Saint Nicholas & Santa Lucia Feast – Saturday, Dec. 7th @ 5:30 PM

The St. Nicholas and Ste. Lucia Feast will be held in Cowans Hall on Saturday, December 7, starting at 5:30 pm.

St. Lucy will join St. Nicholas as co-patron saints of the feast to herald the coming of yuletide.

EVENING FESTIVITIES

In keeping with traditions, the feast will feature good company, a scrumptious holiday meal and wonderful entertainment. Enjoy drinks, appetizers, and socializing.

COMMUNITY “FOOD” EFFORT

This year’s St. Nicholas and Santa Lucia Feast calls for our sharing. Parish Event Planners “PEP” will prepare the entrée dishes for the holiday meal while the Vestry and Choir will share side dishes and desserts. Guests in turn are encouraged to bring an appetizer dish for starters.

PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE

Tickets for the feast are now available for $5 per person and free for anyone 8 years of age and under.

Ticket purchases can be made directly through the parish office during the week – Monday to Friday (10:00 am – 3:00 PM) and also during coffee hour in Cowans Hall following morning church services.

We suggest that you purchase your tickets early so we will have a head count to help us in preparing for the feast.

TIS THE SEASON OF GIVING

We make it our mission each year to give back to the community. We invite your participation in making a cash or check donation to Santa Maria Urban Ministry to further its work in serving those in need in San Jose.

Follow the link to learn more about their nonprofit organization and work – Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM).

Please make any personal checks payable to “St. Thomas” with “SMUM” designated on the memo line.

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.

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St. Nicholas Feast – Saturday, Dec. 2nd

Come celebrate the 23rd Annual St. Nicholas Feast with St. Thomas…

WHEN and WHERE

Saturday, December 2nd – starting at 5:30 PM in Cowans Hall, see Directions and Campus Map.

TICKETS FOR THE EVENT

Tickets are $6 per person this year and children eight (8) years and under are still admitted free. Tickets go on sale mid-November and will be made available after mid-morning service or at the parish office.

Please Contact Us to make your requests.

A holiday style dinner will be prepared with all the trimmings along with dinner theatre entertainment to make it a memorable evening together. Bring your friends & family and get ready to celebrate this wonderful feast day with us!

MAKE IT A SEASON OF GIVING

In honor of the philanthropy of St. Nicholas, we’ll be taking up a collection of toys and/or cash to share the joys of Christmas with those less fortunate. Donated toys will be given to inner city youth served by Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) and any monetary donations will be offered in support of SMUM’s work serving low-income families in San Jose.

Special Instructions: please leave toys unwrapped so they can be given to an appropriate recipient. If you’re writing a check for a cash donation, make it out to St. Thomas Episcopal Church with the notation “To SMUM” on the memo line.

Come join us and bring your friends too – for a fun-filled evening with a heart for giving!
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St. Nicholas Feast – Dec 5th

We’re hailing in the Christmas Season with the 21st annual St. Nicholas Feast celebration!

WHEN

Saturday, December 5th – starting at 5:30 PM

WHERE

Cowans Hall, see Directions and Campus Map
Saint Thomas Episcopal Church
231 Sunset Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

TICKETS

Tickets for the event are $5 per person and free for children ages 8 years and under.

Please purchase tickets in advance of the event to assist us with event planning and preparations.

Look for ticket sellers after each of the Sunday services or obtain them from the office.

FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

We’ll be preparing a holiday style dinner with all the trimmings and have a simple request that all who are able bring something special to share – either an appetizer or dessert to accompany the main holiday meal.

Entertainment for the evening will include singing with Abby’s ukulele trio and jazz improvisations by Krassen on piano. We invite all to sing along with some traditional favorites.

TOY COLLECTION

In honor of St. Nicholas, we will be taking up a collection of cash and unwrapped toys to share the joy of Christmas with those in need.

The focus of the donations will be for the inner city residents served by Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) in Santa Clara County.

Leaving toy donations unwrapped will enable SMUM to determine for whom the toy is most appropriate.

QUESTIONS?

if you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, Contact Us.

Slider art adapted from Public Domain photograph of (St. Nicholas, the patron saint of Russian merchants) Fresco by Dionisius circa end of 15th century located in the Ferapontov Monastery.

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Christmas Jazz at Cowans Hall – Dec 22nd

The Performing Arts Guild of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale presents a Christmas Jazz Concert featuring two local talents of international reputation.

WHEN & WHERE

Monday, December 22nd at 7:00 PM – Cowans Hall

Cowans Hall will be converted into a Sinatra-style jazz club on the church campus at 231 Sunset Avenue in Sunnyvale, see Directions and Campus Map

TOP-NOTCH ENTERTAINMENT

Christmas Jazz will feature the song stylings of Krassen Karagiozov and Isaiah Musik-Ayala, a pair of world-class opera singers with a passion for Jazz. Karagiozov is a pianist and baritone from Bulgaria who has appeared in numerous opera productions all over the Bay area and around the world. Karagiozov and Ayala will perform a variety of Jazz Standards in both Italian and English as well as sacred and secular Christmas music.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Isaiah Musik-Ayala

Musik-Ayala is an American bass-baritone currently based in New York City. He has made a name for himself singing in repertoire ranging from Handel to 21st Century opera. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, he recently finished three seasons as a Principal Artist in Residence with Opera San Jose, where he sang leading roles in La Boheme, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Manon, La Cenerentola, Die Fledermaus, the West Coast premiere of Anna Karenina, and the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, among others.

Krassen Karagiozov

Baritone Krassen Karagiozov was born in Starza Zagora, Bulgaria, where he began his musical studies as a pianist. He has participated in and won international competitions in both piano and voice, including the “Tz. Diakovich” in Sofia, the Charlotte Opera Guild, the Metropolitan Opera Council, and the Irene Dalis vocal competition. He has appeared with opera companies such as New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera San José, Lake George Opera Festival, Spoleto Opera Festival, Aspen Opera Theater, The Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera Roanoke, Piedmont Opera Theater, West Bay Opera and Capital Opera Raleigh. He has also appeared as a soloist for the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Bulgarian Radio-Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, and Enid Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring the world-renowned soprano Leona Mitchell. Karagiozov is the current organist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale. He has worked as a teacher, accompanist, and singer for 35 years.

THE DETAILS

The cost of admission is $25, which includes entertainment, appetizers, and a beverage. The evening will consist of two 45-minute sets, comedy and music. Tickets may be requested via our online “Contact the Guild” message box. Visit www.stthomas-svale.org/contact-the-guild or follow the link: Contact the Guild to submit your request.

Slider image: Slider design and photo of Krassen Karagiozov by Kristin Munday; Photo of Isaiah Musik-Ayala by Vanessa Preziose – vpphotography.com; Poster inset is the original design of A. Karagiozov.

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Freud’s Last Session – Final Weekend!

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