Weekly News and Notes

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May 27 – June 2, 2020

Congratulations & Godspeed to the Class of 2020!

This year, St. Thomas celebrates three of our own young adults graduating:  Charlotte Coates, John Gislason and Dane Prather. Charlotte is a graduate of Mariemont High School and will be attending Elon University.  Dane is a graduate of Milford High School and he will be attending the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati to study Finance.  John is a graduate of Anderson High School and he will also be attending the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati pursuing a Finance degree. His ultimate dream is to own his own real estate business.  Inasmuch as we join with their family and friends in celebrating their many accomplishments now, we also are excited and look forward to what they discover and contribute in the years ahead.  Well done and Godspeed! 

St. Thomas and the First Steps of Re-Opening

While we are all anxious to return to our regular parish life, we recognize that we must do so carefully and in coordination with local authorities and our diocese.  As part of the Diocese of Southern Ohio, St. Thomas is already in the midst of a phased-in plan to re-open.  Moving into the next phase requires planning coordination with our Vestry, as well as the Diocese, state and federal guidelines.  Phase One of the Re-Opening Plan for Southern Ohio directs that all normal onsite operations of the parish remain suspended until further notice. How and when we can resume more aspects of public and parish life will be communicated soon.  As we continue the process, please keep in mind that the “new normal” continues to be different than what we experienced up until March.  We will be living with precautions and protective actions designed to serve all of us, especially our most vulnerable.

Now and even as we re-open more, our community will continue to be able to connect online through our website, YouTube Channel and small groups via Zoom; these will be a matter of “both/and” not “either/or.”  Now, more than ever, we need to stay connected.  If you haven’t been receiving regular emails from the parish and would like to, you can contact us through the website or call the parish office and leave a message so we can get back to you as quickly as possible. The Church remains open for individual prayer (9am-1pm Monday – Friday); and our parish office continues to have limited staff on-hand to coordinate essential ministry services.

Women on the Journey in Summer Group begins in June – plan to join-in

Women on the Journey will continue meeting Monday mornings from 9:30-11a this summer. We will be reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark. Taylor explores what can we learn about the ways of God when we cannot see the way ahead, are lost, alone, frightened, not in control or when the world around us seems to have descended into darkness. Taylor is our guide through a spirituality of the nighttime, teaching us how to find God even in darkness, and giving us a way to let darkness teach us what we need to know. Books are available through your favorite bookseller and as an e-book. Meetings will be conducted on Zoom.us until such time as we can meet in-person at St. Thomas.  For more information and to register for Women on the Journey in Summer please contact Heather Wiseman at hwiseman@stthomasepiscopal.org

Prayers and Reading for the Day of Pentecost

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Acts 2:1-21 (NRSV)

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

John 20:19-23 (NRSV)

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

Parish Prayer List

Betsy & Bill, Bob, Brian, Brigita, Carol, Constance, Dianne, Doris,  Jayne, Jim, Joseph, Pamela, the Lytle family, the Pfeiffer family, and our shut-in parishioners and their care-givers; those serving our community and nation, including Will, Steven, Harrison, Matt, Becky, Jeff, Jennifer, Steve, Phillip and Perrin, as well as all those affected by natural disasters and human tragedies, everyone affected by the Coronavirus, the first responders and the aid and relief efforts that continue around the world.

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