Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) Report for June 2020

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) held our final meeting via Zoom a week after the end of the semester. Students voted on the decision to extend our meeting to complete Into the Desert. Our final meeting was well attended, and we had the honor of meeting with Susan our outgoing graduating ECM treasurer before she left Newark to return home to New Jersey.

We have convened a new executive board of ECM with official announcements to be made at the beginning of next semester.

Blue Hen Bounty (BHB) food pantry has continued serving the community during the shutdown with a great deal of support from Cana, our parish administrator, who continues to be an incredible support. BHB has been patronized by several students during this difficult time. As mentioned in the previous report, we completed an inventory of our supplies and created a shopping list. The list was needed as we wanted to be able to ask for the items we needed and because during the last Vestry meeting, members of the Vestry requested an itemized list be made available to the church in order to provide targeted support. With God’s usual extravagant grace, a member of St .Thomas’s who has requested anonymity privately requested the list and has provided many of the items we need. An updated list will be completed after the items have been received and shelved. God continues to bless

University of Religious Leaders Organization (URLO) meetings and coordinated projects have continued via Zoom. ECM—through Cana—printed the labels for the URLO Insomnia Cookie drop, I delivered them to St. Thomas More and we have submitted our forty-dollar share of the cost to Lumos. The delivery of the cookies should take place sometime this month. Each packet will have a message from the URLO and the list of religious organizations on the label.

Please continue to keep our ECM students, all UD students, our Blue Hen Bounty food pantry and our UD community clients in your prayers during these challenging times.

With heartfelt appreciation for every member of the St. Thomas’s family who makes ECM, BHB and the though those mediums the love God tangible, thank you for your ongoing support and love.

Regards,

Denise Burgher
ECM Convening Graduate Advisor

Children’s ministries at home for June 14, 2020

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I pray this note finds you and your family well and safe. I pray that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we may all be instruments of peace and safety in this world for all God’s people. Amen.

This week, we will explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus, by sharing in the story of Jesus summoning the Twelve and sending them out to share the good news of the gospel. In the same way, Jesus invites us to become his disciples, sharing the good news and bringing wholeness to a broken world, starting with those closest to us. 

To this email, I have attached a kid-friendly version of this week’s Old Testament reading, a guided reading of this week’s gospel,  and other activities that correspond to this week’s lectionary. Please use what works for you and your family. There is something for everyone.   

For the next eight weeks, I will also host a weekly Zoom gathering each Sunday from 11:00 AM to noon (note the new time).  We will be using a new link, so that we will be able to have a whole hour for fellowship, prayer and fun.  If you have a suggestion for a game, a special prayer, or want to read the scripture for the day, you are always welcome to do so.  The new link to the Zoom gathering can be obained by emailing me at belmar43@aol.com. I hope to see as many of you there as possible.  Please make sure that your name is displayed when you log in so I will know it is safe to let you in.

Peace be with you,
Ms. Belinda, Children’s Ministries

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Sts. Thomas and Nicholas Ladies’ Night OUT in the Grove

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Thursday, June 18.2020 at 6 p.m., ALL the Ladies are Welcome to join in the FUN!  The plan is to maintain safe social distance by setting up our lawn chairs/blankets 6′ from each other.  Please bring your own drinks and snacks, and meet in St. Thomas’s Grove.

We will be outside and will maintain social distancing due to COVID-19, but please do bring a face cover just in case. Also, in the event of light rain, we can still gather in the portico.  If it’s really coming down, we will have to reschedule.  I’ll email updates if the weather gets iffy.

The last two Ladies’ nights over Zoom have been hilarious and very uplifting.  I cannot wait to feel that amplified when we get to meet in person!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this gathering.  I hope to see many of us in person next Thursday evening!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for June 14, 2020

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Happy Friday fam!  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of June 14, 2020 where you can read about the next series in Bishop Curry’s Way of Love podcasts.  Also, see the most recent edition of our Diocese weekly newsletter titled The Net, , as well as the quarterly magazine, the Communion,

Just a few notes:

  • Sunday, June 14, 2020 – we will return to our “now normal” 9 a.m. worship service, LIVE from St. Thomas’s.  Fr. Howie and Marc have both been working on sound improvements for the broadcast.  Please send in your feedback!
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 7 p.m., week 2 of the 5 week series continues: an Introduction to the Saint John’s Bible.  Even if you missed week one, you can still join in.  This is a Zoom opportunity, so you must register for the link.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Noon intercessory prayer worship continues, with a leaflet for Pentecost. The new link will be sent with the Wed email invitation.  It is also available on our website and I’m happy to mail a paper copy to anyone who wants one.
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 6 p.m., Ladies’ Night OUT in the Grove. ALL are Welcome.
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 7 p.m., Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily.  This is a Zoom service.  Please let me know if you would like the Zoom link, or a leaflet mailed to you.  ALL are Welcome.

And, for those of you who have made it to the end of this email, here is a special invitation.  Who wants to be on a team with me for the Great EpisGOpal Race?  It is a virtual race over several days at the end of July.more race info.  I’ll be making t-shirts!

Please let me know if you have any meetings (virtual or otherwise) that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Feeding the Homeless on Thursday, June 11, 2020

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Dear family of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Last Thursday, with your help, we fed 40 homeless friends. The end of this relief-effort is nebulous. Once the Hope Dining Room reopens, we can stop the dinners, BUT, the dining room is run mostly by retired people and they are the most at-risk population for COVID. Talks are underway, but no dates have come forth yet, so what I thought would be a temporary solution, is approaching 3 months.

