Holy Week 2020 and Easter Services UPDATE

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Schedule Update – LIVE on YouTube, we are joining with our neighbors at St Nicholas’s Episcopal Church for our Holy Week 2020 observances. ALL Are Welcome!⁠
Please join us each day, LIVE on YouTube:⁠
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 9 a.m. LIVE from St Nicholas⁠
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.⁠
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.⁠
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 12 noon and 7 p.m.⁠
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7 p.m. and LIVE watch through the night⁠
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 12 noon⁠
Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8 p.m.⁠
Easter Sunday, April 9, 2020 at 9 a.m. LIVE on YouTube from St. Thomas’s⁠

Holy Week Schedule for 2020

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You are invited to join us for some special Holy Week gatherings. Each day brings a unique opportunity to experience growth and meaning during this solemn time in our calendar, and draw closer to our Lord.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 – 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.services
Monday, April 6, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 5:30 p.m. service
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Thursday, April, 9, 2020 – 6 p.m.service and watch vigil
Friday, April 10, 2020 – 12 noon and 7 p.m. services
Saturday, April 11, 2020 – 2-4 p.m. and 8 p.m. services
Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020 – 8 and 10:30 a.m. services

Please watch for more details to be published for each day.

Lenten 2020 Opportunities

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Dear friends,

As we begin Lent, I would like to remind you of two opportunities for spiritual growth over the next six weeks.

1)  On Sunday evenings at 5:30 p.m., Evening Prayer will be offered in the church. The form will be mostly chanted, but please don’t let your opinion of your own voice keep you away!  The chant is simple, and those who want to come and worship in prayerful silence are also most welcome.  The dates for these services will be March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and April 5, 2020.

2)  On Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., I will lead an “inquirers’ class” in the parlor.  We will cover the basics of Christian faith, and the Anglican/Episcopal approach as well.  This is an excellent resource for those considering whether they might like to be confirmed, received, or reaffirmed by the Bishop when he is with us in May 2020. Those who just want to refresh what they learned long ago, or who want some new spiritual insights should consider coming too.  The dates for these classes will be March 4, 11, 18, and 25, and April 1, 2020. 

Please plan to join us – and to bring a friend – for these Lenten events.

Peace, Howie+
The Reverend Dr. Howell C. Sasser, Jr.

Interactive Stations of the Cross throughout Lent

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The Interactive Stations of the Cross are a way to meditate on Christ’s journey from Pilate to the Tomb: one literally washes one’s hands as Pilate did. You make a cross and carry it with you. You stop where he stumbled and think on things that make you stumble. Where Jesus met his mother,you remember things that are on your heart. You pray for folks who are ill at another stop. You make an image of the cross where Veronica legendarily wiped Jesus’ face and where he left his image on her cloth. You mourn with the women of Jerusalem and stop to mark hurting places in the world. You drink vinegar and drive nails. You experience the torn curtain of the Temple. You imagine how it would feel to have your dead son laid in your arms. You smell spices at the Tomb. And, there is a Fifteenth Station that shows the promise of the Resurrection.

Available daily during office hours (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) and any time the building is open. Call 302-368-4644 for group visits or to arrange for a guided tour or merely to arrange to have someone else present while you experience the Stations.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner

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Come out and join in with your friends and enjoy DELICIOUS sweet fresh pancakes and YUMMY just-right-spicy sausages.

TUESDAY, March 5 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
St. Thomas’s Church Great Hall

This is a FUNraiser, but we need to cover costs:
$6.00 adults
$3.00 age 8 and under
$20 for a family

Maundy Thursday soup dinner and service

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Thursday the 29th, there will be a soup dinner starting at 5:30, followed by the service at 7pm. All food and beverages will be provided, including a gluten free vegetarian option. You do not need to bring anything, but we are asking that everyone lend a hand in cleaning up.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cana Hartman at cana.hartman@gmail.com if you have any questions. I hope to see everyone at this special gathering to commemorate the Last Supper and remember: Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).

Pancakes! Sausages!

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The annual St. Thomas’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Extravaganza is coming soon!

Bring your family to St. Thomas’s on Tuesday, February 13 starting at 5:30 PM when you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious sweet pancakes and spicy sausages as we use up the fat and flour before the privations of Lent!

For a mere $7 per adult and $5 per child – with a cap of $20 per family – you can feast to your heart’s content.

We’ll need some help to make this a success:

Help setting up (at 3:30-ish)

Help at the door to collect money

Help serving cakes and sausages

Help bussing tables

Help washing dishes and putting them away

Help cleaning up and putting away tables and chairs

Let me know what you can do to help. Many hands make light work. We are family!

Sally Price

Ash Wednesday and Our forty day journey with Jesus

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Ash Wednesday — Our forty day journey with Jesus to the Cross and his Resurrection begins with “… the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” The mark that begins our Lenten journey is that of the ashes of last year’s palms from Palm Sunday. Services for the Imposition of Ashes & Holy Eucharist at St. Thomas’s will be held on March 1 at 7:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. in the Church. In between service times, Fr. Paul and Lay Eucharistic Visitors will make as many home visits as possible of those requested to our shut-in’s. If you desire a home visit for the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday, please call or email Cami Seward at the church office [368-4644; camiseward@gmail.com] between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. by Monday, February 27. May you join us in a deeper walk of faith in this the most holy season of the Church year.

Lent Madness 2017

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And now for something completely different! As a fundraiser for Episcopal Relief & Development’s Nets for Life, St. Thomas’s is offering participation in a modified version of Lent Madness. For the small sum of $5, you can complete a bracket form and be in the running for a prize if you get all entries correct. We’re even considering allowing a second submission after the first round (for an additional fee and only if you participate in the first round). We’re hoping that this will be a great way to raise some money for a good cause and learn about some of the Saints in our windows and those we pray for each day. Sister Jackie Fossler will be distributing the bracket forms on the next two Sundays and at the Shrove Tuesday supper.

See more information below from the Lent Madness website:

Lent MadnessFor the eighth year running, people of faith are gearing up for Lent Madness, the “saintly smackdown” in which thirty-two saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo during the season of Lent. With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures.

Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout the penitential season of Lent. This year’s competition begins on “Ash Thursday,” March 2.

Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.

The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch.