Pentecost Picnic on Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Hello Church Family,

Please join me at our annual Pentecost Parish Picnic! The picnic will take place on May 20 after the 10:30 a.m. service. St. Thomas’s will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs a well as paper products and drinks. There will also be games and activities for all ages.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help set up, clean up and help facilitate games. We also NEED YOU to bring a side dish or dessert to complete our celebration meal. (Donations will also be accepted toward the cost of the entrees and paper products.) Signup sheets to get an estimate of how many people are coming, who can help with setup and/or cleanup, and who is bringing what will be on the Great Hall door beginning on May 6.

One more thing … you are welcome to bring chairs or picnic blankets for your comfort and enjoyment. Thanks in advance for your help in creating another great fellowship opportunity for our St. Thomas’s family, especially during, this, our 175th year!! Please feel free to e-mail me at belmar43@aol.com or call me at 302-832-8834 with questions or to volunteer to help plan or facilitate the picnic.

Blessings,
Belinda Young-Payne

Annual Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast

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The annual Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Hall. (If the Great Hall is still unavailable we will breakfast in the Undercroft.) Everyone in the parish is invited to this wonderful celebration of another year together but especially children, youth and their families. If you plan to attend and if you are able, please bring a dish of breakfast item to share. Beverages will be provided. To RSVP, ask questions or volunteer to help, please contact Belinda Young-Payne at 302-388-4017 or belmar43@aol.com.

Spiritual Direction: What is it? Is it for me?

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There are many ways to grow spiritually. Bible study, reading, and contemplative prayer are just a few that come to mind. No one way is right for everyone and a combination of each of these may be appropriate for different times in one’s life.

Many of you know that I am trained as a Spiritual Director (I attended the same school as Fr. Paul). Some of you might ask what that means. A Spiritual Director helps guide people on their Spiritual Journey. Though it is often therapeutic, it is not therapy and I am not a trained mental health therapist. To me, the most important component of the process is listening as persons talk about their journey and the stumbling blocks and successes they have encountered. My own Spiritual Director likens it to a buffet where she makes suggestions that I may choose to try, or if they don’t appeal to me, I can ignore.
The most common type of Spiritual Direction is individual which is one-on-one. I have participated in this type for over 10 years. The other type is group where a small group (maximum 6) gather together to support one another with a facilitator. This second type is what I am proposing to begin with members of St. Thomas’s.

A group of six individuals will meet monthly in my home. I would act as facilitator for the group. The location is chosen for the ability to have confidentiality and for uninterrupted conversation. I want participants to feel that they are in a safe space during our time together.

We would start with prayer and some silence and then each person would have an opportunity to speak uninterrupted for approximately 5 minutes. The rest of the group will listen actively to the speaker. No one will be asked to comment on the speaker’s thoughts, nor should they discuss it with anyone else at any time, ever. After each person has had a chance to speak (or one can pass if they desire) I will speak briefly and we will end in prayer. The Spiritual Direction should last about an hour. I would ask for a commitment of 6 months (6 sessions). After that time, we would decide if the group wants to continue or disband.

Being in Spiritual Direction has helped me grow in my faith, in my love of God, in my prayer life and in how I approach my daily challenges. I believe that helping others to enrich their spiritual lives will also enrich St. Thomas’s. If you think you might be interested in joining this small group, please pray about it and then talk to me. I am also glad to answer any questions you might have, even if you don’t feel called to join.

Sister Jackie Fossler <srjacalynhild@gmail.com>

Worship Changes – meet in Great Hall

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The planned work on the floor of the Nave has begun and will continue for the next several weeks. This is part of the clean-up from the roof leak. On April 22 and 29, services will be held in the Great Hall at their regular times. Won’t you join us? Newcomers are most welcome.

Poets’ Corner Reading on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

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Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents Linda Blaskey reading the poetry of her favorite poets.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church
276 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE

Free-will offering.

Linda Blaskey’s poetry has been selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2014 and for Raleigh, NC’s Poetry on the Bus project. She has twice been a recipient of fellowship grants from Delaware Division of Art. She is poetry/interview editor for The Broadkill Review and is coordinator for the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. Her short story, The Haircut, was chosen by InterAct Theatre’s Writing Aloud! program and was dramatically presented at the Adrienne Theater in Philadelphia.

She lives with her husband on a small goat and horse farm in southern Delaware.

This event is co-sponsored by University of Delaware Department of English and St. Thomas’s Parish.

Adult Education is 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. on Sundays

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Dear Friends,

Beginning in May, the adult education group will start discussing the book “The Misunderstood God: The lies religion tells about God” by Darin Hufford. It can be purchased from Amazon, B&N in paperback and in electronic forms.

Consider coming if you have never attended. We always have lively pertinent conversations around our world past and present.

Questions? Contact the Adult Education leaders: Ronnie Wilbur (vfwilbur@gmail.com) or Larry Duggan (lgjd@udel.edu).