Worship and weekly news for February 18, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the First Sunday in Lent – February 18, 2024, Year B.

This week, we celebrate Frederick Douglass, who was was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He became the most important leader of the movement for African-American civil rights in the 19th century.

Douglass believed in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, as well as, after breaking with William Lloyd Garrison, in the anti-slavery interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. When radical abolitionists, under the motto “No Union with Slaveholders”, criticized Douglass’s willingness to engage in dialogue with slave owners, he replied: “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter. See info on our Annual Parish Meeting on March 10, 2024. See other news items:

  • The trip to the Walthers Museum leaves from St. Thomas’s at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday, February 17, 2024, to carpool to Baltimore. Everyone is invited! Please contact Fr. Howie or the office if you have any questions. There are seats available!
  • There will be a blood drive at St. Thomas’s on March 23, 2024 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please let your friends and neighbors know about this opportunity to give blood and save a life.
  • Look for an email invitation to Lenten Evening Prayer this and every Sunday in Lent. The service is online only via YouTube, beginning at 7 p.m. We are all encouraged to participate in the live chat.
  • Are you enjoying Fr Howie’s Daily Lenten podcast? How can we continue to grow the Graceful Waves podcast ministry?

Our weekly Worship schedule

First Sunday in Lent 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 on Feb. 19, 2024
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

  • Sun., March 10, 2024 – Annual Parish Meeting and Daylight Savings Time
  • Sat., March 23, 2024 – Blood Drive
  • March 25-30, 2024 Holy Week
  • Sun., March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

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 February 11, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Last Sunday after Epiphany – February 11, 2024, Year B.

This week, we celebrate Absalom Jones, who was from Delaware! He is also featured in our St Thomas Pilgrimage Windows; can you find him this Sunday? He was an African-American abolitionist and clergyman who became prominent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Disappointed at the racial discrimination he experienced in a local Methodist church, he founded the Free African Society with Richard Allen in 1787, a mutual aid society for African Americans in the city. The Free African Society included many people newly freed from slavery after the American Revolutionary War. In 1794, Jones founded the first Black Episcopal congregation, and in 1802, he was the first African American to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter. See info on our Annual Parish Meeting.

Last Sunday after EpiphanyOur 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 on Jan. 15, 2024
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

  • Tue., Feb. 13, 2024 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
  • Wed., Feb. 14, 2024 – Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday
  • Sun., March 10, 2024 – Annual Meeting and Daylight Savings Time
  • March 25-30, 2024 Holy Week
  • Sun., March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

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

Graceful Waves Podcast

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Podcasts are a multi-task friendly medium, allowing you to listen to them while doing other activities such as doing housework, driving, or taking a walk. You can pause if needed and restart when you are ready. This is also a great format for you to share messages with others, by utilizing the share button available on each episode.

You will find many of your favorite past sermons from Fr. Howie, Fr. Clay, and Deacon Sheila. Re-listening can help you to find additional meaning and understanding and pick up details that you may have missed the first time around. Coming very soon, our daily Lenten Devotionals will be available through this podcast (as well as on YouTube). What else do you think that we should add? Please share your suggestions on how we can grow this ministry.

Our exciting new podcast is available on many platforms. Please see the links below and choose your favorite
Amazon/Audible
iHeartRadio
Spotify
Podchaser

Here are PodBean step-by-step instructions to follow Graceful Waves. If you are not a regular podcast consumer, subscribe to Podbean today to follow “Graceful Waves”! It is completely free.

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

Here are the daily Lenten podcasts:
Feb. 14, 2024
Feb. 15, 2024
Feb. 16, 2024
Feb. 17, 2024
Feb. 18, 2024
Feb. 19, 2024
Feb. 20, 2024
Feb. 21, 2024
Feb. 22, 2024
Feb. 23, 2024

Black History Month 2024

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Each day this month, we will hear from African-American theologians (and one African!),past and contemporary. 

Which of these voices do you hear speaking about your own experience? 
Which are calling you to a new vision of God’s plan for humanity? 
And who should we hear more from? 

God’s peace to you today and always.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner February 2024

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Pancake DinnerPlease join us on February 13, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. for a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner preceding Ash Wednesday.

Eating starts at 5:30 p.m. But, the preliminary work starts at 4 p.m.

We need help pulling it together and here’s a Sign Up Genius for you to sign up for things we need help with. Feel free to sign up for more than one task. But, just one is just fine, too.

