Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is a place where our college-age students explore and live spirituality in community with other students, faculty, staff and parishioners. Through service projects, regional and national events, and weekly gatherings, they connect to the world and to one another. There is always food and fun, time to worship and time to just hang out. ECM students meet on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. for Evening Prayer and then enjoy dinner prepared by parishioners at 6:00 p.m.
The Reverend Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon became the chaplain for Episcopal Campus Ministry in 2009, the same year she became a deacon in the Episcopal Church.
One of ECM’s service projects is called “Blue Hen Bounty,” which is a food pantry for food insecure UD students. ECM wants to share their Blue Hen Bounty web site and a recent article published in UDaily, the UD newsletter.
ECM thanks parishioners who donated food items recently. Blue Hen Bounty food pantry is well stocked and ready to serve students in the Spring term.
If you see ECM students on Sunday, please introduce yourself and extend a warm welcome as St. Thomas’s church family is their family away from home.
Just a reminder that the first reading of the Poet’s Corner series this semester will take place at St Thomas’s this coming Saturday, February 17, at 4 p.m. The chair of the English Department at the University of Delaware, John Ernest, will be reading aloud his favorite poets and poems. This wonderful event is free and open to the public, although a free-will offering is happily accepted. Please join us then.
ASH WEDNESDAY AT ST. THOMAS’S IN NEWARK
FEBRUARY 14, 2018
HOLY EUCHARIST AND IMPOSITION OF ASHES
ALL ARE WELCOME.
The annual St. Thomas’s Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Extravaganza is coming soon!
Bring your family to St. Thomas’s on Tuesday, February 13 starting at 5:30 PM when you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious sweet pancakes and spicy sausages as we use up the fat and flour before the privations of Lent!
For a mere $7 per adult and $5 per child – with a cap of $20 per family – you can feast to your heart’s content.
We’ll need some help to make this a success:
Help setting up (at 3:30-ish)
Help at the door to collect money
Help serving cakes and sausages
Help bussing tables
Help washing dishes and putting them away
Help cleaning up and putting away tables and chairs
Let me know what you can do to help. Many hands make light work. We are family!
The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish have set aside the fourth Sunday in Lent, March 11, 2018, for the 176th Annual Meeting of St. Thomas’s Parish. This important gathering gives opportunity to gather as a community of faith, to hear reports of our ministry activities over the year past and plans for the year ahead, and to elect four  people to three-year terms as servant leaders of our parish. Nomination forms and the requirements for being a Vestry candidate are now on the nametag table. Vestry nominations are due on Sunday, February 11. For the Annual Meeting, we will gather at 12:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, beginning with time of fellowship and a light lunch. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. We are offering activities for our children so that parents may participate fully in the life and ministry of our parish. More information will be forthcoming in February and March, and weekly in the Carpenter‘s Helper. We will offer the Annual Report electronically at least one week before the Annual Meeting.
Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is requesting food donations for our Blue Hen Bounty food pantry for food insecure University of Delaware students who cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves. Food donations of cereal, peanut butter, jelly, and instant soups are most in need right now. Other non-perishable food and personal hygiene item donations are also welcome.
Blue Hen Bounty donations may be left in the clear bin labeled ECM food closet located near the windows in the great hall. ECM thanks you for your support!
The Wardens and Vestry of St. Thomas’s Parish are pleased and honored to announce that the Rev. Edward E. Godden has accepted our call to serve as Interim Rector beginning January 1, 2018. Father Ed has been in the area for many years, serving parishes in Delaware and Cecil County, Maryland. He is also well acquainted with St. Thomas’s, most recently as supply priest twice this past summer. Father Ed is trained and experienced in interim ministry.
Father Ed will serve the parish on a half-time basis. His focus will be on worship, pastoral care, and guiding us through the transition process. In order to make the best use of his time, and to expose the parish to a broad variety of experiences in worship and preaching, supply priests and guest preachers will supplement his liturgical ministry.
Father Ed is looking forward to being with us, helping us to grow into a stronger parish during the interim period as we seek our next full-time rector. Please keep him and the parish in your prayers. We also encourage you to maintain–and perhaps increase and deepen–your commitment to the ministry of St. Thomas’s during the very interesting time that lies ahead for all of us.