Stewardship Drive – Journey to Generosity 2017

“All things come of thee, O Lord.  And of thine own have we given thee.”  (Offertory sentence)

What belongs to us?  It is a Christian conviction that we belong to God: God created us for God’s purposes of love, healing, and reconciliation.  As such, all we are and all we have belongs to God. This is the hidden polemic in Jesus’ question when he takes a Roman coin and says, “Whose image is on it?  Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”  (Mt. 22:21)  What image is imprinted on us?  To whom do we belong?  To whom do we render our lives?

Stewardship is about how we honor the relationship that holds our being.  It is about much more than money and wealth.  It is about how we move in the world.  It is about how we represent this grace given to us through Christ in the other relationships in our life.  Do we extend the forgiveness that God has given us?  Do we seek to repair wrongs in the world, even wrongs we have committed?  What joy manifests in our life that can be offered to the body of Christ?

While Stewardship is not only about money and wealth, it is nonetheless about money and wealth.  That is because money holds a mystery for us.  What part of us do we still withhold from God?  Can we give our whole life over to the love of God–not just to let God love us, but to let ourselves love ourselves with the love of God?  When we give generously of our money, we spiritually open ourselves to be vulnerable to God’s love.  When we give to the church, we give ourselves over to intimacy within a community.  


This year’s annual pledge campaign is Journey to Generosity.  Moving toward God’s generous love for us is a journey, indeed.  While we receive God’s love, we are blessed.  And when we give back to God, we receive an even greater blessing.  In this we learn the truth that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  (Acts 20:35)

Please consider making a pledge to St. Thomas’s annual budget and to its legacy as a beneficiary of your estate.  This will empower our community to be a beacon of God’s love, forgiveness, and repair in the city of Sunnyvale and beyond.

You may contact Pr. Salying (pastorsalying@stthomas-svale.us) or our treasurer, Jim Cobb, (finance@stthomas-svale.org) for more information on how to pledge.

Other ways to contribute financially:

eScrip: Sign up for the eScrip program – have contributions made to Saint Thomas whenever you shop at one of the participating merchants and restaurants, including Safeway. The good news is that it’s free to you. The participating merchants and restaurants provide the contributions. Follow the links to obtain a current list of participating restaurants and merchants eScrip Family of Merchants and eScrip Dining.

AmazonSmile is another creative way to give.

  1. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice – consider “St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Sunnyvale, CA
  2. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon, same products, same prices and same service.
  3. Support us by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

As with any form of giving, it is a gift without any strings attached or an expectation placed on the person or family. It is our response to God’s invitation for us to participate in a real and practical way in the work and life of Saint Thomas.

For assistance and questions Contact Us.

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Protestant Reformation Forum – Oct. 15th @ Noon

Following the 10:30am service, Pastor Rebecca, priest and church historian, will be giving a forum on the Protestant Reformation.

Join us in learning more about this pivotal time in the life of the church. This year marks the 500th year of reform since Martin Luther posted his 95 theses.

You are in for a special treat!

BRING A BAG LUNCH

Please bring a bag lunch if you get hungry after the service. We will meet at the back end of the Cowans Hall, see Directions & Campus Map.

ABOUT PASTOR REBECCA LYMAN

Our new adjunct priest, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman grew up in Michigan. She is the Samuel Garrett Professor of Church History emerita at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley. Educated at Western Michigan University in Religion and History, The Catholic University of America in Medieval and Byzantine Studies and Oxford University in Theology, she taught history at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union for many years.

She has published numerous articles and two books on ancient Christian history and theology, including Early Christian Traditions for the New Episcopal Church Teaching Series. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and is associated with the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Group at the University of California in Berkeley. At the moment she is working on a new interpretation of the history of the “Arian” heresy.

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Hurricanes Irma & Harvey Relief Information

HURRICANE HARVEY


Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to provide emergency support in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the largest rainstorm in the history of the United States. Emergency support includes pastoral care, gift cards and funding for temporary housing. Teams of trained spiritual care volunteers will be dispersed through the diocese providing care.

With many clergy, staff and congregations sheltering in place over the past few days, Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program has conducted regular calls to share information and to provide updates for affected dioceses in Texas and Louisiana. AlertMedia, a pilot program used by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, has enabled staff and congregational leaders to share assessment information with diocesan leadership.

Several churches have begun to leverage their existing ministries and community relationships to provide shelter, particularly those who are elderly or medically fragile. They are offering food and emergency supplies and pastoral care for people displaced from their homes.

Please continue to pray for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, and donate to the following:
Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to help Episcopal Relief & Development assist local partners in responding to critical needs.

HURRICANE IRMA

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma unleashed its full force on the Caribbean before pummeling the Florida Keys. It cut a swath from Florida bringing torrential rain to parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina leaving thousands without power, stranded and homeless as well as impacting local industries and agriculture that support the economic viability of these states.

