Episcopal Church resources for exploring a holy Lent

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[Episcopal News Service] The season of Lent, the 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, begins Feb. 10 this year, and across the Episcopal Church there are a number of devotional resources to help Episcopalians observe a holy Lent.

In their article are links to information about resources that ENS has received to date. Additional resources, including the presiding bishop’s Lenten message will be available in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent.

Sermon for Ash Wednesday – February 10, 2016/Year C

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Perhaps we let out an inward, silent groan, or perhaps it is more audible, “Oh no, not Lent again!” Sadly Lent has been overlaid with images of denial of life joys and pleasure, ashes on forehead and dust on the rest of us, and most certainly wearing burlap undergarments! Many just avoid Ash Wednesday with some degree of guilty abandon, and perhaps avoid all of Lent’s true invitation to renewal and restoration of abundant life in the Spirit of God’s love. Polls reveal that almost 25% of the population in the United States is the None’s, defined as no religious affiliation. So this day, this special season in the life of the church, holds nothing for them. And yet …

The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

See the sermon in its entirety at Ash Wednesday – February 10, 2016/Year C.

Theological Education Sunday – Feb. 7, 2016

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The Episcopal Church designates Sun., Feb. 7, the first Sunday of February, as Theological Education Sunday. It is intended to invite our prayers and support for those who follow God’s call into the ordained life.

This year, we are blessed to have Julia Stroud from St. Lydia’s
Community Church, Brooklyn NY. Julia is a personal friend of Fr. Paul & Marilyn from their time at St. David’s in Wayne, PA. St. Lydia’s is a progressive storefront parish that connects the holy with the daily of life, shared at tables with friends.

If you wish to hear or listen to her sermon again, please see The Last Sunday after the Epiphany – February 7, 2016/Year C.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for Sun., Feb. 7

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Dear friends of St. Thomas’s,

The 174rd Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish is coming soon! All reports are due this Sunday, February 7. Please send your report to camiseward@gmail.com with Annual Report in the subject line.

The Episcopal Church designates the first Sunday of February, as Theological Education Sunday. This Sunday, February 7 is intended to invite our prayers and support for those who follow God’s call into the ordained life. We are blessed to have Julia Stroud from St. Lydia’s Community Church, Brooklyn NY, with us this coming Sunday. Julia is a personal friend of Fr. Paul & Marilyn from their time at St. David’s in Wayne, PA. St. Lydia’s is a progressive storefront parish that connects the holy with the daily of life, sharing at tables with friends. The loose plate offering on this day will be designated to support the work of St. Lydia’s Community Church. Please be generous with an extra offering February 7. If you wish to write a check, please make out to St. Thomas’s Parish and include in the memo line Theological Education Sunday; St. Lydia’s Church.

See the Carpenter’s Helper for this coming Sun., Feb. 7.

As of this Sunday the Carpenter’s Helper will no longer be included in with the Sunday bulletin. There are hard copies available on the name tag table.

Make note that the St. Thomas’s Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, February 13 at 9:00 a.m..

Blessings to you this day,

Cami Seward

What is Ash Wednesday about?

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Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement are glad to offer the Episcopal Church a customizable video for congregations to promote their Ash Wednesday liturgies. This video is our gift to you. You may post it as is, or you can download a high resolution video and with some basic video editing skills create a customized video for your congregation. See more info.

Craft Fair Planning session

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The Craft Fair folks will have a planning session Wednesday, 2/3 at 6 p.m. – in the Classroom section of the Great Hall.
This year we will be taking the “committee” approach – more hands to take care of the suggestions we have received for a “new and improved” 2016 craft fair.
Please come with ideas/suggestions.  If you can not attend, but want to volunteer, please contact Jackie Fossler, Barbara Graham or Teresa Coons.
Jackie – 302-738-7496
Barbara Graham – email:  44graham@comcast.net
Teresa – 302-738-5574 – or email:  tlcoons411@comcast.net
Thanks – see you Wednesday!

Liturgy Guild needs new members

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Dear members of the St Thomas family,

I am writing to you all as head of the liturgy guild, which provides all the altar servers (including Communion assistants), readers of the Lessons, and Eucharistic visitors who bring Communion to those who cannot come to church. As I write the annual report I am very mindful of the fact that lately we have been experiencing an unusual level of attrition of our ranks through accidents, illness, and departures. We need volunteers to step forward, and we need them now. Please think seriously and prayerfully about volunteering yourself or at least someone else for this crucial work which is in fact neither hard nor requires much training. I will be most happy to talk to anyone to allay her or his anxieties about serving. The Lord wants YOU!

Pax,

Larry Duggan

St. Thomas’s Men’s Breakfast

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Please join our St. Thomas’s Men’s group for some food and fellowship! Breakfast will be held at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Parish. Please RSVP to Timothy Casey at 302-261-2182 or viatjmmcasey@verizon.net by Monday 1/4 so we can plan the food.
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