Annual Meeting – Jan. 31st

It’s that time of year where we gather together as a community to review the fiscal business of St. Thomas, elect new Vestry members to continue with the important work of overseeing our church, and recognize the contributions of some of our many devoted parishioners.

WHEN AND WHERE

Sunday, January 31st immediately following the 10:30 AM online service – see instructions for Zoom below.

IT’S TIME TO VOTE

During the meeting we will vote on three new Vestry nominees to replace those whose terms are ending or to fill open positions. All those nominated have agreed to stand for election, and they are:

Pat Dare 
Breno De Medeiros 
Abby McConnell 

NOMINEES’ BIOS

Look for the nominee’s bios in the January 2021 edition of Beyond a Doubt, also available in the most recent Sunday bulletin(s) and included for review in the annual report.

2020 Parish Annual Report

********************* ON SUNDAYS *********************
Please join Pastor Salying at 10:00 AM for open conversation.
Now that most of us know how to use Zoom, the half hour
before service usually dedicated to trouble-shooting
will also be an open time to connect with
one another and with the pastor.
All are welcome. Just sign in as usual.

All others, at 10:20-10:25 AM Sunday, please connect to our worship meeting. There are two ways to do this.

1. By computer or smartphone (video and audio):
You may access our ZOOM meeting on the following link:
https://zoom.us/j/82690025101

2. By telephone (audio only):
Dial +1 669 900 9128

Meeting ID: 826 9002 5101
When prompted for a participant number, touch the pound key #

Actual connection time may take several minutes; please be patient.

Once you are connected, your face (or phone number) should appear in a square on your screen, as will the faces of others who have signed in, including Pastor Salying.

Note: For the sake of audio clarity, your mic will be muted on entry.

After the prelude, we will have introductory remarks, announcements, and then Morning Prayer together as one large body; the annual meetting to begin following service. There will be no break out groups this Sunday.

Thank you and see you then!
~Pastor Salying

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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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Annual Meeting – Sunday, Jan. 27th

ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday, January 27th – See details below…

TRANSPARENCY ON FINANCES

In our desire to be good stewards of the gifts that have been pledged by our parishioners and to offer transparency into the church’s finances, we hold an annual meeting to share where we are at, and what the vestry has approved as our budget for the coming year.

WORSHIP SERVICE CHANGES

Due to the special Annual Meeting event, there will be a single-combined worship service at 10:30 am in the main sanctuary of the church.

The Annual Meeting will begin at the end of service and continue over in Cowans Hall after a brief intermission to dish up at the lunch buffet.

Please mark your calendars!

LUNCH IS ON!

Parish Event Planners (fondly known as PEP) will be serving deli-style sandwiches.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Plates, breads, sandwich fixings, and side dishes will be offered at the buffet table. As you enter, please take a plate, make your selections quickly and find a place to sit before assembling your sandwich.

Condiments will be provided on each of the tables along with the napkins and utensils. The meeting will continue in Cowans Hall after everyone has been seated.

During this time, the church financials will be presented and reviewed, most importantly the Annual Report for 2018 and the Budget for 2019.

Y’ALL COME NOW – YA HEAR?

All parishioners are encouraged to attend this once-a-year gathering of the full membership to review these important fiscal reports, to meet the new vestry nominees, and along with the rest of the congregation, to participate in the ongoing life and mission of St. Thomas church. So, please join us!

To gain a greater appreciation of the vestry nominees, please check out their bios in the latest edition of St. Thomas’ Beyond a Doubt monthly newsletter.

COMMISSIONS & COMMITTEES

All materials for the Annual Report should be submitted to the parish office as soon as possible, and no later than January 15th.

Please bring your offerings to Cowans Hall prior to the meeting so we can stay on track so we can be good stewards of our time together!

FURTHER ASSISTANCE

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please Contact Us.

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Thanksgiving Luncheon – Nov. 18th @ Noon

There are traditions and there are traditions…and ours is to do something a little different…

This year, please join us on Sunday, November 18th for worship at either the 8:00 or 10:30 am services with a luncheon to follow at midday (Noon).

