Community Blood Drive March 10, 2021

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Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 beginning at 1 p.m.
Price: Free
Open to the public but must register.

ALL are Welcome to BE A FIRST RESPONDER! Your one donation can save three lives! Every drop counts.
Call 1.888.8.BLOOD.8 or register online.

To care for the health and safety of our community, donations are by appointment, social distancing will be observed, and masks are required.

This event is sponsored by St. Thomas’s Episcopal Parish, Newark, Delaware and Blood Bank of Delmarva.

Questions? Call or write St. Thomas’s Parish at:
Cana Hartman, Parish Administrator
StThomassOffice@googlegroups.com or (302) 368-4644

Tarbiyah School Giving Project Continues

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Greetings St. Thomas’s!

Pastoral Care is continuing to provide help to the Tarbiyah School, which reaches out to individuals with needs in our community. Your generosity to Tarbiyah over the Christmas Season was beyond expectation and the school’s administration was so grateful and appreciative for the love expressed through the donations by St. Thomas parishioners. 

We are asking for your kindness again. Kohl’s has offered us a 30% discount and Jill Jensen is meeting one of the Tarbiyah teachers tomorrow to purchase clothing. 

The following list was sent to us and reflects the needs of those in shelters. (I have heard that Colgate toothpaste and deodorant are $1 at ACME….)

  1. Blankets and Towels (these do not need to be new, but should be clean and in good condition)
  2. Diapers and wipes
  3. Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, tooth brush, shampoo, body wash, deodorants)
  4. Recently a family who used to take meals from our school had their house burned down completely due to an electric short circuit. Thank God all the 3 girls, their parents, and grandparents were safe and no one sustained an injury, however they are displaced. I was thinking perhaps if clothing can be arranged for them – girls are 7 years, 6 years, and 3 years. 

A collection box will be placed outside the parish office starting tomorrow until Tuesday, February 23, 2021. 

Thank you for any items you feel you can donate.  
Blessings to all, Pastoral Care

Hope Dining Room – Monday, February 15, 2021

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Dear Families of St.Thomas and St. Nicholas,

Next Monday, February 15, 2021 is our volunteer opportunity at Hope Dining room. We can only have 5 masked-people in the kitchen at once (COVID rules). Serving is done  as a “grab and go” from a table in the front of the room. Our guests come in one door, walk across the room, grab their lunch and go out the other door, 6 feet apart. ALL of them are masked, as well.

If you are free on Monday, February 15, 2021 we have a job for YOU! We begin preparing the meal at 10 a.m. at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside Park. If you volunteer, you will be finished by shortly after noon. The kitchen manager and I will stay for the serving duty from 12 – 1 p.m.

Here is the Sign Up Genius for the cookies and the volunteers:  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope6  

You may drop off your donations at St. Thomas’s on  Wednesday or Thursday from 9 – noon, or on Sunday, immediately before or after the service. If those times do not work for you, I am happy to pick them up at your door.  Give me a call or email me.

MANY Blessings for your care of the hungry,  
Madeline Johnson   

Hope Dining Room on Monday, December 21, 2020

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

Next Monday, December 21 is our Hope Dining Room day! We can only have 5 masked-people in the kitchen at a time and serving is done from a table in the front of the room, as a “grab and go”. Our guests come in one door and walk across the room, grab lunch and go out the other door – 6 feet or more apart.  ALL of them are masked as well.

If you are free on Monday, December 21, 2020, we have a job for you!  We begin preparing the meal at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Rd. in Brookside at 10 AM and serve it from 12 – 1.

Here is the Sign Up Genius for the fruit and the volunteers:  
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4DACA72AAAFF2-hope4            

You may drop off your donations of fruit cups at  St. Thomas’s on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9 – noon.   If those times don’t work for you, give me a call, or email me and I will pick it up at your door.                

MANY Blessings,
Madeline Johnson <mad1240@comcast.net>

Community Outreach Report for November 2020

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Hope Dining Room is going very well on the 3rd Monday of every month. Our third lunch was served on October 19, 2020. We prepared 50 lunches (Substantial Nachos – with taco-seasoned  ground beef, kidney beans and cheese sauce served over taco chips,  with a side of salsa.)  Included in the lunch was a beautiful fresh salad (greens from St. Nicholas’s Community garden as well as fresh and colorful peppers and grated carrots). We served 38 meals and took 12 leftover meals to the Empowerment Center.

Hope Dining Room is going to give Christmas Bags to all guests who come in for lunch on December 18, 2020. Homemade cookies and hotel-sized toiletries are still needed for those bags. If you would like to contribute to that effort, you may put the items in the “Hope Dining Room” box, outside the office at St. Thomas’s.  Please let me know if you can make cookies and I will deliver them to the “packers”.

St. Nicholas is doing a Mitten Tree in January, so as the time draws closer, I will put another box outside the office at St. Thomas’s for mittens.                         

Madeline Johnson

Outreach update for October 2020

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 Hope Dining Room is going well on the third Monday of every month. Our first lunch was the 3rd Monday of August and we gave out 35 meals. For our lunch in September, we made 50 meals and gave out 47 and took 3  left-over meals to the Empowerment Center. We had 3 volunteers from St. Thomas’s and 3 from St. Nicholas, including one who picks and prepares veggies from their Community Garden. Our next lunch will be served on October 19, 2020. If you are free that day at lunchtime, we’d LOVE to hear from you!.

We are still doing” grab and go lunches”, served from a table outside. Social distancing is observed and masks are required. 

Hope Dining Room is thinking about Christmas bags, which they distribute to all comers who show up,  the Friday before Christmas. They fill the bags with socks, a small flashlight, a mask, hand sanitizer, a knit hat, small hotel-sized toiletries and cookies. 

They do 10-15 bags for children and fill them with a coloring book, crayons, a small toy, mittens, child-sized hat and mask and cookies. They fix about 70 bags for men and 30 for women. If you would like to donate any of these items, there will be a box outside the office in early December, so start gathering.          

Respectfully submitted,  
Madeline Johnson <mad1240@comcast.net>

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is requesting food donations

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is requesting food donations for our Blue Hen Bounty food pantry for food insecure University of Delaware students who cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves. Food donations of cereal, peanut butter, jelly, and instant soups are most in need right now. Other non-perishable food and personal hygiene item donations are also welcome.

Blue Hen Bounty donations may be left in the clear bin labeled ECM food closet located near the windows in the great hall. ECM thanks you for your support!