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.

WHAT IS MICHAELMAS?

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.

CHILI FEED & GAMES

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.

Q&A WITH DEACON BERTRAM

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.

SAVE THE DATE & TIME

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

LOCATION

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

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

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please Contact Sue Beckham

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Trinity Sunday – Services @ 8 & 10:30 AM on May 27th

Join us in celebration of Trinity Sunday, one of seven principal feast days of the Episcopal church. On this day we praise and honor God as personified in the Holy Trinity (three in one) – God as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

What does this mean? For further information, we encourage you to explore Wikipedia’s explanation on the Trinity.

TWO (2) WORSHIP SERVICES

Sunday, May 27th at 8:00 and 10:30 AM

REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW

After each of the morning services, there’s time for chit chat and refreshments – coffee, tea, juice and a variety of treats over in Cowans Hall – check it out!

DIRECTIONS & CAMPUS MAP

Need help finding us or getting around campus, please follow the link to: Directions & Campus Map

NEED ASSISTANCE

For special accommodations or assistance, there are ushers available to assist you or please feel free to Contact Us.

Cover art derived from photo posted with homily Overflowing Love – May 26, 2015 on the Dominican Friars – England & Scotland website.

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St. Nicholas Feast – Dec 5th

We’re hailing in the Christmas Season with the 21st annual St. Nicholas Feast celebration!

WHEN

Saturday, December 5th – starting at 5:30 PM

WHERE

Cowans Hall, see Directions and Campus Map
Saint Thomas Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

TICKETS

Tickets for the event are $5 per person and free for children ages 8 years and under.

Please purchase tickets in advance of the event to assist us with event planning and preparations.

Look for ticket sellers after each of the Sunday services or obtain them from the office.

FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

We’ll be preparing a holiday style dinner with all the trimmings and have a simple request that all who are able bring something special to share – either an appetizer or dessert to accompany the main holiday meal.

Entertainment for the evening will include singing with Abby’s ukulele trio and jazz improvisations by Krassen on piano. We invite all to sing along with some traditional favorites.

TOY COLLECTION

In honor of St. Nicholas, we will be taking up a collection of cash and unwrapped toys to share the joy of Christmas with those in need.

The focus of the donations will be for the inner city residents served by Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) in Santa Clara County.

Leaving toy donations unwrapped will enable SMUM to determine for whom the toy is most appropriate.

QUESTIONS?

if you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, Contact Us.

Slider art adapted from Public Domain photograph of (St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Russian merchants) Fresco by Dionisius circa end of 15th century located in the Ferapontov Monastery.

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Adult Ed: Oh, When the SAINTS Go Marching In

WHEN & WHERE

Six sessions, Wednesday, September 16th through October 21st at 7:30 PM in the Library AND one more session on October 28th at 6:30 PM in Cowans Hall.

ABOUT THE SAINTS – ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL & MODERN

Since the earliest centuries of the Church, Christians have remembered, honored, and emulated heroes of the faith. The church commemorates and celebrates apostles and evangelists, martyrs and mystics, great teachers, thinkers and preachers, and all sorts of people who dedicated their lives to compassion, the spread of the Gospel and prayer.

In September, Roman Catholics will welcome the Pope to the United States. During his visit he will perform an ancient ritual to “canonize” Fra Junipero Serra, placing him on the Roman Catholic calendar of saints. Serra, who is buried at Mission Carmel, was the founder of the California missions and leader of the Franciscan missionaries in the late eighteenth century.

The Episcopal Church, other Anglican churches, and the Orthodox Church also maintain calendars of commemorations.

We will start September 16 with “Saints 101”. Why do we remember the saints? How do we know somebody “really” was a saint? What is the history of the Calendar of Saints? How and why do the various church’s calendars differ? What difference does it all make?

Over the next five Wednesdays we will explore the lives and legacies of a number of saints; ancient, medieval and modern.

INTERGENERATIONAL WORKSHOP – OCTOBER 28

We will end the series with an intergenerational workshop, during which adults, youth and children will share a light meal, and then prepare Sanctuary decorations for the Feast of All Saints, Sunday November 1.

Artwork acknowledgments: The cover art in the image accompanying this post includes icons of St. Anthony (left) and Theotokos (right), which is the Greek title of Mary, often translated as “God-bearer”, courtesy of Kristin Munday. The center image is of a stained-glass window depicting Father Junipero Serra located in the Basilica Parish at Mission Dolores, San Francisco.

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