Carpenter’s Helper for Dec. 27, 2015

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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


The Epiphany

Wednesday, Jan. 6   6:00 p.m.        Fellowship & Pot Luck Supper

                                                           followed by Burning of the Christmas Greens

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – December 24 & 25, 2015/Year C

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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.

Bouncing Baby Boy Blessings Abound!!

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Blessings to all in this new day as we await “for unto us a child in born, a son is given” the hope of the Christmas message, Love come to earth!

Well, some of our parish family got a bit of a jump on this hopeful prophecy!! We celebrate the birth of Ryan to Colleen Branigan yesterday, December 16, and blessings to grand parents Tracy and Steve Branigan … and today Lucas was born to Tori and Kevin Quinones, and blessings to grand parents Judy and Michael Grabowski! What a joyful gift to these families to add to the gift of the Presence of Jesus this Christmastide! CONGRATS to all, and prayers for healthy lives together!

With thanks, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett Jr.+

Greening the Church

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The Flower Guild would love your help in decorating the church for the Christmas season on Sunday, Dec. 20 following the 10:30 a.m. service. Sweepers, wrappers and other helpers are very much appreciated.
If you have questions contact Karen Krauss at

Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

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As the holiday season approaches, the needs of many in our area are served through wonderful ministries and programs. I continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover. I ask your prayers and help that if you would purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas, or buy some needed grocery staples at a local store, or shop for basic clothing needs at a local Kmart or other store in the area. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of others in these economically challenging times.

I particularly ask for holiday helping hearts in the form of extra gas, grocery, and local [K-Mart, Marshalls, Kohl’s, etc.] retail stores for two working families — a single father with three young children, and single mother with two daughters. Both are working to keep their family together now and in days ahead, and are not able to access local food banks or other resources due to working hours. If you wish to help them directly, please place your gift cards in an envelope for Parish Administrator Cami Seward, noting “Single Father” and/or “Single Mother”. For this special consideration, I am most grateful.

Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours through the holidays and into New Year 2016.

Fr. Paul+

Newark Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

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As we continue to seek the“peace of God that passes all understanding”for all of God’s creation and created, we are invited to our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday evening, November 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Our worship and fellowship will be hosted by Calvary Baptist Church, 215 East Delaware Avenue in Newark. Father Paul will be participating in this worship along with sisters and brothers from Christian, Unitarian, Ba’hai, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and other faith traditions. May this be a way for you to enter this uniquely American holiday with a heart filled with gratefulness for ALL of God’s created by seeking to make peace in all lives by the many
pathways we follow to the Holy One.

With you or Without you … Can we count on you?

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Our annual Stewardship Campaign is a vitally important act of faithfulness that allows our vestry to shape our ministries and outreach for the coming year and to ensure that our building and grounds are safe, comfortable and well maintained while continuing to live within our means.

In the next few weeks, take a moment and imagine what our parish would be like without your support. We are an incredibly dynamic parish committed to diverse ministries that touch each of us and the Community of Newark. They range from our weekly programs and vibrant worship to Episcopal Campus Ministry, Hope Dining Room, Code Purple winter homeless sanctuary ecumenical program, the children’s Lights Choir, and many outside groups who use our space such as AIDS Delaware test site, the Scottish and University of Delaware dancers, and many Twelve Step groups for recovery from addiction.

Don’t assume that all contributions of time, talent and treasure will be made by the parishioner that worships next to you. Without you what ministries might be limited or dropped? Without you what maintenance around our spiritual home might not get completed? Without you our commitment to the Diocese could diminish after they have so generously supported us with the purchase of The Grove. Imagine St. Thomas’ without your support… Can we count on you?

Yet what great things could we accomplish if our Stewardship goals are exceeded! With you we could begin a much needed replacement of the roof in the Sanctuary. With you we could contribute our full share to the support of our Diocese. With you we could renew our commitment to seminarians for future church leadership, missionaries like Alejandra Garcia Gonzalez, and youth at Camp Arrowhead. With you innovative new ministries could be started. Imagine St. Thomas’ with your support…… Can we count on you?

In the next few weeks please decide how you are called to support the work God envisions for our parish in this time by making your commitment on or before Stewardship Sunday, December 6.

Michael Grabowski & Lisa Swain, Stewardship Co-chairs