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TRINITY CATHEDRAL, TRENTON
PHOTO BY GEORGIA KOENIG

In This Issue:
From Bishop Stokes
Register/Donate for the Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride
Soles for the Harvest 5k Registration Open
Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings
Classifieds

A LETTER FROM BISHOP STOKES:

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job…Job 1:1

This past Thursday, the Daily Office lectionary for The Episcopal Church called for us to begin several weeks of a “course reading” in the Book of Job.  “Course reading” means reading, more or less, in sequence.

Part of the so-called “wisdom tradition,” the Book of Job has long fascinated me.  Generally speaking, the wisdom books of the Bible reflect the experiences of daily living.  They do not tell epic stories of Israel’s history.  Nor are they apocalyptic accounts of a cosmic battle between good and evil.  In many instances, the wisdom literature reflects the ordinary experiences of everyday life, frequently employing aphorisms and pithy sayings, similar to Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack. Proverbs and Ecclesiastes both contain examples of this.  

Though deeply connected to human experience, the Book of Job is very different.  It is an extended exploration of innocent suffering. The Introduction to the Book of Job in The New Oxford Annotated Bible – NRSV (New York:  Oxford University Press, 1994) observes, “The Book of Job does not explain the mystery of suffering or ‘justify the ways of God’ with human beings, but it does probe the depths of faith in the midst of suffering.”

In its structure, the Book of Job is framed within a prose folktale that establishes the parameters of the story  – God gives Satan permission to test Job’s faithfulness by visiting suffering upon him.  In between the prose opening and closing of the story are 39 chapters written by sophisticated poet-theologians of the post-exilic period (537 B.C.  – 430 B.C.) who, through the introduction of characters, including friends and family of Job, as well as God, reflect on Job’s situation and the challenges it presents to faith.

In his commentary on Job for the Interpretation Series, Biblical scholar J. Gerald Janzen writes, “The Book of Job has to do with the most painful and unavoidable questions which can arise in human experience. These questions arise in connection with experiences of arbitrary suffering” (Interpretation – A Biblical Commentary for Teaching and Preaching:  Job Atlanta:  John Knox Press, 1985, 1).

Well-known author and New York Times columnist, the late William Safire, offered a somewhat different take on Job in his 1992 book The First Dissident:  The Book of Job in Today’s Politics (New York, Random House, 1992).

Safire writes:

Job reaches across the millennia to express modern Man’s [sic] outrage at today’s inequities.  The Book of Job’s tone is not a weary resignation to life’s unfairness.  Rather, it is a sustained note of defiance.  The book’s message is not that we should accept the dictates of Fate, but rather that we should object to Authority’s injustice or unconcern, and assert our morality as best we can (Kindle location 112 of 6982).

From start to finish, the Book of Job elicits a range of emotions, responses and reactions. This is why it fascinates me.  It rings true to our human experience and affords a vehicle for those who suffer to explore their deep questions and feelings.  I’m looking forward to the next several weeks of the Daily Office.

If you haven’t been in the habit of reading the Daily Office, now is a good time to start. To find the readings, look at the Daily Office Lectionary in your Book of Common Prayer.  If you look, you can see we began reading Job on Thursday of Proper 15 – Year Two which you can find on page 981.

If you don’t have a Book of Common Prayer, you can purchase one from The Altar Guild Shop of our own Trinity Cathedral.  I believe every person in every home should have a Book of Common Prayer.  It is a spiritual treasure that can be used throughout the year for daily prayer and special occasions.

You can also use the Online Book of Common Prayer which you can find here.  Or purchase the Electronic Common Prayer app here.  This app is really easy to use.  It includes the specific readings for each day and can used on your phone.  I use it all the time.

If you do start reading the Daily Office this week, be sure to read the first two chapters of Job to catch up.  You might even think of putting together a group of fellow parishioners or friends and have a discussion about Job as we move through the book.

There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job…

Fascinating….absolutely fascinating.

Blessings and peace.

In Christ,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey

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BATTLE AGAINST HUNGER BIKE RIDE: REGISTER NOW!

The 16th annual Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride is September 14-16–find out more!

Sign up here, and donate here

Click on the image below for a printable flier suitable for bulletin boards everywhere!

