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.

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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


The Rev. Ruth Beresford

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.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) picks apples and makes pies!

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Last Sun., Oct. 23, 2016, the Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) went apple picking at Milburn Orchards. after the 10:30 a.m. service.  On Wed., Oct. 26, 2016 during the weekly ECM get together time, they made pies from the apples they had picked. Carla deftly operated the apple corer / spiral slicer and Sarah cut the apples into bite size pieces. Colleen was the spice mix master and Alex was the crust man. Sally baked the pies while the ECM students participated in Evening Prayer. The students and guest extraordinaire Organist Marc Cheban enjoyed dinner together and pies for dessert! A lovely time was had by all.

Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) Sunday – Nov. 13

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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. This Fall, our ECM Sunday is Sunday, November 13, and on this day the students will serve as greeters, ushers, lectors, fellowship hosts, and preacher. This Fall, Colleen Murray will be our preacher at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship. Colleen has grown up amongst us over her 19 years, and it is a great grace to hear God’s word and work through her. Additionally, we are delighted to welcome home the Reverend Ann Urinoski as our guest celebrant at both services! Please join us in the grace we have to be such a vital partner with our university in this important way.

ECM Profile and Food Pantry

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Since the founding in 1842 of St. Thomas’s Parish, Newark, one principal focus has been our ministering to the faculty and students of the University of Delaware. Moving to our current location on South College Avenue in 1957, we have partnered with the diocese in supporting a Chaplain to this day. The Episcopal Campus Ministry [ECM] has been concerned about fellow students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves while paying for tuition, books, and other needs. The ECM students unanimously decided to establish a Food Pantry in the Fall of 2015. Bishop Wright donated the first gift in support to purchase food. Additional food has been donated through efforts of the ECM with the parishioners of St. Thomas’s. The pantry is open and food distributed every Wednesday during the school year from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

This summer the Episcopal Campus Ministry submitted a proposal to the Young Adult Campus Ministry in collaboration with the Lutherans and Presbyterians Campus Ministries to share worship, fellowship and service with a focus on issues of food insecurity. We were blessed to be a recipient, and our program “Together at the Table” begins in September 2016 with a culminating Oxfam American Hunger banquet in the Spring 2017. This is an interactive event between students, the parish, and university officials that brings hunger and poverty issues to life with the opportunity to serve these needs collaboratively and intentionally.
For several years the Episcopal (ECM), Lutheran, (LCM) and Presbyterian (PCM) Campus Ministries have shared a variety of experiences, including “Ashes to Go” on the main campus, Free Cookie Mondays in the Perkins Student Center, the Midnight Pancake program for students during exams, and making fleece blankets and distributing them to children in foster care.

The University of Delaware, through the Dean of Students office and faculty in Nutrition and Agriculture programs, are very interesting in collaborating with us to reach and support the many students who will benefit from the Campus Pantry. It is also possible, as the response grows in usage by students, that a partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware may become a supportive reality.

Grateful always, in peace,
Fr. Paul Gennett, Jr.+
Rector, St. Thomas’s Parish, Newark

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