Let’s celebrate our 2020 academic accomplishments!

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We are drawing near to the close of the weirdest academic year I can think of.  2020 celebrations will certainly be different this year.  Can we include our faith family in these celebrations?  

Who has a child, or who themselves are accomplishing a milestone this spring?  Any graduation seniors?  Moving from elementary to middle school?  Completing a degree?  Please share!  Write to the Parish Office with a short description and a picture if you’d like.  

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11  

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Feeding the homeless

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Dear Families of St. Thomas and St. Nicholas,

Our homeless friends are still being sheltered at the Red Roof Inn! Last Thursday, April 30, 2020 we handed out 40 turkey dinners. See our food assembly and volunteers! MANY thanks to Miss Belinda and Jill Jensen for the turkeys and cranberry sauce, and to David Payne for carving up all the meat! Also, many thanks to our WONDERFUL bakers for the homemade cookies and to all those who provided fruit, soda and lunch bags, prayers and funds! Special thanks to Teresa Coons for doing the dishes after we scooped out the hot stuff and took off to feed our friends! She stayed behind and cleaned up our mess!

Here is the plan for this week: Tortellini and meatball casserole with garlic bread and green beans. Below, you will find the link to the sign up genius. As always, only look at the black and gold part, the rest is advertising. If you would bring your items to St. Thomas’s kitchen on Thursday, May 14, 2020 between 2 and 4 p.m., that would be great.

MANY Blessings for your care for our friends,
Madeline Johnson

Novel Theology on May 17, 2020

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Greetings friends.  You are invited to the May meeting of St Thomas’s Novel Theology group.  This month, the meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.   The novel titled Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline will be discussed.  Reading this novel is not required to participate in the discussion.  However, do note that this book is available via download from the public library.

Please email the Parish Office at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com if you are interested in attending and you will be emailed the Zoom link.

Worship Service on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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May 10, 2020 is the 5th Sunday of Easter and we will be worshiping together and streaming LIVE from St Nicholas at 9 a.m. on YouTube . Here is the accompanying service leaflet

If you have not already done so, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and hit that notification bell (twice to receive notifications EVERY time) 🔔 to receive alerts every time we go LIVE.

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. While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s. See our Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

As always, please share your thoughts: what did you find meaningful, and what suggestions do you have for the next service?  Thank you for all of the suggestions and comments sent- they are very helpful.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!  

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for May 10, 2020

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Hello faith family!  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of May 10, 2020.  In it you will get to see some photos of the amazing work that is being done within our parish to feed Newark’s less fortunate. 

You should have received an email invitation to Novel Theology’s May meeting.  It is Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 10:15 a.m.  Please let me know if you have any questions or need the invitation resent.  The book looks great, and is available as a download.  Reading the book is not required to participate in the discussion; ALL are Welcome!

Please send me your stories, ideas, and pictures to share in the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter.  We would all love to get some glimpses of the many God moments that are happening.  Also, please let me know about meetings that you would like opened up to our faith family.  Is there an online performance that you are a part of, or have you made some art that you would like to share?

How cute are the pictures of our pets on Instagram and Facebook this week; national pets week?  Thank you for sharing!  It was so fun to see some of the friendly faces that we met at last year’s blessing of the animals.  

Have you been spending some extra time in the kitchen this spring?  I know I have been.  Would you be willing to share a recipe that you have enjoyed and/or a picture of something that you have made?

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

Bible Study on Thursday, May 7, 2020

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Fr. Bill Lane. St. Nicholas, will be hosting a bible study on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11 a.m. via Zoom.

To get an invitation to this Zoom meeting, email Fr. Lane by Tuesday, May 5, 2020 evening at  wmblane@gmail.com.  Reaching out to Fr. Lane assures that he has your contact information to keep in touch regarding any changes and future meetings.  Because of security concerns with Zoom, he chooses not make a general distribution of the ID and password.

If you have any questions about this Bible Study, please contact either Parish Office at St. Thomas’s or St. Nicholas.

Worship Service on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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See the worship service leaflet for this Sunday, May 3, 2020. This service will be LIVE online at YouTube at 9 a.m. from St Thomas’s.  Next week’s service will be live online from YouTube from St. Nicholas. If you have not already done so, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and hit that notification bell (twice to receive notifications EVERY time) 🔔 to receive alerts every time we go LIVE.

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. While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s. See our Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

As always, please share your thoughts: what did you find meaningful, and what suggestions do you have for the next service?  Thank you for all of the suggestions and comments sent- they are very helpful.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for May 3, 2020

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Hello friends! See this week’s  Carpenter’s Helper newsletter.  In it, you will find a letter from our Bishop, addressing the timing of reopening church buildings.

In the meantime, Church is not closed and we will continue to worship, and find connection and fellowship as best we can.  Our wonderful Vestry and team of ministry leaders are reaching out to us all this week.  Please share your suggestions for more ways that we can continue to not only stay connected, but Grow in our faith and friendships.

Are you following St. Thomas’s on Instagram or Facebook?  If you are, than you have seen some of the beautiful pictures of flowers sent in by Bob Rys and Rue Manning:  thank you both for sharing!  It would be great if you all would “Share” their beautiful posts, inviting ALL to Grow with us.

This week, I’d love to see how our animal friends are faring.  I can tell you, Arlo is loving the extra play time with the kids.  Would you share pics of your pets please?  You can reply to this email or text directly to 302.354.3277.

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

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) Report for April 2020

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Due to the exigencies of COVID-19, Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) has been meeting via Zoom since we resumed our meetings after Spring Break. Shannon—our president sends out the Zoom link; reminders are issued over email and GroupMe and everyone joins.

Our meetings have been well attended with usually five to six college-age students in attendance and Sally Price and Father Howie joining regularly. We have started a weekly devotional series based on Father Howie’s Into the Desert. We are using the text as way to explore life during the relatively desert-like conditions of COVID-19.  Everyone has been participating and the study has been going well.

Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) food pantry 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 during this difficult time. At this rate, we shall need to take inventory of our supply and seek more contributions to reup our inventory.

Sally Price completed a cookie run for the International House on behalf of ECM. Sally purchased 30 individually wrapped sleeves of Oreo cookies and delivered them to the front desk of the building. The International House houses students who could not return home after the campus was closed. Information regarding our online meeting Zoom meetings and BHB was distributed to the residents through the University of Religious Leaders Organization (URLO). URLO meetings have also continued via Zoom.

Denise asks that we hold our students in prayer as they maintain schedules and academic expectations during this time. 

Denise Burgher, Convening Graduate ECM Advisor

Thank you for your continued gifts

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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.

While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s. See our Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

With a grateful heart,
Finance Committee