Worship and weekly news – April 27, 2022

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Third Sunday of EasterHello faith family! May the sacrifice of Jesus give strength to your soul and light your way.

This is the Third Sunday of Easter – May 1, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. This week, we get a check-in of the financial health of our parish.

In just two weeks on May 15, 2022, Bishop Kevin Brown is visiting and it is confirmation Sunday.  There will be only one service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a fellowship/coffee hour.  Here is the sign-up to contribute to the party.  Parking will be available at the University of Delaware lot across the street when our lot fills up.  This will be a joyous occasion!

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Sunday, May 8, 2022 – Novel Theology meets to discuss “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”
  • Confirmation Sunday, May 15, 2022 – Bishop visit – one service at 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, May 20, 2022 – Certified Pet First Aid and CPR. Registration required. Open to the public.
  • June 4, 2022 – AHA CPR/AED Course. Open to the public.

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.

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 – April 21, 2022

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Second Sunday of EasterHello faith family! May the sacrifice of Jesus give strength to your soul and light your way.

This is the Second Sunday of Easter – April 24, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. This week, you can read about our upcoming Health Fair, sign up to take pet first-aid/CPR, sign up for a human CPR/AED class (at no charge for St. Thomas’s parishioners but open to the public for $15), and lastly, take a minute to read our sexton, Kenneth’s thoughts on “The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing”, by Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese gynecologist and Pentecostal minister.

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. – Poets’ Corner in-person with precautions. Masks requested.
  • Sundays, April 24 and May 1, 2022 – Baptisms the next two Sundays!
  • Friday, May 20, 2022 – Certified Pet First Aid and CPR. Registration required. Open to the public.
  • June 4, 2022 – AHA CPR/AED Course. Open to the public.

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.

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 – April 14, 2022

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Easter bannerHello faith family! May the sacrifice of Jesus give strength to your soul and light your way. Wishing you a Holy Good Friday!

Sunday is Easter Sunday – April 17, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

Worship this Week:

This week’s Easter Sunday Schedule:

Holy Week Worship Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Monday, April 18, 2022 – Hope Dining Room volunteer outreach.
  • Monday, April 18, 2022 – the church building will be CLOSED.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at noon – there will be no Wednesday service.
  • Sundays, April 24 and May 1, 2022 – Baptisms the next two Sundays!
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. – Poets’ Corner in-person with precautions.
  • Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. – pet first aid and CPR. Registration required.

News – The Wine-to-Water fundraiser for Ukraine succulent sale runs Friday-Easter Sunday. The suggested minimum donation is $5 per plant.  100% of the donations will go towards clean drinking water for the people of Ukraine through WineToWater.org.  Please reach out to the office or Fr. Howie with any questions.

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.

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 – April 7, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is Palm Sunday – April 10, 2022, Year A, also called Passion Sunday because of the reading narrating the passion of Christ. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

Holy Week begins on Sunday and there will be worship opportunities every day of the week. All of these services will be held in-person, with precautions, and will be available on our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedules below and Holy Week Schedule.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. Read about this month’s Novel Theology selection. Discussion is open and anyone may attend this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Also, hear about a St. Thomas’s fundraiser for the Delaware Humane Association happening in May. And, I couldn’t be more excited about this month’s fundraiser for clean water for Ukraine!

Worship this Week:

This week’s Palm Sunday Schedule:

Holy Week Worship Schedule:

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. (booklet)
  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 5 p.m. (booklet)
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at noon
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 5 p.m., Evensong (booklet)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 7 p.m. (booklet)
  • Good Friday, April 15, 2022 at noon (booklet)
  • Good Friday, April 15, 2022 at 7 p.m.
  • Holy Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 8 p.m. (booklet)
  • Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 8 a.m.
  • Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

Other Parish Events:

  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Monday, April 18, 2022 – Hope Dining Room volunteer outreach

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.

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 – April 4, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Lent – April 3, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedule below. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. You won’t want to miss a new outreach to Ukraine opportunity. Also, our sexton Kenneth shares some deep thoughts about our crocus, relating to the current crisis.

