We are blessed to welcome our diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Wayne P. Wright, to our family of St. Thomas’s Parish on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sunday April 17. Bishop Wright will be the preacher and celebrant at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. He will be celebrating the Confirmation of Makayla Casey, Joshua Grieten, Elizabeth Payzant, Gustavo Smith, Sean Swain, and Claire Wadman . The Bishop also will commission our Vestry servant leaders, offer our thanks and blessings for good and faithful service upon off-going Vestry, and recognize with gratitude our Christian Formation teachers and staff who have served our children and families over the past year.
If you wish to reaffirm your Baptismal Covenant and Confirmation vows before our Bishop this day, please let Fr. Paul know your intention on or before Wednesday, April 13th.
The loose plate offering this day is designated to the Bishop’s discretionary fund which generously provides assistance to Camp Arrowhead scholarships, clergy sabbaticals, and much, much more. Please be generous!
Every Second Sunday in Easter we meet our namesake Thomas. The crest for Thomas the Apostle on our banner might be an appropriate slogan for any tee-shirts, mugs, cozies, or other promotional products prepared for our upcoming 175th celebration of our ministry in Newark in 2017 – How can we know the way???
See Father Paul’s sermon for The Second Sunday of Easter – April 3, 2016/Year C. See sermons for this liturgical year.
Blessings to all in Eastertide Grace! I heard from Deacon Cecily that she & the ECM Mission students are back in USA again safe, sound, and truly blessed by their experience & service in Costa Rica! Here is the last word …
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+
Dear Father Paul and the St. Thomas Community,
Hard to believe it’s our last day and it ended with an amazing view. We went to the Poas Volcano National Park, where we viewed the most acidic lake in a volcanic crater.
as well as a lagoon of collected rainwater. It was a physical challenge but the view was worth it.
We concluded our volcano adventure with a taste of the local strawberries and lunch.
I’m sending this email over our last dinner here. While we were eating, the power went out in a small part of San Jose. The restaurant carried on business as usual. I guess that’s what it means to live “pura vida”! Alex even called it “the full Costa Rica experience”. 🙂
We’re on our way to Newark, NJ and eventually DE. Thank you so much for helping us get here and we’ll see you soon!
Bishop Héctor did a Eucharist mass when we got back to the Diocesan home. He preached about how he was elected and how our work and the church is similar to surfing. Coming across the right opportunities to help the most people is like catching the perfect wave. We came to Costa Rica at the right time and my hope is that we can apply this to many other locations, including Delaware. He gave us handcrafted cross pendants to remember our time here.
We concluded our day with an energizing dance lesson, learning various Costa Rican and popular techniques from the bachata to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We’ve got a talented bunch out here! It was a lot of fun and gave us some much needed R&R. Today we went to the beach in Manuel Antonio. It was a long drive (3 1/2 hours!) but it was worth it.
Join the children and youth of St. Thomas’s for the annual Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast on April 24, 9:30 a.m. Please try to arrive a few minutes early so we can gather our food offerings before we begin. The Breakfast will be held in St. Thomas’s Great Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend but children, youth and their families are encouraged to attend!
Please bring a dish or breakfast item to share. Beverages will be provided.
To RSVP, ask questions or volunteer to help, email Belinda Young-Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 302-832-8834.
Blessings in the Grace of Easter Thursday, the fourth day of our making resurrection happen in our life, in our world … and our ECM students & Dazzling Deacon Cecily continue to serve, share, and grow in Spirit of Love in their ministry in Costa Rica. Today’s update from Carson Hanna.
Buenos tardes Father Paul y St. Thomas!
Dear Father Paul & St. Thomas,
Hola! Day 3 in Costa Rica is complete, and today we wrapped up our work at the Escuela Hogar Episcopal. We finished some painting jobs and disassembled a flowerless flower bed, giving the children some more color and space to play in their home away from home. We’ve discussed as a group that it’s been very satisfying to have sore muscles and paint-covered hands after a long day of work with such visible results. We also got to enjoy one of the teacher’s grateful smiles seeing her newly-painted classroom, and more of us played with some of the children today. As we tossed balls and shared smiles the language barriers diminished and it was not long before a class of students shared their English singing songs for us!
No need to worry about us being comfortable and well-fed. It’s Costa Rica’s “dry season” here, so we’ve been avoiding any rain, and the highest the temperature climbs is around 80 degrees, but always with a breeze. We’re fed beautifully-seasoned, generously-portioned meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we’re always surrounded by the good company of each other, the Bishop, or Sarah and Kate (our guides here).
I’ve attached some of the pictures we snapped today. Tomorrow we’re off to another school with similar-aged children, and I’m looking forward to be meeting some new people and serving a new community. Please continue to pray for us and especially for the people we’re serving, that we may know how to best support them and show them God’s love!
Blessings to all in Eastertide days, our resurrection happening living!
With gratefulness, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+
Hi Father Paul,
Just keeping you updated! ECM had a great day yesterday. We went to the market first thing in the morning for some breakfast that included coconuts, mangos, and other tropical foods. We then went to Ascension Church for Easter service which was very nice. We then went to downtown San Jose to have a late lunch, which was quite delicious, followed by some shopping in the artisan market, and we finished our trip with churros. We were all extremely tired when we got back such that we went to bed before 10 pm haha but that was good because we got up early this morning to start work which you will be hearing about from Hannah (I believe). Hope all is well with you and St. Thomas back home and looking forward to seeing you all again.