Worship and weekly news – September 29, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 2, 2022, Year C.

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 weekly Worship schedule:

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

Annual Giving 2023

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Gracious and loving God, you have given us everything that we need.  Come now and do a new thing in us.  Help us to live with open hearts and open hands.  Awaken in us the gift of gratitude, that all our works may praise you.  Deliver us from the fear that leads us to horde your blessings.  And teach us to hold what we have reverently, but lightly.  Be with us as we seek to do your will.  And give us your blessing always.  Amen.

Annual Giving 2023During the last week of September 2022, an Annual Giving packet is being mailed to our homes. Annual Giving is when parishioners are asked to give thanksgiving and pledge their financial gifts for the coming year. Our parish budget is based on our gift giving. Our Vestry has determined that the goal for this year’s campaign is $290,000.

The Annual Giving packet includes an invitation letter, annual giving visual, and pledge card.

Throughout October during Sunday’s worship service, we will briefly share “Ministry Moments” of our blessings and ask how we might share our gifts with our church and others.

  • Oct. 2, 2022 – what is annual giving and what is expected of me? “For it is in giving that we receive.”
    Joy Lynam, Annual Giving Chair
  • Oct. 9, 2022 – Spirituality of Annual Giving.
    “There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place, and I know that it’s the spirit of the Lord.”
    Helen Spence, Annual Giving Ministry
  • Oct. 16, 2022 – our pledges determine our budget and makes the gift giver a voting member of our parish. How your financial gift makes a difference.
    Mike Grabowski, Finance Ministry
  • Oct. 23, 2022 – giving to our community
    Madeline Johnson
  • Oct. 30, 2022 – celebrating what we’ve been given and continuing to consider what lies ahead. Also, Family Church Sunday.
    Kristin Sausville, Senior Warden, & Shonette Carew, Children’s Ministries

We hope you will use these weekly “Ministry Moments” to pray about your annual gift to our church and how our church might serve in our community.

The Annual Giving theme this year is “Behold, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:19
An opportunity exists before us to examine how much we give and whether we can do more. Opportunities welcome us if we seek them.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need more information.

Won’t you please pledge your financial gifts on your pledge card and return it by October 30, 2022?

In thanksgiving,
Annual Giving Ministry
Fr. Howie, Joy Lynam, Kristin Sausville, Helen Spence, Jinglan Redder

Worship and weekly news – September 22, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 18, 2022, Year C.

News for this week:

See the news for this week in the Carpenter’s Helper Weekly news for September 25, 2022 regarding volunteering for stocking Blue Hen Bounty food pantry, attending our fellowship breakfast, and getting your Covid and flu shots.

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 weekly Worship schedule:

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

Sunday, September 25, 2022 — you’re invited!

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Hello all,

I’m writing to personally invite all of you to join us this Sunday, September 25 2022 — we’ve got some important events happening!

Please be here with us in the Great Hall at 9:15 a.m., between the services, for a delicious breakfast and an opportunity to learn more about the work of the strategic planning committee. We are beginning to implement some of their recommendations, and are excited to share that with you, as well as, answer your questions.

At the same time, we will be offering a flu and covid vaccine clinic in the classroom (so you’ll still be able to hear the discussion!). Hillcrest Pharmacy of Elkton will be doing both flu and updated covid booster vaccinations. For flu, both the regular and higher dose for seniors will be available. For covid, both Moderna and Pfizer will be available for ages 12 and up. (You can’t have had another covid booster within the last two months, or a covid infection within the last three months to receive the updated booster on Sunday).

It is VERY important that you sign up for the vaccine clinic ahead of time. If there are fewer than twenty people signed up, the clinic won’t be able to happen. Please sign up as soon as you can!

Last, but not least . . . it’s Family Church Sunday! We’re so excited to see everyone!

See you all on Sunday!

Thanks,

Kristin Sausville, Senior Warden

Choir News for September 2022

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Hello Everyone!

It is time to gather people who are interested in choral singing at St. Thomas’s.  This year I am trying something different:

St. Gregory’s Choir:  This is the traditional name of our Choir.  This year I would like this group to be composed of those who can, and are willing to, make a commitment to sing on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, with rehearsals the Thursdays prior to those Sundays.  The first rehearsal of this group will be on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Please let me know if you are interested in this group.

Family Choir:  Since the last Sunday of each month will be designated as Family Sunday, we will have a Family Choir composed of any and all families and any others who would like to gather at 9:30 a.m. to rehearse a simple anthem and then sing it in the service.  This group will not have a Thursday rehearsal prior to the Sunday, so it is VERY important that those interested be ready to go at that time.  

EXCEPTION:  This coming Sunday seems to be busy with all sorts of other activities, so I would like meet anyone interested at 9:45 a.m.  I have planned a lovely unison anthem with 3 verses, all with identical music.

The 2nd Sundays of each month will be for any solos, duets, trios, instrumentalists, etc. who wish to perform.It will be a challenge for many churches to bring people back to the pews after they have had such a long period of worshiping at home via the Internet.  A greater challenge still will be to attract singers and other participants in liturgy to make a commitment to come back to communal in-person worship.

I am hoping that long-established singers will find the re-structured St. Gregory’s Choir a more ‘comfortable’ commitment to maintain. I am also hoping that singers ‘in the wings’ will find a 2-weekends-a-month commitment easier to fit into the busy rhythms of their lives.

The Family Choir will be an enjoyable outlet for parents to enjoy with their children once a month; rewarding but not overly demanding. I hope it will encourage those singers who are nervous about singing or their ability to ‘get their feet wet’ without fear of drowning.To review:

 This coming Sunday, September 25, 2022, the Family Choir will gather at 9:45 a.m., not 9:30 a.m.  St. Gregory’s Choir will have their first rehearsal next Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., and will sing at the 10:30 a.m. service on October 2, 2022.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

Marc Cheban, Organist and Choir Director

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

Flu and Covid clinic at St. Thomas’s

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Flu and Covid ClinicOn Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and after the 10:30 a.m. service around 11:30 a.m., flu and Covid shots will be available by appointment.

  • Flu shots for children through seniors
  • “updated” Moderna and Pfizer Bivalent Covid boosters and shots, 12 years old and up

To receive a Covid booster, you may not have had any boosters in the last 2 month or had Covid in the last 3 months.

Please review the available slots on the Sign-Up Genius and choose any of the options that interest you. We need 20 people signed up to make this a success.

Worship and weekly news – September 15, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 18, 2022, Year C.

News for this week:

See the news this week the Carpenter’s Helper regarding volunteering for Hope Dining Room, stocking Blue Hen Bounty food pantry, attending our fellowship breakfast, and getting your Covid and flu shots.

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 weekly Worship schedule:

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

Worship and weekly news – September 8, 2022

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Hello faith family! This is the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 11, 2022, Year A.

News for this week:

This week, Sunday School resumes! The FUN kicks off at 10:15 a.m.! Also, get a tid-bit from the finance committee about Master Fund A. And lastly, today the rein of Queen Elizabeth II came to an end. Read Bishop Curry’s statement. See details in this week’s Carpenter’s Helper.

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 weekly Worship schedule:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Mon., Sep. 19, 2022 – Hope Dining Room volunteers

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