Thank you for your continued gifts

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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.

While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s. See our Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

With a grateful heart,
Finance Committee

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for April 26, 2020

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Hello Faith Family!  See this week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter. for April 26, 2020. In it, you will read about the amazing Easter Sunday 2020 virtual orchestra and choir performance out of the Washington Cathedral, as well as an excerpt of a very interesting article about an Episcopal Church in LA that recalls the quarantine of 1919 and compares it to today.  Do you have suggestions for Carpenter content?  Please let me know!

A bit of good news. A local, Aaron Frazier, has a power washing company (check his website), has generously donated his time to us to powerwash the front walk that had grown some moss over the winter.  It looks incredible- thank you Aaron.

We are drawing near to the end of April 2020 and have had a fair amount of showers.  So, I’m looking forward to May flowers!  Do you have some stunners around your house or yard that you would like to share with us?  I’d love to feature your moments of beauty on our social media.  Please either send an email, or simply text me directly: 302.354.3277. 

I look forward to worshiping with you at 9am on Sunday! See info on the Worship Service on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Worship Service on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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Hello faith family. Please see the worship service leaflet for Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. This is the Third Sunday of Easter and we will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s Parish.  Please look for an invitation email from me on Sunday morning at 8:55 a.m., with the link to the St Thomas’s YouTube page (this is the same link every time).  The YouTube link is also available from our home page. I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for April 19, 2020

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Happy Friday! See this week’s Carpenter’s Helper newsletter.  for April 19, 2020. In it you will find two messages from our Bishop, Rt Rev Kevin.  He explains a bit about the liturgy of the Word, and then gives us an update on the actions of the diocese during this unusual time.

Ladies, I hope to see all of your beautiful faces at our ZOOM Ladies’ Night IN, tonight at 6 p.m. Here is the ZOOM meeting; if it asks for a password, it’s thomas with a lowercase t.  If you have any problems getting in, please text me 302.354.3277, and I’ll try my best to help.  Can’t make it tonight?  It looks like we will have another opportunity to do this in May, and I for one am excited! (saving on that babysitter $$$).

Novel Theology is planning a ZOOM meeting for their May 2020 get together.  The book is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, and is available for free as a download from the New Castle County Public Library.  This looks like a good read.  Please look for more details about this ZOOM get together as we get closer to May 2020.

This ZOOM tutorial is not bad, and gets interesting at around the 3:25 mark.  Do you have a tutorial you recommend?  Are you more of a fan of Go To Meeting, Google Hangout, or Facebook Skype?  Please share your experiences and recommendations.  I’ve been having the best time playing games with family and friends on the Houseparty app: it has games like pictionary, cards against humanity, and charades.  Anyone want to play?  I miss you all and look forward to furthering my virtual hangout skills this month so I can see more of your faces.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Service Program for Sunday, April 19, 2020

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Hello faith family! See the  service program for Sunday, April 19. 2020.  The Sunday, April 19, 2020 service will be streamed LIVE beginning at 9 a.m. from St. Nicholas.  Please look for an invitation email from me on Sunday morning, with the YouTube link and this same link to the leaflet.

Next Wednesday, April 22, 2020, our Wednesday noon service of intercessory prayer will continue.  Do you have any changes to make to the prayer list?  St. Nicholas folks, please let us know if you have any additions, as we join together.  Let’s make a joint prayer list!  I love what a small town Newark is; I’m certain that there is already overlap.  We share many friends and loved ones.  

If you know of any college students in need of non-perishables, please pass along the word that the Blue Hen Bounty food pantry is OPEN by appointment.  ALL college students are welcome (UD or other institutions), and there is no paperwork to fill out nor explanation to give- they simply need to show a current student ID.  If you know of a student in need, please have them call St. Thomas’s office (I’m checking voice mail several times a day) 302.368.4644, or email bluehenbounty@gmail.com.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Wednesday noon Intercessory Prayer, not live April 15, 2020

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Greetings faith family.  Holy Week was so full of the Spirit, with opportunities EVERY day to worship together.  Now, the week following Easter, we are taking time to reflect, catch our breath, and rejoice that our Savior rose from the dead.

