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    Welcome to St. Thomas'       

    A diverse and loving family confidently dedicated to God and his Word, and boldly striving to seek, to serve, and to reach out to those in need.
  • Rev. Loree Penner baptises a baby at the baptismal font in the front of the sanctuary as the congregation looks on.

    Come join our family!        

    We are young and old, male and female, single, married, divorced and widowed, CEO and unemployed, student and teacher, rich and poor – we welcome you to join us.
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- Posted on September 11, 2016, Preaching: The Rev. Loree Penner, Rector

Worship Service

Weekly Lessons

New to St. Thomas'?

The verger and acolytes in full robes process the cross up the center aisle of the sanctuary.

9:30 a.m. Sundays

Our Sunday service follows the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer. The music is a blend of traditional hymns on the organ, anthems, and contemporary music accompanied by our worship band.
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An open Bible.

For Sunday, October 23, 2016

Old Testament: Joel 2:23-32
Psalm: Psalm 65
Epistle: 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14
This Week's Bulletin & Announcements
A toddler in the church aisle peeks playfully into a pew as the Rector speaks at the top of the aisle.

Peace Be With You!

Upcoming Events

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The Forum

23 Oct 2016 | 10:30 am
An open Bible.

Bible Study – Matthew

25 Oct 2016 | 07:00 pm
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LR Network Fundraiser

26 Oct 2016 | 07:00 pm
Lit candles in a darkened room.

Celtic Evening Prayer

27 Oct 2016 | 06:30 pm
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Music Practice

27 Oct 2016 | 07:30 pm
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5th Sunday Quiet Service

30 Oct 2016 | 08:00 am
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Work Day

12 Nov 2016 | 08:00 am
Colorful balls of yarn.

Christian Stitchin’

19 Nov 2016 | 10:00 am
A group of children sit on the floor listening to a pastor.

Children’s Chapel

20 Nov 2016 | 09:30 am
Christmas Village Bazaar

Christmas Bazaar

03 Dec 2016 | 09:00 am

Recent News & Announcements

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Message from Our Senior Warden

From the Blue Horizons Team: At the heart of the Blue Horizons project, the BH Team – on behalf of the congregation – is trying to discern the path that will keep The Church in general and our...
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Stained Glass of a palm tree.

Message from Our Junior Warden

Wow, October is almost here…time is going so fast! We must be having fun. Time to start thinking about the outside areas – caulking, leaves, and the like. Things we have taken care of recently:...
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Lit candles in a darkened room.

Celtic Evening Prayer

Join us for a Celtic Evening Prayer: Worship Contemplate Prayer & Intercessions . We will be praying for St. Thomas’, its members and the needs of others. Thursdays at 6:30 pm beginning...
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Wooden alphabet blocks spell out the word forum.

Sunday Coffee Hour Forum

The Forum is a short lesson during coffee hour. It may include Bible study, or history, or spiritual practices. While you are enjoying your coffee, you get the chance to learn something as well....
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A box of offering envelopes.

From the Stewardship Team

As we look outside and see the changing leaves, feel the cooler temperatures and experience the shorter daylight hours, we know that Fall is here. Children are back in school and the carefree...
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The chalices, pitcher and platens used in Holy Communion.

October Memorials

Memorials can be reserved for the month of October for the following items: Wafers Flowers (4th & 5th Sunday) . Monthly memorials can be made in memory of a deceased loved one or in...
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Toiletry Drive for Homeless Students

Loch Raven Network October Toiletry Drive: These are just some of the toiletries that the Loch Raven Senior High students need. Please consider purchasing Name Brand items for our students. Thank...
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Two of Santa's Elves making wooden toys.

The Crafty Elves of St. Thomas’

When Santa’s not looking, we, the Crafty Elves, are borrowing his workshop to make some crafts for St. Thomas’ Christmas Bazaar.  We’d like to thank everyone who donated their...
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Colorful balls of yarn.