Several Ways to Help Support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development and Post-Disaster Response.

1. Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event.

2. Donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund. Your gift provides our partners on the ground with critical supplies, such as food and water for communities devastated by Hurricane Irma and other storms. You’ll also help us empower communities to not only prepare for emergencies, but assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal.

3. Please don’t send food, clothing or other items! Donations such as these can actually become more of a burden on the local diocesan leaders than a benefit. The most efficient option is supporting the local economy to respond.

4. Sign-up on the Ready to Serve page to register as a possible volunteer in the future./strong> These are the lists Episcopal Relief & Development staff share with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers.

5. Read Rob’s Blog on best response practices.

6. Pray! for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and get the latest program updates on Facebook and Twitter (use the ID @EpiscopalRelief and episcopalrelief.org)

7. Share the Sunday bulletin inserts (English and Español)

VIDEO: Presiding Bishop Curry: “Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help”
VIDEO PRAYER: Presiding Bishop Curry:

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Reprinted (and amended) with permission from The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

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Volunteer for Mens Rotating Shelter – Sept 30th – Nov. 4th

AN ANNUAL EVENT

St. Thomas is hosting the Faith in Action Silicon Valley Mens Rotating Shelter again this fall and is requesting volunteers to help their important work in the community. This year, the shelter participants will be our guests from Saturday, September 30th until Saturday, November 4th.

HOW IT WORKS

Cowans Hall will be utilized every evening from 8:00 PM until the following morning at 7:00 AM.

The program provides shelter, meals, and job development services to help homeless men toward self-sufficiency. Fifteen men stay up to 90 days in the program as it rotates between different churches and synagogues in Silicon Valley. St. Thomas is a founding member of this very important service.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Volunteers are needed to provide dinner each night and to shop for groceries for our guests to make their own breakfasts and lunches. Volunteers are also needed to greet guests when they return at the end of the day for a shared meal and fellowship. Sign-up sheets are available in the narthex. Please consider helping with this important ministry.

MORE INFO

For more information please visit www.faithinactionsv.org or for inquiries about volunteering Contact the Rotating Shelter.

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Welcome Dr. Rebecca Lyman on “Back to Parish” Sunday – Sept. 10th

What better way to observe “Back to Parish” Sunday than to honor Dr. Rebecca Lyman as she begins her ministry as Adjunct Priest to Saint Thomas preaching at the morning services this day.

Two service times will be offered: 8:00 and 10:30 am. Sunday School will not be meeting this Sunday. Instead, children will join their families in communal worship at the 10:30 am service time and participate in a special song presentation to highlight the day.

WELCOME REV. REBECCA

Please join us in offering Rev. Rebecca a heartfelt welcome! Parish Event Planners (PEP) will be celebrating her arrival with a luncheon at noon following mid morning service – see details below.

REMINDER: IT’S ALSO REGISTRATION SUNDAY

Sunday School will meet again on Sunday, Sept. 17th to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. Now is the time to register!

Parents: There will be a registration table available before 10:30 am service to sign up for the new school year. Please arrive early to allow time to complete registration. Sunday School is open to children (ages 4-12) with nursery care available for infants and toddlers (0 to 4 years). If you have any questions, Contact Sue Beckham

WELCOME LUNCHEON IN COWANS HALL @ NOON

We will be having a luncheon to come together in fellowship and welcome Rev. Rebecca personally to the parish. On the menu for lunch, PEP will prepare a “do it yourself” sandwich buffet bar.

BRING A POTLUCK DISH

To complement luncheon offerings, please bring a side dish such as a salad, other garnishes or snacks to share. Drinks will be provided.

A special cake will be served in honor of Rev. Rebecca with a short program to follow.

DREAMS FOR ST. THOMAS

We will look at some of the “Dreams for St. Thomas” that parishioners have submitted so far and see what steps we might take to make them realities.

PARISHIONERS: STILL TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR DREAM FOR ST. THOMAS

If you haven’t submitted your “Dreams for St. Thomas” yet, please do so as soon as you can. Having more dreams will allow the Vestry to see in which direction they should try to channel their efforts.

INTRODUCING DR. REBECCA LYMAN

Our new adjunct priest, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman grew up in Michigan. She is the Samuel Garrett Professor of Church History emerita at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley. Educated at Western Michigan University in Religion and History, The Catholic University of America in Medieval and Byzantine Studies and Oxford University in Theology, she taught history at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union for many years.

She has published numerous articles and two books on ancient Christian history and theology, including Early Christian Traditions for the New Episcopal Church Teaching Series. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and is associated with the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Group at the University of California in Berkeley. At the moment she is working on a new interpretation of the history of the “Arian” heresy.

She is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of California and associated with St. Mark’s, Palo Alto. She is married to Andrew Bridges, a lawyer, and has two adult children. Her interests include the history and spirituality of landscape, as well as tennis, skiing, and walking.

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