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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St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble to Perform @ St. Thomas – May 19th

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 Friday, May 19th 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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Greening of the Church – Dec. 18th

Calling all soup lovers, decorators, and carolers! Join us on Sunday, December 18th following the annual Christmas pageant for a community soup and salad potluck in Cowans Hall.

Calling all creative cooks: would you like to share a crockpot/slow cooker full of your favorite HOT soup (that serves 8 if possible)? Be it chicken noodle, vegan butternut squash or zesty Italian meatball – your good eats are greatly appreciated!

We will keep everyone’s crockpots and slow cookers plugged in during the service to keep the soups warm.

TO SHARE

Please add your soup to the list in the back of church. PEP (Parish Event Planners) is providing salad and dressing.

Not a soup chef? Then please bring a topping for the salad (i.g. shredded carrots, corn, cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers, garbanzo beans, croutons, etc.).

AFTER THE MEAL

Following our meal, we’ll go into church and participate in our first-ever community “greening,” hanging wreaths and decorating the tree.

The choir will lead a carol sing-along. This group experience following our Christmas pageant is sure to start the holiday week in a spirited way.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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We’re Starting a Community Choir for Children

Close Up of Music

A Community Choir for boys and girls ages 6 to 11 years is in the works. Although the church will serve as the venue for both rehearsals and concerts, music selections will include secular as well as sacred music.

Once assembled, the choir will hold regular concerts for the community and also sing at important services throughout the church year: e.g. Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving. The cost for each chorister is still to be determined; we are exploring the possibility of making some scholarships available.

Sound fun? – for more information, Contact Choir Director – Patricia Pietrzyk

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3rd Annual Deanery Choir Concert

The Santa Clara Valley Deanery cordially invites you to come out and enjoy an afternoon of music!

WHEN

Sunday, October 18th, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

LOCATION

Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
15040 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124 – See map below for directions.

DONATIONS WELCOME

All donations collected will go to support Santa Maria Urban Ministry.

THE MISSION OF SANTA MARIA URBAN MINISTRY

[su_quote]The mission of Santa Maria Urban Ministry is to provide our community in downtown San Jose with a safe, welcoming place for basic services that meet short-term needs and promote permanent, uplifting transformation for client families through education, service and targeted programs.[/su_quote]

RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Please join us for a reception immediately following the concert in the courtyard.

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about the upcoming choir concert, please Contact Us.

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