Christian Stitchin’ Meals on Wheels Project

Winter is coming and the Christian Stitchin’ group is getting ready! We’re once again making scarves for Meals on Wheels clients. We are in need of knitters, crocheters and yarn donators! If you...
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Two women in Christmas sweaters pose with a man in an elf suit behind a table of poinsettias.

Help Wanted: Christmas Bazaar

The 2016 Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, from 9 am to 2 pm. This year’s theme is “Bring your Friends!”  The bazaar is a major fundraiser for the Church and it can’t...
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LR Network Family Adoption

The Loch Raven Network helps students in need at Loch Raven High School.  The Holiday Project 2016: Can you adopt a family?  Our goal this year is to help 40 families in need.  Last December, the...
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Stained glass. The Last Supper.

The Vestry Corner

From the Vestry meeting discussion on September 18th: Jill Dumser is working on the set up of a new congregational database. This database will allow us to have electronic giving capability. Stay...
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13 people pose in a warehouse.

Salvation Army Christmas Stockings

Once again this year St. Thomas’ has committed to filling Christmas Stockings for the Salvation Army. The stockings will be distributed the last week in October and should be filled and...
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Christmas Village Bazaar

Save the Date! Christmas Bazaar

The first Saturday in December is always St. Thomas’ popular Christmas Village Bazaar.  Live greens, Christmas crafts, the Nearly New Shoppe, a yummy lunch and an amazing bake sale are only a few...
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A cup of coffee and two chocolate chip cookies.

Help Wanted: Coffee Hour

Barbara Lewis is seeking assistance with coffee hour beginning October 2nd.  This is another activity that, like the cookie baking, we can’t continue doing without Volunteers. Volunteering...
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An open Bible.

Matthew Bible Study on Tuesday Nights

Are you interested in studying the Bible, but can’t make the commitment to EfM? Beginning Tuesday, September 20, Rev. Loree will be teaching a study on the gospel of Matthew. In our...
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Music Ministry is Looking For You

Music Ministry is looking for anyone who is willing to share their time and talent and serve musically at services. There is no commitment, come, bring your voices, instruments and even a friend...
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A woman and a man holding offering plates stand in the back of the church.

Help Wanted: Church Service Volunteers

Are you interested in being more involved at church but don’t have the time? Did you want to get the whole family more interested in attending church together? Then consider volunteering to be an...
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The backs of 9 high school students running down a school hallway wearing backpacks.

Thanks from Loch Raven Network

“On behalf of the Loch Raven Network, we would like to thank the congregation of St. Thomas’ for your exceptional generosity in delivering 20 beautiful backpacks filled with school supplies...
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The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood. American Red Cross.

Blood Drive Week of 9/19

Did you know that every two seconds, someone in America needs blood?  One donation will help to save up to three lives!!! St. Thomas’ will be sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross...
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Weekly Reflections

Hurricane Season

We are in the worst month of the Hurricane Season, and while Hurricane Matthew may miss us, please pray for those who have already been impacted in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, and this week, in...
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Mental Yoga

If you have practiced yoga at all, you know that flexibility is really important to be able to do the many poses that benefit the body. The wonderful thing about yoga though, is that you can...
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New Events at St. Thomas’

How many times in life are things we don’t enjoy good for us? Monday I had to submit myself to my least favorite activity – getting a filling replaced. I had a crack in my tooth that...
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Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise

This morning I had coffee with my colleague Chris Tang, rector of Church of the Holy Comforter. We were talking about music in the church, and the dichotomy between the great hymns we all love,...
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Our Rector

Latest Sermons

“A Twist in Our Path”

Posted on September 11, 2016, Preaching: The Rev. Loree Penner, Rector

“Counting the Cost”

Posted on September 6, 2016, Preaching: The Rev. Loree Penner, Rector

“Loving the Stranger”

Posted on August 31, 2016, Preaching: John Windsor

“Elijah and Elisha”

Posted on June 26, 2016, Preaching: John Windsor

“Ordinary Time”

Posted on June 5, 2016, Preaching: The Rev. Loree Penner, Rector

“The Good Shepherd’s Border Collie”

Posted on April 17, 2016, Preaching: The Rev. Loree Penner, Rector