Hope Dining Room volunteers for May 16, 2022

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Monday, May 16, 2022 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. Our number of guests is rising and we will be preparing 60 meals next Monday. We begin cooking at 10 a.m. at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. We are finished cleaning up by noon.   

See the Sign Up Genius for the donations we need.   You may bring them to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon or when you come to any service this week.  There is a box in the Narthax labeled “HOPE DINING ROOM”.    Also, you can call or email me and I will pick the items up at your door.

Beginning next month, we will be switching from “grab and go ” meals, to “dining in”.   We will need more volunteers to serve.   It is really a team effort and it feels SO good to help people who are ALL very appreciative. We divide up the work, into very doable tasks and we always have fun!    Think about it 🙂

Many Blessings to you all,
Madeline Johnson      mad1240@comcast.net

CPR/AED training offered June 4, 2022

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CPR/AED trainingThis American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / Automated External Defibrillator (AHA CPR/AED) Course is designed for anyone with limited or no medical training who wants to be prepared to save a life.

The class is offered on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 9 a.m. at St. Thomas’s Parish on 276 S. College Ave., Newark, DE. There is no charge for St. Thomas’s parishioners but the class is available to the public for $15 per person.

Please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/324965248807
to register. If the class fills up, there will be a waiting list and potentially additional sessions.

What does this course teach?

  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
  • Describe how to perform CPR with help from others
  • Give effective breaths using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult
  • Perform high-quality CPR for a child*
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on a child*
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an infant*
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult or child
  • Demonstrate how to help a choking infant*

Upon completion of all course requirements, participants receive a Heartsaver CPR AED Course Completion Card which is valid for two years.

Hope Dining Room volunteers for April 18, 2022

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Easter Monday, April 18, 2022, is our opportunity to serve lunch at Hope Dining Room. Our numbers have increased since Christmas and we will be preparing 60 meals that day, for people who REALLY appreciate it. I always leave there with a warm heart.

We begin cooking at 10 a.m., at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Rd. in Brookside Park. We are finished by noon.  See the Sign Up Genius for the donations we need. You may bring them to St. Thomas’s on Tuesday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon or when you come to any service this week or on Easter! If you can’t make these times, give me a call or an email and I will pick it up at your house.

Beginning in June 2022, we are going to start serving “in-house”.  Since COVID, we have been doing “Grab and Go”.     We will be needing many more volunteers and will probably break it into 2 shifts: cooks (will come earlier) and servers (will come later). 

MANY Blessings to all,
Madeline Johnson    mad1240@comcast.net

Hope Dining Room volunteers for March 21, 2022

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Monday, March 21, 2022, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room.  We have been having about 60 guests each day, so the need for a meal is increasing in Newark. If you would like to contribute to the effort, you will find a Sign Up Genius for the items we need to complete the meal.

You may bring your items to St. Thomas’s,  Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon or when you come to church on Sunday. If you can’t get there, send me an email and I will pick the item up at your house.  

Beginning in JUNE, we will be serving IN Hope Dining Room – no more “grab and go”.  We will need more volunteers in the kitchen to help serve and the duty times will change: 10:30 – noon for the cooks and 11:45 – 1:30 for the servers.

As always, thank you for your support of those who need us most.

MANY BLESSINGS,
Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net

Hope Dining Room volunteers for February 21, 2022

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Monday, February 21, 2022 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. We will be making 60 meals for anyone who is hungry.  We begin cooking at 10 a.m. at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. We are finished cleaning up by noon and we always have fun.

Now is your opportunity to have fun in February! Please use the following Sign Up Genius for items we need. 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4daca72aaaff2-hope19

You may bring your items to St. Thomas’s, on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 to noon. Or, bring them on Sunday, when you come to church. If you are stuck at home and have items to donate, email or call me and I will pick them up at your house.

