November 16, 2017
" The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him . "
~ Psalm 28:7
Bishop Hirschfeld Will be Joining Us Sunday, November 19
On November 19, St. Thomas’ will enjoy the privilege of a visit from The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld, who will join us for both Sunday services. This is the Bishop’s bi-annual visit to St. Thomas', and it is a great opportunity both to celebrate the activities of our parish and to meet Bishop Hirschfeld. 

It's also a time for anyone interested in being confirmed or received by the Episcopal Church to be blessed by the Bishop. Please contact the office at  603-742-3155 if you are interested.  

Living Compass Advent Series Begins
The Living Compass Advent Series - Practicing wonder with all your heart, soul, strength and mind - will be held Sunday, December 3, 10, and 17. Come for one week or all three weeks of this advent program. We will start each session with a shared potluck meal followed by discussions, prayer, and time to wonder about the Christmas Season. Books are free and all are welcome. Please register with the church office for the first session so we can plan the meal accordingly. Series starts at 6 pm and runs until 8 pm. 
Reverse Advent Calendar
Whether you are young or old, you can create your own Reverse Advent Calendar and donate to a charity of your choice. Read how Liz Turner started her own Reverse Advent Calendar and made a meaningful donation to End 68 Hours Of Hunger.
December 2
Breakfast With St. Nick
St. Nicholas will be making a special visit to Ervin Hall at St. Thomas' on Saturday, December 2 from 8:30 to 11:00 am. Breakfast includes a waffle bar, cookie decorating, and crafts.

Open to the public, the cost is $5 per person or $20 per family - children under 3 are free.

This is a terrific time for kids of all ages. Bring your camera and your special Christmas wish list.
Patty & Allen Laughlin Welcoming
We are delighted to welcome Allen Laughlin back as he returns to civilian life after being activated in the Marine reserves for a special one-year assignment. Allen left early January 2017. As our senior warden at that time, it was required that he step down to complete his Marine assignment.

Here we see Allen and his wife Patty (in the red) during their farewell gathering. They are joined with friends in the St. Thomas' Sunday Breakfast Cafe. Welcome back Allen and Patty!

Welcome back celebration: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Time: 9:00-10:00am (between services, during Breakfast Café)
Location: Parish Hall, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church,  5 Hale Street, Dover, NH

Refreshments: The church's Breakfast Café will be open with their full breakfast menu available (from homemade scones to Eggs Benedict)
apples in memorial garden
Have You Made Your Pledge For 2018?

Your pledge is important as we look to
fulfilling the needs of our parish in 2018. If you have yet to make your pledge for 2018, consider what you can give and contact the church office with your commitment. It's not too late.

St. Thomas' depends on the support of the community to continue it's legacy of providing a place of spiritual growth and outreach for it's parishioners and community.
Make Your Own Family Wreath
Make your own family wreath this year with fresh evergreens. Join us Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8:30 - 11 am during the St. Nicholas Breakfast or Sunday, Dec. 3 after each service.

If you have made a wreath in the past, please recycle your materials such as the form, pins, candle holders and candles. We will have some supplies available for a donation to cover the cost of new supplies, or bring your own materials to use and/or share with others. If you have supplies but do not plan to make a wreath this year, you can recycle the materials and leave them in the church office prior to Dec. 2 so that someone else can use the supplies. Traditionally the candles are 3 blue/purple and 1 pink taper. You may also choose to use all white candles. We will have colored ribbon on hand for added decoration and some literature with weekly prayers to say at home.

We are also asking for donations of evergreens from your yard to use for wreaths this year. We will have some basic pine but the addition of holy, winter-berry or other evergreen clippings is also nice to use.

If you are planning to make a wreath on either day please bring some basic garden snips, gloves (latex works, too), and wire cutters if you have them. Some will be on-hand for sharing. The fresh wreaths will be one per family but we will have a special advent wreath craft project for kids only available on Saturday morning during the 8:30-11 am St. Nicholas breakfast.

Start each day with a word of encouragement and hope from a Society of Saint John the Evangelist Brother. Each morning receive an email with the word of the day or go to

"Every morning I get a daily word by email from the Brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist. Sometimes in just a few words the email reorients my day. I have come to find it a little addictive. I think that you might like it too."

Give A Child The Gift Of Warmth & Comfort This Holiday Season
- PJ's!
Our offering of pj's, socks, and underwear placed at
the altar before delivery last December.
It is hard to believe that the holiday season is right around the corner. The last two years, we, as a parish, have participated in a wonderful activity – collecting new pajamas, underwear, and socks for needy children in our community.

Most of you have probably heard me speak at church about why this project is so dear to my heart, but for those who have not and for those who have, I will reiterate. Within families who live in poverty, things like new pajamas are a luxury. When a parent has to chose between basic essentials like food or heat and pajamas, the later choice doesn’t happen.

Our efforts here at St. Thomas' has also provided many, many children a pair of new pajamas that they can wear on PJ Day at their school, therefore helping every child be part of that school celebration. 
Last year we, as the St. Thomas' community, donated over ninety pairs of new pajamas along with lots of underwear and socks. 

The basket for your generous donations will be on the table outside the sanctuary. I will be collecting both boys and girls sizes 4 to 16. The basket will be available from Sunday, November 26 through December 17. Then I will take the donations to Woodman Park Elementary School here in Dover where the staff will distribute the gifts to the children.

I ask you to please help fill the basket again this year with new pajamas, underwear and socks for deserving children!

Thank you and God bless,
Nancy Kershaw
November 19 - Bishop's Visitation at both Sunday services

December 2 - Saint Nicholas Breakfast 8:30 to 11:00 am

December 3 - First Sunday of Advent
Living Compass

December 10 - Second Sunday of Advent
Living Compass

December 17 - Third Sunday of Advent
Living Compass

Kids 3 Years Old T0 6th Grade Are Welcome -
Session starts at 9:30 am each Sunday!

If you have questions about Kids Rock, please contact Rev. Gail Avery or Judi Turner .

NOTE: Kids Rock will not be held on November 26, December 24 and 31, and January 21.
Sunday Services are at
8 am and 10 am
Do You Have News?
If you have news to share about the St. Thomas community, please contact Larissa in the church office at 603-742-3155 or reach her by  email.

5 Hale Street
Dover, New Hampshire 03820

Phone: 603-742-3155