Join us for Bishop Lucinda’s First “Zoom” Visit – Sunday, July 19th

SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for Sunday July 19th and join us for Bishop Lucinda’s first “Zoom” visit to St. Thomas. She is really looking forward to greeting you after morning service.

VIRTUAL “COFFEE HOUR” AFTER MORNING PRAYER

We will forgo our usual “small” breakout groups after the 10:30 AM online Morning Prayer service. Instead we’ll continue as a full community gathering for a virtual “Coffee Hour” on Zoom, and enjoy this special opportunity to get to know Bishop Lucinda through open conversation.

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Safely Celebrate July 4th

A staycation in the backyard, on the porch or family room for July 4th may be just what the doctor ordered…

Reprinted from the SANTA CLARA COUNTY HEALTH Emergency Operations Center
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Bay Area Residents Urged to Stay Home, Stay Safe from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2020

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in many Bay Area neighborhoods, health officials across the region urge residents to protect themselves and the community by celebrating from home this holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for firework displays, cookouts and parades, but this year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many communities to cancel public events. Gatherings with others from outside your household, such as members of the extended family, are potentially risky.

Health officers from across the greater Bay Area say staying home this year is a healthy choice.

You can spread COVID-19 even if you don’t feel that sick. You can pass the disease to someone else before you have symptoms, and even if you never develop any symptoms at all. When people who have contracted the infection come in contact with high-risk people, there can be deadly consequences.

That is why Bay Area health officers recommend people who are not members of the same household remain physically distant. The best ways to protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19 include:

  • Continuing to stay home as much as possible
  • Practicing physical distancing outside the home
  • Wearing face coverings or masks when outside your home
  • Avoiding gatherings with people outside your immediate household
  • Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Staying home from work or school if you feel sick


All Bay Area residents are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, and to do so immediately if they have symptoms. Check with your local health department for more information about testing and about efforts in your community to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit sccgov.org/coronavirus.

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Public Health Website: www.sccgov.org/coronavirus
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We encourage everyone to stay safe and check out some of these…

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH

For some alternative fun and creative ways to celebrate July 4th from home, follow the link to the NY Times recent article “Honor America’s Birthday (Safely) in 2020” to explore a variety of offerings across the USA.

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Zoom “Virtual” Parish Picnic – Sunday, June 28th @ Noon

The Zoom Picnic will begin immediately following the 10:30 AM morning Zoom worship service on Sunday, June 28th.

PICNIC ACTIVITIES

We are selecting activities we all can actively participate in, whether connecting with audio only, or having both visual and audio connections. We encourage everyone to stay for the picnic and enjoy some fellowship and fun activities!

PREPARING FOR A VIRTUAL PICNIC

To help with our concept of a “virtual picnic”, we suggest that you wear picnic clothes that day, have a snack prepared and find a comfortable chair to relax in.

At the beginning of the picnic we will provide time for a short break in which you can gather your picnic supplies in addition to tending to other necessities. Those with the computer know-how might even change their background to a park setting for the picnic (or take your laptop or tablet outside if your wifi works in your yard!)

FUN IN AN OPEN FORUM

The picnic will feature an open forum in which all are invited to share a joke, riddle, game, story, song, & etc. So, begin thinking about what you might want to share. Please be mindful that there will be people who are signed in with audio only and not be able to see what you are sharing.

PARISH GROUP PHOTO

Have your Covid-19 masks handy…at one point during the picnic, we will ask everyone to put them on for a group picture of all of us wearing our masks.

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Parish Library Recommends Just Mercy – FREE Streaming Video thru June

The Parish Library and Diocesan Resource Center are normally staffed from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, open on Sundays after the morning services and may be visited at any time the Parish Office is open (408-736-4155).

Currently the Library is closed through June. The Library catalogue can be viewed at:

 http://www.stthomas-svale.org

Recommendation from the Library: For those of you who have read Just Mercy, you might find the streaming video of interest: Just Mercy (streaming video) Warner Brothers Entertainment, 2020. Starring Michael B. Jordan, and based on the book by Bryan Stevenson. Warner Brothers has made the film available for free streaming on all U.S. digital platforms through June 2020. The film’s website lists all 17 streaming sites.

“…an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.”

Check Out the Official Trailer – Just Mercy
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Zoom with Us on Trinity Sunday – June 7th @ 10:30 AM

Welcome to ZOOM worship at St. Thomas
Sunday, June 7th

If you haven’t had a chance to practice Zoom, call in at 10:00 AM using the information below to work out any final questions with regard to Zoom usage.

 

All others, at 10:20-10:25am Sunday, please connect to our worship meeting.
There are two ways to do this.

 

1. By computer or smartphone (video and audio):
You may access our ZOOM meeting on the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/954611396

 

2. By telephone (audio only):
Dial +1 669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 954 611 396
 
When prompted for a participant number, touch the pound key #

 

Actual connection time may take several minutes; please be patient.

 

Once you are connected, your face (or phone number) should appear in a square on your screen, as will the faces of others who have signed in, including Pastor Salying.

 

Note: For the sake of audio clarity, your mic will be muted on entry.

 

After the prelude, we will have introductory remarks, announcements, and then Morning Prayer together as one large body; we will then break out into small groups for “coffee hour”and sermon discussion.

 

Click here to view the latest Service Bulletin

 

Thank you and see you Sunday!
~Pastor Salying


 Links to recent video sermons and transcripts are available below:

Click here to view the prior week’s Sermon 

 

Click here to download the prior week’s Sermon Transcription

 

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