First Sunday Plate Offering for Rector’s Discretionary Fund

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Don’t forget Sunday is the first Sunday in October and the plate offering (bills and coins) will be given to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. This Fund helps those in need in our parish and our community.

Please give generously of your dollars and coins. If you wish to write a check, please note Rector’s Discretionary Fund in the memo line.

Thanks for helping.

Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

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We ask your prayers and help to purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas or buy some needed grocery staples at a local store. The office is currently out of gas cards. Please give them directly to Adele Meredith, Parish Administrator, in the Parish Office or put in an envelope marked to Adele’s attention and place in the offering plate. Donations of gift cards are always welcome. Will you help?

Newark Area Welfare Committee Food Cupboard

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There is a current need for folks to transport the food that has been collected over to Newark United Methodist Church. There is also a continuing need for small jars of mayonnaise, grape or strawberry jam or jelly, canned fruit, and canned tomatoes. Contributions go in the baskets as you enter the nave. The NAWC Food Cupboard also needs volunteers to distribute food at the Cupboard housed at the United Methodist Church on Main St. The Cupboard hours are from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Susan Hechter susanahechter@gmail.com.

First Sunday of the month and Rector’s Discretionary Fund

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This coming Sunday, August 5, is the first Sunday of the month, when the loose offering is given to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Cash, or a check to St. Thomas’s, with Discretionary Fund in the memo line, are welcome. Designated checks are always welcome. The Rector’s Discretionary Fund allows St. Thomas’s to provide confidential assistance to our neighbors in need. The money always goes to a landlord, power company, etc., never directly to individuals. Your generosity allows St. Thomas’s to to be a source of light to those who are struggling in a world that is often dark.

Annual Holiday Bazaar Volunteers needed

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Last year our bazaar raised over $5,000, which was donated to outreach activities to help others in need. It’s time to hold the dates for the St. Thomas’s Annual Holiday Bazaar, which will be held on November 30 and December 1. If you have any wine corks or buttons that you could donate, please leave them in the donation box in the great hall. Want to volunteer to help? We need people now to make crafts — either your own idea or our ideas — and to help with the planning. We are meeting one evening each month to plan. Questions? Contact Barb Graham at 302-598-4143.

2017 Annual Christmas Bazaar Update

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Join us for our 2017 Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Parish, 276 South College Ave., Newark, DE on

Friday, December 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 after the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services

We will be selling unique holiday crafts – many under $10, fresh baked goods, cookie trays, quarts of homemade soups, St. Thomas’s t-shirts and hoodies, second-hand Christmas decorations, and exclusive new items.

Breakfast buffet on Saturday 9 – 10:30 a.m. (See breakfast details.)

Lunch available for purchase from 11 – 1 , Fri. & Sat.

All proceeds go to St. Thomas’s Outreach Ministries

Please share our 2017 Annual Christmas Bazaar flyer! Hope to see you at the bazaar.

2017 Annual Christmas Bazaar

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Join us for our 2017 Annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Parish, 276 South College Ave., Newark, DE on

Friday, December 1 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 after the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services

We will be selling unique holiday crafts – many under $10, fresh baked goods, cookie trays, quarts of homemade soups, St. Thomas’s t-shirts and hoodies, second-hand Christmas decorations, and exclusive new items.

Breakfast buffet on Saturday 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Lunch available for purchase from 11 – 1 , Fri. & Sat.

All proceeds go to St. Thomas’s Outreach Ministries

 

Please share our 2017 Annual Christmas Bazaar flyer! Hope to see you at the bazaar.

Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Episcopal Relief & Development has set up web donation page to begin the long journey of relief for Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast. More than 90% of donations go to support those in need. Please pray and be generous as you are able. Go to www.episcopalrelief.org.

Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

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We ask your prayers and help to purchase a gift card that could help provide a tank of gas or to buy some needed grocery staples at a local store. Please give them directly to Adele Meredith in the Parish Office or put in an envelope marked to Adele’s attention and place in the offering plate. We have no cards to give at this time so we turn away many who come to us – will you help?

Gift Cards Needed

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Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

As the Three Holy Days begin, I am reminded of the words of Jesus as he shared life with the disciples at that last Passover meal — “Whenever you do this, do this for the remembrance of me.” This is the way we live our Christian faith in the world, bearing the love & compassion of Christ through our sharing with those whose needs are greater.

The needs of many in our area are served through wonderful ministries and programs. I continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover. I ask your prayers and help in purchasing gift cards that could help provide a tank of gas, or buy some needed grocery staples at a local store, or shop for basic clothing needs at a local Kmart or other store in the area. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of others in these economically challenging times. You can place them in the offering basin in an envelope marked for Adele Meredith, or you can drop them by her office during the week, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours through the holidays.

Grateful always, your servant in Christ,
Fr. Paul+