4th Sunday Choir this Sunday

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I invite you to join the 4th Sunday Choir this Sunday, January 27!  The anthem is a simple 2-part piece that will be easy to pick up; so it won’t be necessary for anyone to come to rehearsal tomorrow night (Thursday, Jan 24).  Of course, if you wish to come to rehearsal YOU ARE WELCOME!

Please, please, please arrive for the Sunday morning rehearsal promptly at 9:30 a.m.  Please.

Marc Cheban
Organist and Choir Director

Ladies Night Out for Winter 2019

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Ladies, It looks like the 15th will be a great date for Winter Ladies Nights. Let me know if you have suggestions for locations for the remainder of the winter. We hope you can make this relaxing opportunity to visit with other ladies from St. Thomas’s.

Sue Houghton

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019: Iron Hill Restaurant – Main Street, Newark
Friday, Feb. 15, 2019: Location TBD
Friday, March 15, 2019: Location TBD
Monday, April 15, 2019: Location TBD

Epiphany Potluck and Burning of the Greens

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This year’s annual Epiphany Potluck will be held on Sunday, January 6 at 6:00 p.m. The Hospitality Ministry will be providing the main course with potluck sides being requested. For questions regarding the potluck, please contact Cana Hartman at canahartman@gmail.com.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of December 23, 2018

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See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of December 23, 2018. See all newsletters and announcements.

We return again to our yearly remembrance of the birth of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. “O Come, let us adore him,” in our words and song, and in our action and deeds, beginning with our worship together on Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning, and the First Sunday after Christmas. A Service Schedule follows.

CHRISTMAS EVE – December 24, 2018
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant
10:30 p.m. Carol singing followed by
11:00 p.m. Midnight Mass of Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS DAY – December 25, 2018
9:30 a.m. Carol singing followed by
10:00 a.m. Christmas Morning Eucharist

FIRST SUNDAY after CHRISTMAS DAY – December 30, 2018
9:30 a.m. Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion
(One Service this Sunday)

Announcing The Rev. Dr. Howell C. Sasser

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The Vestry and Search Committee of St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Newark, Delaware announce with great joy and elation the acceptance of the call to serve as Rector; The Reverend Doctor Howell C. Sasser.

Father Sasser is, at present, serving as Rector to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.  We eagerly anticipate his arrival to St. Thomas’s in early March 2019.

Below is a biographical “snapshot” for Father Sasser.  Listing in brief;  some of his credentials from his CV, prior experience and his strengths.  Also listed is the feedback received on Fr. Sasser from the Search Committee and the reference interviews. 

Fr. Howie Sasser (Bloomsburg, PA) – Male, Married

1988 BA, International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
1999  PHD, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh     
2003  BD, Divinity, University of London     
2009  STM, Sacred Theology, Yale University     
2017  Leadership Group Process, College for Congregational Development  

Current Role: Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg, PA since 2014
Prior Experience: Associate Rector and then Interim at St. Peter’s Church, Peekskill, NY, Youth Leader at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC
Secular Experience: Director of Research Epidemiology of Carolina Healthcare System, Associate Professor of Epidemiology of New York Medical College, and Scientific Review Coordinator of Manila Consulting Group 

Liturgy – Anglo-Catholic, blending of tradition and creativity, sung liturgy, art in worship     
Homiletics – Informal,engaging, practical     
Christian Education – Adults and Children, curriculum development, group facilitation     
Vestry Development – Empowering lay leaders, team building 

  • Spiritual
  • Creative, Organized and Analytical
  • Tech Savvy
  • Inspiring and Captivating Sermons
  • Honest, Sincere, and Open
  • Enthusiastic
  • Very Adaptable
  • Flexible
  • Financially Inclined and Innovative Fundraiser
  • Sung Liturgist
  • Asset to St. Thomas and Newark
  • Warm and Funny
  • Works Well with People

We ask God’s blessing upon the other candidates. May they continue with God’s grace on their journeys to future mutual ministries.

We thank our Congregation, Search Committee, Consultant and Vestry for their hard work and continued support throughout this entire process.

Please join us in welcoming Fr. Sasser to St. Thomas’s Church!

Respectfully yours in Christ,
Regina M. McCann, Senior Warden-St. Thomas’s Vestry
Marilyn Prime, Chair – St. Thomas’s Search Committee
Donna Weaver, Chair – St. Thomas’s Search Committee 

“Christmas For All” for Code Purple Guests

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        “Christmas For All”  is going to be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Calvary is opening its  doors at 4 PM Christmas Eve and plans to serve a Christmas Eve Feast to all homeless or displaced persons who accept the invitation.   They will stay overnight there and be served a hot breakfast on Christmas Day and Santa will visit with gifts at 9 AM.  In order for this to happen, all the participating churches in Newark, will need to step up.   

Here are some things you could provide:   FOOD:   ham, turkey, beef, sides, desserts and canned sodas.   Egg casseroles or pastries (in disposable pans).  Lunch meat, rolls, individual chip bags.   GIFTS:  $10 gift cards to Wawa or McD, insulated gloves, warm socks, hand warmers, new underwear – all types and sizes, LED flashlights.  WORKERS:   They are very grateful for 1 hour, 4 hours… of your help.   

IF you can help out, give Tom Parkins a call to volunteer:  302-731-8193 (home) or 302-465-2070 (cell).   There will be a box in the great hall, on the window side, labeled  “Christmas For All”.   I will take it over to Calvary on the 23rd of Dec at noon.   Please have any donations in it by that time.   If you would like to donate something that needs refrigeration, put it in the church frig and mark it:    “Christmas For All”, and  I will take that as well.   If you have questions, please call me.

             MANY Blessings for being the hands and feet of Jesus,  in Newark,

                      Madeline Johnson  

                      Amy Keach 

                      Kelly Tompkins