October 12, 2017
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever. "
~ 1 Chronicles 16:34
Consecration Sunday .....
A Time To Be Thankful
apples in memorial garden
It was with grateful hearts that the congregation joined at one service on Sunday, Oct.29, to celebrate the many gifts we have been given as a community.

A full tally of pledges for calendar year 2018 has not been made, but it is apparent that some have increased their pledges from the previous year and that some are pledging for the first time. Each pledge is truly appreciated - no gift is too small. If you have yet to make your pledge for 2018 and would like to be counted as a participant, please let us know as soon as possible. This helps as we look towards the budget for the new year. You can call the church office or send us a note with your pledge.

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.
Bishop's Visitation On 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.  

Festival of Trees
We are hoping to participate again this year in Dover's "Festival of Trees". We are looking for an individual or a group to come up with a creative theme that represents our church community and to facilitate donations from the congregation for decorations. Last year the theme was "St Nicholas", some other ideas are Noah's Ark, St. Francis, all about cross variations or crowns, or how about a 'giving tree'? The theme is open to whomever would like to coordinate the project. We are partnering with the Chamber so all that is involved is promoting the theme and items needed to decorate the tree. On Dec 1, during the day, the tree is decorated and then viewed by the public that evening for the auction and open house. 

If you or your group would like to take this project on, please contact JoAnn Rohde, Judi Turner, or contact the office and someone will get back to you.
Our Most Successful Harvest Fair Ever!
With the sun shining on October 21, many people were about town and stopped by our fair to shop at our crafts tables and to sample the many cookies, cakes, jams and jellies created by our many volunteers. By noon the hall was filled for a wonderful home made lunch.

According to Carol Heighes, the event coordinator, 280 pies were made for the event and at the end of the day only a few remained. It was the most pies the committee had ever made and sold.

Carol expresses her sincere thank you to everyone who helped, " A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who lent a hand because it is only through your help that we can succeed in such an undertaking."

The fair raised approximately $6,000 for the church. These funds will be used to assist the parish in pursuing our spiritual endeavors, as well as for our community outreach, maintenance and daily upkeep of our historic buildings.
St. Thomas' 2nd Annual
Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Thomas’ hosted its 2 nd Blood Drive on Saturday, Oct. 28 in Ervin Hall. Thirty-six pints of blood were donated over the course of 5 hours, and donors were treated to one of Tim Constantine’s wonderful homemade soups, as well as cookies provided by Fran Whiting and Georgia Campbell.

Church members staffed the check-in table and helped with set-up. "Thanks" to Chris Turner for organizing an important day for our community. St. Thomas' outreach to our community is an important part of our mission. According to Chris, "The Red Cross was very pleased with our hospitality and facilities. We will make this a regular event for St. Thomas’."
You will often find these three in the kitchen during St. Thomas events. Pictured are Fran Whiting, Tim Constantine, and Georgia Campbell. They were busy feeding Red Cross donors and staff during the blood drive.

On Monday, November 13th, the Diversity Committee of the Episcopal Church of NH is screening the film, 13th, at the Red River Theatres in Concord. The film explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States. Its title refers to the 13th Amendment.

The screening will begin at 6pm and run approximately 1 1/2 hours. After the showing, there will be a light reception and Q&A at St. Paul's Church, 21 Centre Street in Concord.

There is no admission fee, but a donation will be requested to help defray the cost. The screening room can seat only 109 people, so you will need to register in advance. Click for a link to the register .

This event is made possible with a grant from the Reconciliation Commission of the Episcopal Church of NH.

To download a copy of the poster and to learn more about the Episcopal Church’s work in NH, click here
Is There a Project Waiting For You?
The Turner Family took advantage of a warm fall afternoon to rebuild the bulkhead door over the Sanctuary basement, which was in disrepair and in danger of caving in under the weight of winter snow. Rotting wood was replaced with polyurethane beams and pressure-treated door panels, and the whole thing will be painted “Episcopal Red” to match the existing trim. If you feel like taking on any projects like this, for maintenance or upkeep, there’s no need to wait for the next Parish Work Day! Just contact a member of the Property Committee with your idea or simply contact our parish office and a member of the committee will be in touch with you.
Examining The Seeds of Racism
Temple Israel in Dover is hosting Dr. Martin Rumscheidt as guest speaker on Nov. 3, at 7 pm, at their Temple on 36 Olive Meadow, Dover, NH. Dr. Rumscheidt will tell his story of growing up in Nazi Germany, emphasizing the importance of recognizing anti-Semitism and racism, which is growing in our society, and the need to speak out against them. Discussion and refreshments will follow - free admission.
November 1 - All Saints Day - Reading of our Book of Remembrance at 7:00 pm

November 5 - All Saints Sunday

November 19 - Bishop's Visitation at both Sunday services

December 3 - First Sunday of Advent

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 .
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
Web: stdover.org
Email: sttomas@stdover.org