175 Annual Meeting – need volunteers

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Dear St Thomas’s Family,

On Sunday March 12, 2017, St. Thomas’s is hosting the 175 Annual Meeting right after the 10:30 a.m. service. We are asking for your assistance in contributing food for the luncheon (sandwiches and other finger foods) and, of course, volunteers to help set-up. There are sign-up sheets posted. If you have any questions, please contact me or any Vestry member.

Thank you,

Oneta Applewhaite
Hospitality Ministry

175th Annual Meeting

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside the second Sunday in Lent, March 12, 2017 for the 175th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will also be affirming/electing delegates to represent St. Thomas’s at the Special Convention for the election of the 11th Bishop of Delaware scheduled for July 15, 2017. The current delegates to the Diocesan Convention are willing to serve – Jordan Kinsey and Marilyn Prime, Mariah Payne as our under 30 year old delegate, and Devon Miller Duggan as alternate. Nominations will also be included from the parish if you feel called to serve in this important event of our common life. Nomination forms and the requirements of being a Vestry candidate are now on the nametag table. For the Annual Meeting we will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. More information will be forthcoming in February and March, and weekly in the Carpenter‘s Helper. We will again offer the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting.

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the FIRST notification.

The 175th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Second Sunday in Lent, March 12, 2017 for the 175th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish.

We will also be affirming/electing delegates to represent St. Thomas’s at the Special Convention for the election of the 11th Bishop of Delaware scheduled for July 15, 2017. The current delegates to the Diocesan Convention are willing to serve – Jordan Kinsey and Marilyn Prime, Mariah Payne as our under 30 year old delegate, and Devon Miller Duggan as alternate. Nominations will also be included from the parish if you feel called to serve in this important event of our common life. Details for nomination [by other or self] will be forthcoming in future mailings.

We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish.

More information will be forthcoming in The Carpenter in February and March, and weekly in the Carpenter‘s Helper announcements beginning in February. We will again offer the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2016 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

I pray you plan to join YOUR FAMILY of faith as we continue to grow in God’s grace and serving as the disciples of our Lord Christ in our days! Fr. Paul+

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Lent & 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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“But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father…”

The Fourth Sunday in Lent is known as Refreshment or Lighten Up Sunday in the church world. It is a little beyond the halfway point of our journey with Jesus and the disciples to Jerusalem … to the power base of the Temple and the Roman world … to reveal God’s TRUE kingdom come on earth plans … to an end that no one expected, except Jesus. I was reminded in another reading that this is also known as Mothering Sunday in which pilgrims would return to the “mother church” for time of reunion, renewal, and feasting.

For me, Lighten Up is less about telling numerous bad church jokes and more about lightening our spiritual loads we carry, still. To come home to God and Jesus in the loving place desired from our very creation, and not in abject guilt, remorse, or shame. Repentance is simply turning round right again, or as the Prodigal of today’s Gospel, “But when he came to himself …” which could be translated as when he came to his right mind and was restored to sanity.

It seems a good thing that this is the day of our 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. A day for this family of God to come home, to refresh, renew, and be in relationship with one another again and with our loving creative God.

Let us come home, together.

See the sermon in its entirety.

The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the FINAL notification.

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the SECOND notification.

Sign up to help with our annual meeting on Sunday, March 6

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Good Morning St. Thomas Friends!!

The food sign up sheets are now posted and ready for you! Once again, we ask that you bring only finger foods to the annual meeting on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Please also consider helping to set up or clean up that day. We will begin setting up around 9:30 and clean up will be immediately after the meeting. Since we are using paper products, clean up should be fairly easy.

As always, thank you for all that you do for St. Thomas’s!!

Peace,

Donna Weaver

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the FIRST notification.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for Sun., Feb. 7

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Dear friends of St. Thomas’s,

The 174rd Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish is coming soon! All reports are due this Sunday, February 7. Please send your report to camiseward@gmail.com with Annual Report in the subject line.

The Episcopal Church designates the first Sunday of February, as Theological Education Sunday. This Sunday, February 7 is intended to invite our prayers and support for those who follow God’s call into the ordained life. We are blessed to have Julia Stroud from St. Lydia’s Community Church, Brooklyn NY, with us this coming Sunday. Julia is a personal friend of Fr. Paul & Marilyn from their time at St. David’s in Wayne, PA. St. Lydia’s is a progressive storefront parish that connects the holy with the daily of life, sharing at tables with friends. The loose plate offering on this day will be designated to support the work of St. Lydia’s Community Church. Please be generous with an extra offering February 7. If you wish to write a check, please make out to St. Thomas’s Parish and include in the memo line Theological Education Sunday; St. Lydia’s Church.

See the Carpenter’s Helper for this coming Sun., Feb. 7.

As of this Sunday the Carpenter’s Helper will no longer be included in with the Sunday bulletin. There are hard copies available on the name tag table.

Make note that the St. Thomas’s Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, February 13 at 9:00 a.m..

Blessings to you this day,

Cami Seward