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JUBILEE SPOTLIGHT: SOLES FOR THE HARVEST 5K REGISTRATION

JOIN US FOR THE SEVENTH ANNUAL SOLES FOR THE HARVEST 5K AND 1 MILE FUN WALK/RUN.

Race proceeds benefit programs dedicated to alleviating hunger in New Jersey.

During registration, YOU may BECOME A FUNDRAISER, creating the capacity to accept online donations for a hunger-related charity OF YOUR CHOICE!  YOUR hunger-related charity may be a Church supported feeding program or a not-for-profit feeding program.

Participants are also asked to bring canned goods to benefit a local food pantry.

PLEASE help us share the harvest!

SOLES FOR THE HARVEST 5k AND 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, Office of Jubilee Ministries.

Click here to register!

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 DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING
Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events TRANSITION MINISTRY UPDATE

Listed below are the most recent updates for churches receiving names.  For other updates, please go to: http://dioceseofnj.org/transition-ministry/

  • Andrew’s Church, Mount Holly – Rector – Application deadline extended to August 31.
  • Christ the King, Willingboro – Priest-in-Charge (half-time) – Application deadline extended to September 14.
MANDATORY ANNUAL ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH INSURANCE!

Re-posting from previous issues–this is important, friends!

This year CPG is requiring that everyone who is covered by a Church Medical Trust health plan participate in Annual Enrollment. Annual Enrollment materials will be mailed to your home address in mint green colored envelopes. While it is important for those with an Anthem healthcare plan to update their personal information and confirm their enrollment, it is crucial for those with a Cigna healthcare plan to select a new plan for 2019. The Cigna Open Access Plus and Cigna Open Access Plus In-Network plans will not be available for 2019 but there will be similar plans available that utilize the Cigna network of providers. To learn more about the changes and how to choose the best plan to meet your needs, come to the free Benefits Workshop that will be held on October 13, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Trinity Cathedral. You can find more information and a link to the registration on our website here. Please register by October 5 and let us what information is most important to you when you register.

If you would like to attend a webinar version of this session, please email benefits@dioceseofnj.org.

GOLF OUTING REGISTRATION

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St. GEORGE’S-BY-THE-RIVER PARISHIONER IN NEED OF KIDNEY

Stewardship is a concept we often approach steeped in the idea of financial contributions, taking care of our physical parishes and perhaps donating time. This request is of a different nature, though: Jim Bemis, a faithful member of parish of St. George’s by the River is suffering from kidney failure.  This has been a path he’s been walking for many years, and, while he is on the kidney donation list, time is drawing short for that solution.

Jim was integral to the parish in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. He used his considerable gifts on our behalf to ensure that the church’s recovery was not only complete but continues working with our Building and Grounds committee to find ways to minimize damage in the years to come. In addition to his years of service to the church, Jim has been active in his local community volunteering with the Coast Guard, and participating in the Special Olympics’ sailing program. While his illness forces Jim to cut back on many of his activities, he continues to show up for St. George’s in so many ways.  Our community would be poorer without his presence.

And so, we offer these words to you for contemplation as this health crisis extends: is there something, some action you might take to help Jim find a kidney?  In so doing, you would be extending not only his life, but his steady and generous participation in the life of our Episcopal Church. For more information please email the Rev. Jeffrey Roy.

Thank you.

October 15 – October 17, 2018
Christ Church | Charlotte, NC

This national conference series explores Christian formation for discipleship, scripture engagement, habits of daily prayer, serving the poor, and sharing the Good News. The conference will offer keynote presentations, workshops, and networking time, and will be undergirded with Eucharist and the Daily Office.

The conference will include findings from RenewalWorks, a research-based Forward Movement initiative that has identified key catalysts for spiritual vitality in congregations and for individuals. A focus on discipleship is one of those primary catalysts, based on research from nearly half a million participants across the country.

