St. Thomas is a community of people on a shared journey towards deepening our spiritual lives. Because we are guided by the words of scripture that “God shows no partiality,” (Acts 2:34; Romans 2:11) we are committed to being a church where people of varying backgrounds, ages, gender and sexual orientations, faith traditions, and life paths find acceptance and warm hospitality. Wherever you are on your walk of faith, there is a place for you here, as well as for your gifts, questions, and hopes. You are welcome.
All in-person worship services and activities at our building have been cancelled until further notice. Please visit specific ministry pages to see how we are adapting our shared ministry to the challenge of acting responsibly, staying in community, taking care of one another, keeping in touch, praying for one another, living the Gospel, and helping our neighbors..
Links to all our worship and music videos can be found through the Worshiping In Place link in the righthand column of this page. Please remember to pray for Pastor Adrianne, Susan, Deb, Minnie, Mike, Katie, Adam, and all our staff and volunteers as they seek a sacred path through a labyrinth of new technology and new demands.
This month’s newsletter – November 2020
Online Shopping for Fair-Trade Gifts & Goodies
It’s that time of year again! St. Thomas’ Sister Parish committee invites you to do your holiday shopping at SERRV to help fund future delegation trips between Chichipate, Guatemala and Bloomington, Indiana. You’ll find past favorites – such as chocolate bars and Christmas decorations – and much more through our custom shopping link. Help us surpass our sales goal of $1000 by Christmas, which will enable us to earn an even higher commission while also supporting the mission of SERRV, an international fair-trade nonprofit established in 1949. It’s a win-win-win!
Use this custom shopping link to see all SERRV’s handcrafts, and please also share the link with anyone you know who would appreciate SERRV items and enjoy supporting Sister Parish! Whatever you order will be shipped directly to you. Please check that you see St. Thomas in an orange banner at the top of the page to ensure your order is being applied to this fundraiser. If you would like help making an order, please contact Kaye Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org. She may not be sitting behind a table in the narthex this year, but she and her team are on the job! And take a look at these special discounts –
11/14-11/15: Free Ground Shipping, $50.00 minimum. (Promo Code: SEHOLIDAY20)
11/21-11/22: Free $10.00 gift card with $50.00 + purchase. (Promo Code: SEGC20)
12/5- 12/6: Free Ground Shipping, $50.00 minimum. (Promo Code: SESNOWMAN20)
St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church is in Bloomington, Indiana, a small city with farming roots going back 200 years and a university drawing students and scholars from all over the world. Our unique energy comes from this community of thinkers, makers, growers, artists, and learners, and we seek to celebrate and share God’s love with everyone. Read more about our community, staff, and visions for ministry and service.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus teaches, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” Sunday worship is our most important way of abiding in Christ together. It is the holy ground from which justice and kindness grow in our congregation. Read more about worship and music at St. Thomas. Read about how we welcome children into worship.
Do Justice, Love Kindness
The prophet Micah taught, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” At St. Thomas we live out this teaching in mission partnerships with other faith communities, in generous giving to worldwide causes and to our neighbors’ needs, by honoring the integrity and dignity of all persons, and by modeling and teaching reverent and faithful stewardship of the earth. Read more about our mission work and environmental stewardship.
Martin Luther wrote, “We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.” At St. Thomas, we honor this human capacity for ongoing growth in wisdom and kindness by offering Christian formation opportunities for everyone. Read more about Christian formation for children and adults.
Lutheran Campus Ministry at Indiana University
From the very beginning, St. Thomas has offered a Lutheran presence on the Indiana University campus. We are in a covenanted ministry with LCM-IU and we treasure the energy that students bring to the life of this parish. Read more about Lutheran Campus Ministry at Indiana University.