Worship service for October 4, 2020

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Hello faith family.  Sunday, October 11, 2020 is the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Sign up for in-person worship for Sunday.  Here is the  service program ,  and the service program in large print for your preview. There are paper copies available to be mailed.  If you would like one, please let me know.  We will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s at 9 a.m.  On Sunday, connect to our worship service at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel – this is the same link each week. Please subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you never miss a service.  All are welcome; please worship in whatever way is comfortable for you.

Following the service this week, Fr. Howie will continue the Christian Education Season with week 3 of the 4-week course comparing religions.  A Zoom invitation will be sent on Sunday.  This will be presented via Zoom and in-person in the church building with social distancing.

And, then at 2 p.m., Fr. Howie will be Blessing the Animals in the Grove and LIVE on YouTube.  ALL Animals are Welcome- please send in your photos of your pets, and invite your family, friends and neighbors!  Email cana.hartman@gmail.com or text 302.354.3277.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page. 

See past sermons or bulletins on our Recent Sermons page.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!  Please continue to share your impressions and ideas for both in-person and online worship.  Your thoughts are appreciated!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Youth Gathering in the Grove – Friday, October 2, 2020

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St. Thomas’s Youth (grades 6-12) are invited to responsibly gather in person at the church to share in food, fun, and fellowship while enjoying the Grove and outside courtyard once it gets dark.

Masks are required when not eating and social distancing will be expected.

Please BYO mask and lawn chair, if possible (or towel), for sitting.

Rain Date: Sat., October 3, 2020 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Sue Houghton via the church office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644.

Worship service for October 4, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you well.  Sunday, October 4, 2020 is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Here is the  service program ,  and the service program in large print for your preview. There are paper copies available to be mailed.  If you would like one, please let me know.  We will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s at 9 a.m.  On Sunday, connect to our worship service at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel – this is the same link each week. Please subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you never miss a service.

Following the service, the Christian Education season will continue at 10:30 a.m. with the 4-week course “What we believe, What we share,” which compares religions. This will be held in-person in the church building, as well as on Zoom.  Here is your link to the Zoom meeting.  All are WELCOME.

Yesterday, I emailed an invitation to in-person worship for this Sunday, with a link to a sign-up genius.  Also, see the FAQ about the precautions and procedures for doing so safely.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about this option. Each service will continue to be streamed, and I suspect many of us will still be participating from home.  Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit:  Always together; never apart…maybe in distance, but never in heart.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page. 

See past sermons or bulletins on our Recent Sermons page.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!   

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Outreach for Hope Dining Room or “internet for education”

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Dear family of St. Thomas’s,

We have been looking for opportunities to work with our friends at St. Nicholas. Our quarantine – YouTube-services were well received by both parishes, so when we entered into the Hope Dining Room project, we invited St. Nicholas to join us. St. Nicholas has been providing not only help in the kitchen, but also, veggies from their community garden. St. Nicholas has come up with another timely pandemic-related community outreach project and they have invited us to partner with them.

Because of COVID, most local public schools are totally virtual, at this point. The Christina School District has made sure each child has a computer, but some local families do not have internet access. The principal of one local elementary school, has identified the families that can’t afford it. Our two churches would like to team-up to provide that service for the effected families.

If you would like to help with Hope Dining Room expenses or the “internet for education” project, you can send a check made out to St. Thomas’s with “St. T’s/St. N’s co-outreach fund” on the memo line. Donations can also be made electronically using your bank account or credit card on our Giving page.  If you feel passionate about one or the other of these outreaches and wish your money to be used only for that one, please note that and we will respect and act on it.

It takes a village and a couple churches to raise a child in a pandemic. Food and education are two necessities that we feel called to assist with in our town. God at work – in love – for our community.

Many Blessings to you all – stay well,
Madeline Johnson

Blessing of the Animals – October 11, 2020

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Blessing of the AnimalsBring your furry (or not so furry) friends to be blessed by Fr. Howie on Sun., Oct. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Grove next to the church.

All humans must wear masks and social distancing will be observed. Please remember, for the safety of all, to have your pets on a leash or in a carrier. If you believe that this gathering may not be a good idea for your pet, please come anyway and bring your favorite photo of your pet.

ALL are Welcome!

