Passing the Peace with Postcards!

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It’s important to recognize the cumulative impact of weekly passing of the peace. By regularly practicing this gesture, our hearts are shaped in the form of the words. Consider the daily practice of teaching toddlers to say “please” and “thank you.” Though at the beginning the toddler mechanically repeats the words, eventually her heart fills the words with grace and gratitude. In the same way, passing the peace gives us the vocabulary for expressing peace as we grow in faith and, in fact, shapes our hearts and minds to extend that peace out into the world.

This week, look for a packet to be delivered to your home. In it is an an opportunity to pass the peace around our faith family. In the envelope, you will find two postcards: each is stamped and addressed to another household in the parishes of St. Thomas’s or St. Nicholas. We ask that you take a moment to reflect on these faith family members and say a prayer. Then, write in an encouraging message and drop in the mail. You may not know these members directly, but knowing the faith that we have in common, there is a message of hope to share. Within a few days, you can look forward to receiving similar messages, and know that there are others in our family that are thinking of you and praying for you.

Thank you for your participation in this FUN fellowship project. Please note that this was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for July 19, 2020

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Hello faith family!  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of July 19, 2020. In it, you get an update on the Hope Dining Room, as well as, information about a very exciting and FUN fellowship activity – Passing the Peace with Postcards.  

Also, see the most recent edition of our Diocese weekly newsletter titled The Net, as well as the quarterly magazine, the Communion.  In their weekly newsletter, The Net, among other things, St. Thomas’s is recognized for our Christmas in July display promoting outreach and community building!

This upcoming week we will have our three regular services.  Please let me know if you would like any of the leaflets mailed to you:

  • Wednesday noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
  • Thursday at 7 p.m. – Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
  • Sunday at 9 a.m. – Worship Service, Rite II, with music LIVE on YouTube.
  • Sunday at 11 a.m. – children’s worship via Zoom.
  • Monday, July 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. – Ladies’ Night IN, LIVE on Zoom. Email Cana for an invite. ALL Ladies are Welcome!

Please let me know if you have ANY feedback, questions, or suggestions regarding our online worship. Let’s work together to make this “now normal” as great as we can imagine! Your input could make a big difference.

The official start of the Great EpisGOpal Race is fast approaching on July 24, 2020!  If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for?  This is a fun, and relaxing virtual marathon, to be done over several days, in any mode(s) you choose.  Here is a link to the Sign-Up Genius, or just contact the office!  There will be more details in next week’s Helper.

Please let me know if you have any meetings – virtual or otherwise – that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

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
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Worship service for July 19, 2020

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Sunday, July 19, 2020 is the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. We will be streaming LIVE from St. Thomas’s at 9 a.m. On Sunday, connect to our worship service at St. Thomas’s YouTube channel. Please subscribe and ring the notification bell (twice) so you never miss a service. Here is the service leaflet  that accompanies the service. There are paper copies available to be mailed. If you would like one, please let me know.

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. But if you are able to give, options for giving include mailing a check to your church or online giving. See our Giving page

I look forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for July 12, 2020

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Hello friends!  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of July 5, 2020. In it you will read about another HUGE gift that has come into St. Thomas’s Blue Hen Bounty (BHB).  Also, see the most recent edition of our Diocese weekly newsletter titled The Net, as well as the quarterly magazine, the Communion.  In their weekly newsletter, The Net, among other things, you will notice a familiar face – our own Teri Quinn Gray has joined their communications team as a consultant!  Congratulations Teri – you are a blessing!

This upcoming week we will have our three regular services.  Please let me know if you would like any of the leaflets mailed to you:

Please let me know if you have ANY feedback, questions, or suggestions regarding our online worship. Let’s work together to make this “now normal” as great as we can imagine! Your input could make a big difference.

Ladies: I need your input.  Next Saturday should be our next Ladies’ Night.  Should we do it via Zoom or in person?  I’m thinking either a group movie night; maybe Hamilton?  If it’s in person, I’ll get a projector and we can watch it on the wall from the shade of the Grove.  If we do it over Zoom, we can each watch it on TV, and there might be a fun care package dropped on your door.  Please let me know all your thoughts!!

