Summer Reading Program: Drawing on Aug 20th

Everyone is invited to participate. All you have to do is read any book you want: from the St. Thomas Library, from a public library, borrowed from a friend or one that you have been waiting all year to read from your bookshelf. Too young to read? just have someone read a book to you. Books on Tape/audio books also count.


Write your name and title of the book on the special scoop of ice cream – one per book please. You may choose strawberry, vanilla, chocolate etc. These will be available at the bulletin board in Cowans Hall each Sunday after services. Let’s count how many SCOOPS will be placed on the cone which is found on the bulletin board.


There will be a drawing on August 20 for gift certificates. Your name will be entered for each book you read. The more you read, the better your chances.

Stay tuned and see how much you know about the history of ice cream.

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Instant Theater – Feb 14, 21, 28 & Mar 6, 13


Welcome to Instant Theater – The Gospel of John and experience the story of Jesus revealed in a creative and wonderful way!

WHEN: The first five Sundays of Lent, beginning February 14th.

WHERE: St. Thomas Episcopal Church – in the Library

See Directions & Campus Map

WHAT TIME?: at 12:15 PM

DURATION: Each session will run approximately 45 minutes.


The Gospel According to St. John introduces Jesus as the Son of God, Lord and Savior through a number of dramatic encounters between Jesus and other characters in the story, including Jesus’ mother at Cana, Nicodemus, The Women of Samaria, The Man born Blind, and Lazarus, Martha and Mary.

We will read these stories as small theater pieces as a way of discovering new depths to the Good News of Jesus as found in John’s Gospel.

Theater, acting out a story, is a profound way of learning, and it is also fun…Come join us!


If you have questions or are in need of further assistance, please Contact Us.

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Little Free Library Celebration & Blessing – Feb 8th

Please join us for a grand opening celebration and blessing of one of our wonderful scout’s Eagle Service Project. A gift to the community, the “Little Free Library” provides friends, neighbors, and anyone who who would like a book or two a collection to choose from to encourage reading and community connection.


Sunday, February 8th at 10:00 AM in-between morning services.


Look for a group gathering outside on the street-side of the Sanctuary, see Directions & Campus Map.


If you have questions about the scouts or would like to send your well-wishes, please Contact The Scouts.


Check out our initial photos under the Media menu tab on the homepage in the 2015 Photo Album – “Little Free Library – Eagle Scout Project” or just follow this link!

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Library & Episcopal Resource Center – Info

The Dioceses of California and El Camino Real in association with Saint Thomas Gardner Memorial Library are pleased to provide our parish and mission communities with an expansive library and resource center to support individual & group ministries, programs, education and spiritual growth.

Resources Available

We maintain a collection of over 7,000 titles with new additions every year. Our children’s section alone contains over 2,000 titles including Caldecott, National Book and Newbery award winners.

Search In-House & Online

You are welcome to come during open hours to explore the variety of offerings or search online. To explore the online catalog, go to Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)

Need Assistance?

Volunteers are typically available to help you with questions and projects from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Self-Guided Hours

We are open on Sundays after the morning services and may be visited during Parish Office hours. If you would like to visit us during the week, we recommend that you schedule a convenient time – Contact Us.

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The Great Chocolate Challenge Winners!

News Update

The Great Chocolate Challenge winners announced! Congratulations to Daniel Ng and Steve Williams, winners of the library Summer Reading Program. Each won a $20.00 gift certificate to Leigh’s Bookstore, Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale. Happy reading to all who entered the contest!

The Great Chocolate Challenge

Charlie_and_the_Chocolate_Factory_(book_cover)The theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program was “The Great Chocolate Challenge” in honor of the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It featured books about chocolate delicacies and drew many participants, both children and adults!


All participants had to do was to read any book of their choice: from the St. Thomas Library, from a public library, borrowed from a friend or one that they had been waiting all year to read from their own bookshelf; e-books and audio books also counted. Even those too young to read could participate by having someone read a book to them!

Sharing Details of Books Read

Each Sunday after services, special candy wrappers were made available at the bulletin board in Cowans Hall for readers to record their name and their book title (one wrapper per book). The candy wrappers were counted at the the conclusion of the challenge.

Drawing for a Gift Certificate

On August 10, the challenge concluded with a drawing for two gift certificates – one for a child reader, and the other for an adult. Reader’s names were entered for each book they read so the more a person read, the better their chances of winning.

For questions on The Great Chocolate Challenge please Contact Carol Campbell.

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