Feast of Epiphany – Sunday, Jan 5th

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE FEAST OF LIGHTS

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.

TWO SERVICES

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!

FESTIVE RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

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

READINGS

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.

MEMORY VERSE

“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)

TO FIND US…

See Directions & Campus Map

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Stewardship 2019: Shining Our Light

Introduced in the fall, the message below for 2019 Stewardship is a calling of support for St. Thomas in the coming year 2020 – well, we’re here

The message remains as an invitation to participate in the live of the church and there are a variety of opportunities to give of time, resources and heart. Please read on…

Message on Stewardship

Dear Good People of St. Thomas,
I’m excited by this year’s stewardship theme, “Shining Our Light.” That theme,taken from the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, speaks to us as individuals and as a community of faith. Individually, each of us is called to make sure we are letting God’s light shine through our work, our friendships, our service and our giving. We are called to be light bearers. It is a powerful calling.

As a faith community, St. Thomas must shine the light of Christ through our worship, welcoming, pastoral care and ministry to the wider community. How we use our time, talents, and treasure determines how brightly we are shining our light.

At St. Thomas, I’m often blown away by the various ways members of our church keep their light shining brightly. Some of us make sure the snacks at the coffee hour are delicious and abundant. Others participate in our worship either by singing in the choir or assisting in the service. Still others prepare the worship space with flowers or work to maintain our buildings and grounds. Many of us also represent the church in our participation of various community service programs like Our Daily Bread and the ESL program.

While during this pledge drive, each of us is asked to make a generous financial pledge for the coming year, I’m also grateful for the many gifts of time, food, and skills from virtually every member of this church.

I hope you’ll join me as we work together to shine our light in church, in our community and in our lives.

Faithfully,

Ann Kopischke
Stewardship Chair

Stewardship Events

OCTOBER 27: Stewardship Luncheon (Very informative and wonderful event!)

NOVEMBER 3RD: In-gathering of Pledges (Thank you for your stewardship!)

Accepting Pledges

For those who are still prayerfully planning their pledge for the 2020 fiscal year, we welcome your pledges.

For anyone that would like to participate in the financial support of St. Thomas, there are pledge cards located in the back of the church. These can be filled out & submitted with the offering received during Sunday and midweek worship services. Additionally, there are designated offering boxes in the back of the church and in the foyer entrance to Cowans Hall for your convenience.

You may also submit your pledges by mail to: St. Thomas Episcopal Church located at 231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94086.

Thank you for sharing in our ministry.

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Season of Advent – Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

Advent marks the beginning of the Episcopalian liturgical calendar year. It welcomes us to prepare our hearts, minds and spirits for the advent or coming birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

The season begins with the first Sunday of Advent on December 1st followed consecutively by the second, third and fourth Sundays of Advent on December 8th, 15th and 22nd of this calendar year.

Each Sunday focuses on a different aspect of Jesus. The advent wreath with its colored candles helps of gather our focus as each candle is lit. The first is known as the “Prophet’s Candle” symbolizing an unfolding expectation, followed on the second Sunday by the “Bethlehem Candle” symbolizing faith. On the third Sunday, we light the “Shepherd’s Candle” to represent joy and in observance of the fourth and final Sunday of Advent, the “Angel’s Candle” is lit to represent peace, the transcendent gift of Christ.

In celebration of the final Sunday of Advent on December 22nd, we will share Lessons & Carols – rejoice with us!

JOIN US IN WORSHIP

Please join us in worship welcoming the Season of Advent. There will be a procession followed by the lighting of the Advent candle(s) with readings from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), the Epistles and Gospels to follow that help us consider this sacred time. A sermon or homily will be offered and time of greeting.

There are two service times available: 8:00 and 10:30 AM. Each service has a slightly different character. The early morning service is quiet and reflective using traditional English language. The second service incorporates music and song into worship with more contemporary language.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or are in need special accommodations during worship service, Contact Us.

THE HISTORY OF ADVENT

To learn more about the history of Advent, please refer to the “Season of Advent on Wikipedia.

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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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Annual Greening of the Church – Saturday, Nov. 30th @ 10 AM

The greening of the church prepares our space for Advent. The greenery signifies the enduring nature of life even in the darkest of times.

ADVENT-TIDE EVENTS

Let’s gather together Saturday, November 30th @ 10:00 AM to decorate our church! Be part of putting hope forward…

On Sunday, December 1, the rest of the congregation will have a chance to finish where we leave off by adding tree ornaments as part of the First Sunday of Advent liturgy.

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions or are in need of directions, please Contact Us.

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