Worship and weekly news – August 28, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 28, 2022, Year A.

This week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter shares a save the date for a bus trip to NYC, read more about Christianity in India, and get excited for the return of Novel Theology.
TOMORROW: St Thomas’s Health and Wellness Fair is happening! It is going to be amazing!  Please, please help to spread the word. Share our printable flyer. There are also printed flyers available in the church lobby. We want to welcome the whole Newark community into the Grove for a day of fun and learning! Filled backpack give aways, free massage therapy, delicious food from The Polish Express, a bounce house- and more!!

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.

Our Worship schedule continues through the Summer 2022.

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

Novel Theology 2022

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Novel Theology 2022Novel Theology 2022 begins the second Sunday of each month at 9:15 a.m. in the Great Hall Classroom and via and via Zoom by request – email cana.hartman@gmail.com or text 302.354.3277.

Novel Theology is a lively discussion group. Meetings are held the second Sunday, September through May.

Sep. 11, 2022 – The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
Oct. 9, 2022: The Dove Keepers by Alice Hoffman
Nov. 13, 2022: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Dec. 11, 2022: Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
Jan. 8, 2023: The Return by Nicholas Sparks
Feb, 12, 2023: The Kite Runner by Kaled Hasseini

Movie Night in the Grove

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Movie Night in the groveSt. Thomas’s welcomes the Newark community to a viewing of The Wizard of Oz on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Grove next to the church building. Come early and get your concessions and a great spot on the lawn.

2 Saints Readers 2022 Program

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2 Saints Readers Parishioners of St. NIcholas and St. Thomas’s book discussion group come together virtually over Zoom on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. This is another way the extended families of St. Nicholas and St. Thomas’s can stay in touch and get to know each other too! This is a joint book reading with discussion. You are invited.

A 3-week series, Revelations, by Elaine Pagels, begins on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 10 a.m. on Zoom. Write to the Office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or call (302) 368-4644 for Zoom information.

Holiday 2022 Bus Trip

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Bus Trip to NYCJoin us for a day of Holiday 2022 Fun and Fellowship in the Big Apple – New York City on Saturday, December 17, 2022. We will depart at 8 a.m. from St. Thomas’s, 275 S. College Avenue, and return at 6 p.m. from Central Manhattan.

The cost of $50 per person includes round trip bus fare, driver gratuity, and a contribution to St Thomas’s outreach ministries. Sign up and pay online at https://secure.myvanco.com/L-Z4EJ/home or deliver a check to the parish office and include “NY Bus Trip” on the memo line. The deadline to sign up is October 21, 2022.

Questions? Email Mike Grabowski – mikegrabo@comcast.net or call the parish office at 302-368-4644.

Worship and weekly news – August 11, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 14, 2022, Year A.

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.

Our Worship schedule continues through the Summer 2022.

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

Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Opportunities

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Dear St. Thomas’s Family,

It is wonderful to worship together again and to renew friendships following a period of isolation and creative precautions within the parish community we cherish. Unfortunately, many of our once active committees, services, and areas of outreach were suspended due to Covid, but our spirit never left our desire to not only resume our efforts, but also grow and refresh our internal and external efforts in serving the mission of St. Thomas’s. 

The Pastoral Care Ministry has been meeting this summer to review what was done pre-virus, to restore as many services as possible, and to generate new energy and ideas that are inclusive and responsive to the spiritual needs, personal support, and celebration of others. An important part of the Pastoral Care Ministry is providing Eucharistic Visitation to those unable to attend services in person so that they may be able to receive communion and together, enjoy conversation. If a number of volunteers can step forward to offer this service, scheduling will be arranged to visit in pairs and training will be provided. The goal is to establish a schedule where pairs would only be asked to visit on one weekday or weekend day of a month (your choice!) or once every other month depending on the number of volunteers. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to serve as an Eucharistic Visitor.

St. Thomas’s is on the move!  The Outreach Committee is busily arranging program opportunities which provide resources, education, and overall fun for everyone!  But your time and talent are needed to help make these activities successful. Whether ushering, welcoming, providing hospitality, serving Blue Hen Bounty, working with our youth, assisting with technology, providing resources, helping administratively, and sharing your ideas…. we need YOU now to step forward and help us reestablish and grow our parish committees. 

Please feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions or simply want to discuss where you might be able to share your time, talent or both (!) in serving St. Thomas’s. 

Many Blessings,

Marilyn 

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed Monday, August 15, 2022

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

Monday, August 15, 2022 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room to “serve a midday hot meal with dignity, to those in need in the Greater Newark Delaware area.”  They are now having guests “Dine In” instead of serving “Grab and Go”, as we did during the pandemic. All of this takes place at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park, Newark.

I have changed the shifts to a cooking shift from 10 – 11:45 a.m. and a serving and cleanup shift from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m.    Please sign up to donate or help

If you would like to help serve, please bring an apron and a ball cap. It is a TEAM effort to cook meals and serve them to people who really appreciate them.  It’s actually lots of fun!  Come and give it a try – it will make your day!

Please sign up to donate. Father Howie is making his famous secret-recipe cake (VERY popular with our guests!!!), so I don’t need to ask for cookies this month! If you are donating fruit cups, you may bring them to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday between 9 – noon OR bring them when you come to church on Sunday morning.  If those times don’t work for you, give me a call or email and I will pick them up at your house.

Blessings to all – stay cool,
Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net

Worship and weekly news – August 4, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – August 4, 2022, Year A.

See the Carpenter’s Helper Weekly news for August 7, 2022. This week, St Nicholas and St Thomas’s issue a call for school supplies, our St. Thomas’s Health Fair is right around the corner, and get a video update from Bishop Kevin from Canterbury Cathedral.

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.

Our Worship schedule continues through the Summer 2022.

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

School Supplies Drive

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School Supplies DriveSt. Nicholas and St. Thomas’s are partnering up to collect school supplies for two local elementary schools: Jennie Smith and Brookside Elementary.

If you are able to provide any of these items, it will greatly help.

  • #2 pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Sharpeners
  • Highlighters
  • Protractors
  • Rulers

Leave your donation in the box In the St. Thomas’s lobby by Thursday, September 8. 2022.

Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net