ECM update for September and October 2021

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ECM decided to change our meeting days from Sundays at 5:30 p.m. to Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. The choice to meet on Sundays was meant to facilitate the participation of more members—both on Zoom and in person. But, with the beginning of the semester and the complete return of students to in person classes, the decision was made to return to our original date and time. Aly—our president sends out reminders via Groupme and email.

In September 2021, we had a Spaghetti dinner for the St. Thomas’s family as a thank you for all the support we have received form the parish. We made whole wheat pasta, vegetarian sauce and served garlic bread. This went over very well, especially with Sunday school group. People seemed pleased with our efforts—and we served every last bite!

Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) food pantry has not stopped serving the community during the pandemic, over Winter break and into the Fall 2021 semester. We have seen a predictable uptick in patronage which has severely depleted our pantry. In response, we emailed Blue Hen Vets and asked them for help—they responded generously as always, and we asked the St. Thomas’s Family for help as well. Donations have been coming in and we are grateful. Please keep us in mind when you shop. In our Fellowship Hall, there is a neat whiteboard in the classroom which has our wish list items on it. When you make purchases, please leave them in the classroom and we will sort and put them away.

We began the exploratory process of determining ECM’s eligibility for the last disbursements of the CARES Act grant courtesy of New Castle County. Unfortunately, we are not eligible because of the funding criteria. Please do keep us in mind if anyone hears about another grant opportunity for BHB. Shout out to Cana and Amy for always alerting us to opportunities.

We asked Cana to distribute a sign-up sheet for ECM dinners. We ask parishioners to make dinner for us and join us in fellowship on Wednesdays. We are roughly seven in number and there are no known food allergies. We have fond memories of freshly baked challah, white bean chili, Stouffer’s lasagna with garlic bread, curry chicken, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup and more! Please come and join us! In lieu of parishioner meals, we have been ordering pizza and French fries, which we eat in the kitchen—to give the Girl Scouts some privacy.

In response to an inquiry from a parishioner, we had another discussion about the violent assault that took place recently connected to our campus. As a result, the students decided to reach out to one of the organizers of the protests and verify if we can be supportive during this distressing time. More to come.

We are in the process of working on our budget and will receive support from Amy and Teresa at our next ECM meeting—where they will be sharing a meal with us!

We have begun the process of re-decorating the bulletin boards in the classroom. Please stay posted for our new boards soon!

We are working on our ECM sweatshirts.

Please do remember that Shannon has transitioned from president of ECM to Coordinator of BHB, Aly Hall is our new ECM president, our new ECM treasurer is Claire Wadman with Noah Farnsworth as backup.

With regards,   

Denise Burgher

ECM Convening Graduate Advisor

Children’s and Youth Ministries Updates October 24, 2021

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Greetings all. A few updates follow.

1) CREW will not be meeting tomorrow, Oct. 24, 2021, as originally scheduled. Our next meeting will be on Nov. 7, 2021.

2) Ms. Madeline looks forward to seeing everyone from ages 4 to 7th grade tomorrow, Oct. 24,  2021, at 10:15 a.m. for Sunday School. Hope for good weather so we can meet under our big red tent!

3)Trunk or Treat is cancelled for next week due to a scheduling conflict.  But we would still like to help UNICEF. Please keep a look out for an alternate plan.

4) We are still in need of leaders for Sunday School and hosts for CREW youth group activities.

Please let me know if you are interested in either. Thanks! 

Blessings,
Belinda Young-Payne.  

Adult Education classes

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Dear Parishioners,

Regular 9:15 a.m. Adult Classes will resume December 5, 2021 (not November) with “Telling our Story: Easing into Evangelism”, led by Fr. Howie.

Blessings,
Rue Manning, Co-chair, Adult Christian Education

Bring and Share a meal with ECM

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is a place to explore and live spirituality in community with UD students, faculty, staff and parishioners. They meet every Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

If you would like to help provide our group of approximately 7 with dinner for one of our future meetings please sign up either online or on the sheet in the lobby, which will be posted on the notice board if anyone would like to choose a date to make dinner for us and come and fellowship. Please post any dates you would like on the actual sheet which will be on the notice board by the Fellowship Hall.

