Worship and weekly news – May 19, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 22, 2022, Year A, and Rogation Sunday. This week, we return to two Sunday services.

See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. This week, get excited for Deacon Cecily’s retirement celebration, you can learn a bit about Rogation Sunday, mark your calendar for our upcoming Immunization and Health Fair, and sign up for a CPR/AED class. TOMORROW, Saturday, May 21, 2022, is the Pancake breakfast hosted by Girl Scout Troop 513 as a benefit for St. Thomas’s. These young ladies are working towards their Silver award, and this event is a part of that work.

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.

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

Pancake Breakfast on May 22, 2022

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Pancake BreakfastYou are invited to a Pancake Breakfast at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave, Newark DE.

Saturday, May 22, 2022, from 9-11 a.m.
Hosted by Girl Scout Troop 513
$10 per person, under 3 years old are FREE!
Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Tea, OJ, and Apple Juice

If you have any questions, please email:TROOP513DE@gmail.com

Retirement Celebration honoring Deacon Cecily

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Deacon Cecily RetirementPlease join us to celebrate the good works of Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon! She officially retired back 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!

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 4-6:30 p.m., we will gather in the Grove for some delicious food, and LOTS of FUN! 

Bring your favorite lawn game, a lawn chair, some fruit to share, or just bring yourself. I know Scott Sunnergren is looking for another person to grill with. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact the office. We hope to see you there!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Succulent plant sale a success

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Thank you to everyone who made our 2022 first annual St. Thomas’s succulent sale a success! Together, we were able to donate close to $500 to help those impacted by the turmoil in Ukraine.

This year, the alter of repose was adorned with small succulent plants, grown by a local Newarkian, Iris Pangan (Instagram: iris.gardens). Please keep Iris in mind for your local plant needs!

Since succulents can survive harsh conditions such as extreme temperatures and water scarcity, they are associated with resilience and survival. On Good Friday, April 1, 2022, these plants, associated with everlasting love, endurance and loyalty were available for donation.

100% of the donations were sent to WineToWater.org. Wine To Water is a non-profit, working in Ukraine and neighboring countries to distribute water filters to families displaced and under attack in this crisis. Their networks are with local ground leaders devoted to helping in this humanitarian crisis and we wish support their courage.

With infrastructure and supply chains disrupted in the region, people depend on surface water from rivers, rain or untreated sources. Filters give families and shelters a way to prevent waterborne illnesses common in war and refugee camps. The filters also avoid dependencies on single use plastics which add to the environmental disaster created by a global crisis.

Worship and weekly news – May 12, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is Confirmation Sunday and is the fifth Sunday of Easter, May 15, 2022, Year A; the celebration continues! This week, we will be blessed with a visit from Bishop Kevin Brown.

Please remember: there is only one service this week, at 10:30am.  There will be a fellowship/coffee hour following the service.  It will be wonderful to see many members of our faith family worshiping and communing together. Here is the sign-up to contribute to the party.  Parking will be available at the University of Delaware lot across the street when our lot fills up.  This will be a joyous occasion!

See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. This week, you can get a recap of our first annual Succulent Plant Sale, read about our upcoming Immunization and Health Fair, sign up for a CPR/AED class, mark your calendar for the pancake breakfast next Saturday (served by Girl Scout Troop 513 as a benefit for St. Thomas’s), and lastly consider helping with Hope Dining Room this upcoming Monday, May 16, 2022.

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.

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Monday. May 161, 2022 – Hope Dining Room volunteers
  • Friday, May 20, 2022 – Certified Pet First Aid and CPR. Registration required. Open to the public.
  • Sunday, May 22, 2022 – Novel Theology meets – rescheduled from May 8.
  • June 4, 2022 – AHA CPR/AED Course. Open to the public.
  • June 5, 2022 – Pentecost Sunday, get your red outfit ready!
  • August 27, 2022 – St. Thomas’s Health Fair

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 for May 16, 2022

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

Monday, May 16, 2022 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. Our number of guests is rising and we will be preparing 60 meals next Monday. We begin cooking at 10 a.m. at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. We are finished cleaning up by noon.   

