Worship Changes – meet in Great Hall

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The planned work on the floor of the Nave has begun and will continue for the next several weeks. This is part of the clean-up from the roof leak. On April 22 and 29, services will be held in the Great Hall at their regular times. Won’t you join us? Newcomers are most welcome.

Poets’ Corner Reading on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

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Poets’ Corner Reading Series presents Linda Blaskey reading the poetry of her favorite poets.

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church
276 S. College Ave.
Newark, DE

Free-will offering.

Linda Blaskey’s poetry has been selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2014 and for Raleigh, NC’s Poetry on the Bus project. She has twice been a recipient of fellowship grants from Delaware Division of Art. She is poetry/interview editor for The Broadkill Review and is coordinator for the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. Her short story, The Haircut, was chosen by InterAct Theatre’s Writing Aloud! program and was dramatically presented at the Adrienne Theater in Philadelphia.

She lives with her husband on a small goat and horse farm in southern Delaware.

This event is co-sponsored by University of Delaware Department of English and St. Thomas’s Parish.

Poets’ Corner Reading Series this Saturday, March 17th

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Please come to this month’s Poets’ Corner Reading on Saturday, March 17th at 4:00 pm. Even if you think you don’t like poetry, come give the reading a try. You’ll likely be surprised.

James Church is a dynamic performer and should be surprising and thoughtful. See poster. Free will offering.

This event is co-sponsored by University of Delaware Department of English and St. Thomas’s Parish.

Poet’s Corner on Sat., Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.

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Just a reminder that the first reading of the Poet’s Corner series this semester will take place at St Thomas’s this coming Saturday, February 17, at 4 p.m. The chair of the English Department at the University of Delaware, John Ernest, will be reading aloud his favorite poets and poems. This wonderful event is free and open to the public, although a free-will offering is happily accepted. Please join us then.

The Rev. Edward E. Godden, Interim Rector beginning January 1, 2018

The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish are pleased and honored to announce that the Rev. Edward E. Godden has accepted our call to serve as Interim Rector beginning January 1, 2018. Father Ed has been in the area for many years, serving parishes in Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. He is also well acquainted with St. Thomas’s, most recently as supply priest twice this past summer. Father Ed is trained and experienced in interim ministry.

Father Ed will serve the parish on a half-time basis. His focus will be on worship, pastoral care, and guiding us through the transition process. In order to make the best use of his time, and to expose the parish to a broad variety of experiences in worship and preaching, supply priests and guest preachers will supplement his liturgical ministry.

Father Ed is looking forward to being with us, helping us to grow into a stronger parish during the interim period as we seek our next full-time rector. Please keep him and the parish in your prayers. We also encourage you to maintain–and perhaps increase and deepen–your commitment to the ministry of St. Thomas’s during the very interesting time that lies ahead for all of us.

Connie Cooper
Senior Warden

2017 – 2018 Advent and Christmas Worship

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The angel came to Mary and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 

Luke 1: 28-31

 

To the people of St. Thomas’s Parish,

Greetings to you and your family as once again the year has come round to Advent and Christmas. Just as Mary was perplexed by what it might mean when the angel Gabriel visited her, we wonder, too. We wonder at God’s love in sending us His only son, who entered the world just as all of us do, as a baby. It’s beyond human understanding—so we wonder, and we celebrate and give thanks. We know that God has shown favor to us.

At St. Thomas’s, 2017 has given us much to reflect upon and be thankful for. We celebrated 175 years of mission and ministry to Newark and the University of Delaware with worship, fellowship, and service, thanks to the leadership of the 175th Anniversary Committee. Our Episcopal Campus Ministry has continued, with strong support and commitment from the University of Delaware, to develop its Blue Hen Bounty program, which provides food to students in need. We also said farewell, with love and gratitude, to the Rev. Paul W. Gennett, Jr., who concluded nine years of mutual ministry with us at the end of October. God has indeed been with us for 175 years, and we trust that God’s presence will continue.

In our diocese, we have just elected the Rt. Rev. Kevin Brown to be our next bishop. We’re wondering what his ministry might mean for St. Thomas’s, for all Episcopalians in Delaware, and for our church’s role in the community. Again, we believe that God’s favor will be with our new bishop and our diocese.

But as we wonder about all of these things, just as Mary wondered at the visit from the angel, we aren’t always sure what they mean for us, for our church, for our world. And we’re not always sure about God’s favor—how can we experience it or know it? One way to find God’s love is by participating in the regular and special services that will be offered at St. Thomas’s during the Advent and Christmas seasons—a listing of those services is enclosed with this letter. Your presence, in wonder, celebration, and thanksgiving, will enrich our parish family’s observance of this holy season.

We also give thanks for the wonderful generosity of the people of St. Thomas’s, who unsparingly give their time, talents, and treasure to fulfill our mission and vision of a community “nourished at Christ’s table and stepping forward in faith” as “instruments of God’s love, serving our parish family, the University of Delaware, our community, and God’s creation.”  Every contribution, whatever it may be, is a reflection of God’s grace to us. We invite you to prayerfully consider making a special offering this season to support our continuing mission and ministry, using the envelope enclosed with this letter.

May god bless you and your family at Christmas and in the New Year. We look forward to your presence and participation at St. Thomas’s in 2018.

In the peace and love of Christ,

Connie Cooper, Senior Warden
The Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon, Episcopal Campus Minister