Worship and weekly news for November 26, 2023

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Hello faith family! This is the Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King – November 26, 2023. Christ the King Sunday is celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church on the last Sunday of the liturgical year. It celebrates Christ’s messianic kingship and sovereign rule over all creation. The feast is unofficially celebrated in some Episcopal parishes, but it is not mentioned in the Episcopal calendar of the church year. Marion Hatchett notes that the Prayer Book collect for Proper 29, the last Sunday of the church year, is a “somewhat free” translation of the collect of the Feast of Christ the King in the Roman Missal. This collect prays that God, “whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords,” will “Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule” (BCP, p. 236). The feast was originally instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and celebrated on the last Sunday in Oct. It has been observed on the last Sunday before Advent since 1970.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Newsletter. We are just beginning to gear up for a busy December. There will be opportunities for everyone to fellowship together and get involved!
Annual Pledge Ingathering continues
Incarceration Reform presentation
St John’s Bible presentation and training
St. Thomas’s ties to Indian culture
Children’s and Youth Sponsored Holiday 2023 Celebrations
Code Purple returns this winter

Our weekly Worship schedule

Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the KingThis Sunday’s Schedule

Growth and Fellowship

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Third Sundays at 9:15 a.m. – Novel Theology
  • 3rd Monday of the month – Hope Dining Room
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

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 our 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

Code Purple Returns this Winter 2023

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Code Purple is a program administered by Friendship House to provide a warm dinner and overnight shelter for our homeless friends when overnight temperatures drop to 20 degrees Fahrenheit or less. The location rotates among five churches in Newark, Delaware and St. Thomas’s is proud to be among them. Please watch for updates when the forecast calls for cold temperatures. Volunteers will be needed. Thank you for your consideration.

Worship and weekly news for November 19, 2023

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Hello faith family! This is the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost – November 19, 2023. This week, we celebrate C. S. Lewis. Clive Staples Lewis, FBA (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British writer, literary scholar, and Anglican lay theologian. Lewis wrote more than 30 books which have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularized on stage, TV, radio, and cinema, but he is also noted for his other works of fiction, such as The Screwtape Letters and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, including Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. His philosophical writings are widely cited by Christian scholars from many denominations.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Newsletter. We are just beginning to gear up for a busy December. There will be opportunities for everyone to fellowship together and get involved!
Annual Pledge Ingathering continues
Annual Bazaar
Hope Dining Room needs volunteers
Incarceration Reform presentation
St John’s Bible presentation and training
St. Thomas’s ties to Indian culture
Code Purple returns this winter

Our weekly Worship schedule

Twenty-fifth Sunday after PentecostThis Sunday’s Schedule

Growth and Fellowship

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Third Sundays at 9:15 a.m. – Novel Theology
  • 3rd Monday of the month – Hope Dining Room
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

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 our 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, November 20, 2023

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

Monday, November 20, 2023 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room where we serve “a midday hot meal with dignity, to those in need in the Greater Newark Delaware area.” Guests at Hope are now “dining in”, so we have 2  different short shifts for which you can volunteer.  The setup and cooking shift goes from 10 – 11:45 a.m. 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 an apron. We would LOVE to see you! All of this takes place at Kingswood Methodist Church kitchen on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. It is a team effort, lots of fun and it makes you feel so good to feed people who really appreciate it.

Please volunteer for the things we need for the meal and to volunteers. If you are donating one of those items, THANK YOU! You can bring it to St. Thomas’s, Monday – Thursday from 9 – noon, OR when you come to church on Sunday! Please put it in the kitchen and mark it for “HOPE DINING ROOM”.  If that doesn’t fit into your schedule, give me a call, text or email and I will pick it up at your house.

