Ash Wednesday Services – Feb. 26th @ 12:15 & 7:00 PM

As we leave the season of Epiphany marked by a celebration of Jesus’ Transfiguration, we embark now on the season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 26th, 2020. It is a time of reflection, fasting, and repentance in preparation for Eastertide.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES – 12:15 PM & 7:00 PM

Please join us at one of the two services being offered on February 26th. We will gather together and celebrate Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 12:15 PM and 7:00 PM.

WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY?

Ash Wednesday traditionally marks the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of time (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. This is a time many Christians set aside to remember Christ’s life during His 40 days of fasting in the desert. The period from Ash Wednesday to Easter excluding Sundays mirrors these forty days that are segmented by six Sundays, considered celebration days where we gather as a faith community to commemorate Christ’s resurrection.

CHRISTIAN RITUAL

According to Wikipedia, the Ash Wednesday ritual is described this way:

“Ashes are ceremonially placed on the heads of Christians on Ash Wednesday, either by being sprinkled over their heads or, more often, by being marked on their foreheads as a visible cross.

The words used traditionally to accompany this gesture are:

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – (Based on Genesis 3:19)

In the 1969 revision of the Roman Rite, an alternative formula was introduced and given first place:

Repent, and believe in the Gospel. – (Mark 1:15)”

These acts of observance are designed to guide us on our spiritual journeys to draw us closer as a faith community to Jesus Christ, in whom we place our faith.

QUESTIONS OR SPECIAL NEEDS

If you have questions or special needs, please Contact Us.

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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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Special Events – Annual Christmas Pageant x 2 – Sunday, Dec. 16 @ 8 & 10:30 am

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL – DEC. 16TH

This Sunday there will be NO Sunday School classes. The children will worship with their families in the Church. We will also participate in the 2018 Christmas Pageant “Silent Night”.

INSTRUCTIONS

Parents and children are to meet-up in the Education Building at 10:00 am for costumes.

Be timely as we’ll be entering the church at 10:30 am to light the Advent Wreath.

NURSERY CARE

Nursery care will be available with Tina in the Narthex–llocated in the back of the church.

PAGEANT PARTICIPANTS: Pageant Dress Rehearsal will be held on Saturday morning December 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am in the church.

We will walk through the Pageant (2x) twice and run a rehearsal of the Curtain Call. There will be muffins available with coffee for adults and apple juice for the children.

8:00 AM SERVICE: ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

Adults at the 8:00 Service are presenting an alternative Christmas Pageant “The Legends of Christmas” and welcome anyone who would like to attend!

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Grace & Friends in Concert – Sunday, Aug 27th

Please take a musical journey with us as we welcome Grace & Friends live in concert. Come experience the mezzo soprano voices of Grace Johnson (former St. Thomas choir member) and Michelle Rice along with the beautiful expressions of pianist Bruce Olstad as they offer a late-summer afternoon program of Mezzo Arias and Art Songs, including selections from Opera, Oratorio, and Broadway.

WHEN

Sunday, August 27 at 3:00 PM

WHERE

St. Thomas Episcopal Church – look for the big red doors
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Follow the link for Directions & Campus Map.

DONATIONS WELCOME

Consider offering a donation in gratitude for the beautiful music shared and for the contributions of St. Thomas to the surrounding community.

BRING A FRIEND

Why not share your love of music with a friend and join us for magical music-filled afternoon!

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