I’m going to make another plea here – we need virtual greeters. Please consider volunteering for one Sunday, and see how it goes. I’ll sign up with you and we can do it together! I have the “script” laminated in the office, and I can also email it to you. Please let Philippa or myself know if you’d be willing to try it out for one week. Our online family is important; join me in spreading God’s love all around!

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

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.

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.

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 – March 27, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 27, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedule below. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. Don’t forget that THIS Sunday, March 27, 2022, is the Annual Parish Meeting, in-person and online via Zoom, following the 10:30 a.m. service.  A light lunch will be provided. Bishop Kevin makes an important announcement in this issue regarding the return to the Common Cup

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers March 2022 series on “Soul Stages” by Christopher Moore.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Annual Parish Meeting in the Great Hall following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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.

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.

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 – March 20, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is the Third Sunday in Lent – March 20, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedule below. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. In this tissue, you will read about an opportunity to support Ukrainian refugees (t-shirts will be sold between services), and you will see your last reminder of the Annual Meeting next Sunday, as well as meet your vestry candidates.

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Monday, March 21, 2022 – Hope Dining Room outreach
  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers March 2022 series on “Soul Stages” by Christopher Moore.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. – Poets’ Corner presentation
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Annual Parish Meeting in the Great Hall following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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.

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.

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 – March 10, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is the Second Sunday in Lent – March 13, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedule below. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. You will find a reminder that this Sunday starts DAYLIGHT SAVINGS time! Spring forward one hour., a plea from me for your crocus photos, an invitation to Novel Theology, and information about a new ministry – YouTube greeters!

Worship this Week:

This week’s Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers March 2022 series on “Soul Stages” by Christopher Moore.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. – Poets’ Corner presentation
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Annual Parish Meeting in the Great Hall following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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.

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.

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 – March 6, 2022

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Hello faith family! Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent – March 6, 2022, Year A. Services are held in-person with precautions and online via our YouTube channel. See the Worship Schedule below. This is the first week of the additional 5 p.m. Sunday service, which this week will be a service of penance and reconciliation. This service is in-person only. Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options. We are listening to the experts and considering how to best keep our faith family safe during this pandemic.

See the St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for news and events information for this week. You will find a prayer for peace, an invitation to a new ministry, and some thought-provoking poetry musings from our sexon, Kenneth. Kenneth’s choice of poem for the Helper is so appropriate for this week, as we will be enjoying the Gospel reading in both Spanish and English, and this poet is published in both languages.  He also grabbed a book of post-Soviet Ukrainian poetry from the library, “From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine“.  It is not only a collection of some of Ukraine’s most talented writers, but is also a medium for Ukrainian literature to rewrite the Soviet palimpsest that has systematically repressed and excluded Ukrainian voices. 

Worship this Week:

Sunday Schedule:

Other Parish Events:

  • Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. – 2 Saints Readers March 2022 series on “Soul Stages” by Christopher Moore.
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. – lectionary bible study in the classroom.
  • Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 9:30 a.m., Novel Theology will meet to discuss “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant.  ALL are Welcome to join in the discussion.
  • Sunday, March 27, 2022 – Annual Parish Meeting in the Great Hall following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

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.

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.

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

Ash Wednesday and Lent 2022 worship schedule

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In addition to our regularly scheduled Sunday 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and Wednesday noon worship services, here are Lenten opportunities.

  • Dessert PARTY on Shrove Tuesday, LIVE on Zoom at 7 p.m.  You will receive an email invitation the day of.  In the meantime, check out the Facebook event page to get excited!
  • Draw nearer to Jesus during this Lenten season with a daily devotional by Fr Howie: Kenotikon.  Each morning in Lent, you can expect an email at 6 a.m. with a daily reflection. These are designed to be done one entry each day, however we all know that when we are building our relationship with God, there is no wrong way.
  • Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022: three services of Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes at 7 a.m., (spoken), noon (spoken), and 7 p.m. with music.
  • Beginning March 6, 2022, Sundays at 5:00 p.m. during Lent – Sunday evening worship service with Holy Eucharist, in-person only with precautions.
    • A service of penitence and reconciliation. 
    • A service of readings and music with projected images (“Son et Lumiere”). 
    • A contemplative service with candles and the music of Taize. 
    • A service of prayer with some of the interactive stations of the Cross. 
    • A guided meditation through the Durufle Requiem.