The Anglican Way series begins October 6, 2019

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The Anglican Way is a six-week crash course in our:
Experience in America

The course takes place beginning October 6 through November 10, 2019, in the Parlor at 9:15 a.m.for an hour each week. This series serves as both a sort of inquirer’s class and a refresher course on who and why we are as Episcopalians and members of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Who or what is a prebend? Is is polite to tell a bishop that his/her rochet is showing? Are the hamburgers any good at the Court of Arches?

Whether you are new to the Episcopal Church or have been around your whole life, it’s worth stopping to ask questions about who we are, why we do what we do, and what we believe. The Anglican Way will answer a few questions, look with fresh eyes at a few debates, and share the richness of our heritage. Join us to learn about theology, worship, mission, and even a few kinds and queens and rochets and prebends.

Everyone is welcome to attend this brief 6 week class. The bishop will be visiting our Parish again this spring for our Youth confirmation. At that time, adult confirmations and reaffirmations can be done. Wouldn’t it be a blessed sight to see a large group at the alter this year? Oh, the cake we could have!

But in all seriousness, this is a series for everyone; whether you are considering confirmation, or just want to learn more about this faith that we share. If you have any questions about confirmation or reaffirmation, please speak with Fr Howie.

This is the first series in St. Thomas’s offerings for the 2019-20 Christian Education Season.

Installation for Fr. Howie on October 9 at 6:00 p.m.

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On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 6 p.m., we will celebrate the installation of Father Howie Sasser as the 22nd Rector of our beloved Parish. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. Please mark this important event on your calendar and plan to join us at St. Thomas’s Church to welcome our new Rector.

The language of the church can sometimes be strange, and the term “installation ceremony” when used for welcoming a new priest is certainly one completely inadequate to describe the deeply personal and spiritual festival that involves all members of the church, some with “key” roles as they come one by one to present
the candidate with the tools of his work. The tools presented included a Bible, water, a stole, a Prayer Book, oil, a symbolic key to the church, the Canons and Constitution, and bread and wine.

The Celebration of New Ministry service is a cherished tradition of our church. The liturgy is from our Book of Common Prayer and other liturgical supplements. It is a time when the parish stands as a united community before the bishop to request that the new Rector be installed.

Fr. Howie has been with us for a short while now, but let us gather together at this blessing as we make it official. In the short time that he has been here, there has already been so much excitement: new educational programs and religious offerings, a push towards utilizing social media, literally pounding the pavement (in a race between services!) reaching out to our larger community, and of course his incredible sermons, that are now available on YouTube. Let’s make this an evening to remember.

Annual Bazaar 2019

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Visit St. Thomas’s Annual Bazaar to be held on
Friday, December 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and
Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You will find unique holiday crafts (many under $10), fresh baked goods, cookie walk (build your own cookie tray!), quarts of homemade soups, St. Thomas’s t-shirts and hoodies, second-hand Christmas decorations, resale shop / white elephant sale, and exclusive new items.

On Saturday there will be a Breakfast Buffet available for purchase from 9 – 10:00 a.m.  On Friday and Saturday, join us for lunch, which may be purchased between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please share our Annual Bazaar flyer!

All proceeds from the Annual Bazaar go to St. Thomas’s Outreach Ministries. Open to the public.

C.R.E.W. meets October 6, 2019

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This is an open invitation to all parishioner’s 12-18 year olds!

You do not have to be confirmed to be a part of this group! Anyone over the age of 12 can come!

We will have lunch and spend some time getting acquainted with one another! Please come with some ideas as to what you would like to do this year.

Looking forward to seeing you!

I would also like to let you know you are invited to the back to school celebration on Sunday, September 29th, come see your friends and eat pizza! It will be right after the service.

Come to C.R.E.W. (“Christians Ready, Equipped, and Willing” ) on Sunday, October 6th right after church!