We kindly appreciate your willingness to provide our meeting with a meal to share!

Worship services for week of October 24, 2021

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Twenty-second Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! Sunday, October 24, 2021 is the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost. 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 during this pandemic.

Worship this week:

Have you caught any of Fr. Howie and Fr. Jim’s phenomenal  “Beatitudes- Conversations of Blessings” podcast?.  If not, what are you waiting for?  Every Friday, they bring a new episode full of thought provoking insight and each week they bring in a new special guest to provide even more angles.  Visit the website for more info, and to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! https://beatitudes.online/podcast-series

The new Forward Day by Day booklets are available. Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

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. See our Giving information.

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 all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out 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.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

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

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 24, 2021

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Good morning faith family.  See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost and the week of October 24, 2021. This week, you will find information about the annual St. Thomas’s fall clean-up (11/6/21), an invitation to share a meal with ECM, a call for Blue Hen Bounty donations, a reminder of Tuesdays 2 Saints Readers book discussion, and Eye Spy sees a friend from far away.

Stewardship pledge packets have been mailed out. If you have not received yours, please let me know – I have extras.

Have you caught any of Fr. Howie and Fr. Jim’s phenomenal  “Beatitudes- Conversations of Blessings” podcast?.  If not, what are you waiting for?  Every Friday, they bring a new episode full of thought provoking insight and each week they bring in a new special guest to provide even more angles.  Visit the website for more info, and to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! https://beatitudes.online/podcast-series

Some of our events are as follows.

  • Sundays at 9 a.m. – Youth Confirmation in the Undercroft.
  • Sundays at 10:15 a.m. – Children’s Ministries under the tent in the courtyard.
  • Sundays from 10:30-11 a.m., Communion at the Curb is offered for those who have not received the Sacrament in-person during the service.  You do not need to sign up for this.  ALL are WELCOME!
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers, the book study that brings us together with our St. Nicholas friends, will be discussing “The Language of God, A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief” by Dr Francis S Collins, via Zoom. ALL are Welcome – you will receive an email invitation.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Wednesday at noon: Intercessory Prayer with Holy Communion, live on our YouTube channel and in-person with precautions. Here is the accompanying booklet.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m.: Compline Evening Prayer with Deacon Cecily, live via Zoom. Here is the accompanying booklet.
  • Monday, October 18, 2021 from 10 a.m. – noon – Hope Dining Room
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 8 a.m. – noon – St. Thomas’s Annual Fall Clean-up.
  • Annual Bazaar on November 12-13, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – come shop! Volunteer! All proceeds go to Outreach Ministries.

You will receive an emailed invitation to all the above events and their accompanying booklets. As always, there are copies available to be mailed, so please let me know if you’d like a paper copy.

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. See our Giving information.

The new Forward Day by Day booklets are available.  Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

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 all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

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

Blue Hen Bounty Pantry needs donations

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As you can tell from all the foot traffic in Newark the students are back troves!   The good news is we have more students using our food pantry – Blue Hen Bounty.   The bad news is we are OUT OF MOST EVERYTHING!  

Next time you go shopping please add a can, box, bottle, packet and/or bar for the students.  Or, just bring in something from your pantry.  

ECM students started and continue to run Blue Hen Bounty, a food pantry that provides supplemental nutrition to  University of Delaware students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves. Food insecure students are invited to come to ECM’s Blue Hen Bounty food closet by going to the Parish Office at St. Thomas’s Parish, 276 S. College Ave., Newark, Delaware 19711.

Thanks for your generous support.

2 Saints Readers upcoming October 2021 series

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St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas 2 Saints Readers book discussion group starts back up October 19, 2021, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. 

We will be discussing Francis Collins’ book, “The Language of God”.  On October 19, 2021, we will be talking about the introduction section and Part 1 (though we may not make it all the way through).  All are welcome, even if you may not have read all the way to the end of Part 1.

