Feeding the Homeless on Thursday, June 30, 2020

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Dear families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Last Thursday, June 25, 2020, with your help, we served 40 homeless friends: 47 showed up, so 7 people were given “Go Bags”. The Hope Dining Room is still scheduled to open July 13, 2020, so the end of this ministry is in sight.

The plan for this week is substantial nachos (with meat, cheese and salsa), and tossed salad, complimented with a fruit cup, cookies and a soda.   Below is the sign up genius.  As always, only look at the black and gold part.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-feeding12

If you would bring your items to St. Thomas’s on Thursday between 2 and 4 p.m., that would be great.  IF that doesn’t work for you, call me and I will pick it up at your door.

MANY Blessings for your care for our homeless friends,
Madeline Johnson

The Great EpisGOpal Race

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A marathon is 42 kilometers or 26.0976 miles.  As a non-runner that sounds ridiculously far to me but we all know that TOGETHER, things that seem impossible become possible.

I need all of your help.  The United Thank Offering (UTO) is running a virtual marathon from July 24 to August 1, 2020 “The Great EpisGOpal Race”.  We will join together as St. Thomas’s team The Soul Surrenders, to race for OUR lives and the lives of those affected by COVID-19. 

  • I’m asking each of us to sign up for at least 1 km (0.621371 miles). Be sure to sign up at the Sign up Genius, or you can reply directly to me at StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com.
  • Then, send me a pic of your chosen modality(s).  This virtual race can be walked slowly, run fast, skateboarded, swam, etc.
  • And, finally, please send in your donations to the church office.  We will put them together and send it as one large team donation from St. Thomas’s. If you are sending a check, please make it payable to “St. Thomas’s Church” with “EpisGOpal Race” written in the  memo line. Or, you may pay online, check “EpisGOpal Race,” and add your information on our secure online payment form.

Everyone signing up for The Soul Surrenderers will receive a team water bottle, so please let me know the number of people participating from your household. I’m asking for a suggested donation of $5 per km. Please feel free to solicit additional donations from family and neighbors. 100% of the money raised will go to the 2020 UTO Ingathering in support of Episcopal ministries responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a FUN opportunity for our faith family to join together- in a safe, socially distant way, to make a positive difference.  It is a relaxed low-pressure effort that can be done at your own pace, over several days.  Everything is by the honor system.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

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

Feeding the Homeless on Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Last Thursday, June 18, 2020, with your help, we served dinner to 40 homeless friends. ALL appreciated it immensely. One wanted to know what church we were from, where it was and his message to you all is: “My name is George, and I BLESS you all for doing this.”

The end is in sight! Hope Dining Room is tentatively scheduled to open on July 13, 2020. When it does, this ministry will end. I will keep you posted. The plan for this week is Spanish rice with bacon and green beans, complemented by a fruit cup, 2 cookies and a soda. Below, you will find the sign up genius.  As always, only look at the black and gold part:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-feeding11

IF you would bring your items to St. Thomas on Thursday, June 25, 2020, between 2 and 4 p.m., that would be great.  IF that doesn’t fit into your schedule, please give me a call and I will pick it up at your door.

MANY Blessings for your care for our homeless friends,
Madeline Johnson 

Feeding the Homeless on Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Dear Families of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Last Thursday, June 11, 2020, with your help, we fed 40 homeless friends.  ALL of them were VERY grateful!  MANY thanks to all of our bakers, food and fund donators and pray-ers. Special thanks to Teresa Coons for cleaning up the kitchen after we left!

Here’s the plan for this Thursday: chicken noodle casserole, green beans and a muffin or roll, complemented by a fruit cup, cookies and a soda.  Below, you will find the sign up genius.   As always, only look at the black and gold part. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-feeding10

If you would bring your items to St. Thomas’s on Thursday, June 18, 2020, between 2 and 4 p.m., that would be great.   If that doesn’t fit your schedule, please give me a call and I will pick it up at your door.

MANY Blessings for your care for our homeless friends,
Madeline Johnson

Feeding the Homeless on Thursday, June 11, 2020

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Dear family of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Last Thursday, with your help, we fed 40 homeless friends. The end of this relief-effort is nebulous. Once the Hope Dining Room reopens, we can stop the dinners, BUT, the dining room is run mostly by retired people and they are the most at-risk population for COVID. Talks are underway, but no dates have come forth yet, so what I thought would be a temporary solution, is approaching 3 months.

I THANK ALL of you for your continued help with this aid to our needy friends. Here is the plan for this week:    Spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad and garlic bread, complemented by a fruit cup, cookies and a soda.  Sign up at Sign Up Genius.  As always, only look at the black and gold part.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-feeding9

If you would bring your items to St. Thomas’s between 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020 that would be great.    If you can’t do that, I would be happy to pick them up at your door – just give me a call.

