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

Worship and weekly news – July 10, 2022

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Fifth Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! This is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – July 10, 2022, Year A.

Here are a few news items for this week:
Kevin Clayton Brown is ordained
A successful Cooking for Two community outreach event
A heartfelt Thank You from Deacon Cecily

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

Kevin Clayton Brown is ordained

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Kevin Clayton Brown is ordained. What a joyful occasion!  Reverend Clayton spent the last several months serving in our parish.

See some of the sermons he shared with us at St. Thomas’s.
Seventh Sunday of Easter, Ascension Sunday – May 29, 2022 – sermon via YouTube
Second Sunday of Easter – April 24, 2022, Year A – sermon via YouTube
Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 3, 2022, Year A – sermon via YouTube

Here are some pictures from the day of his ordination and the service is available below.

Rev. Clay Rev. Ann, Rev. Paul, Deacon Cecily

To view the service in full, visit “The Ordination of Kevin Clayton Brown to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Vimeo“:

A successful Cooking for Two community outreach event

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As part of St. Thomas’s commitment to providing for University of Delaware students who are food insecure, we are always looking for new ways to extend our food resources. To that end, we have joined with the Delaware Cooperative Extension to offer classes to learn to prepare nutritious, easy meals.

Cooking for One or TwoWe had our first class in June 2022 which was open to all members of the community. The theme was Cooking for One or Two. We made shrimp stir fry, broccoli salad and apple pie, Not only did we learn some new recipes, but it was a great to sit and share a meal with others!

Next class is Crock Pot Cooking which will be scheduled for Fall 2022. Using a crock pot is an easy way for busy people to make a nutritious meal and the Cooperative Extension has many great recipes for all tastes and budgets. Currently, we are collecting crock pots to use in this class and then to add to our Blue Hen Bounty supplies to give to students along with the ingredients for a meal. Blue Hen Bounty is a food pantry that provides supplemental nutrition to  University of Delaware students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves.

We will be publishing further information about upcoming classes so stay tuned.

A heartfelt Thank You from Deacon Cecily

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On Saturday, June 11, 2022, we gathered in the Grove for some delicious food and LOTS of FUN to celebrate Deacon Cecily’s retirement.

Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon officially retired in January 2022; however, because of Covid precautions, we were unable to give her the send off she deserves. But, now that the weather has warmed up, we are able to gather in the Grove for a proper PARTY!

See Deacon Cecily’s heartfelt thank you note.

Deacon Cecily thank you note

Worship and weekly news – July 3, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – July 3, 2022, Year A.

There is no Carpenter’s Helper weekly newsletter this week. I’m working hard on a new updated format, and look forward to sharing it next week.

It looks to be a pretty quiet upcoming week for our parish.  

  • Fr Howie is away, so this Sunday we will be welcoming Rev Peter Van Horne.  
  • There will be no Wednesday noon service on July 6, 2022.  
  • The office will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of Independence Day, however I will be checking email, so please do not hesitate to reach out with any needs.
  • The third issue of our sexton, Kenneth’s blog “The Libra Reader”.  He pulls no punches in his book reviews and there is a serious variety, so if you are looking for your next summer reading, this blog is a good source of inspiration.

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