Campus Ministry Episcopalians, Lutherans, and Presbyterians

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On Wed., April 13, 2016, St. Thomas’s ECM-ers had a great time with the Lutheran Campus Ministry and the Presbyterian Campus Ministry. They came to chat with us some even before our Evening Prayer time, and it was so much fun to have a few new faces. It was a great turn out of the ECM regulars too, which made for all the more fun; we even filled three pews for evening prayer! We had a fantastic dinner and a wonderful UDairy dessert, and we all sat with someone new at our tables. Each table shared “God moments” or “New and Goods” with one another, which is when each person gets to share something positive from their week so that we can celebrate it as a group. We wrapped up a satisfying dinner and discussion and helped the LCM and PCM-ers make some Fleece-tie blankets that would be donated to foster children. Since this meeting was in the middle of the week, it was so nice to take a break for arts and crafts!

Feeling satisfied with the food and the company of one another, we made sure to invite the LCM and PCM-ers to come again if they ever felt so inclined, and they also invited us to their Tuesday dinner and Wednesday Bible Study if we ever felt the need. Tonight was another wonderful reminder of how blessed I am to attend a school and a congregation that places such importance on fostering relationships with other students, constantly challenging me to expand my social networks inside and outside the classroom!

– Hannah Watts

Hospitality for Bishop Wright’s visit on Sunday, April 17th

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We’re finalizing plans for Confirmation with Bishop Wright’s visit on Sunday, April 17th, and still need a few more goodies for the coffee hour/reception. Given the special occasion, we expect a larger-than-normal crowd and want to make sure there’s a mighty feast. It would be great if you could provide your special dish or something similar to the following – Finger foods (hot & cold), Chips, Dips, Cheese, Fruit, Veggies, Salads, Cookies, Pastries.

Items should be dropped off at the church kitchen before 11 AM on Sunday, April 17th. Please let us know what you can give. Blessings!

Mr. Bob & Ms.Teri

Episcopal Relief and Development NetsforLife®

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We are participating in the Episcopal Relief and Development’s NetsforLife® effort.

Donations for this worthy cause are significantly down from last year so we are extending the end date to April 15 to give everyone a chance to contribute to our annual contribution. To participate, you can give a check made out to St. Thomas’s with NetsforLife on the memo line or cash donation to Sister Jackie Fossler or Connie Malin or charge your credit card by going directly to the ERD website at www.netsforlifeafrica.org.

If you have questions contact Connie Malin at 302-834-3016 or Sister Jackie Fossler at 302-738-
7496 or srjacalynhild@gmail.com.

Visitation by Bishop Wayne Wright

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We are blessed to welcome our diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Wayne P. Wright, to our family of St. Thomas’s Parish on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sunday April 17. Bishop Wright will be the preacher and celebrant at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. He will be celebrating the Confirmation of Makayla Casey, Joshua Grieten, Elizabeth Payzant, Gustavo Smith, Sean Swain, and Claire Wadman . The Bishop also will commission our Vestry servant leaders, offer our thanks and blessings for good and faithful service upon off-going Vestry, and recognize with gratitude our Christian Formation teachers and staff who have served our children and families over the past year.

If you wish to reaffirm your Baptismal Covenant and Confirmation vows before our Bishop this day, please let Fr. Paul know your intention on or before Wednesday, April 13th.

The loose plate offering this day is designated to the Bishop’s discretionary fund which generously provides assistance to Camp Arrowhead scholarships, clergy sabbaticals, and much, much more. Please be generous!

Sermon for The Second Sunday of Easter – April 3, 2016/Year C

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Every Second Sunday in Easter we meet our namesake Thomas. The crest for Thomas the Apostle on our banner might be an appropriate slogan for any tee-shirts, mugs, cozies, or other promotional products prepared for our upcoming 175th celebration of our ministry in Newark in 2017 – How can we know the way???

See Father Paul’s sermon for The Second Sunday of Easter – April 3, 2016/Year C. See sermons for this liturgical year.

2016 ECM Mission Trip: Journey to Costa Rica — Last Days & Arriving Home Again!

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Blessings to all in Eastertide Grace! I heard from Deacon Cecily that she & the ECM Mission students are back in USA again safe, sound, and truly blessed by their experience & service in Costa Rica! Here is the last word …
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+

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Dear Father Paul and the St. Thomas Community,

Hard to believe it’s our last day and it ended with an amazing view. We went to the Poas Volcano National Park, where we viewed the most acidic lake in a volcanic crater.

as well as a lagoon of collected rainwater. It was a physical challenge but the view was worth it.

We concluded our volcano adventure with a taste of the local strawberries and lunch.

I’m sending this email over our last dinner here. While we were eating, the power went out in a small part of San Jose. The restaurant carried on business as usual. I guess that’s what it means to live “pura vida”! Alex even called it “the full Costa Rica experience”. 🙂

We’re on our way to Newark, NJ and eventually DE. Thank you so much for helping us get here and we’ll see you soon!

Pura Vida!
Matanda Mondoa

2016 ECM Mission Trip to Costa Rica: Day 4&5 — Work, work, work … ahhhh, REST & RESTORATION :-D

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Blessings in the Grace of the Easter Saturday! To think we were waiting in the screaming silence of Holy Saturday at the tomb of Jesus, and then …. RESURRECTION HAPPENS! This is exactly what the missals from our ECM students & Deacon Cecily have sounded like. There are more pictures to come, so stay tuned for their return … and pray for safe travel back to us over the night tonight into tomorrow morning!

 

With gratefulness, your servant in Christ,
Paul+

 

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Dear Father Paul and the St. Thomas Community,
Our final day of work has been completed and it went quickly. Yesterday, we helped the Hogar Escuela in Heredia by painting one of the classrooms, a jungle gym in the playground, and entertaining the kids during their sports day. It was an emotional day; on the one hand, we completed all the jobs we set out to do. But on the other, we had to say goodbye to all the people and children we bonded with the past few days. The children gave us thank you cards before we left, which was a great reminder of the lives we touched.

 

Bishop Héctor did a Eucharist mass when we got back to the Diocesan home. He preached about how he was elected and how our work and the church is similar to surfing. Coming across the right opportunities to help the most people is like catching the perfect wave. We came to Costa Rica at the right time and my hope is that we can apply this to many other locations, including Delaware. He gave us handcrafted cross pendants to remember our time here.

 

We concluded our day with an energizing dance lesson, learning various Costa Rican and popular techniques from the bachata to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. We’ve got a talented bunch out here! It was a lot of fun and gave us some much needed R&R. Today we went to the beach in Manuel Antonio. It was a long drive (3 1/2 hours!) but it was worth it.

Our prayers are with you, especially during our last day here in Costa Rica. Here’s to living “pura vida”! 🙂


Sincerely,
Matanda Mondoa
PS – I’ve attached a few photos here and I’m compiling more to put on a website by the time we get back.