Feast of Epiphany – Sunday, Jan 5th

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE FEAST OF LIGHTS

The light of Christ comes into the world, and the darkness does not overcome it. Join us for the Feast of the Epiphany in celebration of the 12th and final day of Christmastide.

TWO SERVICES

The worship services at 8 and 10:30 AM will include the “Blessing of the Door” and “Choosing the Star Word”. Come and be a part of these special rites. The children will participate by helping to chalk the Church Entrance. Also, everyone will have an opportunity to select a guiding star with special watchword to help guide you through the new year!

FESTIVE RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

King’s Cake will be a highlight of the after-service celebrations in Cowans Hall following each morning service.

READINGS

These are the Readings for this Second Sunday after Christmas: Psalm 84:1-8, the First Reading is Jeremiah 31:7-14, the Second Reading is Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a and the Gospel is Matthew 2:1-12.

MEMORY VERSE

“Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod and they went back home by another road.” ~ Matthew 2:12 (Contemporary English Version – CEV)

TO FIND US…

See Directions & Campus Map

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Christmas Pageant – Dec. 15th

ADVENT WREATH LIGHTING & CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

This Sunday we will have no Sunday School class as we will be in the Church for Advent Wreath lighting, the Christmas Pageant, and Worship.

All pageant participants will need to be at Church by 10:00 AM to put on costumes in the Education Building. Men’s costumes will be in the Heart classroom and Women’s will be in the Treasure classroom. The Advent Wreath Reader and Lighter will go to the church in costume to light the wreath at 10:30 AM. This week’s wreath lighter and reader are Brighid and Liam Beckham.

READINGS

These are the readings for the Third Sunday in Advent: Psalm 146:4-9, the First Reading is Isaiah 35:1-10, The Second Reading is James 5:7-10 and the Gospel is Matthew 11:2-11.

MEMORY VERSE

“God always keeps his word.” ~ Psalm 146:6 (Contemporary English Version)

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

For questions or interest in volunteering, contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

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Annual Christmas Boutique – Dec. 1st & 8th

It’s time again for the highly anticipated Annual Christmas Boutique – courtesy of the Crafts Group ministry that each year gathers together the creative efforts of so many for the benefit of St. Thomas.

Just in time, too, for the holidays…if you’re looking for a gift for somebody special, need some ideas for decorating or just plain have a sweet tooth – there will be much to delight!

DATE & TIME

Sunday, December 1st and 8th following 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM worship services.

LOCATION

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

CHRISTMAS WREATHS

Interested in ordering a Christmas wreath? Don’t miss out!

There will be a sign-up sheet available starting November 18th with the cost/details on the back table located in the Narthex (just inside the big red doors of the church).

ST. NICHOLAS FEAST TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets will be on sale (cash or check made payable to St. Thomas) for the annual St. Nicholas Feast – $5.00 per adult and children under 8 years (free). Ask at the check-out table.

The evening will include a holiday feast highlighted by a visit from St. Nick & Santa Lucia with lively dinner theater for added entertainment. Bring an appetizer to share and look forward to an enjoyable with us…

As is customary each year, we accept a voluntary cash/check donation by any and all who would like to give in support of Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) to continue its efforts to feed families in Santa Clara County. Look for more details to follow regarding this upcoming event!

LOOKING FOR DONATIONS

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 including wreathes and flowers, handmade crafts (e.g., bags, quilts, blankets,
ornaments and wall-hangings) and decorations, any holiday related items, handmade jewelry, cards, pottery, jams & jellies, seasonal breads and baked goods, toys, scarves, knit hats and other items, etc.

The Craft Group invites all of you to join the fun of the Christmas Boutique and share your talents (baking, handmade hobbies, etc.) Bring your creations, marked with prices, no later than November 24th. Bring edible creations on November 30th or December 1st by 8:00 am (or by December 8th at 8:00 am for the second Sunday).

Thank you in advance to all contributors for sharing the joy of the season 🙂

QUESTIONS OR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

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

SPREAD THE WORD

Come one, come all and tell your friends and neighbors – discover some unique items for gift-giving or treat yourself!

Photo courtesy of Andrew Munday.

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Ladies’ Night Out – Saturday, October 5th

Fund-raising Invitation to St. Thomas Women

Carol Campbell and Keri Williams will be hosting another “Ladies’ Night Out” to benefit St. Thomas.

DATE & TIME

Saturday, October 5th, beginning at 4:30pm!

LOCATION

Once you RSVP, the location information will be sent out…yes, it’s close by 🙂

They will be presenting a wine and food pairing.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU

We’ll start the evening with champagne and passed appetizers. After some socializing, we will sit down to small (but satisfying!) plates of the following meal**:

Crunchy green salad with goat cheese medallions*
Wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc​

Crab cakes with a crisp cabbage slaw
Wine pairing: Viognier

Minestra al Pesto*
Wine pairing: Sangiovese

Braised short ribs served over polenta and seasonal vegetables
Wine pairing: California Zinfandel

Chocolate volcano cakes*
Wine pairing: Port

*vegetarian (vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers will be being passed)
**Items listed for the menu may be subject to change due to availability of ingredients.

THE FUNDRAISING PART

The cost for the fun evening of wine and food will be $40 per person.

This is first come, first serve, so please make your reservations soon!

All proceeds go to St. Thomas.

PLEASE RSVP TO ATTEND

Please rsvp if you’d like to attend by either calling the church at ph. (408) 736-4155 or sending an email message to Carol Campbell courtesy of the parish administrator @ office@stthomas-svale.us.

The parish office is open Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm to respond to any inquiries.

Thanks, ladies and we can’t wait to see you on October 5th!

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Summer Reading Program: June 16th – August 11th

Winners Announced

Congratulations to our winners of the Summer Reading Program, Read Me To The Moon, which ran from June 16th through August 11th.  Fran Hostettler read a Miss Julia book by Ann Ross and
Sophia De Medeiros read a Harry Potter book.

For details of this year’s program theme and how the program worked, please read below …

This Year’s Theme

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, please join in the fun-filled lunar theme this year! Everyone is invited to participate in our summer reading program. All you have to do is read any book you want, either from a public library, our church library, borrowed from a friend or one that you have been waiting all year to read from your bookshelf. Too young to read? Just have someone read a book to you.

Special Drawing

For every book you read your name will be entered into a drawing to be held on August 11th. A 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coin (proof half dollar) will be given to an adult as well as to a young reader. This coin will be on display in the library. Remember, the more you read, the better your chances.

How to Participate

Write your name and title of the book on the MOON. These will be available each Sunday after services in Cowans Hall at the bulletin board. Let’s see how many MOONS will be placed on the bulletin board. If you are a visitor and would like to participate in our program, be sure to put your phone number or email address on the back of the MOON.

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