Youth Back to School Check-in

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HI EVERYONE!!
(If you have already graduated high school, please pass this message on to someone in grades 6 to 12)

You are cordially and enthusiastically invited to a St. Thomas’s Youth Back to School Check-In. It’s a been a while since we have been together but I have not for even one day stopped thinking about you all and praying that you were well and safe. I can’t wait to hear what you have all been up to. Lots of changes in my life and in our church. I’ll bet there have been some in your life too. 

With that being said, I hope you will meet me on Zoom next Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020 at noon for our first CREW check-in of the 2020-2021 year. C.R.E.W. stands for “Christians Ready, Equipped, and Willing” and youth in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to join us!

It’s time to check in  with each other, tell everyone how you are doing, how school is going, how your family is, etc, etc,……. and give the grown ups some ideas and feedback about what you all want to do this year. Also, find out when we will have our first in-person gathering in the Grove!

Ms. Belinda

What we believe, what we share education series

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Comparing Religions CourseA short course comparing religions 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 of 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. This series will take place in-person and via Zoom.

Dates are Sundays Sep. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Children’s/Youth Ministries feedback for 2020

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A group within our parish has been working hard to put together a youth and children’s worship and Sunday school program for this unprecedented season of Covid-19, and create a solid structure to carry us forward into the future.  We are asking for your input.

Adults and youth ages 12 and up — we need your input on the future of Children’s and Youth Ministries at St. Thomas’s during the pandemic and beyond! Please take our survey by Friday, Sep. 25, 2020. Your opinion and ideas are wanted! 

Not to be too corny, but it’s true: the children are our future. A Sunday school program is important to fostering that future. Youth can not only learn about God and the faith, but they also find mentors, meet friends, form good habits, and foster a feeling that they are loved and valued members of our faith family.

This survey is not only for adults, but also for youth ages 12+. It will help to build a program where our kids can explore the biblical stories, and connect God’s story to their own.  Even if you have no children, and zero interest in teaching- your viewpoint is important!  It takes less than 5 minutes.  Please take this survey to help grow and strengthen our faith family!

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

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 20, 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 20, 2020.  In it, you will read about “Sea Sunday”, and receive an invitation to participate in the children and youth program survey. Please participate!  Your opinion and ideas are wanted!  And finally, on a third page there is a flyer for the Hope Dining Room fundraiser at Boscovs store on Oct 14 and 15, 2020.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as a memorial service:

  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. – Harmon Banning memorial live on YouTube and here is the leaflet.
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person. Sign up for in-person attendance.
  • Wednesday noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube 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.

Ladies – I need to apologize.  I have not organized a ladies’ night out/in for September.  I know how special and wanted these get-togethers are.  Please send me your thoughts and ideas for October!  Zoom?  Rent out a movie theater (I did this with the kids for $15 total)?  Show a move in the great hall with social distancing?  Bonfire in the grove or my backyard?  Attempt one of the Newark Al Fresco dining nights?  Mini Golf at the waterfront?

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 20, 2020

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Pentecost 16Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you well.  Sunday, September 20, 2020 is the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. 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 are Sunday’s  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.  

We will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s at 9 a.m. 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 worshiping in-person 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.

This week we are recognizing Sea Sunday.  Here is a link to a beautiful seafarers video, showing the sacrifice these seafarers make as they play a vital role in the fight against COVID-19. They’re not just keeping our supermarket shelves stocked through the crisis, but they’re also transporting PPE and vital medical equipment to keep the world safe.  Please keep these brave men and women in your prayers this week.

Along those lines, beginning next week, you will see our prayer list in the Sunday leaflet. 

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

Hope Dining Room – September 21, 2020 sign-up

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Hello St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas families! I have some good news about our homeless friends.  SOME of them have found jobs! Some have found housing, some are back on the street and a few are still at the Red Roof Inn. There is a need at the Empowerment Center for “Go Bags” (a meal in a bag – shelf-stable entree, fruit cup, drink, crackers, cookies or bars and a plastic spoon/fork with a napkin). There is a box outside the office at St. Thomas’s, labeled “Go Bags”.  I will deliver all donations to the Newark Empowerment Center. There is another box outside the office at St. Thomas’s labeled “HOPE Dining Room”.  It is for our Hope Dining Room lunch on September 21, 2020. I would  LOVE to hear from you, if you would like to be on our September kitchen team! Here is the Sign Up Genius for Hope Dining Room contributions: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope1

10 – 11:45 a.m. –  cook and assemble meals
11- 12 noon – do dishes
11:45 – 1:00 p.m. – serve (hand out  “Grab and Go” meals, outside, at Kingswood Methodist Church, Brookside)

Let me know at which shift you would like to help, as we can only have 5 masked-people in the kitchen at one time.

