Holy Week Schedule for 2020

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You are invited to join us for some special Holy Week gatherings. Each day brings a unique opportunity to experience growth and meaning during this solemn time in our calendar, and draw closer to our Lord.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 – 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.services
Monday, April 6, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Thursday, April, 9, 2020 – 6 p.m.service and watch vigil
Friday, April 10, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 2-4 p.m. and 8 p.m. services
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 – 8 and 10:30 a.m. services

Please watch for more details to be published for each day.

Options for Worship on Sunday, March 15, 2020

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Dear Friends,

I hope you and those you care about are managing well in this time of “self-quarantine” and “social distancing.”  Remaining connected to people and routines is challenging, but all the more important in a time when feelings of worry – and even fear – are all around and within us.

As you have already heard, church services will be suspended from now until at least March 22, 2020.  Other non-essential church activities at St Thomas’s, like committee meetings and Bible study, are also being postponed or moved to telephone/Internet conferences. 

But there are ways you can keep some of your Sunday morning routine intact.  You have already received the worship booklets for this Sunday in email.  Deacon Cecily, who was scheduled to preach, is working on recording her sermon, which will be made available as soon as possible.  I am also attaching the booklet that would have been used at the Sunday evening service.  And, it is our hope to have some more sophisticated way of worshiping together electronically in place by next Sunday.

For this week, you may also have seen email news that the Bishop will be at St Peter’s, Lewes, tomorrow and that that service will be broadcast live.  The service will be at 9:00 a.m., and you see it by going to the Diocese’s website or to St, Peter’s website.  Other churches, including the National Cathedral, will be broadcasting via their websites (where more information can be gotten).

Please do not self-isolate even as you do what you can to avoid illness.  Christians through the centuries have encountered God in solitude, and I commend that to you.  But we also have the benefit of many more ways of staying in touch than our ancestors had.  We can and will remain a community while we remain apart as an act of love and concern.

Grace, peace, and good health to you all.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for March 15, 2020

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Good morning faith family. 

See this week’s Carpenter Helper newsletter.

As the news of COVID-19 continues, I find it necessary to remind myself that If we keep God in the forefront of our minds, we will have perfect peace. Trust in Him brings the greatest peace.  Then, once I feel more settled, I can be more flexible. 

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.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Church suspended due to Coronavirus

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Dear friends,

As you may have seen in an email earlier this evening, Bishop Brown has directed that all public worship services be suspended for two weeks, beginning immediately. As a consequence, there will be no Sunday morning or evening services this weekend or next (March 15 and 22, 2020) and no Wednesday noon services on March 18, 2020. I will keep you informed of any further developments. 

I anticipate that the church office will remain open as usual during the week. If you have any pastoral or practical needs, please do not hesitate to contact me or Cana, Parish Administrator, to make them known. Also, please keep those who are or will become sick in your prayers, as well as those caring for them. May God bless them and all of us. 


Rev. Howell Sasser, Jr., Rector

Annual Meeting postponed until April-May 2020

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Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, the COVID virus is now in Newark.  The University of Delaware has suspended classes, and many in the community are already taking precautions to avoid the sort of close contact that might lead to exposure.

For this reason, the parish leadership have decided to postpone the Annual Parish Meeting.  There is no business that must be conducted urgently.  The meeting will be rescheduled, likely for April 19th, but more definite information about this will follow as we see what happens with public health and our own scheduling.  In the interim, annual report books have been distributed electronically and are available on paper in limited quantities at the church.  If you have any questions about anything in a report, please contact its author.  I am confident that everyone will be happy to discuss any and all of the church’s ministries.

We will continue to pray for those who are ill and for those who care for them.  If you have any needs, spiritual or practical, or know of anyone who has become sick, please do not hesitate to let the church office know.


Rev. Dr. Howell Sasser, Jr., Rector

Coffee Hour: Faith and Fear, a primer on sentencing reform

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St. Thomas’s Parish is hosting “Faith and Fear, a primer on sentencing reform” on Sunday, Marsh 29, 2020 after the 10:30 a.m. service in the Great Hall.

This talk is Open To The Public – invite your neighbors to join in this important discussion.

We look forward to hearing from Delaware State Legislator Sheri Dorsey Walker and other members of the community who are involved and familiar with the topic of SENTENCING REFORM.

Mandatory minimum sentences, “three strikes” laws, and the war on drugs. These and other social forces have combined to fill our prisons beyond their capacities. These are places that most faithful people rarely see or 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.

Carpenter’s Helper news for March 8, 2020

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See this week’s Carpenter Helper newsletter.

I am thrilled to share that the 5:30 p.m. Sunday evening service with Gregorian Chanting was a success last week.  AND, to add even more allure to this already very intriguing evening, Stan Spence has volunteered to provide a soup dinner following the service, probably around 6pm.  ALL Are Welcome!  Bring a friend or 4.

Just a few calendar reminders:

  • DAYLIGHT SAVINGS is this weekend.  Arrive for the procession, not just the recession!  Daylight savings changes the time, but Jesus changes lives.
  • ST THOMAS’S ANNUAL MEETING is next Sunday, March 15, 2020 at noon.  Please plan to attend. Lunch will be provided. Please let Rejane or Kelly know if you are able to lend a hand setting up or cleaning up.
  • Novel Theology will meet this Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 9:15 a.m. in the classroom to discuss “A Live Coal in the Sea” by Madeline L’Engle.  Reading this book is not a requirement to participate in the lively discussion.
  • The 6-week series, An Absurdly Short History of Christianity, will continue in the music room this week, between services. See session videos:
    March 8, 2020 session, Part 4 – Western Reformation
    March 1, 2020 session.

These are just a few events. 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.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

CREW Youth Group Meeting on March 8, 2020

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Hello Everyone,

St. Thomas’s youth group, CREW,  will meet tomorrow, March 8, after the 10:30 a.m. service.  We will be engaging in Lenten discussion, playing games and planning the Teen-Tween Lock-in Palooza. 

Upcoming Events:

  • On February 25, 2020, we will have our usual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at St. Thomas’s.  During the evening, we’ll also have other fun activities and lots of beads to add to the party atmosphere of Mardi Gras!
  • Our remaining meetings for the spring will be on March 22, April 5, April 19, May 3 and May 17, 2020. Please let me or Kelly know if you are able to provide lunch on any of those days.

Belinda Young-Payne, Children’s Ministries

Children’s Ministries News for March 8, 2020

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Hello Everyone,

Sunday, March 8, 2020, Second Sunday of Lent, Sunday School will begin with Sunday Breakfast Club in the Undercroft at 9:30 am. Sign up for your turn at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-sunday. We still have openings on  3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19.

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 begin our exploration of the story of Jesus and the Children in our PreK-K classroom and explore God’s care for us on our journeys through the stories of  Nicodemus traveling to see Jesus and of Abraham’s and Sarah’s travels in the 1-3 and 4-6 grade classrooms.  This will be a very interactive day for stories so don’t let the kids miss a moment if you can help it!

Looking ahead, keep and eye out  for news of the upcoming Teen-Tween Lock-in Palooza!!  All I can say now is Glow in the Dark eggs!!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Belinda Young-Payne, Children’s Ministries