Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 3, 2021

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See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the week of October 3, 2021. This week, you will find announcements for two adult christian education opportunities, an invitation to the Blessing of the Animals next Sunday, and a preview of the Communion magazine article, which features some of the children of St. Thomas’s (there is an adorable familiar little face on the cover!).

Some of our events are as follows.

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 2 p.m. – Blessing of the Animals in the Grove.
  • Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. – Novel Theology will meet via Zoom to discuss “Small Great Things” by Jody Picoult.
  • 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

Blessing of the Animals

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Join us on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 2 p.m. in the Grove for the Blessing of the Animals.

Please bring your companion(s) on a leash or in a carrier. If your wild one does not travel well, you are welcome to join in the blessing and carry it home with you.

Human friends and their pets are also invited, so share this date with yours!

ALL of God’s creatures are WELCOME!

Annual Meeting of ECW-Delaware

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Proclaim! save the date!  save the date!  save the date!  save the date!

Tree of Life – The Episcopal Church Women of the Episcopal Church in Delaware (ECW-Delaware) honors the life and ministry of the women of our Diocese – past and Present.

The Annual Meeting of the ECW-Delaware will be held On October 16, 2021, at Frazier’s Restaurant, Dover, DE starting at 12:30 p.m. with the luncheon buffet.

The program will include a discussion of the roles of women who serve in our diocese, including:
D-L Casson, lay woman working at Sts. Andrew & Michael, Wilmington
Deacon Christine Miller-Marcin, serving at St. Peter’s, Lewes
Rev. Mo. DJ Kiessling, rector at St. Peter’s, Smyrna

There will be a brief business meeting and a presentation by the recipient of our outreach project for 2021: Friendship House.

The closing worship will include the blessing and dedication of the beautiful new Book of Remembrance, Vol. II.

Details about our Outreach Project and registration information will be sent this summer.  Be sure to put October 16, 2021, on your calendar, and publicize this meeting in your parish!

The meeting will be held in the Mirror Lake Room, which is the larger banquet room. This room has a direct entrance from the parking lot. The large space will make social distancing possible, and will accommodate larger attendance

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Blessings,Beth
Beth FitzPatrick, President
Women of the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Delaware (ECW)

Be thankful every day!

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 26, 2021

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See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and the week of September 26, 2021. This week, you will find announcements for two adult christian education opportunities, a reminder of our BIG CELEBRATION this Sunday, and also we remember our dear friend Harmon Banning. Also, see Episcopal Peace Fellowship workshop: An Overview of Sacred Ground – a film and readings-based dialogue on race. 

  • THIS SUNDAY, September 26, 2021 between services – A Celebration of Time and Talent! Door prizes and refreshments will make this a FUN event where we will give much deserved recognition to the many St. Thomas’s ministries and the people who keep them going.  Also, FREE Flu Shot clinic- open to EVERYONE over age 3!  Reserve your shot and share this info with your friends and neighbors.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Pat McCullough funeral in-person with precautions and Live on our YouTube channel. Light refreshments to follow and see Sally Price if you would like to contribute.
  • Sunday, September 26, 2021 between services – A Celebration of Time and Talent! Door prizes and refreshments will make this a FUN event where we will give much deserved recognition to the many St. Thomas’s ministries and the people who keep them going.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 September 26, 2021

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Eighteenth Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! Sunday, September 26, 2021 is the Eighteenth 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:

  • Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Pat McCullough funeral in-person with precautions and Live on YouTube channel. Light refreshments to follow and see Sally Price if you would like to contribute.
  • THIS SUNDAY, September 26, 2021 between services – A Celebration of Time and Talent! Door prizes and refreshments will make this a FUN event where we will give much deserved recognition to the many St. Thomas’s ministries and the people who keep them going.  Also, FREE Flu Shot clinic- open to EVERYONE over age 3!  Reserve your shot and share this info with your friends and neighbors.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2 p.m. – Bob Bennett funeral in-person with precautions and Live on our YouTube channel.

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

Celebration of Time and Talent, this Sunday

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Time and TalentOk, faith family, if you were waiting for your personal invitation to the Celebration of Time and Talent this Sunday, HERE IS YOUR INVITE!  Even if you worship virtually, drive on over afterwards for some FUN between services and after the 10:30 service concludes!

Let’s celebrate our combined efforts with some light refreshments and prizes!  And, as if that wasn’t enough…there will be a FREE Flu Shot clinic for ages 3 and above.  I don’t know about you, but it has been difficult to get an appointment for this shot (especially for the kids).  This clinic is open to your friends and neighbors, so please share the invitation.  You can reserve a flu shot through this link:  https://hipaa.jotform.com/212538303342043
If you have any questions about this celebration, or would like to feature your ministry, contact Connie Cooper.  I’m looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday!

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

Annual Bazaar 2021 on November 12-13, 2021

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Annual Bazaar 2021Visit St. Thomas’s Annual Bazaar to be held on
Friday, November 12 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, November 13 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. Tastefully Simple is taking pre-orders. which you may pick up at the Bazaar.

On Friday and Saturday, join us for lunch, which may be purchased between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Won’t you consider volunteering? Volunteer sign-ups via Sign-up Genius are available for you to sign up.

All proceeds from the Annual Bazaar go to Outreach Ministries.

Open to the public. Invite your family and friends!

Questions may be directed to Barbara Graham at 44graham@comcast.net.

Worship services for week of September 19, 2021

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Seventeenth Sunday after PentecostHello faith family! Sunday, September 19, 2021 is the Seventeenth 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.

Other worship this week:

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Pat McCullough funeral in-person with precautions and Live on YouTube channel. Light refreshments to follow and see Sally Price if you would like to contribute.
  • Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2 p.m. – Bob Bennett funeral in-person with precautions and Live on our YouTube channel.

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

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 19, 2021

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See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and the week of September 19, 2021. This week, you will find announcements for two adult christian education opportunities, a reminder of our minder of our fall Sunday worship schedule, and a big Save The Date for A Celebration of Time and Talent from our outstanding Sr Warden, Connie Cooper.

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Pat McCullough funeral in-person with precautions and Live on our YouTube channel. Light refreshments to follow and see Sally Price if you would like to contribute.
  • Sunday, September 26, 2021 between services – A Celebration of Time and Talent! Door prizes and refreshments will make this a FUN event where we will give much deserved recognition to the many St. Thomas’s ministries and the people who keep them going.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

CREW Youth Group Gathering- September 19, 2021

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I am so happy that fall is upon us and we can gather safely and comfortably outside again.

All youth in grades 6 and up (as well as any adults interested in serving in youth ministry) are invited to a gathering in the St. Thomas’s courtyard on Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 11:45 to 1:00 p.m. for a light lunch, cake and ice cream while we mutually plan our program year. The “grown ups” have some ideas but we want to hear ideas from our youth.  

As usual, we will follow CDC and diocesan guidelines for gathering which include social distancing and wearing a mask indoors. (Feel free to wear your mask outdoors if you want to, especially if you are not vaccinated.)

  • Please email or call me to let me know you are coming so I can be sure we have enough food and cake. But, if you decide to come at the last minute, please do. The more, the merrier!!
  • Also Let me know if you have a September birthday so we can celebrate you.
  • If you are unable to come, but want to give input on our plans for the year, email me with your ideas.
  • If I forgot someone on this email, please forward it.
  • Feel free to bring friends.

I look forward to seeing great things happen this year!


Blessings, 
Belinda Young-Payne <belmar43@aol.com>