Poets’ Corner Reading Series February 2024

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Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents Marceline White on Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S College Avenue, Newark, Delaware. This event is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’s Parish and the University of Delaware Department of English.

A two-time Pushcart Prize and recent Best of the Net nominee, Marceline’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in trampset, Culinary Origami, The Heartland Review, Prime Number, The Orchard Review, The Indianapolis Review, Atticus Review, Little Patuxent Review, Gingerbread House, The Free State Review, and The Loch Raven Review and others. She was a recipient of an Aspen Words Fellowship in 2023. When not writing, Marceline can be found serving her two cats, posting too many pictures of her garden, and telling her son to text her when he arrives at the party. In her spare time, she’s an award-winning consumer advocate and has written and advocated on gender and trade. Read more at www.marcelinewhitewrites.com.

ALL ARE WELCOME. Open to the public.

Celebration of Journey to India

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Journey to India

Join us for an evening of food music, dancing, and learning about the wonderful cultures of India on December 21, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Parish, 276 S. College Ave. Newark Delaware 19711.

ALL are Welcome to learn about and celebrate St. Thomas’s ties to Indian cultures.

Worship and weekly news for September 24, 2023

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Hello faith family! This is the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 24, 2023. This week, I wish you a happy Michaelmas! also known as the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels, is a Christian festival observed in many Western Christian liturgical calendars on 29 September. To celebrate, you could bake a special bread or cake, called Sruthan Mhìcheil. The bread is made from equal parts of barley, oats, and rye without using any metal implements. In remembrance of absent friends or those who had died, special Struans, blessed at an early morning Mass, were given to the poor in their names.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Newsletter. Fall continues to bring exciting fellowship opportunities and FUN. Read about all of the EXCITEMENT headed our way!

Blue Hen Bounty food pantry urgent request
Monthly Ministry Breakfast
Newark Community Days Recap
Adult Education resumes! Check out the schedule for this year.
Children’s Ministries update

Our weekly Worship schedule

Seventeenth Sunday after PentecostThis Sunday’s Schedule

Growth and Fellowship

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Third Sundays at 9:15 a.m. – Novel Theology
  • 3rd Monday of the month – Hope Dining Room
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

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 our 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

Poets’ Corner Reading Series September 2023

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Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents Jamie Brown reading the poetry of his favorite poets on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave., Newark, DE. See the flyer.

James C. L. Brown is CEO of Broadkill Publishing Associates, which publishes chapbooks under the Broadkill Press imprint, and full-length collections of fiction and poetry under the Broadkill River Press imprint.

He is the Founder, and former Publisher and Editor, of The Broadkill Review. He is Founder and was, for the first decade, Director of the Annual John Milton Memorial Celebration of Poets and Poetry and he was, for the first nine years of the Prize, Director of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, which was then an annual chapbook manuscript competition open to Delmarva Poets.

He has taught at George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Delaware and Wesley College. He taught the first Creative Writing Workshop to be offered at the Smithsonian Institution and has served as a member of the Poetry Committee of the Folger Shakespeare Library. The list of his poetry publications is long. He’s been an important and generous force in the Delaware and Eastern shore literary scenes for decades.

This event is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’s Parish and the University of Delaware Department of English.

Open to the public.

Events Committee Invitation

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A new committee is coming together at St Thomas’s. This “Events Committee” will be responsible for commissioning events. So many brilliant ideas never come to fruition. This group will help to organize ideas and put together smaller commission groups to bring these events to life.

What ideas do you have? What events would you like to see happen at St. Thomas’s? More movie nights? Another NARCAN training? A potluck dinner? Many hands make light work.

If you are interested in joining this new committee or if you have event ideas, please reach out to Kristin: kristin.sausville@gmail.com. This group will communicate primarily through google groups with occasional in-person meetings. ALL are Welcome to participate.

Upcoming events you can be a part of:
• Confirmation celebration
• Newark community Spring Crocus photo contest
• A trip to the Glencairn Museum in Philly
• …what fun ideas do you have?

