2019-2020 Youth Confirmation Class

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This is a call and invitation for the 2019-2020 Youth Confirmation Class.   If you’re at least 12 years old or 7-8th grade, you’re welcome to join this spirit-filled journey centered around worship, learning, service, witness and fellowship.  Classes meet most Sundays at 9 – 10:15 a.m. from September thru May, and includes a pilgrimage to The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. 

So, what do we do in confirmation class?

  • Relate God’s teachings and Christian faith to our daily living.
  • Share life stories to connect with God and one another.
  • Give of our time and talent to service projects within the church community.
  • Discover what it means to make a personal decision for Christ and meaningful relationship with the church.

Drop us a note for more info or just show up on Sunday morning.   There will be loads of prayerful dialogue, laughter and fun!


Teri Quinn Gray                                Bob Rys

tquinngray@verizon.net              bobrys05@gmail.com

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 15, 2019

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Please see the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 15, 2019.  We have some exciting events coming up this fall!  You should be able to see all of the happenings in a few places: the calendar on our website (stthomasparish.org), on the back of the Carpenter’s Helper, and now posted next to the name tags in the Great Hall.  Please let me know if you see anything missing and if your group would like anything added!

  • This week we will celebrate the Holy Baptism of Lennon Smathers.  And, we have another baptism celebration coming up on the 22nd!  Hallelujah!
  • We will have a table at Newark Community Day on Sunday- come say hello!
  • Our Coffee Hour series begins next week, 9/22.  You won’t want to miss this talk about Quaker Spirituality by Dr Annemarie Carr.  It will be in the Great Hall following the 10:30 service (so around noon).  Coffee hour snacks and beverages will be served (donations are appreciated).  ALL are welcome and this promises to be interesting; bring a friend, even if they have never visited us before.
  • Speaking of coffee hour…a new sign up sheet is up next to the kitchen.  Food and beverages are stocked, so there is no pressure to provide any.  Practice hospitality through this rewarding act of service.  If you want more info or would like to team up, please speak with Cana or any member of the Vestry.
  • Ladies night out starts back up next Wednesday the 18th at Applebee’s in Suburban Plaza.  They will also be on the 18th of October, November and December: location information to follow.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Coffee Hour Series Begins on Sunday, Sep. 22, 2019 at noon

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Quaker Spirituality by Dr. Annemarie Carr

The Religious Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers) has a rich history of encouraging personal faith and engagement with the world. Professor Annemarie Carr, a scholar and practicing Quaker, will speak about her own personal experiences and the gifts that the Friends Movement offers to Christians of every denomination.

ALL are welcome- bring a friend!

The Angle monthly newsletter for September 2019

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Dear Friends,
This past Sunday, we launched a new monthly newsletter called the Angle.  The name comes from the shape of the builder’s square (a symbol of St Thomas), and might also (a bit fancifully) suggest a place where ideas collect and are “squared up.”  In any case, it is intended to be a spiritual companion to the Carpenter’s Helper, a way to connect the events and occasions of our life together to our life in Christ.  I hope you will find it useful.  Please let me know what you think, and what you would like to see in it! Here is the September 2019 newsletter.

Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – September 1, 2019 / Year C

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Did you miss coming to St. Thomas’s on Sunday? If you were able to attend, did you wish to listen to the sermon again? Many of us were away for the Labor Day weekend. You may see the sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – September 1, 2019 / Year C on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC3y6ZZg8Wo

Other sermons for Liturgical Year 2018-19, Year C, are available.

Novel Theology for 2019-20

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Novel Theology is a lively discussion group that meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Deacon’s office. Meetings are the second Sunday of September through May. April’s date falls on Easter and May’s date falls on Mother’s Day so those two months will meet on the third Sunday.

The reading list for the 2019-20 is:
Sept. 8 – The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Oct. 13 – Love Heals by Becca Stevens
Nov. 10 – The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
Dec. 8 – Gabriel’s Angel by Nora Roberts
Jan. 12 – An Irish Country Love Story by Patrick Taylor
Feb. 9 – Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans
March 8 – Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson & Peter de Jonge
April 19 – Third Sunday Lamb by Christopher Moore
May 17 – Third Sunday Orphan Train by Christina Bakeskline

Please join us! Reading the book is not a requirement. For more information, contact Susan Hechter at susanahechter@gmail.com.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for August 25, 2019

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Good morning friends! Please find the link for this week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter:

I’d like to bring two things to your attention: the first is a meeting that takes place tomorrow, Saturday, August 24, and you can read about it on the front page of the Helper. The second is that this Sunday, August 25, 2019 we will do a blessing of the garden in the Grove. Please join us for this special blessing during the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of August 18, 2019

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Hello friends!  Please find a link for the most recent Helper below.  It features Becca Stevens and Thistle Farms, who Fr Howie spoke about in last week’s sermon.  You guys…I’m obsessed!  I encourage you to visit their page if you are sparked as I have been:  https://thistlefarms.org/. The story is uplifting, there are 10 good looking books (ooolala), and a lip balm for $4 among other natural and nourishing looking products.
As always, your contributions are needed for OUR newsletter.  What is your good news?  What are you interested in reading about?   

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

God’s Big Backyard – ToGo bags

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As part of our activities in God’s Big Backyard this summer, the children are making ToGo bags which will be donated to Newark Empowerment Center. We hope that our church community will join us in serving our larger community by helping us gather supplies. If you are able to contribute our project, please use the link below to let us know.

Thank you so much for your support!