Sunday School – Sept. 29th

STARTS @ 10:30 AM

This week’s Sunday School class will gather in the Treasure classroom and then proceed over to Cowans Hall to help with Family Ministry’s much looked forward to Annual Chili Feed.

The children will assist with setting up and decorating the tables plus helping to create some yummy desserts for this special event.

An extra thanks to Breno and Naveen for helping with “Games on the Plaza” to follow after lunch. Please come out and join us for a fun-filled Sunday!

READINGS

These are the readings for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Psalm 146, The First Reading is Amos 6:1a, 4-7, The Second Reading is 1 Timothy 6:6-19 and the Gospel is Luke 16:19-31.

MEMORY VERSE

“I will sing and praise the Lord God for as long as I live.” ~ Psalm 146:2. (Contemporary English Version)

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

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!

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

For questions or interest in volunteering, contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

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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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All Hallows Eve – Food, Fun & Games – Oct 30th

FAMILY MINISTRY CORDIALLY INVITES YOU…

to join us for a family-friendly celebration of All Hallows Eve! We will be serving Chili and fixings in Cowans Hall with fun & games to follow on the Plaza.

WHEN

Sunday October 30th 2016 – following the 10:30 AM Worship Service

WHERE

St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Cowans Hall and on the Plaza
Need help finding us? – See Directions & Campus Map

QUESTIONS OR SPECIAL NEEDS?

For questions or special needs, please contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director

See you soon and feel free to come in costume!
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VBS & Sunday School – August 14th

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) – 9:30 AM

Vacation Bible School this Sunday starts at 9:30 AM in the Smith Educational Building for children ages 4-12 and will conclude when the children are brought into church for Communion during the 10:30 Worship service.

The focus of Sunday’s lesson will be “Queen Esther”. We’ll be enjoying stories, arts and crafts, games and snack creation. This week the children will get WET. Please plan to dress with this in mind. Children should also wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes so they can play the games easily.

For our location, please see Directions and Campus Map.

SUNDAY SCHOOL – 10:30 am

If you cannot make it to VBS, then please join us for Sunday School at 10:30 AM in the Smith Education Building for a continuation of the morning’s activities.

Childcare is also available with Tina at this time (Smith Education Building – Nursery) for children up to four (4) years of age.

NEW STUDENTS – FIRST VISIT

Hello Parents and Guardians – if this is your student’s first time with us, please show up 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. Thanks so much and we look forward to meeting you!

READINGS – THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

This Sunday’s readings are: Psalm 82 or 80:1-2 8-18, The First reading is Jeremiah 23:23-29 or Isaiah 5:1-7, The Second Reading is Hebrews 11:29-12:2 and the Gospel is Luke 12:49-56.

MEMORY VERSE FOR THE WEEK

The Memory verse for Sunday is: “Be fair to the poor and to orphans. Defend the helpless and everyone in need.” – Psalms 82:3

PARENT PLANNING MEETING – AFTER SUNDAY SERVICE

We are holding a parent planning meeting to discuss upcoming lessons after worship service this Sunday.

Lesson planning will center around the commemoration of The 15th Anniversary of 9/11 which will occur on September 11, 2016. This service is a scheduled Family Eucharist and the children will be worshiping with their parents in the Church.

We’ve prepared a five part lesson for August 21st that will hopefully give our children the knowledge and tools to help them honor this day. We would like to have your opinions and concerns so you may help us to create the lesson.

Please join us in the Disciple’s Room – see Directions & Campus Map for the exact location.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE – Mark Your Calendars!

There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES on August 28th or September 4th. Registration for the 2016-2017 Sunday School Year will be held on September 11th before the Worship Service. Classes will begin on September 18th 2016.

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

For questions or interest in volunteering, contact Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director.

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Goodwill Donation Day & Carnival – Aug 6th

LET’S PUT THE FUN BACK IN FUNDRAISING!

This summer, St. Thomas is partnering with Goodwill for a donation drive. Just bring your gently used items to the event and Goodwill will take them all away, issue you a tax receipt AND make a donation to St. Thomas based on the total weight of the donated items. It’s an easy way to clear out your clutter and support St. Thomas’ ongoing mission and programs!

EVENT DATE, TIMES & LOCATION

August 6th, 2016 — Goodwill Collection 9am-2pm, Carnival 11am-2pm
at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale.

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    GOODWILL HAPPILY COLLECTS:

  • clothing, shoes & other accessories
  • books
  • small household items (ex: dishes, small appliances, pots & pans)
  • electronics
  • and best of all … E-waste!*

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*Goodwill uses the largest E-waste recycler in the US, which exceeds environmental standards and does not process items overseas. E-waste includes items like monitors, hard drives, audio equipment, VCRs & DVD players, cameras, phones, and printers.

EXCLUDED ITEMS

*Goodwill will NOT accept furniture, mattresses, exercise equipment, large appliances, car parts, food, carpet, construction debris, liquids of any kind, baby strollers or car seats, pet-related items, or items over 50 lbs.

COMMUNITY CARNIVAL

As a way of giving back to the community, we’ll have a Carnival from 11-2 featuring a bounce house and many fun games. All activities and games are FREE and open to everyone.

REFRESHMENTS

We’ll be offering refreshments and yummy baked goods for sale.

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    YOUR HELP IS NEEDED…
  • Please help us spread the word & gather items
  • The more we gather, the more we help St. Thomas’ financial health and ability to sustain important ministries
  • Volunteers are needed to help with the donation drive & carnival
  • Do you have a special carnival type skill or game idea?

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NEED HELP TRANSPORTING ITEMS?

Our parishioner, Hugo Lopez, has volunteered to help those needing assistance transporting items to St. Thomas. His contact details are available in the church directory. Please make all necessary arrangements prior to the day of of event.

If you do not have access to a directory or have any questions about the event, please Contact Us and we’ll point you in the right direction!

WITH APPRECIATION

From all of us on the Vestry’s FUNdraising Committee (Kristen Ng, Ann Kopischke, Arcadio Morales, Fran Hostlettler and Lindsay Jacobson), we thank you for you support and dedication to St. Thomas!

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