Thanksgiving “Pasta” Luncheon @ Noon

Courtesy of Parish Event Planners fondly known as “PEP”, we’ll be offering a celebratory Thanksgiving Luncheon in Cowans Hall, located a short distance across the courtyard from the church sanctuary.

Turkey Day will be coming soon enough, so we’re putting on a pasta feed (regular and gluten-free, too) with a selection of sauces for your choosing – yum 🙂 If balance is what you seek (from the carbs), then have a heaping helping of healthy salad greens to go with it. Beverages and dessert will also be on the menu…best of all, no dishes to do at home!

To answer the question–Where’s the Turkey? According to Pat D.–one of PEP’s esteemed chefs, “it’s all in the sauce…well, at least one of them!” – enjoy 🙂

More than anything, we invite you for a time for fellowship–to relax, refresh and enjoy each other’s company…and to remember what being thankful is all about.

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Stewardship 2018: Upcoming Events – Nov. 4th (Ingathering of Pledges)

This year’s stewardship theme is “Transforming Generosity.” As we begin to ponder what this means, I invite you first to see how generous God has been to you. Where is your abundance? During our Stewardship Season, from October 7 to November 25, take some time each day to note a generosity given to you.

I believe we can transform our generosity when we transform our perception of our lives, when we view our lives with gratitude. In such a way, we reset our priorities for what is most important.

As I look over the last year at St. Thomas, I am very grateful for our Dream Project and your involvement in it. Since September 2017, we’ve worked prayerfully as a church to set new priorities by dreaming about how St. Thomas is being called in our world. This culminated in 2018 with our Dream Statements in Pentecost and Offering of Words–words that are prayerful meditations on our Dream Statements–at Back to Church Sunday. The vestry is now prepared to write a new mission statement, setting our priorities for the next stage of our life together. Thank you for giving your hearts so generously to this journey.

I invite you to continue to be a part of this generous transformation by supporting St. Thomas’ annual budget. Please join me in pledging to sustain our church day to day. If you can, please consider increasing your pledge so that we can justly meet the needs of our church. Our Stewardship Brunch will be on October 28, and our Ingathering of Pledges will be November 4th.

I look forward to working with you for a new year of transformation and generosity.

Faithfully,

Pastor Salying Wong, Pastor
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UPCOMING STEWARDSHIP EVENTS

Stewardship Luncheon – October 28th – after 10:30 am service in Cowans Hall
Ingathering of Pledges – November 4th – during 8:00 and 10:30 am Services

WAYS TO SUPPORT ST. THOMAS

Make a Pledge
Making a pledge to St. Thomas’s annual budget allows us to serve as a place of hope, healing, and restoration within the Sunnyvale community and beyond.

Legacy Gift
In addition to annual support, consider making a legacy gift from your will or estate that reflects your beliefs and care for St. Thomas. You don’t have to be a Rockefeller or the founder of Facebook to do this. Your legacy gift helps sustain St. Thomas’ mission and purpose going forward in the years to come.

You may contact Pr. Salying (pastorsalying@stthomas-svale.us) or our treasurer, Jim Cobb, (finance@stthomas-svale.org) for more information on how to pledge or leave a legacy gift.

Other Ways to Contribute Financially
eScrip: Sign up for the eScrip program – have contributions made to Saint Thomas whenever you shop at one of the participating merchants and restaurants, including Safeway. The good news is that it’s free to you. The participating merchants and restaurants provide the contributions. Follow the links to obtain a current list of participating restaurants and merchants eScrip Family of Merchants and eScrip Dining.

AmazonSmile is another creative way to give.

  1. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice – consider “St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Sunnyvale, CA
  2. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon, same products, same prices and same service.
  3. Support us by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

As with any form of giving, it is a gift without any strings attached or an expectation placed on the person or family. It is our response to God’s invitation for us to participate in a real and practical way in the work and life of Saint Thomas.

For assistance and questions Contact Us.

 

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