Begins: Monday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. (registration opens 12:30)
Ends: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Registration  |  Travel Details  |  Schedule

UPCOMING SAFE CHURCH TRAININGS
Safe Church Training is a requirement for all those who work in the churches of our Diocese, especially those persons who work with children and youth.
Leaders: The Reverend Carolyn A. Bradley, Deacon, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC; The Reverend Catherine Esposito, Deacon; The Reverend Carol Ann Pepe, Deacon, LCSW, St. Luke’s, Metuchen, New Jersey; Ms. Kasi LeGrand, MSW, LCSW, Piscataway, New Jersey.
In this workshop, both sexual abuse of children and sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons are covered. This training is required every five years for clergy, wardens, employees, church personnel, lay Eucharistic visitors, and anyone regularly working with or around children or youth.
The morning session, from 9am to noon, deals with the sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons. The afternoon session, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, deals specifically with the sexual abuse of children. Morning and afternoon sessions may be taken on the same day or on separate days, but both sessions must be taken.
Register by the Wednesday prior to the workshop: register online  or email mclisham@dioceseofnj.org or phone Mary Anne Clisham, 609 394-5281, ext. 10.
Those who have previously attended an onsite workshop in the Diocese of New Jersey may do their recertification training online by contacting Ann Notte (anotte@dioceseofnj.org) for an ID and Password.

Summer/Fall 2018:

September 8, 2018 – Christ Church, Toms River

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09082018

September 15, 2018 – Trinity, Moorestown CURRENTLY FULL; check back later for cancellations or other vacancies

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09152018

September 22, 2018 – Grace, Haddonfield

Registration link:https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09222018

November 10, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Clementon

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch11102018

 

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CHOIR ROBES TO CLAIM

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Wenonah has 20 maroon choir robes and collars which are no longer needed. The contact person is Margie McWilliams, 856-468-6664, if you have interest in these items.

Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State
609.394.5281
info@dioceseofnj.org

We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in the Southern 2/3 of New Jersey.

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From Your COO/CFO and Financial Development Team

Living into our learnings from our Discerning Our Common Call process about the importance of communications between our Bishop and his staff, committees and commissions of our Diocese and our congregations, we hope to bring you actionable ideas on a periodic basis, and invite your feedback, questions and topics for future newsletters.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: 

“We have one purpose:

To form people as disciples of Jesus Christ so that they can participate in God’s mission of reconciliation in the world.”

Bishop Chip Stokes, Diocesan Leadership Retreat Presentation
June 2, 2018

One purpose.  A common call.  God’s own mission calling us outside ourselves, outside the walls of our buildings, across man-made boundaries into wider, stronger community with each other.  Given our history and tradition, one might think this would be a natural for us.  We profess in both the Apostles and Nicene creeds to believe in ourselves as “one holy catholic and apostolic church”.  What images do those words conjure up in your mind when you say them?  How do (or don’t) you see that being lived out in your faith community?

At our October 2017 and March 2018 conventions, our diocesan community committed to reclaiming our sense of common call.  We asked a number of groups to take creative, constructive and critical looks at how we might model that from a diocesan perspective and, most importantly, how we resource and coach our congregations in doing likewise.  Those groups have been wrestling ever since with the challenge of implementing that in their particular area of focus, through the lens of discipleship.

NOW GO AND DO: 

On September 8th, many of those groups named above will meet to compare notes, wrestle together and live into the vision of working towards our unified purpose.  Their ministries demand the best of all the gifts they bring to the table.  The names of the teams appear below and are linked to the list of team members.  BOOKMARK THIS LINK AND REVISIT IT AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE BETWEEN NOW AND SEPTEMBER 8TH, CLICK ON ONE OF THE LINKS BELOW AND PRAY FOR THAT GROUP AND ITS MEMBERS!

And for those of you in a position to do so, CONSIDER INCLUDING ALL OF US IN YOUR PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE DURING CORPORATE WORSHIP AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE.

BATTLE AGAINST HUNGER BIKE RIDE: REGISTER NOW!

The 16th annual Battle Against Hunger Bike Ride is September 14-16–find out more!

Sign up here, and donate here

Click on the image below for a printable flier suitable for bulletin boards everywhere!

Benefits Corner – Annual Enrollment Workshop October 13th 

Mandatory Annual Enrollment for Health Insurance!

