Annual Christmas Boutique – Sunday, Dec. 3rd & 10th

Looking for a gift for somebody special, need some ideas for decorating or just plain have a sweet tooth – come check out the annual Christmas Boutique for a selection of arts & crafts, homemade goodies – baked goods, jams, jellies and more…


Sunday, December 3rd and 10th following 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM worship services.


Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Cowans Hall, see Directions and Campus Map
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94086


Interested in a Christmas wreath? Don’t miss out! Send us a message ahead of time and we’ll reserve one for you – Contact Sue to submit your request and please include the item(s) and quantity.


We are looking for donations of arts & crafts items, and homemade goodies to sell at the boutique in benefit of St. Thomas.

Over the years, we’ve had a wonderful collection of hand-crafted items created by parishioners and friends alike.

Special Instructions: Arts & crafts items can be dropped off at the church office in advance of the event. Baked goods and any perishable food items should be brought in on the morning of December 3rd.

At last year’s boutique we had a wonderful display of Christmas crèches or nativity scenes from all over the world on loan to us by a parishioner. We would like to continue the tradition of this display and are asking anyone who would be willing share their crèche with the parish to bring them in, either by Dec. 2nd, the day before, or Dec. 3rd, on the morning of the boutique.

We will label the display table carefully to indicate that the crèches are For Display Only.

Thank you to in advance for your participation and sharing the joy of the season.


Tell your friends and neighbors – come and discover some unique items for gift-giving or even treat yourself!


If you have questions or need further assistance – Contact Us.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Munday.

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Forum: How was the Bible Written? – Dec. 10th

Back by Popular Demand! Pastor Salying will offer a forum on how the Bible was written and a history of its formation. For those who attended the one in September, a wealth of information was presented.

In the season of Advent, we are encouraged to study and contemplate the Holy Scriptures. With that focus in mind, Pastor Salying will offer the forum again – so please join her in the library for an encore presentation after either of the morning services, on Sunday, December 10th.

Sandwich fixings will be available- food for the body and spirit!

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Adult Education: Advent & Beyond Book Study – Starts Dec. 6th

Are you interested in Early Church history? If so, we want to alert you about our latest Adult Education book study on Early Christian Traditions by the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman who recently began serving as an adjunct priest to St. Thomas.

In this parishioner-led study, Robbie Forkish will be walking us through Dr. Lyman’s latest book. We will have two sessions in December and another two in January. Dr. Lyman will later join us to round out this special study.


Our initial meeting begins Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 PM in the Church Library. Future dates to be determined by the group upon meeting. For location, see Directions & Campus Map.


We would highly recommend your reading the first chapter ahead of the initial meeting. The book can be purchased on in hardcover and Kindle formats. There is also one copy in the church library.

All are welcome to join in, even if you don’t have the book yet or haven’t started reading it.


Early Christian Traditions is the sixth volume of The New Church’s Teaching Series, and it provides perceptive insights into the early church’s intense conflicts that reveal the often thin line between orthodoxy and heresy, between true and false teachers, and among the many competing versions of Christianity.

In this season of Advent, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, what better book to study than one that will inspire us to also celebrate the birth and early years of the Church.


We are so fortunate to have Pastor Rebecca at St. Thomas; she’s the distinguished Professor of Church History emerita at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and a true expert on this topic!


If you have any questions about the book study, please Contact Us.

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Thanksgiving Service – Sunday, Nov. 19th @10:30 am

This year our Thanksgiving service will be offered on Sunday November 19th at 10:30 am.

There will be only ONE SERVICE this day, so that we may gather together as a full faith community to thank God for the abundance of gifts and blessings that we have received throughout the year.

Come One, Come All

Please mark your calendars and bring your friends, family, partners and spouses for a celebration of worship and thanksgiving.

Enjoy a Tasty Pizza Lunch

Join us for a tasty Thanksgiving pizza lunch to follow courtesy of the Parish Event Planners (PEP) ministry.

So, come feeling grateful, hungry, and ready to sing and enjoy a big church-family celebration!

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Benefit Concert ~ Les Harmonies de la Nuit / Saturday, Nov. 11th @ 7PM

Please be sure to join us for a delightful evening of French music. Krassen Karagiozov, baritone, and Veronica Jensen, mezzo soprano, will perform Les Harmonies de la Nuit, accompanied by Tamami Honma on the piano.


Saturday, November 11 at 7:00 PM
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Follow the link for Directions & Campus Map.


Stay after the concert to meet the artists, and enjoy a wine and dessert reception.


Admission is free. Any donations offered in gratitude for the beautiful music will be gratefully accepted and will benefit the work of St. Thomas in the community.


Invite one or more friends to accompany you on this magical musical journey!

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