stthomasepiscopal.org


Men’s Group

The Men’s group is currently reading and discussing ‘The Case for Christ’ by Lee Strobel.
The group is meeting in person at the Panera Restaurant, 876 Eastgate N Drive every Monday morning at 8:30 AM. Feel free to join us. If you have any questions you may direct them to Bob Henry at rpjhenry@gmail.com.

Procter Family Camp

June 16 – 19
June 30 – July 3
July 8 – 11
July 15 – 18
July 22 – 25
July 29 – August 1

Want your children to have a camp experience and be there to enjoy all the fun and games with them? Family Camp is a great way to spend time with your family away from home. Let us do all the program planning and cooking. You just come, relax and play with your kids.

Family Camp is perfect for multiple generations. Grandparents often bring the grandkids and give Mom and Dad a break. Maybe the whole family wants to come?! Any and all are welcome.

If your family is unable to pay Family Camp fees please apply for a Campership. The Diocese and Procter are committed to making camp accessible for all.


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