Annual Meeting – Sunday, Jan. 26th

ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday, January 26th – immediately following worship service. 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 2019 and the Budget for 2020.

YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED

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 17th.

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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Stewardship 2019: Shining Our Light

Introduced in the fall, the message below for 2019 Stewardship is a calling of support for St. Thomas in the coming year 2020 – well, we’re here

The message remains as an invitation to participate in the live of the church and there are a variety of opportunities to give of time, resources and heart. Please read on…

Message on Stewardship

Dear Good People of St. Thomas,
I’m excited by this year’s stewardship theme, “Shining Our Light.” That theme,taken from the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, speaks to us as individuals and as a community of faith. Individually, each of us is called to make sure we are letting God’s light shine through our work, our friendships, our service and our giving. We are called to be light bearers. It is a powerful calling.

As a faith community, St. Thomas must shine the light of Christ through our worship, welcoming, pastoral care and ministry to the wider community. How we use our time, talents, and treasure determines how brightly we are shining our light.

At St. Thomas, I’m often blown away by the various ways members of our church keep their light shining brightly. Some of us make sure the snacks at the coffee hour are delicious and abundant. Others participate in our worship either by singing in the choir or assisting in the service. Still others prepare the worship space with flowers or work to maintain our buildings and grounds. Many of us also represent the church in our participation of various community service programs like Our Daily Bread and the ESL program.

While during this pledge drive, each of us is asked to make a generous financial pledge for the coming year, I’m also grateful for the many gifts of time, food, and skills from virtually every member of this church.

I hope you’ll join me as we work together to shine our light in church, in our community and in our lives.

Faithfully,

Ann Kopischke
Stewardship Chair

Stewardship Events

OCTOBER 27: Stewardship Luncheon (Very informative and wonderful event!)

NOVEMBER 3RD: In-gathering of Pledges (Thank you for your stewardship!)

Accepting Pledges

For those who are still prayerfully planning their pledge for the 2020 fiscal year, we welcome your pledges.

For anyone that would like to participate in the financial support of St. Thomas, there are pledge cards located in the back of the church. These can be filled out & submitted with the offering received during Sunday and midweek worship services. Additionally, there are designated offering boxes in the back of the church and in the foyer entrance to Cowans Hall for your convenience.

You may also submit your pledges by mail to: St. Thomas Episcopal Church located at 231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale CA 94086.

Thank you for sharing in our ministry.

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Family Service (No Sunday School) – Nov. 3rd

FAMILY SERVICE

This Sunday, we are celebrating with a family service in the church at 10:30 AM in honor of All Saints Day in addition to our regularly scheduled early morning 8:00 am worship service.

Please mark your calendars, as there will be No Sunday School on November 3rd; classes will resume again the following Sunday, November 10th.

This is a time of sharing – considering what talents and gifts we may offer up to the Lord this coming year. At St. Thomas, we consider our gifts as a pledge of support for the spiritual and financial health, and well-being of the faith community.

STEWARDSHIP

In our mutual commitment as stewards, it is our prayer that we may welcome and extend grace, mercy and loving compassion to our neighbors mid-day Wednesdays and Sunday mornings, and provide hope beyond the church’s big red doors.

For more on Stewardship 2019, click on Shining Our Light image at the lower right-hand side of the home page.

You will be directed to a corresponding post – a letter from our Warden that shares more about this year’s theme.

FIRST-TIME VISITING

If you are visiting us for the first time, take your time to explore who we are as a faith community – we’re pleased to offer you our heartfelt welcome 🙂

If not sure where to go, please refer to the following link as a guide – Directions & Campus Map

See you this Sunday.

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Ladies’ Night Out – Saturday, October 5th

Fund-raising Invitation to St. Thomas Women

Carol Campbell and Keri Williams will be hosting another “Ladies’ Night Out” to benefit St. Thomas.

DATE & TIME

Saturday, October 5th, beginning at 4:30pm!

LOCATION

Once you RSVP, the location information will be sent out…yes, it’s close by 🙂

They will be presenting a wine and food pairing.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU

We’ll start the evening with champagne and passed appetizers. After some socializing, we will sit down to small (but satisfying!) plates of the following meal**:

Crunchy green salad with goat cheese medallions*
Wine pairing: Sauvignon Blanc​

Crab cakes with a crisp cabbage slaw
Wine pairing: Viognier

Minestra al Pesto*
Wine pairing: Sangiovese

Braised short ribs served over polenta and seasonal vegetables
Wine pairing: California Zinfandel

Chocolate volcano cakes*
Wine pairing: Port

*vegetarian (vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers will be being passed)
**Items listed for the menu may be subject to change due to availability of ingredients.

THE FUNDRAISING PART

The cost for the fun evening of wine and food will be $40 per person.

This is first come, first serve, so please make your reservations soon!

All proceeds go to St. Thomas.

PLEASE RSVP TO ATTEND

Please rsvp if you’d like to attend by either calling the church at ph. (408) 736-4155 or sending an email message to Carol Campbell courtesy of the parish administrator @ office@stthomas-svale.us.

The parish office is open Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm to respond to any inquiries.

Thanks, ladies and we can’t wait to see you on October 5th!

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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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