Choir Rehearsal starts tonight

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The first rehearsal of our Choir starts tonight, Thursday, Sep. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. There is not an anthem scheduled for this coming Sunday, so this rehearsal will be a somewhat relaxed, get acquainted with new music time. If any of you would like to join the group just to see what it is like, I warmly invite you.

I will be in the Choir Room at 6:00 p.m. in case anyone wants to come a little early to do a little practice singing with me to get an idea what voice part he or she might be.

Rehearsals are usually over by 9:00.

Cheers!

Marc Cheban <mfrancis123@gmail.com>

Rally Days 2018 -REMEMBER -RENEW -REJOICE-

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Dear Members of Saint Thomas’s,

This year, we are doing something a little different for Rally Day, on Saturday, September 15th and Sunday the 16th. Mark your calendar!

Remember: Join us for an Italian feast on Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Join together to break bread, and remember, “Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:12. Please invite friends, family, and neighbors to this celebration of community. All food and beverages will be provided; but we are looking for help with dishes after dinner.

Renew: Helping others sparks happiness. Renew your spirit by learning about some of the opportunities; it feels great to contribute to the lives of others. There will be information stations set up both at Saturday’s dinner, and after both the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday.

Rejoice: Over this weekend, learn about and reflect on all of the amazing possibilities for the upcoming season. “Be truly glad. There is great joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6.

Volunteers do not necessarily have lots of time; only lots of heart 💟!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman

Novel Theology begins again in September

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Novel Theology group meets at 9:15 a.m. on the second Sunday, September-May.

The reading list for the coming year is:
September – Creek Mary’s Blood by Dee Brown
October – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
November – The Lie: Evolution by Ken Ham
December – Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity by Dr. Gregory A. Boyd
January – The Hidden Flame by Davis Bunn
February – The Centurion’s Wife by Davis Bunn
March – The Damascus Way by Davis Bunn
April – TBD
May – Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalie

For more information, contact Susan Hechter at susanahechter@gmail.com.

Using your IRA Tax-Free

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In December, 2014 Congress enacted legislation making QCD’s (qualified charitable distributions) permanent. If you’re over age 70 1/2, you can send up to $100,000 per year directly from your IRA to a qualifying charity — including St. Thomas’s. The distribution is excluded from your gross income making it tax free. For more information, contact Amy Keach, St. Thomas’s Treasurer via the Parish Office or your tax advisor.

Collect for our Search for a New Rector

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Our Heavenly Creator, who has blessed this dedicated church family for 175 years serving our community in your faith and love, we ask for guidance for our Parish, Search Committee and Vestry as we embark on the journey to mutual ministry with our next Rector. Bless us with your grace and fill us with knowledge and fortitude throughout this process. In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, and of the Holy Spirit, AMEN

St. Thomas’s Mission Statement

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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.

The Right Reverend Kevin S. Brown, XI Bishop of Delaware visits St. Thomas’s

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The Right Reverend Kevin S. Brown, XI Bishop of Delaware, visited St. Thomas’s on Trinity Sunday, which is the First Sunday after Pentecost on May 27, 2018.

The Bishop met with the Confirmation Candidates at 9:00 a.m., led a forum beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the Great Hall, and attended a reception following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy.

See pictures and his sermon via video from Facebook

Craft Fair Planning Meetings

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It is never too early to be thinking about St. Thomas’s Annual Holiday Bazaar. This year the fair will be held on November 30 and December 1.

If you have any wine corks or buttons that you could donate, we would appreciate receiving them. There will be a donation box in the great hall.

Our first meeting of the year will be on May 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. We will gather at Sister Jackie’s house.

Questions or directions: contact Barb Graham at 302-598-4143.