I THANK ALL of you for your continued help with this aid to our needy friends. Here is the plan for this week:    Spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad and garlic bread, complemented by a fruit cup, cookies and a soda.  Sign up at Sign Up Genius.  As always, only look at the black and gold part.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-feeding9

If you would bring your items to St. Thomas’s between 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020 that would be great.    If you can’t do that, I would be happy to pick them up at your door – just give me a call.

MANY Blessings for your care of our homeless friends,  
Madeline Johnson

Children’s ministries at home for June 7, 2020

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Hello everyone!

I pray this note finds you and your family well and safe. I pray that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we may all be instruments of peace and safety in this world for all God’s people. Amen.

This week, we will, of course, explore the wonder of the Holy Trinity. To this email, I have attached a kid-friendly version of this week’s Old Testament reading, a guided reading of this week’s gospel,  and coloring activity that correspond to this week’s lectionary. Please use what works for you and your family. There is something for everyone.   

We will not be meeting on Zoom this Sunday, June 7, 2020, so that we can all attend service with Bishop Brown and the rest of the diocese at 11:00 a.m.. 

Peace be with you,

Ms. Belinda, Children’s Ministries

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for June 7, 2020

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Hello faith family!  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of June 7, 2020.  Also, see the most recent edition of our Diocese weekly newsletter titled The Net.  I haven’t included this link before, but you will see it here in the future.  This week’s is packed full of powerful messages.

There are a few reminders for the calendar:

  • Sunday, June 7, 2020 – We will not have our regular 9 a.m. worship service on YouTube.  Instead, we will be joining with many of our sisters and brothers in Delaware to worship with Bishop Brown.   Please let me know if you have any questions.
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020 – 7 p.m., week 2 of the 5 week series an Introduction to the Saint John’s Bible.  Even if you missed week one, you can still join in.  This is a Zoom opportunity, so you must register for the link.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – Noon Intercessory Prayer worship service continues, with a new leaflet for Pentecost
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 7 p.m., Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily.  This is a Zoom service.  Please let me know if you would like the Zoom link.  ALL are Welcome.
  • Sunday, June 14, 2020 – 9 a.m. LIVE YouTube worship service will continue, celebrating together with St. Nicholas.

Ladies’ night OUT is tentatively Thursday, June 18, 2020 in the Grove (socially distanced), but I think it’s wise to wait one more week into phase one before making any official plans.

Please let me know if you have any meetings (virtual or otherwise) that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

I look forward to worshiping together with you on Sunday morning, along with our extended faith family all over Delaware!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Worship with Bishop Brown this Sunday, June 7, 2020

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The bishop is thrilled that you and your parish will be joining us for worship on Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., via Facebook Live. It will be wonderful knowing that we will all be together, even if only virtually, and seeing the chats from across our diocese. Below are the ‘directions’ to the service and additional information that may be helpful:

  • The service will be broadcast on Facebook Live (only)
  • Our Facebook link is: https://www.facebook.com/episcopaldelaware
    • To join us, go to The Episcopal Church in Delaware (same link as above) and scroll until you find the video image that indicates, LIVE (in red) in the top left of the video image frame. We plan to go live at 10:55 a.m., to allow you time to find our feed.
  • You can download the worship bulletin at https://bit.ly/bulletin6-7. It is also on the Diocese of Delaware website under Worship with Us and will be provided in the description of the live feed on Sunday.
  • We do not recommend a Facebook Watch Party for this service. If you begin a Watch Party you will not see others across the diocese and you will not be able to pass the peace with everyone watching — rather, just with those that are in your Watch Party.
  • Facebook Live is easy and free for anyone.
    • You do not have to join Facebook to watch a Facebook Live video. And, if you’re already a Facebook user, you do not have to log in to watch, either.
    • LEARN HOW!

We look forward to worshiping with you in celebration of Trinity Sunday.

See you then,
Cynde Bimbi, Diocese of Delaware
Director of Communications

Spiritual, learning opportunity: “The Saint John’s Bible Series”

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For five weeks in June, pray with the illuminated manuscript of The Saint John’s Bible, through a collaboration with The Urban Well at Saint James; Rev. Jim Strader-Sasser, Priest-in-Charge at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville, PA and The Rev. Dr. Howell Sasser, Rector at St. Thomas’s.

The series is free. You must register to receive the Zoom invitation. “The Saint John’s Bible Series” series will be held on five Tuesday evenings beginning at 7 p.m., starting tomorrow Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Each session will be about 75 minutes and will include learning, guided viewing of art, and contemplative worship. 

“I have contributed to the content, along with others who are much smarter than I am!  And best of all, it’s free!”, says Fr. Howie.  To register, anyone can go to saintjameslancaster.org and click on the spiritual growth tab. And, if they have any questions, they can contact Fr. Howie at StThomassRector@googlegroups.com or the Parish Administrator at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.   

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Feeding the homeless – June 4, 2020

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Dear family of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Last Thursday, May 28, 2020, with your help, we fed 40 homeless friends in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn. They were all VERY grateful to you. I am also grateful for your generosity and your help! MANY thanks to Jill Jensen for packing all the bags, to Teresa Coons and Susan Hechter for cleaning up after our “scoop and dash”, to our wonderful bakers and our food and fund donators AND those who pray for this ministry! I am also very grateful for my partner in “crime”, Kelly Tompkins, who comes to help scoop the hot food onto the plates, load the cars and dash off to serve it hot!   We are getting very practiced at this!

Here is the plan for June 4, 2020:  substantial nachos (with meat, cheese and salsa) and tossed salad, complimented with a fruit cup, cookies and a soda. Below, is the sign up genius.  As always, only look at the black and yellow part. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-feeding8

If you would bring your items to St. Thomas on Thursday, June 4, 2020 between 2 and 4 p.m., that would be great! If you can’t do that, give me a call and I will pick it up at your door.

MANY Blessings for your care of our homeless friends,
Madeline Johnson