Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

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As the holiday season approaches, 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. Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours through the holidays. Fr. Paul+

Annual Christmas Bazaar – Save the Date!

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Visit us at our Annual Christmas Bazaar!
Friday, December 2 from 10-5 p.m
Saturday, December 3 from 9-5 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 after the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. services

We will be selling crafts, fresh baked goods, cookie trays, quarts of homemade soups, St. Thomas’s t-shirts and hoodies, second-hand Christmas decorations, and exclusive new items! Oh, and Santa will visit on Saturday from 9:00-10:30 a.m. to join us for breakfast and pictures – all for a nominal fee! Won’t you bring the children of all ages for breakfast and to have pictures taken for $5 with Santa? On Friday and Saturday, join us for lunch, which may be purchased between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please share our printable Annual Christmas Bazaar announcement.

All proceeds from the Annual Christmas Bazaar go to St. Thomas’s Outreach Ministries. See you at “The Best Little Bazaar Around!”

Annual Christmas Bazaar Planning Meetings

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The Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Fri., Dec. 2 through Sun., Dec. 4. We will also be selling our wares at Parish Life Day on Nov. 19 at St. Anne’s Episcopal School. If you have crafts made by Nov. 12, please bring them to the Church and leave them in the Counting Room so we can take them to Parish Life Day. You are invited to come to the planning meetings – it’s not too late to be part of the fun! Contact Sister Jackie Fossler at 302-738-7496 for more information. The next meeting will be on Nov. 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Sister Jackie’s home.

NEC Friendship House Workshop on the Poor of New Castle County

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An Amazing Wednesday Night Series Begins Oct 26

Bill Perkins and Friendship House are presenting an amazing workshop on The Homeless and Poor of New Castle County.  What is it like to be homeless or just poor? Why are they homeless? What about that guy at the exit of the shopping center? What can we do better?  What resources are available? These and many other questions will be addressed by Bill Perkins and the staff of the Newark Empowerment Center (NEC) and Friendship House, Wilmington. Bill is the founder and director of Friendship House and has spent his entire lifetime working with the poor. He has put together a dynamic program that will engage and challenge you whether you have no experience or are a frequent volunteer. You won’t want to miss this.

The workshop is at Calvary Baptist Church, 215 E Delaware Ave, Newark (next to 7-11)  Please park on the 7-11 side of church.

The workshop begins this Wed, Oct 26, and continues 3 additional Wed evenings,   Nov, 2,9,16

Free dinner at 6 PM.  Workshop begins at 6:45 PM, all in the church fellowship hall.  Dinner this week is a hamburger bar.  You can come for dinner and workshop, or just the workshop.

The program concludes before 8 PM.

Many of you are regular volunteers at NEC or Code Purple and have been working with clients for years.  But there is so much to learn from these sessions.   This is a great opportunity to not only learn the needs of the poor and homeless, but to get into their minds and learn to understand from their prospective.  Bill has a wealth of knowledge.

The first session will be lead by Friendship House and NEC staff, and will focus on NEC and Newark specific needs.  Bill will join us for sessions 2,3,4.

Please consider inviting members of your congregation, and neighbors or colleagues.  What a great way to educate folks into the needs of our community.

You do not need to attend all of the sessions.  Can’t make opening night?   Join us later.  That’s okay.

PLEASE RSVP by email or call Tom Parkins on 302 731 8193.  Reply or call with your questions.

See you Wed evening.

Blessings,

Tom Parkins

Gift cards needed

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We are grateful for the continued outpouring of gift cards given to serve the needs of many in our area that come into our sacred space for sanctuary and care during the weekdays. That said, we continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that discretionary funds often cannot cover, and the gift cards many have given over the past months are again depleted. We ask your prayers and help to purchase gift cards that could help provide a tank of gas or to buy some needed groceries at a local store. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of so many. Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours. Please give them directly to Cami Seward if you can, or put in an envelope marked to Cami’s attention and place in the offering plate.

NEC Last Call Labor Day Picnic and Clothing Drive

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This is the last call for the Clothing Drive and Picnic for our homeless and needy friends of Newark.  The picnic and clothing distribution is Saturday Sept 3 noon-2 PM on the front lawn of Calvary Baptist Church 215  Delaware Ave Newark, next to 7-11

 Here are the needs:    Please let me know if you will be participating..  Mrfizzix@aol.com  or 302 731 8193

Clothing Drive All types are accepted.  Special need for kids and teens clothing.  Can be dropped off any time at Calvary before noon on Friday.  Let me know if you will drop off clothing in afternoon or evening.  Leave it on the porch on 7-11 side of building. I can get into building shortly

Clothing Sorting  We will be sorting clothing on both  this Thursday and Friday afternoon at 1PM.  We can use some help.  Let me know if you can help us.

