Carpenter’s Helper for this week & Sat. work day

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WELCOME HOME AGAIN TODAY, April 24, we are delighted to welcome back home to our parish family the Reverend Deacon Ann Urinoski. Ann was a rising senior at St. Thomas’s in 2008 at the University of Delaware and president of ECM. After graduation, her journey of God has led her to serve a one year missionary term for Young Adult Service Corp in South Africa,and on return she entered the process for postulancy for Holy Orders in the Diocese of New Jersey. On affirmation of this call, she entered.The General Theological Seminary in New York City, where she will graduate in May. Ann was ordained deacon in December, 2015, and will be ordained priest in the Church in June. Ann will preach at our 8:00 a.m.& 10:30 a.m. worship. Please welcome Ann again this day, and pray for her ministry and calling to serve the Church in her life ahead.

ST. THOMAS’S WORK PARTY on Sat., April 23 the Property Ministry will be hosting a work party beginning at 9:00 a.m. Signup on the Great Hall door or just show up. Contact Barry Gregg at 302-521-4209 or barry.gregg45@yahoo.com with questions.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for April 17, 2016

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Reminders:

DISMANTLING THE NEW JIM CROW– The Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow in Newark meets at St. Thomas’s TODAY, April 18, at 5:00 p.m. in the classroom off the Great Hall. If you would like more information contact Connie Malin at 302-834-3016 or Cami Seward in the church office 907-321-3336 or at camiseward@gmail.com.

PARISH SPRING CLEANUP – On Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. the Property Ministry will be hosting a work party. Signup on the Great Hall door. Contact Barry Gregg 302-521-4209 / barry.gregg45@yahoo.com with questions.

NEXT SUNDAY APRIL 24 – We are delighted to welcome back home to our parish family the Reverend Deacon Ann Urinoski. Ann was a rising senior when I came to St. Thomas’s in 2008 at the University of Delaware and president of our ECM. After graduation, her journey of God has led her to serve a one-year missionary term for Young Adult Service Corp in South Africa, and on return she entered the process for postulancy for Holy Orders in the Diocese of New Jersey. On affirmation of this call, she entered The General Theological Seminary in New York City, where she will graduate in May. Ann was ordained deacon in December, 2015, and will be ordained priest in the Church in June. Ann will preach at our 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. worship. Please welcome Ann!

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Blessings to you this day,

Cami Seward

St. Thomas’s Parish
276 South College Ave.
Newark, Delaware 19711
302-368-4644

Hospitality for Bishop Wright’s visit on Sunday, April 17th

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We’re finalizing plans for Confirmation with Bishop Wright’s visit on Sunday, April 17th, and still need a few more goodies for the coffee hour/reception. Given the special occasion, we expect a larger-than-normal crowd and want to make sure there’s a mighty feast. It would be great if you could provide your special dish or something similar to the following – Finger foods (hot & cold), Chips, Dips, Cheese, Fruit, Veggies, Salads, Cookies, Pastries.

Items should be dropped off at the church kitchen before 11 AM on Sunday, April 17th. Please let us know what you can give. Blessings!

Mr. Bob & Ms.Teri

Visitation by Bishop Wayne Wright

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We are blessed to welcome our diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Wayne P. Wright, to our family of St. Thomas’s Parish on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sunday April 17. Bishop Wright will be the preacher and celebrant at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. He will be celebrating the Confirmation of Makayla Casey, Joshua Grieten, Elizabeth Payzant, Gustavo Smith, Sean Swain, and Claire Wadman . The Bishop also will commission our Vestry servant leaders, offer our thanks and blessings for good and faithful service upon off-going Vestry, and recognize with gratitude our Christian Formation teachers and staff who have served our children and families over the past year.

If you wish to reaffirm your Baptismal Covenant and Confirmation vows before our Bishop this day, please let Fr. Paul know your intention on or before Wednesday, April 13th.

The loose plate offering this day is designated to the Bishop’s discretionary fund which generously provides assistance to Camp Arrowhead scholarships, clergy sabbaticals, and much, much more. Please be generous!

2016 ECM Mission Trip to Costa Rica: Day 4&5 — Work, work, work … ahhhh, REST & RESTORATION :-D

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Blessings in the Grace of the Easter Saturday! To think we were waiting in the screaming silence of Holy Saturday at the tomb of Jesus, and then …. RESURRECTION HAPPENS! This is exactly what the missals from our ECM students & Deacon Cecily have sounded like. There are more pictures to come, so stay tuned for their return … and pray for safe travel back to us over the night tonight into tomorrow morning!

 

With gratefulness, your servant in Christ,
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Dear Father Paul and the St. Thomas Community,
Our final day of work has been completed and it went quickly. Yesterday, we helped the Hogar Escuela in Heredia by painting one of the classrooms, a jungle gym in the playground, and entertaining the kids during their sports day. It was an emotional day; on the one hand, we completed all the jobs we set out to do. But on the other, we had to say goodbye to all the people and children we bonded with the past few days. The children gave us thank you cards before we left, which was a great reminder of the lives we touched.

 

Bishop Héctor did a Eucharist mass when we got back to the Diocesan home. He preached about how he was elected and how our work and the church is similar to surfing. Coming across the right opportunities to help the most people is like catching the perfect wave. We came to Costa Rica at the right time and my hope is that we can apply this to many other locations, including Delaware. He gave us handcrafted cross pendants to remember our time here.

