St. Thomas’s shares its weekly news via The Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for Jan. 3, 2016. We invite you to join in our activities and church life.
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, Jan. 6 6:00 p.m. Fellowship & Pot Luck Supper
followed by Burning of the Christmas Greens
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.
“O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him. O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.” We are coming closer to Christmas, Love come to earth … but we are not quite there as yet. Soon, very soon … but not quite yet!
See the entire Fourth Sunday in Advent sermon.
The Carpenter’s Helper is available for this week. Christmas and Advent event information is included.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Please see St. Thomas’s newsletter for Dec. 13, 2015 and join us in rejoicing!