Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center needs volunteers

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Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, in beautiful Pike Creek Valley, is in need of volunteers. We are a non-profit that offers a campus for retreats and days of reflection. Volunteers are needed to help with a gardening, food preparation and cleanup as well as other tasks in support of our programs and facilities. Please contact us at 302-995-6859 if you can help. Thank you!

Peace and Joy,
Spring Davidson, Director
Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center
2501 Milltown Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 995-6859

Father Paul’s Sabbatical – June 20 to July 31, 2016

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“And away we go …”

Happenings & Changings during Fr. Paul’s Sabbatical Part 2

As with any change, even as temporary as a 6 week sabbatical, there is MUCH to be planned,
prepared, and put in place before leaving for my shorter sabbatical journey from June 20 to
July 31, 2016. The following are some of the who, what, when, where and why during my time

• The Reverend Emily Gibson, along with Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon, will be in care
and leadership of our Sunday worship, be present for pastoral support and care as
needed, and work with Vestry and other leaders of the parish to continue the process
she began last year of visioning and considering where we have been, where we are
now, and where we are being called in the future. Emily will lead ALL our worship
services in my absence including the 5:30 p.m. Inclusive Language Liturgy and Holy

• The Wardens and Vestry are, as in our by-laws, the responsible body of leadership in the
absence of the Rector. Any concerns or needs, pastoral or temporal, should be addressed
through the Wardens or other Vestry leaders. You should contact Parish Administrator
Cami Seward during the weekday office hours with your needs for information or contact
for care needs, or the Wardens on weekends. Contact Emily and/or Cecily ONLY in needs
of pastoral emergency.

• Jesus reminds us “the poor will always be with you.” The needs of those who come to
St. Thomas’s during the week for a little help with food or a tank of gas to get to their
work continues while I am away. Cami Seward will continue our ministry to those who
need a little hand-up, not hand-out, during any given week. PLEASE continue your
generosity during this time by leaving grocery, restaurant, and gas gift cards with her.

• The Bible Study groups that meet Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the Parlor and
Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall classroom will prayerfully discern if they will
continue or take Sabbath time as well. Stay tuned for the decision in the next issue of
The Carpenter.

• Included in the summer edition of The Carpenter will be the Sabbatical Prayer
Calendar, a cycle of prayer through the ENTIRE parish family as listed in the parish
directory. Each day I will be praying for YOU, your families, your needs, your hopes, and
our life together now and ahead.

Any last things needed in this sabbatical I time will be addressed in the next issue of The
Carpenter. I again know all will be well, handled prayerfully and carefully by the clergy, staff,
Wardens and Vestry, and EVERYONE of this parish family. TOGETHER we will go and grow
together, and return renewed, refreshed, and ready for “oh, the places we will go” in our

With deep gratefulness, Fr. Paul+

For Travelers

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we
find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel, in particular Fr. Paul; surround him with
your loving care; protect him from every danger; and bring him in safety to their journey’s
end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pentecost Parish Picnic – May 15

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The Pentecost Parish Picnic will take place on May 15 after the 10:30 service. St. Thomas 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 1. 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! Please feel free to e-mail me at or call me at 302-832-8834 with questions or to volunteer to help plan or facilitate the picnic.



Belinda Young-Payne

The Rev. Ann Kathryne Urinoski’s Sermon For Easter 5

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“Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Christ calls us to love and honor all people. It’s one of the foundational promises of our baptismal covenant and the subject of many a passage of scripture. 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that love is patient and kind and bears and believes all things. It’s a lovely passage. But you don’t have to worry about my preaching on it today.

See the Rev. Ann’s Easter 5 sermon in its entirety or view the video.

Pentecost – need readers

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Dear Members of the St Thomas family,

Pentecost is nigh (May 15), so we must plan for the annual reading at both services of Acts 2 (the second reading) in many languages, as many as possible in fact. (In the past, we have had Latin, Spanish, Russian, German, French, Italian, Norwegian, and Tagalog.) If you can read aloud and pronounce fairly correctly any foreign language, living or dead or even fictive (e.g., Klingon), I invite you to participate or to suggest or ask someone who might be able to add her or his voice to the throng. Please just let me know at this email address ( or call me at 302- 453-0564.

Larry Duggan

P.S. Many different translations of the Bible are readily available online at

Carpenter Helper – see this week’s news

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POT LUCK DINNER & SING-A-LONG – Join us for an evening of supper and songs. Jerry Schultz and friends will be leading us in Civil War era favorites, mostly by Stephen Foster (1826 – 1864). Lyrics will be provided. Bring your favorite dish to share and be ready to sing-a-long or just enjoy the music and the good company. Saturday, April 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. For more information contact Jerry Schultz at

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

Open hearts and homes needed!

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Dear Parish Family,

I invite you to join me this Sunday, May 1 after the 10:30 service to learn more about hosting an international high school student for the coming school year. It’s a wonderful way to build bridges and learn about a new culture. No obligation, simply conversation. In the parlor. 30 minutes- maybe less?

Karen Krauss
Outreach Committee