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.

People of St. Thomas' – Carol C.

Carol and JohnCarol C. and her husband moved from New York City to Washington, D.C. in May 2012, and have since become part of the spiritual community at St. Thomas’ Parish. Carol had always been an active volunteer, and she wanted to become involved in her new city as well. At St. Thomas’ she serves as a Sunday greeter, helps with the monthly meal we provide at Christ House, and also organized the coffee hour reception for Bishop Mariann’s recent visitation.

After reading about the organization N Street Village in Street Sense, the local homeless newspaper, she began serving at their night shelter as an overnight volunteer, and later took on other volunteer roles, including helping at Miriam’s House, the Village’s residence for women living with HIV and AIDS. This past fall, she participated in the organization’s Community Walk to raise funds and awareness about homelessness. Most recently, she made a donation of 31 hand-knitted quilts to the residents of the Village’s night shelter. She had coordinated with a childhood friend in Michigan to organize quilting circles, so that each woman living in the shelter received her very own blanket for Christmas.

Thanks to Carol (and her friends in Michigan) for sharing her time and gifts with our parish and community!


10th Anniversary of Gene Robinson's Consecration

Gene Robinson ConsecrationThe weekend of Nov. 2-3 at St. Thomas’ Parish was special for a lot of reasons:

On Sunday, we celebrated All Saints Day, raising up in prayer the names of scores of people who have died but have not been forgotten by family, and loved ones, and friends.

Also, our Rector, Nancy Lee Jose, celebrated her 10th All Saints Day as Rector of St. Thomas’ Parish.

And the day before was the 10th anniversary of the consecration of Gene Robinson, the resident Bishop at St. Thomas’ Parish, as the IX Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire.   You may want to read the short note by Susan Russell on the Episcopal Cafe.  If you’d like to keep up with Gene’s activities, you might want to follow him on Twitter or on his Facebook page. Or catch him the next time he’s preaching or celebrating the Eucharist at St. Thomas’ Parish.

For now, we celebrate All The Saints — those who have preceded us and those with us still — who strive to live out the church’s vocation as The Body of Christ and the agent of grace, reconciliation, compassion, and justice.  In the words of one of my favorite hymns: “I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true, who toiled and fought and lived and died for the Lord they loved and knew.  … and one was a soldier, and one was a priest, and one was slain by a fierce wild beast: and there’s not any reason, no, not the least, why I shouldn’t be one too.”

Member Profile – Jeremy A.

Jeremy AI first started coming to St. Thomas’ in 2004 because I lived two blocks away. And I could sleep in (very) late yet still be on time for the 11:00 a.m. service. I kept coming back because people were friendly, and the parish struck a nice balance between being laid back and eager to grow. Many things have changed over the years, including my involvement with the parish. I’ve served as an usher, on the altar guild, part of a seminarian discernment team, and as a Godly Play teacher.

I’ve led the Inclusion Team twice, with a two-year break in between while I worked as a chaplain at an Episcopal school in Florida. What has remained constant in the community is a genuine desire to be and to become the wonderful people God has made us to be. St. Thomas’ has given me room to grow up since those early days a decade ago when I slunk into the back row, sleepy-eyed at 11:00 a.m.

I didn’t know it then, but I know it now: While I may have been looking for a church nearby, God was more intently looking for me, drawing me to this corner on 18th and Church Streets, to settle into a community that would nurture, challenge, and enrich me. I am so grateful.

Member Profile – Catherine M.

Catherine MMy relationship with St Thomas’ began almost exactly two years ago, when I was “church shopping” for a parish after graduating from American University. I was looking for a church with lots of young people and a strong sense of community. I walked into St Thomas’ in September of 2011, and I haven’t left since!

My faith has always been an important part of my life. I was baptized Catholic, and my family was active in my childhood parish. My mom and I joined the Episcopal Church when I was 15, and I decided to be confirmed a year later. I has a wonderful experience with campus ministry at AU, and I knew that I wanted to find a spiritual home in D.C. once I decided to stick around after college.

Not to sound too overenthusiastic here, but finding my way to St Thomas’ has honestly been a huge blessing for me. I have discovered a community that welcomed me with open arms and in which I have been able to build truly wonderful relationships. By encouraging me to take an active part in parish life and leadership, the St Thomas’ community has helped me grow as a person and given me space to more fully explore my relationship with God.

Right now, I am serving as a member of the parish vestry and am having way too much fun with young adult ministry. My big “church-y” interests are: thinking about ways to build and deepen relationships here at St Thomas’ and how St Thomas’ can build and deepen relationships with our neighborhood community. If you’d like to chat, come find me at coffee hour—I’m definitely at church most weeks. After all, it’s where my people are.