Dining for Dollars Fundraiser – Mar. 5th

Why labor over a hot stove or oven on a Sunday, the day of rest? Why not come out to Armadillo Willy’s with the rest of us in support of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and enjoy some tasty barbecue while you’re at it!


Sunday, March 5th – 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Armadillo Willy’s
161 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale CA 94087
Phone: (408) 245-5300


Download an Armadillo Willy’s Flyer (see below) and present it at the time of ordering.

If you forget, then just identify yourself by saying “I’m a Supporter of St. Thomas Episcopal Church”.


Up to 20% of your purchases will be donated to help support St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Donation sales are based on food and beverage items only. This cannot be used with any other coupon, certificate, online discounts, or for catering, banquets, or retail items.


If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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Stewardship Campaign & Events 2016

STEWARDSHIP EVENTS – Mark Your Calendars!

A Stewardship Message by Senior Warden John Pietrzyk will be shared with the faith community in the sanctuary on Sunday, October 16th to prepare us for a season of giving.

Stewardship Luncheon will be given in Cowans Hall on Sunday, October 23rd. Please join us.

All Saints Sunday is the day set aside on November 6th for parishioners to present our pledges on the altar in support of Saint Thomas for the upcoming year.


Please read the message below from the Stewardship Committee.

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Stewardship Luncheon – Oct. 23rd

Immediately following the 10:30 am service, we will have a “Stuff-It-Yourself” Baked Potatoes Luncheon in Cowans Hall hosted by Parish Event Planners a.k.a. PEP and the Stewardship Committee.

Piping hot baked potatoes will be served ready for you to stuff with your choice of a variety of toppings.

We will also have some fresh greens available to balance out the carbs. Feel free to bring a topping to share for some super tasty spuds!


During the luncheon, there will be a brief presentation of the status of our church finances and the projected budget for the coming year.

We hope you will find this helpful in contemplation of making our annual pledges for 2017, which will be presented on “All Saints Sunday_ – November 6th.

Come hungry and enjoy some good fellowship!
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Night in Naples – Saturday, Oct 1st – Tickets on Sale Now!


Following the success of our Goodwill Donation Day & Carnival, The Vestry’s Stewardship Commission is planning an enchanting evening gala – Night in Naples.


Please join us for a fabulous Gala Dinner & Silent Auction on Saturday, October 1st – a benefit in support of St. Thomas and its programs.

Plan on a wonderful evening of fine dining and entertainment by baritones Krassen Karagiozov and Kiril Havezov.

The social hour begins at 6:00 PM, followed by a sit-down dinner at 7:00 PM.

The gala menu choices are chicken piccata, seafood lasagna (made with crab, shrimp, and scallops), or pasta primavera.


Get your tickets early – on sale now for $35 ($20 for children) in Cowans Hall following both morning services; on the day of the event – $50.

Please specify your main course selection (chicken piccata, seafood lasagna or pasta primavera) at the time you purchase your tickets.

For more information or to request tickets prior to the event, Contact Us.


Click here for the Online Catalog!

LIST OF ITEMS TO BE AUCTIONED[su_list icon=”icon: star”]

