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Family Eucharist (No Sunday School) – Nov 24th

This Sunday, November 24th – there will be no Sunday school to allow families to gather together in celebration of “Christ the King” Sunday. On special occasions such as this, children will join their families in service to worship and partake in holy communion also called Family Eucharist.

ADVENT ART FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT

Following the service is the Advent Festival where all are invited to make things to prepare for Advent and the Christmas Season. Tables will be set up in Cowans Hall, each with a different project. Feel free to enjoy each of the activities. Crafts projects will include Christmas Wrapping Paper, Advent Angels, Creche Figures, Advent Calendar Chains, Luminaries of Tin, Decorating Cookies, Advent Wreaths, and Coloring the Annual Advent Poster. Lou Poulain will be hosting the refreshments at the festival. Please come and have fun and take home some Advent creations for your homes. See you there.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The readings for this Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King are: Psalm 46, the First Reading is Jeremiah 23:1-6, the Second Reading is Colossians 1:11-20, and the Gospel is Luke 23:33-43.

MEMORY VERSE

“God is our mighty fortress always ready to help in times of trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 (CEV – 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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Children’s & Youth Activities – Dec. 3rd

SUPER AWESOME CHAPEL – 9:30 AM

Get ready for a fun-filled day as we kick off Sunday’s events with Pastor Salying’s Super Awesome Fun Chapel !

We will be gathering together at 9:30 am in Cowans Hall. Come experience learning in a lively and engaging way!

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

LET’S SING WITH THE CHOIR – 10:15 AM

Following chapel, we’ll head over to the church sanctuary at 10:15 am to rehearse the songs we’ll be singing for Advent with the Adult Choir.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – 10:30 am

This week classes will be held in the Heart classroom located in the Smith Educational Building.

Children will also be creating ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree at the annual Greening of the Church celebration held on Sunday, December 19th. They will also be making Creche or nativity scene figures for display during the annual Christmas Eve service.

Children rejoin their families in church sanctuary for communion.

CHILDCARE

Childcare for infants and children up to 4 years old are available during the 10:30 am–mid morning service with Tina in the Nursery, also located in the Smith Educational Building.

BLOCKING REHEARSAL AFTER SERVICE

After morning service, we will hold a quick blocking rehearsal in the church sanctuary for the annual Christmas Pageant so that everyone participating knows their positions.

WREATH MAKING, CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE & MORE

We will proceed shortly thereafter to Cowans Hall to create Wreaths to take home, shop at the Christmas boutique, and color on the Advent posters…whew!

NEW STUDENTS – FIRST VISIT

Hello Parents and Guardians – if this is your student’s first time with us, please arrive a few minutes early to register your child.

We follow safe church practices, so its important that we know who’s in attendance, have parents(s) or guardian(s) check children in-and-out, and provide us us with any important details including contact info in the event of an emergency. Teachers are happy to help 🙂

Education building doors are locked 10 minutes after church service begins for added security…so give yourself a little extra time this first day. Teachers will be available to offer assistance to parents and children with registration, questions or any special needs – just introduce yourself and they’ll take it from there. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you!

READINGS – THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

This Sunday’s readings are: Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, The First Reading is Isaiah 64:1-9, The Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, And the Gospel Mark 13: 24-37.

MEMORY VERSE

“Our God, make us strong again! Smile on us and save us.” – Psalm 80:3 (CEV – Contemporary English Version)

UPCOMING EVENTS

DEC 2ND: St. Nicholas Feast with visit by St. Nick @ 5:30 pm – tickets on sale now – $6. Contact Us.
DEC 3RD: Annual Holiday Boutique – for sweets, treats, good eats and more – check it out during coffee hour following each of the morning services.
DEC 17TH: Greening of the Church – gather after service for soup & fellowship followed by preparing the sanctuary with festive greenery.

MORE TO COME…

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

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

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Sunday School – Nov. 20th

SUNDAY SCHOOL – 10:30 AM

ALL Classes will meet in the Heart Classroom in the Smith Education Building. Everyone will be exercising their creativity making items to donate to the annual Christmas Boutique scheduled for the 4th of December.

We will also be crafting ornaments for the “Greening of the Church” to be held following the Christmas Pageant on December 18th.

Reminder: Drawings for the Christmas Pageant covers are due this Sunday. They must be 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 in Black and White. The title of the pageant this year is O Holy Night.

Childcare for infants and children up to 4 years of age is available with Tina in the Nursery, also located in the Smith Educational Building.

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

NEW STUDENTS – FIRST VISIT

Hello Parents and Guardians – if this is your student’s first time with us, please arrive a few minutes early to register your child.

We follow safe church practices, so its important that we know who’s in attendance, have parent(s) or guardian(s) check children in-and-out, and provide us us with any important details including contact info in the event of an emergency. Teachers are happy to help 🙂

Education building doors are locked 10 minutes after church service begins for added security…so give yourself a little extra time this first day. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you!

READINGS – THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER or CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY

This Sunday’s readings are: Psalm 46, The First Reading is Jeremiah 23:1-6, The Second Reading is Colossians 1:33-43 and the Gospel is Luke 23:33-43.

MEMORY VERSE FOR THE WEEK

”Jesus said, ‘Father forgive these people! They don’t know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots to divide his garments.” – Luke 23:34 (from the Gospels)

HEARTFELT THANKS!

Thank you to all who donated food last week for the Sunday School Thanksgiving Food Ingathering. Carl and I drove our donations to Second Harvest Food Bank on Tuesday this last week. They were pleased to receive our gifts. Thanks Again.

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 4th

Looking for a gift for somebody special, need some ideas for decorating or just plain have a sweet tooth – come check out the annual Christmas Boutique for a selection of arts & crafts, homemade goodies – baked goods, jams, jellies and more…

DATE & TIME

Sunday, December 4th 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 & POINSETTIAS

Interested in a Christmas wreath or poinsettia? Don’t miss out – send us a message ahead of time and we’ll reserve one for you for pick-up the day of the sale.

Contact Us to submit your request and please include the item(s) and quantity. We’ll make arrangements with you for payment.

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.

Special Instructions: Arts & crafts items can be dropped off at the church office in advance of the event. Baked goods and any perishable food items should be brought in on the morning of December 4th.

At last year’s boutique we had a wonderful display of Christmas crèches or nativity scenes from all over the world on loan to us by a parishioner. We would like to continue the tradition of this display and are asking anyone who would be willing share their crèche with the parish to bring them in, either by Dec. 3rd, the day before or Dec. 4th, on the morning of the boutique.

We will label the display table carefully to indicate that the crèches are For Display Only.

Thank you to in advance for your participation and sharing the joy of the season.

COME ONE COME ALL

Tell your friends and neighbors – come and discover some unique items for gift-giving or even treat yourself!

QUESTIONS OR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

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

Photo courtesy of Andrew Munday.

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