• Are you you intrigued by Jesus, but find yourself confused by theological discussions?
  • Do you have a church background but wish you had a better understanding of basic Christian beliefs?
  • Do you wish you had a good way to respond to claims made by Fundamentalists and biblical literalists?
  • Do you feel pressured to choose between science and logic on the one hand and Christian faith on the other?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you are encouraged to participate in the new small group at St. Thomas’ called “Christianity 101”! Led by Bob Moluf and Murray Scheel, this group will meet after coffee hour (sessions start at about noon) for 7 Sundays, beginning in September and ending in November (there will be no sessions in October).

This small group will have a somewhat different focus than that of a pre-confirmation class in the Episcopal Church, and the group is open to anyone who wishes to participate, regardless of church (or non-church) background.

Each of the 7 sessions will be 90 minutes long, and they will be held at St. Thomas’ Parish, starting at about noon, on the following Sundays:

  • Sep. 8 – Overview: Topics, Sources, Methods
  • Sep. 15 – God & the Hebrew/Jewish Tradition
  • Sep. 22 – Who Was Jesus?
  • Sep. 29 – The Holy Spirit & the Christian Community
  • [No sessions in October]
  • Nov. 10 – Baptism
  • Nov. 17 – Eucharist
  • Nov. 24 – Ministry

If you would like to participate in this St. Thomas’ small group, or if you have questions about it, please email Bob Moluf (bob.moluf@gmail.com).

Bob Moluf and Murray Scheel
Bob Moluf and Murray Scheel

We are seeking to add additional voices to the amazing St. Thomas choir. If you can bring a joyful noise, please contact our Music Director Cindy Adkins with form below. Thank you.

First Saturday of Every Month, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
1717 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

St. Thomas’ Christ House volunteers meet on the first Saturday of each month to prepare and serve a healthy dinner to about 60 patients of Christ House.  Together, they decide on the recipes in advance, meet at Safeway at 4:30 pm to gather the ingredients, and walk together to the Christ House kitchen where they prepare and serve their meal.  After all the patients have been served, the volunteers join them for dinner and conversation.

Christ House is a private, non-profit 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men and women in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.  New volunteers are always welcome.

Please use form below to volunteer.

Join us for a Bible Study and you don’t have to leave your computer! We will have an online Bible Study every Wednesday at 12:05 pm starting on September 13. It will last 40 minutes. We will be looking at the Book of Acts.

To participate:
1. Sign up for a FREE video conferencing at http://zoom.us/
2. Go to https://zoom.us/j/999435829
3. Note that you may be asked to download software for Zoom. Please do so in advance of the meeting.

Bible Study: Acts 1

 



Bible Study Acts 2:43-3:26

 

Acts 4: 1-31

 

 

 

D.C. is a community on the move — It’s a City where folks come and go. Our place of worship changes as we go forward to the building of our new home, and we see parishioners leave us for a time and return. That’s the nature of D.C. and of St. Thomas’ Parish.

One thing that has remained constant throughout my ten years as an active member of St. Thomas’ Parish has been our Outreach partnership with Christ House. Volunteers from St. Thomas’ Parish have assembled at Christ House to provide a meal for it’s residents for well over a decade. It’s a tradition that I inherited and have embraced. Our membership has included so many of our Vestry and it’s honorable, rewarding work.

On the first Saturday of each month, St. Thomas’ Volunteers assemble to purchase groceries and create a good meal for sixty residents of Christ House. Through our Team Captain, Laura Sinram, we organize a team each month to prepare a meal and then break bread with our brothers and sisters. We meet at the Safeway on Columbia Pike at 4pm on the first Saturday and then we haul those groceries a couple of blocks to Christ House and, wow, they know we’re coming! There is excitement when they recognize us — it’s St. Thomas’ Parish! They know they’re in for something special. Our Team Captain Laura and myself plan days in advance to create a nutritious and satisfying meal for our care. We provide the best because we develop relationships with the staff, the residents and each other. We are organized and determined to provide the best. However, you don’t need to know how to cook to participate, just be wiling to help.

As I mentioned, D.C. is a transient city. Laura and I call upon St. Thomas’ Parish for new volunteers so that we can keep this long-standing tradition thriving. If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please use the form below.

