Father Paul’s Sabbatical – June 20 to July 31, 2016

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“And away we go …”

Happenings & Changings during Fr. Paul’s Sabbatical Part 2

As with any change, even as temporary as a 6 week sabbatical, there is MUCH to be planned,
prepared, and put in place before leaving for my shorter sabbatical journey from June 20 to
July 31, 2016. The following are some of the who, what, when, where and why during my time
away:

• The Reverend Emily Gibson, along with Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon, will be in care
and leadership of our Sunday worship, be present for pastoral support and care as
needed, and work with Vestry and other leaders of the parish to continue the process
she began last year of visioning and considering where we have been, where we are
now, and where we are being called in the future. Emily will lead ALL our worship
services in my absence including the 5:30 p.m. Inclusive Language Liturgy and Holy
Eucharist.

• The Wardens and Vestry are, as in our by-laws, the responsible body of leadership in the
absence of the Rector. Any concerns or needs, pastoral or temporal, should be addressed
through the Wardens or other Vestry leaders. You should contact Parish Administrator
Cami Seward during the weekday office hours with your needs for information or contact
for care needs, or the Wardens on weekends. Contact Emily and/or Cecily ONLY in needs
of pastoral emergency.

• Jesus reminds us “the poor will always be with you.” The needs of those who come to
St. Thomas’s during the week for a little help with food or a tank of gas to get to their
work continues while I am away. Cami Seward will continue our ministry to those who
need a little hand-up, not hand-out, during any given week. PLEASE continue your
generosity during this time by leaving grocery, restaurant, and gas gift cards with her.

• The Bible Study groups that meet Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the Parlor and
Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Great Hall classroom will prayerfully discern if they will
continue or take Sabbath time as well. Stay tuned for the decision in the next issue of
The Carpenter.

• Included in the summer edition of The Carpenter will be the Sabbatical Prayer
Calendar, a cycle of prayer through the ENTIRE parish family as listed in the parish
directory. Each day I will be praying for YOU, your families, your needs, your hopes, and
our life together now and ahead.

Any last things needed in this sabbatical I time will be addressed in the next issue of The
Carpenter. I again know all will be well, handled prayerfully and carefully by the clergy, staff,
Wardens and Vestry, and EVERYONE of this parish family. TOGETHER we will go and grow
together, and return renewed, refreshed, and ready for “oh, the places we will go” in our
future.

With deep gratefulness, Fr. Paul+

For Travelers

O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we
find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel, in particular Fr. Paul; surround him with
your loving care; protect him from every danger; and bring him in safety to their journey’s
end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Carpenter Helper – see this week’s news

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See this week’s Carpenter Helper at http://stthomasparish.org/news/2016/20160501.pdf and see all news at http://stthomasparish.org/announcements/newsletters-for-liturgical-year-2015/

REMEMBER:

POT LUCK DINNER & SING-A-LONG – Join us for an evening of supper and songs. Jerry Schultz and friends will be leading us in Civil War era favorites, mostly by Stephen Foster (1826 – 1864). Lyrics will be provided. Bring your favorite dish to share and be ready to sing-a-long or just enjoy the music and the good company. Saturday, April 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. For more information contact Jerry Schultz at schultz@udel.edu.

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

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

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See this week’s Carpenter’s Helper and see all news.

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!

See this week’s Carpenter Helper and see all news.

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,
Paul+

 

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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