Many Blessings to ALL of you,
Madeline Johnson    mad1240@comcast.net

Code Purple of Delaware – helping with shelter for the homeless in bitter cold

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When temperatures drop below freezing and conditions pose a threat to individuals who are homeless, a network of agencies throughout Delaware help people obtain shelter. During times such as these, Code Purple of Delaware, along with the support of the Friendship House, here in New Castle County, Delaware, will initiate and communicate a Code Purple Alert to make shelter arrangements for homeless adults. While the Hope Center has provided housing for many of our neighbors in need, during the coldest nights, there are still not enough beds. So, as in years past, St. Thomas’s is joining with a handful of other churches in the area to give sanctuary on those dangerously cold nights.

Last Tuesday, January 11, 2022, we hosted 6 homeless guests for dinner and a safe, warm overnight in the Great Hall. Dinner was WONDERFUL and provided by the University of Delaware. Some of our guests had 3 plates full. They were SO grateful! Everybody slept well, stayed warm and we had NO problems. There is the possibility that we will need to host Code Purple again on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Friendship House is not going to make the decision to call it, until Friday afternoon. It will be our turn to cover it, IF it happens, and looking at the weather forecast ….. we just want to be ready – in case.

This large, safe space is a blessing that we must share with our community. How awesome that we are able to participate in Code Purple! If you would like to learn more, or are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Madeline Johnson at mad1240@comcast.net

Hope Dining Room volunteers for January 17, 2022

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Monday, January 17, 2022 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room  We begin cooking at 10 a.m. at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. We are finished cleaning up by noon and we always have fun.

Now is your opportunity to have fun in January! Below is a link to a Sign Up Genius for items we need.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope18  

You may bring your items to St. Thomas’s, on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 to noon. Or, bring them on Sunday, when you come to church. If you are stuck at home and have items to donate, email or call me and I will pick them up at your house.

Many Blessings to ALL of you,
Madeline Johnson    mad1240@comcast.net

Hope Dining Room volunteers for December 20, 2021

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room  is next Monday, December 20, 2021. We begin cooking at 10:00 a.m. at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park and are usually finished cleaning up by noon. For 2 hours, you are part of a team that makes a simple lunch for some VERY grateful people. It makes you feel SOOO good and it is actually fun!

I have created a Sign Up Genius for fruit cups, cookies and kitchen helpers:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope17  

You may bring your food item donations to St. Thomas’s Tuesday through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and noon or Sunday morning when you come to church. If none of those times work for you, please give me a call or an email, and I will pick it up at your door.

Many Blessings for remembering those who need some extra help,
Madeline Johnson
mad1240@comcast.net

Hope Dining Room volunteers for November 15, 2021

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Dear families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Next Monday, November 15, 2021 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. If you are free between 10 a.m. and noon that day, you can experience the joy of being part of a team that makes lunch for a very appreciative group of guests.  We begin cooking at 10 AM  at Kingswood Methodist Church in Brookside – on Marrows Rd.   We finish clean up by noon.

Here is a Sign Up Genius for the fruit, cookies and volunteers:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope15

You may drop off your donations of fruit and cookies at St. Thomas’s, today through Thursday between 9 and noon, OR Sunday when you come to church.  If those times don’t work for you, give me a call and I will pick it up at your door.

MANY Blessings,
Madeline Johnson   mad1240@comcast.net

Hope Dining Room – Monday, July 19, 2021

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Next Monday, July 19, 2021, is our opportunity to serve at the Hope Dining Room. I have included a Signup Genius with our needs and anyone who has helped in the past, can tell you how GOOD it makes you feel to be part of a team that makes meals for people who are SOOO grateful!

We will begin preparing 45 meals at 10 a.m., at the Kingswood Methodist Church in Brookside Park, Newark. We are usually finished cooking and cleaning up by noon. It’s a very quick “good deed”.  

Here is the Sign Up Genius for the fruit cups, cookies and kitchen helpers:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope11  

You may drop off your donations of food at St. Thomas’s, Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon, or Sunday morning when you are there for church. If those times don’t work for you, give me a call and I will pick it up at your house.

Many Blessings,
Madeline Johnson  mad1240@comcast.net