  • 6-night stay in a 1-bedroom premium villa at the Westin Desert Willow Villas in Palm Desert, California, December 4-10, 2016 (max. occupancy 4 guests): Minimum bid will be $500 ($1,720 market value).
  • Sonoma County adventure, courtesy of Rich & Betsy R.: Take a ride in a Model T through the Valley of the Moon, go wine and chocolate tasting, and enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurant of your choice (for 2 people). The minimum bid will be $150.
  • Dinner for 8, hosted by Keri and Steve W. at their home
  • Greek dinner for 8, hosted by Carla and Cal C. at their home
  • Gourmet Chinese dinner for 6 with wine pairings, hosted by Ann K. and Victor C. at their home
  • Traditional Chinese banquet with wine pairings, for 8 people, hosted by Claribel and Pat D. at a local Chinese restaurant
  • 8+8+8: A French wine (8 varietals) and cheese (8 French artisanal) tasting evening for 8 people hosted by Randi and Chris S. at their home – minimum bid $25 per person
  • Game night for 8, with pizza, snacks, desserts, and crowd-pleasing beverages, hosted by Kristen N. in Cowans Hall
  • Home Brewery Experience (2 sessions) with Bob K. – includes brewery kit, brewer to come out to your location, show you how to use equipment, brew 5 gallons of beer and bottle it
  • Gift of 1 bottle of wine, 4 wine glasses, and 4-$20 Country Gourmet gift certificates
  • Thanksgiving pies, delivered to your door the day before Thanksgiving or other convenient time. Limit of 10 pies in this auction with a minimum bid of $15 per pie
  • Christmas gingerbread cake, in the shape of a house, delivered to your door on Christmas Eve or another convenient date (see Kristen N.)
  • 50-inch TV Visio E-Series Class Full-Array LED Smart TV, model E50-C1: brand new, unopened in box (retails new on Amazon for $464-$511)
  • Handcrafted jewelry by Mélisande Designs
  • Handmade wall hanging, by textile artist Peg P.
  • Handmade quilt, by Peg P., 55 in. by 70 in.
  • Mystery wine basket: 4 bottles, $25 minimum value each
  • Origami bundle: large plastic Halloween bowl containing Bible origami kit, Halloween origami book, pack of colored origami paper, and carrying box for the paper (total value of $35)
  • Coach purse, beige, shoulder strap (minimum bid $25)
  • Chico’s lightweight jacket, size 3 (Chico’s size 3 = 14/16 L/XL)
  • Kohls gift card, $40
  • Barnes & Noble gift card, $25
  • See’s candy, 2 lb. box
  • Glassybaby candle
  • Historical document: Large, professionally framed 17th-century legal document beautifully
  • SF Giants bobblehead: Duane Kuiper, 1977: in excellent condition
  • 3D wooden dragon
  • Swarovski crystal bud vase with crystal flower
  • Crystal trays
  • and more items soon to be announced!


More details will follow about absentee bidding. No one will miss an opportunity to bid on the fabulous selection of items available.

Mark your calendars and see you here!

Slide show image inspired by vintage 1920s Italian postcard and ornamentation.

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Stewardship Events – Oct 25th & Nov 1st

from the 2015 Stewardship Committee…

Isaiah speaks of God’s preference for the poor, outcast and weak. He paints a vision of the Kingdom of God on earth, as it is in heaven, establishing justice for all people but especially those who are burdened by physical, social or economic circumstances:

[su_quote]Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.[/su_quote]

We are challenged with making this reality in our midst as proof of our faith. Just as Jesus reached out to touch and heal the deaf and the mute, we too are to reach out and present the Kingdom of God in our midst.

As stewards of our faith we are called to act in the reversal of fortune of the unfortunate with the same perseverance and universal grace God pours out upon the whole world through Jesus welcoming all people to God’s table.

So whom will we welcome at God’s table this coming year at St. Thomas?

How will we present the Kingdom of God on earth with our acts of faith?

We are entering into the time of year to reflect upon our own gifts and what we can pledge of ourselves. The call to action of this year’s stewardship campaign is for us to pledge our energies, skills and financial resources to sustaining and growing the ministries of St. Thomas in order to continue to create a welcoming table for all in our community.

Throughout this season’s Stewardship Campaign, we will be highlighting and celebrating the many ministries that make up our beloved community. This celebration will continue with the Stewardship Luncheon on Sunday, October 25.

We will then present our pledges at the altar on All Saint’s Sunday, November 1.

We ask you to keep in mind that good stewardship begets good stewardship. Please reflect gratefully and thoughtfully on what you and your family can contribute to the St. Thomas church community in the coming year.

With gratitude,
Ann, Paul & John

Ann Kopischke, Paul Barics, and John Pietrzyk
2015 Stewardship Committee


If you have any questions or would like to request a pledge card, Contact Us and select “Stewardship” from the drop-down menu.

Additional pledge cards are also available in a wall display located in the Narthex at the entrance to the Sanctuary, see Directions and Campus Map.

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