3800 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47401
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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.

We’re starting to experiment cautiously with limited in-person worship! Please see the events listed below. Further descriptions are in the May newsletter. Generally, though, 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. Review the latest proposal from the COVID-19 re-opening task force.


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Announcements for the week of 9-May

Our latest newsletter – May 2021


9 May 2021 Sun - Sixth Sunday of Easter - 8:30 am

Sunday worship will be live-streamed at 8:30am with the video available on the St. Thomas YouTube page after the live-stream. Here is the link to the worship bulletin. Add to ICAL. Add to Google Calendar

9 May 2021 Sun - Communion Gathering with ECHO Plant Sale - 4:00 pm

Throughout the month of May we will gather together in small groups to celebrate communion and enjoy Christian fellowship. Some of these gatherings will include time to just sit and chat, others will have more structured activities. If a certain gathering occurs twice, we do ask that you only sign up for one occurrence. You may bring your own bread and wine/grape juice, or we will provide it for you (please indicate if you intend to bring your own when you sign up).

We’d love to have starts and extras of perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, bulbs, saplings, and houseplants (native plants are especially encouraged—let’s make garden choices that help our pollinators). Or maybe there’s a bare spot in your garden that could be filled with plants from the sale. All proceeds go to support ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) and its mission of combating world hunger through agricultural innovation and education.

10 May 2021 Mon - Communion Gathering with ECHO Plant Sale - 7:00 pm

Throughout the month of May we will gather together in small groups to celebrate communion and enjoy Christian fellowship. Some of these gatherings will include time to just sit and chat, others will have more structured activities. If a certain gathering occurs twice, we do ask that you only sign up for one occurrence. You may bring your own bread and wine/grape juice, or we will provide it for you (please indicate if you intend to bring your own when you sign up).

We’d love to have starts and extras of perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetables, bulbs, saplings, and houseplants (native plants are especially encouraged—let’s make garden choices that help our pollinators). Or maybe there’s a bare spot in your garden that could be filled with plants from the sale. All proceeds go to support ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) and its mission of combating world hunger through agricultural innovation and education.

15 May 2021 Sat - Communion Gathering and Hike - 10:00 am

Throughout the month of May we will gather together in small groups to celebrate communion and enjoy Christian fellowship. Some of these gatherings will include time to just sit and chat, others will have more structured activities. If a certain gathering occurs twice, we do ask that you only sign up for one occurrence. You may bring your own bread and wine/grape juice, or we will provide it for you (please indicate if you intend to bring your own when you sign up).

This hike starts from the Jackson Creek Trailhead at Yellowwood State Forest. Here is a link to the location: https://goo.gl/maps/TxCMCU6h5pFJithz9

16 May 2021 Sun - Seventh Sunday of Easter - 8:30 am

Sunday worship will be live-streamed at 8:30am with the video available on the St. Thomas YouTube page after the live-stream. The link to the worship bulletin will be here when it is published.

Add to ICAL. Add to Google Calendar

Links to all our worship and music videos can be found on the Worshiping In Place link through the main menu (under Worship). 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.


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. 


Get Acquainted
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.


Worship Together
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.


Learn, Grow
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.