This year CPG is requiring that everyone who is covered by a Church Medical Trust health plan participate in Annual Enrollment. Annual Enrollment materials will be mailed to your home address in mint green colored envelopes. While it is important for those with an Anthem healthcare plan to update their personal information and confirm their enrollment, it is crucial for those with a Cigna healthcare plan to select a new plan for 2019. The Cigna Open Access Plus and Cigna Open Access Plus In-Network plans will not be available for 2019 but there will be similar plans available that utilize the Cigna network of providers. To learn more about the changes and how to choose the best plan to meet your needs, come to the free Benefits Workshop that will be held on October 13, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Trinity Cathedral. You can find more information and a link to the registration on our website here. Please register by October 5 and let us what information is most important to you when you register.

Can’t attend the workshop? Contact Pat Hawkins at benefits@dioceseofnj.org or 609-349-0210 for information about a webinar version of the workshop.

TREASURER’S CORNER

News You Can Use (and share with members of your congregation!)

The Mid-Year Financial Checkup

We all know that every church has to prepare a budget for the coming year which is typically presented at the annual meeting along with the prior year financial results of the congregation. But, how many churches do a mid-year review to see how their results are stacking up against their budget on a year-to-date basis? Treasurers and Finance Committee members can work with their clergy and vestry to show whether or not revenues are on track for the year and expense areas which may be going over budget. By knowing this information, a church can better plan out its cash flow for the rest of the year, and even coordinate with their Stewardship Committee during the annual stewardship campaign.

What is a Balance Sheet?

In a new feature we’ll call “Accounting terms for non-accounting-major finance parishioners”, we’ll look at some common accounting terminology to help your financial presentations. I’ve fielded a number of questions as Treasurer of the Diocese about accounting methods, and when I inquire about the church’s Balance Sheet have gotten either blank stares or the reply “We don’t have a Balance Sheet.”

My response to this has always been “Well, you may not present it, but every church has got one.” So, then, what exactly is it?

A Balance Sheet, most simply, is a snapshot at a moment in time, that shows the value of the assets, liabilities and equity (or net assets) of an entity (like a church). We’ll do more detail on these categories in our upcoming Resources for Mission newsletters, but I’ll teach you one of the universal truths in the accounting world (not to digress, but did you know that accounting is actually a science?)—

Assets  =  Liabilities  +   Equity (or Net Assets)

If you think about Assets as things you own, Liabilities as things you owe and Equity (or Net Assets) as the balance you’d have left over when all the bills are paid, then you’re already well on your way to understanding how to construct your Balance Sheet.

Next time around, we’ll take a deeper dive into what sort of assets a church typically has.

Questions or comments? As always, I am here to try to assist with your questions or to hear your comments (particularly as it may help other readers, too). To reach me, you can use either treasurer@dioceseofnj.org or kirk.bonamici@gmail.com.

ANNOUNCING THE NEXT PROJECT RESOURCE WORKSHOP!

Your Stewardship Toolkit: Coming Soon!

Building off of June’s successful Project Resource workshop, we invite you to learn new and engaging fundamentals of stewardship that meet a variety of needs. From creative and meaningful ways to conclude your fall campaign to scheduling your season of giving to effective biblical storytelling about stewardship and beyond, this day of learning presents a vital collection of resources for al congregations. Whether you attended our June workshop or not, there’s something here for you – mark your calendars and stay tuned for further details!

QUICKIES

Here are a few interesting things we came across since our last issue.

Do you have an HSA (or Health Savings Account)? If so, make sure you’ve named a beneficiary—which, preferably, would be your spouse, if married, but could be anyone including your church or the diocese. Generally, failing to name a beneficiary means that any remaining HSA balance when you die will be included in your estate and will be taxed on your final income tax return.

Did you know most automobile insurance companies will give you a discount for completing a defensive driving course? Check with your auto insurer to see what types of courses qualify (live versus online, for example), and what your savings would be. You can even take some of your savings and pass it on to your church or the diocese!

UNTIL NEXT TIME—

This month’s quote comes from legendary comedian, George Burns—

I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.