MANY Blessings for your care of our homeless friends,  
Madeline Johnson

Feeding the homeless – June 4, 2020

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Dear family of St. Thomas’s and St. Nicholas,

Last Thursday, May 28, 2020, with your help, we fed 40 homeless friends in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn. They were all VERY grateful to you. I am also grateful for your generosity and your help! MANY thanks to Jill Jensen for packing all the bags, to Teresa Coons and Susan Hechter for cleaning up after our “scoop and dash”, to our wonderful bakers and our food and fund donators AND those who pray for this ministry! I am also very grateful for my partner in “crime”, Kelly Tompkins, who comes to help scoop the hot food onto the plates, load the cars and dash off to serve it hot!   We are getting very practiced at this!

Here is the plan for June 4, 2020:  substantial nachos (with meat, cheese and salsa) and tossed salad, complimented with a fruit cup, cookies and a soda. Below, is the sign up genius.  As always, only look at the black and yellow part. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-feeding8

If you would bring your items to St. Thomas on Thursday, June 4, 2020 between 2 and 4 p.m., that would be great! If you can’t do that, give me a call and I will pick it up at your door.

MANY Blessings for your care of our homeless friends,
Madeline Johnson

Feeding the homeless

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Dear Families of St. Thomas and St. Nicholas,

Our homeless friends are still being sheltered at the Red Roof Inn! Last Thursday, April 30, 2020 we handed out 40 turkey dinners. See our food assembly and volunteers! MANY thanks to Miss Belinda and Jill Jensen for the turkeys and cranberry sauce, and to David Payne for carving up all the meat! Also, many thanks to our WONDERFUL bakers for the homemade cookies and to all those who provided fruit, soda and lunch bags, prayers and funds! Special thanks to Teresa Coons for doing the dishes after we scooped out the hot stuff and took off to feed our friends! She stayed behind and cleaned up our mess!

Here is the plan for this week: Tortellini and meatball casserole with garlic bread and green beans. Below, you will find the link to the sign up genius. As always, only look at the black and gold part, the rest is advertising. If you would bring your items to St. Thomas’s kitchen on Thursday, May 14, 2020 between 2 and 4 p.m., that would be great.

MANY Blessings for your care for our friends,
Madeline Johnson

Recap of this year’s 2019 Annual Bazaar

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The Annual Bazaar was held on December 6th and 7th for the general public and after each of the services on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

On December 5th, the Great Hall was filled with parishioners setting up displays and bringing in craft items, specialties for the Bake Table and the food for lunches to be served on Friday and Saturday.

However, the real work was done in monthly planning meetings beginning in early May. In September at Rally Day, we showcased some of the items that would be for sale and had the congregation vote on the tiles of the Pilgrimage Windows that we would ask Christina School District Networks to produce for sale at the Bazaar.

A core group consisting of Katherine Doggett, Debbie Kearns, Joy Lynam, Connie Malin, Carol Palermo, Lisa Goodwin, and Barb Graham solicited everything from craft items, baked goods, and gently used items for the white elephant room to quarts of soup to sell (always a big favorite). As in the past, the parishioners went over the top in their response. In addition to items donated by our congregation we had returning and new vendors.

The event was advertised on Facebook, Instagram, and our web page. Over 650 people viewed the article on Facebook and we had more vendors apply than we could handle. We produced flyers announcing the Bazaar as in years past. In addition, thanks to Teresa Coons, we had very attractive post cards with the dates and times of the Bazaar and some of the offerings on the back. All were encouraged to take and distribute the flyers and post cards.

Parishioners also supported the Bazaar during the sale. This year, as in the past, all proceeds from the sale go to St. Thomas’s Outreach Ministries.

The Committee is a great group to work with. Our first organization meeting will be held in early May. You may want to consider joining this fun and valuable group.

Barbara Graham, Annual Bazaar Chairperson

Opportunity to serve our community

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Looking for an opportunity to give back this Christmas?

“Christmas For All” is for the homeless, hungry, and the lonely in our community.  This is an annual event held over Christmas Eve night, into Christmas day, run by Code Purple.  Again this year, it will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Delaware Ave., Newark.

Please share your time or gifts as you can.  Volunteers can come for 1 hour, or stay the whole 12 hours.  Gift cards, as well as warm clothing are needed to help make Christmas special.

They need your help to make this happen.  If you are able, please contact Tom Perkins with Code Purple by email at nec_codepurple@aol.com or by phone at 302.465.2070.

Please pass along this information to others who may be looking for a way to add meaning to their holiday.  “For it is in giving that we receive.” – St Francis


Kind Regards,
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator

Annual Bazaar 2019 – this weekend!

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Visit St. Thomas’s Annual Bazaar to be held on
Friday, December 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and
Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You will find unique holiday crafts (many under $10), fresh baked goods, cookie walk (build your own cookie tray!), quarts of homemade soups, St. Thomas’s t-shirts and hoodies, second-hand Christmas decorations, resale shop / white elephant sale, and exclusive new items.

On Saturday there will be a Breakfast Buffet available for purchase from 9 – 10:00 a.m.  On Friday and Saturday, join us for lunch, which may be purchased between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please share our Annual Bazaar flyer!

All proceeds from the Annual Bazaar go to St. Thomas’s Outreach Ministries. Open to the public.