Join Us For Holy Week & Easter!

An illustration of palm braches.

Palm Sunday, April 14

7:45 am

  • Reading of the passion gospel
  • Holy Eucharist

11:00 am

  • Procession from the corner of Washington and Liberty streets
  • Reading of the passion gospel
  • Holy Eucharist

An illustration of the Last Supper with a loaf of bread and a cup of wine

Maundy Thursday, April 18

7:00 pm

  • Foot washing or hand washing
  • Holy Eucharist


An illustration of the crown of thorns and a nail

Good Friday, April 19

12:00 pm

7:00 pm

  • Reading of the passion gospel
  • Holy Communion from the reserve sacrament

An illustration of an empty cross

Easter Sunday, April 21

7:45 am

  • Holy Eucharist
  • No incense

11:00 am

  • Holy Eucharist
  • Special music
  • Incense

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Bath STEPS Walk

St. Thomas’ is participating in the Bath STEPS Walk on May 11. Click here to join our team or sponsor a team member!

A photo of people participating in the 2017 STEPS Walk.
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Mother’s Day Brunch

An image of the 2019 Mother's Day Brunch flyer
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Godly Play News for March 31, 2019

The first page of Godly Play news for for March 31, 2019.
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April Newsletter

The cover of the April 2019 parish newsletter

Inside this issue:

  • Holy Week & Holy Triduum
  • How Will You Easter?
  • From Lent to Easter
  • Countering Islamophobia
  • First Generation Scholarship
  • March Fundraising
  • STEPS Walk
  • Mother’s Day Brunch
  • April Calendar
  • Turning Point
  • Vestry Notes
  • Average Sunday Attendance
  • Photos from Festa Italiana
  • Easter Flowers
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Vestry Calls Pastoral Leader

March 29, 2019

Dear Parish Members:

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the vestry has unanimously called the Rev. Dr. Melanie A. Duguid-May to serve as our parish’s pastoral leader on a half-time basis. Melanie was recently ordained to the transitional diaconate and is eligible for ordination to the priesthood in late August.

A photo of the Rev. Dr. Melanie Duguid-May.

Melanie will begin working in the office on April 1. Her first Sunday with us will be April 7. She will continue to work with us until she is priested. Once Melanie is ordained to the priesthood, we will conduct a mutual ministry review and may call her to be our priest in charge.

Melanie is also a professor at Colgate Crozer Divinity School but is on sabbatical until late August.

As the half-time pastoral leader, Melanie will work 2.5 days, which includes Sunday activities. Melanie will consult with the wardens and vestry to determine her regular office hours.

While Melanie is a transitional deacon, she will officiate and preach during Sunday services, but a supply priest will celebrate Holy Communion. Once Melanie is ordained to the priesthood, we will no longer need a supply priest unless Melanie is on leave.

As our pastoral leader, Melanie will have many of the rights and responsibilities of a priest in charge; this includes working with the Minister of Music to plan liturgies, approving building use, supervising staff, providing pastoral care, chairing vestry meetings, and serving as an ex officio member of parish committees.

Below is a biographical sketch of Melanie.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Melanie to our parish. We encourage you to wear your name tag so that Melanie can learn your name.

Sincerely in Christ,

Mary Paddock, Senior Warden
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John Clinton Bradley, Junior Warden


Biographical Sketch for Melanie Duguid-May

Melanie is passionately committed to the dignity of all persons, the ministry and mission of the church, and the care of the earth and all its creatures.

Melanie was ordained a (transitional) deacon in The Episcopal Church on February 23, 2019, at her home parish, Trinity Episcopal Church, in Greece.

Since 1992, Melanie has been a member of the faculty at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, including ten years as Dean of the Faculty. Throughout these nearly 30 years, she has taught courses in Christian theology, women in Christianity, gender studies, and the social witness of the church. In May, she will co-lead, with her colleague who is a professor of Old Testament, a fourth study pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine that pays particular attention to the daily realities of Palestinian Christians living under military occupation, as well as to the Holy Sites.

Melanie studied for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Peace Studies at Manchester College (now University) in North Manchester, Indiana. Her graduate studies were completed at Harvard University, having earned the M.Div., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees in the Study of Religion (Christian Theology).

She lives with her spouse Deborah, who is Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, on 20 acres just north of Naples, in the heart of the Bristol Hills. Their household includes two beloved miniature puddles, four dairy goats, 16 ducks, and five guinea fowl. She loves reading historical murder mysteries and novels, gardening and food preserving, hiking and swimming in their spring-fed ponds, movies, and international travel, including to South Africa to visit Debs’ family.

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2019 First Generation Scholarship

The St. Thomas’ Scholarship committee is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2019 First Generation Scholarship is now open.


Photo by Ronny Sison on Unsplash

The St. Thomas’ First Generation Scholarship was established in the Fall of 2015 to promote post-secondary education as the most promising path to a bright future for the young people of our community. The $1,000.00 award is presented annually to a graduating Bath-Haverling high school senior who will be the first in his/her family to attend college.

If you know a student who may be eligible, please encourage them to apply.

The First Generation Scholarship is funded primarily by local mission funds, proceeds from the Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert, and gifts from members and friends of the parish. Thank you for your support.

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Easter Flowers

A photo of an Easter lily at the altar of a church.
Image by Andy Frazier from Pixabay

It’s time to order Easter memorial and thanksgiving flowers. The deadline is April 11. You can order flowers by downloading and printing the paper form below. You can also order flowers online by clicking the green button below.

If you order flowers online:

  • In the Give to field, select Flowers.
  • In the Note/memo (optional) field, type In memory of NAME or In thanksgiving for NAME.

Note: When the amount collected from memorials exceeds the actual cost of flowers, the excess is distributed to outreach in the community. (Policy adopted by the vestry.)

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Annual Report 2018

In January each year, the parish publishes an annual report. It is first of all, an historical record of what happened in the parish during the past year; a gold mine of information for the archives. But perhaps more importantly, it is a reminder of what has God led us to do and the surprising abundance of God’s grace. Paper copies will be available at the annual meeting on Sunday, January 27.

The cover of the 2018 Annual Report
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Community Garden Volunteers Needed!

The Community Garden at St Thomas (CGST) provides fresh, high quality, nutrient-dense vegetables to Turning Point’s food pantry in mostly raised beds behind the Church. It supports friends and neighbors experiencing food insecurity.

Volunteers are needed to participate in, planning, soil preparation, planting, growing, harvesting, and delivering fresh produce to Turning Point. CGST seeks to provide a place for anyone to grow herbs, vegetables, and friendships. Details below the photo.

A photo of the garden at the peak of growing season.

What do I need to participate?

Just some drinking water and a pair of garden gloves. The church provides everything else.

What should I expect?

  1. To learn to be an effective gardener from the experience and training of the volunteers and Cornell Cooperative Extension and other partner agencies. We can help adapted the work to any physical limitations you have.
  2. To team – up with others tending the beds learning to plant, observe growth and respond to the needs of the plants.
  3. Most importantly to know you are contributing to the health and wellbeing of friends and neighbors who are having a hard time making ends meet.

How much of my time will be needed?

As little as one hour on some weeks over the growing season. We will generally plan and schedule volunteer time.

How can I sign up?

Call Ray at (315) 882-8461 or e-mail him at kfisher1952@yahoo.com.

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