Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of December 23, 2018

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See St. Thomas’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of December 23, 2018. See all newsletters and announcements.

We return again to our yearly remembrance of the birth of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. “O Come, let us adore him,” in our words and song, and in our action and deeds, beginning with our worship together on Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning, and the First Sunday after Christmas. A Service Schedule follows.

CHRISTMAS EVE – December 24, 2018
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant
10:30 p.m. Carol singing followed by
11:00 p.m. Midnight Mass of Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS DAY – December 25, 2018
9:30 a.m. Carol singing followed by
10:00 a.m. Christmas Morning Eucharist

FIRST SUNDAY after CHRISTMAS DAY – December 30, 2018
9:30 a.m. Christmas Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion
(One Service this Sunday)

Announcing The Rev. Dr. Howell C. Sasser

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The Vestry and Search Committee of St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Newark, Delaware announce with great joy and elation the acceptance of the call to serve as Rector; The Reverend Doctor Howell C. Sasser.

Father Sasser is, at present, serving as Rector to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.  We eagerly anticipate his arrival to St. Thomas’s in early March 2019.

Below is a biographical “snapshot” for Father Sasser.  Listing in brief;  some of his credentials from his CV, prior experience and his strengths.  Also listed is the feedback received on Fr. Sasser from the Search Committee and the reference interviews. 

Fr. Howie Sasser (Bloomsburg, PA) – Male, Married

1988 BA, International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
1999  PHD, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh     
2003  BD, Divinity, University of London     
2009  STM, Sacred Theology, Yale University     
2017  Leadership Group Process, College for Congregational Development  

Current Role: Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Bloomsburg, PA since 2014
Prior Experience: Associate Rector and then Interim at St. Peter’s Church, Peekskill, NY, Youth Leader at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Charlotte, NC
Secular Experience: Director of Research Epidemiology of Carolina Healthcare System, Associate Professor of Epidemiology of New York Medical College, and Scientific Review Coordinator of Manila Consulting Group 

Liturgy – Anglo-Catholic, blending of tradition and creativity, sung liturgy, art in worship     
Homiletics – Informal,engaging, practical     
Christian Education – Adults and Children, curriculum development, group facilitation     
Vestry Development – Empowering lay leaders, team building 

  • Spiritual
  • Creative, Organized and Analytical
  • Tech Savvy
  • Inspiring and Captivating Sermons
  • Honest, Sincere, and Open
  • Enthusiastic
  • Very Adaptable
  • Flexible
  • Financially Inclined and Innovative Fundraiser
  • Sung Liturgist
  • Asset to St. Thomas and Newark
  • Warm and Funny
  • Works Well with People

We ask God’s blessing upon the other candidates. May they continue with God’s grace on their journeys to future mutual ministries.

We thank our Congregation, Search Committee, Consultant and Vestry for their hard work and continued support throughout this entire process.

Please join us in welcoming Fr. Sasser to St. Thomas’s Church!

Respectfully yours in Christ,
Regina M. McCann, Senior Warden-St. Thomas’s Vestry
Marilyn Prime, Chair – St. Thomas’s Search Committee
Donna Weaver, Chair – St. Thomas’s Search Committee 

Camp Arrowhead – Summer 2019

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Brochures are now available in the Narthex for the summer of 2019 at Camp Arrowhead. Additional information regarding applications and costs are available from Belinda Young-Payne.

First Sunday Plate Offering for Rector’s Discretionary Fund

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This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of the month so all of the non-pledge cash and change placed in the collection plates will be directed to the Discretionary Fund. Checks made payable to “St. Thomas” with “Discretionary Fund” written in the memo line are also welcome.

The Discretionary Fund provides confidential assistance for our friends and neighbors in financial need. No donation is too small. The funds are paid directly to the vendor such as the electric company or landlord. Your donation allows St. Thomas’s to be a source of light to those in need who are struggling in a world that is often dark.

Annual Hayride and Bonfire

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Annual Hayride and Bonfire is on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Please try to arrive by 5:30 p.m. The wagons leave promptly at 6:00 p.m.
$15 per adult and $8 per child. 5 and under are free!

There is a sign up sheet hung on the door in the lobby. Please let us know if you plan to come! If you decide at the last minute to come, come on! Just bring your payment with you! We will provide the hot dogs, cider, water and S’more fixins.

Location: Milburn Orchards, 1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton, MD 21921

Use the special parking lot designated for Bonfires, NOT the farm market parking lot. This is where your group will gather, the tractor driver will pick you up and drop you off at the end of the evening. The Farm Yard is off limits after dark so it is extremely important to use the correct parking area. For a printable map and directions to Milburn Orchards, please visit

Any questions, contact Kelly Tompkins.