Family Eucharist – (4th Sunday of Advent) Dec. 18th

FAMILY EUCHARIST

This Sunday, we will be celebrating Family Eucharist that gathers families, children and the entire parish together for worship as a community. Service will begin with the Lighting of the Advent Wreath followed our annual Christmas Pageant. Service will continue with Communion following the pageant.

Mark Your Calendars: There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES on December 18 and 25, 2016 or January 1, 2017.

Childcare for infants and children up to 4 years of age is available with Tina at the back of the church during worship service.

For campus locations, please see Directions and Campus Map.

READINGS – THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

This Sunday’s readings are: Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, the First Reading is Isaiah 7:10-16, The Second Reading is Romans 1:1-7 and The Gospel is Matthew 1:18-25.

MEMORY VERSE FOR THE WEEK

“Our God, make us strong again! Smile on us and save us.” – Psalm 80:3-5 (Contemporary English Version – CEV)

SEASONS GREETINGS

To each and every one of you may you enjoy the joys of the Christmas season, the love of friends and family, the glow of lights, the flavor of good food, a smile from a stranger, the ability to help someone, the laughter of children and faith born each year anew.

QUESTIONS OR INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

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

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No Sunday School – Nov. 13th

On this day we will have a special visit from the Bishop during 10:30 AM Worship Service; therefore, there will be no Sunday School this morning.

Sunday School will resume its normal activities the following Sunday.

FAMILY EUCHARIST

Children will go with their families directly to 10:30 AM Worship Service to celebrate Family Eucharist with Bishop Mary.

Childcare will be held at the rear of the Church with Tina.

THANKSGIVING CANNED FOOD DRIVE

Reminder: We will be receiving food donations on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank and the children will help with the collection at the door to the church.

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Thanksgiving Day Service – Nov. 24th

Begin this day set aside as a national holiday for celebration and thanksgiving with a time of worship with the faith community at St. Thomas.

An attitude of gratitude brings healing to the body and renewal to the spirit. It is a wonderful time to remember the hospitality once showed the pilgrim settlers in 1621 by native American people in the breaking of the bread shared during the Eucharist or holy communion. It is also a time we can offer continued prayer for our country and all of its people today.

WORSHIP SERVICE – TIME, DATE & PLACE

Worship Service will begin at 10:00 AM on Thursday, November 24th in the sanctuary at St. Thomas Episcopal Church – see Directions & Campus Map.

Slider image is derived from Happy Thanksgiving card crafted by Kristin Munday; design courtesy of Cranberry Hill Mercantile in Sunnyvale.

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Sunday School – May 17th

SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY

Classes will be held in the Heart and Treasure classrooms at 10:30 AM, see Directions and Campus Map for location

SUNDAY READINGS

The readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter are Psalm 1, the first reading is Acts 1:15-17, 21-26, the second reading is 1 John 5: 9-13 and the Gospel is John 17:6-19.

JOYFUL NOISE CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Joyful Noise music rehearsal will be held from 10:00 to 10:30 AM in the Treasure classroom. All Children are welcome to participate! Those interested, please report to the Treasure Classroom promptly at 10:00 AM before the regular Sunday School session. The Nursery Care will be available.

UPCOMING CALENDAR

Next Sunday is Pentecost. Remember to check the website calendar for upcoming class information and look on the Homepage for the weekly slider!

If you have any questions, please Contact Sue

SPECIAL THANKS

Thank you to all of the families who participated last Sunday in the Holy Communion Sunday. Our children participated in the service in many ways. They Served as Readers, Carried the “Prayers of the People”, Acolytes, Singers, Oblations Bearers, and as Greeters. Their art works, hand crafted chalices, were displayed in the Narthex and Doves on the Church windows. They all did a terrific job and followed all directions given to them.

ACOLYTE TRAINING

This summer we will begin training new Acolytes for service in the fall. If your child is eight (8) years old or will be by the end of the summer, he/she are eligible to serve as an Acolyte. Those who participate make a commitment to serve once a month at the altar. More info to come…

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