Hayride on Sat., Nov. 12

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Don’t forget! This Saturday at 6 p.m. St. Thomas’s annual hayride at Milburn Orchards! Please arrive by 5:45 p.m. as the wagon leaves promptly at 6:00 p.m. We still have space, so if you decide to come at the last minute please do so! Adults are $10.00 and Children are $5.00.

Come hungry! We will have hot dogs and s’mores, apple cider and water.

Use the special parking lot designated for Bonfires just north of the Farm Market, NOT the Farm Market parking lot.  This is where your group will gather, and where your tractor driver will pick you up and drop you off at the end of the evening. The FarmYard is off limits after dark so it is extremely important to use the correct parking area.

Address of Parking Lot:
1559 Appleton Road, Elkton, MD 21921

I will have my phone with me, you are welcome to call or text if you have any questions or needs.

Looking forward to a great time!

Kelly Tompkins


Episcopal Campus Ministry collaborates with Presbyterian Campus Ministry for service project

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On Sun., Oct.. 9, 2016, Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) students joined Presbyterian Campus Ministry students at their church on Main Street to make snacks and toys for service dogs. The Presbyterians suggested this service activity for our Young Adult and Campus Ministry (YACM) collaborative “Together at the Table” grant for which the student ministries are collaborating.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) picks apples and makes pies!

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Last Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, the Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) went apple picking at Milburn Orchards. after the 10:30 a.m. service.  On Wed., Oct. 26, 2016 during the weekly ECM get together time, they made pies from the apples they had picked. Carla deftly operated the apple corer / spiral slicer and Sarah cut the apples into bite size pieces. Colleen was the spice mix master and Alex was the crust man. Sally baked the pies while the ECM students participated in Evening Prayer. The students and guest extraordinaire Organist Marc Cheban enjoyed dinner together and pies for dessert! A lovely time was had by all.

Election Day: Praying the Hours at St. Thomas’s UPDATE

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This is an update to our Oct. 31, 2016 Election Day: Praying the Hours at St. Thomas’s story.

The Worship Ministry & people of St. Thomas’s Parish are planning to do what we can on November 8 — first, VOTE, and then PRAY the hours of this election day for our local government, our state, our nation, and the world. Beginning at 7 a.m. when polls open until 8 p.m. when they close, our sanctuary will be open for prayers for our country and ourselves so the world may know ultimately the winner is Love! We will have offerings of prayers available, as well as prayer stations that relate/respond to the issues of our life and our world. We hope any/all will join us in voting AND praying this day.

Update – here are Election Day Prayers.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) Sunday – Nov. 13

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Each year, in the Fall and Spring terms, we set aside one Sunday to recognize our Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) program and the students involved in leadership and service. This Fall, our ECM Sunday is Sunday, November 13, and on this day the students will serve as greeters, ushers, lectors, fellowship hosts, and preacher. This Fall, Colleen Murray will be our preacher at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship. Colleen has grown up amongst us over her 19 years, and it is a great grace to hear God’s word and work through her. Additionally, we are delighted to welcome home the Reverend Ann Urinoski as our guest celebrant at both services! Please join us in the grace we have to be such a vital partner with our university in this important way.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for this coming Sunday, Nov. 6

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REMINDER! Daylight Standard Time begins on Sunday, November 6th. Set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night, November 5th or you will be really early for church!


MEN’S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST – Please join St. Thomas’s 2nd Saturday Men’s Fellowship Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. The next breakfast will be Nov. 12. If possible bring a breakfast dish to share. For further information contact George Wendelburg at 302-453-8669 or Gwendelb@Aol.com.

See the Carpenter’s Helper with the schedule and announcements for the week beginning Sunday, November 6.

Cami Seward
St. Thomas’s Parish
276 South College Ave.
Newark, Delaware 19711

Annual Christmas Bazaar – Save the Date!

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Visit us at our Annual Christmas Bazaar!
Friday, December 2 from 10-5 p.m
Saturday, December 3 from 9-5 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 after the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services

We will be selling crafts, fresh baked goods, cookie trays, quarts of homemade soups, St. Thomas’s t-shirts and hoodies, second-hand Christmas decorations, and exclusive new items! Oh, and Santa will visit on Saturday from 9:00-10:30 a.m. to join us for breakfast and pictures – all for a nominal fee! Won’t you bring the children of all ages for breakfast and to have pictures taken for $5 with Santa? On Friday and Saturday, join us for lunch, which may be purchased between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please share our printable Annual Christmas Bazaar announcement.

All proceeds from the Annual Christmas Bazaar go to St. Thomas’s Outreach Ministries. See you at “The Best Little Bazaar Around!”

Ladies Night Out

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We hope you will join us for Ladies Night on Mon., Nov. 14th at 6:00 p.m. at the Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille, 250 S. Main St., Suite 101, Newark, DE 19711. For more information, see Sue Houghton.

ECM Profile and Food Pantry

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Since the founding in 1842 of St. Thomas’s Parish, Newark, one principal focus has been our ministering to the faculty and students of the University of Delaware. Moving to our current location on South College Avenue in 1957, we have partnered with the diocese in supporting a Chaplain to this day. The Episcopal Campus Ministry [ECM] has been concerned about fellow students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves while paying for tuition, books, and other needs. The ECM students unanimously decided to establish a Food Pantry in the Fall of 2015. Bishop Wright donated the first gift in support to purchase food. Additional food has been donated through efforts of the ECM with the parishioners of St. Thomas’s. The pantry is open and food distributed every Wednesday during the school year from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This summer the Episcopal Campus Ministry submitted a proposal to the Young Adult Campus Ministry in collaboration with the Lutherans and Presbyterians Campus Ministries to share worship, fellowship and service with a focus on issues of food insecurity. We were blessed to be a recipient, and our program “Together at the Table” begins in September 2016 with a culminating Oxfam American Hunger banquet in the Spring 2017. This is an interactive event between students, the parish, and university officials that brings hunger and poverty issues to life with the opportunity to serve these needs collaboratively and intentionally.
For several years the Episcopal (ECM), Lutheran, (LCM) and Presbyterian (PCM) Campus Ministries have shared a variety of experiences, including “Ashes to Go” on the main campus, Free Cookie Mondays in the Perkins Student Center, the Midnight Pancake program for students during exams, and making fleece blankets and distributing them to children in foster care.

The University of Delaware, through the Dean of Students office and faculty in Nutrition and Agriculture programs, are very interesting in collaborating with us to reach and support the many students who will benefit from the Campus Pantry. It is also possible, as the response grows in usage by students, that a partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware may become a supportive reality.

Grateful always, in peace,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+
Rector, St. Thomas’s Parish, Newark

Ann Urinowski wearing her new stole

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AnnUrinowskiStole-smallAs a follow up to our earlier story “Gift for Ann Urinowski“, we wanted to share a picture of Ann in her stole – St. Thomas’s gift to her to celebrate her ordination.

St. Thomas’s is still accepting contributions toward the stole so you can still be part of our celebration. St. Thomas’s online giving site has been updated with an account where you can give specifically to toward the stole. Or, you may give by cash or check.

Congratulations Ann!