Hope Dining Room volunteers needed Monday, January 16, 2023

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

Monday, January 16, 2023, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room.  Guests at Hope, are now “dining in” so we have 2 different short shifts that you can volunteer for. The cooking shift goes from 10 – 11:45 a.m. The serving and cleanup shift, goes from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m.

If you’d like to help, please bring an apron and a ball cap.  We would LOVE to see you! All of this takes place at Kingswood Methodist Church kitchen on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. It is a team effort, lots of fun and it makes you feel so good to feed people who really appreciate it.

Please sign up to donate things we need for the meal, which may be brought to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday between 9 and noon OR when you come to church on Sunday.  If that doesn’t work for you, give me a call and I will pick it up at your house.

BLESSINGS to you ALL,

Madeline Johnson

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed Monday, December 19, 2022

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

Monday, December 19, 2022, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. Guests are now “dining in” instead of grabbing a lunch and leaving, so we have 2 different short shifts that you can volunteer for. The cooking shift goes from 10 – 11:45 a.m.   The serving and cleanup shift, goes from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m.

If you’d like to help, please bring a ball cap and apron. We would LOVE to see you! All of this takes place at the Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. It is a team effort and lots of fun and it makes you feel SO good to feed people who are really grateful for the lunch.

Please sign up to donate things we need for the meal, which may be brought to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday between 9 and noon OR when you come to church on Sunday.  If that doesn’t work for you, give me a call and I will pick it up at your house.

MANY BLESSINGS to you ALL,
Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net 

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed Monday, November 21, 2022

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

Monday, November 21, 2022 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. Guests at Hope are now “dining in” instead of grabbing lunch and taking it out, so we have two different short shifts that you can volunteer for!

The cooking shift goes from 10 – 11:45 a.m. and the serving and cleanup shift goes from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  If you’d like to help, please bring a ball cap and an apron. We would LOVE to see you!

All of this takes place at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Rd. in Brookside Park.  It is a team effort, lots of fun, and it makes you feel SO good to feed people who REALLY appreciate it.

Please sign up to donate things we need for the meal, which may be brought to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday between 9 and noon OR when you come to church on Sunday.  If that doesn’t work for you, give me a call and I will pick it up at your house.

BLESSINGS to you all,

Madeline Johnson   mad1240@comcast.net 

Community Fall Clean Up Event with Lori’s Hands

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Fall Clean UpMy name is Troy Spiezia, an intern of Lori’s Hands in Newark, Delaware. Lori’s Hands, is a local nonprofit that connects community members living with chronic illness in supportive service learning partnerships with college students. Lori’s Hands was founded in Newark and, for more than 13 years, has been providing day to day assistance and companionship to help local residents maintain their independence.

Every spring and fall, we host a yard and garden clean up day to assist Newark residents with outdoor projects to get ready for or clean up after winter.

This event is open to both members of the broader community and current Lori’s Hands student volunteers.

This year’s Fall Clean Up Event will be on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the City of Newark. The event will kick off with a brief orientation, and then we’ll break out into small groups and head out to local residents’ homes to provide a couple of hours of outdoor assistance. During the event, we’ll be helping with raking leaves, weeding, putting garden furniture into storage, etc. to help folks prepare for the winter weather.

We wanted to invite you to join us to make a difference in the lives of local individuals living with chronic illness and learn more about our organization. If you’re able to volunteer please register using this form. If you’d like to learn more, Sachi Brathwaite (sachi@lorishands.org), the Newark Chapter Manager, would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Thanks for your consideration,
Troy Spiezia, an intern of Lori’s Hands

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed Monday, October 17, 2022

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

Next Monday, October 17, 2022, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. Guests at Hope are now “dining in” instead of grabbing a lunch and leaving, so we have 2 different short shifts that you can volunteer for. The cooking shift is from 10 – 11:45 a.m. and the serving and cleanup shift goes from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m. 

If you’d like to help, please bring a ball cap and apron. We would LOVE  to see you! All of this takes place at the Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park, Newark. It is a team effort, lots of fun and it makes you feel so good to feed people who really appreciate it.

Please volunteer to donate items we need for the meal. If you are donating one of those items, you can bring it to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – noon, OR when you come to church on Sunday.

This week, our Hope team is in the good hands of Sally Price and Sheila Sharpe, who have volunteered to co-lead this month!

BLESSINGS to you all,
Madeline Johnson

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed Monday, September 19, 2022

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

Hope Dining RoomNext Monday, September 19, 2022, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. Guests at Hope are now “dining in” instead of grabbing a lunch and leaving, so we have 2 different short shifts that  you can volunteer for! The cooking shift goes from 10 – 11:45  a.m. and the serving and cleanup shift goes from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m. 

If you’d like to help, please bring a ball cap and apron. We would LOVE to see you! All of this takes place at the Kingswood Methodist Church kitchen on Marrows Road  in Brookside Park. I, Newark, Delaware. It is a team effort, lots of fun and it makes you feel so good to feed people who REALLY appreciate it.

Please sign up to donate or help. If you are donating one of those items, you can bring it to St. Thomas’s, Monday – Thursday, between 9 and noon, OR when you come to church on Sunday. I can’t pick anything up this month but our Hope team is in the good hands of Marilyn Prime and Cathy Wojewodzki, who have volunteered to co-lead this month!

