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

Bay Area Residents Urged to Stay Home, Stay Safe from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July

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

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

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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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Feast of Epiphany – Sunday, Jan 5th


The light of Christ comes into the world, and the darkness does not overcome it. Join us for the Feast of the Epiphany in celebration of the 12th and final day of Christmastide.


The worship services at 8 and 10:30 AM will include the “Blessing of the Door” and “Choosing the Star Word”. Come and be a part of these special rites. The children will participate by helping to chalk the Church Entrance. Also, everyone will have an opportunity to select a guiding star with special watchword to help guide you through the new year!


King’s Cake will be a highlight of the after-service celebrations in Cowans Hall following each morning service.


These are the Readings for this Second Sunday after Christmas: Psalm 84:1-8, the First Reading is Jeremiah 31:7-14, the Second Reading is Ephesians 1:3-6,15-19a and the Gospel is Matthew 2:1-12.


“Later they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod and they went back home by another road.” ~ Matthew 2:12 (Contemporary English Version – CEV)


See Directions & Campus Map

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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:


  • 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.)


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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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 afterwards.


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 have any questions or have 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. They are there to help:)

See you there!
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Family Ministry Chili Feed & Ask Bertram! – Sunday, September 30th

In honor of our annual Michaelmas celebration, we invite you to join us in gathering together on Sunday, September 30th for some family fun, a chili feed and some quality Q & A time with Deacon Bertram.


It is the celebration named for Saint Michael, the Archangel, who is usually represented in armor trampling Lucifer, symbolized as a dragon. Also known as the Feast of Saint Michael, Feast of the Archangels and the Feast of Saint Michael And All Angels. It was a holy day of obligation in the Western or Roman Catholic church up until the 18th century.

The roots of Michaelmas can be traced all the way back to the third century and is oftentimes associated with the season of gathering in the final harvest. It has undergone a variety of expressions over time. Today, we continue this tradition in our own unique way as we celebrate harvest time and the slaying of our personal demons.


Family Ministry will host the annual Chili Feed in Cowans Hall directly after mid morning (10:30 am) service.

Games of skill and daring will take place on the labyrinth in the outer Courtyard following lunch.


As a special treat, we have arranged for a special Q&A session with Bertram Nagarajah, who joined St. Thomas in June serving as our newest deacon. If you’ve not had an opportunity to become acquainted with him, he will be on hand in Cowans Hall to satisfy your curiosity–get to know him better.


Sunday, September 24th at (approx. Noon) after 10:30 Worship Service lets out.


Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – 231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

If you’re new to the parish, see Directions and Campus Map


If you have any questions, please Contact Sue Beckham

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