Heart’s Delight Benefit Gala – Saturday, Feb. 23rd @ 7pm

AN EVENING TO REMEMBER

The Heart’s Delight Benefit Gala is just a few weeks away! Join us on February 23 at 7 pm for a wonderful evening of memorable entertainment, scrumptious eats, dancing, and so much more.

FESTIVE FARE

Enjoy delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and an impressive variety of desserts. (We recommend foregoing dinner that night!)

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

The gala features musical entertainment by celebrated baritone Kiril Havezov, making a return appearance at St. Thomas, and captivating soprano Olga Chernisheva for the first time. They will be accompanied by renowned pianist Tamami Honma, who also graces us a second time. Everyone is in for a treat…

For a foretaste of the exceptional talent coming to St. Thomas, visit SoundCloud for Kiril Havezov, Olga Chernisheva, and Tamami Honma.

SILENT AUCTION & DANCING

Gala patrons will be able to bid on a wide variety of items, including restaurant gift cards, group dinners, clothes, artwork, kitchen goods, and much more!

Finally, the evening will close with a DJ-hosted dance floor.

ADMISSION

Tickets are $40 if purchased by February 17; $50 after that.

SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS

Please see Fran Hostettler, Ann Kopischke, Caroline Harman, or Kristen Ng if you have silent auction donations. The Fundraising Committee is looking forward to this special night at St. Thomas!

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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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Parish Work Day – Saturday, Oct. 13th

LET’S CLEAN UP FOR ADVENT

Join us on Saturday, October 13th from 9 AM – 1 PM for a friendly parish work day to enjoy fellowship with one another while we spruce up the campus in preparation for Advent and Christmastide!

THERE WILL BE NOURISHMENT

In gratitude for helping hands and our time together, lunch will be offered after the work is done.

SO, LET’S DO SOME CLEANING

As we approach Advent and Christmastide, envision our community time spent together to prepare our physical and spiritual house for the upcoming times of anticipation and celebration. In taking up our brooms, hammers, brushes and mops, we clean and tidy up the indoor and outdoor spaces, revitalizing their beauty and function while enhancing their sense of welcome to all. Through rolling up our sleeves together, we have occasion to experience spiritual renewal in a practical and meaningful way.

So, mark your calendars and make your way over to St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Saturday, October 13th – 9 AM to 1 PM.. You bring the elbow grease and we’ll do lunch.

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