Worship and weekly news for May 19, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Sunday in Whitsunday, The Day of Pentecost – May 19, 2024, Year B. Pentecost, also known as Whitsunday, is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. The term “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word “Pentēkostē,” meaning “the fiftieth day,” and is associated with the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and followers of Jesus. The name “Whitsunday” reflects the baptismal celebrations and the custom of donning white robes during this liturgical season. This Sunday is a time when the church emphasizes its mission in the world, empowered by the Holy Spirit to spread the teachings of Christ to all nations.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter. This Sunday, May 19, 2024 is Pentecost and we will have an outdoor worship and picnic. 8 a.m. worship will be indoors indoors, as usual. 10:30 a.m. will consist of indoor/outdoor worship and our Pentecost picnic immediately following the worship service. In the event of wet weather, we will celebrate Pentecost in the Great Hall. Sign up to help!

See info on Traveling Thomas Summer 2024 Adventure! Share your adventures.

Our weekly Worship schedule

This 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, or YouTube.. 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

Traveling Thomas Summer 2024 Adventure

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The Day of Pentecost This summer, embark on a journey with a twist! As part of our vibrant parish community, we’re excited to introduce the Traveling Thomas Summer 2024 Program. Each parishioner will receive a special travel companion: a 6-inch laminated Flat Saint Thomas.

Whether you’re soaking up the sun in the Greek Isles, making a splash at the local swim club, or diving into the depths of a captivating novel, Flat Saint Thomas is ready to join you. Capture the moments by taking selfies or pictures with your Flat Saint Thomas at every stop of your summer escapades.

Share Your Adventures: As you collect memories, share the joy! Text or email your pictures to Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator, and watch as our collective adventures come together in a beautiful photo album. It’s not just about the places we go, but the shared experiences that bring us closer, even when we’re miles apart.

📸 Send your snapshots to:

•        Email: cana.hartman@gmail.com

•        Text: (302) 354-3277

•        The QR code on the back of Flat Saint Thomas links directly to email

Spread the Joy: In the spirit of fellowship, feel free to send your Flat Saint Thomas on a journey of its own. Mail it to friends and family across the globe and let Thomas explore new horizons. Imagine the delight when you receive a photo of Traveling Thomas in a distant land, and a reminder that our community’s reach is as boundless as our faith. Once the adventure is shared, have your loved ones send Thomas back, ready for his next grand adventure with you.

As we bask in the warmth of summer; it’s important to remember that our faith family is never far from our hearts. Traveling Thomas isn’t about just capturing memories; it’s about staying connected with our faith family no matter where the season takes us. Let’s make this summer unforgettable with Traveling Thomas by our side!

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Inspired by Flat Stanley: The Flat Saint Thomas Summer Program draws its inspiration from the beloved children’s book character, Flat Stanley. Created by author Jeff Brown in 1964, Flat Stanley sparked the imagination of children worldwide with his unique ability to travel by mail due to his two-dimensional form. This idea blossomed into the Flat Stanley Project, encouraging children to create their own paper cutouts and send them on adventures, fostering literacy and community.

In the same spirit, our Flat Saint Thomas will journey far and wide, connecting our faith family through shared stories and pictures. It’s a wonderful way to keep the sense of community alive, even when we’re apart, and to remind us that our faith and fellowship can travel any distance.

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

Worship and weekly news for May 12, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Sunday in Ascensiontide – May 12, 2024, Year B. What is Ascensiontide? It is a sacred season in Christian tradition, bridges the earthly and the divine. It unfolds over ten days, commencing with Ascension Day and culminating in the radiant celebration of Whitsunday (also known as Pentecost).

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter.

Sunday in AscensiontideOur weekly Worship schedule

This 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

  • Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Pentecost, outdoor worship and picnic. 8 a.m. worship will be indoors indoors, as usual. 10:30 a.m. will consist of indoor/outdoor worship and our Pentecost picnic immediately following the worship service. Sign up to help!

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, or YouTube.. 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 for May 5, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 5, 2024, Year B. Alleluia!

This Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and all of the loose cash in the plate will be directed to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.  The discretionary fund allows the rector to provide assistance our friends in need.

Donations may be made by placing cash in the plate during the offering. You may write a check to St. Thomas’s and specify “Discretionary Fund” in the memo line.  Donations may be made our Giving page.  Regardless of your financial contribution, please keep those in need in your prayers.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter. And, many congratulations and much love to fellow parishioner Teri Quinn Gray on her appointment with our Episcopal Diocese of Delaware on becoming the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Our weekly Worship schedule

Sixth Sunday of EasterThis 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

  • Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Pentecost, outdoor worship and picnic. 8 a.m. worship will be indoors indoors, as usual. 10:30 a.m. will consist of indoor/outdoor worship and our Pentecost picnic immediately following the worship service.

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, or YouTube.. 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 for April 28, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Fifth Sunday of Easter – April 28, 2024, Year B. Alleluia!

This week, we commemorate Saint Monica, who is known as the patron saint of mothers. Monica is a relatable figure, as she had to face several challenges in her life, which are still prevalent today.

