Blessing of the backpacks

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Blessing of the Backpacks Day has been moved to next Sunday, Sept. 16! Don’t forget to bring your backpack, briefcase, tote bag, soup ladle, etc. to get your supplies and your blessings for the new school year!

Youth Confirmation Class

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All youth in 7 – 8th grade (or at least 12 years of age) are invited to join the 2018-19 Confirmation Class at St. Thomas’s.  We’ll embark on a spirit-filled journey centered around worship, learning, service, witness and fellowship.  There will be loads of dialogue, laughter, fun and food too!  Weekly classes will be held on Sundays at 9 a.m. from Sep to May, and will include a pilgrimage to The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Stop by Sunday, September 9th at 9:15 AM in the Great Hall to learn more and for registration.

Give us a call or drop a note with any questions.

Blessings to You!

Teri Quinn Gray ( and Bob Rys (

Choir Rehearsal starts tonight

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The first rehearsal of our Choir starts tonight, Thursday, Sep. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. There is not an anthem scheduled for this coming Sunday, so this rehearsal will be a somewhat relaxed, get acquainted with new music time. If any of you would like to join the group just to see what it is like, I warmly invite you.

I will be in the Choir Room at 6:00 p.m. in case anyone wants to come a little early to do a little practice singing with me to get an idea what voice part he or she might be.

Rehearsals are usually over by 9:00.


Marc Cheban <>

ECM dinners – sign up now!

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The signup sheet is posted so you may sign up to provide dinner for the hungry and appreciative UD students whom we will welcome to take a break from campus life and sojourn for a while in our building.

You can do it as an individual or with a friend or two. Plan to stay to eat and to get to know the kids.

Thank you. Sally Price <>

Welcome University Students!

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The Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM), based at St. Thomas’s, Newark, would like to reach out to fellow Episcopalians who will be attending the University of Delaware this fall. Continuing ECM students, student advisors, and members of St. Thomas’s would like to invite them to Wednesday worship and meals, welcome them to prayer and reflection, and introduce them to a ministry of learning and service at the very edge of the university campus.

Come for a free supper, stay for the community!

Please send student names, contact information, and school-year addresses you may have to Ms. Denise Burgher, St. Thomas’s ECM Convening Advisor and to the Rev. Ed Godden, Interim Rector.


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Dear Members of Saint Thomas’s,

This year, we are doing something a little different for Rally Day, on Saturday, September 15th and Sunday the 16th. Mark your calendar!

Remember: Join us for an Italian feast on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Join together to break bread, and remember, “Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:12. Please invite friends, family, and neighbors to this celebration of community. All food and beverages will be provided; but we are looking for help with dishes after dinner.

Renew: Helping others sparks happiness. Renew your spirit by learning about some of the opportunities; it feels great to contribute to the lives of others. There will be information stations set up both at Saturday’s dinner, and after both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday.

Rejoice: Over this weekend, learn about and reflect on all of the amazing possibilities for the upcoming season. “Be truly glad. There is great joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6.

Volunteers do not necessarily have lots of time; only lots of heart ?!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Novel Theology begins again in September

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Novel Theology group meets at 9:15 a.m. on the second Sunday, September-May.

The reading list for the coming year is:
September – Creek Mary’s Blood by Dee Brown
October – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
November – The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham
December – Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity by Dr. Gregory A. Boyd
January – The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn
February – The Centurion’s Wife by Davis Bunn
March – The Damascus Way by Davis Bunn
April – TBD
May – Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalie

For more information, contact Susan Hechter at

Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

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We ask your prayers and help to purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas or buy some needed grocery staples at a local store. The office is currently out of gas cards. Please give them directly to Adele Meredith, Parish Administrator, in the Parish Office or put in an envelope marked to Adele’s attention and place in the offering plate. Donations of gift cards are always welcome. Will you help?

Using your IRA Tax-Free

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In December, 2014 Congress enacted legislation making QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) permanent. If you’re over age 70 1/2, you can send up to $100,000 per year directly from your IRA to a qualifying charity — including St. Thomas’s. The distribution is excluded from your gross income making it tax free. For more information, contact Amy Keach, St. Thomas’s Treasurer via the Parish Office or your tax advisor.