Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – September 1, 2019 / Year C

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Did you miss coming to St. Thomas’s on Sunday? If you were able to attend, did you wish to listen to the sermon again? Many of us were away for the Labor Day weekend. You may see the sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – September 1, 2019 / Year C on YouTube at

Other sermons for Liturgical Year 2018-19, Year C, are available.

Novel Theology for 2019-20

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Novel Theology is a lively discussion group that meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Deacon’s office. Meetings are the second Sunday of September through May. April’s date falls on Easter and May’s date falls on Mother’s Day so those two months will meet on the third Sunday.

The reading list for the 2019-20 is:
Sept. 8 – The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Oct. 13 – Love Heals by Becca Stevens
Nov. 10 – The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
Dec. 8 – Gabriel’s Angel by Nora Roberts
Jan. 12 – An Irish Country Love Story by Patrick Taylor
Feb. 9 – Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans
March 8 – Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson & Peter de Jonge
April 19 – Third Sunday Lamb by Christopher Moore
May 17 – Third Sunday Orphan Train by Christina Bakeskline

Please join us! Reading the book is not a requirement. For more information, contact Susan Hechter at

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for August 25, 2019

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Good morning friends! Please find the link for this week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter:

I’d like to bring two things to your attention: the first is a meeting that takes place tomorrow, Saturday, August 24, and you can read about it on the front page of the Helper. The second is that this Sunday, August 25, 2019 we will do a blessing of the garden in the Grove. Please join us for this special blessing during the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of August 18, 2019

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Hello friends!  Please find a link for the most recent Helper below.  It features Becca Stevens and Thistle Farms, who Fr Howie spoke about in last week’s sermon.  You guys…I’m obsessed!  I encourage you to visit their page if you are sparked as I have been: The story is uplifting, there are 10 good looking books (ooolala), and a lip balm for $4 among other natural and nourishing looking products.
As always, your contributions are needed for OUR newsletter.  What is your good news?  What are you interested in reading about?   

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

God’s Big Backyard – ToGo bags

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As part of our activities in God’s Big Backyard this summer, the children are making ToGo bags which will be donated to Newark Empowerment Center. We hope that our church community will join us in serving our larger community by helping us gather supplies. If you are able to contribute our project, please use the link below to let us know.

Thank you so much for your support!


Meet the Rector Dinner and Sing-along

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Please join us on Sunday, September 8, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a picnic and sing-along in the Grove with our new Rector, The Rev. Dr. Howell C. Sasser. This evening provides an opportunity to get to know Father Howie and spend time as a parish. Signup sheets will be posted in the Great Hall shortly. Food and drinks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

The Finance Committee

Annual Parish Pentecost Picnic

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Dear St. Thomas Community,

Our annual Pentecost Parish Picnic will take place on June 9 after the 10:30 service. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring friends. St. Thomas will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs a well as paper products and drinks. There will be games and activities for all ages, beginning with the largest prayer ring the Grove has ever seen to bless our meal. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help set up, clean up and help facilitate games. We also NEED YOU to bring a side dish or dessert to complete our celebration meal. (Donations will also be accepted toward the cost of the entrees and paper products.) Signup sheets to get an estimate of how many people are coming, who can help with setup and/or cleanup, and who is bringing what will be on the Great Hall door beginning on May 12 and will be available on SignUp Genius. You are welcome to use the sign up method that works best for you. You are also welcome to bring chairs or picnic blankets for your comfort and enjoyment. Thanks in advance for your help in creating another great fellowship opportunity for our St. Thomas family!! Please feel free to e-mail Belinda Young-Payne at or call me at 302-388-4017 with questions or to volunteer to help plan or facilitate the picnic.

If you choose to sign up electronically, please use this link:

Hope to see you soon!