GIVE: Episcopal Relief & Development – Disaster Relief

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

Please pray for all those impacted by disasters of all kinds–COVID-19, wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, explosions and more. So many are experiencing personal loss, hardship, barriers and inconvenience in ways that seem unimaginable.

Though efforts are being made internationally as well as national, state and local levels, with grass roots organizations and countless self-sacrificing individuals, we find ourselves at various stages of a very long process all over the map. Church communities often serve as a place people turn to for comfort and assistance within their surrounding community. Under the current COVID-19 mandates, with social distancing with varying restrictions depending on local, we are invited to participate in new and creative ways to gather online and provide support.

One of Christ’s core commandments to His followers is to love thy neighbor as thy self. It’s important that we reach out to care for the most vulnerable members and neighbors of these communities.

PLEASE HELP – SO MANY COMMUNITIES ARE BEING IMPACTED BY DISTASTERS
Your donation to Episcopal Relief & Development will provide the Church and our partners in the communities they serve with resources to provide critical emergency assistance to those in greatest need.

To keep updated on our efforts LOCALLY AND AROUND THE GLOBE, go to Episcopal Relief & Development’s 2020 Press Releases

Please GIVE in support of our collective efforts by following the link: MAKE A DONATION to Episcopal Relief & Development, choose from the list of funds, select the amount you would like to donate, and click “Give.”

With heartfelt gratitude, we Thank You for any and all contributions. 

Consider, too, becoming a PRAYER PARTNER and receiving inspirational prayers  – “ACCOMPANY US IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AND DURING TIMES OF CELEBRATION.”

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Support Our Daily Bread in Feeding the Community’s Most Vulnerable

Our Daily Bread

If you wish to learn more about this wonderful charitable organization which has been serving meals for over 37 years to the homeless and those struggling with food insecurity in and around Sunnyvale, please follow the link to the Our Daily Bread website, or visit ODB’s Facebook page for the latest news. 

Donations Are Needed Now More Than Ever

Donations can be made directly through ODB’s website. Click on the “DONATE NOW” button at the bottom of any page or visit the Donate Page to learn about different options for donating. 

Your donation NOW more than ever is going to help feed members of our community that are experiencing the most distress and vulnerability in the face of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

With Heartfelt Appreciation

Thank you for your support of this wonderful organization — its original mission began with a handful of people right here at St. Thomas. Together we can do great things!

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Family Ministry is Requesting Candy Donations thru April 5th

CANDY DONATIONS

Family Ministry is requesting donations of individually wrapped candies in preparation for the St. Thomas annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Help Family Ministry in making the Easter Egg Hunt a fun-filled gathering and welcoming event for the surrounding community!

Please drop off your donations in the Easter basket on the table in the back of the church, with the church office, or in the Family Ministry office throughout Lent – up to Palm Sunday, April 5.

Thank you for your participation!

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Supporting Global Disaster Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico, Australia, Philippines & Beyond

There are ways we can respond to natural disasters when they occur. We can pray for those affected and those taking action in response. We can also give of our financial resources in a very practical way by making a donation to Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD).

In light of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, please read ERD’s latest press release below…

Web Statement – Press Release reprinted from Episcopal Relief & Development

January 16, 2020

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico (Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña) in response to the series of earthquakes that hit the island in recent weeks.

Multiple strong earthquakes have struck the southern part of Puerto Rico beginning in late December 2019, damaging buildings, knocking out power, and injuring many people. These quakes are the most damaging to strike the island since 1918.

Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program team has been in daily contact with diocesan staff, providing support and counsel as they assess the damage and needs of affected communities. Programa REDES, the diocese’s disaster response team, is delivering critical supplies such as bottles of water and ready to eat foods to those in need, particularly in Yauco and Guánica. Potential aftershocks and additional earthquakes make safety a concern for the teams who are conducting assessments and providing relief to those impacted.

“The Diocese of Puerto Rico has extensive experience responding to natural disasters, particularly in the past several years,” said Abigail Nelson, Executive Vice President, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Their preparation and deep community connections are impressive and enable diocesan leaders to be Christ’s hands and feet in these challenging times.”

Please continue to pray for all those affected by the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Donations to the Disaster Response Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development continue to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families affected by disasters such as these earthquakes, the fires in Australia and the volcano eruption in the Philippines.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease.

Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.

Photo Courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico

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Annual Christmas Boutique – Dec. 1st & 8th

It’s time again for the highly anticipated Annual Christmas Boutique – courtesy of the Crafts Group ministry that each year gathers together the creative efforts of so many for the benefit of St. Thomas.

Just in time, too, for the holidays…if you’re looking for a gift for somebody special, need some ideas for decorating or just plain have a sweet tooth – there will be much to delight!

DATE & TIME

Sunday, December 1st and 8th 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

Interested in ordering a Christmas wreath? Don’t miss out!

There will be a sign-up sheet available starting November 18th with the cost/details on the back table located in the Narthex (just inside the big red doors of the church).

ST. NICHOLAS FEAST TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets will be on sale (cash or check made payable to St. Thomas) for the annual St. Nicholas Feast – $5.00 per adult and children under 8 years (free). Ask at the check-out table.

The evening will include a holiday feast highlighted by a visit from St. Nick & Santa Lucia with lively dinner theater for added entertainment. Bring an appetizer to share and look forward to an enjoyable with us…

As is customary each year, we accept a voluntary cash/check donation by any and all who would like to give in support of Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) to continue its efforts to feed families in Santa Clara County. Look for more details to follow regarding this upcoming event!

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 including wreathes and flowers, handmade crafts (e.g., bags, quilts, blankets,
ornaments and wall-hangings) and decorations, any holiday related items, handmade jewelry, cards, pottery, jams & jellies, seasonal breads and baked goods, toys, scarves, knit hats and other items, etc.

The Craft Group invites all of you to join the fun of the Christmas Boutique and share your talents (baking, handmade hobbies, etc.) Bring your creations, marked with prices, no later than November 24th. Bring edible creations on November 30th or December 1st by 8:00 am (or by December 8th at 8:00 am for the second Sunday).

Thank you in advance to all contributors for sharing the joy of the season 🙂

QUESTIONS OR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

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

SPREAD THE WORD

Come one, come all and tell your friends and neighbors – discover some unique items for gift-giving or treat yourself!

Photo courtesy of Andrew Munday.

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