There will be an Easter egg hunt and special goodies available after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday, March 27. This event will be hosted by St. Thomas Children’s Ministry. See the flyer for details. Hope to see you!
“But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father…”
The Fourth Sunday in Lent is known as Refreshment or Lighten Up Sunday in the church world. It is a little beyond the halfway point of our journey with Jesus and the disciples to Jerusalem … to the power base of the Temple and the Roman world … to reveal God’s TRUE kingdom come on earth plans … to an end that no one expected, except Jesus. I was reminded in another reading that this is also known as Mothering Sunday in which pilgrims would return to the “mother church” for time of reunion, renewal, and feasting.
For me, Lighten Up is less about telling numerous bad church jokes and more about lightening our spiritual loads we carry, still. To come home to God and Jesus in the loving place desired from our very creation, and not in abject guilt, remorse, or shame. Repentance is simply turning round right again, or as the Prodigal of today’s Gospel, “But when he came to himself …” which could be translated as when he came to his right mind and was restored to sanity.
It seems a good thing that this is the day of our 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. A day for this family of God to come home, to refresh, renew, and be in relationship with one another again and with our loving creative God.
Let us come home, together.
See the sermon in its entirety.
The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.
We are excited to announce that you can now give to St. Thomas’s online! Giving online is easy. You may set up automatic recurring contributions or make one-time contributions from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:
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If you have questions, please send a note to Amy Keach at email@example.com.
Dear friends of St. Thomas’s,
Please see the Carpenter’s Helper for this coming Sunday, March 6.
The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish
Sunday, March 6, 2016 is the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall with a time of fellowship, and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We have activities planned for the children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Please join YOUR FAMILY of faith as we continue to grow in God’s grace and service as the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ! The autobiographies of the Vestry candidates can be found on the name tag table for your further consideration. Absentee ballots are available by request from our Senior Warden – D.J. Ferguson, Peoples Warden – Sue Houghton, Clerk of the Vestry – Jean Runge, and from Cami Seward in the church office.
DEATH PENALTY REPEAL – This Sunday, March 6 is the last Sunday we will be collecting handwritten letters (no envelopes necessary) in support of SB -40 in hopes of repealing the death penalty in Delaware. Our letters will be joined with the letters of multiple congregations and delivered to key representatives the week of March 7 by the Delaware Repeal Project. If you have questions please contact the church office 302-368-4644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COKESBURY VILLAGE SPRING SALE – The White Elephant Spring Sale at Cokesbury Village is Friday, March 4, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday March 5, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, DE 19707. Affordable furniture, home goods, and “unique treasures” are offered to the public. If you have questions please contact Phyllis Rawling at 239-2689 or email@example.com.
Blessings to you this day through Christ,
Cami Seward <firstname.lastname@example.org>
St. Thomas’s Parish
276 South College Ave.
Newark, Delaware 19711
The journey with our Lord Jesus Christ from Passion Sunday through the Day of the Resurrection is the unfolding story of our Christian faith as the family of God to this day. You are invited to attend all or as many of these important worship experiences as you are able.
- Sunday, March 20: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
- Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
- Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24
- Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 24: Maundy Thursday
- Soup & Bread Supper at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall
- Holy Eucharist with Foot washing at 7:30 p.m., followed by Stripping of the Altar
- Vigil in the Chapel of Repose until the Good Friday Liturgy
- Compline at 10:00 p.m. Friday, March 25: Good Friday
- Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m.
- Good Friday Liturgy with sermon at 12:00 noon
- Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26: Holy Saturday
- The Great Vigil of Easter – Holy Eucharist with incense at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 27: Day of the Resurrection – Easter Day
- Festal Celebration of Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- NO 5:30 p.m. service on Easter Day
A new, major choral work, The Stations of the Cross, by Marc F. Cheban will be given its first two performances in March. On Saturday, March 12 the performance will be at Christ United Methodist (401 High Street, Chestertown, MD) at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, March 13 the performance will be at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church (276 South College Ave., Newark, DE), also at 4:00 p.m. The choirs from both churches will join for the performances.
Marc F. Cheban is a noted Concert Organist, Composer, and Choral Director in the Mid-Atlantic area. Some of his organ works are published by Warner. For 35 years he has been an organist at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. For many of those years he has also been a featured organist during the Christmas Season at Longwood. He has recorded many CDs of holiday music, and traditional organ music. Though Cheban has written a great many choral works over his career, this work is his most ambitious. The Stations of the Cross (also known as the Way of the Cross) is a series of fourteen meditations on the final hours of Jesus’ Passion. In this arrangement, each station begins with the singing of a verse of the Stabat Mater (a short plainsong chant associated with the Passion) by the entire assembly. The main musical component of each station varies among choral pieces, organ interpretations, and congregational hymns.
In its breadth of texture and emotion, the Stations of the Cross is a deeply spiritual work of great power, inspired over a ten-month period. Please plan to attend one of the performances and help Marc celebrate this major undertaking. Thank you.
A free will offering will be collected to support an organization founded by a good friend of Marc’s, Chuck Selvaggio. The organization – Neighbors to Nicaragua – helps the poorest areas of that country to build school buildings, provide much needed school supplies, clothing, etc. The organization has really developed good momentum; he and other volunteers have made many trips there over recent years and the Neighbors to Nicaragua website is full of good pictures.
See St. Thomas’s March 2016 Carpenter newsletter and see all newsletters and announcements on our News & Sermons tab.
The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four  people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.
This is the FINAL notification.
Holy Hearts and Helping Hands
I am grateful for the outpouring of gift cards given for use to serve the needs of many in our area that come into our sacred space for sanctuary and care. That said, we continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover, and the many cards given over the recent holidays are already depleted! I ask your prayers and help that if you would purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas, to buy some needed grocery staples at a local store, or a local department store to purchase every day clothing items. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of so many others in these economically challenging times. Thank you for your prayerfulness and partnering in a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours. Fr. Paul+