NEW Centering Prayer Group

ALL ARE WELCOME

Come and sit in silent fellowship with us as part of our new Centering Prayer Group. At this meeting you will be equipped with everything you will need to explore Centering Prayer with us, no prerequisites required! We will spend some time sitting and praying together.

MORE ABOUT CENTERING PRAYER

Centering Prayer can deepen your spiritual life, helping to build peace and clarity. If you haven’t yet experienced God’s presence in this way, we encourage you to give it a try. Learn more about this Christian contemplative practice online.

WHEN & WHERE

The group’s inaugural meeting was held in the St. Thomas Chapel at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, July 11th.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday August 8 at 6:30 PM.

A VALUABLE RESOURCE

We suggest you explore the Center for Action and Contemplation website which has links to various talks, podcasts, books, etc. on contemplative prayer and related topics. You may also sign up for their meditation email series composed by father Richard Rohr.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, are curious, or have concerns, please reach out to the session facilitators, Caroline Harman and Adam Cooper (listed in the 2018 edition of the Parish Directory) or Contact the Parish Office during office hours at (408) 736-4155 for contact details.

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Rummage Sale – July 28th

GET READY TO RUMMAGE!

The St. Thomas rummage sale is fast approaching. Gather up those quality and gently-used items you no longer need, donate them to the church and give a big boost to our budget deficit reduction efforts.

EVENT DATE, TIMES & LOCATION

Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9 AM – 2 PM in Cowans Hall

Want to know where to go? – see Directions & Campus Map.

GETTING YOUR RUMMAGE ITEMS TO THE CHURCH

If you are planning to donate items for the sale or Goodwill drive the following Saturday, please make sure to get them to church by July 26 at the latest so that they can be sorted and tagged. If you have questions about whether something you would like to donate is suitable for either the rummage sale or the Goodwill drive, please contact Kristen Ng or Fran Hostettler. All items are greatly appreciated and welcomed!

If you need help getting your items to church for the sale, Contact Us as soon as possible so that we can coordinate transportation as well as storage.

CAN YOU HELP?

In addition to donations, we need volunteers to help on the following dates/times:

1. Saturday, June 30, 9 am: Part 1 of the Goodwill drive—Goodwill is kindly accepting our donations early since we have so little storage space. We need to drive donations from St. Thomas to the Goodwill HQ in downtown San Jose. Please let Kristen Ng know if you have can drive to Goodwill that morning. We estimate needing 60-90 minutes for the entire process.

2. Wednesday, July 25, 6 pm: Everything for the rummage sale needs to be moved from the Education Building into Cowans Hall. Dinner will be provided!

3. Thursday & Friday, July 26 & 27 10am-8pm: Help is needed for set-up in Cowans Hall for any amount of time you can give between 10am and 8pm these days.

4. Saturday, July 28: Rummage sale, 9-2

5. Saturday, August 4: Goodwill drive, 9-2. NOTE: Goods collection ends at 1PM, but help is needed until 2PM to finish loading the truck.

SIGN-UP SHEETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE on the table at the back of the church. If you know you can help, and what days and hours you are available, it would be very useful to the Rummage planners to know that. Please sign up! This will make them aware of any gaps in coverage.

We realize that asking for help for these endeavors may seem like a huge time commitment. Please know that ANY amount of time you can give is deeply appreciated. We couldn’t repeat these fundraisers without the parish-wide support they are given. Thank you from your fundraising committee!

QUESTIONS?

If you don’t have access to our parish directory AND have questions about the event OR would like to volunteer to help, please Contact Us and we’ll point you in the right direction!

NOTE: GOODWILL DRIVE TO FOLLOW RUMMAGE SALE
The Goodwill drive will take place on Saturday, August 4, from 9 am – 1 pm.

Goodwill will be taking almost everything left over from the rummage sale in addition to e-waste (old electronics, TVs, etc.).

Please let Kristen N. or Fran H. or follow the link to Contact Us for help with the following:

  • Help us spread the word & gather items
  • The more we gather, the more we can support our mission
  • We need volunteers to help with the donation drive & carnival
  • Do you have a special carnival type skill or game idea?

These are the two major fundraisers for the year. Thank you for your support!

From all of us on the Vestry Fundraising Committee -Fran H., Bora J., Ann K., and Arcadio M., and Kristen N.

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Credo – St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble – Performing Thurs., June 14th @ 7 PM

Join us for an evening of enchanting music as the the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble under the direction of Kirill Sokolov performs a beautiful selection of sacred music, classics, national and modern compositions in Russian and more.

Save the Date

The performance is scheduled for Thursday, June 14th 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! It comes 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 visit, here’s a little sample of what’s in store for us with this lovely rendition of “Beautiful Savior”:

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Introducing New Deacon Bertram Nagrajah – Sunday, June 3rd

A New Deacon – Bertram Nagrajah

Please join us in welcoming Bertram Nagrajah on his initial calling as deacon to St. Thomas on Sunday, June 3rd.

Just in time for the annual Parish Picnic – take a moment to offer him your heartfelt welcome. We are blessed with his presence and the time he will spend among us.

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Annual Parish Picnic – Sunday, June 3rd at Washington Park

Join us for fun, fellowship and fabulous food as we gather for our traditional annual parish picnic!!

WHEN & WHERE

We’ll meet on Sunday, June 3rd at Washington Park in Picnic Area #3, around noon or immediately after the 10:30 am morning service.

This site is to the left of our usual site between the ball field and the playground. It’s well-shaded but smaller than the location we’ve used in the past. Nevertheless, extra seating will be provided to accommodate everybody.

WHAT TO BRING

If you’d prefer your own seating, you can bring personal folding chairs for relaxing on the adjacent lawn areas.

RUB-A-DUB, WHAT ABOUT GRUB?

As usual, Parish Event Planners (PEP) will be grilling hamburgers (beef, salmon & veggie) and hotdogs. We will also have drinks available. Please bring a side dish to share to help complement the meal. Suggestions include snacks, salads, veggies, beans or rice, fruits, and desserts. We will be in the park setting up before the service, so you can drop your offerings off there.

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