Stewardship 2019: Shining Our Light

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.


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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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.


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


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

They will be presenting a wine and food pairing.


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 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 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 @

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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Summer Reading Program: June 16th – August 11th

Winners Announced

Congratulations to our winners of the Summer Reading Program, Read Me To The Moon, which ran from June 16th through August 11th.  Fran Hostettler read a Miss Julia book by Ann Ross and
Sophia De Medeiros read a Harry Potter book.

For details of this year’s program theme and how the program worked, please read below …

This Year’s Theme

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, please join in the fun-filled lunar theme this year! Everyone is invited to participate in our summer reading program. All you have to do is read any book you want, either from a public library, our church library, borrowed from a friend or one that you have been waiting all year to read from your bookshelf. Too young to read? Just have someone read a book to you.

Special Drawing

For every book you read your name will be entered into a drawing to be held on August 11th. A 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coin (proof half dollar) will be given to an adult as well as to a young reader. This coin will be on display in the library. Remember, the more you read, the better your chances.

How to Participate

Write your name and title of the book on the MOON. These will be available each Sunday after services in Cowans Hall at the bulletin board. Let’s see how many MOONS will be placed on the bulletin board. If you are a visitor and would like to participate in our program, be sure to put your phone number or email address on the back of the MOON.

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Back 2 Back: Rummage Sale (Sat. July 27) & Goodwill Drive (Sun. July 28)

This year we’re having back-to-back fundraising events on the weekend of July 27-28 in support of St. Thomas and we cordially invite you to join in! Combining the Rummage Sale and Goodwill Drive is a great fit for a wonderful cause!

Looking for Volunteers

We can always use helping hands in our FUN-draising efforts to sort, tag, organize, move or assist with whatever needs doing. Lunch will be provided on both days in gratitude for our collective efforts – can’t beat that! Please Contact Us if you would like to help.


The first of two events will be the third annual rummage sale held on Saturday, July 27, from 9 AM – 2 PM.

The previous two rummage sales have been overwhelming successes, and we hope to achieve the same results this year.

Donations for the Rummage Sale

We are accepting small items now for sale, such as clothes, books, dishes, small kitchen appliances, bed linens, and electronics. Let us know if you need help getting your items into church

Non-Acceptable Items

We cannot accept large appliances (e.g., washers and dryers), magazines, tires, flammable materials, or beds.

If you would like to donate furniture, please contact Kristen Kaliski (Ng) to discuss your item(s) – her contact details can be found in the church directory. If new to St. Thomas, contact the parish office at (408) 736-4155 or use the following link to send a message – Contact Us.


The second event will be the fourth annual Goodwill Drive that will take place on Sunday, July 28, 9 AM – 2 PM.

As in previous years, unsold items from the rummage sale will be donated to Goodwill.

We have fun and hope everyone else does too. So, let’s get busy – simplifying and decluttering our worlds while doing a world of good 🙂

Items to Donate

Goodwill loves to receive the following:
● clothes, shoes, and accessories
● small household items
● e – waste (old computers, printers, cables, etc. — they don ’ t have to work)
● electronics in working condition
● Books

Unacceptable Donations

There are items that we can donate and others that will not be accepted by the Goodwill. Please make a note of the items listed below and leave them at home.

Goodwill of Silicon Valley will not accept the following:
● furniture, mattresses, or exercise equipment
● large appliances, automobile parts, or weapons
● household trash, food, or carpeting
● construction debris, bricks, concrete, lumber, etc.
● hazardous household liquids or chemicals
● liquids of any kind (paints, insecticides, oils, flammables, alcohol, etc.)
● baby strollers, car seats, etc.
● pet – related items of any type
● items weighing more than 50 lbs (this includes TVs)

Keep in mind that what Goodwill will accept during a Goodwill drive differs from what Goodwill stores accept. For instance, Goodwill stores will not accept old – style cathode ray tube TVs, but such TVs are acceptable during the Goodwill drive if they weigh under 50 lbs (even if they don’t work).

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about what will be accepted, please check with Kristen Kaliski (Ng) via the Church Directory or if new to St. Thomas, contact the parish office at (408) 736-4155 or use the following link to send a message – Contact Us.

You may receive a tax receipt the day of the Goodwill Drive or may make arrangements with Kristen to receive one at another time.

Many Thanks to all who participate and give from your Fun(d)-Raising Team:
Caroline Harman, Fran Hostettler, Kristen Kaliski, Ann Kopischke, and Hugo Laguna- Lopez

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Annual Church Picnic on the Alpha-Omega Patio: June 2nd @ Noon

This year’s picnic will be held here on the St. Thomas campus – Sunday, June 2nd following the 10:30 am worship service (around Noon).

Come in your favorite picnic wear – Bermuda shorts, t-shirt, comfy shoes…and get ready to picnic together on the Alpha-Omega Patio!

We’ll be cooking and serving up some tasty burgers & hot dogs (veggie options included) out back behind Cowans Hall.

Hot coffee and chilled beverages will also be available. All we ask is that you bring a side dish to share for a fun gathering.

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