As always, you can call me to tell me what you would like to do to help if you are uncomfortable using the Sign Up Genius (SUG).

Thank you! You are welcome to bring your friends and neighbors!

Sally Price

Worship and weekly news for January 21, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Third Sunday after Epiphany – January 21, 2024, Year B. This week, we celebrate Florence Li Tim-Oi, who was the first woman to be ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion, on 25 January 1944. In 1931, Florence Li was present at the ordination of Deaconess Lucy Vincent at St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong when the preacher had asked for women to give their lives to work for Christian ministry.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter. See info on our Annual Parish Meeting and the Adult Education Series – The Rule of Saint Benedict.

Our weekly Worship schedule

Third Sunday after EpiphanyThis 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 on Jan. 15, 2024
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

  • Sun., Jan. 28, 2024 at 9:15 a.m. – Novel Theology
  • Wed., Feb. 14, 2024 – Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday
  • Sun., March 10, 2024 – Annual Meeting and Daylight Savings Time
  • March 25-30, 2024 Holy Week
  • Sun., March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

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 January 14, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the Second Sunday after Epiphany – January 14, 2024, Year B. This week, we celebrate Julia Chester Emery. She was the National Secretary of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Board of Missions for forty years, from 1876 to 1916. The Episcopal Church calendar honors her with a feast on January 9. During her four decades as National Secretary, a position she first held at age 24, Julia visited every diocese in the United States, coordinating and encouraging work in support of missions. During her four decades as National Secretary, a position she first held at age 24, Julia visited every diocese in the United States, coordinating and encouraging work in support of missions. The United Thank Offering continues to this day and collects and gives away over $1 million annually.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter. See info on our Annual Parish Meeting and the Adult Education Series – The Rule of Saint Benedict.

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 on Jan. 15, 2024
  • Last Sunday of the month – Family Church Sunday
  • Last Sunday of the month – Coffee and Fellowship between services

Other Parish Events

  • Wed., Feb. 14, 2024 – Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday
  • Sun., March 10, 2024 – Annual Meeting and Daylight Savings Time
  • March 25-30, 2024 Holy Week
  • Sun., March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

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

Annual Parish Meeting 2024

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St.. Thomas’s Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024 after the 10:30 a.m. service. Before the Annual Meeting, we will hold two working preparation sessions on January 21 and February 25, 2024 from 9-10 a.m.

We invite everyone to come with good ideas and with passion for the mission of God at St. Thomas’s to one or both of the prep meetings. And, we hope to see all of our faith family at the Annual Meeting.

Help us to answer:
What should we dream of for the parish going forward?
What is God calling us to do and be now and in the years to come?

You can help shape our future. Help make decisions about how we share the way of love throughout our faith family, our church, and our community. Share your unique perspective.

And, it is also the season to elect new vestry members. Please speak to any member of the vestry, Fr. Howie or Fr. Clay about what being on the vestry means and how to nominate yourself or someone else. Nominations can begin this Sunday and elections will be held at our annual meeting.

Worship and weekly news for January 7, 2024

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Hello faith family! This is the First Sunday after Epiphany – January 7, 2024, Year B. Epiphany, also known as “Theophany” in Eastern Christian tradition, is a Christian feast day commemorating the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus, and the wedding at Cana.

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter. on Sat., Jan. 6, 2024 at 6 p.m., we will have an Epiphany 2024 Compline and Potluck Dinner.

Our weekly Worship schedule

First Sunday after EpiphanyThis 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

  • Sat., Jan. 6, 2024 at 6 p.m. – Epiphany Compline and Potluck
  • Wed., Feb. 14, 2024 – Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday
  • Sun., March 10, 2024 – Annual Meeting and Daylight Savings Time
  • March 25-30, 2024 Holy Week
  • Sun., March 31, 2024 – Easter Sunday

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 December 31, 2023

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Hello faith family! This is the First Sunday after Christmas Day – December 31, 2023, Year B. This week, we remember the Massacre of the Innocents. The Gospel of Matthew tells how the Magi visit Jerusalem to seek guidance as to where the king of the Jews has been born; King Herod directs them to Bethlehem and asks them to return to him and report, but they are warned in a dream that Herod wishes to find the child and kill him, and do not do so. Matthew continues: When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. — Matthew 2:16

Weekly News

See our Carpenter’s Helper Weekly Newsletter.

Our weekly Worship schedule

First Sunday after Christmas DayThis 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

  • Sat., Jan. 6, 2024 at 6 p.m. – Epiphany Compline and Potluck

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