Stewardship Cottage Meetings in October – join us!

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Below is a list of all the upcoming Cottage Meetings. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

DJ Ferguson, Rich Wadman & Mike

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Theme: Afternoon Tea
Host: Sister Jackie Fossler

Date: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Theme: Family Pizza Night
Hosts: Judy & Mike Grabowski and Kristin & Justin Sausville

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Theme: Luncheon Gathering
Hosts: Rich & Jean Wadman
Location: St. Thomas’s Parish Hall

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
Theme: Light Dinner
Hosts: Jerry & Peggy Schultz

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Theme: Tea & Scones
Host: Sue Houghton

Date: Saturday, November 4th at 6:30 p.m.
Theme: Fall Supper
Host: Rejane DeMoraes

Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 8, 2017/Year A

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We are experiencing a few “transitions” in our parish family life. Today there is the transition INTO the family of Christ’s body with a baptism. Also today there will be the transitions FROM baptismal promises lived FOR US to baptismal promises lived BY US as we admit the 2018 Confirmation Class into their journey of a “claimed faith” ahead. And yes, there is that “other” transition AWAY we experience as I complete my ministry serving with you at the end of this month.

All these “transitions” lead me to the words we hear of scripture this day, and a story. The words from Paul to the church in Philippi – “Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

See The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.’s Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 8, 2017/Year A in its entirety.

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Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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That’s not fair!!! The echo of our childhood ways when we believed that anything done any other way than what we wanted was done against me! That’s not fair!!! Gratefully we enter our adult years and, as St. Paul commends, “out of our childish ways,” we do not embrace this personal affront any longer … well, not that often … okay, perhaps sometimes but not all the time!

That’s not fair!!! It seems this hue and cry is embraced at this time of year by many young and old as we cheer our favorite college and professional football teams. It seems that no matter what the “zebras” do, it is never right, not for MY TEAM anyhow.

That’s not fair!!! We seem to be in a time and cycle of life where not taking responsibility for OUR actions, or inactions, is the predominant behavior du jour. When “That’s not fair” is my favorite fight song, then EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING that is done is done against me.

That’s not fair!!! In our faith journey with Jesus, we know what Jesus would do in response to the inequalities of life on life’s terms. So the question of Jesus to us this day … what will you do about it with me?

That’s not fair!!! This is not a new fight song. It is as old as our journey of faith since the beginning!

See The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.’s sermon for Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost – October 1, 2017/Year A.

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Adult Education Sunday beginning October 1st

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Come one and all, new and old! Starting on October 1st, the Adult Education group begins to explore the ‘People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identify’ by Dwight Szcheile. The discussion aims to explore the ways St. Thomas’s can move into the future beyond these walls as we share our story of God. The book can be easily purchased online via Amazon, B&N or any bookstore.

For any questions, please contact Ronnie Wilbur at or Larry Duggan at

We look forward to seeing you!

Newark Post: St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church celebrates 175 years

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“St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church has served the Newark community and University of Delaware students for 175 years — first in a Gothic-style church on South Main Street and later in a more modern building on South College Avenue.

On Sunday, congregants gathered for a special service celebrating that milestone anniversary. They also dedicated a new roadside sign intended to improve the church’s visibility to those passing by.

“The feeling is wonderful,” the Rev. Paul W. Gennett Jr. said.”

See the Newark Post article at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church celebrates 175 years.

Blessing of the Animals on St. Francis Day – Sunday, October 8

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“All Creatures Great and Small” – Blessings of the Animals on St. Francis Day — On Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 p.m. we remember and honor the life and ministry of Francis of Assisi, and  will celebrate this feast day with our annual Blessing of the Animals. We will offer a brief liturgy with prayers and blessings for your special furry, or slimy, family members OUTSIDE in the The Grove, weather permitting! If weather is NOT permitting, we’ll move into the Great Hall. On this day at our morning worship services we will bless all those special critters in our life of the stuffed animal variety. So bring your favorite friends to church with you for this special blessing!

Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost and 175th Anniversary of St. Thomas’s Parish

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ST. THOMAS’S!!! We celebrate 175 years young this year! You do not look a day over … I will take M. C. Hammer’s advice here and say “don’t touch this!” There are many touchstones of this day that are important to know, to remember, so that we may live them forward.

“Come to God, a living stone … precious in God’s sight, and  like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood … acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

See the The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.’s Sermon for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost and 175th Anniversary of St. Thomas’s Parish in its entirety.

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Ladies Night Out

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St. Thomas’s Ladies Night Out this month will be on Tuesday, September 26th beginning around 6:00 p.m.

Location: Olive Tree Cafe’

This is in the shopping center with Staples on Rt. 4 and near Marrows Road.

13 Chestnut Hill Plaza
East Chestnut Hill Road
Newark, DE 19713

A Message from the Vestry – September 19, 2017

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We welcome everyone to St. Thomas’s as we begin a new program year that will offer many opportunities for worship and service.

The first major event will be our 175th anniversary service on Sunday, September 24, at 9:30 am, followed by a celebratory coffee hour. We will give thanks for 175 years of worship and service in Newark, and commit ourselves to continuing to worship and serve God at St. Thomas’s. The event offers an opportunity to support the Newark Empowerment Center by providing go-bags of meals or financial donations.

On the first four Sundays of October, we will highlight our ministries at the coffee hours—a “Rolling Rally Day” format. Please visit the displays and consider how you might deepen your involvement at St. Thomas’s. Maybe it’s time to try something new this year!

We are now in the last two months of Father Paul’s service with us and are preparing for what will come next.

  • We are beginning to prepare for his final Sunday on October 29. His preferences are modest—the services that Sunday will be as they usually are, at his request. We will give thanks to him and Marilyn for their service, and send them off to their new life, at a gala coffee hour/reception after the 10:30 service. We will be accepting contributions for a gift for Father Paul and Marilyn. We will give Marilyn a nice gift, and the balance will be given to Father Paul and Marilyn to donate to charities of their choice, at their request. If you would like to write a letter or note to them, that would be welcome. The Transition Committee is coordinating the event, but participation and assistance from everyone will be welcomed. More information will be coming.
  • The Rev. Elizabeth Masterson, who heard the call to ordained ministry at St. Thomas’s, will be our supply priest in November and December. She will also do some pastoral care. Her first Sunday will be November 5. We look forward to having her with us for those two months.
  • The vestry is working towards hiring an interim rector, who will begin in early 2018. The vestry is also very close to engaging our consultant for the search process.
  • The Transition Committee has been appointed. The current members are Barbara Eldred, Debbie Grabowski, Cana Hartman, Donna Rotandi, and Justin Sausville. If anyone is interested in joining this committee, please contact me.
  • The Search Committee will be recruited this fall and begin their work early in 2018.

Worship and service—that’s what St. Thomas’s is all about as we seek to live into our mission statement: Nourished at Christ’s table and stepping forward in faith, we are instruments of God’s love, serving our parish family, the University of Delaware, our community, and God’s creation.

Thank you for your support of St. Thomas’s. Please keep the church in your prayers.

Connie Cooper

Senior Warden