Carpenter’s Helper for this week & Sat. work day

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WELCOME HOME AGAIN TODAY, April 24, we are delighted to welcome back home to our parish family the Reverend Deacon Ann Urinoski. Ann was a rising senior at St. Thomas’s in 2008 at the University of Delaware and president of ECM. After graduation, her journey of God has led her to serve a one year missionary term for Young Adult Service Corp in South Africa,and on return she entered the process for postulancy for Holy Orders in the Diocese of New Jersey. On affirmation of this call, she entered.The General Theological Seminary in New York City, where she will graduate in May. Ann was ordained deacon in December, 2015, and will be ordained priest in the Church in June. Ann will preach at our 8:00 a.m.& 10:30 a.m. worship. Please welcome Ann again this day, and pray for her ministry and calling to serve the Church in her life ahead.

ST. THOMAS’S WORK PARTY on Sat., April 23 the Property Ministry will be hosting a work party beginning at 9:00 a.m. Signup on the Great Hall door or just show up. Contact Barry Gregg at 302-521-4209 or barry.gregg45@yahoo.com with questions.

Grocery & Gas Gift Cards Desperately Needed!!!!

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Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

I am grateful for the continued outpouring of gift cards given to serve the needs of many in our area that come into our sacred space for sanctuary and care during the weekdays. That said, I continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover, and the gift cards many have given over the past months are again depleted! I ask your prayers and help to purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas or to buy some needed grocery staples at a local store. Over the past 10 days, we have provided over $250 in grocery & gas cards to assist those regular working poor who cannot access the Empowerment Center due to conflict in work schedule & NEC hours of operation.

This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of so many. Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours. Please give them directly to Cami Seward if you can, or put in an envelope marked to Cami’s attention and place in the offering plate. Fr. Paul+

Property Committee Meeting – Thurs. at 1:00 p.m.

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For any one interested in participation in property issues at St. Thomas's.  There is a Property Ministry Meeting at 1:00 pm this Thursday 4/21/16. While other items may be discussed, at a minimum plans for the upcoming work day and addressing issues with the kitchen floor will be discussed. We hope to see you there.  Sue Houghton

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for April 17, 2016

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Reminders:

DISMANTLING THE NEW JIM CROW– The Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow in Newark meets at St. Thomas’s TODAY, April 18, at 5:00 p.m. in the classroom off the Great Hall. If you would like more information contact Connie Malin at 302-834-3016 or Cami Seward in the church office 907-321-3336 or at camiseward@gmail.com.

PARISH SPRING CLEANUP – On Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. the Property Ministry will be hosting a work party. Signup on the Great Hall door. Contact Barry Gregg 302-521-4209 / barry.gregg45@yahoo.com with questions.

NEXT SUNDAY APRIL 24 – We are delighted to welcome back home to our parish family the Reverend Deacon Ann Urinoski. Ann was a rising senior when I came to St. Thomas’s in 2008 at the University of Delaware and president of our ECM. After graduation, her journey of God has led her to serve a one-year missionary term for Young Adult Service Corp in South Africa, and on return she entered the process for postulancy for Holy Orders in the Diocese of New Jersey. On affirmation of this call, she entered The General Theological Seminary in New York City, where she will graduate in May. Ann was ordained deacon in December, 2015, and will be ordained priest in the Church in June. Ann will preach at our 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. worship. Please welcome Ann!

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Blessings to you this day,

Cami Seward

St. Thomas’s Parish
276 South College Ave.
Newark, Delaware 19711
302-368-4644

Online giving updates

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This is the last week to make an Easter donation at our Giving page.

Next week the special account will be our very own Camp Arrowhead fund which helps children at St. Thomas’s pay for camp.

Finally, if you didn’t have your check book with you yesterday for the Bishop’s visit, you can make a donation online to his discretionary fund.

All my best,

Amy Keach

Sermon for The Fourth Sunday of Easter & Confirmation Day

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“I will make a new covenant … I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

As you have come to know, I try to pay attention to those God Tweets wherever, however, whenever, and through whomever they may come. They are just too important in my living faith to miss, although I certainly miss more than my share. However, a recent commercial for a hospital in the Philadelphia area God tweeted me to attention for this Confirmation Day.

See The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.’s sermon for The Fourth Sunday of Easter & Confirmation Day – April 17, 2016/Year C and see all sermons.

“Neighbor-to-Neighbor” — A Retreat on Poverty April 30

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On Saturday April 30, from 8:30 – 3 St. Barnabas’ is hosting a day-long retreat with Friendship House on poverty, in particular the nature of suburban poverty, guiding principles and best practices. As we all know, sometimes churches with the best of intentions hurt rather than help. This will be the start of conversations about how the churches can work together, with local partners, and in relationship with those in need and with their participation, toward empowerment and addressing systemic issues that prevent people from living a purposeful life. The Rev. Bill Perkins is the speaker, and participants will receive a copy of his substantial paper. We will also pray together, be in conversation together, sing together and eat together.

If I could ask you to please publicize this event in your congregations. The event is free but we are asking people to register as we are providing lunch and it would be helpful to have a reasonably accurate count.

Thank you!
Blessings,

Martha

St. Barnabas’ Church
2800 Duncan Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

See the Neighbor-to-Neighbor flyer.

Campus Ministry Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Presbyterians

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On Wed., April 13, 2016, St. Thomas’s ECM-ers had a great time with the Lutheran Campus Ministry and the Presbyterian Campus Ministry. They came to chat with us some even before our Evening Prayer time, and it was so much fun to have a few new faces. It was a great turn out of the ECM regulars too, which made for all the more fun; we even filled three pews for evening prayer! We had a fantastic dinner and a wonderful UDairy dessert, and we all sat with someone new at our tables. Each table shared “God moments” or “New and Goods” with one another, which is when each person gets to share something positive from their week so that we can celebrate it as a group. We wrapped up a satisfying dinner and discussion and helped the LCM and PCM-ers make some Fleece-tie blankets that would be donated to foster children. Since this meeting was in the middle of the week, it was so nice to take a break for arts and crafts!

Feeling satisfied with the food and the company of one another, we made sure to invite the LCM and PCM-ers to come again if they ever felt so inclined, and they also invited us to their Tuesday dinner and Wednesday Bible Study if we ever felt the need. Tonight was another wonderful reminder of how blessed I am to attend a school and a congregation that places such importance on fostering relationships with other students, constantly challenging me to expand my social networks inside and outside the classroom!

– Hannah Watts

Hospitality for Bishop Wright’s visit on Sunday, April 17th

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We’re finalizing plans for Confirmation with Bishop Wright’s visit on Sunday, April 17th, and still need a few more goodies for the coffee hour/reception. Given the special occasion, we expect a larger-than-normal crowd and want to make sure there’s a mighty feast. It would be great if you could provide your special dish or something similar to the following – Finger foods (hot & cold), Chips, Dips, Cheese, Fruit, Veggies, Salads, Cookies, Pastries.

Items should be dropped off at the church kitchen before 11 AM on Sunday, April 17th. Please let us know what you can give. Blessings!

Mr. Bob & Ms.Teri