Zoom “Virtual” Parish Picnic – Sunday, June 28th @ Noon

The Zoom Picnic will begin immediately following the 10:30 AM morning Zoom worship service on Sunday, June 28th.

PICNIC ACTIVITIES

We are selecting activities we all can actively participate in, whether connecting with audio only, or having both visual and audio connections. We encourage everyone to stay for the picnic and enjoy some fellowship and fun activities!

PREPARING FOR A VIRTUAL PICNIC

To help with our concept of a “virtual picnic”, we suggest that you wear picnic clothes that day, have a snack prepared and find a comfortable chair to relax in.

At the beginning of the picnic we will provide time for a short break in which you can gather your picnic supplies in addition to tending to other necessities. Those with the computer know-how might even change their background to a park setting for the picnic (or take your laptop or tablet outside if your wifi works in your yard!)

FUN IN AN OPEN FORUM

The picnic will feature an open forum in which all are invited to share a joke, riddle, game, story, song, & etc. So, begin thinking about what you might want to share. Please be mindful that there will be people who are signed in with audio only and not be able to see what you are sharing.

PARISH GROUP PHOTO

Have your Covid-19 masks handy…at one point during the picnic, we will ask everyone to put them on for a group picture of all of us wearing our masks.

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Goodwill Donation Drive – Sunday, July 26th – Save the Date!

SAVE THE DATE

SUNDAY, JULY 26TH – (tentatively) 9 AM – 1 PM

DONATIONS

As you’re cleaning and organizing at home during this quarantine time, consider making a donation in support of St. Thomas during our annual Goodwill Donation Drive. 

GOODWILL Happily Collects:

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  • 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.

PICK-UPS & DROP-OFFS

More information regarding drop-offs and pick-ups to come.  In the meantime, please set aside your donations at home  – we’re not able to store anything at the church just yet.

MAKE A DAY OF IT

We’re looking forward to making a day of it and (if the county says we’re able) hope to host a Bounce house for kids and a book sale as well.

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Spiritual Formation: THE GOSPEL DURING LENT

At the 10:30 services during Lent, the Gospel readings will be presented in dramatic form. For all the Sundays in Lent this year, the Gospel stories are about encounters between Jesus and another person (or several people).

In each case, the dialogue becomes the foundation of an important revelation about Jesus. In the Gospel according to John, Jesus’ words have multiple levels of meaning. Hearing these readings in the form of dialogues between two or more persons helps to open up these depths of meaning.

Lenten Formation Series – Schedule of Readings

MARCH 1ST:The First Sunday in Lent, Jesus is tempted in the desert after his baptism by John;

MARCH 8TH: The Second Sunday in Lent, a pharisee named Nicodemus comes to Jesus by night with a burning question: “How can anyone be born again after becoming old?”;

MARCH 15TH: The Third Sunday in Lent, Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at the well and offers her living water (Cancelled);

Schedule Changes In Response to Coronavirus

All Sunday Services have moved to an online format for worship and connection, please go to: Important messages and updates from Pastor Salying are posted on the special page dedicated to this topic.

MARCH 22ND: The Fourth Sunday, Jesus heals a man born blind, raising the question of what it means to really see;

MARCH 29TH: The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Jesus calls Lazarus from the tomb, revealing that he is the Resurrection and the Life.

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This was formalized when the lectionary for the western church was developed, beginning in the 5th century. When the lectionary (the schedule of readings) was expanded in the 1970s into a three year cycle, these Lenten Gospel readings, as a block, were kept intact in Cycle A.

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The slider image is public domain, Christ Healing the Blind circa 1570 by El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) Greek from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 958, New York City.

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Stewardship Luncheon – Sunday, Oct. 27th @ Noon

Please join us for St. Thomas’ annual Stewardship Luncheon that will feature a piping hot Baked Potato (& Salad) Bar with presentation of the church’s finances to help guide our pledging plans for the upcoming year.

Date & Time

Sunday, October 27th – immediately following the 10:30 am service.

Location

The Luncheon will be offered in Cowans Hall across from the church sanctuary.

See Directions & Campus Map

Luncheon Menu

Parish Event Planners will set up a Baked Potato (& Salad) Bar where you can load a hot baked potato with your choice of condiments. The same yummy ingredients may also be added to salad greens for a salad instead of (or in addition to) a baked potato.

Cookies for dessert, and coffee, tea, and punch will complete the menu.

Presentation

During the luncheon, there will be a brief presentation of the status of our church finances and the projected budget for the coming year, to help each of us in our contemplation of our pledges for 2020.

Pledge Sunday

Pledges will be presented on Sunday, November 3rd.

Pledge Cards

If you would like to consider offering a pledge of support for St. Thomas, you are welcome to pick-up a pledge card. These will be in-gathered on Pledge Sunday noted above on November 3rd.

Pledge Cards are available on the back table in the Narthex (in plain speak: just inside the church’s big red doors to the right). Thank you in advance for your care and prayerful consideration.

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St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble Performs @ St. Thomas – Friday, April 12th @ 7pm

Join us for an enchanting evening of music and come away mesmerized by the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble under the direction of Kirill Sokolov. Hailing all the way from Russia, the ensemble is returning for one night only to perform sacred music, classics, national and modern compositions in Russian and more. This is an event that is not to be missed!

Save the Date

The performance is scheduled for Friday, April 12th at 7:00 PM.

Venue

St. Thomas Episcopal Church – see Directions & Campus Map
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Donation

The performance is open to all music lovers and is shared as a gift of the ensemble’s fellowship and unity with us across the miles. All we ask is that you consider a free will donation of $20 to support our efforts and the ensemble’s journey to the SF Bay Area.

Need Assistance

If you have questions or are in need of additional accommodations, please Contact Us.

The office is open Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with staff available to assist you. Any internet inquiries will be responded to during regular business hours.

As we wait in great anticipation of their upcoming performance, here’s a little taste of what’s in store:

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