Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 24, 2021

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Good morning faith family.  See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost and the week of October 24, 2021. This week, you will find information about the annual St. Thomas’s fall clean-up (11/6/21), an invitation to share a meal with ECM, a call for Blue Hen Bounty donations, a reminder of Tuesdays 2 Saints Readers book discussion, and Eye Spy sees a friend from far away.

Stewardship pledge packets have been mailed out. If you have not received yours, please let me know – I have extras.

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

Some of our events are as follows.

  • Sundays at 9 a.m. – Youth Confirmation in the Undercroft.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monday, October 18, 2021 from 10 a.m. – noon – Hope Dining Room
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 8 a.m. – noon – St. Thomas’s Annual Fall Clean-up.
  • Annual Bazaar on November 12-13, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – come shop! Volunteer! All proceeds go to Outreach Ministries.

You will receive an emailed invitation to all the above events and their accompanying booklets. 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

2 Saints Readers upcoming October 2021 series

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St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas 2 Saints Readers book discussion group starts back up October 19, 2021, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. 

We will be discussing Francis Collins’ book, “The Language of God”.  On October 19, 2021, we will be talking about the introduction section and Part 1 (though we may not make it all the way through).  All are welcome, even if you may not have read all the way to the end of Part 1.

This discussion will continue for 4 Tuesdays: October 19 and 26 and November 2 and 9, 2021.  Contact me if you have any questions.  We hope you can join in!

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

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 17, 2021

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Good morning faith family.  See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost and the week of October 17, 2021. This week, you will find announcements for adult christian education opportunities, info about the annual St. Thomas’s fall clean-up (11/6/21), annual bazaar pre-orders, and Eye Spy sees something extra special in the altar flowers.

Stewardship pledge packets have been mailed out. If you have not received yours, please let me know – I have extras.

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

Some of our events are as follows.

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. – Poets’ Corner Reading Series
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monday, October 18, 2021 from 10 a.m. – noon – Hope Dining Room
  • Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 8 a.m. – noon – St. Thomas’s Annual Fall Clean-up.

You will receive an emailed invitation to all the above events and their accompanying booklets. 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

Fall 2021 Clean-up

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Happy Fall!! Our Fall clean-up day is scheduled for Saturday November 6, 2021 from 8-12 p.m. Cider donuts will be provided in the morning and pizza at the end.

Please come help prepare our grounds for winter. Leaf raking, bush trimming, stick gathering. If someone wants to work on bench repair we have a couple of benches from the Grove that need the slats replaced.

If anyone is aware of a job that could use some extra hands, let me know.

Please let me know if you can come help out and what type of work you are willing / able to do that I have enough jobs planned and we can chat about tools needed.  Plus, I need a rough headcount for food.

Sue Houghton sdhoughton88@gmail.com

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 10, 2021

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Good morning faith family.  There is not a Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for this week – the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost and the week of October 10, 2021, but please do take a minute to look over the schedule to see all of the exciting things that are upcoming.  

Stewardship pledge packets have been mailed out. If you have not received yours, please let me know – I have extras.

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

Some of our events are as follows.

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 2 p.m. – Blessing of the Animals in the Grove.
  • 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.
  • 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

Poets’ Corner Reading Series for October 16, 2021

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Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents

Jane Miller & Jack Mackey reading poetry on Saturday, October 16, 2021 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  

Location: St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave. Newark, DE   

Free-will offering. Masks required.

Jack Mackey lives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. This year, 2021, Jack was awarded a writing fellowship as an emerging professional from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Jack’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Mojave River Review, 3rd Wednesday, Broadkill Review, Gargoyle, and in various anthologies.

Jane Miller’s poetry has been published in journals including Summerset Review, Colorado Review and Pittsburgh Poetry Review. She has won the Naugatuck River Review’s narrative poetry contest and was awarded her second fellowship this year from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Miller is co-author of the poetry collection Walking the Sunken Boards (Pond Road Press, 2019)and an editor of the online poetry journal, ൪uartet (www.quartetjournal.com).

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

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!

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

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