Summer Reading Program Starts June 15th

The Great Chocolate Challenge

Charlie_and_the_Chocolate_Factory_(book_cover)The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program is “The Great Chocolate Challenge” in honor of the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Our summer reading program will feature books about chocolate delicacies and everyone is invited to participate!

To Participate

All you have to do is read any book you want: from the St. Thomas Library, from a public library, borrowed from a friend or one that you have been waiting all year to read from your bookshelf; e-books, audiobooks, and Kindles also count. Too young to read? Just have someone read a book to you!

Let Us Know What You Are Reading

Write your name and title of the book on the special candy wrapper – one per book please. These will be available at the bulletin board in Cowans Hall each Sunday after services. Let’s count how many candy wrappers will be placed on the bulletin board by the end of the summer.

Drawing for a Gift Certificate

On August 10 there will be a drawing for a gift certificate. Your name will be entered for each book you read. The more you read, the better your chances. We will have activities throughout the summer for your enjoyment. Stay tuned and see how much you know about the history of chocolate.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, Contact Carol Campbell.

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Parish Surveys & Forums Update


A Message to the Parish

Thanks for submitting the surveys and for your participation in the Parish Forums. We have received 86 surveys and last week we had 60 people attend the Parish Forums. We are beginning the process of reviewing and tabulating the surveys.

Not Yet Submitted a Survey?

It’s not too late to submit yours. Please feel free to pick one up in the back of the church. If your child, teen or young adult would like to fill out a form, they are more than welcome to do so.


For more information or questions, please Contact Rector Search Committee

To contact a specific member directly, we are:

Jim Cobb (chair), Nancy Allgeier, Cal Cornwell, C. J. Gomez, Joe Gutierrez, Jane Houck, Lindsay Jacobson, Chris Kenward, Bob Kunz, Lou Poulain, Ann Stevenson, and Keri Williams.

We appreciate your prayers and support.
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Safeguarding God’s Children & People Training

Mark Your Calendars: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Event Overview

The Rev. Deacon Kathleen Crowe, Chaplain, Episcopal Ministry at San Jose State University, is presenting two workshops, Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People. The workshops will be divided into two sessions: morning and afternoon, each lasting approximately 3 hours with a break for lunch in-between. Lunch will be provided.

Check-in and pay at the door before the training starts. Doors open at 8:30 AM for the morning session. If you plan only to attend the afternoon session, please come and join us for lunch. You may check-in and pay during the lunch break.

Training Schedule

Safeguarding God’s Children: 9:00AM – 12:00 Noon

Lunch Break (On Your Own): 12 Noon – 1:00PM

Safeguarding God’s People: 1:00PM to 4:00PM


$10 for one session or $15.00 for both sessions, by cash or check only (payable at the door). Lunch is included.


Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – in Cowans Hall

If this is your first time visiting us, see Directions and Campus Map.


Childcare must be requested in advance of event so that we can facilitate suitable accommodations.


Please register in advance of the event day to help us facilitate meal planning. For questions and to register, call (408) 736-4155 or Contact Anne Buelteman, Parish Administrator

Morning Session: Safeguarding God’s Children – 3 Hour Training

All employees and volunteers who work with or around children and youth including but not limited to those associated with Acolytes, Counseling, Children/Youth Choir, Nursery Care, Sunday School, Family Ministry, Cub and Boy Scouts, VBS-Vacation Bible School, and Vestry. Highly recommended for parents.

The course provides a basic understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse, how to recognize signs that a child may have been abused, and what to do if you have concerns about a person’s behavior toward a child or youth, or if you suspect that a child or youth has been molested.

Afternoon Session: Safeguarding God’s People – 3 Hour Training

All employees (i.e. clergy and staff) and volunteers who have a pastoral relationship with others including but not limited to those associated with Counseling, Pastoral Care, Eucharistic Ministers & Visitors, Lay Healing Ministers, Alpha, Cursillo & Stephen Ministers, and Vestry.

The course covers the following:
– The definition of, and facts about, sexual exploitation
– The effects of sexual exploitation
– Facts about power in pastoral relationships
– How sexual exploitation happens
– How to prevent sexual exploitation
– How to respond to sexual exploitation

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Parish Picnic on Sunday, June 8th

Hosted by: Parish Event Planners (PEP)

We look forward to a great day of good eats, fun and fellowship – come out and join us!

Time: 12 Noon

Location: Washington Park, Sunnyvale

Our Parish Picnic will be located in the designated picnic area adjacent the ball fields and play area in Washington Park across the street from Saint Thomas.

If you are new to Saint Thomas, we welcome you to come out and join us! For directions, see Directions & Campus Map.

PEP Will Provide

We will be ready with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Being mindful of some dietary restrictions, we will also offer turkey burgers and veggie burgers as an alternative. Condiments and drinks will be also be included.

Instructions for Picnic-Goers

Come in your picnic clothes following the 10:30 AM service and for fun – wear something red in honor of Pentecost.

Please bring a dish to share – from one of the following items: Appetizers – Salads – Desserts.

Something for Everyone

Enjoy fellowship, lunch, and afterwards just relax or mingle and chit-chat. No doubt, there will some games to entertain the children.

For Questions or To Volunteer

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering to help out with the event, Contact Us*

*Select Parish Event Planners (PEP) from the drop-down menu to direct your inquiry to PEP.

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Rector Search Committee Update

stthomas1911emblemdropshadowLRGThe Search Committee is meeting every two weeks and has divided into the following sub-groups:

  • Parish Engagement, which will be asking the congregation for input regarding important qualities in looking for the next rector
  • Parish Profile, which will be writing the profile that will be posted for candidates to view
  • Parish Communication, which will be communicating updates through church services the Sunday Bulletin, the Parish Newsletter and the St. Thomas website
Parish Survey

Canon Jesus Reyes and Joanna Shreve have presented ideas to the committee about obtaining input from the congregation in preparation for writing the Parish Profile. The Parish Engagement sub-group will be mailing a survey to every church member in early May. Your input is very important and we are asking your help in returning it in two weeks.

Sunday Forums

The Search Committee will also be gathering information in mid-May through Sunday Forums after each church service with a follow-up forum in mid-June.


If you have any questions, please contact the Search Committee members: Jim Cobb (chair), Nancy Allgeier, Cal Cornwell, C. J. Gomez, Joe Gutierrez, Jane Houck, Lindsay Jacobson, Chris Kenward, Bob Kunz, Lou Poulain, Ann Stevenson, and Keri Williams.

Please keep us in your prayers.
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