Building use requests now due for St. Thomas’s ministry groups

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Grace and peace to all! We hope your summer is going along “swimmingly” (yes, pun intended…)

One of the ways St. Thomas’s lives into its ministry of welcome is by allowing it’s space to be utilized by the wider community. That being said, the first priority for space use is to groups that are connected to ministries here at St. Thomas’s. So, we need to know when our space is needed for these ministries. If you lead a ministry or group who meets in this building, please take a moment to complete a “pink form” for the coming program year. This will assist the office staff in determining what space is available and when for community use. “Pink forms” are also available on the parish website at StThomasParish.org.

Thank you for attention to this matter and we look for to hearing from you.

Peace,
Adele Meredith
Parish Administrator

Guest Preacher this Sunday, July 23

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This Sunday, July 23, Maryann D. Younger will be our guest preacher at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Maryann is discerning a call to Holy Orders within our Diocese and has been studying theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Last year, she served as sacristan for the campus worshiping community and as a seminarian at St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia, where her primary service was with the young children’s and family worship. She volunteers as a chaplain at the Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children and is a parishioner at Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

A life spent as an observational sociologist has provided opportunities for Maryann to be successful in Montessori education, youth volunteerism and service, mentoring, writing, and hospitality. Entrepreneurial in nature, it was during the founding of the Christ Church Episcopal Preschool that the call to ordained ministry first became clear.

We welcome Maryann and her husband Kris who are looking forward to being with us this coming Sunday.

Grateful always, your servant in Christ,

Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+

Welcome Maryann Younger on Pentecost 7!

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On Sunday, July 23, Maryann D. Younger will be our guest preacher at both the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

Maryann is discerning a call to Holy Orders within our Diocese and has been studying theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Last year, she served as sacristan for the campus worshiping community and as a seminarian at St. Peter’s Church, Philadelphia, where her primary service was with the young children’s and family worship. She volunteers as a chaplain at the Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children and is a parishioner at Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

A life spent as an observational sociologist has provided opportunities for Maryann to be successful in Montessori education, youth volunteerism and service, mentoring, writing, and hospitality. Entrepreneurial in nature, it was during the founding of the Christ Church Episcopal Preschool that the call to ordained ministry first became clear.

We welcome Maryann and her husband Kris who are looking forward to being with us on July 23rd.

Grateful always, your servant in Christ,

Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+

A Message from the Vestry – June 2017

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To St. Thomas’s Parishioners,

As we move into the summer, your vestry would like to update you on several issues.

First, great thanks and appreciation to all for our big events in May and June—the 175th anniversary gala, the tribute to Bob Rys, and the Pentecost/175th anniversary picnic. All of them were wonderful expressions of joy and fellowship, the result of many hours of work by dedicated parishioners.

Many of you are probably wondering about the transition process as Father Paul prepares to retire. First, we have the gift of his presence until the end of October. It’s a time to reflect on and give thanks for what his ministry has meant for the parish and for each of us personally.

The vestry is beginning to work on transition plans. We’ve met with the Rev. Canon Gary Rowe of the diocesan staff and we’re studying the diocesan guidelines for parishes in transition. We are working on arrangements for a priest to be with us beginning the first Sunday in November.

Some things in the transition process will be as they have been in the past, but there have been some changes. One big change is the form of the parish profile. In the past, it has been a printed document. Now the diocesan procedure is for the profile to be on the parish web site, as a separate section of the site. Prospective candidates for the position of rector will first meet us through the web site. The web site is also how most visitors and prospective members get acquainted with us. That’s why a welcoming and accurate web site is essential—it’s our front door, in a manner of speaking, and we want to make a good impression on all who seek us out.

Finally, the transition process requires two committees, the transition committee and the search committee. These committees are appointed by and responsible to the vestry. The transition committee, with three to five members, will be in operation from late summer through the first year of the new rector’s tenure. It will handle tasks like farewells, welcomes, and assisting the new rector to settle in to life at St. Thomas’s. The search committee will begin its work after Fr. Paul leaves. It will develop the parish profile and handle the search and interview process, ending up with a candidate to recommend to the vestry. The search committee will have eight to ten members.

The vestry is in the early stages of developing these committees. If you have suggestions of people who might be possible members of the committees, please inform me or any vestry member. You don’t need the person’s consent at this point—once the vestry chooses the possible candidates for each committee, they will be contacted, given a full description of the task, and will be free to make their own decision on whether to accept the call. All suggestions will be held in confidence.

Thank you for your support of St. Thomas’s. Please hold the church in your prayers.

Connie Cooper
Senior Warden

Summer Coffee Hour

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The Hospitality Ministry is looking for volunteers (two persons each Sunday) to host Coffee Hour starting June 25, 2017 thru Labor Day weekend. This will be a down scale from the regular Coffee Hour. Finger foods such as cookies, donuts , fruit(grapes or strawberries). We will be using paper plates only. Juice, lemonade and coffee will be supplied by St Thomas. There is a signup sheet on the Hospitality board next to the kitchen. Please try to be at Church by 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. to set up.

If you have any questions, please contact :

Oneta Applewhaite
Joe Corsello
Regina McCann

Graduate recognition for the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter

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We are in the throws of the graduation season. What a wonderful time to celebrate the accomplishments of our youth and young adults as they move on to the next chapter in their lives. Your family that is St. Thomas’s Parish would like to celebrate with you!! We will be running the list of graduates through the month of June in the Carpenter’s Helper. So, there are only 2 weeks left to see your graduate’s name in print. Please let the office know as soon as possible by writing to adelemeredithstthomas@gmail.com about your family’s graduates so we can celebrate with you.

Peace,
Adele Meredith
Parish Administrator

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