Rally Day on September 25th – sign up your ministry now

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We are planning to have a Rally Day on September 25th. The purpose of the Rally Day is for each of the Ministries to have an opportunity to share with the congregation what they are about and to seek additional people to share in those ministries. There will be tables set-up in the Great Hall after both the 8:00 and the 10:30 services. Please let me know if your ministry plans to participate and approximately how much table space you would like to have by writing to mshoughton@verizon.net.

Thank you.

Sue Houghton

Welcome back students – from our Bishop

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Welcome back students! Please see this week’s Bishop’s blog from The Rt. Rev. Wayne P. Wright, 10th Bishop of Delaware,  and see his welcoming comments and visits to Delaware’s two Episcopal schools. This Bishop offers the following prayer from the Book of Common Prayer:

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 824)

St. Thomas’s sends a special welcome to our Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) students. University of Delaware Classes start next week and ECM activities will begin shortly thereafter. Be sure to look for our ECM students in Church and extend your personal welcome.

Carpenter’s Helper for the week of August 28, 2016

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Please see the Carpenter’s Helper for the week of Sunday, August 28th.

Message from Father Paul –

I am grateful for the continued outpouring of gift cards given to serve the needs of many in our area that come into our sacred space for sanctuary and care during the weekdays. That said, I continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover, and the gift cards many have given over the past months are again depleted! I ask your prayers and help to purchase gift cards that could help provide a tank of gas or to buy some needed groceries at a local store. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of so many. Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours. Please give them directly to Cami Seward if you can, or put in an envelope marked to Cami’s attention and place in the offering plate. Fr. Paul+


MEALS NEEDED FOR (ECM) EPISCOPAL CAMPUS MINISTRY – Beginning Wednesday, September 7 we are in need of simple meals Wednesday evenings for 10 to 12 people, that includes dessert, delivered and ready to serve by 6:00 p.m. We look forward to your participation in this ministry. Feel free to join us for the evening. The sign-up is on the Great Hall door bulletin board. For more information contact Sally Price at 302-453-9408 or SallyEymanPrice@aol.com. Thank you for your help with this ministry!

Cami Seward

St. Thomas’s Parish
276 South College Ave.
Newark, Delaware 19711

Ann Urinowski wearing her new stole

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AnnUrinowskiStole-smallAs a follow up to our earlier story “Gift for Ann Urinowski“, we wanted to share a picture of Ann in her stole – St. Thomas’s gift to her to celebrate her ordination.

St. Thomas’s is still accepting contributions toward the stole so you can still be part of our celebration. St. Thomas’s online giving site has been updated with an account where you can give specifically to toward the stole. Or, you may give by cash or check.

Congratulations Ann!

Scheduling St. Thomas’s facilities this Fall

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We are working on the 2016-2017 calendar for the use of space here at St. Thomas’s. The way to best insure your meeting or event gets on the church calendar is to fill out a pink sheet also called a St. Thomas Reservation Request Form and submit it to the church office. These forms are available in the office or on the office door after hours. If the office is not open you can leave your completed form in the box on the door. It is very important to have your request for space in writing on this form. For further information contact Cami Seward in the parish office 302-368-4644 or camiseward@gmail.com

175th Anniversary of St. Thomas’s

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St. Thomas’s Parish was first organized on August 1, 1842 – 175 years ago in 2017. We have several events planned for the year and invite you to join us as we prepare for the celebration. This year – long birthday party recognizes our enduring ministry in Newark and our warmth as a parish of faithful people. Signup sheets will be available in the Great Hall starting on May 8 for you to help celebrate this exciting milestone in the life of our parish. Watch The Carpenter for further details as the celebration develops. Please contact Nicole Cebula, Laura Greene, or Tom Fairchild to learn more about our plans and how you can help.

Diocesan Prayer for 11th Bishop Search & Calling

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In your Name, Lord Jesus, the community that is the Diocese of Delaware has been raised up and has flourished. We pray that in our day we as a Diocese may continue to be a sign of your presence in this State, a people devoted to You, and willing agents of your peace. In this time of transition as we seek a new bishop, help us to discern your will for us, to receive with joy and grace those who offer themselves to the election process, and to celebrate the episcopal ministry we have been given and that which is yet to come. Give us open and gracious hearts, patience with one another, and joy in anticipation. Lord Jesus Christ be with us in these days, as you are with us always, for You, with the Creator and the Holy Spirit, are one, Our God, now and forever. AMEN

Safe Church Training

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Our Mission Statement includes “serving our parish family”. Part of that service means that we need to be trained to help keep our parish family safe. It is my understanding that St. Thomas’s needs to keep a list of all those who have completed Safe Church certification by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. We need to create that list. The training / certification is valid for 5 years.

If you have a valid certification, please let Sue know so that we can add you to our list.

If you do not, training is mandatory for: Clergy, church employees (full and part-time), volunteers who provide individual pastoral care, Eucharistic Visitors, and youth & children supervisors. It is recommended that all Sunday School teacher and lay leaders in supervisory or leadership role attend the Diocesan Safe Church training program. If you are on the mandatory list and need the training, please plan to attend one of the sessions offered this fall.

For more information, including: registration, who the training is mandatory for, dates/venues, documents and a letter from the Bishop, please click here.

Thank you,
Sue Houghton


St. Thomas’s Mission
Nourished at Christ’s table and
stepping forward in faith,
we are instruments of God’s love,
serving our parish family,
the University of Delaware,
our community, and
God’s creation.