The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four  people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish.
Did you hear “One for all and all for One!” in Church today? It is Father Paul’s sound bite to summarize his sermon. Didn’t hear the sermon or what to study the sermon? See the sermon for Epiphany 1 – The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord – January 10, 2016/Year C.
St. Thomas’s Monthly Men’s Breakfast
Contact: Tim Casey
Sat., Jan, 9 at 9:00 AM
at St. Thomas’s in the Great Hall
276 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19711
A hot breakfast will be provided. Please confirm if you are able to attend so that I have a head count for planning and if you are able to contribute something.
Thank you and I am looking forward to seeing everyone.
Didn’t make it to Church on Jan. 3? Want to study the sermon in more depth this week? Whatever your reasons, here is Father Paul Gennett’s sermon for The Second Sunday after Christmas Day – January 3, 2016/Year C.
St. Thomas’s shares its weekly news via The Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for Jan. 3, 2016. We invite you to join in our activities and church life.
St. Thomas’s shares its monthly newsletter – The Carpenter – with you. We invite you into our world in spirit and in being. We invite you to join with us and be part of our story!
In this issue …
- Being * Belonging * Believing
- News and upcoming events
- Children’s ministries
- Prayers, needs and thanks
- Regular gatherings
- Parish register
- Birthday’s and anniversaries
- Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM)
- Servants seeking solutions – Ronnie Wilbur
Father Paul and Deacon Cecily attended the ordination of Deacon Ann Urinoski. Ann was an active member of ECM while a student at the University of Delaware. She was the president of ECM her junior and senior year. Ann is in her last year of seminary at The General Theological Seminary, in New York
Ann spent a year in South Africa with the Episcopal Service Youth Corp. She was ordained at the Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey on December 16, 2015
St. Thomas’s shares its weekly news via The Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, is available for this week.
The church office will be closed from Dec. 24 – Jan. 4
Christmas Eve 5:30 p.m. Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols
Thursday, Dec. 24 6:00 p.m. Family Service: Holy Eucharist II
10:30 p.m. Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols
11:00 p.m. Festal Service: Holy Eucharist II with Incense
Christmas Day 9:30 a.m. Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols
Friday, Dec. 25 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist II
1 Christmas 9:30 a.m. Christmas Lesson & Carols; NO Holy Eucharist
Sunday Dec. 27 5:30 p.m. Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist
2 Christmas 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist I
Sunday January 3 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist II
5:30 p.m. Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, Jan. 6 6:00 p.m. Fellowship & Pot Luck Supper
followed by Burning of the Christmas Greens
Merry Christmas! At least that is what we can say, along with Happy Holidays, for those whom Christmas is not their tradition but want to join the birthday party and to be related to one another through peace, hope, joy, and love. When we LIVE Christmas like this, it becomes a pattern for our daily living, and not simply an all-consuming moment in time we leave behind like the wrapping paper, the tree, the decorations, and so much else of our consumable life.
This night brings the hope of holding aside all the other stuff of preparations for this time which the commercial world thinks should begin somewhere around half-past September. We come to this night perhaps for this is what we always do at Christmas reasons, or simply to rest our weary hearts from the fear bashing and bantering surrounding us. To rest into OUR story of angels and shepherds, cattle lowing and sheep bleating, wise men from way out-of-town and not-so-wise human kings, Joseph and Mary, and this child Jesus.
See the entire Christmas Eve & Christmas Day sermon.