Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Bishop Mary – Sunday, May 5th

Please mark your calendars and join us in welcoming Bishop Mary during her last scheduled visit with St. Thomas on Sunday, May 5th. She will be presiding over both 8:00 and 10:30 am worship services.

Fiesta to Follow

Following the mid-morning service, we will gather in Cowans Hall as a full faith community to host a Cinco de Mayo Celebration in recognition of the rich cultural heritage of our Latin neighbors and to honor Bishop Mary’s last visit with us.

What’s on the Menu?

For lunch, PEP a.k.a. Parish Event Planners will host a Taco Bar with some basic fixings (i.e. corn and flour tortillas, black beans, refried beans, rice, Mexican cheeses, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, chips and fresh salsas).

Bring Something Good to Share

We invite you to contribute to the festivities by bringing something tasty to share…here are some ideas:

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  • Additional Condiments for the Taco Bar (guacamole, pico de gallo) or fillings (chicken, beef, fish, grilled veggies, etc.)
  • A Favorite Mexican Dish (chicken molé, arroz con polo, carne asada, fiesta casseroles, etc.)
  • Desserts (flan, sopapillas, tres leches cake, churros, etc.)

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Bebidos or Drinks

There will also be an “Agua Fresca” bar where you can enjoy sampling a variety of Mexican non-alcoholic beverages.

Special Note: No worries if you are unable to bring something, come for lunch anyway. There’s always plenty to share!

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No Sunday School – Nov. 13th

On this day we will have a special visit from the Bishop during 10:30 AM Worship Service; therefore, there will be no Sunday School this morning.

Sunday School will resume its normal activities the following Sunday.

FAMILY EUCHARIST

Children will go with their families directly to 10:30 AM Worship Service to celebrate Family Eucharist with Bishop Mary.

Childcare will be held at the rear of the Church with Tina.

THANKSGIVING CANNED FOOD DRIVE

Reminder: We will be receiving food donations on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank and the children will help with the collection at the door to the church.

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The Installation of the Rev. Salying Wong

An Invitation

By the grace of God,
you are invited to celebrate the installation of

the Rev. Salying Wong
as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church

by the Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves,
Bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real.

Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Light reception following.

RSVP to the St. Thomas Office by January 15, 2016.

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Deanery Barbecue – August 12

It’s that time of summer again….time for our deanery’s get together with each other and Bishop Mary.

WHEN

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015. Dinner will be served between 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

LOCATION

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
13601 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 – See map below for directions

PRICE FOR DINNER

$5 per person, $2 per serving of wine/beer.

PLEASE RSVP

To ensure the organizers have an accurate headcount for food, please RSVP to Bruce Friesen at brucef@st-andrews-saratoga.org if you plan to attend.

BISHOP MARY TO SPEAK

Bishop Mary will share about her experiences at the 78th General Convention (starting around 6:30-ish).

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Diocesan Annual Spring Conference – May 2

You’re invited to join the El Camino Real Diocesan community for a day of spiritual growth with the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church!

WHEN & WHERE

The Spring Conference will take place on Saturday, May 2 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, located at 13601 Saratoga Avenue in Saratoga.

Planned conference start and end times are 10 AM and 3:30 PM, with attendees invited to arrive at 9:30 AM for coffee and snacks.

THE DETAILS

The theme of the day is “Maturing in Mission: Growing into the Full Stature of Christ.”

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will speak on viewing “Mission through the lens of the Five Marks, and how we understand mission as God’s work in which we partner.” The Five Marks of Mission are:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
  • To teach, baptize and nurture new believers;
  • To respond to human need by loving service;
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation;
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

In the afternoon she will join Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves for an interactive Q&A session.

COST, AVAILABILITY & REGISTRATION OPTIONS

The event cost of $25 includes lunch.

The conference is limited to only 200 participants, so sign up today using one of the links below!

Click here to register and pay online.

Click here to sign-up online and mail a check or pay at the door.

QUESTIONS?

Please direct any questions to Mary Beth Powell at marybeth@edecr.org.

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