Together Apart – Ways St. Thomas Gathers on Zoom

Going stir crazy, afraid to watch another cooking show or YouTube video on how to cut your hair?…or does talking to veggie plants have the neighbors wondering?

In need a little change? We have Good News for you…we really do 🙂

There are opportunities to gather for worship, prayer, study and fun at St. Thomas. All you literally need to do is plug-in and Zoom with us. Here are a few ways…

WORSHIP

SUNDAYS @ 10:30 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE with the whole congregation, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Sunday Worship

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 826 9002 5101

PRAYER

During this time while we shelter in place, there are ways we can stay connected spiritually, and find calm & peace in the midst of the pandemic.

Here are days and times you can connect online to the St. Thomas faith community for prayer, meditation and worship:
 
TUESDAYS @ 6PM – CENTERING PRAYER, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Tuesday Evening Centering Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 724376004
 
WEDNESDAYS @  12:15PM – NOONDAY PRAYER with Commemoration of a Saint, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Wednesday Noonday Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 86313271549
 
WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM – COMPLINE with Deacon Bertram: Zoom Link for Wednesday Evening Compline

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 499220185
  
THURSDAYS @ 9AM – MORNING PRAYER with Deacon Bertram, in connection with St. Margaret’s in Washington DC: Zoom link for Thursday Morning Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 6833  –  Meeting ID# 151825096  –  Password: 184402 
 
OR
 
Via the St. Margaret’s website: https://www.stmargaretsdc.org/   and then halfway down on the right, click on:
 

Virtual Noonday Prayer and Lectio Divina on Thursdays

(NOTE: 9 AM PDT = 12 Noon in Washington)

STUDY
Adult Formation

The Adult Formation serves to increase our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the Bible and to help us apply the lessons we learn to our lives  so that we may grow and mature in our Christian faith.

For the latest news regarding future studies, please check back with our website and/or the weekly service bulletin for upcoming offerings.

Family Ministry offers weekly online Children’s Ministry

Family Ministry gathers online on Thursdays at 4:00 PM for Children’s Ministry.  Our time together is focused on Christian formative education mixed with some fun! Note that the Children’s Ministry class previously scheduled for June 4th, 2020 is cancelled due to time conflicts with so many of the children still being in school. We plan to restart the following week. 

To participate, please contact the group’s host – Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director via the Parish Office  for details if you would like to join the group.

Sue’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

Men’s Spiritual Growth Group

Meets online the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (9-10 AM on your computer) to explore where the Scriptures lead us and on alternate Saturdays to check-in with everybody at the end of the week (this also starts at 9 AM).

We invite all men (even those not a part of St. Thomas) to join with us for fellowship and good discussion.  And yes, you can be in your pajamas! 

Our Zoom meetings are password protected so you’ll need to connect with Chris Schmidt, the group’s host via the Parish Office  for the Zoom ID if you are new to the group.

Chris’ contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

FUN
Book Club

We typically meet (online at this time) the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. 

Our desire is to share and discuss good reads that broaden our minds and understanding of the world in which we live. We have an appreciation for each other and literature coming from a variety of genres.

Please check with the website and/or weekly service bulletin for current offerings.

If you are new to the group and would like to join, please contact Dorothy Furgerson, the host via the Parish Office for the Zoom ID.

Dorothy’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

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Adult Formation Program: John, The Fourth Gospel

A FOUR-WEEK ONLINE PROGRAM

St. Thomas is offering a four-week, online adult formation/education program every Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM, May 6th through May 27th.

ZOOM MEETING DETAILS

After reading more background on the gospel of John below, join us online on upcoming Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM. Bring your bible and your own questions about John’s Gospel.

Zoom Link for Thursday Evening Study on the Gospel of John

Or Dial-in: +1 669 900 9128 meeting ID# 84709458542

FOCUS ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

If you open your Bible to the beginning of the New Testament, you will find The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark and Luke. Then you will find the fourth Gospel according to John. Matthew, Mark, and Luke are called the “Synoptic Gospels”. The word “synoptic,” rooted in Greek, means “presenting or taking the same or common view.” These three gospels share a number of the same stories, vocabulary
and style.

Then there is that other gospel, John. The style is radically different. It begins not with Jesus’ birth or baptism, but with a beautiful, cosmic poem. The gospel contains a large number of events and teachings of Jesus that are unique to this gospel, and events that are common with the Synoptic
gospels but which are told in a different way.

So, why and how is John so very different than the other three gospels? And how is it similar? What do we learn about Jesus as encountered in John’s gospel, that we wouldn’t know from reading the Synoptics?

There are other questions, just as intriguing: When, where and by whom was the Fourth Gospel composed? The way John’s Gospel is used in the liturgy is different from the Synoptics. Why is that so, and what do the answers tell us about the early church? How did the words of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel, particularly in the Last Supper discourse, shape how the church describes and addresses God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

Slider image taken from the Gospel of St. John the Evangelist, pages 104-105, The Book of Dimma, an irish Medieval manuscript contained in the medieval manuscript collection of Trinity Library in Dublin, Ireland.

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Forum: How was the Bible Written? – Dec. 10th

Back by Popular Demand! Pastor Salying will offer a forum on how the Bible was written and a history of its formation. For those who attended the one in September, a wealth of information was presented.

In the season of Advent, we are encouraged to study and contemplate the Holy Scriptures. With that focus in mind, Pastor Salying will offer the forum again – so please join her in the library for an encore presentation after either of the morning services, on Sunday, December 10th.

Sandwich fixings will be available- food for the body and spirit!

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Instant Theater – Feb 14, 21, 28 & Mar 6, 13

ADULT EDUCATION IN LENT

Welcome to Instant Theater – The Gospel of John and experience the story of Jesus revealed in a creative and wonderful way!

WHEN: The first five Sundays of Lent, beginning February 14th.

WHERE: St. Thomas Episcopal Church – in the Library

See Directions & Campus Map

WHAT TIME?: at 12:15 PM

DURATION: Each session will run approximately 45 minutes.

SPECIFICS

The Gospel According to St. John introduces Jesus as the Son of God, Lord and Savior through a number of dramatic encounters between Jesus and other characters in the story, including Jesus’ mother at Cana, Nicodemus, The Women of Samaria, The Man born Blind, and Lazarus, Martha and Mary.

We will read these stories as small theater pieces as a way of discovering new depths to the Good News of Jesus as found in John’s Gospel.

Theater, acting out a story, is a profound way of learning, and it is also fun…Come join us!

FOR QUESTIONS OR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

If you have questions or are in need of further assistance, please Contact Us.

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