This discussion will continue for 4 Tuesdays: October 19 and 26 and November 2 and 9, 2021.  Contact me if you have any questions.  We hope you can join in!

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

Annual Bazaar 2021 Volunteers Needed

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It’s Annual Bazaar time on November 12-13, 2021 and you are invited to sign up to volunteer. Below are sign-ups needing volunteers. Donations may be brought to St. Thomas’s on Wed., Nov. 10 or Thurs., Nov. 11, 2021, between 9-4 p.m. and should be labeled “Annual Bazaar.”

Volunteer sign-up – many hands make light work! Have fun working with others while making income to be donated to local charities. Questions may be directed to Barbara Graham at 44graham@comcast.net.

Soup Donation sign-up – please include a list of ingredients with your soup. We don’t need the recipe, just the ingredients so customers can check for allergies. The soup should be delivered by Thursday and be in quart containers labeled with the name of the soup and its ingredients. Please put soup containers in the freezer. Questions may be directed to Debbie Kearns at dak2464@aol.com.

Gift Bags/Baskets sign-up – please deliver your donation on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 while we are setting up for the Bazaar. Questions may be directed to Philippa Sunnergren at phil@sunnergren.com.

Cookie sign-up – please include a list of ingredients with your cookies. We don’t need the recipe, just the ingredients so customers can check for allergies. Cookies should be delivered Friday morning and labeled with the type of the cookie and include its ingredients. If Friday morning is not convenient, contact Carol Palermo at cpalermo625@gmail.com to make other delivery arrangements.

Non-cookie sign-up – please include a list of ingredients with your baked goods. We don’t need the recipe, just the ingredients so customers can check for allergies. Baked goods should be delivered Friday morning and labeled with the type of the baked good and include its ingredients. If Friday morning is not convenient, contact Carol Palermo at cpalermo625@gmail.com to make other delivery arrangements.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 17, 2021

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Good morning faith family.  See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost and the week of October 17, 2021. This week, you will find announcements for adult christian education opportunities, info about the annual St. Thomas’s fall clean-up (11/6/21), annual bazaar pre-orders, and Eye Spy sees something extra special in the altar flowers.

Stewardship pledge packets have been mailed out. If you have not received yours, please let me know – I have extras.

Have you caught any of Fr. Howie and Fr. Jim’s phenomenal  “Beatitudes- Conversations of Blessings” podcast?.  If not, what are you waiting for?  Every Friday, they bring a new episode full of thought provoking insight and each week they bring in a new special guest to provide even more angles.  Visit the website for more info, and to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! https://beatitudes.online/podcast-series

Some of our events are as follows.

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. – Poets’ Corner Reading Series
  • Sundays at 9 a.m. – Youth Confirmation in the Undercroft.
  • Sundays, October 3, 10, and 17, 2021 at 9:15 a.m.: exploring Celtic Spirituality offered in-person with precautions and LIVE via Zoom. Meets in the parlor in-person with precautions and live via Zoom.
  • Sundays at 10:15 a.m. – Children’s Ministries under the tent in the courtyard.
  • Sundays from 10:30-11 a.m., Communion at the Curb is offered for those who have not received the Sacrament in-person during the service.  You do not need to sign up for this.  ALL are WELCOME!
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers, the book study that brings us together with our St. Nicholas friends, will be discussing “The Language of God, A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief” by Dr Francis S Collins, via Zoom. ALL are Welcome – you will receive an email invitation.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Wednesday at noon: Intercessory Prayer with Holy Communion, live on our YouTube channel and in-person with precautions. Here is the accompanying booklet.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m.: Compline Evening Prayer with Deacon Cecily, live via Zoom. Here is the accompanying booklet.
  • Monday, October 18, 2021 from 10 a.m. – noon – Hope Dining Room
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 8 a.m. – noon – St. Thomas’s Annual Fall Clean-up.

You will receive an emailed invitation to all the above events and their accompanying booklets. As always, there are copies available to be mailed, so please let me know if you’d like a paper copy.

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. See our Giving information.

The new Forward Day by Day booklets are available.  Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

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 all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

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