Lectionary Bible Study

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Lectionary Bible Study is a relaxed and friendly group that meets in the classroom at the church on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the lessons for the following Sunday. Come every week or drop in when you can for some new perspectives on familiar stories and maybe some speculation about where the sermon will go! For more information, contact Carol Palermo at cpalermo625@gmail.com.

Blessing of the Animals

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Blessing of the Animals 2022It is time for one of our favorite St. Thomas’s traditions! And, this year St. Francis’s feast day is actually on Sunday, October 2, 2022, making this one extra special. Join us on Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the Grove next to the church.

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!

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

Celebration of Time and Talent

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St. Thomas’s worship and ministry are possible only with the generous gifts of time and talent offered by its members. Some of this service is public and visible, while much of it is done quietly and unobtrusively, especially in these pandemic times. All of it makes St. Thomas’s a vital, safe place where God’s people are cared for in many ways. Our offerings of time and talent are part of our stewardship of the resources that God has so generously given us.

This year, the event that was formerly Rally Sunday is going to be a celebration of the time and talent that go into making St. Thomas’s the wonderful place that it is. We are planning to celebrate all our wonderful volunteers (as well as recruit some new ones) between the services on Sunday, September 26, 2021. We are planning on making the event fun with door prizes and refreshments.

Come to St. Thomas’s on Sunday, September 26, 2021 to celebrate and give thanks for the gifts of time and talent that make St. Thomas’s possible! There will be opportunities for you to offer your own gifts. We will make tasks as doable as possible—no one will be asked to make a long-term commitment on the spot— and there will be opportunities for all ages and abilities.

We have been brainstorming tips to encourage people to become involved and would like your group to consider some of them.

  • Break tasks down into small, doable tasks, so that people do not become overwhelmed.
  • Give people a “free trial” of your activities.  Assure them that they can come once and are not making a lifelong commitment.
  • Assure people they can commit to as little or as much as they feel able.
  • Encourage youth to sign up, but do not have a Junior version of your group. If our youth sign up they are doing so as full members.
  • Think outside the box for times that new people can volunteer for your group, to encourage people with different schedules to sign up.

We are God’s hands and feet and voice. Everyone can be a part of the worship and ministry of St. Thomas’s. Everything that we do helps to create the kingdom of God here and now.

God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully. 1 Peter 4:10

Blessing of the Animals – October 11, 2020

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Blessing of the AnimalsBring your furry (or not so furry) friends to be blessed by Fr. Howie on Sun., Oct. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Grove next to the church.

All humans must wear masks and social distancing will be observed. Please remember, for the safety of all, to have your pets on a leash or in a carrier. If you believe that this gathering may not be a good idea for your pet, please come anyway and bring your favorite photo of your pet.

ALL are Welcome!

Christian Education season starts this Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020

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The Christian Education season starts this Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020, and it looks fascinating!

Comparing Religions CourseSunday, Sep. 27, 2020 officially kicks off our Christian Education season here at St. Thomas’s.  We are beginning with a 4-week series on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. “What we believe, What we share” is a short course comparing religions.  This will be offered via Zoom and in-person in the church building with social distancing. The dates for this series are Sundays Sep. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

This four-session course will cover the theologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, using a comparison with Christianity as a way of pulling the threads together. Our goal will be to see how the major faith traditions approach the same questions- creation, sin, eternity, and the righteous life. Come learn what we have in common, how we see the world, and maybe even what others can tell us about our own faith.

Please use the following iCalendar (.ics) link to add this event to your calendar: 

Following this series, on November 4, 2020, our own Connie Cooper will tell us the story of St. Thomas’s Parish and its work in Newark. 

This year’s schedule looks phenomenal.  See the 2020-21 Christian Education program in its entirety.

I will be sending an invitation this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. with the link.  If you have questions about the upcoming 4-week course or any of the educational offerings, please contact the office or Fr, Howie.

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