Changes this Fall at St. Thomas Episcopal Church!

As summer draws to a close, many exciting changes will be coming to St. Thomas in the very near future. Beginning on September 26th,  the Rite I Holy Eucharist will be resuming  at 8:30 AM. The change in time of the Rite I is necessary in accommodating my ability to care for my children and help get them up and ready on Sunday mornings.

We will also be resuming Rector’s Forum this Fall between 9:30-10:15 on Sunday mornings and will be reading Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (ISBN-  978-0060608521) and discussing what it means for us to be an intentional Christian community in our context today. There will be an additional opportunity to join in this discussion on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM starting on September 29. The book can easily be purchased from many online booksellers and is also available through the library. Even if you are unable to attend these sessions, I encourage you all to read this important and insightful book.

At this time, we have decided not to resume the 5:30 PM Saturday Evening Contemporary Service as we feel that during this time of transition and rebuilding, it is prudent to focus our energy and resources on Sunday morning worship programming. We have, however, decided that the spirit and format of the contemporary service needs to be preserved as it is a vital part of our parish’s ministry. With that in mind, we will be offering a contemporary worship experience, including healing prayer and anointing, on the last Sunday of each month at our 10:30 Holy Eucharist starting on September 26th. This service will closely follow the pattern of worship that was used at 5:30 PM. While I understand that this change may be difficult to embrace for many, I encourage you all to give it shot for the sake of our parish community. During this time of transition, all hands need to be on deck!

The Vestry of this parish was extremely heartened by last month’s parish meeting and feel that such conversation is essential for our health and continued growth. Going forward, we will be conducting such meetings on a quarterly basis in order for us to share thoughts and concerns with one another. The next such meeting will be held on Sunday, October 17th following the 10:30 Holy Eucharist.

My coffee shop office hours will also resume, starting  the first week of September and will take place at Café-Ah-Roma or the Baldwin-Wallace University Starbucks on Front Street in Berea. Unless, otherwise noted these office hours will take place on Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.  The location of these “office hours” will be posted each week in the parish bulletin. I am of course also available by appointment at other times during the week so please call, text or e-mail me to arrange a time to talk.

Other programs, such as our Veterans’ Meet-and-Greet ministry as well as STAR are also in the process resuming their ministries. Our first veterans’ event was  be held this past Friday and we’re planning to hold them every last Friday throughout the year. Likewise, our S.T.A.R. (St. Thomas’ Adult Recreation) will be resuming on the 2nd Thursday of each month starting in September. Information regarding both S.T.A.R. and Veterans’ Meet and Greet will be available on our parish website. My deepest hope is that, despite the setback of the last 18 months, we will continue to grow and flourish as a parish.

In Christ,

Dave+

Monthly outreach

Monthly Outreach

Every month we collect different items for Church Street Ministry and for the Veteran’s Ministry. Click on the image to see what we are collecting this month.

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online worship

Online Worship Experience

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to join us on Sundays at 10:30 am for online worship with Father David Radzik. This is a joint ministry with Rockport UMC and Rev. Lorrin Radzik.

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Worship schedule

Worship Schedule

At this time, we offering a single Holy Eucharist on Sunday at 10:30 AM which will also be available for viewing on the parish Facebook page.

A Loving Church

St. Thomas Episcopal ChurchFor over 150 years, St. Thomas Episcopal Church has been doing God’s work. We encourage you to visit the various areas of our website to learn more about who we are and what we do. We invite you to view our worship schedule, the descriptions of our ministries, and our events.

We invite you to come and worship with us the next time you are in the area. Our chapel is an Ohio registered historical landmark. Our church is modern and inspiring. Our congregation is active and friendly.

We are child-friendly

We expect younger children to fuss and fidget a little, so we hope you will keep them with you. If you prefer, a “cry room” is available upstairs over the rear of the Church.

We are Bible-based

We recognize the Bible as the record of God’s loving action in human life during ancient times and as the starting point for looking at God’s action in human life today; while we teach it as the basis for Christian faith, we encourage everyone to find their own living relationship with the God of their understanding.

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