MANY Blessings to you ALL,
Madeline Johnson

      mad1240@comcast.net

Worship and weekly news for November 10, 2023

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Hello faith family! This is the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost – November 12, 2023. This week, we celebrate Herman of Alaska. His gentle approach and ascetic life earned him the love and respect of both the native Alaskans and the Russian colonists. He is considered by many Orthodox Christians to be the patron saint of North America.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Newsletter. We are just beginning to gear up for a busy December. There will be opportunities for everyone to fellowship together and get involved!
Annual Pledge Ingathering continues
Poets’ Corner Reading Series
2 Saints Readers
Annual Bazaar
Incarceration Reform presentation
St John’s Bible presentation and training
St. Thomas’s ties to Indian culture

Our weekly Worship schedule

24th Sunday PentecostThis Sunday’s Schedule

Growth and Fellowship

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Third Sundays at 9:15 a.m. – Novel Theology
  • 3rd Monday of the month – Hope Dining Room
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

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 our 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

Celebration of Journey to India

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Journey to India

Join us for an evening of food music, dancing, and learning about the wonderful cultures of India on December 21, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Parish, 276 S. College Ave. Newark Delaware 19711.

ALL are Welcome to learn about and celebrate St. Thomas’s ties to Indian cultures.

Incarceration Reform Presentation

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Incarceration Reform PresentationCyndie Romer, 25th Delaware District Representative, will lead a discussion about incarceration reform on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 11:45 a.m.

A light lunch will be provided in the Overflowing Cup Cafe in the Great Hall at St. Thomas’s Parish, 276 S. College Ave., Newark Delaware 19711. The events committee would appreciate your help in this endeavor. If you are able, please sign up to donate to the lunch.

ALL are Welcome to attend.

Saint John’s Bible experience December 2023

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St Johns Bible experience

The Saint John’s Bible, an amazing work of art, is coming to St. Thomas’s for the 2023 holiday season. It will arrive on December 13, 2023 and remain for the Christmas 2023 season though January 2024.

Everyone should experience this masterpiece of Sacred Word and Art. See some of our historical articles.

The St. John’s Bible is a major artistic project – a hand-written and illuminated book – produced over many years. The book is quite large – two feet tall and three feet wide! The production of the book required the renewing of many historic artistic and calligraphic techniques. The artwork is especially interesting in the ways it combines many artistic styles and techniques. Full-page illuminations are engaging ways to talk about how we see the world and where imagination can take us.

The Executive Director of the St. John’s Bible project, Brad Neary, will be at St. Thomas’s on December 13, 2023. On that day, we will welcome school and other groups for 30-45 minute “tours” with Mr Neary in the morning (9-11:30). Do you have a group who would like to schedule a presentation or do you know someone who might?

We are also looking for St. Thomas’s docents. A group of individuals will receive training from Mr Neary following the noon service on the 13th. Light lunch will be provided. Are you interested in being trained to be a tour guide?

For more information, please speak to Fr Howie or email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Schedule your personal tour, or bring a group. Open to the public.

Annual Giving Pledges Welcomed

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Annual Giving Oct 21 updateFor those of you still considering your pledge, please know that it is not too late to send it in. Please know that your church appreciates all gifts to support us. The work we do is funded, largely, by all of us collectively and our contributions are more and more necessary – all of them.

Thank you very much to those who have provided their intentions for their gift. Remember, WE are the church – WE are created for Good Works – WE are how good works happen! Let your good works shine forth in all you do, all you give, all you are. Thank you for continuing support as we work to do all we can in the love of Christ.

A pledge card is attached and all materials are available at Annual Giving for 2024.

In Thanksgiving, Your Annual Giving Ministry

Gracious God, we thank you for creating and recreating us to do your good works in the world. Pour into our hearts the spirit of your abundance. Remind us that what we have is only and always for your glory, and that what we give for the work of your church is our testimony to the blessings we have already received. Guide us as we make the choices that will help build your kingdom now and in the future. And sustain us always with the promise of the gift beyond price, your presence among us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Worship and weekly news for November 5, 2023

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Hello faith family! This is the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost – November 5, 2023.

Weekly News

Fall continues to bring exciting fellowship opportunities and FUN. Read about all of the EXCITEMENT headed our way!
Annual Pledge Ingathering continues
Poets’ Corner Reading Series
2 Saints Readers

Our weekly Worship schedule

This Sunday’s Schedule

Growth and Fellowship

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Third Sundays at 9:15 a.m. – Novel Theology
  • 3rd Monday of the month – Hope Dining Room
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

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 our 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