Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for March 28, 2021

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Happy Friday!  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for March 28, 2021. In it you will find a reminder for Easter flower dedications, a reminder to fill out the talent survey, an announcement for a second blood drive, as well as the schedule for Holy Week.   Eye Spy looks at the Julian Porch.

Holy Week is a very spiritual time, with services each day.  ALL are Welcome to join us for all of them, but in particular, I’m hopeful for a large number (in-person and virtually) at Saturday night’s Great Vigil of Easter (April 3, 2021 at 8 p.m.).  Bishop Kevin will be joining us in person and Rev. Elizabeth Masterson will be participating virtually.  Get your bells ready to make a joyful noise!! 

  • Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 9 a.m.: Holy Eucharist, rite II with music, live on YouTube and in-person via sign-up. Palms will be available at the service, as well as, during curbside communion.  I will also have several palm crosses available to pick up throughout the week, and for mailing.
  • Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10-11 a.m.: Communion at the Curb, in-person with a mask please
  • Palms will be available at the service, as well as during curbside communion.  I will also have several palm crosses available to pick up throughout the week, and for mailing.
  • Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10:45-11:45 a.m.: conclusion of the adult education “Sacramental Life” 3-week series lead by Fr. Howie (March 7, 14, and 28)
  • Check the schedule for Holy Week for a full listing of services.  You will receive invitations to sign up for inperson attendance for each service the day before.  Each service will still be available on YouTube.  You can look for an email 15 minutes before each service with the leaflet and a link to the YouTube channel.  Please note, Friday’s two services will be held at St. Nicholas.
  • Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9 a.m.: Holy Eucharist, rite II with music, live on YouTube and in-person via sign-up. Palms will be available at the service, as well as during curbside communion.  I will also have several palm crosses available to pick up throughout the week, and for mailing.
  • Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10-11 a.m.: Communion at the Curb, in-person with a mask please
  • Monday, April 5, 2021: The church office will be closed.  Please contact Fr. Howie with any urgent needs.
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021 : no intercessory prayer service this week

You will receive an emailed invitation to all the above events and their accompanying leaflets.  As always, there are copies available to be mailed, so please let me know if you’d like a paper copy. 

Forward Day by Days are available.  Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

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 March 28, 2021

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Palm Sunday 2021Hello faith family!  Sunday, March 28, 2021 is Palm Sunday. We will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s at 9 a.m. via our YouTube channel and here is the service program that accompanies the worship service. There are paper copies available to be mailed.  If you would like one, please let me know.  

Continuing this Sunday, services will be open to in-person worship with all precautions in place and with sign-ups.  However, please do not feel pressure to return until you are ready; all services will still be available on YouTube.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options.

  • Communion at the curb will continue this Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10 a.m., no sign up necessary.  Please wear a mask.
  • Also available at the curb this Sunday will be palms!  There will be a number of palm crosses available to pick up or be mailed out as well.  Please contact the office if you’d like one mailed to you.
  • Also, this Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10:45 a.m., Fr Howie will conclude the 3-week adult education “Sacramental Life” via Zoom.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

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.

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.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday! 

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

Invitation to in-person worship for Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021

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Good morning faith family.  If you wish to attend in-person worship, please sign up for in-person worship for Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 9 a.m.  As always, we will continue to stream each service on our YouTube channel.  All are welcome; please worship in whatever way is comfortable for you.

I will be sending invitations to each day in Holy Week. You will receive the invitation along with a preview of the leaflet the day before the service.  See the full schedule for Holy Week.  If you have any questions, please let me know; others probably have the same question!

  • This Sunday, March 28, 2021 from 10-10:45 a.m., Communion at the Curb will be offered for those who have not received the Sacrament in-person during the service, ALONG WITH PALMS TO-GO.  You do not need to sign up for this.  ALL are WELCOME!
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10:45 a.m., Fr. Howie will conclude the adult education 3-week series titled “Sacramental Life
  • Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 5 p.m., there will be Lenten Evening Prayer only on YouTube; not in person.

Please continue to share your impressions and ideas for both in-person and online worship.  Your thoughts are appreciated!

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

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for March 21, 2021

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Happy Friday!  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for March 21, 2021. In it, you will find a reminder of the two Lenten educational offerings, an appeal to complete the time and talent survey that was mailed earlier this week, as well as the schedule for Holy Week.  Eye Spy looks at the devotional prayer candles.

  • Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 9 a.m.: Holy Eucharist, rite II with music, live on YouTube and in-person via  sign-up
  • Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 10-11 a.m.: Communion at the Curb, in-person with a mask please
  • Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 11 a.m.: St. Thomas’s 179th ANNUAL MEETING live via Zoom. The meeting will open around 10 a.m. for socializing. 
  • Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 5 p.m.: Lenten evening prayer, live on YouTube. Here is the leaflet.
  • Wednesday at noon: Intercessory Prayers with Holy Eucharist, live on YouTube
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11 a.m.: Lenten Adult Education study of Jon Mechams, “The Hope of Glory”, considering the last words of Jesus on the cross, lead by Fr. Bill.  Email the office for a Zoom invitation.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m.: Evening Compline Prayers with Deacon Cecily, live via Zoom with leaflet
  • Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 9 a.m.: Holy Eucharist, rite II with music, live on YouTube and in-person via sign-up. Palms will be available at the service, as well as during curbside communion.  I will also have several palm crosses available to pick up throughout the week, and for mailing.
  • Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10-11 a.m.: Communion at the Curb, in-person with a mask please
  • Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 10:45-11:45 a.m.: adult education “Sacramental Life” 3-week series lead by Fr. Howie continues (March 7, 14, and 28)

You will receive an emailed invitation to all the above events except Fr. Bill’s study (you have to email a request for that one) and their accompanying leaflets.  As always, there are copies available to be mailed, so please let me know if you’d like a paper copy. 

The new Forward Day by Days are available.  Please feel free to stop into the lobby for a copy, or let me know if you’d like one mailed out to you!  There are plenty in both large and small print.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

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 March 21, 2021

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5th Sunday in LentHello faith family!  March 21, 2021 is the fifth Sunday in Lent. We will be streaming LIVE on our YouTube channel from St. Thomas’s at 9 a.m. (streaming and in-person) and will worship again at 5 p.m. (only streaming, no in-person)  Here is the service program and the service program in large print for Sunday morning worship and here is the leaflet for Sunday evening. There are paper copies available to be mailed.  If you would like one, please let me know.  

Continuing this Sunday, services will be open to in-person worship with all precautions in place and with sign-ups.  However, please do not feel pressure to return until you are ready; all services will still be available on our YouTube channel.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office or Fr. Howie with any questions or concerns about these options.

Communion at the curb will continue this Sunday from 10:00-10:45 a.m., no sign up necessary.  Please wear a mask.

Sunday is the ANNUAL MEETING from 11-12 noon live via Zoom.  On Sunday morning, you will receive an email invitation just after 10 a.m.  You can log in early to catch up.  At 11 a.m., Fr. Howie will begin the meeting.

If you have anything to add to the Parish calendar or the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, please email the office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.

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.

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.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday! 

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

Time & Talent 2021 Survey

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10) Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. (11) If you have the gift of speaking, preach God’s message. If you have the gift of helping others, do it with the strength that God supplies. Everything should be done in a way that will bring honor to God because of Jesus Christ, who is glorious and powerful forever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11

In the fall of 2020, we asked you to be generous with your financial giving to our parish home, and you responded more generously than we could ever have anticipated.  We are blessed in your love for this place, for each other and for the community around us.  Thank you to ALL of you.

We now turn to the offerings of our time and talent.  With suggestions from Vestry members as to where help is most needed, we have created pledge cards for adults for you to look and see where your talents can be put to use to serve our parish and our community.  Please prayerfully consider where you are willing to serve and check all the areas that interest you most.

We also created a pledge card for our children to fill out. If your child(ren) is/are interested in helping, discuss this with them and then have them fill out the card and sign it.  Having an adult sign indicates that the parent/guardian is aware of the commitment the child is making.

There are always ways we can help, some of them more physical than others.  Our monetary giving only goes so far – and then we have to provide some elbow grease to make the work go more smoothly.  All things in Love, includes our labor as well as our purse strings.

Please return these cards to St. Thomas’s – ATTENTION: Stewardship Committee – by April 11, 2021 if possible, and the appropriate ministry chair will be notified.  You can mail or email your reply.  Or, you can stop by the church building and leave them in the office.  If Cana is not in, please use the wooden mailbox on the office door.  Please contact Kristin Sausville or Helen Spence with any questions. 

This is a parish that takes All Things in Love seriously, and we all benefit from that.

Sincerely,

Kristin Sausville
Stewardship Chair

Job Opening – Sexton

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Good afternoon.  Many of you may be aware that after many years of loyal service, our sexton, has retired.  This position has now been publicly posted and I’d like to share it with all of you to pass along as you see fit.  Here is the job description.  Please direct any questions or interest to Fr. Howie at howell.sasser.jr@gmail.com.

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

Episcopal Campus Ministry March 2021 update

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) has continued to meet via zoom on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Shannon, our president, sends out the Zoom link and reminders are issued over email and GroupMe. For our first and second meeting of the month, some of us met in person to celebrate the beginning of the semester and get some housekeeping done for Blue Hen Bounty (BHB). We pulled out all the expired food and set it aside to be taken to the Newark Empowerment Center. Everyone wore masks and all safety protocols were strictly followed including completing the contact tracing form. Virtual participation was made available to those who could not attend in person. Madeline collected the items and delivered them on our behalf the very next day to the Empowerment Center.

Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) has continued serving the community during the pandemic with spectacular support from Cana, Amy and Teresa. Patronage dipped for a few weeks but has begun to pick up—aligned with campus move-in and the start of the semester. We continue to see patrons among staff as well students.

Amy has submitted our accounting for the CARES grant that we received from New Castle County and it has been received with thanks for the work we continue to do to serve our community. We were asked to include testimonials about BHB, which we did. We remain truly grateful for the incredible support ECM and BHB receives from our parish.

Brian, the Dean of Students liaison, has put his offer to help us supply students in quarantine with snack bags on pause as UD deals with an “unprecedented” surge of Covid positives among the students. We remain really excited about this opportunity and look forward to working out the details so we can support dorm-bound quarantined students with food and snacks

We are planning another joint meeting with the St. Thomas’s CREW on March 27, 2021. C.R.E.W. stands for “Christians Ready, Equipped, and Willing” and welcomes youth in grades 7 through 12. The meeting will start with an ice breaker provided by ECM followed by a joint presentation of the options of local charities by Madeline Johnson to anchor our discussions about the Vestry appointed one thousand dollars for external ministry. The greater part of the meeting however will be spent in a joint Stations of the Cross experience which will be virtual and in person. Sue and Sally made sure that ECM members received Stations of the Cross kits to take home—which we really appreciated! Special thanks to Sally for the cookies!

Amy, St. Thomas’s Treasurer, has offered to present a session on stocks, bonds and the exciting world of finance to ECM. This suggestion was enthusiastically embraced and will need to be scheduled soon.

Our first Delmarva Blood Bank drive will take place on March 10, 2021!  ECM has been spreading the word and we hope that the event will be really successful. Please do not forget to make your appointment and tell your friends! A fellow nursing classmate of an ECM member will be volunteering to take temperatures and assist with hydration.

Our focus on explicit spirituality has begun in earnest with the official start of the Beatitude Devotional by Father Howie. We started the conversation about being poor or rich in spirit. Included in the first devotional was a list of some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We identified which gifts of the Spirit we saw and admired in others and which gifts we would like to cultivate in ourselves. After a robust discussion, we each chose a gift of spirit to focus on for the week—patience, understanding wisdom, piety etc. I look forward to next week when we will share how or if a greater awareness of this principle made a difference in our week as we continue to develop our relationships with God.

The University of Religious Leaders Organization (URLO) continues to meet roughly every two weeks.

With regards,   

Denise Burgher
ECM Convening Graduate Advisor

Outreach Ministry report for March 2021

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HOPE DINING  ROOM

Our Hope Dining Room event is Monday, March 15, 2021 and we are set to prepare 44 meals. The numbers have gone down to between 36 and 40 people / day at Hope Dining Room. I take the leftover meals to the Newark Empowerment Center.

2  SAINTS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

The 2 Saints Book Group will start up a couple weeks after Easter, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. by Zoom. We will be discussing  “Holy Envy – Finding God in the Faith of Others”  by Barbara Brown Taylor, who is an Episcopal priest and who now teaches a class at Piedmont College in Georgia on the world’s religions. Order your book now, so you’ll be ready to chat about the first 3 chapters on April 20, 2021.

HOPE CENTER

I took 3 big boxes of children’s books and toys to the Hope Center and they were thrilled to get them.   

Madeline Johnson, Vestry liaison for Outreach

Easter Flower 2021 dedications

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This year we will be accepting flower dedications, but it will be a bit different.  Your Memorial or Thank offering will go towards outdoor plantings.  One reason for this change is due to the pandemic; with less people attending in-person worship, filling the building with flowers for only one day wouldn’t serve the majority.  With plantings outside, everyone will have the opportunity to visit on their own time, and the beauty will grow throughout the season.  A secondary reason is to be kinder to the environment. 

You will still see lovely flowers around the altar on Easter 2021, either in person or on YouTube, but it will be less lavish than in past years.  However, when you visit the church building throughout the season, please take time to admire the outdoor plantings, and know that they represent some of our Thanksgivings and Memorials: Matthew 6:21:  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

If you would like to make a dedication, you may do so directly using our online donation form.  Or, you may use this printable dedication form.  You may choose to mail it in or drop by the office (if I’m not in, please leave it in the box on the front of the office door).  I will have extra forms available on the bulletin board in the lobby.  Please let me know if you have any questions about this change.

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