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

Grocery & Gas Gift Cards Desperately Needed!!!!

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Holy Hearts and Helping Hands

I am 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, I continue to receive requests for help in numerous ways that my discretionary funds often cannot cover, and the gift cards many have given over the past months are again depleted! I 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. Over the past 10 days, we have provided over $250 in grocery & gas cards to assist those regular working poor who cannot access the Empowerment Center due to conflict in work schedule & NEC hours of operation.

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+

“Neighbor-to-Neighbor” — A Retreat on Poverty April 30

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On Saturday April 30, from 8:30 – 3 St. Barnabas’ is hosting a day-long retreat with Friendship House on poverty, in particular the nature of suburban poverty, guiding principles and best practices. As we all know, sometimes churches with the best of intentions hurt rather than help. This will be the start of conversations about how the churches can work together, with local partners, and in relationship with those in need and with their participation, toward empowerment and addressing systemic issues that prevent people from living a purposeful life. The Rev. Bill Perkins is the speaker, and participants will receive a copy of his substantial paper. We will also pray together, be in conversation together, sing together and eat together.

If I could ask you to please publicize this event in your congregations. The event is free but we are asking people to register as we are providing lunch and it would be helpful to have a reasonably accurate count.

Thank you!
Blessings,

Martha

St. Barnabas’ Church
2800 Duncan Road
Wilmington, DE 19808

See the Neighbor-to-Neighbor flyer.

Episcopal Relief and Development NetsforLife®

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We are participating in the Episcopal Relief and Development’s NetsforLife® effort.

Donations for this worthy cause are significantly down from last year so we are extending the end date to April 15 to give everyone a chance to contribute to our annual contribution. To participate, you can give a check made out to St. Thomas’s with NetsforLife on the memo line or cash donation to Sister Jackie Fossler or Connie Malin or charge your credit card by going directly to the ERD website at www.netsforlifeafrica.org.

If you have questions contact Connie Malin at 302-834-3016 or Sister Jackie Fossler at 302-738-
7496 or srjacalynhild@gmail.com.

Easter Living = Resurrection Happens Through Us!

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Blessings in Easter promise this Monday of Easter Week … ALLELUIA!! I am grateful to all who served and worshiped through Holy Week at St. Thomas’s to make Resurrection Happen in our lives and the lives of those who join us!
Now, the work of the Church — and that would be you and me — now goes out into our world to SHOW how resurrection happens in our lives. Here is one way you might consider being the church for our now & future generations. On April 8-10, our diocesan summer camp, Camp Arrowhead, holds a Work Camp Weekend. You can go down and stay overnight on Friday & Saturday, helping with their Open House on Sunday, April 10 if able … or, since I have to work on Sunday’s [only day  of the week, of course :-D] I will be driving down early Saturday morning, April 9, to lend my hands & hearts to help prepare for another amazing life & spiritual time for so many young persons, many of our own children who attend camp each year. I suspect there are NEVER enough hands, and they are very grateful for some SKILLED folks in carpentry, plumbing, and building stuff. I used to qualify for some of those categories, but now I mostly pick up and throw the remains in the dumpster. So that is proof that EVERYONE is welcome!
I hope to see some there on Saturday April 9, joining hearts & hands to MAKE RESURRECTION HAPPEN through us!
With grateful heart, in peace,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+