St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble Performs @ St. Thomas – Friday, April 12th @ 7pm

Join us for an enchanting evening of music and come away mesmerized by the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble under the direction of Kirill Sokolov. Hailing all the way from Russia, the ensemble is returning for one night only to perform sacred music, classics, national and modern compositions in Russian and more. This is an event that is not to be missed!

Save the Date

The performance is scheduled for Friday, April 12th at 7:00 PM.

Venue

St. Thomas Episcopal Church – see Directions & Campus Map
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Donation

The performance is open to all music lovers and is shared as a gift of the ensemble’s fellowship and unity with us across the miles. All we ask is that you consider a free will donation of $20 to support our efforts and the ensemble’s journey to the SF Bay Area.

Need Assistance

If you have questions or are in need of additional accommodations, please Contact Us.

The office is open Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with staff available to assist you. Any internet inquiries will be responded to during regular business hours.

As we wait in great anticipation of their upcoming performance, here’s a little taste of what’s in store:

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Adult Education Forum: Your Life with God – Sunday, Mar. 3rd

Led by Zanda Pregeant and John Pietrzyk, this will be the final segment on the issue of “Why Are We Here?

Here’s What We’ll Do

At this time, four questions will be addressed. Folks who are interested will meet, form small groups of three, choose two of the four questions, and then discuss them together.

After thirty minutes, John will call the group together and volunteers will share the findings of the group.

To get everyone ready, please think about the following questions…

  • When did I first hear of the God story? Did one part particularly appeal to me?
  • Did my friends ever bring it up outside of church?
  • Did I ever have an experience that surprised and shocked me during a church service? (In a good way)
  • Did I have an experience outside of church where I felt strongly that there was something more to life than just the regular routine? (Have strong feelings of love, awe of nature, experience someone dying)

Join us this Sunday for a wonderful event!

slider image – Elephant seals around vista point in Hearst-San Simeon State Park, San Simeon, CA by Andrew Munday. Follow the link to learn more about the elephant seal migration in the state of California.

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Twelfth Night – Saturday, Jan 5th @ 4:30 PM

Feast of Lights

The light of Christ comes into the world, and the darkness does not overcome it. Join us for Evensong by candlelight on Twelfth Night, as we celebrate the last night of Christmas in an evening celebration of story and music.

Worship Service at 4:30 PM

We will begin the evening by gathering for worship in the Sanctuary. If this is your first time attending a service and would like a little guidance, please see Directions & Campus Map

Festive Reception to Follow

There will be a festive reception highlighting warmed spiced cider and epiphany cake in the narthex (located in the back of the church) following the service.

Please come and join in fellowship as you seek a guiding star with your watchword for the year!

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Annual Greening of the Church – Sunday, Dec. 23rd

Join us on Sunday, December 23rd for a celebration service @ 10:30 am. During this time, we’ll experience the best of Christmastide with lessons and carols, and literally deck the halls with boughs of holly and trim the trees to embrace the season.

Following the service, meander over to Cowans Hall for a community soup and salad potluck.

If you’re new to St. Thomas, see Directions & Campus Map.

CALLING ALL CREATIVE COOKS

Would you like to share a crock pot/slow cooker full of your favorite HOT soup (that serves eight people if possible)? Be it chicken noodle, vegan butternut squash or zesty Italian meatball, we welcome tasty contributions!

If salad’s more your thing, consider bringing a bowl of greens or even salad toppings, such as shredded carrots, corn, cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers, garbanzo beans, croutons, etc. for added variety.

See sign-up sheet at the back of the church.

Helpful Note: If there are any ingredients of concern to people with food allergies/sensitivities (e.g. peanuts, soy, gluten, sulfites [wine, grape-based vinegar (balsamic, red or white wine vinegar), seafood, etc.], please indicate this on a display card/sticky with your potluck item.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Please drop-off your salad fixings/crock pots/slow-cookers at Cowans Hall prior to service on Dec. 23rd. We’ll make sure salads are refrigerated and all crockpots/slow cookers get plugged-in to keep soups warm.

REMINDER: SET-UP HELP NEEDED DAY PRIOR

There will be a pre-greening gathering on Saturday, December 22nd @ 10:00 am in the sanctuary to stage the following day’s event. Activities include setting-up the Christmas trees, gathering the decorations and other important preparations.

Help is needed to stage the event for the next day. Preparations will take just an hour or two. Please join us — many hands make light work!

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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Family Worship – Sunday, Dec. 23rd

There is no Sunday School today. Instead we will be having a wonderful service at 10:30 AM that invites our children’s participation with the full congregation as we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent.

We will light form a procession followed by the lighting of candles on the Advent Wreath in observance of the 4th Sunday in Advent when all candles are lit.

Parents: Please have all children gather in the Narthex (located in the back of the church) to process down to the front where the Advent Wreath is located. After we light the candles, children return to their families to enjoy a service of Lessons and Carols.

Stories from the bible will be told followed by the singing of carols, an English tradition. Christmas coloring packets will be handed out to the children that has stories about global Christmas traditions.

Everyone is invited to take an ornament that the children have made and place these on the trees. Please join us for this event.

NURSERY CARE*

Nursery care with Tina is available for infants and children (up to 4 years*) during the 10:30 AM morning service. The Nursery is located in the back of the church to the left of the double door entry.

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

READINGS

These are the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent: Canticle 3, The First Reading is Micah 5:2-5a, The Second Reading is Hebrews 10:5-10 and the Gospel is Luke 1:39-45.

MEMORY VERSE

“The Lord has blessed you because you believed that he will keep his promise.” – Luke 1:45 (CEV – Contemporary English Version).

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 – TWO SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE:

THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE @ 4:30 PM
The story of the Birth of Jesus will be told and we’ll sing Carols. Everyone is invited to help to build our Stable Scene as the story progresses.

All are welcome to come help us remember the birth of Jesus, who came to us more than 2000 years ago.

EVENING CAROL & CANDLELIGHT SERVICE @ 9:30 PM.

Please join us for a lovely and reverent candlelight service that celebrates this time we remember the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ’s birth.

CHRISTMAS DAY @ 10:00 AM
We have a combined service that brings together the full community to celebrate the love and the joy of Christmas and the reason for this sacred season.

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