Worship services for week of October 17, 2021

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Twenty-first Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! Sunday, October 17, 2021 is the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost. 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.

You might want to read through The Worship Booklets this week as there are some subtle differences this week that incorporate Adult Education’s recent study of Celtic Spirituality. This should be a lovely service. But don’t worry; it’s back to the familiar traditions next week. Worship Booklets: 8:00 a.m. booklet (8:00 a.m. booklet in large print) and 10:30 a.m. booklet (10:30 a.m. booklet in large print)

Worship this week:

Have you caught any of Fr. Howie and Fr. Jim’s phenomenal  “Beatitudes- Conversations of Blessings” podcast?.  If not, what are you waiting for?  Every Friday, they bring a new episode full of thought provoking insight and each week they bring in a new special guest to provide even more angles.  Visit the website for more info, and to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! https://beatitudes.online/podcast-series

The new Forward Day by Day booklets are available. Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

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. See our Giving information.

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 all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out 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.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

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

Annual Bazaar vendor Tastefully Simple is taking pre-orders

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One of our returning vendors at the Annual Bazaar is Cherita Brasier. She represents Tastefully Simple. Tastefully Simple not only provides delicious products that are quick and easy, this season they are in partnership with Feed My Starving Children.

There are catalogues in the office with order forms. You can also look at the products available on line at
https://www.tastefullysimple.com

If you order in advance, the order will be waiting for you at the Annual Bazaar on November 12 or 13, 2021. The pre-order offer is available until October 30, 2021.


Thank you for supporting our bazaar and our vendors.

Fall 2021 Clean-up

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Happy Fall!! Our Fall clean-up day is scheduled for Saturday November 6, 2021 from 8-12 p.m. Cider donuts will be provided in the morning and pizza at the end.

Please come help prepare our grounds for winter. Leaf raking, bush trimming, stick gathering. If someone wants to work on bench repair we have a couple of benches from the Grove that need the slats replaced.

If anyone is aware of a job that could use some extra hands, let me know.

Please let me know if you can come help out and what type of work you are willing / able to do that I have enough jobs planned and we can chat about tools needed.  Plus, I need a rough headcount for food.

Sue Houghton sdhoughton88@gmail.com

Hope Dining Room volunteers for October 18, 2021

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

Monday, October 18, 2021, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. If you are free between 10 a.m. and noon that day, we would love for you to experience the joy that it gives to be part of a team that makes a simple lunch for people who really appreciate it. 

It is a lot of fun and very heart-warming to help feed people in our community, who REALLY appreciate it. At this time, it is a “grab and go” lunch, because of COVID. All of our kitchen helpers are masked and our guests who are also masked come through the dining room stay 6 feet apart, grab their styrofoam clamshell lunch, and go out another door.

We begin cooking at 10 a.m. at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in the Brookside Park community. We finish cleanup by noon.

Here is a Sign Up Genius for the cookies, fruit cups and kitchen helpers:  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope14  

You may drop off your donations of fruit cups and cookies at St. Thomas’s on Tuesday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon or 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 it up at your house.

MANY Blessings,
Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 10, 2021

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Good morning faith family.  There is not a Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for this week – the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost and the week of October 10, 2021, but please do take a minute to look over the schedule to see all of the exciting things that are upcoming.  

Stewardship pledge packets have been mailed out. If you have not received yours, please let me know – I have extras.

Have you caught any of Fr. Howie and Fr. Jim’s phenomenal  “Beatitudes- Conversations of Blessings” podcast?.  If not, what are you waiting for?  Every Friday, they bring a new episode full of thought provoking insight and each week they bring in a new special guest to provide even more angles.  Visit the website for more info, and to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! https://beatitudes.online/podcast-series

Some of our events are as follows.

  • Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2 p.m. – Bob Bennett funeral in-person with precautions and Live on our YouTube channel.
  • Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. – Novel Theology will meet via Zoom to discuss “Small Great Things” by Jody Picoult.
  • Sundays at 9 a.m. – Youth Confirmation in the Undercroft.
  • Sundays, October 3, 10, and 17, 2021 at 9:15 a.m.: exploring Celtic Spirituality offered in-person with precautions and LIVE via Zoom. Meets in the parlor in-person with precautions and live via Zoom.
  • Sundays at 10:15 a.m. – Children’s Ministries under the tent in the courtyard.
  • Sundays from 10:30-11 a.m., Communion at the Curb is offered for those who have not received the Sacrament in-person during the service.  You do not need to sign up for this.  ALL are WELCOME!
  • Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2 p.m. – Blessing of the Animals in the Grove.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Wednesday at noon: Intercessory Prayer with Holy Communion, live on our YouTube channel and in-person with precautions. Here is the accompanying booklet.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m.: Compline Evening Prayer with Deacon Cecily, live via Zoom. Here is the accompanying booklet.
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers, the book study that brings us together with our St. Nicholas friends, will be discussing “The Language of God, A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief” by Dr Francis S Collins, via Zoom. ALL are Welcome – you will receive an email invitation.

