Episcopal Campus Ministry and Blue Hen Bounty

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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.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) is requesting food donations

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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!

Hungry College Students

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The sign up sheet is posted on the Great Hall Door. There’s room for you to sign up to fix a meal for our Episcopal Campus Ministry students on a Wednesday evening in October (the 25th) and several in November.

They like to have dinner about 5:50 and would love to have you dine with them. A home cooked meal is so much more delicious than any dining hall food. An individual can fix the meal or a group of people can get together and share the dishes.

Call the office (302-368-4644) or sign up personally.

The kids will love you forever!

Deacon Cecily, Episcopal Campus Minister
Sally Price

ECM Sunday

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This coming Sunday, May 7th, the Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) will provide our preacher, Ms. Matanda Mondoa who will be graduating from the University of Delaware this spring. The students will also provide Coffee Hour for this Sunday. At our recent elections the following students were elected as officers for 2017/2018: rising junior Collen Murray, President; rising sophomore Carla Wegner, Secretary; rising sophomore Susan Zaccaria, Treasurer. We also give thanks & say “God be with you” to graduating students Catherine Morse, Matanda Mondoa and Max Holdsworth.

Please visit our ECM news.

Former ECM student is new Associate Priest at Christ Church Christiana Hundred

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I am pleased to announce the call of our new priest associate, The Rev. Ann Urinoski, who will begin her ministry with us on March 1. Ann is a “cradle Episcopalian” who discovered her vocation for ordained ministry while active in campus ministry at the University of Delaware. She graduated from UD in 2010 with a major in English Education and spent a year in the Young Adult Service Corps, serving in a college chaplaincy program in Cape Town, South Africa. While completing her seminary education at the General Theological Seminary in New York, Ann was an intern at St. Mark’s Church, Basking Ridge, ordained a deacon in Advent 2015. She was ordained a priest this past June in the Diocese of New Jersey and continued serving St. Mark’s Church as the priest in charge while the rector was on sabbatical.

Ann will relocate from Central New Jersey to join our clergy team, with an emphasis on youth and young adult ministry. If you’d like to send a note to welcome her to Christ Church, her address is:

The Rev. Ann Urinoski
223 North Bridge Street
Somerville, NJ 08876

Blessings,
Ruth+

The Rev. Ruth Beresford
Rector

Wednesday dinners for ECM college students needed

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It’s time to feed our hungry college students. The sign up sheet is posted. Pick the date you want to cook for them and fill up that sheet! Plan on staying and eating. They love sharing meals with us. See you on a Wednesday evening. Sally and Deacon Cecily

ECM Sunday & Holy Eucharist – Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Each year, in the Fall and Spring terms, we set aside one Sunday to recognize our Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) program and the students involved in leadership and service. On Sunday, November 13, 2016, Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) students served as greeters, ushers, lectors, fellowship hosts, preacher, and acolytes at the 10:30 a.m. service.

ECM student and life-long parishioner Colleen Murray was our preacher at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services. Colleen has grown up amongst us and it was moving to hear God’s word in her story.

Additionally, we were delighted to welcome home the Reverend Ann Urinowski as our guest celebrant at both services. The Rev. Ann Urinowski was one of Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer-Harmon’s first ECM students so it was fitting that she was guest celebrant and was able to join us for Thanksgiving dinner after the service.

After the 10:30 a.m. service, the ECM advisory board hosted Thanksgiving dinner for the ECM students, Deacon Cecily and The Rev. Ann Urinowski.

We hope you enjoyed the grace that we share as a vital partner with our university in our love and support of our Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) students.

Role ECM Student(s) Picture
Celebrants and Preacher Rev. Paul Gennett, Rector

Colleen Murray,  ECM student preacher

Rev. Ann Urinowski,  Celebrant

Rev. Deacon Cecily Sawyer-Harmon,  ECM Chaplain

 
First Reading Carson Hanna  
Second Reading Hannah Watts  
Gradual Matanda Mondoa  
Preacher Colleen Murray  
Prayers of the People and Users Alex Cook and Ashlee Autore
Celebrant for Eucharist Rev. Ann Urinowski
Acolytes and Crucifer Carla Wegner, Bob Rys, Susan Zaccaria  
Thanksgiving Dinner ECM Advisory Board and ECM students  
Thanksgiving Dinner ECM Advisory Board and ECM students  

Sermon for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost & Episcopal Campus Ministry Sunday

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The St. Thomas’s family welcomed ECM student Colleen Murray who has been a life-long member of St. Thomas’s and who gave the sermon on the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost & Episcopal Campus Ministry Sunday.

“Over many years of coming to church with my mom and sister, I have experienced the same type of relationship with my church family. My St. Thomas’s story starts before I was even born. My mother started attending the church before I was born. Once I was born, and likewise with my sister, we started attending church with her. Eventually, we were baptized here and started the Sunday School program as toddlers.”

“My faith journey brought me to confirmation with Mr. Rys and then to college. I stayed active in the church during high school, but normally with the 8 o’clock service. After starting at the University of Delaware, I learned more about this group called ECM.”

See Colleen’s sermon for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost in its entirety.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) and Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) enjoy hayride and bon fire

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Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) and Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) students went on a hayride and enjoyed a bon fire at Milburn Orchards with their St. Thomas’s family! Hot dogs and s’mores, apple cider and water were enjoyed around the bon fire. This fellowship activity was recommended by our Young Adult and Campus Ministry (YACM) collaborative  “Together at the Table” grant and was hosted by us – Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM)!

St. Thomas’s is so proud of our students and you may catch up on their 2016-17 activities from their web page available from the St. Thomas’s web site.

Episcopal Campus Ministry collaborates with Presbyterian Campus Ministry for service project

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On Sun., Oct.. 9, 2016, Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) students joined Presbyterian Campus Ministry students at their church on Main Street to make snacks and toys for service dogs. The Presbyterians suggested this service activity for our Young Adult and Campus Ministry (YACM) collaborative “Together at the Table” grant for which the student ministries are collaborating.