She struggled with her abusive mother-in-law and her husband’s infidelity and anger issues. Religion was a significant point of disagreement between Monica and her husband. After his death, she was left alone to raise her three children in a society that didn’t provide much support for single mothers. Some accounts paint her as meek and gentle, while others show a manipulative and controlling mother. Despite all of the challenges and regardless of how we might judge the way she survived, it is unrefuted that Monica remained steadfast in her faith.

Monica’s daughter, Perpetual of Hippo, grew up to become an abbess. One of her sons, Augustine of Hippo, grew up to be a great philosopher and theologian, who wrote lovingly about his mother in his autobiographical work, Confessions, though he never called her a saint.

You MAY explore more about this captivating family beyond what is available in Wikipedia. Even after over 1,600 years, their story still carries a human quality that we can all relate to.

By delving into their history, we can feel a closeness with our early Christian faith family. We may discover similarities between their experiences and our own, and feel inspired to reflect on the way they lived their lives.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter. And, many congratulations and much love to fellow parishioner Teri Quinn Gray on her appointment with our Episcopal Diocese of Delaware on becoming the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Our weekly Worship schedule

This 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

  • Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Pentecost, outdoor worship and picnic. 8 a.m. worship will be indoors indoors, as usual, and 10:30 a.m. indoor/outdoor worship and picnic immediately following worship service.

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

Worship and weekly news for April 21, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 21, 2024, Year B. Alleluia!

This week, we honor Toyohiko Kagawa: was a Japanese Evangelical Christian pacifist, Christian reformer, and labour activist. Kagawa wrote, spoke, and worked at length on ways to employ Christian principles in the ordering of society and in cooperatives. His vocation to help the poor led him to live among them. He advocated for women’s suffrage and promoted a peaceful foreign policy.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR ONE SERVICE ONLY Sunday, April 28, 2024 AT 10 A.M, in-person and online at YouTube (10:00 a.m. booklet). Bishop Kevin Brown is coming for a visit and lunch will follow in the Overflowing Cup Cafe. Sign up to help!

Our weekly Worship schedule

Fourth Sunday of EasterThis 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

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. – Bishop Kevin Brown is coming for a visit and lunch will follow in the Overflowing Cup Cafe. ONE SERVICE ONLY THIS DAY, in-person and online at YouTube (10:00 a.m. booklet).
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Pentecost, outdoor worship and picnic. 8 a.m. worship will be indoors indoors, as usual, and 10:30 a.m. indoor/outdoor worship and picnic immediately following worship service.

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

Worship and weekly news for April 14, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Third Sunday of Easter – April 14, 2024, Year B. Alleluia!

This week, we honor Hermione: no, not Hermione Granger BFF of Harry Potter, Hermione of Ephesus. She is a 2nd-century saint and martyr venerated by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. She was well known as a “great healer” and founded the first Christian hospital in Ephesus. Hermione’s feast day is September 4th except in the Episcopal Church, where she is honored on April 14th with Zenaida and Philonella who were the first “unmercenaries” (physicians who would not accept fees from their patients).

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR ONE SERVICE ONLY Sunday, April 28, 2024 AT 10 A.M. Bishop Kevin Brown is coming for a visit and lunch will follow in the Overflowing Cup Cafe.

Our weekly Worship schedule

This 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

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. – Bishop Kevin Brown is coming for a visit and lunch will follow in the Overflowing Cup Cafe. ONE SERVICE ONLY THIS DAY.
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Pentecost, outdoor worship and picnic

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

Worship and weekly news for April 7, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Second Sunday of Easter – April 7, 2024, Year B. Alleluia! Alleluia!! This week, we honor Harriet Starr Cannon: a nun who founded the Sisterhood of St. Mary, the oldest indigenous Anglican (Episcopalian) order in the United States, in 1865. The Episcopal Church was initially slow to recognize the order, and they only found wide support after four of the sisters died nursing victims of a yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee in 1878. These four sisters are now commemorated by the Episcopal Church on September 9 as the Martyrs of Memphis or as Constance and her Companions.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter.

Our weekly Worship schedule

Second Sunday of Easter This 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

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 – visit from Bishop Brown at 10:30 a.m. service with lunch following.
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Pentecost, outdoor worship and picnic

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

Worship and weekly news for March 31, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Sunday – March 31, 2024, Year B. Alleluia! Alleluia!!

There are 3 worship opportunities this Easter morning:

  • 6 a.m. – sunrise service in the Grove, in-person only (6:00 a.m. booklet)
    • outside in the Grove around a fire pit
    • With the power of chanting and the simplicity of basic instruments, we can create something truly beautiful
    • connecting with the followers of Jesus on the first Easter
  • 8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite I, in-person and online at YouTube (8:00 a.m. booklet)
    • traditional wording
    • some organ accompanied music
    • fellowship in the Overflowing Cafe following the service
  • 10:30 a.m. – Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in-person and online at YouTube (10:30 a.m. booklet)
    • modern wording
    • more music
    • join in the Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah)
    • Easter egg hunt following the service

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter and other news items:

Our weekly Worship schedule

Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Sunday This 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

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 – visit from Bishop Brown at 10:30 a.m. service with lunch following.
  • Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Pentecost, outdoor worship and picnic

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