An Introduction to the History of St. Thomas’s Parish, 1842-1980

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Join us on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 10:30 a.m., either in-person or by Zoom, to celebrate and learn about the saints of St. Thomas’s on whose shoulder we stand, whose work we continue day by day. Dr. Constance Cooper will offer an illustrated introduction to the history of St. Thomas’s. We will learn about how St. Thomas’s got started, some of its ups and downs, the story of campus ministry, and how we moved from South Main Street to South College Avenue.

There will even be a few puzzles and surprises! ALL are WELCOME!

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 18, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you all well.  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of October 18, 2020. In it you will find a reminder that Novel Theology meets next Sunday, October 25, 2020, an invitation to join the 2 Saints Readers group (Sts. Thomas and Nicholas together), and see an update on some of our outreach from Madeline.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as continuing the Christian Education series, and next Sunday, Novel Theology:

  • Sun., Oct. 18, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person.
  • Sun., Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – Christian Education via ZOOM and in-person  
  • Wed. noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thurs. at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily via Zoom.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person.
  • Sun., Oct. 25, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – Novel Theology, live on ZOOM  

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you.  Please sign up for in-person attendance for this Sunday, October 18, 2020.  Please do not feel pressure to return to the church building until you are comfortable.  We may be in different locations, but we are celebrating TOGETHER.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Worship service for October 18, 2020

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Hello faith family.  Sunday, October 18, 2020 is the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. Please sign up for in-person worship for this Sunday.  Here is the  service program and the service program in large print for your preview. There are paper copies available to be mailed.  If you would like one, please let me know.  We will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s at 9 a.m.  On Sunday, connect to our worship service at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel – this is the same link each week. Please subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you never miss a service.  All are welcome; please worship in whatever way is comfortable for you.

Following the service this week, Fr. Howie will continue the Christian Education Season with the final week of the 4-week course comparing religions.  A Zoom invitation will be sent on Sunday.  This will be presented via Zoom and in-person in the church building with social distancing.

The following Sunday, Novel Theology will be meeting via Zoom. ALL are Welcome.  Reading the book is never a requirement to join in the lively discussion, however, I must say this looks to be a juicy one: “A New Song” by Jan Karon.  A Zoom invitation will be sent on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page. 

See past sermons or bulletins on our Recent Sermons page.

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!  Please continue to share your impressions and ideas for both in-person and online worship.  Your thoughts are appreciated!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 11, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you all well.  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of October 11, 2020. In it you will find a heartfelt Thank You from Frs. Howie and Jim for the warm showing of hospitality, and the Bishop’s most recent message regarding Covid-19.  The annual Blessing of the Animals will take place this Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Grove.  Please send me your animal pics!

Also, see the most recent edition of our Diocese weekly newsletter titled The Net, as well as the quarterly magazine, the Communion. St. Thomas’s ECM is mentioned!  There is also news of the reopening of the Memorial House.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as continuing the Christian Education series and the animal blessing:

  • Sun., Oct. 11, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person.
  • Sun., Oct. 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – Christian Education via ZOOM and in-person  
  • Sun., Oct. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. – Blessing of the Animals in the Grove
  • Wed. noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thurs. at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily via Zoom.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Sun., Oct. 18, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person.
  • Sun., Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – Christian Education via ZOOM and in-person  

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you.  Here is a link to sign-up for in-person attendance for this week, 10/11/20.  Please do not feel pressure to return to the church building until you are comfortable.  We may be in different locations, but we are celebrating TOGETHER.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for October 4, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you all well.  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of October 4, 2020.  In it, you will see an invitation to an outdoor movie screening for John Lewis: Good Trouble, as well as get an exciting update on ECM (Episcopal Campus Ministry).  The annual Blessing of the Animals will take place next Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the Grove.  See the attached flyer, the Facebook event, or contact the office for more info.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as continuing the Christian Education season and the animal blessing:

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you.  Here is a link to sign-up for in-person attendance for this week, 9/20/20.  Please do not feel pressure to return to the church building until you are comfortable.  We may be in different locations, but we are celebrating TOGETHER.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 27, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you all well.  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of September 27, 2020. In it we honor the memory of a brave pioneer and get excited for the new season of Christian Education, beginning this Sunday.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as the start of the Christian Education season:

