Rev. Steven E. Thomas, Pastor
Pastor Steven Thomas was born in Houston, Texas. He graduated from New Mexico Tech with a BS in Chemistry. He was working as a chemist in Baltimore for a few years, and then decided to pursue the dream of being a pastor. In 1993, Pastor Steve graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. He is married to Pastor LaDonna Thomas who serves at St. David Lutheran Church in Hanover, PA. They have one daughter, Rebekah.
Pastor Steve enjoys kayaking, reading, and motorcycling. Pastor Steve’s passion is always looking for greater understanding - especially in how our expanding scientific knowledge reveals additional wonders of God.
Some of his favorite books are The Bible (of course), Awareness by Anthony DeMello, The Shack by William P. Young, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, E=mc2 by David Bodanis, and the Tolkein trilogy.
Nawakwa Family Camp – Again!
Last year, our families had an excellent, faith-filled experience at Camp Nawakwa family camp. We were able to send 37 of our parents, grandparents and children to experience the holiness of daily Bible studies, games, crafts, pool time, fellowship and daily worship.
The children were able to form new bonds with their friends at St. B’s - and with new friends across different age groups. Two of our youth, Abbey and Sam turned out to be quite gifted at enjoying time with our younger children. Especially in the GaGa pit. The children (and families) got to see new ways of worshipping outdoors. Some were transformational events - like the footwashing between adults and children.
Our children got to experience young Bible study leaders in their college years – and so, to see excited, joyous Christian youth a little closer to their age than most of us.
Family Camp was also simply a time for families to be together without all of the hustle and bustle of getting to work and practices and day care and computers and other electronic gadgets. That is holy time together.
Family Camp is not just a place to get away for awhile and have fun (although that is definitely a part of it). Family Camp is a special place and time set apart to renew our faith and to help in the faith development of our children. It was also a great bonding experience for all of those who went. This is the fundamental strengthening of the faith life of our whole congregation.
And now we are planning to go again this coming summer. This year’s dates for Nawakwa Family Camp are July 15-21. If you have children or grandchildren that attend St. Bartholomew’s, your week at Family Camp is free. Also, if you don’t have young children to bring, Family Camp is a great way to spend time in holiness for anyone. St. Bartholomew’s has always had the policy to pay for half of anyone’s church camp experience. That also includes all of the other summer church camps (at Nawakwa or Kirchenwald) for our children. You can see the Camp Nawakwa brochure or go online to see all of the programs this summer.
St. Bartholomew’s funds these Family Camp opportunities for our families by using our Special Offerings for April, plus fundraisers by the families who attend Family Camp. Half of this year’s chicken BBQ funds also support this blessing. This year’s Family Camp is also sponsored by the memorial contributions in honor of Rev. Fred Shilling. Any necessary additional funds come from the St. B’s futures fund.
May Jesus continue to bless our congregation with an abundant and growing faith among our children and families.
- Pastor Steve
Pastor Messages of Special Interest
Suicide - Surviving Life’s Darkest Moments
Video of Archived Sermons
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