You will receive an emailed invitation to all the above events and their accompanying leaflets. As always, there are copies available to be mailed, so please let me know if you’d like a paper copy.

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. See our Giving information.

The new Forward Day by Day booklets are available.  Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

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 all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

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

Worship services for week of October 10, 2021

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Twentieth Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! Sunday, October 10, 2021 is the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. 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.

Worship this week:

Have you caught any of Fr. Howie and Fr. Jim’s phenomenal  “Beatitudes- Conversations of Blessings” podcast?.  If not, what are you waiting for?  Every Friday, they bring a new episode full of thought provoking insight and each week they bring in a new special guest to provide even more angles.  Visit the website for more info, and to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! https://beatitudes.online/podcast-series

The new Forward Day by Day booklets are available. Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

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. See our Giving information.

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 all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out 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.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

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

Poets’ Corner Reading Series for October 16, 2021

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Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents

Jane Miller & Jack Mackey reading poetry on Saturday, October 16, 2021 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  

Location: St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave. Newark, DE   

Free-will offering. Masks required.

Jack Mackey lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This year, 2021, Jack was awarded a writing fellowship as an emerging professional from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Jack’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Mojave River Review, 3rd Wednesday, Broadkill Review, Gargoyle, and in various anthologies.

Jane Miller’s poetry has been published in journals including Summerset Review, Colorado Review and Pittsburgh Poetry Review. She has won the Naugatuck River Review’s narrative poetry contest and was awarded her second fellowship this year from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Miller is co-author of the poetry collection Walking the Sunken Boards (Pond Road Press, 2019)and an editor of the online poetry journal, ൪uartet (www.quartetjournal.com).

Co-sponsored by St. Thomas’s Parish and the University of Delaware Department of English.

Children’s and youth ministries for October 2021

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St. Thomas’s Children’s and Youth Ministries will continue outdoor gatherings during October 2021. Below you will find dates and times for our Children’s and Youth ministries gatherings. Please prayerfully consider joining us in some way especially by donating time or talent. There will soon be a SignUp Genius for adults and families in our parish to volunteer to host an activity for our youth group. For children’s ministry, I ask that anyone called to serve or just come try it to see if you like it, please email me at belmar43@aol.com or call me so we can talk about it further.

Children’s Ministry Schedule for October 2021
October   3   10:15  a.m. Sunday School
October 10   10:15  a.m.  Sunday School
October 17    10:15 a.m.   Sunday School
October 24    10:15  a.m.  Sunday School October 31     Family Church Sunday
October 31     Trunk or Treat for UNICEF after 10:30 a.m. worship service (UNICEF collection box additionally available between services)  

CREW Schedule for October 2021

October 10: Lunch and Activity: Plan new CREW bulletin board (bring your pictures of past activities), paint rocks for Spreading Positivity Project
October 24: Spread Positivity Rocks at Sean’s Place or another chosen spot
   

Blessings, Belinda Young-Payne

Worship services for week of October 3, 2021

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Nineteenth Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! Sunday, October 3, 2021 is the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.

Here is Sunday worship service information:

Services are in-person with precautions and online on 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.

Other worship this week:

Have you caught any of Fr. Howie and Fr. Jim’s phenomenal  “Beatitudes- Conversations of Blessings” podcast?.  If not, what are you waiting for?  Every Friday, they bring a new episode full of thought provoking insight and each week they bring in a new special guest to provide even more angles.  Visit the website for more info, and to catch up on any episodes you may have missed! https://beatitudes.online/podcast-series

The new Forward Day by Day booklets are available. Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

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. See our Giving information.

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 all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out 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.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

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

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Blue Hen Bounty

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Dear St. Thomas’s Family,

Please come and join us for dinner on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. We are having spaghetti–meat and vegetarian options. Stay or grab a to-go container as we “see” each other and fellowship.

We would LOVE your presence and if you can bring a cash or in-kind donation for our Blue Hen Bounty, food pantry for students who are food insecure. All items accepted but cooking oil, detergent–pods, bath soap, feminine hygiene products, and seasonings–salt, pepper, thyme are high priorities.

Please click on the Sign up link so we can plan accordingly.Thanks!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f49acae2da1fcc61-spaghetti