ECM dinners – sign up now!

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The signup sheet is posted so you may sign up to provide dinner for the hungry and appreciative UD students whom we will welcome to take a break from campus life and sojourn for a while in our building.

You can do it as an individual or with a friend or two. Plan to stay to eat and to get to know the kids.

Thank you. Sally Price <sallyeymanprice@gmail.com>

Welcome University Students!

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The Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM), based at St. Thomas’s, Newark, would like to reach out to fellow Episcopalians who will be attending the University of Delaware this fall. Continuing ECM students, student advisors, and members of St. Thomas’s would like to invite them to Wednesday worship and meals, welcome them to prayer and reflection, and introduce them to a ministry of learning and service at the very edge of the university campus.

Come for a free supper, stay for the community!

Please send student names, contact information, and school-year addresses you may have to Ms. Denise Burgher, St. Thomas’s ECM Convening Advisor and to the Rev. Ed Godden, Interim Rector.

Rally Days 2018 -REMEMBER -RENEW -REJOICE-

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Dear Members of Saint Thomas’s,

This year, we are doing something a little different for Rally Day, on Saturday, September 15th and Sunday the 16th. Mark your calendar!

Remember: Join us for an Italian feast on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Join together to break bread, and remember, “Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:12. Please invite friends, family, and neighbors to this celebration of community. All food and beverages will be provided; but we are looking for help with dishes after dinner.

Renew: Helping others sparks happiness. Renew your spirit by learning about some of the opportunities; it feels great to contribute to the lives of others. There will be information stations set up both at Saturday’s dinner, and after both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday.

Rejoice: Over this weekend, learn about and reflect on all of the amazing possibilities for the upcoming season. “Be truly glad. There is great joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6.

Volunteers do not necessarily have lots of time; only lots of heart 💟!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Novel Theology begins again in September

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Novel Theology group meets at 9:15 a.m. on the second Sunday, September-May.

The reading list for the coming year is:
September – Creek Mary’s Blood by Dee Brown
October – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
November – The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham
December – Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity by Dr. Gregory A. Boyd
January – The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn
February – The Centurion’s Wife by Davis Bunn
March – The Damascus Way by Davis Bunn
April – TBD
May – Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalie

For more information, contact Susan Hechter at susanahechter@gmail.com.

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 buy some needed grocery staples at a local store. The office is currently out of gas cards. Please give them directly to Adele Meredith, Parish Administrator, in the Parish Office or put in an envelope marked to Adele’s attention and place in the offering plate. Donations of gift cards are always welcome. Will you help?

Using your IRA Tax-Free

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In December, 2014 Congress enacted legislation making QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) permanent. If you’re over age 70 1/2, you can send up to $100,000 per year directly from your IRA to a qualifying charity — including St. Thomas’s. The distribution is excluded from your gross income making it tax free. For more information, contact Amy Keach, St. Thomas’s Treasurer via the Parish Office or your tax advisor.

Newark Area Welfare Committee Food Cupboard

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There is a current need for folks to transport the food that has been collected over to Newark United Methodist Church. There is also a continuing need for small jars of mayonnaise, grape or strawberry jam or jelly, canned fruit, and canned tomatoes. Contributions go in the baskets as you enter the nave. The NAWC Food Cupboard also needs volunteers to distribute food at the Cupboard housed at the United Methodist Church on Main St. The Cupboard hours are from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Susan Hechter susanahechter@gmail.com.

Collect for our Search for a New Rector

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Our Heavenly Creator, who has blessed this dedicated church family for 175 years serving our community in your faith and love, we ask for guidance for our Parish, Search Committee and Vestry as we embark on the journey to mutual ministry with our next Rector. Bless us with your grace and fill us with knowledge and fortitude throughout this process. In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN