“Back-to-Parish Sunday” Service @ 10:30 AM in Cowans Hall + Potluck Luncheon – Sept. 22nd

This coming Sunday, September 22nd we will be celebrating “Back-to-Parish Sunday” as we usher in the fall season and harvest time of the year.

SINGLE Worship Service @ 10:30 AM in Cowans Hall

Mark your calendars in anticipation of a special event as we depart from a more traditional format and do something a little different.

There will be “NO” 8:00 AM Worship Service; instead, we will be gathering as the full faith community in Cowans Hall for a single worship service at 10:30 AM.

There will be “NO” Sermons…what? Instead, we’ll be breaking into a creative liturgy of the Word, partaking in communion and sharing a tasty potluck lunch (more about that below).

Our worship will include special readings with corresponding table discussions and time to construct Prayers of the People together. These will be used in the liturgy (a.k.a. Episcopal speak meaning that these prayers will be included in the order of service).

And there will be music…


Following worship, let’s continue in the spirit of “Getting to Know You” by participating in a potluck meal hosted by PEP (Parish Event Planners). The foods we share symbolize the first fruits of our labors that we set before our faith family to enjoy.

This is a special time to break bread, and to not only share different foods, but also something about ourselves with those around us…how about something that people may not know about you.

For example, “I was on the cross-country team in high school or I do karaoke on Thursday nights.” Whether we’ve been coming to church for a long or short time, there is always something to discover about people in your midst. So, let’s learn something new 🙂

What to Bring to the Potluck?

PEP will be hosting an Internationally-inspired potluck luncheon following the service.

Let’s celebrate the community’s diversity by bringing foods to share that represent our ethnic heritage or ethnic foods we love!

Please bring your food/potluck items to Cowans Hall prior to the start of service to allow time to set up the buffet.

We’ll provide you with a card to identify your dish’s country of origin, and to note any ingredients of importance for those with food allergies or sensitivities (examples: dairy, gluten, peanuts, meat, monosodium glutamate or MSG, seafood; sulfites – found in wine, balsamic and other wine vinegars, etc.). Many thanks!

We would also appreciate having a recipe for a St. Thomas cookbook to be published in the future.

Tapas-Style Buffet

The potluck luncheon will be set up as a tapas-type buffet with small plates for sampling the different offerings. You are encouraged to move around and talk to others about some of the dishes that you like.

Conversations about food are just one great entry point to getting to know each other better, in keeping with our “Back to Parish Sunday” theme.

Come and join-in the community building celebration!

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Episcopal Relief & Development’s Response to Hurricane Dorian


Episcopal Relief & Development continues to support dioceses in the path [and aftermath] of Hurricane Dorian…

“Disasters have three phases: rescue, relief and recovery,” said Katie Mears, Senior Director for Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “…We are still in the very early stages of this crisis. Impacted dioceses are prepared to respond and begin assessing damage as soon as it is safe to do so.”


PRAY: Please pray for all those affected by disasters, especially those most recently in the path of the Hurricane Dorian. So many are experiencing personal loss, hardship, barriers and inconvenience in ways that can seem unimaginable to the average person.

Though efforts are being made for continued operations to rescue and restore areas affected, some are just in the beginning stages of a very long process. Church communities often serve as a place people turn to for comfort and assistance at a local level.

GIVE: One of the best things we can do is to GIVE! One of Christ’s core commandments to His followers is to love thy neighbor as thyself. It’s important that we reach out to care for the most vulnerable members and neighbors of these communities. Please consider making a financial donation. Using the following link – submit all contributions directly to Hurricane Relief Fund.

In addition to the online donations link, St. Thomas will make available leaflets/church bulletin inserts on the back table of the Narthex (just inside the church sanctuary’s double red doors) with instructions on how to make a donation in support Episcopal Relief & Development and its response to Hurricane Dorian.

Your donations will help provide support to the Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance to those in greatest need.

It is with heartfelt gratitude that we Thank You for any and all contributions to Episcopal Relief & Development. 🙂


For news & updates from Episcopal Relief & Development regarding its ongoing response to Hurricane Dorian, please refer to Episcopal Relief & Development.


For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.

Photo courtesy of NOAA Satellites; Image courtesy of Episcopal Relief & Development.

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Summer Reading Program: June 16th – August 11th

Winners Announced

Congratulations to our winners of the Summer Reading Program, Read Me To The Moon, which ran from June 16th through August 11th.  Fran Hostettler read a Miss Julia book by Ann Ross and
Sophia De Medeiros read a Harry Potter book.

For details of this year’s program theme and how the program worked, please read below …

This Year’s Theme

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, please join in the fun-filled lunar theme this year! Everyone is invited to participate in our summer reading program. All you have to do is read any book you want, either from a public library, our church library, borrowed from a friend or one that you have been waiting all year to read from your bookshelf. Too young to read? Just have someone read a book to you.

Special Drawing

For every book you read your name will be entered into a drawing to be held on August 11th. A 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coin (proof half dollar) will be given to an adult as well as to a young reader. This coin will be on display in the library. Remember, the more you read, the better your chances.

How to Participate

Write your name and title of the book on the MOON. These will be available each Sunday after services in Cowans Hall at the bulletin board. Let’s see how many MOONS will be placed on the bulletin board. If you are a visitor and would like to participate in our program, be sure to put your phone number or email address on the back of the MOON.

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Back 2 Back: Rummage Sale (Sat. July 27) & Goodwill Drive (Sun. July 28)

This year we’re having back-to-back fundraising events on the weekend of July 27-28 in support of St. Thomas and we cordially invite you to join in! Combining the Rummage Sale and Goodwill Drive is a great fit for a wonderful cause!

Looking for Volunteers

We can always use helping hands in our FUN-draising efforts to sort, tag, organize, move or assist with whatever needs doing. Lunch will be provided on both days in gratitude for our collective efforts – can’t beat that! Please Contact Us if you would like to help.


The first of two events will be the third annual rummage sale held on Saturday, July 27, from 9 AM – 2 PM.

The previous two rummage sales have been overwhelming successes, and we hope to achieve the same results this year.

Donations for the Rummage Sale

We are accepting small items now for sale, such as clothes, books, dishes, small kitchen appliances, bed linens, and electronics. Let us know if you need help getting your items into church

Non-Acceptable Items

We cannot accept large appliances (e.g., washers and dryers), magazines, tires, flammable materials, or beds.

If you would like to donate furniture, please contact Kristen Kaliski (Ng) to discuss your item(s) – her contact details can be found in the church directory. If new to St. Thomas, contact the parish office at (408) 736-4155 or use the following link to send a message – Contact Us.


The second event will be the fourth annual Goodwill Drive that will take place on Sunday, July 28, 9 AM – 2 PM.

As in previous years, unsold items from the rummage sale will be donated to Goodwill.

We have fun and hope everyone else does too. So, let’s get busy – simplifying and decluttering our worlds while doing a world of good 🙂

Items to Donate

Goodwill loves to receive the following:
● clothes, shoes, and accessories
● small household items
● e – waste (old computers, printers, cables, etc. — they don ’ t have to work)
● electronics in working condition
● Books

Unacceptable Donations

There are items that we can donate and others that will not be accepted by the Goodwill. Please make a note of the items listed below and leave them at home.

Goodwill of Silicon Valley will not accept the following:
● furniture, mattresses, or exercise equipment
● large appliances, automobile parts, or weapons
● household trash, food, or carpeting
● construction debris, bricks, concrete, lumber, etc.
● hazardous household liquids or chemicals
● liquids of any kind (paints, insecticides, oils, flammables, alcohol, etc.)
● baby strollers, car seats, etc.
● pet – related items of any type
● items weighing more than 50 lbs (this includes TVs)

Keep in mind that what Goodwill will accept during a Goodwill drive differs from what Goodwill stores accept. For instance, Goodwill stores will not accept old – style cathode ray tube TVs, but such TVs are acceptable during the Goodwill drive if they weigh under 50 lbs (even if they don’t work).

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about what will be accepted, please check with Kristen Kaliski (Ng) via the Church Directory or if new to St. Thomas, contact the parish office at (408) 736-4155 or use the following link to send a message – Contact Us.

You may receive a tax receipt the day of the Goodwill Drive or may make arrangements with Kristen to receive one at another time.

Many Thanks to all who participate and give from your Fun(d)-Raising Team:
Caroline Harman, Fran Hostettler, Kristen Kaliski, Ann Kopischke, and Hugo Laguna- Lopez

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Annual Church Picnic on the Alpha-Omega Patio: June 2nd @ Noon

This year’s picnic will be held here on the St. Thomas campus – Sunday, June 2nd following the 10:30 am worship service (around Noon).

Come in your favorite picnic wear – Bermuda shorts, t-shirt, comfy shoes…and get ready to picnic together on the Alpha-Omega Patio!

We’ll be cooking and serving up some tasty burgers & hot dogs (veggie options included) out back behind Cowans Hall.

Hot coffee and chilled beverages will also be available. All we ask is that you bring a side dish to share for a fun gathering.

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