Youth Activity on December 17, 2022

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Youth EventGreetings everyone,

I’m so excited!! The date is set.  All youth in grades 6 and up are invited to an Elf movie and dinner party on December 17, 2022. Parents are welcome to hang out to help. The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m. with some games and the proceed with dinner, a craft and the MOVIE. I think we should be finished by 8:30 or 9 p.m. Please print and share the invite/flyer if you want to.

I have heard from several families already. If you have not RSVP’d , please let me know as soon as you do. No worries if it is later than sooner. We will have plenty for everyone.

Blessings,

Belinda Young-Payne

Cookie Exchange and Children’s Ministry Family Holiday 2022 Gathering

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Greetings All, 

I am writing to issue a two-fold invitation to our parish family and our community.

Children’s Ministry will be having our Family Holiday 2022 party after the 10:30 a.m. worship service on December 18, 2022. Activities will include a Cookie Exchange, pizza lunch, music, games and crafts.

I would like to officially invite all families in our St. Thomas’s community with children up to 6th grade (including preschoolers) to all the festivities at St. Thomas’s on December 18, 2022, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. Please contact me with questions or suggestions. I would love to know about how many to expect so please RSVP using the Sign Up Genius, if possible. And, invite your friends!!!

In addition, ANYONE in who would like to participate in the cookie exchange is welcome to do so.  Use the SignUp Genius  to sign up for the Cookie Exchange and bring 2-3 dozen cookies (packaged in sets of 3) to share on Dec. 18, 2022. The cookie exchange will occur directly after the 10:30 service.

Blessings, 

Belinda Young-Payne

Children’s Ministries December 2022 News

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Hello Church Family,

We are looking forward to Sunday School tomorrow for children in grades K to 6th grade. (Nursery is available for younger children.) And….

We are excitedly preparing for the annual Christmas pageant, which will be presented during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, December 18, 2022. Many of the children have already chosen their parts but we still have a few to be filled. We also need stagehands and prop designers. Please let me know if you or your children are interested in participating. 

Outside of Sunday mornings, the remaining pageant rehearsal dates and times will be:        

                                  Sunday, December 4, 2022 after the 10:30 a.m. service

                                  Sunday, December 11, 2022 after the 10:30 a.m. service

                                  Friday, December 16, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

The pageant roles that are still open include:  Angels (speaking), Innkeeper (speaking), Shepherd (speaking), Mary (non-speaking). All the speaking roles do not require memorization if the child is a reader. (Lines will be on their props.)

Please let me know if you or your child or youth is interested in playing a part in this year’s telling of the Christmas story. I can be reached by email or phone. And…….

St. Thomas’s  Family Holiday Party and Cookie Exchange will be held on Sunday December 18, 2022 after the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Blessings,

Belinda Young-Payne

Worship and weekly news – December 4, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Second Sunday in Advent – December 4, 2022, Year A.

Weekly News:

Here are some of our top news items this week. Also see this week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter.

Worship at St. Thomas’s:

Services are held in-person 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 weekly Worship schedule:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Growth and Fellowship:

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

Compline Evening Prayer

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Welcome to a peaceful landing place in your weekly journey.

Compline Worship BookletCompline is a simple office including a confession of sins, one or more psalms, a short reading from scripture, versicles and responses, the Lord’s Prayer, collects which ask for God’s protection during the night to come, and the canticle Nunc dimittis. The collects may be followed by a time of silence, along with free intercessions and thanksgivings.⁠ See the accompanying Compline booklet.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the office with any questions or suggestions.

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

Live-streaming Guild: this is your invitation

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Live Stream GuildOur live streaming has been such a blessing to our parish. While we were pushed into it rather forcefully by the pandemic, the results have been wonderful! During those initial tough months, we were all able to stay connected spiritually. And, we continue to have the option of “tuning in” online if we are traveling, home sick, or unable to come in for whatever the reason. Many relatives and friends from around the world have been able to see our Christmas pageant, and attend baptisms and funerals. Also, we have a growing online congregation! There are faith family members who have not and may never come in-person to the church building, and they are just as beloved as those sitting in the pews next to you.

Never forget that it’s God who is continuously and triumphantly building His Church and making things grow (1 Corinthians 3:7).

We just need to be faithful in working hard, praying hard, and caring for our neighbors. With a lot of faith, and much generosity, next week we will be getting a major upgrade to our live streaming set-up. Up until this point, we have been streaming through phones with a less than effective sound system. This equipment will make a tremendous difference in the quality of the presentations. And, with this upgrade, A NEW GUILD will be created: the live streaming guild (or whatever they wish to be called once they come together).

The invitation into this group is really an invitation to be hands-on in God’s mission. Some important points to know:
• Similar to ushering, this duty would run one service only with a separate volunteer for 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.
• Plenty of training will be provided, and step-by-step instructions will be there for you every time.
• We are hoping for plenty of volunteers so that this will be a once-a-month commitment, or less.

The Lord will give us the capacity for His work: not many of us in this congregation are knowledgeable with this streaming technology, but as believers we know that God will teach and guide us. When you consider if this guild is a match for you, it’s not so much that your current skills are a perfect pairing…it’s more so an opportunity to grow in the purpose to which God has called us all: To make disciples and care for His flock.

Bob Gilley will guide the Guild, and we will soon be doing a “train the trainers” session with MidSouth. Anyone who would like to learn at that stage is invited to join us on Wednesday, December 7th at a time to be announced early next week.

As we heard repeatedly during stewardship season, opportunities welcome us if we seek them. PLEASE- contact Fr. Howie, the office, or Bob with ANY questions, comments, suggestions, and to volunteer for this NEW GUILD!

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

Advent Sunday Evening, December 4, 2022 Worship

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An EXCITING new Advent worship opportunity!

Amahl and the Night VisitorsThis Sunday evening, December 4, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., Marc Cheban, our organist, will lead us through “Amahl and the Night Visitors”: a one act opera. This sounds like a fun and fascinating evening that you won’t want to miss out on. It will run about one hour.

Based on Italian folk tales of the Nativity and Epiphany, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors is a retelling of the story of the Magi from the point of view of a young disabled boy named Amahl, who lives in poverty with his widowed mother near Bethlehem.

He sees a bright star in the sky one night and tells his mother to go look, but she brushes him off, buried in concern over their bleak future and lack of means with which to support themselves. That night, three kings come across their meager hut and seek shelter, for they have traveled long and far following the star of which Amahl had spoken. They bring with them treasure and gifts to give to “the Child” who has just been born and who will reign over all. Blinded by the lure of the gold and what it could do for her family. the Mother attempts to steal just a bit of the treasure, but is caught red-handed. What no one expects is a gift far greater than gold–blessed by the Child, Amahl finds himself suddenly cured of his disability. A vivid and accessible tale originally created for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors is a perfect first opera–or hundredth!

Christmas 2022 Angel Tree

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Dear Friends,

We will be helping a local family enjoy Christmas 2022 this year through our Angel Tree. We’re starting out with two small trees located on the small table by the sofa in the sitting area in the Great Hall. Please take a few minutes to look at the gift opportunities and select the one that speaks to you.

If you are unable to come to church to make your selection, the family can use ShopRite, Walmart, and Lyft gift cards. Easy to buy, no sizes or colors to think about, no limit on quantity. 

Do not wrap the gifts, but put the tag with the gift. There will be a box for the gifts in the foyer with an envelope for gift cards. Please return your gifts to church by Sunday, December 18, 2022.

We are Christ’s heart and hands in Newark. Our generosity will make Christmas more pleasant for a local family.

Any questions, let me know.

Thanks!

Connie Cooper

Children’s Ministries Christmas 2022 Pageant

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On November 13, 2022, we will begin preparing for the annual Christmas pageant.  The first step will identifying who wants to be involved and in what way. We will need readers, actors, stagehands, prop and costume designers as well as snack helpers. Please let me know if you or your children are interested in participating.  Outside of Sunday mornings, the pageant rehearsal dates and times will be:

November 20, 2022 after 10:30 a.m. service
December 4 after 10:30 a.m. service
December 11, 2022 after 10:30 a.m. service
December 16, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

St Thomas’s  Family Holiday Party and Cookie Exchange will be held on December 18, 2022.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Sincerely,

Belinda Young-Payne

Worship and weekly news – November 27, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the First Sunday in Advent – November 27, 2022, Year C.

Weekly News:

Here are some of our top news items this week. Also see this week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter.

Worship at St. Thomas’s:

Services are held in-person 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 weekly Worship schedule:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

  • Sundays at 8:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite I spoken, in-person and online at our YouTube channel (8:00 booklet).
  • Sundays at 9:15 a.m. – Adult Education via Zoom or in-person in the Parlor.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022 Family Church Sunday. Ministry breakfast between services – sponsored by the communication ministry. At 10:30 a.m. worship service, look for our young members to be contributing to the service.
  • Sundays at 10:15 a.m. – Children’s Ministries program
  • Sundays at 10:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II with music, in-person and online at our YouTube channel (10:30 booklet).
  • Advent Sundays at 5:00 p.m. – see worship program

Growth and Fellowship:

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