3800 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47401
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.
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. Review the latest proposal from the COVID-19 re-opening task force.
8:30 am Sunday in-person, indoors
In-person worship indoors in the Nave. There is a FAQ, and here are the key points:
- In keeping with the CDC guidelines, masks are not required, but we do encourage all worshipers to wear a mask. Masks are available at the welcome desk for those who desire them.
- We will be singing!
- We will gather around the altar for Communion. The elements will be wafers and gluten-free wafers in biodegradable packages and wine and grape juice in small, lidded, recyclable cups.
8:30 am Sunday Live-stream on Youtube
The 8:30 am indoor worship is live-streamed on our Youtube channel and is available for replay after about 8:45 am. The link to the worship bulletin should be in the notes for the Youtube video.
10:15 am Sunday in-person, outdoors
In-person worship outdoors on the patio and circle. There is a FAQ, and here are the key points:
- Even though the rate of transmission outdoors seems extremely low, we are encouraging worshipers to wear masks out of an abundance of caution. We are asking people to maintain six feet between households.
- We will be on the patio and drop off circle between the worship space and Heritage Hall. Please bring a chair with you; a limited number of chairs will be available.
- It will probably be warm, so please dress accordingly. Outdoor worship is casual; think “camp” more than “high mass.” There will also be a few pop up canopies that will shade about half the area. On extremely hot days or rainy days, we may shorten the service. In case of rain, we will use the pop up awnings over the altar, so please bring an umbrella or wear rain gear. If there is severe weather, we will cancel worship by 8 a.m. on Facebook, (the Facebook feed also appears on the side bar of our website).
- We will be singing!
- We will be receiving Communion. Individual wafers, gluten-free wafers, and grape juice will be in pre-packaged, recyclable containers. We will gather in a large circle (or a series of circles) and the packaging will be collected before worshippers return to their seats.
For more information about the indoor or outdoor worship events, please see the guidelines in the Frequently Asked Questions document.
26 Jun 2021 Sat - Fiber Arts Spiritual Growth Group - 10:00 amFor the June 26 meeting of the Fiber Arts Spiritual Growth Group, we’re going to try a hybrid meeting! You’re invited to come to the conference room at St. Thomas to meet in person — OR —to join the Zoom room! The time stays the same, 10 am to noon, and new members are very welcome – come to show us what you’re making or just to visit. If you’re coming in person, please note that we ask that you be fully vaccinated and that you’re prepared to wear a mask during the meeting. If you’re Zooming in, here’s the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87116060860?pwd=WnFiMEJKUGUrelZNRzUxUVZDUUlUZz09 Add to ICAL. Add to Google Calendar
Our congregation’s mission doesn’t stop because there’s a pandemic.
Here are some things you can do right now to be part of this congregation’s mission: connect up with the League of Women Voters, shop at SERRV, and donate winter gear to Shalom/Beacon and furniture to St. Vincent de Paul. Details about all these opportunities are here.
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.