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
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  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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Welcome Dr. Rebecca Lyman on “Back to Parish” Sunday – Sept. 10th

What better way to observe “Back to Parish” Sunday than to honor Dr. Rebecca Lyman as she begins her ministry as Adjunct Priest to Saint Thomas preaching at the morning services this day.

Two service times will be offered: 8:00 and 10:30 am. Sunday School will not be meeting this Sunday. Instead, children will join their families in communal worship at the 10:30 am service time and participate in a special song presentation to highlight the day.

WELCOME REV. REBECCA

Please join us in offering Rev. Rebecca a heartfelt welcome! Parish Event Planners (PEP) will be celebrating her arrival with a luncheon at noon following mid morning service – see details below.

REMINDER: IT’S ALSO REGISTRATION SUNDAY

Sunday School will meet again on Sunday, Sept. 17th to kick off the 2017-2018 school year. Now is the time to register!

Parents: There will be a registration table available before 10:30 am service to sign up for the new school year. Please arrive early to allow time to complete registration. Sunday School is open to children (ages 4-12) with nursery care available for infants and toddlers (0 to 4 years). If you have any questions, Contact Sue Beckham

WELCOME LUNCHEON IN COWANS HALL @ NOON

We will be having a luncheon to come together in fellowship and welcome Rev. Rebecca personally to the parish. On the menu for lunch, PEP will prepare a “do it yourself” sandwich buffet bar.

BRING A POTLUCK DISH

To complement luncheon offerings, please bring a side dish such as a salad, other garnishes or snacks to share. Drinks will be provided.

A special cake will be served in honor of Rev. Rebecca with a short program to follow.

DREAMS FOR ST. THOMAS

We will look at some of the “Dreams for St. Thomas” that parishioners have submitted so far and see what steps we might take to make them realities.

PARISHIONERS: STILL TIME TO SUBMIT YOUR DREAM FOR ST. THOMAS

If you haven’t submitted your “Dreams for St. Thomas” yet, please do so as soon as you can. Having more dreams will allow the Vestry to see in which direction they should try to channel their efforts.

INTRODUCING DR. REBECCA LYMAN

Our new adjunct priest, the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman grew up in Michigan. She is the Samuel Garrett Professor of Church History emerita at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley. Educated at Western Michigan University in Religion and History, The Catholic University of America in Medieval and Byzantine Studies and Oxford University in Theology, she taught history at The Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union for many years.

She has published numerous articles and two books on ancient Christian history and theology, including Early Christian Traditions for the New Episcopal Church Teaching Series. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and is associated with the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology Group at the University of California in Berkeley. At the moment she is working on a new interpretation of the history of the “Arian” heresy.

She is an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of California and associated with St. Mark’s, Palo Alto. She is married to Andrew Bridges, a lawyer, and has two adult children. Her interests include the history and spirituality of landscape, as well as tennis, skiing, and walking.

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