 

We concluded our day with an energizing dance lesson, learning various Costa Rican and popular techniques from the bachata to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We’ve got a talented bunch out here! It was a lot of fun and gave us some much needed R&R. Today we went to the beach in Manuel Antonio. It was a long drive (3 1/2 hours!) but it was worth it.

Our prayers are with you, especially during our last day here in Costa Rica. Here’s to living “pura vida”! 🙂


Sincerely,
Matanda Mondoa
PS – I’ve attached a few photos here and I’m compiling more to put on a website by the time we get back.

Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast

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Join the children and youth of St. Thomas’s for the annual Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast on April 24, 9:30 a.m. Please try to arrive a few minutes early so we can gather our food offerings before we begin. The Breakfast will be held in St. Thomas’s Great Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend but children, youth and their families are encouraged to attend!

Please bring a dish or breakfast item to share. Beverages will be provided.

To RSVP, ask questions or  volunteer to help, email Belinda Young-Payne at belmar43@aol.com or call at 302-832-8834.

See the Children’s Ministries Family Breakfast.flyer.

 

2016 ECM Mission Trip to Costa Rica — Painting & Playing Power!

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Blessings to all in Easter Week! Here is the latest update with pictures of our ECM students with working hands & hearts at the school in Costa Rica as they are making resurrection happen in being the blessing of Christ, and being blessed by the same in the children, teachers & hosts. Thanks to Hannah for the latest news from sunny and warmer Costa Rica!

 

With gratefulness, in peace always,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+
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Dear Father Paul & St. Thomas,

Hola! Day 3 in Costa Rica is complete, and today we wrapped up our work at the Escuela Hogar Episcopal.  We finished some painting jobs and disassembled a flowerless flower bed, giving the children some more color and space to play in their home away from home. We’ve discussed as a group that it’s been very satisfying to have sore muscles and paint-covered hands after a long day of work with such visible results. We also got to enjoy one of the teacher’s grateful smiles seeing her newly-painted classroom, and more of us played with some of the children today. As we tossed balls and shared smiles the language barriers diminished and it was not long before a class of students shared their English singing songs for us!

No need to worry about us being comfortable and well-fed. It’s Costa Rica’s “dry season” here, so we’ve been avoiding any rain, and the highest the temperature climbs is around 80 degrees, but always with a breeze. We’re fed beautifully-seasoned, generously-portioned meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we’re always surrounded by the good company of each other, the Bishop, or Sarah and Kate (our guides here).

I’ve attached some of the pictures we snapped today. Tomorrow we’re off to another school with similar-aged children, and I’m looking forward to be meeting some new people and serving a new community. Please continue to pray for us and especially for the people we’re serving, that we may know how to best support them and show them God’s love!

Abroazos y Besos (Hugs & Kisses),
Hannah Watts

Holy Week and Easter 2016 Schedule – UPDATE

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Sunday, March 20: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

8:00 a.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Holy Eucharist I

10:30 a.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Holy Eucharist II

5:30 p.m.      Liturgy of the Palms, Reading of the Passion, Inclusive Language Liturgy & Holy Eucharist

 

Monday, March 21 through Thursday, March 24

Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m.

 

Maundy Thursday, March 24

6:00 p.m.      Soup and Bread Supper in the Great Hall (CANCELLED)

7:30 p.m.      Maundy Thursday Liturgy, Foot Washing, Holy Eucharist II and Stripping of the Altar, followed by Nightwatch hours in prayer at the Altar of Repose

10:00 p.m.      10:00 p.m. Compline

 

Good Friday, March 25

8:00 a.m.      Morning Prayer

12:00 noon      Good Friday Liturgy with Sermon and Solemn Collects

7:00 p.m.      The Way of the Cross – Praying the Stations of the Cross

 

Holy Saturday, March 26

7:00 p.m.      The Great Vigil of Easter – Festal Celebration of Holy Eucharist with incense

 

Easter Day, March 27

8:00 a.m.      Holy Eucharist

10:30 a.m.      Festal Holy Eucharist with Choir

5:30 p.m.      NO SERVICE on Easter Day

The Journey of Holy Week – MAUNDY THURSDAY

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On Maundy Thursday, we commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper. The Epistle reading for this service gives St. Paul’s account of the institution of the Eucharist. We experience the Gospel account of Jesus’ washing his disciples’ feet, acting out his own call and of those who would follow him, “not to be served, but to serve.” He gave a new commandment to all: “Love one another as I have loved you.” “Maundy” is the old English word derived from the Latin phrase mandatum novum, meaning “new covenant.” The Eucharist is about our table fellowship – God present with us, and we present to each other. Following the Eucharist, the sanctuary is stripped of all ornaments and furnishings, symbolically expressing Jesus’ utter abandonment by all. We are invited to stay with Jesus “for just one hour” through the night watch vigil until noon on Good Friday.

This Holy Week, I invite you to take a bowl in your home, fill it with water, and place it in a spot you pass by every day. Each day of Holy Week, make a sacred moment to be with Jesus by washing your hands with him in you. Wash your hands knowing the sacred love of Jesus for you, in you, and through you. Wash your hands not in dismissal or guilt, but in the cleansing power of repentance in all that this most sacred week of our life of faith is meant to be.

Come join your community of faith family as we remember this night at 7:30 p.m. in worship, service, and abandonment of Jesus with Footwashing, Eucharist, and stripping of the church into barren darkness.

Walk with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.

Walk with Jesus who loves you to death into new life beyond.

Walk with Jesus …

The Reverend Paul W. Gennett, Jr.

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The Collect for Maundy Thursday

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.