 

Pastoral care is a gift from God when we are in crises or ​having ​difficult life transitions. If you are having mental or physical health concerns and want to talk to our priest, then contact the parish office. If you have ideas on how we can support each other through crisis or life transitions, please contact Alex, our priest in charge. Also, let Alex know if you are willing to assist with pastoral care.

You can also use the form below to request a call or volunteer.

Photos from St. Thomas’ Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive

Many thanks to Jason Crighton for his great work in organizing donations to this year’s successful Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive at St. Thomas! The final count was 13 baskets!

Food Basket Drive 5

Food Basket Drive 4

 

Food Basket Drive 2

Food Basket Drive 1

Our commitment to seeing in Christ in every person calls us to solidarity and action with those struggling in the Washington DC area and in the world.

  • St. Thomas’ Parish was a founding congregation of Samaritan Ministry, whose Next Step program provides housing and employment search guidance, coaching, and referrals to partner services.
  • Each year we adopt an apartment for the Transitional Housing Corporation that provides support for at risk families in the District of Columbia.
  • We support the work of the Trinidad Conservation Project in Honduras and support the Millennium Development Goalsinitiative of our Diocese.
  • We support Martha’s Table, helping to find sustainable solutions to poverty, and serve breakfasts at Christ House, a residential medical facility for the homeless.
  • The parish also hosts two 12-step groups that meet weekly in our building; we serve as a voting precinct for the District of Columbia; and we host a number of other non-profit groups holding events regularly at St. Thomas’ Parish.

Stewardship & Giving

Almighty God, whose loving hand hath given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor thee with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer,  Prayer 38

Above all else, God is a Giver. When Jesus had given everything he had—through his teaching, feeding, healing, and prayer—he literally gave himself for us. And when we ourselves give to God and to one another, however and whenever we do that, we are following the example of Jesus and we are participating in God’s own gracious generosity to the world.

We give in so many ways—through offering support, encouragement, a helping hand, a meal, telling a child a story, buying a stranger a cup of coffee, telephoning a friend, or walking the neighbor’s dog. Any of these everyday things can be occasions when we voluntarily step back and put our own needs on hold, trusting that we will still have enough when we also share what we have for the sake of another. The more we make a habit of giving, the better we get at doing it. And the more we give of our ourselves, our time, and our financial resources, the more we exercise our trust in God.

In so many different ways, each of us chooses how to express our gratitude to God, in what amounts, and to what degree. Committing to the Church—and to our parish in particular—is one very important way we can turn our gratitude into the dollars and the muscle that fuels ministry.

We invite you to think, or re-think, your giving in the terms of a proportion of your disposable income (defined however you choose). If your current giving represents 2% or 3% of your income this year, for example, consider the possibility of raising it to 3.5%, or 4%, or 5% for next year. Or, if that is more than you can reasonably give, consider increasing next year’s gift by a certain percentage. The point is to think in terms of percentages. The Commitment Table shown below may be helpful.

Whatever the size of your gift may be, the gratitude expressed through the gift is what gives it meaning. And, translated into ministry, through our collective gifts we can do wonders in our time and in this place!

Make a pledge or contribute online to support the ministry of St. Thomas’ Parish


Commitment Table

$25,000 $50,000 $75,000 $100,000 $150,000
Weekly 5% $24 $48 $72 $96 $144
7% $34 $58 $101 $135 $202
10% $48 $96 $144 $192 $288
Monthly 5% $104 $208 $313 $417 $325
7% $146 $250 $438 $583 $875
10% $208 $417 $625 $833 $1,250
Annually 5% $1,250 $2,500 $3,750 $5,000 $7,500
7% $1,750 $3,000 $5,250 $7,000 $10,500
10% $2,500 $5,000 $7,500 $10,000 $15,000

Communications

The Communications team is responsible for ensuring that the activities, policies, and programs of the Church are communicated in a concise and consistent manner through The Phoenix—our weekly electronic newsletter—as well as through other communication channels. Members assist in the writing and production of The Phoenix, supervise and maintain the parish website and social media sites, edit special mailings, manage parish information technology and systems, and promote Church activities to the local media.

You can subscribe to The Phoenix by sending an email to: phoenix@stthomasdc.org. Items received by noon on Tuesday will be included in that Wednesday’s Phoenix; otherwise, they will appear the week after that. Be sure to indicate if you would like your announcement included on the website as well.

Other inquiries can be sent to: phoenix@stthomasdc.org.