Please let me know if you have any meetings (virtual or otherwise) that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

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
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Thank you for your continued gifts

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In this unsettling time, the church is aware that some of its members are struggling financially. 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 formal State of Emergency declaration 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 July 5, 2020

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Happy Friday faith family!  Have you seen the display in the grove?  It’s Christmas in July! On July 1-13, 2020, the City of Newark Parks and Recreation is having a  Decorating Tour  and St. Nicholas is participating.  It has already sparked some buzz around town.  Will you help me spread the Good News?  If you visit the display, please take a picture, and post it to whatever social media you use.  Please tag #StThomasNewarkDE and #NewarkFoF and #WeAreParksAndRec

See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of July 5, 2020. It’s been a hot, slow week without much new news, but see some photos of our Grove display.  And, please be reminded that there is plenty of time to still sign up to participate in the Great EpisGOpal Race.  Please contact the office to join in the low-pressure FUN that will happen at the end of the month.

Also, see the most recent edition of our Diocese weekly newsletter titled The Net, as well as the quarterly magazine, the Communion. Please see the new racial justice webpage published, learn a Fun Fact, be able to light a virtual candle for prayer, and read about the faith journey of a young Episcopal priest.  Additionally, there is an update on Regathering Document-V2.

Worship this week: please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any leaflet mailed to you.

Please let me know if you have ANY feedback, questions, or suggestions regarding our online worship.  Let’s work together to make this “now normal” as great as we can imagine!  Your input could make a big difference.

One more small note.  Being around the church building where many groups used to meet regularly, I have been asked when meetings may resume.  At this time, I do not have a specific answer.  But, I want to share that if anyone is looking for a meeting for friends of Bill, there are many online opportunities.  When I googled a search for meetings, I was happy to see that there are avenues through Zoom, Facebook, and several other virtual spaces beginning every 15 minutes.  I am happy to assist if you need help connecting.

Please let me know if you have any meetings (virtual or otherwise) that you would like to have included on the Parish calendar.   

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
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Your invitation to the last of the St. John Bible series

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TONIGHT, June 30, 2020, is the last session of the Sensus Divina series with illuminations from the St. John Bible and it’s going out with a bang!  The main participants will all be at St. James’s in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a real Heritage Volume of the St. John Bible (to be shown on camera) and also live music!!

Regardless of whether you have joined in earlier weeks, this is a good chance to get one last taste of the art of the St. John Bible.  The Zoom link can be used even without registration:
https://zoom.us/j/97773551955?pwd=dGVsWGRYbldMaFcrVFUrOXMydjFTUT09  

If you have any questions, please let Fr. Howie or myself know.  This is a fantastic opportunity.  I hope to see you there (virtually).

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for June 28, 2020

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Happy Friday faith family!  See the Carpenter’s Helper newsletter for the week of June 28, 2020. In it you will find info on our participation in the Great EpisGOpal Race, and in the City of Newark’s summer celebration Decorating tour.  Also, see the most recent edition of our Diocese weekly newsletter titled The Net, as well as the quarterly magazine, the Communion.  Included in The Net is the first version of a Regathering document, giving an overview of what a return to gathering in-person may look like.

  • Worship this week: please let me know if you’d like a paper copy of any leaflet mailed to you.
    • Wednesday noon – intercessory prayer LIVE on YouTube a leaflet for Pentecost.
    • Thursday at 7 p.m. Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily, on Zoom. Compline evening prayers with Deacon Cecily.  ALL are Welcome.  Let me know if you need a Zoom link for this calming and prayerful end to the day.
    • Sunday at 9 a.m.Worship Service, Rite II, with music LIVE on YouTube.
    • Sunday at 11 a.m. – children’s worship via Zoom.
  • Thursday morning – we will be decorating the corner of our Grove with Christmas decorations for the City of Newark’s summer celebration Decorating tour!  Please let Amy or me know if you have any decorations the church can borrow or if you are available to help set-up.
  • Please keep signing up for the Great EpisGOpal Race through our signup genuis.  We are SO CLOSE to reaching our goal that I’m certain we will surpass it!  We are going to do it!!!  Together we are going to complete a MARATHON!

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com

City of Newark Festival of Fun decorations … Christmas in July

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Good afternoon family!  I have a FUN opportunity to share with you. From July 1-13, 2020, the City of Newark Parks and Recreation is having a Decorating Tour!  St. Thomas’s will be participating.  This is an awesome opportunity to share some Spirit with our neighbors and gain some visibility for our parish.

On July 1, 2020, we will be putting up our display on the corner of S. College and Park Place Avenues. 

This is Amy’s brilliant idea.  Let’s support her.  Come on … where are my other Christmas fanatics?  I know you have amazing festive display ideas, miles of extension cords and wowza decorations packed away.  Please let Amy or myself know if you are available to help with the assembly on the July 1, 2020.  

Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com