Family Service (No Sunday School) – Nov. 3rd

FAMILY SERVICE

This Sunday, we are celebrating with a family service in the church at 10:30 AM in honor of All Saints Day in addition to our regularly scheduled early morning 8:00 am worship service.

Please mark your calendars, as there will be No Sunday School on November 3rd; classes will resume again the following Sunday, November 10th.

This is a time of sharing – considering what talents and gifts we may offer up to the Lord this coming year. At St. Thomas, we consider our gifts as a pledge of support for the spiritual and financial health, and well-being of the faith community.

STEWARDSHIP

In our mutual commitment as stewards, it is our prayer that we may welcome and extend grace, mercy and loving compassion to our neighbors mid-day Wednesdays and Sunday mornings, and provide hope beyond the church’s big red doors.

For more on Stewardship 2019, click on Shining Our Light image at the lower right-hand side of the home page.

You will be directed to a corresponding post – a letter from our Warden that shares more about this year’s theme.

FIRST-TIME VISITING

If you are visiting us for the first time, take your time to explore who we are as a faith community – we’re pleased to offer you our heartfelt welcome 🙂

If not sure where to go, please refer to the following link as a guide – Directions & Campus Map

See you this Sunday.

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Annual Christmas Boutique – Sunday, Dec. 3rd & 10th

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 3rd and 10th 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 a Christmas wreath? Don’t miss out! Send us a message ahead of time and we’ll reserve one for you – Contact Sue to submit your request and please include the item(s) and quantity.

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 3rd.

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. 2nd, the day before, or Dec. 3rd, 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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Stewardship 2016

Pause and Ponder a Little…

As we move forward with the new year, consider how we can demonstrate love in action – caring for one another, the work of the parish, as well as the local and global community? The Lord blesses each of us with a new day, a clean slate, a new beginning, and much more. How can we pay it forward in a very real and practical way – isn’t that what stewardship is about? Caring and Sharing – healing, restoration, and renewal from a place of gratitude and thanksgiving. Spread the joy!

Big Thanks!

On behalf of the 2015 Stewardship Committee – big thanks to everyone for the 2016 pledges received on All Saints Pledge Sunday! We are grateful for your response and support!

Please Pledge

We are still in need of additional pledges to ensure that we meet next year’s budget goals, and to continue the rich work of our community. If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully consider what you are able contribute. Your support is so important!

How Can I Pledge?

Pledge cards are available for pick-up on a pedestal in the Narthex near the entrance to the Sanctuary, see Directions & Campus Map.

Once you have determined your pledge amount, fill out the pledge card and drop it into the offering plate at any Sunday service, mail it to the church office or hand it to any clergy member.

Questions?

If you have questions about pledging, please Contact Us*

*Under the AREA OF INTEREST drop-down menu, please select “Stewardship” and include your message.

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Stewardship Campaign 2014

Gratitude for the Beloved Community at St. Thomas

What are you grateful for at St. Thomas? The 2014 Stewardship Campaign focuses on gratitude for the community of St. Thomas Church.

Throughout this past stewardship year we have celebrated the ‘beloved community’ at St. Thomas. A beloved community is a gathering of people who have voluntarily sacrificed some portion of their individualism in order to support the hope for a more compassionate world that follows the teaching of Jesus Christ. We strive for a world of justice and peace, a world where the lowly are lifted up, the hungry are filled and all people are guided by a spirit of love. As a beloved community we at St. Thomas have voluntarily come together to work for these things.

Call to Action

We are entering into the time of year to reflect upon our own gifts and what we can pledge of ourselves. The call to action of this year’s stewardship campaign is for us to pledge our energies, skills and financial resources to sustaining and growing the ministries of St. Thomas.

Share your Gratitude

Let us take time to reflect on our gratitude for the individuals who have come together to give of their time, talents and resources to create and sustain the vibrant ministries that are such a vital part of our beloved community at St. Thomas.

As we begin this year’s pledge campaign, the Stewardship Committee would like to know who and what you are grateful for here at St. Thomas. Over the course of the next few weeks leading up to pledge Sunday, you will find cards throughout the church and are invited to share your thoughts.

Learn More about Our Ministries

In the weeks leading up to pledge Sunday, we will be highlighting some of the many ministries at St. Thomas.

Stewardship Events

The Stewardship Luncheon will be Sunday, October 26th and a week later Pledge Sunday will follow on November 2nd when we will gather our pledges at the altar. Stay tuned for more information and announcements of upcoming stewardship campaign events.

Pray and Reflect

We ask that you please reflect gratefully and prayerfully on what you and your family can contribute to St. Thomas church in the coming year.

With Gratitude, Paul Barics, Jon Aderhold, Elizabeth Fitting and Ann Kopischke, 2014 Stewardship Committee

Questions?

For questions or more information, please Contact Us*

*From the drop-down menu under AREA OF INTEREST, select “Stewardship”

Excerpts above taken from “Stewardship Campaign 2014 – Gratitude for the Beloved Community at St. Thomas” reprinted by permission from October edition of Beyond a Doubt parish newsletter. For the full message, go to: Gratitude for the Beloved Community at St. Thomas

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