In God’s Peace and Love!
Kelly Tompkins

Children’s Ministries news – 09-21-19

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Hi Everyone, 
Sunday School will begin with Sunday Breakfast Club tomorrow this morning at 9:30 a.m., hosted by the Sausvilles! (Thank you!) The education and worship part of our children’s program will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Undercroft. If you can, please join us and/or have your children join us as we enter into the story of Moses and the Burning Bush in the PreK-K classroom and as we enter into one of Jesus’ parables by focusing on the difference between “money” treasures and “life treasures”, such as friends and family in grades 1-6.  
Later in the day, I’ll be at Coffee Hour adult ed event on Quaker Spirituality. I encourage you to attend if you are able.
And don’t forget…the Back to School Pizza Party for all children, tweens, teens and their families will happen at noon on Sept. 29! Let me know ahead if you know you’re coming…but come anyway even if you don”t.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 22, 2019

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Happy Fall Yall! (it’s official on Monday)  Please see this week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter.  Just a few notes for this week:

  • The Coffee Hour series starts THIS SUNDAY following the 10:30 service.  Dr Annemarie Carr will speak with us about her personal faith and about the Friends Movement.  Beverages and refreshments will be provided.  ALL are welcome; bring a friend!
  • Poets Corner will pick up next Saturday, 9/28, 5-8pm in the sanctuary: Jane Miller is the first featured artist.
  • Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday, October 6th at 2pm.  More information to follow; ALL God’s creatures are welcome to receive a blessing.
  • Fr Howie’s installation will take place on Wednesday, October 9th at 6pm.  That’s right; we are making it official!  More information will be coming, but mark your calendar now.
  • INSTAGRAM- we are excited to now have an Instagram account.  There are more details about this in the Helper.  Would you “follow” us, please, into this fun modern era?  This should be a great tool to widen our reach, and spread the #GoodNews.  

See all Carpenter’s Helper newsletters.

2019-2020 Youth Confirmation Class

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This is a call and invitation for the 2019-2020 Youth Confirmation Class.   If you’re at least 12 years old or 7-8th grade, you’re welcome to join this spirit-filled journey centered around worship, learning, service, witness and fellowship.  Classes meet most Sundays at 9 – 10:15 a.m. from September thru May, and includes a pilgrimage to The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. 

So, what do we do in confirmation class?

  • Relate God’s teachings and Christian faith to our daily living.
  • Share life stories to connect with God and one another.
  • Give of our time and talent to service projects within the church community.
  • Discover what it means to make a personal decision for Christ and meaningful relationship with the church.

Drop us a note for more info or just show up on Sunday morning.   There will be loads of prayerful dialogue, laughter and fun!


Teri Quinn Gray                                Bob Rys    

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 15, 2019

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Please see the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 15, 2019.  We have some exciting events coming up this fall!  You should be able to see all of the happenings in a few places: the calendar on our website (, on the back of the Carpenter’s Helper, and now posted next to the name tags in the Great Hall.  Please let me know if you see anything missing and if your group would like anything added!

  • This week we will celebrate the Holy Baptism of Lennon Smathers.  And, we have another baptism celebration coming up on the 22nd!  Hallelujah!
  • We will have a table at Newark Community Day on Sunday- come say hello!
  • Our Coffee Hour series begins next week, 9/22.  You won’t want to miss this talk about Quaker Spirituality by Dr Annemarie Carr.  It will be in the Great Hall following the 10:30 service (so around noon).  Coffee hour snacks and beverages will be served (donations are appreciated).  ALL are welcome and this promises to be interesting; bring a friend, even if they have never visited us before.
  • Speaking of coffee hour…a new sign up sheet is up next to the kitchen.  Food and beverages are stocked, so there is no pressure to provide any.  Practice hospitality through this rewarding act of service.  If you want more info or would like to team up, please speak with Cana or any member of the Vestry.
  • Ladies night out starts back up next Wednesday the 18th at Applebee’s in Suburban Plaza.  They will also be on the 18th of October, November and December: location information to follow.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Coffee Hour Series Begins on Sunday, Sep. 22, 2019 at noon

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Quaker Spirituality by Dr. Annemarie Carr

The Religious Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers) has a rich history of encouraging personal faith and engagement with the world. Professor Annemarie Carr, a scholar and practicing Quaker, will speak about her own personal experiences and the gifts that the Friends Movement offers to Christians of every denomination.

ALL are welcome- bring a friend!