The Carpenter monthly newsletter for January 2016

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St. Thomas’s shares its monthly newsletter – The Carpenter – with you. We invite you into our world in spirit and in being. We invite you to join with us and be part of our story!

In this issue …

  • Being * Belonging * Believing
  • News and upcoming events
  • Children’s ministries
  • Prayers, needs and thanks
  • Regular gatherings
  • Parish register
  • Birthday’s and anniversaries
  • Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM)
  • Servants seeking solutions – Ronnie Wilbur

Ann Urinoski ordained as Deacon

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Deacon Cecily, Deacon Ann, Father Paul

Father Paul and Deacon Cecily attended the ordination of Deacon Ann Urinoski. Ann was an active member of ECM while a student at the University of Delaware. She was the president of ECM her junior and senior year. Ann is in her last year of seminary at The General Theological Seminary, in New York

Ann spent a year in South Africa with the Episcopal Service Youth Corp. She was ordained at the Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey on December 16, 2015

Carpenter’s Helper for Dec. 27, 2015

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St. Thomas’s shares its weekly news via The Carpenter’s Helper newsletter, is available for this week.

 

The church office will be closed from Dec. 24 – Jan. 4

 

Christmas Eve         5:30 p.m.        Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols

Thursday, Dec. 24   6:00 p.m.         Family Service: Holy Eucharist II

                                 10:30 p.m.        Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols

                                 11:00 p.m.        Festal Service: Holy Eucharist II with Incense

 

Christmas Day         9:30 a.m.         Congregational Singing of Christmas Carols

  Friday, Dec. 25     10:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist II

 

1 Christmas              9:30 a.m.         Christmas Lesson & Carols; NO Holy Eucharist      

Sunday Dec. 27        5:30 p.m.         Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist

 

2016

 

2 Christmas              8:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist I      

Sunday January 3  10:30 a.m.         Holy Eucharist II      

5:30 p.m.         Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist

 

The Epiphany

Wednesday, Jan. 6   6:00 p.m.        Fellowship & Pot Luck Supper

                                                           followed by Burning of the Christmas Greens

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – December 24 & 25, 2015/Year C

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Merry Christmas! At least that is what we can say, along with Happy Holidays, for those whom Christmas is not their tradition but want to join the birthday party and to be related to one another through peace, hope, joy, and love. When we LIVE Christmas like this, it becomes a pattern for our daily living, and not simply an all-consuming moment in time we leave behind like the wrapping paper, the tree, the decorations, and so much else of our consumable life.

This night brings the hope of holding aside all the other stuff of preparations for this time which the commercial world thinks should begin somewhere around half-past September. We come to this night perhaps for this is what we always do at Christmas reasons, or simply to rest our weary hearts from the fear bashing and bantering surrounding us. To rest into OUR story of angels and shepherds, cattle lowing and sheep bleating, wise men from way out-of-town and not-so-wise human kings, Joseph and Mary, and this child Jesus.

See the entire Christmas Eve & Christmas Day sermon.

Bouncing Baby Boy Blessings Abound!!

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Blessings to all in this new day as we await “for unto us a child in born, a son is given” the hope of the Christmas message, Love come to earth!

Well, some of our parish family got a bit of a jump on this hopeful prophecy!! We celebrate the birth of Ryan to Colleen Branigan yesterday, December 16, and blessings to grand parents Tracy and Steve Branigan … and today Lucas was born to Tori and Kevin Quinones, and blessings to grand parents Judy and Michael Grabowski! What a joyful gift to these families to add to the gift of the Presence of Jesus this Christmastide! CONGRATS to all, and prayers for healthy lives together!

With thanks, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett Jr.+

Greening the Church

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GREENING THE CHURCH

The Flower Guild would love your help in decorating the church for the Christmas season on Sunday, Dec. 20 following the 10:30 a.m. service. Sweepers, wrappers and other helpers are very much appreciated.
If you have questions contact Karen Krauss at krauss831@yahoo.com