Maundy Thursday soup dinner and service

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Thursday the 29th, there will be a soup dinner starting at 5:30, followed by the service at 7pm. All food and beverages will be provided, including a gluten free vegetarian option. You do not need to bring anything, but we are asking that everyone lend a hand in cleaning up.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cana Hartman at cana.hartman@gmail.com if you have any questions. I hope to see everyone at this special gathering to commemorate the Last Supper and remember: Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).

Poets’ Corner Reading Series this Saturday, March 17th

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Please come to this month’s Poets’ Corner Reading on Saturday, March 17th at 4:00 pm. Even if you think you don’t like poetry, come give the reading a try. You’ll likely be surprised.

James Church is a dynamic performer and should be surprising and thoughtful. See poster. Free will offering.

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

Episcopal Campus Ministry and Blue Hen Bounty

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is a place where our college-age students explore and live spirituality in community with other students, faculty, staff and parishioners. Through service projects, regional and national events, and weekly gatherings, they connect to the world and to one another. There is always food and fun, time to worship and time to just hang out. ECM students meet on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. for Evening Prayer and then enjoy dinner prepared by parishioners at 6:00 p.m.

The Reverend Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon became the chaplain for Episcopal Campus Ministry in 2009, the same year she became a deacon in the Episcopal Church.

One of ECM’s service projects is called “Blue Hen Bounty,” which is a food pantry for food insecure UD students. ECM wants to share their Blue Hen Bounty web site and a recent article published in UDaily, the UD newsletter.

ECM thanks parishioners who donated food items recently. Blue Hen Bounty food pantry is well stocked and ready to serve students in the Spring term.

If you see ECM students on Sunday, please introduce yourself and extend a warm welcome as St. Thomas’s church family is their family away from home.

Poet’s Corner on Sat., Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.

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Just a reminder that the first reading of the Poet’s Corner series this semester will take place at St Thomas’s this coming Saturday, February 17, at 4 p.m. The chair of the English Department at the University of Delaware, John Ernest, will be reading aloud his favorite poets and poems. This wonderful event is free and open to the public, although a free-will offering is happily accepted. Please join us then.

Pancakes! Sausages!

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The annual St. Thomas’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Extravaganza is coming soon!

Bring your family to St. Thomas’s on Tuesday, February 13 starting at 5:30 PM when you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious sweet pancakes and spicy sausages as we use up the fat and flour before the privations of Lent!

For a mere $7 per adult and $5 per child – with a cap of $20 per family – you can feast to your heart’s content.

We’ll need some help to make this a success:

Help setting up (at 3:30-ish)

Help at the door to collect money

Help serving cakes and sausages

Help bussing tables

Help washing dishes and putting them away

Help cleaning up and putting away tables and chairs

Let me know what you can do to help. Many hands make light work. We are family!

Thanks.
Sally Price

176th Annual Meeting – Sunday, March 11, 2018

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside the fourth Sunday in Lent, March 11, 2018, for the 176th 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 [4] people to three-year terms as servant leaders of our parish. Nomination forms and the requirements for being a Vestry candidate are now on the nametag table. Vestry nominations are due on Sunday, February 11. For the Annual Meeting, we will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch. 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. More information will be forthcoming in February and March, and weekly in the Carpenter‘s Helper. We will offer the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is requesting food donations

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is requesting food donations for our Blue Hen Bounty food pantry for food insecure University of Delaware students who cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves. Food donations of cereal, peanut butter, jelly, and instant soups are most in need right now. Other non-perishable food and personal hygiene item donations are also welcome.

Blue Hen Bounty donations may be left in the clear bin labeled ECM food closet located near the windows in the great hall. ECM thanks you for your support!