Worship and weekly news – August 11, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 14, 2022, Year A.

Worship this Week:

Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe.

Our Worship schedule continues through the Summer 2022.

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

In this strange pandemic time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

To see worship, events or news, see our website, FaceBook, InstaGram, YouTube, or the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit:  Always together; never apart…maybe in distance, but never in heart.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Opportunities

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Dear St. Thomas’s Family,

It is wonderful to worship together again and to renew friendships following a period of isolation and creative precautions within the parish community we cherish. Unfortunately, many of our once active committees, services, and areas of outreach were suspended due to Covid, but our spirit never left our desire to not only resume our efforts, but also grow and refresh our internal and external efforts in serving the mission of St. Thomas’s. 

The Pastoral Care Ministry has been meeting this summer to review what was done pre-virus, to restore as many services as possible, and to generate new energy and ideas that are inclusive and responsive to the spiritual needs, personal support, and celebration of others. An important part of the Pastoral Care Ministry is providing Eucharistic Visitation to those unable to attend services in person so that they may be able to receive communion and together, enjoy conversation. If a number of volunteers can step forward to offer this service, scheduling will be arranged to visit in pairs and training will be provided. The goal is to establish a schedule where pairs would only be asked to visit on one weekday or weekend day of a month (your choice!) or once every other month depending on the number of volunteers. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to serve as an Eucharistic Visitor.

St. Thomas’s is on the move!  The Outreach Committee is busily arranging program opportunities which provide resources, education, and overall fun for everyone!  But your time and talent are needed to help make these activities successful. Whether ushering, welcoming, providing hospitality, serving Blue Hen Bounty, working with our youth, assisting with technology, providing resources, helping administratively, and sharing your ideas…. we need YOU now to step forward and help us reestablish and grow our parish committees. 

Please feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions or simply want to discuss where you might be able to share your time, talent or both (!) in serving St. Thomas’s. 

Many Blessings,

Marilyn 

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed Monday, August 15, 2022

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Monday, August 15, 2022 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room to “serve a midday hot meal with dignity, to those in need in the Greater Newark Delaware area.”  They are now having guests “Dine In” instead of serving “Grab and Go”, as we did during the pandemic. All of this takes place at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park, Newark.

I have changed the shifts to a cooking shift from 10 – 11:45 a.m. and a serving and cleanup shift from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m.    Please sign up to donate or help

If you would like to help serve, please bring an apron and a ball cap. It is a TEAM effort to cook meals and serve them to people who really appreciate them.  It’s actually lots of fun!  Come and give it a try – it will make your day!

Please sign up to donate. Father Howie is making his famous secret-recipe cake (VERY popular with our guests!!!), so I don’t need to ask for cookies this month! If you are donating fruit cups, you may bring them to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday between 9 – noon OR bring them when you come to church on Sunday morning.  If those times don’t work for you, give me a call or email and I will pick them up at your house.

Blessings to all – stay cool,
Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net

Worship and weekly news – August 4, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – August 4, 2022, Year A.

See the Carpenter’s Helper Weekly news for August 7, 2022. This week, St Nicholas and St Thomas’s issue a call for school supplies, our St. Thomas’s Health Fair is right around the corner, and get a video update from Bishop Kevin from Canterbury Cathedral.

Worship this Week:

Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe.

Our Worship schedule continues through the Summer 2022.

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

In this strange pandemic time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

To see worship, events or news, see our website, FaceBook, InstaGram, YouTube, or the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit:  Always together; never apart…maybe in distance, but never in heart.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

School Supplies Drive

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School Supplies DriveSt. Nicholas and St. Thomas’s are partnering up to collect school supplies for two local elementary schools: Jennie Smith and Brookside Elementary.

If you are able to provide any of these items, it will greatly help.

  • #2 pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Sharpeners
  • Highlighters
  • Protractors
  • Rulers

Leave your donation in the box In the St. Thomas’s lobby by Thursday, September 8. 2022.

Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net

St. Thomas’s Health and Wellness Fair

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Dear friends and families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicolas,

Saturday, August 27, 2022, is the first St. Thomas’s Health Fair, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have lots of local health and wellness organizations coming to offer education and information. There will be flu and COVID immunizations available (bring your ID and insurance card), children’s activities including a bounce house. BBQ sandwich lunch and snacks available for a donation and there will be free chair massages. This event is for all of us and an opportunity for us to reach out to the community around us.

We want you to come and participate, but we also need volunteers to make the day successful. Sign up to volunteer! None of the slots are longer than 2 hours and any time you can donate would be very appreciated.

 aTtack addiction is also providing free Naloxone/Narcan training at 11 a.m. This is a training on how to recognize, prevent, and respond to an opioid overdose by using intranasal naloxone (Narcan®). They would like people to Sign up for free Naloxone/Narcan training, so they know how many kits to bring, but walk-ins are welcome too.

Please spread the word to anyone you know and help us make this community event a success.  If you have any questions please reach out to Philippa Sunnergren at 302 643-2111 or via email at phil@sunnergren.com.

If you are interested in helping plan more outreach within our parish or to the local community, please consider joining the Pastoral Care Committee or the Outreach Committee. The next meetings are Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. for Pastoral Care and Thursday, September 8, 2022, for Outreach.  All are welcome.

Thank you.

 Philippa Sunnergren <phil@sunnergren.com>

Worship and weekly news – July 31, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 31, 2022, Year A.

Worship this Week:

Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe.

Our Worship schedule continues through the Summer 2022.

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

In this strange pandemic time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

To see worship, events or news, see our website, FaceBook, InstaGram, YouTube, or the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit:  Always together; never apart…maybe in distance, but never in heart.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Worship and weekly news – July 24, 2022

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Seventh Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! This is the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – July 24, 2022, Year A. Also see See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week.

Worship this Week:

Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe.

Our Worship schedule continues through the Summer 2022.

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

In this strange pandemic time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

To see worship, events or news, see our website, FaceBook, InstaGram, YouTube, or the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit:  Always together; never apart…maybe in distance, but never in heart.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Worship and weekly news – July 17, 2022

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Sixth Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! This is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 17, 2022, Year A.

Worship this Week:

Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe.

Our Worship schedule continues through the Summer 2022.

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

In this strange pandemic time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

To see worship, events or news, see our website, FaceBook, InstaGram, YouTube, or the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit:  Always together; never apart…maybe in distance, but never in heart.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed – Monday July 18, 2022

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Next Monday, July 18, 2022, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. They are now having guests “Dine In” instead of serving “Grab and Go”, as we did during the pandemic. All of this takes place at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. 

I have changed the shifts to a Cooking Shift (10 – 11:30 a.m.) and a Serving and Cleanup Shift (11:30 – 1:00 p.m.). Also, we will need 2 people to set up table cloths and flowers and also 2 people for cleanup and 2 to refill items on the tables during the reception. If you would email Sally Price with your willingness to help with those jobs, we would be SO appreciative. Her email is sallyeymanprice@gmail.com

Below, you will find a link for things we need – AND helpers!  If you would like to help, bring a ball cap and an apron and we would LOVE  to see you. It is a TEAM effort to cook meals and serve them to people who really appreciate them. It’s actually lots of fun! Come and give it a try – it will make your day!

If you are donating one of the items we need, you may bring it to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday from 9 – 12,  OR bring it Sunday morning when you come to church!  If those times don’t work for you, give me a call or email and I will pick them up at your house.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope24

BLESSINGS to all,

Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net