“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

Christmas Week services schedule

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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)

Greening of the Church

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The Greening of the Church for Christmas will take place immediately after the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist on December 23rd.  All parish members are invited to help the Flower Guild place potted plants and hang evergreen roping and wreaths.  Stay after the service and have some floral fun!

Many thanks,
Rue Manning for the Flower Guild

Annual Bazaar starts tomorrow!

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Have Christmas shopping to do? Needs treats for the office, class, social group, or home? Come to St. Thomas’s Annual Bazaar to find just what you need.

Friday, November 30 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You will find unique holiday crafts (many under $10), fresh baked goods, a cookie walk selection, quarts of homemade soups, St. Thomas’s t-shirts and hoodies, second-hand Christmas decorations, and exclusive new items. On Saturday, there will be a Breakfast Buffet available for purchase from 9 – 10:30 a.m. On Friday and Saturday, join us for lunch, which may be purchased between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

All proceeds from the Annual Bazaar go to St. Thomas’s Outreach Ministries.

St. Thomas’s Annual Bazaar is open to the public. Feel free to share our flyer.

Angel Tree

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This year, St. Thomas’s will once again provide Christmas gifts for local families through the Angel Tree. The tree will be available beginning November 29. Take a tag-or two or three. Purchase the gift and wrap it, putting the tag on the package. Return the gifts to the church by Monday, December 17. Then feel the glow of knowing that you have shared the love of Christ by helping our neighbors in need. Any questions, contact Connie Cooper at 302-731-7595 or cjcooper15@verizon.net. Thank you!

Camp Arrowhead – Summer 2019

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Brochures are now available in the Narthex for the summer of 2019 at Camp Arrowhead. Additional information regarding applications and costs are available from Belinda Young-Payne.

Christmas Flower Memorials

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During the season of Advent the altar is decorated with greens and no flower memorials are accepted. This presents a grand opportunity to remember your loved ones, celebrate special occasions, or express your thanksgivings by sharing in the floral display for Christmas. Pink forms for this purpose will be available starting Sunday, December 9. The completed forms and accompanying donation should be placed in the alms basin or returned to the church office by Monday, December 17 for inclusion in the Christmas season bulletins.

Advent Lessons and Carols

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On Sunday, December 9, we will be having our service of lessons and carols as is our tradition. The service will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Come out and be a part of this Advent tradition of retelling the story of our Savior’s birth as foretold in the Old and New Testaments.