Back 2 Back: Rummage Sale (Sat. July 27) & Goodwill Drive (Sun. July 28)

This year we’re having back-to-back fundraising events on the weekend of July 27-28 in support of St. Thomas and we cordially invite you to join in! Combining the Rummage Sale and Goodwill Drive is a great fit for a wonderful cause!

Looking for Volunteers

We can always use helping hands in our FUN-draising efforts to sort, tag, organize, move or assist with whatever needs doing. Lunch will be provided on both days in gratitude for our collective efforts – can’t beat that! Please Contact Us if you would like to help.


The first of two events will be the third annual rummage sale held on Saturday, July 27, from 9 AM – 2 PM.

The previous two rummage sales have been overwhelming successes, and we hope to achieve the same results this year.

Donations for the Rummage Sale

We are accepting small items now for sale, such as clothes, books, dishes, small kitchen appliances, bed linens, and electronics. Let us know if you need help getting your items into church

Non-Acceptable Items

We cannot accept large appliances (e.g., washers and dryers), magazines, tires, flammable materials, or beds.

If you would like to donate furniture, please contact Kristen Kaliski (Ng) to discuss your item(s) – her contact details can be found in the church directory. If new to St. Thomas, contact the parish office at (408) 736-4155 or use the following link to send a message – Contact Us.


The second event will be the fourth annual Goodwill Drive that will take place on Sunday, July 28, 9 AM – 2 PM.

As in previous years, unsold items from the rummage sale will be donated to Goodwill.

We have fun and hope everyone else does too. So, let’s get busy – simplifying and decluttering our worlds while doing a world of good 🙂

Items to Donate

Goodwill loves to receive the following:
● clothes, shoes, and accessories
● small household items
● e – waste (old computers, printers, cables, etc. — they don ’ t have to work)
● electronics in working condition
● Books

Unacceptable Donations

There are items that we can donate and others that will not be accepted by the Goodwill. Please make a note of the items listed below and leave them at home.

Goodwill of Silicon Valley will not accept the following:
● furniture, mattresses, or exercise equipment
● large appliances, automobile parts, or weapons
● household trash, food, or carpeting
● construction debris, bricks, concrete, lumber, etc.
● hazardous household liquids or chemicals
● liquids of any kind (paints, insecticides, oils, flammables, alcohol, etc.)
● baby strollers, car seats, etc.
● pet – related items of any type
● items weighing more than 50 lbs (this includes TVs)

Keep in mind that what Goodwill will accept during a Goodwill drive differs from what Goodwill stores accept. For instance, Goodwill stores will not accept old – style cathode ray tube TVs, but such TVs are acceptable during the Goodwill drive if they weigh under 50 lbs (even if they don’t work).

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about what will be accepted, please check with Kristen Kaliski (Ng) via the Church Directory or if new to St. Thomas, contact the parish office at (408) 736-4155 or use the following link to send a message – Contact Us.

You may receive a tax receipt the day of the Goodwill Drive or may make arrangements with Kristen to receive one at another time.

Many Thanks to all who participate and give from your Fun(d)-Raising Team:
Caroline Harman, Fran Hostettler, Kristen Kaliski, Ann Kopischke, and Hugo Laguna- Lopez

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Annual Church Picnic on the Alpha-Omega Patio: June 2nd @ Noon

This year’s picnic will be held here on the St. Thomas campus – Sunday, June 2nd following the 10:30 am worship service (around Noon).

Come in your favorite picnic wear – Bermuda shorts, t-shirt, comfy shoes…and get ready to picnic together on the Alpha-Omega Patio!

We’ll be cooking and serving up some tasty burgers & hot dogs (veggie options included) out back behind Cowans Hall.

Hot coffee and chilled beverages will also be available. All we ask is that you bring a side dish to share for a fun gathering.

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Simplicity of Life: Burden of THINGS – Saturday, May 11th @ 11 am – 3 pm

Join us this weekend, on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM for a meaningful event and program offered by Diane Simoni, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and fellow St. Thomas parishioner as she invites us to take a little timeout to learn about freeing yourself from the burden of material things and things on your to-do list to enhance your relationship with God, care for your neighbor, and live with abundant joy as the Creator intended.

Complimentary lunch will be provided. Please RSVP prior to the event – the necessary information is provided below.


St. Thomas Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 (across from Washington Park)


If you have further questions or would like to RSVP, please download the attached flyer that includes Diane’s contact details.

Thank You to Our Sponsor

This free event is open to the public and sponsored by the Northern California chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. All are welcome.

The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (SCHC) is a worldwide community of women within the Anglican communion founded over 100 years ago.

Are you drawn to developing your spiritual life in prayer, thanksgiving, and simplicity? Membership information will be provided. Learn more about the SCHC and see the program schedule for the SCHC’s retreat center at and


Click on the link below to download the event flyer.

Download (PDF, 121KB)

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Easter Service & Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday, April 21st


We cordially invite you to join us for a festive Family Eucharist at 9:00 AM with a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt to follow morning service.


Parents – please bring an empty Easter Basket for every child participating in the Easter Egg Hunt!


If this is your first time joining us, please follow the link to Directions and Campus Map.


If you or a loved one are in need of special accommodations, such as hearing devices or a large print service bulletin, please let one of our greeters know upon arrival.

See you there!
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The Great Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 20th – Festivities begin @ 6 PM


6:00 PM Lighting the New Fire, Campfire Songs and S’mores
Our Easter Vigil celebration begins with the warmth of the community gathering around a crackling campfire, singing songs together and enjoying the delicious flavors of ooey-gooey s’mores.

6:30 PM Story-Telling and Holy Eucharist
We move indoors to the sanctuary for Story-Telling from the Old Testament enlivened by participation from members of our congregation, foreshadowing the Resurrection of the Savior yet to come. A joyful Holy Eucharist follows as we celebrate Jesus’ transformative victory over death!

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