NSRV New Testament and Psalms, Pocket edition

This handy little book is convenient. It fits in a pocket or purse easily. It is perfect for Bible study at the office, as we are doing on Wednesdays! Yes, you can read the Bible on your mobile phone. But do you actually read the Bible on your phone? The pages of this pocket version are smooth and crisp. The translation, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), is renowned for the accuracy of its translation and its inclusionary text. If you just use Google search to find a verse, who knows what translation you get. It could be one of those translations that omit the word “eunuch” from Matthew 19:12!! Finally, this version uses Anglicized English for more flavour. In all seriousness, I read this and carry it around, and you should too.
If you would like to write a book review for the Phoenix, contact phoenix@stthomasdc.org

On Sunday, October 9, the community of St. Thomas’ Parish welcomed the Rev. Alex Dyer for his first Sunday morning worship service with us, followed by a festive coffee hour.

St. Thomas’ Welcomes the Rev. Alex Dyer!

St. Thomas’ is delighted to call the Rev. Alex Dyer as its Priest-in-Charge. Having begun his ministry as a missionary in Cairo, Egypt working with Sudanese refugees, he has since served numerous parishes in New York City and Connecticut. Alex has a heart for urban ministry beginning with his time at St. Luke in the Fields in New York City, where he oversaw outreach programs for LGBT youth and a program for people with HIV/AIDS. Upon moving to New Haven, he created an outdoor Eucharist that ministered primarily to people who were experiencing homelessness. He also served as the Executive Director of the largest food pantry in New Haven, CT, which served about 300 families each week.

Alex also brings experience in the wider church, which started with working for Episcopal News Service. Since then he has served as a Deputy to General Convention, a member of the search committee for the Bishop of Connecticut, a member of the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Connecticut and is currently the President of the Standing Committee in the Diocese of Connecticut.

For the past three years, Alex has been working on his Doctorate in Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary. His project focuses on reconnecting churches to their neighborhoods, discovering what God is up to and how parishes can join God’s mission. He hopes to defend his thesis this coming spring.

While Alex was born in Tennessee, he spent much of his childhood in Montgomery County, Maryland, and is delighted to rejoin many members of his family who still live in the DC area.

We also welcome Alex’s husband, Ryan DeLoach, and their beautiful daughter, Savannah Gayle. Ryan has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and has most recently worked for a large nonprofit specializing in shelter and housing services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Alex’s first Sunday at St. Thomas’ will be on October 9. Please join us as we welcome our new Priest in Charge and Ryan and Savannah to our family.

Introduction from Alex Dyer on Vimeo.

St. Thomas’ Vestry Adopts Mission Statement

During a one-day retreat held at St. Thomas′ on Saturday, May 5, 2014, the vestry adopted the following mission statement for the parish:

As St. Thomas′ Parish, we are followers of Jesus
striving to see Christ in each person
and to be Christ in our community, our city, and our world.

Ordination of The Rev. Rebecca Ann Zartman (Video Clip)

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, in a service held at St. Thomas’ Parish – Dupont Circle, The Rev. Rebecca Ann Zartman was ordained to the priesthood by The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.