Worship and weekly news – March 27, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 27, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedule below. 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. Don’t forget that THIS Sunday, March 27, 2022, is the Annual Parish Meeting, in-person and online via Zoom, following the 10:30 a.m. service.  A light lunch will be provided. Bishop Kevin makes an important announcement in this issue regarding the return to the Common Cup

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers March 2022 series on “Soul Stages” by Christopher Moore.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Annual Parish Meeting in the Great Hall following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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 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.

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

Worship and weekly news – March 20, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is the Third Sunday in Lent – March 20, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedule below. 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. In this tissue, you will read about an opportunity to support Ukrainian refugees (t-shirts will be sold between services), and you will see your last reminder of the Annual Meeting next Sunday, as well as meet your vestry candidates.

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Monday, March 21, 2022 – Hope Dining Room outreach
  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers March 2022 series on “Soul Stages” by Christopher Moore.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. – Poets’ Corner presentation
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Annual Parish Meeting in the Great Hall following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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 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.

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

180th Annual Parish Meeting

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Dear Friends–

The Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at 12:30 p.m.in the Great Hall. A Zoom link will be available for those who are unable to come in person. The meeting will last about an hour.

We will begin with an optional light lunch at about 12:00 noon or shortly after the end of the 10:30 a.m. service. A sign-up sheet for food will be circulated soon. 

Childcare will be provided.

The vestry candidates are announced in this week’s Carpenter’s Helper. We have three candidates to fill three seats.
Please join us as you are able to enjoy time with your fellow parishioners and participate in the mission and ministry of St. Thomas’s.

I hope to see you on March 27, 2022! Connie Cooper, Senior Warden

Looking for online worship service greeters

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We are looking for people to act as Online Greeters for both of our virtual services. The Greeter would welcome people as they join the service and comment at several points in during the service. We can provide a script to be used in the chat box. The Greeter would also be the liaison between those participating in the virtual service and those in the building and be provided a contact number to report any technical issues in real time. Ideally, we would have enough people for both services that Greeters would only have to be online once a month or so, enabling them to participate in person at other times if they wished. If you are interested in becoming an Online Greeter, please contact Philippa Sunnergren at phil@sunnergren.com

T-shirts in support of aid to Ukraine

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On March 3, 2022, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, stated that over 1.2 million Ukrainians have become refugees, approximately 50% of them children, in neighboring countries, plus thousands displaced in-country.

It is critical that we unite around the globe for peace. Our support and voices are critical in helping to end this calamity. Our prayers and support matter.

This Sunday, following each service, a representative from PLAST will be in the great hall, selling t-shirts for $20 each, in support of aid to Ukraine.

PLAST is the Ukrainian branch of Boy Scouts, for boys and girls of Ukraine, ages 6-23. Faithfulness to God is paramount, because Plast has an idealistic worldview that commands belief in a higher meaning of life, in the Creator of the whole world. Just like Scouts in the US, Plast doesn’t teach religion, but requires from its members practical religiosity based on Christian principles. Plast doesn’t discriminate among faiths and respects each religious faith, but requires living in accordance with Christ’s teachings and the requirements of the faith to which the Scout belongs.

Hope Dining Room volunteers for March 21, 2022

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

Monday, March 21, 2022, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room.  We have been having about 60 guests each day, so the need for a meal is increasing in Newark. If you would like to contribute to the effort, you will find a Sign Up Genius for the items we need to complete the meal.

You may bring your items to St. Thomas’s,  Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon or when you come to church on Sunday. If you can’t get there, send me an email and I will pick the item up at your house.  

Beginning in JUNE, we will be serving IN Hope Dining Room – no more “grab and go”.  We will need more volunteers in the kitchen to help serve and the duty times will change: 10:30 – noon for the cooks and 11:45 – 1:30 for the servers.

As always, thank you for your support of those who need us most.

MANY BLESSINGS,
Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net

Youth CREW for March 13, 2022

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All youth in grades 6 to 12 are invited to CREW’s regular monthly meeting on Sunday, March 13, 2022 after the 10:30 a.m. service in the Undercroft.  Activities will include prayer, lunch, games, and planning for a service day and a “lock-in”. Please come with one or all of the following, ideas for  a service project, ideas for lock-in activities, board game, sports ball. Lunch will be provided.

C.R.E.W. stands for “Christians Ready, Equipped, and Willing” and youth in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to join us!

Hoping to see everyone on Sunday!
Belinda Young-Payne

Poets’ Corner presents Caleb Curtiss

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Poets Corner presents Caleb CurtissAll are welcome to come and enjoy the favorite poetry of Caleb Curtiss on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Parish at 276 S. College Ave., Newark, Delaware 19711. Feel free to share this flyer.

Caleb Curtiss is a teacher and a writer based in Newark, Delaware. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in journals that include “Hobart, New England Review”, “the Southern Review”, “Image”, “Ninth Letter”, and “Taxonomy of the Space Between Us”. Earlier this year, he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship by the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Free will offerings appreciated. Open to the public. Masks required per UD policy.

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

Worship and weekly news – March 10, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is the Second Sunday in Lent – March 13, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedule below. 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. You will find a reminder that this Sunday starts DAYLIGHT SAVINGS time! Spring forward one hour., a plea from me for your crocus photos, an invitation to Novel Theology, and information about a new ministry – YouTube greeters!

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers March 2022 series on “Soul Stages” by Christopher Moore.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. – Poets’ Corner presentation
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Annual Parish Meeting in the Great Hall following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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 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.

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

Children’s Worship Plans for Lent 2022

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I wanted to update everyone on the Children’s Ministries schedule for the next few weeks leading up to Easter 2022 on April 17, 2022. The last event on the list is Good Friday and I am hoping that it will be a good opportunity for children and their families to gather to learn about and interact with stories of Jesus on his journey from the Last Supper to the Cross. Below is the schedule. We will be asking for extra help in organizing and facilitating the Good Friday gathering. More information will be coming about that event.

March   6, 2022 – Regular Sunday School
March 13, 2022 – Regular Sunday School
March 20, 2022 – Regular Sunday School
April     3, 2022 – Regular Sunday School
April    10, 2022 – Regular Sunday School
April    15, 2022 – Good Friday Family Event