Welcome Back Weekend!

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.

2015-09 17st Festival 3The 17th Street Festival on Saturday, September 12

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.

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Wow! Listen to the big choir!

We celebrated Adam Graham’s birthday with cake and song2015-09 Welcome Sunday 14 – and then with listening to our wonderfully expanded choir!

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Blessing of the Backpacks

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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.

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