You may see the sermon for the First Sunday After the Epiphany – January 19, 2020 celebrated by The Reverend Dr. Howell C. Sasser, Jr. on YouTube at https://youtu.be/SRNmv1MLaI0.
Recent sermons are also available.
Happy Friday faith family! Most of us have a 3 day weekend, in honor of MLK Day on Monday. The church office will be closed, so that the kiddos and I can dig into some service projects on our day “ON” (not the day “off”). There are a few opportunities to honor MLK day over the long weekend in this week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter.
Just a few reminders this week:
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Second Sunday of Advent, Sunday School will begin with Sunday Breakfast Club in the Undercroft at 9:30 a.m. Thank you to the Quinones Family for hosting this week. Don’t forget to sign up for your turn by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-sunday
The education and worship part of our children’s program will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Undercroft. If you can, please join us and/or have your children join us as we wonder about the Good Shepherd in the PreK-K classroom and as we explore the different names and titles for Jesus, the Lamb of God in grades 1-6. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Belinda Young-Payne, Director of Children’s Ministries
St. Thomas’s Ladies would love to have you join us for a night out to dine, relax and visit. We will be meeting for the next several months on the 17th at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17, 2020: Iron Hill Brewery – Main Street Newark
Monday, Feb. 17, 2020: Court Yard Marriott on Rt. 896
Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020: Blue Crab Grill – Suburban Shopping Center
Friday, Apr. 17, 2020: Applebees Bar & Grill – Suburban Shopping Center
There has been home baked bread when the people of St. Thomas’s gather around the 10:30 a.m. communion table since the early 1980s.The recipe we use was developed by a former parishioner and has rarely been altered since then.
The recipe is very accessible for experienced bakers as well as folks who are learning how to make bread.The tools used are also easy to come by.Most of them are probably already in your kitchen.
Our bakers range in age from 6 to 80+. We welcome everyone who is interested in learning how to produce the loaves for the congregation.We will even offer instruction if necessary.We’ll also supply the cutters to make sure the loaves are always the same size and shape.
Good morning! Happy Friday! Please see the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for this week. I have received only positive feedback regarding having these available electronically via email and also through our website. Also, please keep in mind that there are still paper copies available in the Great Hall by the name tag station, for you to take home if you wish.
There are a few “extra” events coming up to put on the calendar:
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
The Christian life is a source of endless fascination. Just when we think we have seen and heard everything it has to offer, something new turns up. Committing to a life of learning and growing in the faith is an excellent way to make sure there is always enough fuel in the spiritual tank.
Ask, Seek, Knock from Matthew 7:7-8
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
All events are open to the public and are held at St. Thomas’s Parish, 276 S. College Ave., Newark Delaware 19711. See our web site at stthomasparish.org for more information and updates. Questions? Call the Parish Office at (302) 369-4644,
An Absurdly Short History of Christianity
Six-Week Series on February 16 and 23 & March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.
Who invented church? How did we go from a few fishermen to billions of faithful people? And, what relevance can the church have in a time when belief seems to have become a dirty word? In six sessions, we will follow the development of the Christian Movement from the time of the Apostles to the Electronic Age.
Along the way, there will be a few heretics and councils, but we will also talk about how our past shapes us and what we believe. Come along for new insights on familiar stories and maybe some new information too.
Guest Lecturer at noon
Prayer Beads: Touching Holiness on February 9, 2020
Most of us know about rosaries and how they are used in prayer, but there are many practices (in many faiths!) that incorporate beads as a way to connect the spiritual with the physical. This session will suggest a few prayer techniques you might try, but will also be hands-on. Beads and stringing materials will be provided and a knowledgeable beader will be on hand to guide us in making our own aids to prayer.
Faith and Fear: A Primer on Sentencing Reform on March, 29, 2020
Mandatory minimum sentences, “three strikes” laws, and the war on drugs. These and other social forces have combined to fill our prisons beyond their intended capacities. These are places that most faithful people rarely see of even think about. And yet our faith calls us to a special concern for prisoners. This session will give us an update on current conditions and future possibilities.
This Sunday, January 5, 2020, Sunday School will begin with Sunday Breakfast Club in the Great Hall classroom at 9:30 am. Thank you to the McGough Family for hosting this week. (Don’t forget to sign up for your turn by using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-sunday
The education and worship part of our children’s program will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Undercroft. If you can, please join us and/or have your children join us as we conclude the cycle of nativity stories, combining the prologue to the Gospel of John with the story of Epiphany, inviting children to offer, with the kings, gifts for the infant Jesus.
Later in the day, join me and my family at 5 p.m. for St. Thomas’s Epiphany celebration.The evening will include Worship, Celebration, Potluck dinner and Burning of the Greens. Ham and pasta will be provided. If you want to contribute, please bring a side dish or dessert to share. And, please feel free to bring a friend or neighbor. Or just bring yourself!
I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Blessings,Belinda Young-Payne, Director of Children’s Ministries