Together Apart – Ways St. Thomas Gathers on Zoom

Going stir crazy, afraid to watch another cooking show or YouTube video on how to cut your hair?…or does talking to veggie plants have the neighbors wondering?

In need a little change? We have Good News for you…we really do 🙂

There are opportunities to gather for worship, prayer, study and fun at St. Thomas. All you literally need to do is plug-in and Zoom with us. Here are a few ways…

WORSHIP

SUNDAYS @ 10:30 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE with the whole congregation, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Sunday Worship

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 826 9002 5101

PRAYER

During this time while we shelter in place, there are ways we can stay connected spiritually, and find calm & peace in the midst of the pandemic.

Here are days and times you can connect online to the St. Thomas faith community for prayer, meditation and worship:
 
TUESDAYS @ 6PM – CENTERING PRAYER, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Tuesday Evening Centering Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 724376004
 
WEDNESDAYS @  12:15PM – NOONDAY PRAYER with Commemoration of a Saint, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Wednesday Noonday Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 86313271549
 
WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM – COMPLINE with Deacon Bertram: Zoom Link for Wednesday Evening Compline

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 499220185
  
THURSDAYS @ 9AM – MORNING PRAYER with Deacon Bertram, in connection with St. Margaret’s in Washington DC: Zoom link for Thursday Morning Prayer
 
Dial-in option: 1 669 900 6833  –  Meeting ID# 151825096  –  Password: 184402 
 
OR
 
Via the St. Margaret’s website: https://www.stmargaretsdc.org/   and then halfway down on the right, click on:
 

Virtual Noonday Prayer and Lectio Divina on Thursdays

(NOTE: 9 AM PDT = 12 Noon in Washington)

STUDY
Adult Formation

The Adult Formation serves to increase our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the Bible and to help us apply the lessons we learn to our lives  so that we may grow and mature in our Christian faith.

For the latest news regarding future studies, please check back with our website and/or the weekly service bulletin for upcoming offerings.

Family Ministry offers weekly online Children’s Ministry

Family Ministry gathers online on Thursdays at 4:00 PM for Children’s Ministry.  Our time together is focused on Christian formative education mixed with some fun! Note that the Children’s Ministry class previously scheduled for June 4th, 2020 is cancelled due to time conflicts with so many of the children still being in school. We plan to restart the following week. 

To participate, please contact the group’s host – Sue Beckham, Family Ministry Director via the Parish Office  for details if you would like to join the group.

Sue’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

Men’s Spiritual Growth Group

Meets online the 2nd and 4th Saturdays (9-10 AM on your computer) to explore where the Scriptures lead us and on alternate Saturdays to check-in with everybody at the end of the week (this also starts at 9 AM).

We invite all men (even those not a part of St. Thomas) to join with us for fellowship and good discussion.  And yes, you can be in your pajamas! 

Our Zoom meetings are password protected so you’ll need to connect with Chris Schmidt, the group’s host via the Parish Office  for the Zoom ID if you are new to the group.

Chris’ contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

FUN
Book Club

We typically meet (online at this time) the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. 

Our desire is to share and discuss good reads that broaden our minds and understanding of the world in which we live. We have an appreciation for each other and literature coming from a variety of genres.

Please check with the website and/or weekly service bulletin for current offerings.

If you are new to the group and would like to join, please contact Dorothy Furgerson, the host via the Parish Office for the Zoom ID.

Dorothy’s contact details are also available in the weekly service bulletin.

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Ascension Day Evening Service – Thursday, May 21st @ 6:30 PM via Zoom

Zoom with us this Thursday, May 21st @ 6:30 PM  for an ASCENSION DAY SERVICE centering on Evening Prayer led by Pastor Salying.

For Audio and Video:  Zoom link for Thursday Evening Ascension Day Service
 
Dial-in Option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 84689564058
 
[su_quote style=”default” cite=”Pastor Salying”]I invite you to bring candles, and we’ll have a liturgy of candle-lighting. This pandemic can be experienced as a dark time and the light will remind us that Jesus is in our midst and empowers us to also be beacons of light.  My hope is that when you leave the service, you will know intimately the ascended Jesus who rises so to come to all…
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Experience Online Community Prayer & Worship using Zoom

During this time while we shelter in place, there are ways we can stay connected spiritually, and find calm & peace in the midst of the pandemic.