See the Sign Up Genius for the donations we need.   You may bring them to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon or when you come to any service this week.  There is a box in the Narthax labeled “HOPE DINING ROOM”.    Also, you can call or email me and I will pick the items up at your door.

Beginning next month, we will be switching from “grab and go ” meals, to “dining in”.   We will need more volunteers to serve.   It is really a team effort and it feels SO good to help people who are ALL very appreciative. We divide up the work, into very doable tasks and we always have fun!    Think about it 🙂

Many Blessings to you all,
Madeline Johnson      mad1240@comcast.net

St. Thomas’s Immunization and Health Fair

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The newly-formed St. Thomas’s Health group is planning our inaugural Health Fair on Saturday, August 27, 2022, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Parish on 276 S. College Ave., Newark, DE.

The fair is an outreach, service, and education event for our members and the local community. We will be offering Back-to-School Immunizations, Narcan training (sign-up coming soon), and have a variety of organizations providing health and safety education and information.

If you are interested in helping or know of any health-affiliated organization that would be interested in participating, please reach out to Philippa Sunnergren at phil@sunnergren.com

Worship and weekly news – May 4, 2022

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Fourth Sunday of EasterHello faith family! May the sacrifice of Jesus give strength to your soul and light your way.

This is the Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 8, 2022, Year A.

While there is no Carpenter’s Helper weekly newsletter this week, we do have a vibrant parish and there is news and events.  You’ll note, however, that upcoming events and announcements are now included in the back of the Sunday booklet, along with that month’s birthdays and anniversaries (so we can all support the USPS and send each other cards).  Please let me know anytime you have an event or announcement to be included!

In just one week on May 15, 2022, Bishop Kevin Brown is visiting and it is confirmation Sunday.  There will be only one service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a fellowship/coffee hour.  Here is the sign-up to contribute to the party.  Parking will be available at the University of Delaware lot across the street when our lot fills up.  This will be a joyous occasion!

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.

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Confirmation Sunday, May 15, 2022 – Bishop visit – one service at 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, May 20, 2022 – Certified Pet First Aid and CPR. Registration required. Open to the public.
  • Sunday, May 22, 2022 – Novel Theology meets – rescheduled from May 8.
  • June 4, 2022 – AHA CPR/AED Course. Open to the public.
  • June 5, 2022 – Pentecost Sunday, get your red outfit ready!
  • August 27, 2022 – St. Thomas’s Health Fair

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 – April 27, 2022

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Third Sunday of EasterHello faith family! May the sacrifice of Jesus give strength to your soul and light your way.

This is the Third Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2022, Year A. 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 during this pandemic.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. This week, we get a check-in of the financial health of our parish.

In just two weeks on May 15, 2022, Bishop Kevin Brown is visiting and it is confirmation Sunday.  There will be only one service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a fellowship/coffee hour.  Here is the sign-up to contribute to the party.  Parking will be available at the University of Delaware lot across the street when our lot fills up.  This will be a joyous occasion!

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Sunday, May 8, 2022 – Novel Theology meets to discuss “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”
  • Confirmation Sunday, May 15, 2022 – Bishop visit – one service at 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, May 20, 2022 – Certified Pet First Aid and CPR. Registration required. Open to the public.
  • June 4, 2022 – AHA CPR/AED Course. Open to the public.

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

Bishop visit on May 15, 2022

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There will be one worship service on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate Bishop Kevin Brown‘s visit with us. The 8 a.m. service that day will not be held in lieu of a joint service at 10:30 a.m. with the Bishop. This is confirmation Sunday and there will be a “coffee hour” fellowship on the front lawn / portico following the service.

ALL are Welcome to hear what Bishop Brown has to say about Sunday’s powerful gospel reading from John 13:35:
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”