2018 Annual Appeal
If you are new to Saint Thomas or to pledging, welcome. I am glad you picked up the 2018 Annual Appeal Brochure and encourage you to read it and learn why a successful Appeal is crucial to the financial health of Saint Thomas. If you are one of our 600 active pledgers, thank you for your loyal support and for faithfully declaring your commitment to the Saint Thomas community.
“Community” is the theme of this year’s appeal. As a friend or member of this parish, each of us has the privilege of caring for others in our church and neighborhood and working together to grow and strengthen Saint Thomas. As said so eloquently in Colossians, “… put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
This past year has been busy and productive, and I am pleased with our many accomplishments.
- After a year of physical disruption, the Choir School has now fully recovered from extensive water damage and has completed attractive and functional renovations.
- Daniel Hyde, our new Organist and Director of Music, has become an important part of life at Saint Thomas and is masterfully leading the boys and the music program.
- In September 2016, Sir Simon Rattle brilliantly opened our music season as he led the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a benefit concert to fund the John Scott Memorial Scholarship. This $500,000 Choristership was fully funded in less than a year, and three other generous donors have expressed interest in funding Choristerships.
- Our stained glass window restoration was completed with glorious results, and for the first time in years, we can now fully enjoy the beauty of our windows.
- The reredos and the outside of the church have been cleaned to brilliant effect, and the church lighting has been improved.
- After a successful fundraising campaign for a new chancel organ, the installation has now started, and the tuning should be completed by the middle of 2018. The Miller-Scott Organ will be one of the most significant organs in North America.
It has been exhilarating to be a part of these accomplishments, and Saint Thomas is now well positioned to be a place of beauty, strength and compassion throughout this century. To grow our outreach to our parishioners, our soup kitchen clients, the Choristers and others in need, we need to be strong financially. Please join Co-chairs Robin Humble and Greg Zaffiro and Alison and me in supporting the 2018 Annual Appeal as generously as possible. Only by working together can we stop the unsustainable practice of obtaining budget relief by drawing down too heavily from our Invested Funds. We are so much stronger together, and our community depends upon us.
With best wishes,
The Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner, Rector
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue is a parish church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Renowned for its liturgy and choral music, our Rector, The Reverend Canon Carl F. Turner, leads a team of clergy and staff who are committed to excellence in preaching, education and pastoral care. The church is open every day of the year and the Eucharist is celebrated daily.
The Saint Thomas Choir School
The Saint Thomas Choir School was founded in 1919 and plays a vital role in the life of the church. The school is the only church-affiliated residential choir school in the United States and one of only two such schools for boys in the English-speaking world. Headmaster Charles F. Wallace ensures that the 30 boys in grades 3 through 8 receive a stimulating and nurturing education in a Christian environment. In addition to academics and sports, each boy receives musical training in the Anglican tradition and participates in special travel and extra-curricular activities. Choristers attend regardless of ability to pay and their lives are transformed through this extraordinary experience.