The Carpenter’s Helper is available for this week. Christmas and Advent event information is included.
Blessings to all in this new day as we await “for unto us a child in born, a son is given” the hope of the Christmas message, Love come to earth!
Well, some of our parish family got a bit of a jump on this hopeful prophecy!! We celebrate the birth of Ryan to Colleen Branigan yesterday, December 16, and blessings to grand parents Tracy and Steve Branigan … and today Lucas was born to Tori and Kevin Quinones, and blessings to grand parents Judy and Michael Grabowski! What a joyful gift to these families to add to the gift of the Presence of Jesus this Christmastide! CONGRATS to all, and prayers for healthy lives together!
With thanks, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett Jr.+
GREENING THE CHURCH
The Flower Guild would love your help in decorating the church for the Christmas season on Sunday, Dec. 20 following the 10:30 a.m. service. Sweepers, wrappers and other helpers are very much appreciated.
If you have questions contact Karen Krauss at email@example.com
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Please see St. Thomas’s newsletter for Dec. 13, 2015 and join us in rejoicing!
As the holiday season approaches, the needs of many in our area are served through wonderful ministries and programs. I continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover. I ask your prayers and help that if you would purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas, or buy some needed grocery staples at a local store, or shop for basic clothing needs at a local Kmart or other store in the area. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of others in these economically challenging times.
I particularly ask for holiday helping hearts in the form of extra gas, grocery, and local [K-Mart, Marshalls, Kohl’s, etc.] retail stores for two working families — a single father with three young children, and single mother with two daughters. Both are working to keep their family together now and in days ahead, and are not able to access local food banks or other resources due to working hours. If you wish to help them directly, please place your gift cards in an envelope for Parish Administrator Cami Seward, noting “Single Father” and/or “Single Mother”. For this special consideration, I am most grateful.
Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours through the holidays and into New Year 2016.
As we continue to seek the“peace of God that passes all understanding”for all of God’s creation and created, we are invited to our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday evening, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Our annual Stewardship Campaign is a vitally important act of faithfulness that allows our vestry to shape our ministries and outreach for the coming year and to ensure that our building and grounds are safe, comfortable and well maintained while continuing to live within our means.
In the next few weeks, take a moment and imagine what our parish would be like without your support. We are an incredibly dynamic parish committed to diverse ministries that touch each of us and the Community of Newark. They range from our weekly programs and vibrant worship to Episcopal Campus Ministry, Hope Dining Room, Code Purple winter homeless sanctuary ecumenical program, the children’s Lights Choir, and many outside groups who use our space such as AIDS Delaware test site, the Scottish and University of Delaware dancers, and many Twelve Step groups for recovery from addiction.
Don’t assume that all contributions of time, talent and treasure will be made by the parishioner that worships next to you. Without you what ministries might be limited or dropped? Without you what maintenance around our spiritual home might not get completed? Without you our commitment to the Diocese could diminish after they have so generously supported us with the purchase of The Grove. Imagine St. Thomas’ without your support… Can we count on you?
Yet what great things could we accomplish if our Stewardship goals are exceeded! With you we could begin a much needed replacement of the roof in the Sanctuary. With you we could contribute our full share to the support of our Diocese. With you we could renew our commitment to seminarians for future church leadership, missionaries like Alejandra Garcia Gonzalez, and youth at Camp Arrowhead. With you innovative new ministries could be started. Imagine St. Thomas’ with your support…… Can we count on you?
In the next few weeks please decide how you are called to support the work God envisions for our parish in this time by making your commitment on or before Stewardship Sunday, December 6.
Michael Grabowski & Lisa Swain, Stewardship Co-chairs