  • Sun., Sep. 27, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person. Sign up for in-person attendance.
  • Sun., Sep. 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – Christian Education via ZOOM and in-person
  • Wed. noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thurs. at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily via Zoom.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Fri.. Oct. 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. – Youth (grades 6-12) get-together in the Grove (details coming soon!)
  • Sun., Oct. 4, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person.
  • Sun., Oct. 4, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – Christian Education via ZOOM and in-person  

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you.  Please do not feel pressure to return to the church building until you are comfortable.  We may be in different locations, but we are celebrating TOGETHER.

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

What we believe, what we share education series

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Comparing Religions CourseA short course comparing religions will cover the theologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism, using a comparison with Christianity as a way of pulling the threads together. Our goal will be to see how the major faith traditions approach the same questions of creation, sin, eternity, and the righteous life.

Come learn what we have in common, how we see the world, and maybe even what others can tell us about our own faith. This series will take place in-person and via Zoom.

Dates are Sundays Sep. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, and Oct. 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 20, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you all well.  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of September 20, 2020.  In it, you will read about “Sea Sunday”, and receive an invitation to participate in the children and youth program survey. Please participate!  Your opinion and ideas are wanted!  And finally, on a third page there is a flyer for the Hope Dining Room fundraiser at Boscovs store on Oct 14 and 15, 2020.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as a memorial service:

  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. – Harmon Banning memorial live on YouTube and here is the leaflet.
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person. Sign up for in-person attendance.
  • Wednesday noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE on YouTube and in-person.

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you. Please do not feel pressure to return to the church building until you are comfortable.  We may be in different locations, but we are celebrating TOGETHER.

Ladies – I need to apologize.  I have not organized a ladies’ night out/in for September.  I know how special and wanted these get-togethers are.  Please send me your thoughts and ideas for October!  Zoom?  Rent out a movie theater (I did this with the kids for $15 total)?  Show a move in the great hall with social distancing?  Bonfire in the grove or my backyard?  Attempt one of the Newark Al Fresco dining nights?  Mini Golf at the waterfront?

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for September 13, 2020

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Hello faith family!  I hope this finds you all well.  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of September 13, 2020.  In it, you will find the FAQs for our return to in-person worship, as well as a call for “Go-Bags”.

This week, we will have our 3 regular services, as well as a memorial service:

  • Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. – Bob Browning memorial live on YouTube , here is the leaflet.
  • Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE from St. Thomas’s on YouTube.
  • Wednesday noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II with music LIVE from St. Thomas’s on YouTube and in-person (in-person guidelines).

In this strange time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling to make ends meet. If you are in this situation, please let the clergy know of your needs, pray for the church, and feel no guilt about your giving. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

To see all events or news, visit our website, check FaceBook, or check out the posted events on the board next to the name tag station. Recent Newsletters, Sermons, or Announcements are also available.

ALL are Welcome!  Please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any of the leaflets mailed to you.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Resuming In-Person Worship on September 13, 2020

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We are sharing an overview of what in-person worship will look like, beginning NEXT Sunday, September 13, 2020. All services will continue to be broadcast through YouTube and Sunday worship will remain at 9 a.m. You can look for the sign up email fro Sunday worship from me on Wednesday. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Fr. Howie at StThomassRector@googlegroups.com with any questions regarding the guidelines, and please contact the office with any questions regarding the sign-up for in-person worship or YouTube broadcasting. Your comments and questions are appreciated!!

Our friends at St. Nicholas are still most welcome to worship with us online every Sunday although their parish will return to in-person gathering this week. Next Sunday, September 13, 2020, we will also begin offering in-person worship, still at 9 a.m. Please look for upcoming email communication about what this in-person service will be like, and what the safety protocols will be. Each service will continue to be streamed, and I suspect many of us will still be participating from home. Regardless of whether we are together in-person or virtually, we are connected by the Holy Spirit.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644