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HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, OCEAN CITY

In This Issue:
From Bishop Stokes
A Message from Our Benefits Coordinator
Jubilee Spotlight: Soles for the Harvest 5k Registration Open
Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings
Classifieds

A LETTER FROM BISHOP STOKES:

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their kindred as the singers to play on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise loud sounds of joy….1 Chronicles 15:16

I hope you are having a blessed summer; that you have found time for rest, refreshment and renewal, or that you will find time for these before summer is over.  More than anything, it is my prayer that during this summer you find “God-moments” – moments when, through nature, through art, through sport, through relationships, God touches you in surprising, wondrous ways.

(l-r) Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere musical The Band’s Visit, directed by David Cromer, featuring a book by Itamar Moses and original score by David Yazbek. Now playing at The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street). Photo: Ahron R. Foster.

Susan and I recently saw The Band’s Visit on Broadway.  The story centers on the interactions that occur when members of a wayward Egyptian police band find themselves stranded for one night in a sleepy, non-descript town in the Israeli desert.   I had given the tickets to Susan on her birthday in June.  Just days before that, The Band’s Visit had received 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Musical Score. Katrina Lenk received the award for Best Actress in a Musical.  Her performance was absolutely stunning–click here for a sample.

I felt The Band’s Visit was everything a night at the theater should be.  It had pathos, poignancy, drama, humor and a wonderful array of characters filled with a richness of grace, fragility and brokenness. The Band’s Visit expressed how story and music have power to overcome differences of language, politics and culture. The audience laughed, cried and celebrated L’Chaim!  As Ben Brantley wrote in his New York Times November 19, 2017 review of the show, “’The Band’s Visit’ flows with the grave and joyful insistence of life itself. All it asks is that you be quiet enough to hear the music in the murmurs, whispers and silences of human existence at its most mundane — and transcendent.” 

A quote attributed to Pablo Picasso states, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.  The Band’s Visit was beautiful show that washed the dust of daily life off my soul. It was a God-moment for me.  I am thankful and especially that Susan and I could share that experience together.

On a personal note, I want you to be aware that Susan underwent a  hysterectomy today, on August 10.  She has been experiencing difficulties for some time and her physicians have strongly urged this step.  I will be taking care of her and so, we will have a quiet August to allow her time to heal and recover.  Your prayers are welcome and deeply appreciated.

May God continue to bless you and yours during the remainder of the “dog days” of August and may you have an abundance of “God-moments.”

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey

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MANDATORY ANNUAL ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH INSURANCE!

Re-posting from last week’s issue–this is important, friends!

This year CPG is requiring that everyone who is covered by a Church Medical Trust health plan participate in Annual Enrollment. Annual Enrollment materials will be mailed to your home address in mint green colored envelopes. While it is important for those with an Anthem healthcare plan to update their personal information and confirm their enrollment, it is crucial for those with a Cigna healthcare plan to select a new plan for 2019. The Cigna Open Access Plus and Cigna Open Access Plus In-Network plans will not be available for 2019 but there will be similar plans available that utilize the Cigna network of providers. To learn more about the changes and how to choose the best plan to meet your needs, come to the free Benefits Workshop that will be held on October 13, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Trinity Cathedral. You can find more information and a link to the registration on our website here. Please register by October 5 and let us what information is most important to you when you register.

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JUBILEE SPOTLIGHT: SOLES FOR THE HARVEST 5K REGISTRATION

JOIN US FOR THE SEVENTH ANNUAL SOLES FOR THE HARVEST 5K AND 1 MILE FUN WALK/RUN.

Race proceeds benefit programs dedicated to alleviating hunger in New Jersey.

During registration, YOU may BECOME A FUNDRAISER, creating the capacity to accept online donations for a hunger-related charity OF YOUR CHOICE!  YOUR hunger-related charity may be a Church supported feeding program or a not-for-profit feeding program.

Participants are also asked to bring canned goods to benefit a local food pantry.

PLEASE help us share the harvest!

SOLES FOR THE HARVEST 5k AND 1 MILE FUN RUN/WALK is sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, Office of Jubilee Ministries.

Click here to register! More on Jubilee Ministries will be coming next week, including this year’s Battle Against Hunger bike ride/run/walk.

