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

Food Closet for food insecure UD students

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food itemsEpiscopal Campus Ministry hosts a food closet for UD students who are food insecure and cannot provide ample nutrition for themselves. Food insecure students may come to Episcopal Campus Ministry’s (ECM’s) food closet every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Parish located at 276 S. College Ave (directly across from UD’s Student Health).




garden fresh vegetablsECM has collected many donated food products including garden fresh vegetables that they share with those students in need. All that they ask is that students bring their student UD ID for verification as a UD student and then ECM students will share whatever amount of food fulfills their need.




student privately choosing foodIf you have any questions or cannot make the designated time and would like to set up an appointment, please contact Carson Hannah of ECM by email at, come to the Church at 276 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19711 or call the Church at (302) 368-4644. Please help us spread the word!

Welcome back students – from our Bishop

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Welcome back students! Please see this week’s Bishop’s blog from The Rt. Rev. Wayne P. Wright, 10th Bishop of Delaware,  and see his welcoming comments and visits to Delaware’s two Episcopal schools. This Bishop offers the following prayer from the Book of Common Prayer:

O Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities, that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find you to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 824)

St. Thomas’s sends a special welcome to our Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) students. University of Delaware Classes start next week and ECM activities will begin shortly thereafter. Be sure to look for our ECM students in Church and extend your personal welcome.

ECM awarded a special program grant from the Episcopal Church

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We received fantastic news regarding our Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) at St. Thomas’s Parish. ECM has been awarded a special program grant from the Episcopal Church. See the July 6, 2016 announcement from the Episcopal Church. “These grants help the Episcopal Church live into an expanding understanding of what it means to be in ministry with young adults on and off college campuses,” said the Rev. Shannon Kelly, Episcopal Church Missioner of Young Adult and Campus Ministries.

The Rt. Rev. Wayne P. Wright, Episcopal Bishop of Delaware, Shared this good news in his July 20 weekly message saying “The grant will support an ecumenical feeding program on the University of Newark’s campus. Under the leadership of Deacon Cecily Sawyer Harmon members of our campus ministry identified the existing need. They developed a plan to address it in partnership with the Lutheran campus ministry. The grant will make this new outreach ministry possible. It is also an important recognition of the good work being done by our ECM.”

See more information, see Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) or contact the Reverend Deacon Cecily Sawyer-Harmon at St. Thomas’s via the Parish Office at (302) 368-4644 or use the Contact Us form on St. Thomas’s web site.

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