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COVID-19, Coronavirus information

Greetings! Grace and Peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“I implore you, good Jesus, that as in your mercy you have given me to drink in with delight the words of your knowledge, so of your loving kindness you will also grant me one day to come to you, the fountain of all wisdom, and to stand for ever before your face.” [prayer of the Venerable Bede, ca.700 AD]

Today, we are experiencing a life-defining event in our lives, one not seen since the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, 102 years ago. The world as we know it may seem as if it is spinning out of control—but rest assured, it is not!  God is withus, Immanuel, and God is in control…. so rest in God’s Almighty 

Please remember that Anxiety generally arises out of sense of “lack of control.”  Do not waste your spiritual energy on the things you cannot control, instead focus on what you can control. To help reduce your anxiety, we will try to keep you up-to-date with what is happening here at St. Thomas, so that you can feel some sense of control.

Resources:

We realize that many in our congregation have limited internet access, including limited cellular reception; many have only DSL or weather-dependent Satellite internet which can make video and "streaming" services or video chat services [Facetime, Zoom, etc.] challenging, if not impossible.

However, we will provide a link to the Washington National Cathedral website for DAILY Morning Prayer & Evening Prayer at 7 am & 7pm Monday through Saturday AND Sunday Eucharist at 11:15 am.  Link:  

Always check the “Alert” Banner on the top of the Church Website Mainpage for current news

We will post a Daily Meditation on our Webpage and send an email of the same to all members

Our Rector is calling every member to find out how they are doing, if they need assistance, prayer, concerns, etc.

Our Vestry leadership team will also be calling to ensure no one feels isolated or alone or perhaps needs emergent assistance.

Each week we will post:

  • A “Sunday Meditations from the Rector” on our webpage, mail a hardcopy of the same, and leave hardcopies in the Church.  
  • The Sunday Meditations will also be available in an easy to download, Audio-only Podcast
  • We will mail the same Meditations along with a Weekly letter with Church specific information and humor to help keep you informed of what's going on 
  • We will mail the Sunday School “Sunday Paper” to families with Children along with a hardcopy of the Lectionary readings and that Sunday’s Morning Prayer service bulletin to help families engage their children during these difficult times.