Blessing of the Animals – October 11, 2020

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Blessing of the AnimalsBring your furry (or not so furry) friends to be blessed by Fr. Howie on Sun., Oct. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Grove next to the church.

All humans must wear masks and social distancing will be observed. Please remember, for the safety of all, to have your pets on a leash or in a carrier. If you believe that this gathering may not be a good idea for your pet, please come anyway and bring your favorite photo of your pet.

ALL are Welcome!

Christian Education season starts this Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020

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The Christian Education season starts this Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020, and it looks fascinating!

Comparing Religions CourseSunday, Sep. 27, 2020 officially kicks off our Christian Education season here at St. Thomas’s.  We are beginning with a 4-week series on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. “What we believe, What we share” is a short course comparing religions.  This will be offered via Zoom and in-person in the church building with social distancing. The dates for this series are Sundays Sep. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

This four-session course will cover the theologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, using a comparison with Christianity as a way of pulling the threads together. Our goal will be to see how the major faith traditions approach the same questions- creation, sin, eternity, and the righteous life. Come learn what we have in common, how we see the world, and maybe even what others can tell us about our own faith.

Please use the following iCalendar (.ics) link to add this event to your calendar: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/tZEpdu-trj4vHNQf1BX8lhpOR3of2fdrkSje/ics?icsToken=98tyKuGtqjosH9SQtR-HRpwMBoj4M-_ziCVYgo1smk7HO3hfahPZBLFNNOB5FMrb

Following this series, on November 4, 2020, our own Connie Cooper will tell us the story of St. Thomas’s Parish and its work in Newark. 

This year’s schedule looks phenomenal.  See the 2020-21 Christian Education program in its entirety.

I will be sending an invitation this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. with the link.  If you have questions about the upcoming 4-week course or any of the educational offerings, please contact the office or Fr, Howie.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Poet’s Corner Reading Series presents Devon Miller-Duggan on February 15, 2020

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Devon Miller-Duggan

Poets’ Corner Reading Series for Spring 2020 presents Devon Miller-Duggan on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The reading will be held from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave., Newark, DE. A free will offering is appreciated. All are welcome – open to the public.

Devon has published poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature,Gargoyle. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Delaware. Her books include Pinning the Bird to the Wall (2008), Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (2013), and Alphabet Year (2017).

The Poets’ Corner Reading Series is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’s Parish and the University of Delaware Department of English. See the Poets’ Corner Spring Series of readings.

For questions, please email StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or call the Parish Office at (302) 368-4644.

Meet the Rector Dinner and Sing-along

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Please join us on Sunday, September 8, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a picnic and sing-along in the Grove with our new Rector, The Rev. Dr. Howell C. Sasser. This evening provides an opportunity to get to know Father Howie and spend time as a parish. Signup sheets will be posted in the Great Hall shortly. Food and drinks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

The Finance Committee

Annual Parish Pentecost Picnic

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Dear St. Thomas Community,

Our annual Pentecost Parish Picnic will take place on June 9 after the 10:30 service. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring friends. St. Thomas will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs a well as paper products and drinks. There will be games and activities for all ages, beginning with the largest prayer ring the Grove has ever seen to bless our meal. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help set up, clean up and help facilitate games. We also NEED YOU to bring a side dish or dessert to complete our celebration meal. (Donations will also be accepted toward the cost of the entrees and paper products.) Signup sheets to get an estimate of how many people are coming, who can help with setup and/or cleanup, and who is bringing what will be on the Great Hall door beginning on May 12 and will be available on SignUp Genius. You are welcome to use the sign up method that works best for you. You are also welcome to bring chairs or picnic blankets for your comfort and enjoyment. Thanks in advance for your help in creating another great fellowship opportunity for our St. Thomas family!! Please feel free to e-mail Belinda Young-Payne at  belmar43@aol.com or call me at 302-388-4017 with questions or to volunteer to help plan or facilitate the picnic.

