5th Day of Christmas: Sunday, Dec. 29th

Join us for worship in the church during Christmastide at one of the Sunday morning services (8:00 and 10:30 am) as we celebrate the 5th day of Christmas.

Following morning services, we welcome you to come over to Cowans Hall (across the courtyard) for some festive refreshments and fellowship during coffee hour. It’s a wonderful way to explore St. Thomas.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL

For families with children, Sunday School is taking a holiday break. Please take this time to gather together in church for family worship time at 10:30 am.

Sunday School will regroup again on January 5th. Enjoy some family time until then.

READINGS

These are the readings for the first Sunday after Christmas: Psalm 147, The First Reading is Isaiah 61:10-62:3, The Second Reading is Galatians 3:23-25, and the Gospel is John 1:1-18.

MEMORY VERSE

“Sing praises to the Lord! Our God is kind and it is right and good to sing praises to him.” ~ Psalm 147:1 (Contemporary English Version)

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

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Christmas Eve & Day (Dec. 24 & 25) – Worship Services

During the holidays, there are special services available; please refer to schedule below:

CHRISTMAS EVE (Tuesday, December 24th) – TWO SERVICES
Family Service – 4:30 pm

The Christmas Eve “Family Service” is kid-focused featuring a crèche procession to the altar with the telling of the Christmas Story. A simple Eucharist or communion completes the service.

Cream puff reception with yummy refreshments will round out our time together. Mark your calendars and come explore the meaning of Christmas with us.

Solemn Mass – 9:30 pm

The second service begins the evening with traditional caroling and candlelight service followed by a hot spiced cider and cream puff reception in the Narthex area. It’s a time to share glad tidings and the joy of the season with parishioners, friends and family alike.

CHRISTMAS DAY (Wednesday, December 25th)

A simple service offering Holy Eucharist Rite II also known as communion will take place at 10:00 am.

Invite your friends and join us as we celebrate the centerpiece of the Christian faith.

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Annual Greening of the Church – Sunday, Dec. 23rd

Join us on Sunday, December 23rd for a celebration service @ 10:30 am. During this time, we’ll experience the best of Christmastide with lessons and carols, and literally deck the halls with boughs of holly and trim the trees to embrace the season.

Following the service, meander over to Cowans Hall for a community soup and salad potluck.

If you’re new to St. Thomas, see Directions & Campus Map.

CALLING ALL CREATIVE COOKS

Would you like to share a crock pot/slow cooker full of your favorite HOT soup (that serves eight people if possible)? Be it chicken noodle, vegan butternut squash or zesty Italian meatball, we welcome tasty contributions!

If salad’s more your thing, consider bringing a bowl of greens or even salad toppings, such as shredded carrots, corn, cherry tomatoes, chopped peppers, garbanzo beans, croutons, etc. for added variety.

See sign-up sheet at the back of the church.

Helpful Note: If there are any ingredients of concern to people with food allergies/sensitivities (e.g. peanuts, soy, gluten, sulfites [wine, grape-based vinegar (balsamic, red or white wine vinegar), seafood, etc.], please indicate this on a display card/sticky with your potluck item.

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Please drop-off your salad fixings/crock pots/slow-cookers at Cowans Hall prior to service on Dec. 23rd. We’ll make sure salads are refrigerated and all crockpots/slow cookers get plugged-in to keep soups warm.

REMINDER: SET-UP HELP NEEDED DAY PRIOR

There will be a pre-greening gathering on Saturday, December 22nd @ 10:00 am in the sanctuary to stage the following day’s event. Activities include setting-up the Christmas trees, gathering the decorations and other important preparations.

Help is needed to stage the event for the next day. Preparations will take just an hour or two. Please join us — many hands make light work!

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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Family Worship – Sunday, Dec. 23rd

There is no Sunday School today. Instead we will be having a wonderful service at 10:30 AM that invites our children’s participation with the full congregation as we celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent.

We will light form a procession followed by the lighting of candles on the Advent Wreath in observance of the 4th Sunday in Advent when all candles are lit.

Parents: Please have all children gather in the Narthex (located in the back of the church) to process down to the front where the Advent Wreath is located. After we light the candles, children return to their families to enjoy a service of Lessons and Carols.

Stories from the bible will be told followed by the singing of carols, an English tradition. Christmas coloring packets will be handed out to the children that has stories about global Christmas traditions.

Everyone is invited to take an ornament that the children have made and place these on the trees. Please join us for this event.

NURSERY CARE*

Nursery care with Tina is available for infants and children (up to 4 years*) during the 10:30 AM morning service. The Nursery is located in the back of the church to the left of the double door entry.

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

READINGS

These are the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent: Canticle 3, The First Reading is Micah 5:2-5a, The Second Reading is Hebrews 10:5-10 and the Gospel is Luke 1:39-45.

MEMORY VERSE

“The Lord has blessed you because you believed that he will keep his promise.” – Luke 1:45 (CEV – Contemporary English Version).

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 – TWO SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE:

THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE @ 4:30 PM
The story of the Birth of Jesus will be told and we’ll sing Carols. Everyone is invited to help to build our Stable Scene as the story progresses.

All are welcome to come help us remember the birth of Jesus, who came to us more than 2000 years ago.

EVENING CAROL & CANDLELIGHT SERVICE @ 9:30 PM.

Please join us for a lovely and reverent candlelight service that celebrates this time we remember the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ’s birth.

CHRISTMAS DAY @ 10:00 AM
We have a combined service that brings together the full community to celebrate the love and the joy of Christmas and the reason for this sacred season.

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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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