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 email@example.com with questions.
The next St. Thomas’s Monthly Men’s Breakfast will be held on Sat., April 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall, St Thomas’s, 276 South College Avenue Newark, De 19711. Please RSVP to Tim Casey at 302-261-2182.
We are participating in the Episcopal Relief and Development’s NetsforLife® effort.
Donations for this worthy cause are significantly down from last year so we are extending the end date to April 15 to give everyone a chance to contribute to our annual contribution. To participate, you can give a check made out to St. Thomas’s with NetsforLife on the memo line or cash donation to Sister Jackie Fossler or Connie Malin or charge your credit card by going directly to the ERD website at www.netsforlifeafrica.org.
If you have questions contact Connie Malin at 302-834-3016 or Sister Jackie Fossler at 302-738-
7496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are blessed to welcome our diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Wayne P. Wright, to our family of St. Thomas’s Parish on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sunday April 17. Bishop Wright will be the preacher and celebrant at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. He will be celebrating the Confirmation of Makayla Casey, Joshua Grieten, Elizabeth Payzant, Gustavo Smith, Sean Swain, and Claire Wadman . The Bishop also will commission our Vestry servant leaders, offer our thanks and blessings for good and faithful service upon off-going Vestry, and recognize with gratitude our Christian Formation teachers and staff who have served our children and families over the past year.
If you wish to reaffirm your Baptismal Covenant and Confirmation vows before our Bishop this day, please let Fr. Paul know your intention on or before Wednesday, April 13th.
The loose plate offering this day is designated to the Bishop’s discretionary fund which generously provides assistance to Camp Arrowhead scholarships, clergy sabbaticals, and much, much more. Please be generous!
Every Second Sunday in Easter we meet our namesake Thomas. The crest for Thomas the Apostle on our banner might be an appropriate slogan for any tee-shirts, mugs, cozies, or other promotional products prepared for our upcoming 175th celebration of our ministry in Newark in 2017 – How can we know the way???
See Father Paul’s sermon for The Second Sunday of Easter – April 3, 2016/Year C. See sermons for this liturgical year.
Blessings to all in Eastertide Grace! I heard from Deacon Cecily that she & the ECM Mission students are back in USA again safe, sound, and truly blessed by their experience & service in Costa Rica! Here is the last word …
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+
Dear Father Paul and the St. Thomas Community,
Hard to believe it’s our last day and it ended with an amazing view. We went to the Poas Volcano National Park, where we viewed the most acidic lake in a volcanic crater.
as well as a lagoon of collected rainwater. It was a physical challenge but the view was worth it.
We concluded our volcano adventure with a taste of the local strawberries and lunch.
I’m sending this email over our last dinner here. While we were eating, the power went out in a small part of San Jose. The restaurant carried on business as usual. I guess that’s what it means to live “pura vida”! Alex even called it “the full Costa Rica experience”. 🙂
We’re on our way to Newark, NJ and eventually DE. Thank you so much for helping us get here and we’ll see you soon!
Bishop Héctor did a Eucharist mass when we got back to the Diocesan home. He preached about how he was elected and how our work and the church is similar to surfing. Coming across the right opportunities to help the most people is like catching the perfect wave. We came to Costa Rica at the right time and my hope is that we can apply this to many other locations, including Delaware. He gave us handcrafted cross pendants to remember our time here.
We concluded our day with an energizing dance lesson, learning various Costa Rican and popular techniques from the bachata to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We’ve got a talented bunch out here! It was a lot of fun and gave us some much needed R&R. Today we went to the beach in Manuel Antonio. It was a long drive (3 1/2 hours!) but it was worth it.
Join the children and youth of St. Thomas’s for the annual Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast on April 24, 9:30 a.m. Please try to arrive a few minutes early so we can gather our food offerings before we begin. The Breakfast will be held in St. Thomas’s Great Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend but children, youth and their families are encouraged to attend!
Please bring a dish or breakfast item to share. Beverages will be provided.
To RSVP, ask questions or volunteer to help, email Belinda Young-Payne at email@example.com or call at 302-832-8834.
Blessings in the Grace of Easter Thursday, the fourth day of our making resurrection happen in our life, in our world … and our ECM students & Dazzling Deacon Cecily continue to serve, share, and grow in Spirit of Love in their ministry in Costa Rica. Today’s update from Carson Hanna.
Buenos tardes Father Paul y St. Thomas!