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 4, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you all well.  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of October 4, 2020.  In it, you will see an invitation to an outdoor movie screening for John Lewis: Good Trouble, as well as get an exciting update on ECM (Episcopal Campus Ministry).  The annual Blessing of the Animals will take place next Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Grove.  See the attached flyer, the Facebook event, or contact the office for more info.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as continuing the Christian Education season and the animal blessing:

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you.  Here is a link to sign-up for in-person attendance for this week, 9/20/20.  Please do not feel pressure to return to the church building until you are comfortable.  We may be in different locations, but we are celebrating TOGETHER.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Episcopal Campus Ministry Fall 2020 update

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ECM campfireEpiscopal Campus Ministry (ECM) for college-age students at St. Thomas’s is alive and well during these strange times. These amazing young adults are really showing their flexibility and commitment.

On Friday evening, they gathered in our Grove for some Fun and Fellowship. This was in place of the traditional hayride and bonfire at Milburn Orchards, which we look forward to continuing once conditions permit.

Their food bank ministry, Blue Hen Bounty, a food pantry that provides supplemental nutrition to University of Delaware students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves, continues to serve and grow. Efforts continue to advertise this resource. The college students who visit the pantry are of all ages and walks of life, and all are grateful for the assistance. As the motto goes: taking care of the rest, so you can be at your best.

ECM campfireRecently, ECM applied for funding from the CARES Act, and was awarded $10,000. It’s overwhelming to think of all the good that money will do for our community, and all of the students who will be helped.

Please keep these youths in your prayers, as they continue to let their lights shine in our community and in the world.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 27, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you all well.  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of September 27, 2020. In it we honor the memory of a brave pioneer and get excited for the new season of Christian Education, beginning this Sunday.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as the start of the Christian Education season:

  • Sun., Sep. 27, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person. Sign up for in-person attendance.
  • Sun., Sep. 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – Christian Education via ZOOM and in-person
  • Wed. noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thurs. at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily via Zoom.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Fri.. Oct. 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. – Youth (grades 6-12) get-together in the Grove (details coming soon!)
  • Sun., Oct. 4, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person.
  • Sun., Oct. 4, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – Christian Education via ZOOM and in-person  

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you.  Please do not feel pressure to return to the church building until you are comfortable.  We may be in different locations, but we are celebrating TOGETHER.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Worship service for September 27, 2020

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Pentecost 17Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you well.  Sunday, September 27, 2020 is the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. We will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s at 9 a.m. as well as worshiping in person. On Sunday, connect to our worship service at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel – this is the same link each week. Please subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you never miss a service. Here is the accompanying  service program,  and the service program in large print. There are paper copies available to be mailed.  If you would like one, please let me know. 

Beginning this week, you will see our prayer list back in the Sunday leaflet. Please take a moment to look over this list and send me any updates or additions. These names are read aloud and prayed for each Wednesday at the service of intercessory prayer and sharing this list each week gives us all the opportunity to participate.

Following the service, the Christian Education seasons begins at 10:30 a.m. with a 4-week course “What we believe, What we share”, comparing religions.  This will be held in-person in the church building, as well as, on Zoom.  All are WELCOME.

Yesterday, I emailed an invitation to in-person worship for this Sunday with a link to a sign-up genius.  Here is the FAQ about the precautions and procedures for doing so safely.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about this option. Each service will continue to be streamed, and I suspect many of us will still be participating from home.  Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit:  Always together; never apart…maybe in distance, but never in heart.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

See past sermons or bulletins on our Recent Sermons page.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!   

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Christian Education season starts this Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020

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The Christian Education season starts this Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020, and it looks fascinating!

Comparing Religions CourseSunday, Sep. 27, 2020 officially kicks off our Christian Education season here at St. Thomas’s.  We are beginning with a 4-week series on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. “What we believe, What we share” is a short course comparing religions.  This will be offered via Zoom and in-person in the church building with social distancing. The dates for this series are Sundays Sep. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

This four-session course will cover the theologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, using a comparison with Christianity as a way of pulling the threads together. Our goal will be to see how the major faith traditions approach the same questions- creation, sin, eternity, and the righteous life. Come learn what we have in common, how we see the world, and maybe even what others can tell us about our own faith.

Please use the following iCalendar (.ics) link to add this event to your calendar: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZEpdu-trj4vHNQf1BX8lhpOR3of2fdrkSje/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGtqjosH9SQtR-HRpwMBoj4M-_ziCVYgo1smk7HO3hfahPZBLFNNOB5FMrb

Following this series, on November 4, 2020, our own Connie Cooper will tell us the story of St. Thomas’s Parish and its work in Newark. 

This year’s schedule looks phenomenal.  See the 2020-21 Christian Education program in its entirety.

I will be sending an invitation this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. with the link.  If you have questions about the upcoming 4-week course or any of the educational offerings, please contact the office or Fr, Howie.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644