Join us for Bishop Lucinda’s First “Zoom” Visit – Sunday, July 19th

SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for Sunday July 19th and join us for Bishop Lucinda’s first “Zoom” visit to St. Thomas. She is really looking forward to greeting you after morning service.

VIRTUAL “COFFEE HOUR” AFTER MORNING PRAYER

We will forgo our usual “small” breakout groups after the 10:30 AM online Morning Prayer service. Instead we’ll continue as a full community gathering for a virtual “Coffee Hour” on Zoom, and enjoy this special opportunity to get to know Bishop Lucinda through open conversation.

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Safely Celebrate July 4th

A staycation in the backyard, on the porch or family room for July 4th may be just what the doctor ordered…

Reprinted from the SANTA CLARA COUNTY HEALTH Emergency Operations Center
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Bay Area Residents Urged to Stay Home, Stay Safe from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2020

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly in many Bay Area neighborhoods, health officials across the region urge residents to protect themselves and the community by celebrating from home this holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for firework displays, cookouts and parades, but this year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many communities to cancel public events. Gatherings with others from outside your household, such as members of the extended family, are potentially risky.

Health officers from across the greater Bay Area say staying home this year is a healthy choice.

You can spread COVID-19 even if you don’t feel that sick. You can pass the disease to someone else before you have symptoms, and even if you never develop any symptoms at all. When people who have contracted the infection come in contact with high-risk people, there can be deadly consequences.

That is why Bay Area health officers recommend people who are not members of the same household remain physically distant. The best ways to protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19 include:

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  • Continuing to stay home as much as possible
  • Practicing physical distancing outside the home
  • Wearing face coverings or masks when outside your home
  • Avoiding gatherings with people outside your immediate household
  • Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently
  • Staying home from work or school if you feel sick

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All Bay Area residents are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, and to do so immediately if they have symptoms. Check with your local health department for more information about testing and about efforts in your community to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit sccgov.org/coronavirus.

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Follow our Twitter for updates: @HealthySCC
Public Health Facebook: www.facebook.com/sccpublichealth
Public Health Website: www.sccgov.org/coronavirus
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We encourage everyone to stay safe and check out some of these…

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO CELEBRATE JULY 4TH

For some alternative fun and creative ways to celebrate July 4th from home, follow the link to the NY Times recent article “Honor America’s Birthday (Safely) in 2020” to explore a variety of offerings across the USA.

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Zoom “Virtual” Parish Picnic – Sunday, June 28th @ Noon

The Zoom Picnic will begin immediately following the 10:30 AM morning Zoom worship service on Sunday, June 28th.

PICNIC ACTIVITIES

We are selecting activities we all can actively participate in, whether connecting with audio only, or having both visual and audio connections. We encourage everyone to stay for the picnic and enjoy some fellowship and fun activities!

PREPARING FOR A VIRTUAL PICNIC

To help with our concept of a “virtual picnic”, we suggest that you wear picnic clothes that day, have a snack prepared and find a comfortable chair to relax in.

At the beginning of the picnic we will provide time for a short break in which you can gather your picnic supplies in addition to tending to other necessities. Those with the computer know-how might even change their background to a park setting for the picnic (or take your laptop or tablet outside if your wifi works in your yard!)

FUN IN AN OPEN FORUM

The picnic will feature an open forum in which all are invited to share a joke, riddle, game, story, song, & etc. So, begin thinking about what you might want to share. Please be mindful that there will be people who are signed in with audio only and not be able to see what you are sharing.

PARISH GROUP PHOTO

Have your Covid-19 masks handy…at one point during the picnic, we will ask everyone to put them on for a group picture of all of us wearing our masks.

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“Pop Open a Book” Summer Reading Program runs June 14 thru August 6th

READY, SET … GO! JUNE 14TH THRU AUGUST 6TH

Get those books you’ve been meaning to read in a special stack for Pop Open A Book, this summer’s reading program which starts on Sunday, June 14th and runs through August 6th. 

ALL AGES WELCOME

Readers of all ages are invited to participate. All you have to do is read any book you want, either from your personal collection, our church library, borrowed from a friend or even the public library. Audiobooks count also.

If you’re unable to read, you’re still eligible. Just have someone read to you.

HOW IT WORKS

For every  book you read your name will be entered into a drawing and prizes will be awarded on Sunday, August 9

WHEN YOU FINISH A BOOK …

Since we are not attending church in person right now, you’ll need to send your name and book title (by email or phone) to one of the library volunteers, who will put each entry you submit on a paper Popcorn Kernel and pin it to the church’s bulletin board on your behalf. The more books you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. 

 
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Parish Library Recommends Just Mercy – FREE Streaming Video thru June

The Parish Library and Diocesan Resource Center are normally staffed from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, open on Sundays after the morning services and may be visited at any time the Parish Office is open (408-736-4155).

Currently the Library is closed through June. The Library catalogue can be viewed at:

 https://stthomas-svale.org

Recommendation from the Library: For those of you who have read Just Mercy, you might find the streaming video of interest: Just Mercy (streaming video) Warner Brothers Entertainment, 2020. Starring Michael B. Jordan, and based on the book by Bryan Stevenson. Warner Brothers has made the film available for free streaming on all U.S. digital platforms through June 2020. The film’s website lists all 17 streaming sites.

“…an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.”

Check Out the Official Trailer – Just Mercy
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