Festivals! Backpacks! Birthdays! Farewells! Picnic! The weekend of September 12 and 13, 2015 was very big at St. Thomas’ Parish. A seemingly record crowd joined us for a “welcome back” gathering after summer holidays and travel. Our Rector, Nancy Lee, returned after a well-deserved August vacation.
St. Thomas’ had a wonderful booth at the 17th Street Festival for our second year! The 17th Street festival is a community event celebrating the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Place to P Street. This has been a fantastic opportunity to be a visible presence in our neighborhood community.
The Festival took place on Saturday September 12 from 12:00-6:00pm. Volunteers served 2 hour shifts under the excellent direction of Catherine Manhardt.
Wow! Listen to the big choir!
Blessing of the Backpacks
On September 13th, we kicked off our Children’s Ministry Fall Program with a blessing of backpacks — including diaper bags and briefcases!
We also collected back-to-school supplies for an extra special backpack that we’re donating to the Samaritan Ministry.
Welcome Back Picnic on Sunday, September 13
More than 100 celebrated our “welcome back” with a wonderful picnic – dancing, smashing a piñata, meeting new babies, seeing how much our young worshipers have grown, and enjoying the company of folks we may not have seen since summer began.