Usually, we have a LIVE service at noon every Wednesday.  It’s a special, quiet, spoken service of Intercessory Prayer with Holy Eucharist.  Although we will not be gathering LIVE today, April 15, 2020, revisit any service that was special to you, or perhaps catch up on one that you may have missed.  Then, please join us on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at noon for our regular LIVE Wednesday noon service.

Please look for an email from me by the end of this week with the leaflet for this Sunday, April 22, 2020, for your preview. We will be LIVE from St. Nicholas!  You will receive an invitation email on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with the link to our YouTube as well as the leaflet.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for April 12, 2020

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Greetings faith family!  This week’s Carpenter’s Help newsletter shares several ways to pray the Stations of the Cross from home, including a recording featuring our own Bruce Finnie.  There is also a lego stop-motion version included for the littles (and lego fans like myself). 

The church has worshiped for 2,000 years and no virus will end that. This season presents some amazing opportunities for us to worship as never before, sacrifice like never before, and love our neighbors as always. But this is tough. It’s also worth it. So, keep loving your church; attendance at our online services has been fantastic! Write the encouragement note. Pray like you’ve never prayed before. Continue to give, click like, and share.

While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

Church is never canceled. Consider yourself invited. We may not wow everyone. That’s okay. If our heavenly father is pleased, that is enough.

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 and *virtual hugs*,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for April 5, 2020

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Good morning dear friends!  In the this week’s April 5, 2020 newsletter, you will see a list of online worship opportunities, similar to last week, as well as information about contemplative prayer and a special prayer from our parishioner Kate Burchess.  Also, did you receive the email with information about feeding the hungry in Newark?  Today, our first round of meals will be distributed: see more info in the Helper newsletter.

I’m thrilled that we are joining with our brothers and sisters at St. Nicholas for this whole Holy Week!  Palm Sunday will be LIVE from St Nicholas, and “drive-through” palm distribution will take place at both parishes.  Please look for a separate email with more details about palm distribution.

Also, big shout out to Belinda for making sure that Children’s worship continues…and for helping to set up a fellowship ZOOM meeting for our youth.  Please let me know if you have missed any of her communications and I’ll be happy to help you connect.

And finally, the Blue Hen Bounty is OPEN.  If you have a chance to spread the word, please do.  Our pantry is open to ALL college students with an ID – not just UD students.  So, if a student is unexpectedly “home” from their school elsewhere, we welcome them.  There is no paperwork to fill out or explanation necessary.  It is by appointment only by emailing bluehenbounty@gmail.com, by calling 302.368.4644, or by contacting Cana directly 302.354.3277.  Curb-side pick up is available for those practicing self-quarantine.

While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

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

Saints Thomas and Nicholas Palm Sunday 2020

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Good morning faith family!  Here is your leaflet for April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday.

I’m feeling so filled with JOY because our two congregations are joining together for our Holy Week observances.  CHURCH is is about doing life together with other people, and CHRIST is at the center of that.

You will receive a reminder email on Sunday morning, but please plan to join us LIVE from St. Nicholas on YouTube at 9 a.m. for worship, Liturgy of the Palms, and Holy Eucharist. If you have not already done so, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and hit that notification bell (twice to receive notifications EVERY time) 🔔 to receive alerts every time we go LIVE.

Drive-through palm distribution will take place at both St. Nicholas and St. Thomas’s.

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Thank you for your continued gifts

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While Delaware remains under a “shelter in place” order through at least May 15, 2020 and services are broadcast on YouTube, please consider continuing your giving to St. Thomas’s Giving page.  Contributions can also be mailed to the church at 276 S. College Avenue, Newark, DE  19711.  The mail is collected daily so checks do not remain in the mailbox for long.

With a grateful heart,
Finance Committee