Flu and Covid clinic at St. Thomas’s

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Flu and Covid ClinicOn Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and after the 10:30 a.m. service around 11:30 a.m., flu and Covid shots will be available by appointment.

  • Flu shots for children through seniors
  • “updated” Moderna and Pfizer Bivalent Covid boosters and shots, 12 years old and up

To receive a Covid booster, you may not have had any boosters in the last 2 month or had Covid in the last 3 months.

Please review the available slots on the Sign-Up Genius and choose any of the options that interest you. We need 20 people signed up to make this a success.

Stocking Blue Hen Bounty Food Pantry

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Blue Hen Bounty food pantryEpiscopal Camus Ministry (ECM) has asked for help stocking the Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) food pantry that they manage for University of Delaware students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves.

There has been a significant uptick in the number of guests visiting since the new school year began. There are special requests written on the dry erase board next to the BHB cabinets with the number one request being for rice donations. Thank you for any assistance.

BHB Donation wish list:

#1 request- RICE
• Diaper wipes
• Lunch baggies
• Plant based milks- oat, almond, soy
• Cooling oil
• Bleach
• Mouth wash
• Cookies
• Fabric softner
• Sugar
• Pinto beans
• Gluten-free foods
• Snack bars- belvita, nature valley, etc.
• Canned fish- tuna, marcel, etc.

Worship and weekly news – September 15, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 18, 2022, Year C.

News for this week:

See the news this week the Carpenter’s Helper regarding volunteering for Hope Dining Room, stocking Blue Hen Bounty food pantry, attending our fellowship breakfast, and getting your Covid and flu shots.

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 weekly Worship schedule:

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, September 19, 2022

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

Hope Dining RoomNext Monday, September 19, 2022, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. Guests at Hope are now “dining in” instead of grabbing a lunch and leaving, so we have 2 different short shifts that  you can volunteer for! The cooking shift goes from 10 – 11:45  a.m. and the serving and cleanup shift goes from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m. 

If you’d like to help, please bring a ball cap and apron. We would LOVE to see you! All of this takes place at the Kingswood Methodist Church kitchen on Marrows Road  in Brookside Park. I, Newark, Delaware. It is a team effort, lots of fun and it makes you feel so good to feed people who REALLY appreciate it.

Please sign up to donate or help. If you are donating one of those items, you can bring it to St. Thomas’s, Monday – Thursday, between 9 and noon, OR when you come to church on Sunday. I can’t pick anything up this month but our Hope team is in the good hands of Marilyn Prime and Cathy Wojewodzki, who have volunteered to co-lead this month!

BLESSINGS to you all,
Madeline Johnson

Worship and weekly news – September 8, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 11, 2022, Year A.

News for this week:

This week, Sunday School resumes! The FUN kicks off at 10:15 a.m.! Also, get a tid-bit from the finance committee about Master Fund A. And lastly, today the rein of Queen Elizabeth II came to an end. Read Bishop Curry’s statement. See details in this week’s Carpenter’s Helper.

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 weekly Worship schedule:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Mon., Sep. 19, 2022 – Hope Dining Room volunteers

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

“First Sunday” Loose Plate donation

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This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and all of the loose cash in the plate will be directed to Friendship House.  Friendship House sponsors many outreach programs such as the Newark Empowerment Center, Code Purple, and Transitional Housing.  Additional program details can be found on their website.  

If you’re in church on Sunday, please consider making a contribution to our friends in need by placing cash in the plate at the on the table at the back of the nave.  You can also write a check to St. Thomas’s and specify “Friendship House” in the memo line.  At any time, you can give directly to Friendship House at their website. Regardless of your financial contribution, please keep those in need in your prayers.

Thank you for your consideration.

Amy Keach, St. Thomas’s Treasurer

Worship and weekly news – September 1, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 4, 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 weekly Worship schedule:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Sun., Sep. 11, 2022 at 9:15 a.m. – Novel Theology
  • Sun., Sep. 11, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. – Children’s Ministries program begins
  • Mon., Sep. 19, 2022 – Hope Dining Room volunteers

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

Children’s Ministries begins September 11, 2022

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Hello St.Thomas’s Community,

The last days of August mean “back to school” for many of us. At St. Thomas’s, it means the start of the program year for Children’s Ministries. Our Sunday School team has planned a great year for our children and families, and I encourage everyone with children aged 4 years to 6th grade to register for this year’s program AND that you invite others to join us.

Our Sunday School program kicks off on September 11, 2022 at 10:15 a.m. with registration and refreshments and then Ms. Madeline will lead our first lesson at 10:30 a.m.  We also have some extra events planned throughout the year.  See information about our program and a calendar of activities. Paper copies of this information is also available at church or I can mail it to you. Please let me know what if you have questions or need additional information.  I would love to share in this ministry with you. I can be reached at belmar43@aol.com or 302-388-4017.

In order to make it the best year ever, our ministry team needs more adults and post-confirmation teens to volunteer to help us. We have several roles to fill. You could volunteer to help on a regular basis or just for an event. All are welcome.  Some of the roles include lead teacher, assistant teacher or classroom helper, event organizer, event helpers, and family outing organizer.  Please let me know what interests you and what you are willing and able to do.  I would love to share in this ministry with you. I can be reached at belmar43@aol.com or 302-388-4017.

Please register your child aged 4 years to 6th grade for our Children’s Ministry program. This form will provide us with contact information and allow us to plan for the needs of your children.  Paper copies will be available on September 11, 2022, at church and in our classroom every week.

Won’t you consider signing up to be a Leader or Assistant leader for Sunday School?

I look forward to seeing all of you soon! 

Blessings,

Belinda Young-Payne

Empowerment Center in need of “Go Bags”

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Dear Family of St. Thomas’s,

The Newark Empowerment Center is in need of “Go Bags”  (a meal in a bag) for our homeless friends. Everyday the Empowerment Center serves lunch – usually donated by a local restaurant or pizza place, to about 20 homeless friends. As the guests leave, they receive a “Go Bag” for dinner.  The Empowerment Center is running very low on their supply of “Go Bags”. 

If you can possibly make up a few and bring them to St. Thomas’s over the weekend to the Health Fair on Saturday or worship services on Sunday,  they would be SO grateful!  I will put a box in the area outside the Office labeled “Go Bags”. I will deliver them to the Empowerment Center next week.

A “Go Bag” contains:

 A shelf-stable entree (packet of tuna or beef stew or mac and cheese in a can or pack), 

a cup of fruit,

a packet of crackers,

a packet of cookies,

a plastic fork/spoon wrapped in a napkin,

 a drink (bottle of water, packet of fruit juice, etc) 

ALL in a gallon ziplock bag. 

Blessings to you ALL,

Madeline Johnson