Clothing Distributors  Noon- 2 on Saturday.  Join us for the picnic and help with clothing distribution.  All clothing not distributed on Saturday is delivered to Friendship House Clothing Bank of Delaware.

Picnic Side dishes.   If you would like to provide a side or dessert they are always welcome.   Your choice of anything.  Please use a disposable container.  Sides can be dropped off, Thursday or Friday afternoons or Call if you would like to drop it Friday evening.   We will be there Saturday morning after 8:30.  We cannot reheat hot dishes.

Picnic Workers or Just Hang Out.    We can use a few folks to help grill and set up food.   But we also need some folks who will just sit and talk with our guest.   Just come with an open ear.

Let me know if you want to help in anyway.  Reply to the email is best but a phone call is ok too.  You are free to forward this email to others

Blessings,   Tom

Mrfizzix@aol.com     302 731 8193

Back To School Clothing Drive Newark

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Calvary Baptist Church is working with the Clothing Bank of Delaware and other Newark area churches in conducting a back to school clothing drive and distribution.  The clothing will be distributed on Saturday September 3rd at a picnic for the homeless and needy on the front lawn of Calvary Saturday September 3rd.

What We Need:
  We especially need clothes for kids and teens.  But there is also a special need for men’s smaller sizes and extra large sizes for both men and women.  This is an opportunity to share the good news by asking your friends, neighbors, family or colleagues to be involved.   While we have a special emphasis, we will still accept all other clothing for women, men or children.  All clothing must be in ready to wear condition.  Please no torn or heavily soiled clothing. No toys please.   All clothing is due at Calvary by Tuesday Aug 30th.  Calvary Baptist is located at 175 E Delaware Ave Newark, next to the 7-11 (302 368 4904).   We will need helpers Sep. 1 &2 to sort and helpers on Saturday, Sep. 3 to help distribute.  Please contact Lynda Parkins by text or phone 302-465-0660 if you want to help or email Tom Parkins at mrfizzix@aol.com .   All clothing not distributed on Sep. 3rd is sent to the Clothing Bank of Delaware part of Friendship House.

There is a huge need for clothing among our needy friends in Newark.  Please help spread the word in your church, organization or among neighbors and colleagues.  You may forward this email.

We will also have a need for helpers and side dishes at the Labor Day weekend picnic, September 3rd.  The above contacts also work for the picnic.

Blessings,  Tom Parkins <mrfizzix@aol.com>

Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

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As of yesterday, I’M BACK 😀 I am grateful to your Wardens, Sue Houghton, & Keith Fleming, your Vestry, and the care & leadership of the Rev. Emily Gibson & Deacon Cecily over my sabbatical time. It is good to be in the midst of all again as we continue our journey in this 21st chapter of St. Thomas’s ministry. Even though I have been away, the needs of many of working poor who we can support on occasion with grocery and gas gift cards continued. Once again, our cupboard is “bare” so we cannot help as often as we are called.

I am grateful for the continued outpouring of gift cards given over the past years to serve the needs of many in our area that come into our sacred space for sanctuary and care during the weekdays. I ask your prayers and help to purchase gift cards that could help provide a tank of gas or to buy some needed grocery staples at a local store. This is a wonderful way to meet the needs of so many.

Thank you for your prayerfulness in considering a way to help those whose needs are greater than ours. Please give them directly to Cami Seward if you can, or put in an envelope marked to Cami’s attention and place in the offering plate. Fr. Paul+

Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center needs volunteers

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Friends,

Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, in beautiful Pike Creek Valley, is in need of volunteers. We are a non-profit that offers a campus for retreats and days of reflection. Volunteers are needed to help with a gardening, food preparation and cleanup as well as other tasks in support of our programs and facilities. Please contact us at 302-995-6859 if you can help. Thank you!

Peace and Joy,
Spring Davidson, Director
Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center
2501 Milltown Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808
(302) 995-6859
jesushousecenter.org

Open hearts and homes needed!

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Dear Parish Family,

I invite you to join me this Sunday, May 1 after the 10:30 service to learn more about hosting an international high school student for the coming school year. It’s a wonderful way to build bridges and learn about a new culture. No obligation, simply conversation. In the parlor. 30 minutes- maybe less?

Blessings,
Karen Krauss
Outreach Committee