If you choose to sign up electronically, please use this link: 
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-pentecost

Hope to see you soon!
Blessings,Belinda

Annual Pentecost Picnic on June 9, 2019

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Our annual Pentecost Parish Picnic will take place on June 9 after the 10:30 a.m. service. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring friends. St. Thomas’s will provide hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs a well as paper products and drinks. There will be games and activities for all ages.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help set up, clean up and help facilitate games. We also NEED YOU to bring a side dish or dessert to complete our celebration meal. (Donations will also be accepted toward the cost of the entrees and paper products.) Signup sheets to get an estimate of how many people are coming, who can help with setup and/or cleanup, and who is bringing what will be on the Great Hall door beginning on May 12.

You are welcome to bring chairs or picnic blankets for your comfort and enjoyment. Thanks in advance for your help in creating another great fellowship opportunity for our St. Thomas’s family!! Please feel free to e-mail Belinda at  belmar43@aol.com or call me at 302-832-8834 with questions or to volunteer to help plan or facilitate the picnic.

Poets’ Corner Reading Series on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

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Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents Matthew Rinkevich with “Ashes in the Fire”: Brokenness in Anglo-American Poetry.

What happens when something breaks? Brokenness can be material, emotional, spiritual, and much more. During this reading, we consider this topic through the works of poets like John Donne, Theodore Roethke, and Claudia Rankine.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 276 S. College Ave., Newark, DE

Matt Rinkevich is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Delaware. His research focuses on English Renaissance literature, material cultures studies, and medieval and Reformation-era theology.

Co-sponsored by St. Thomas’s Parish and the University of Delaware Department of English.

Join us for Are you smarter than a Sunday Schooler?

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Are you smarter than a Sunday school student? Join us for pizza, ice cream, and a chance to see what you remember from Sunday school alongside Father Howie. Adults can play, and kids can join our classroom panel to assist the adults with what they may have forgotten. Invite your friends of all ages to join us for this event which is sure to be filled with fun and laughter. This event takes place in the Great Hall at St. Thomas’s Parish. Please RSVP to Kristin Sausville at kristin.sausville@gmail.com. All are welcome.

St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries Breakfast on April 28, 2019

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Hello St. Thomas Community.

Just a reminder that this Sunday, April 28 is Family Church Sunday at St. Thomas’s and it is also the day we will have our annual St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast hosted by St. Thomas’s Children’s Ministries. Everyone in the parish is invited, but especially children, youth and their families. See below (or the flyer attached ) for details and please RSVP if you can with how many are attending and what food items you are bringing, if any. You can RSVP by calling me at 302-388-4017 or emailing belmar43@aol.com or by going to SignUpGenius by copying and pasting the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4CAAA62CAB9-20191.

Thanks!! See you all soon!

Blessings,
Belinda

Annual Children’s Ministries Family Brunch

April 28 is also the day of our annual Family Brunch. On this day, families of children and youth and whoever else would like to join us, will gather in the Great Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a potluck brunch. Each family/person is asked to bring something to share (eggs, breakfast casseroles, meats, bagels, muffins, fruit, etc.) if you are able. Beverages will be provided. The children will then attend the 10:30 a.m. service with their parents.

Family Church Sunday

April 28 is a Family Church Sunday. There is no separate children’s worship time that morning. However, the nursery will be open for children ages birth to 3 years. Children will attend services with their families.

Family Trivia/Pizza Night

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Cana Hartman, Kelly Tompkins, and Kristin Sausville are planning “Are you smarter than a Sunday school student?” Join us for pizza, ice cream, and a chance to see what you remember from Sunday school alongside Father Howie. Adults can play, and kids can join our classroom panel to assist the adults with what they may have forgotten. This is open to the public so all are welcome and we hope to see a lot of you there!

This event takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at St. Thomas’s Parish. Please RSVP to Kristin Sausville at kristin.sausville@gmail.com.