Here are days and times you can connect online to the St. Thomas faith community for prayer, meditation and worship:

TUESDAYS @ 6PM – CENTERING PRAYER, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Tuesday Evening Centering Prayer

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 724376004

WEDNESDAYS @  12:15PM – NOONDAY PRAYER with Commemoration of a Saint, led by Pastor Salying:Zoom Link for Wednesday Noonday Prayer

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 86313271549

WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM – COMPLINE with Deacon Bertram: Zoom Link for Wednesday Evening Compline

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 499220185

THURSDAYS @ 9AM – MORNING PRAYER with Deacon Bertram, in connection with St. Margaret’s in Washington DC: Zoom link for Thursday Morning Prayer

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 6833  –  Meeting ID# 151825096  –  Password: 184402 

OR

Via the St. Margaret’s website: https://www.stmargaretsdc.org/ 

halfway down on the right, click on:

Virtual Noonday Prayer and Lectio Divina on Thursdays

(NOTE: 9am PDT = Noonday in Washington)

SUNDAYS @ 10:30 AM – WORSHIP SERVICE with whole congregation, led by Pastor Salying: Zoom Link for Sunday Worship

Dial-in option: 1 669 900 9128  –  Meeting ID# 954611396

Welcome to ZOOM worship at St. Thomas
Sunday, May 3rd

If you haven’t had a chance to practice Zoom, call in at 9:30-10:15am using the  information below to work out any final questions with regard to Zoom usage.

All others, at 10:20-10:25am 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/954611396

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

Meeting ID: 954 611 396
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; we will then break out into small groups for “coffee hour”and sermon discussion.

 

This latest sermon video and transcription is now available (see below).

Please check back Sunday morning before service for the latest bulletin 🙂

Click here to view the Sunday Service Bulletin.
 

Click here to view Last Week’s Sermon.

 
 Click here to download a Transcription of Last Week’s Sermon

Thank you and see you Sunday!
~Pastor Salying

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Check out – Zoom Compline

Brought to you by Santa Clara Deanery Clergy members: Jani Wild of St. Andrew’s of Saratoga, Bertram Nagarajah of St. Thomas of Sunnyvale and George McDonnell of St. Mark’s Palo Alto.

WHAT IS ZOOM COMPLINE?

ZOOM is a free online video conference tool and COMPLINE is an Ancient monastic prayer office prayed at the completion of the day, akin to bedtime prayers that are done together in a community setting.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Zoom Compline takes the shape of community prayers which are held every Wednesday at 6:30 pm.

For those unable to attend Centering Prayer on campus, Zoom Compline offers you an opportunity to explore the Episcopal way of life and worship through community-based prayer from the comfort of your home.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

If you’re interested in exploring Zoom Compline, please reach out to zoomcompline@gmail.com to learn how to get started.

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Supporting Global Disaster Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico, Australia, Philippines & Beyond

There are ways we can respond to natural disasters when they occur. We can pray for those affected and those taking action in response. We can also give of our financial resources in a very practical way by making a donation to Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD).

In light of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, please read ERD’s latest press release below…

Web Statement – Press Release reprinted from Episcopal Relief & Development

January 16, 2020

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico (Iglesia Episcopal Puertorriqueña) in response to the series of earthquakes that hit the island in recent weeks.

Multiple strong earthquakes have struck the southern part of Puerto Rico beginning in late December 2019, damaging buildings, knocking out power, and injuring many people. These quakes are the most damaging to strike the island since 1918.

Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program team has been in daily contact with diocesan staff, providing support and counsel as they assess the damage and needs of affected communities. Programa REDES, the diocese’s disaster response team, is delivering critical supplies such as bottles of water and ready to eat foods to those in need, particularly in Yauco and Guánica. Potential aftershocks and additional earthquakes make safety a concern for the teams who are conducting assessments and providing relief to those impacted.

“The Diocese of Puerto Rico has extensive experience responding to natural disasters, particularly in the past several years,” said Abigail Nelson, Executive Vice President, Episcopal Relief & Development. “Their preparation and deep community connections are impressive and enable diocesan leaders to be Christ’s hands and feet in these challenging times.”

Please continue to pray for all those affected by the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

Donations to the Disaster Response Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development continue to provide emergency assistance to individuals and families affected by disasters such as these earthquakes, the fires in Australia and the volcano eruption in the Philippines.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease.

Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.

Photo Courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico

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