ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S
UNITED CHURCH(ELCA)

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Rev. Steven E. Thomas, Pastor

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.

      Pastor Steve enjoys hiking, kayaking, and reading. 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, One Minute Nonsense by Anthony DeMello, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, E=mc2 by David Bodanis, and the Tolkein trilogy.


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Sample Sermon

Nathan and David


John 18:12-27


Joel 2:12-14


The Prodigal Son


Theodicy Sin Suffering


What Life Is All About


Keeping Sabbath


Jesus the Prism of Life


Isaiah 40:1-11


Message from Carrie Hoff

 

Dear Friends at St. Bartholomew's, 

I hope this message finds you all in good spirits and health. Dave and I often reflect on our time with you, and we deeply miss the warmth and fellowship of our church family. We had hoped to visit more frequently on Sunday mornings, but as I've quickly learned, Sundays are not always as flexible as we'd like them to be in the life of ministry.  

Despite this, I carry a piece of St. Bartholomew's with me every time I lead worship. Your influence is woven into the fabric of my ministry. I remember saying, just before we moved, that wherever we ended up, you would be right there with us. This has been truer than I could have ever imagined. The love, support, and spiritual growth I experienced with you were fundamental to my journey.  

After our move to Garrett County, Maryland, we found St. Mark's Lutheran Church.  The congregation and pastor were excited to have a seminary student/intern and I was grateful to have once again found a place where I felt at home. I was welcomed and nurtured, but soon faced a significant challenge. The pastor mentoring me was diagnosed with cancer, and in May 2021, with only a semester of seminary behind me, I stepped into a role of regular preaching and pastoral care. Sadly, Pastor Scott Robinson died that December, which was a profound loss for our community in so many ways. 

Through the collaboration of the United Lutheran Seminary, Lower Susquehanna Synod, WV-WMD Synod and under the guidance and supervision of Pastor Tom Omholt, I have been able to complete my fieldwork and internship at St. Mark's, an ongoing journey that has been both challenging and rewarding. This chapter of my life as a student, however, is nearing its end. I completed my academic course work in December and am now in the final stretch of my internship, which will conclude in May when I graduate. 

St. Mark's Lutheran has begun the call process, and we are hopeful that this is where God has called me to serve. While our paths in life can feel unexpected and challenging, God’s grace and affection for us is unchanging. A verse that I have held close is, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   

For all of it and for all of you, I say, “Thanks be to God.”  

Dave and I thank you for your enduring love and support. You are always in our hearts and prayers. 

Much love and many blessings, 

Carrie Hoff 

**Please remember, if you are ever in Western Maryland/Deep Creek Lake, you always have a place to stay and friends to visit. 

 

Pastor Messages of Special Interest

Suicide - Surviving Life’s Darkest Moments



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