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


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