Questions or to volunteer? Call or write to me via the Church Office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644.

Bless you all for your care of our homeless friends,  
Madeline Johnson

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) Report for September 2020

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Due to the exigencies of Covid 19, ECM has begun the semester meeting via zoom. Shannon—our president, sent out the Zoom link; reminders were issued over email and GroupMe. The group decided to meet on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. during this semester in response to the challenges of coordinating around multiple schedules. Our inaugural meeting saw four students in attendance along with Sally and me. We had one new member join ECM who had reached out to us during the break as she is a new transfer student though a native of Delaware.

Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) has continued serving the community during the shutdown with a great deal of support from Cana—who is wonderful. BHB has been patronized by several students over break which has continued into the semester. Shannon, Aly and I will need take inventory of our supply and seek more contributions from the church to re-up our inventory which we will do this Friday.

ECM discussed and agreed to send a sympathy card to the members of the Chabad House along with a gift of kosher coffee produced by a Jewish company as a way to express our sympathy. We have successfully reached out to Rabbi Voegel and Sally will complete the purchase and card on our behalf.

BHB has completed an application for a grant under the CARES act which was flagged to our intention by Cana. Shannon, Amy, Father Howie and I filled in the information utilizing a google doc which was then transferred into the correct format for the grant.

Shannon and I met with the Brian Anderson from Student Life who has been assigned to work among other issues with food insecurity on campus. This meeting went very well. We have asked for a UD email address, advertising across the campus, donations of cash and kind and an ongoing relationship with UD through his department. I will report on the progress we make in these areas.

Father Howie, Devon Miller-Duggan, Sally and I (ECM steering/advisory committee) met to discuss options and ideas for ECM this year as we continue to deal with Covid 19. We agreed to create a welcome surprise for the present ECM students from St. Thomas’s. We floated ideas about the ways that ECM can interact with the broader community: chalking the sidewalks with inspiring quotes, lawn signs with the same, a campaign which outlines basic tenets of Episcopalian theology with catchy images, etc. ECM has been invited to think about what we want to do before Shannon, and I share the ideas which were raised by the steering/advisory committee.

The one idea which I did share with the group with Shannon’s agreement was our spiritual focus. This shift was in response to a need that was identified and a request which ECM made of the ECM group as separate from working with BHB.  Father Howie agreed to create a spiritual discernment/education text which ECM will work through this year that is similar but different from his, Into The Desert but more along the lines of spiritual formation. 

University of Religious Leaders Organization (URLO) meetings have continued via Zoom which I attend.

With regards,
Denise Burgher
ECM Convening Graduate Advisor

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 13, 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 13, 2020.  In it, you will find the FAQs for our return to in-person worship, as well as a call for “Go-Bags”.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as a memorial service:

  • Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. – Bob Browning memorial live on YouTube , here is the leaflet.
  • Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE from St. Thomas’s on YouTube.
  • Wednesday noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE from St. Thomas’s on YouTube and in-person (in-person guidelines).

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.

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you.

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

Worship service for September 13, 2020

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Pentecost 15 Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you well.  Sunday, September 13, 2020 is the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. 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  service program and the service program in large print  that accompanies this Sunday’s worship service. 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. Yesterday, I emailed an invitation to in-person worship for this Sunday with a link to a sign-up genius.  Here our FAQ about the precautions and procedures for doing in-person worship 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.

Our friends at St. Nicholas are still most welcome to worship with us online every Sunday, however their parish has returned to in-person gathering.  On Sunday, September 13, 2020, St. Thomas’s will also begin offering in-person worship, as well as, online worship, still at 9 a.m. Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit:  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20).

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

A call for GO-BAGS

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The Newark Empowerment Center (NEC) is staffed by a Friendship House professional and supported by hospitality volunteers primarily supplied by faith community, including our faith family at St. Thomas’s. They serve Newark’s citizens in need, and right now they are in need. They have a critical need for “Go Bags”.

Because there are so few free meals served in Newark, the Center distributes Go Bags to homeless clients every weekday. With enough food for one meal, a typical Go Bag will have a variety of nonperishable food items. The Newark Empowerment Center (NEC) is located in the Newark United Methodist Church at 69 E. Main St., Newark, but we are making a collection of Go Bags here at St. Thomas’s: the box is located right outside of the office. Please consider contributing.

EXAMPLE GO BAG
gallon sized ziplock bag with the following:
protein serving (pasta, stew, tuna or chicken soup)- flip top cans only
granola or cereal bar
8-16 oz. juice
peanut butter/cheese crackers
fruit serving (single serve peaches, mixed fruit applesauce, raisins)
napkin and plastic spoon
dessert optional (single serve pudding, cookies)