BLESSINGS to you all,
Madeline Johnson

Empowerment Center in need of “Go Bags”

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Dear Family of St. Thomas’s,

The Newark Empowerment Center is in need of “Go Bags”  (a meal in a bag) for our homeless friends. Everyday the Empowerment Center serves lunch – usually donated by a local restaurant or pizza place, to about 20 homeless friends. As the guests leave, they receive a “Go Bag” for dinner.  The Empowerment Center is running very low on their supply of “Go Bags”. 

If you can possibly make up a few and bring them to St. Thomas’s over the weekend to the Health Fair on Saturday or worship services on Sunday,  they would be SO grateful!  I will put a box in the area outside the Office labeled “Go Bags”. I will deliver them to the Empowerment Center next week.

A “Go Bag” contains:

 A shelf-stable entree (packet of tuna or beef stew or mac and cheese in a can or pack), 

a cup of fruit,

a packet of crackers,

a packet of cookies,

a plastic fork/spoon wrapped in a napkin,

 a drink (bottle of water, packet of fruit juice, etc) 

ALL in a gallon ziplock bag. 

Blessings to you ALL,

Madeline Johnson

Open Doors, Open Hearts, Open Opportunities

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Dear St. Thomas’s Family,

It is wonderful to worship together again and to renew friendships following a period of isolation and creative precautions within the parish community we cherish. Unfortunately, many of our once active committees, services, and areas of outreach were suspended due to Covid, but our spirit never left our desire to not only resume our efforts, but also grow and refresh our internal and external efforts in serving the mission of St. Thomas’s. 

The Pastoral Care Ministry has been meeting this summer to review what was done pre-virus, to restore as many services as possible, and to generate new energy and ideas that are inclusive and responsive to the spiritual needs, personal support, and celebration of others. An important part of the Pastoral Care Ministry is providing Eucharistic Visitation to those unable to attend services in person so that they may be able to receive communion and together, enjoy conversation. If a number of volunteers can step forward to offer this service, scheduling will be arranged to visit in pairs and training will be provided. The goal is to establish a schedule where pairs would only be asked to visit on one weekday or weekend day of a month (your choice!) or once every other month depending on the number of volunteers. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to serve as an Eucharistic Visitor.

St. Thomas’s is on the move!  The Outreach Committee is busily arranging program opportunities which provide resources, education, and overall fun for everyone!  But your time and talent are needed to help make these activities successful. Whether ushering, welcoming, providing hospitality, serving Blue Hen Bounty, working with our youth, assisting with technology, providing resources, helping administratively, and sharing your ideas…. we need YOU now to step forward and help us reestablish and grow our parish committees. 

Please feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions or simply want to discuss where you might be able to share your time, talent or both (!) in serving St. Thomas’s. 

Many Blessings,

Marilyn 

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed Monday, August 15, 2022

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

Monday, August 15, 2022 is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room to “serve a midday hot meal with dignity, to those in need in the Greater Newark Delaware area.”  They are now having guests “Dine In” instead of serving “Grab and Go”, as we did during the pandemic. All of this takes place at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park, Newark.

I have changed the shifts to a cooking shift from 10 – 11:45 a.m. and a serving and cleanup shift from 11:45 – 1:30 p.m.    Please sign up to donate or help

If you would like to help serve, please bring an apron and a ball cap. It is a TEAM effort to cook meals and serve them to people who really appreciate them.  It’s actually lots of fun!  Come and give it a try – it will make your day!

Please sign up to donate. Father Howie is making his famous secret-recipe cake (VERY popular with our guests!!!), so I don’t need to ask for cookies this month! If you are donating fruit cups, you may bring them to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday between 9 – noon OR bring them when you come to church on Sunday morning.  If those times don’t work for you, give me a call or email and I will pick them up at your house.

Blessings to all – stay cool,
Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net

Hope Dining Room volunteers needed – Monday July 18, 2022

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

Next Monday, July 18, 2022, is our opportunity to serve at Hope Dining Room. They are now having guests “Dine In” instead of serving “Grab and Go”, as we did during the pandemic. All of this takes place at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. 

I have changed the shifts to a Cooking Shift (10 – 11:30 a.m.) and a Serving and Cleanup Shift (11:30 – 1:00 p.m.). Also, we will need 2 people to set up table cloths and flowers and also 2 people for cleanup and 2 to refill items on the tables during the reception. If you would email Sally Price with your willingness to help with those jobs, we would be SO appreciative. Her email is sallyeymanprice@gmail.com

Below, you will find a link for things we need – AND helpers!  If you would like to help, bring a ball cap and an apron and we would LOVE  to see you. It is a TEAM effort to cook meals and serve them to people who really appreciate them. It’s actually lots of fun! Come and give it a try – it will make your day!

If you are donating one of the items we need, you may bring it to St. Thomas’s on Monday – Thursday from 9 – 12,  OR bring it Sunday morning when you come to church!  If those times don’t work for you, give me a call or email and I will pick them up at your house.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope24

BLESSINGS to all,

Madeline Johnson     mad1240@comcast.net