Lenten Cantata

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A new, major choral work, The Stations of the Cross, by Marc F. Cheban will be given its first two performances in March. On Saturday, March 12 the performance will be at Christ United Methodist (401 High Street, Chestertown, MD) at 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, March 13 the performance will be at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church (276 South College Ave., Newark, DE), also at 4:00 p.m. The choirs from both churches will join for the performances.

Marc Cheban Marc F. Cheban is a noted Concert Organist, Composer, and Choral Director in the Mid-Atlantic area. Some of his organ works are published by Warner. For 35 years he has been an organist at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA. For many of those years he has also been a featured organist during the Christmas Season at Longwood. He has recorded many CDs of holiday music, and traditional organ music. Though Cheban has written a great many choral works over his career, this work is his most ambitious. The Stations of the Cross (also known as the Way of the Cross) is a series of fourteen meditations on the final hours of Jesus’ Passion. In this arrangement, each station begins with the singing of a verse of the Stabat Mater (a short plainsong chant associated with the Passion) by the entire assembly. The main musical component of each station varies among choral pieces, organ interpretations, and congregational hymns.

In its breadth of texture and emotion, the Stations of the Cross is a deeply spiritual work of great power, inspired over a ten-month period. Please plan to attend one of the performances and help Marc celebrate this major undertaking. Thank you.
A free will offering will be collected to support an organization founded by a good friend of Marc’s, Chuck Selvaggio. The organization – Neighbors to Nicaragua – helps the poorest areas of that country to build school buildings, provide much needed school supplies, clothing, etc. The organization has really developed good momentum; he and other volunteers have made many trips there over recent years and the Neighbors to Nicaragua website  is full of good pictures.

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the FINAL notification.

Asking for gift cards for those in need

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Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

I am grateful for the outpouring of gift cards given for use to serve the needs of many in our area that come into our sacred space for sanctuary and care. That said, we continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover, and the many cards given over the recent holidays are already depleted! I ask your prayers and help that if you would purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas, to buy some needed grocery staples at a local store, or a local department store to purchase every day clothing items. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of so many others in these economically challenging times. Thank you for your prayerfulness and partnering in a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours. Fr. Paul+

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the SECOND notification.

Sign up to help with our annual meeting on Sunday, March 6

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Good Morning St. Thomas Friends!!

The food sign up sheets are now posted and ready for you! Once again, we ask that you bring only finger foods to the annual meeting on Sunday, March 6, 2016.

Please also consider helping to set up or clean up that day. We will begin setting up around 9:30 and clean up will be immediately after the meeting. Since we are using paper products, clean up should be fairly easy.

As always, thank you for all that you do for St. Thomas’s!!

Peace,

Donna Weaver

The 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish

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The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 6, 2016 for the 174th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four [4] people to three year terms as servant leaders of our parish. We will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch with refreshments. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. Off going Vestry leaders Tim Casey and D. J. Ferguson will be calling up possible candidates to stand for Vestry election to the Class of 2019. If you are interested in serving your parish in this servant leadership role, please contact Tim and/or D. J. We will again send the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting. We hope this will provide this report of our mission and ministry over 2015 to those who wish to have it, and reduce the amount of paper copies produced and then left behind.

This is the FIRST notification.

Episcopal Church resources for exploring a holy Lent

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[Episcopal News Service] The season of Lent, the 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, begins Feb. 10 this year, and across the Episcopal Church there are a number of devotional resources to help Episcopalians observe a holy Lent.

In their article are links to information about resources that ENS has received to date. Additional resources, including the presiding bishop’s Lenten message will be available in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent.