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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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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