Building use requests now due for St. Thomas’s ministry groups

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Grace and peace to all! We hope your summer is going along “swimmingly” (yes, pun intended…)

One of the ways St. Thomas’s lives into its ministry of welcome is by allowing it’s space to be utilized by the wider community. That being said, the first priority for space use is to groups that are connected to ministries here at St. Thomas’s. So, we need to know when our space is needed for these ministries. If you lead a ministry or group who meets in this building, please take a moment to complete a “pink form” for the coming program year. This will assist the office staff in determining what space is available and when for community use. “Pink forms” are also available on the parish website at StThomasParish.org.

Thank you for attention to this matter and we look for to hearing from you.

Peace,
Adele Meredith
Parish Administrator

Guest Preacher this Sunday, July 23

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This Sunday, July 23, Maryann D. Younger will be our guest preacher at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Maryann is discerning a call to Holy Orders within our Diocese and has been studying theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Last year, she served as sacristan for the campus worshiping community and as a seminarian at St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia, where her primary service was with the young children’s and family worship. She volunteers as a chaplain at the Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children and is a parishioner at Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

A life spent as an observational sociologist has provided opportunities for Maryann to be successful in Montessori education, youth volunteerism and service, mentoring, writing, and hospitality. Entrepreneurial in nature, it was during the founding of the Christ Church Episcopal Preschool that the call to ordained ministry first became clear.

We welcome Maryann and her husband Kris who are looking forward to being with us this coming Sunday.

Grateful always, your servant in Christ,

Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+

Vacation Bible School update

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Vacation Bible School (VBS) is going to be really fun this year! A mixture of fun, faith and fellowship. Several of our adults and youth will be volunteering. I hope many of you or your children will be joining us for a few evenings or the whole week. There is lots of info and registration forms on the Great Hall doors at St. Thomas’s. You can also email me at belmar43@aol.com, call me (302-388-4017) or come talk to me at church.

See details in our VBS flyer and June announcement.

Blessings
Belinda

Welcome Maryann Younger on Pentecost 7!

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On Sunday, July 23, Maryann D. Younger will be our guest preacher at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Maryann is discerning a call to Holy Orders within our Diocese and has been studying theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Last year, she served as sacristan for the campus worshiping community and as a seminarian at St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia, where her primary service was with the young children’s and family worship. She volunteers as a chaplain at the Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children and is a parishioner at Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

A life spent as an observational sociologist has provided opportunities for Maryann to be successful in Montessori education, youth volunteerism and service, mentoring, writing, and hospitality. Entrepreneurial in nature, it was during the founding of the Christ Church Episcopal Preschool that the call to ordained ministry first became clear.

We welcome Maryann and her husband Kris who are looking forward to being with us on July 23rd.

Grateful always, your servant in Christ,

Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – July 9, 2017/Year A

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“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”

The invitation is to everyone, not just some chosen few who have been tired or had a burden to bear. We all come bearing something – a sadness …a worry … an ache … a brokenness. Sometimes the cracks of our life are obvious, while sometimes we are pretty good at hiding them. All of us are cracked in some way or other, and it is wise to remember the haunting words of Leonard Cohen’s Anthem, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets through.”

See The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.’s Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – July 9, 2017/Year A.

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Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

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We ask your prayers and help to purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas or to buy some needed grocery staples at a local store. Please give them directly to Adele Meredith in the Parish Office or put in an envelope marked to Adele’s attention and place in the offering plate. We have no cards to give at this time so we turn away many who come to us – will you help?

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – July 2, 2017/Year A

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If you want to GET OUT, you need to GO IN! Some of you may recall this story from past sermons around this time of our lectionary cycle. It is one that does not lose any power of meaning and speaking to me at any time in my faith journey.

Marilyn and I were shopping to begin a week’s vacation at the beach some years ago. We checked out and made our way to the exit when I saw THE SIGN. THE SIGN was not of the fancy four-color poster variety, just a simple, hand-scrawled in black magic marker version taped to the exit door. I suspect THE SIGN was posted by the harried store manager who, after verbally telling about a million people, wrote on THE SIGN the exact words he had said again and again and again. The automatic opener to the exit door was not operating, so THE SIGN on the door gave the following admonition – If you want to GET OUT, you need to GO IN!

