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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Happy Thanksgiving

Be Thankful

As we celebrate a season of thanksgiving and our humble beginnings, let us be thankful for the blessings we share in community with each other and for the love of our friends and families during this special season.

Remember Those Less Fortunate

Take time to remember those less fortunate and share an act of kindness – share some time, give a donation of funds or canned goods…whatever you can to make somebody else’s season special!

Consider These Wonderful Organizations

Our Daily Bread

Sunnyvale Community Services

Santa Maria Urban Ministry

Happy Thanksgiving and Give Thanks!

Artwork is a derivative of The First Thanksgiving, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930), circa 1912 and circa 1915, oil on canvas, private collection.

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Hurricanes Irma & Harvey Relief Information

HURRICANE HARVEY


Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to provide emergency support in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the largest rainstorm in the history of the United States. Emergency support includes pastoral care, gift cards and funding for temporary housing. Teams of trained spiritual care volunteers will be dispersed through the diocese providing care.

With many clergy, staff and congregations sheltering in place over the past few days, Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program has conducted regular calls to share information and to provide updates for affected dioceses in Texas and Louisiana. AlertMedia, a pilot program used by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in partnership with Episcopal Relief & Development, has enabled staff and congregational leaders to share assessment information with diocesan leadership.

Several churches have begun to leverage their existing ministries and community relationships to provide shelter, particularly those who are elderly or medically fragile. They are offering food and emergency supplies and pastoral care for people displaced from their homes.

Please continue to pray for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, and donate to the following:
Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to help Episcopal Relief & Development assist local partners in responding to critical needs.

HURRICANE IRMA

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma unleashed its full force on the Caribbean before pummeling the Florida Keys. It cut a swath from Florida bringing torrential rain to parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina leaving thousands without power, stranded and homeless as well as impacting local industries and agriculture that support the economic viability of these states.

Several Ways to Help Support the work of Episcopal Relief & Development and Post-Disaster Response.

1. Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted dioceses as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event.

2. Donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund. Your gift provides our partners on the ground with critical supplies, such as food and water for communities devastated by Hurricane Irma and other storms. You’ll also help us empower communities to not only prepare for emergencies, but assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal.

3. Please don’t send food, clothing or other items! Donations such as these can actually become more of a burden on the local diocesan leaders than a benefit. The most efficient option is supporting the local economy to respond.

4. Sign-up on the Ready to Serve page to register as a possible volunteer in the future./strong> These are the lists Episcopal Relief & Development staff share with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers.

5. Read Rob’s Blog on best response practices.

6. Pray! for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and get the latest program updates on Facebook and Twitter (use the ID @EpiscopalRelief and episcopalrelief.org)

7. Share the Sunday bulletin inserts (English and Español)

VIDEO: Presiding Bishop Curry: “Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help”
VIDEO PRAYER: Presiding Bishop Curry:

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Reprinted (and amended) with permission from The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

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ODB Summer Challenge – Hunger & Poverty in the Midst of Plenty

Dear Friends,

Silicon Valley is known around the world as a place of innovation, opportunity, and wealth but did you know that one in five of its residents is living in some level of poverty?

We want to introduce you to one such resident who is struggling to survive. We will call him Jimmy. Jimmy is a 64 year old retiree who has been coming to Our Daily Bread for over 3 years. He has Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheel chair. He often lives in his car. Jimmy says [su_quote]ODB keeps me healthy. It gives me faith and hope. I feel blessed when I am here.[/su_quote]

by Jimmy, ODB Diner

Some of our diner’s stories are heartbreaking. Their journey out of poverty is uncertain and may never end but even one hot meal and a place where they feel welcome can make a difference.

Our Daily Bread is reaching out to you to request your help in making a difference in the lives of our neighbors living in poverty. ODB is the only constant source of a hot meal for many of the homeless and hungry who we serve. ODB served over 57,800 meals in 2016. With rents soaring across Santa Clara County and the ongoing shortage of affordable housing, we predict that the demand for meals will continue.

One of our benefactors has agreed to match all contributions received in August and September up to $15,000. Please help us meet this challenge.

☆ A donation of $117 will provide meals for a homeless person for 3 months.
☆ A donation of $351 will provide meals for a struggling mother and child for six months!
☆ A donation of $3 will provide a meal. ALL donations are greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions or wish to visit our program, please do not hesitate to Contact David Barnes, ODB Program Director online or by phone at 408-736-4108. Upon request, we would be happy to provide further information about our finances.

If you wish to donate online, please visit our website at OurDailyBread-Sunnyvale.org and click on the “DONATE” button at the bottom of any page. Or simply click on this link or copy it to your web browser:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=59537

Respectfully,
Donna Beres
ODB Management Board Member

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GIVE: Episcopal Relief & Development

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to the Caribbean and the southeastern United States, Episcopalians have been asking how to respond. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with our partners in the region to reach the most vulnerable.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

Please pray for all those impacted by the hurricane, for continued operations to rescue and restore the hardest hit communities, and for church communities who are reaching out to care for their most vulnerable members and neighbors.

GIVE: consider making a donation. Contributions to the Hurricane Matthew Response Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance to those most in need.

Please download the accompanying form to make your donations in support our disaster relief efforts – see below.

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