It seems to me in our days and times of social, political, and religious dis-ease, proclaiming what is right and good all the while NEVER talking with the other but AT the other. Thus the spin cycle of “blame game” and interagency of views and action continues on and on and one. This way of living is getting us nowhere fast, so if we want change to happen in life around us, we need to be the change we desire THROUGH US in a living faith. The only way that truly happens is participating with our living and loving God.

If you want to GET OUT, you need to GO IN!

See the Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – July 2, 2017/Year A.

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Vacation Bible School – 2017

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See our 2017 Vacation Bible School flyer about the vacation bible school that St. Thomas’s is hosting this summer with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. I have also included a list of supplies needed in the flyer.

The VBS will run from July 30 to August 3, 2017. All St. Thomas’s children are welcome to attend and bring their friends. There is no cost and will include dinner. I am hoping that many St. Thomas’s teens and adults will participate by volunteering to help and/or by providing supplies.

I hope you are all enjoying a safe summer and I hope to see you soon!

Blessings,
Belinda

A Message from the Vestry – June 2017

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To St. Thomas’s Parishioners,

As we move into the summer, your vestry would like to update you on several issues.

First, great thanks and appreciation to all for our big events in May and June—the 175th anniversary gala, the tribute to Bob Rys, and the Pentecost/175th anniversary picnic. All of them were wonderful expressions of joy and fellowship, the result of many hours of work by dedicated parishioners.

Many of you are probably wondering about the transition process as Father Paul prepares to retire. First, we have the gift of his presence until the end of October. It’s a time to reflect on and give thanks for what his ministry has meant for the parish and for each of us personally.

The vestry is beginning to work on transition plans. We’ve met with the Rev. Canon Gary Rowe of the diocesan staff and we’re studying the diocesan guidelines for parishes in transition. We are working on arrangements for a priest to be with us beginning the first Sunday in November.

Some things in the transition process will be as they have been in the past, but there have been some changes. One big change is the form of the parish profile. In the past, it has been a printed document. Now the diocesan procedure is for the profile to be on the parish web site, as a separate section of the site. Prospective candidates for the position of rector will first meet us through the web site. The web site is also how most visitors and prospective members get acquainted with us. That’s why a welcoming and accurate web site is essential—it’s our front door, in a manner of speaking, and we want to make a good impression on all who seek us out.

Finally, the transition process requires two committees, the transition committee and the search committee. These committees are appointed by and responsible to the vestry. The transition committee, with three to five members, will be in operation from late summer through the first year of the new rector’s tenure. It will handle tasks like farewells, welcomes, and assisting the new rector to settle in to life at St. Thomas’s. The search committee will begin its work after Fr. Paul leaves. It will develop the parish profile and handle the search and interview process, ending up with a candidate to recommend to the vestry. The search committee will have eight to ten members.

The vestry is in the early stages of developing these committees. If you have suggestions of people who might be possible members of the committees, please inform me or any vestry member. You don’t need the person’s consent at this point—once the vestry chooses the possible candidates for each committee, they will be contacted, given a full description of the task, and will be free to make their own decision on whether to accept the call. All suggestions will be held in confidence.

Thank you for your support of St. Thomas’s. Please hold the church in your prayers.

Connie Cooper
Senior Warden

Summer Children’s Worship: Son Treasure Island begins on June 25

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Summer Children’s Worship for children 3 years and older will begin on June 25 and run through August 20, 2017 during the 10:30 a.m. service. Children are invited to join the children’s worship leader in the Undercroft between 10:25 and 11:10 a.m. The children will then rejoin their families during the Peace. Our theme this year is Son Treasure Island: Discovering God’s Love. Throughout the summer we will have fun engaging in stories, art, drama, music and games while learning about the Greatest Treasure ever: God’s Love. Check out I Corinthians 13!

Parents and older family members are encouraged to sign up to assist with children’s worship a one or two Sundays this summer.

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