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 DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING
Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events
GOLF OUTING REGISTRATION

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UPCOMING SAFE CHURCH TRAININGS
Safe Church Training is a requirement for all those who work in the churches of our Diocese, especially those persons who work with children and youth.
Leaders: The Reverend Carolyn A. Bradley, Deacon, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC; The Reverend Catherine Esposito, Deacon; The Reverend Carol Ann Pepe, Deacon, LCSW, St. Luke’s, Metuchen, New Jersey; Ms. Kasi LeGrand, MSW, LCSW, Piscataway, New Jersey.
In this workshop, both sexual abuse of children and sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons are covered. This training is required every five years for clergy, wardens, employees, church personnel, lay Eucharistic visitors, and anyone regularly working with or around children or youth.
The morning session, from 9am to noon, deals with the sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons. The afternoon session, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, deals specifically with the sexual abuse of children. Morning and afternoon sessions may be taken on the same day or on separate days, but both sessions must be taken.
Register by the Wednesday prior to the workshop: register online  or email mclisham@dioceseofnj.org or phone Mary Anne Clisham, 609 394-5281, ext. 10.
Those who have previously attended an onsite workshop in the Diocese of New Jersey may do their recertification training online by contacting Ann Notte (anotte@dioceseofnj.org) for an ID and Password.

Summer/Fall 2018:

August 25, 2018 – St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly CHANGED from August 11

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch08112018

September 8, 2018 – Christ Church, Toms River

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09082018

September 15, 2018 – Trinity, Moorestown CURRENTLY FULL; check back later for cancellations or other vacancies

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09152018

September 22, 2018 – Grace, Haddonfield

Registration link:https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09222018

November 10, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Clementon

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch11102018

UPCOMING PRAISE AND WORSHIP EVENT WITH MUSICAL PARTICIPATION

On Saturday, August 18, at 5 pm, we will gather at St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction, for a time of informal worship and song. All are welcome. No familiarity with the music is expected. Interested musicians may contact The Rev. Shawn Armington (shawnarm@gmail.com) if they wish to play.

Click here for the Facebook event.

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CHOIR ROBES TO CLAIM

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Wenonah has 20 maroon choir robes and collars which are no longer needed. The contact person is Margie McWilliams, 856-468-6664, if you have interest in these items.

MUSIC DIRECTOR WANTED

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a vibrant, program-sized parish in Westfield, New Jersey, seeking to grow in its spiritual vitality. We seek a Music Director to lead our music program consisting of an adult choir, two children’s choirs, and community concert series.  The parish choir is comprised of 20 singers, mostly volunteers and up to 8 professionals. The choir sings Sundays at the 10 a.m. service and special services throughout the year. The choir is joined by chamber musicians at Christmas and Easter. With our Friends of Music program, we are known for our concerts throughout the year.

The ideal candidate will be a committed Christian, passionate about sacred music and its role in worship. The successful candidate will sustain our vibrant music program and be a strategic partner in developing and expanding our music ministry. A graduate degree in church music, organ performance, or a related area is preferred. The successful candidate will be devoted to and versed in traditional Anglican liturgy and music, yet be open to new musical expressions in liturgy. The successful candidate will be an exceptional church organist and choir director and have experience teaching children music.

St. Paul’s has a 2004 organ built by Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders, consisting of 4 manuals, 55 pipe ranks, and 114 digital voices.

Salaried compensation will be in accordance with AAM standards. Benefits available.

Applications will be received through 30 July 2018.  Please send a resume or CV, audio files with examples of organ works performed and choral/orchestral works conducted, and three references to djohnston@stpaulswestfield.org or by postal service mail to:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Attn: The Reverend Dr. Duncan Johnston, Rector
414 Broad Street
Westfield, NJ  07090

Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State
609.394.5281
info@dioceseofnj.org

We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in the Southern 2/3 of New Jersey.

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DIOCESE OF NJ AT UBE 50TH CONFERENCE
PHOTO BY LYNN COLLINS

In This Issue:
From Bishop Stokes
Bishop’s Schedule
A Message from Our Benefits Coordinator
Jubilee Spotlight: St. James, Bradley Beach
Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings
Classifieds

A LETTER FROM BISHOP STOKES:

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see everything has become new!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has give us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the ministry of reconciliation to us….”  2 Corinthians 2:17- 19

From July 23 – 27,  Susan and I participated in the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Union of Black Episcopalians, which took place at Meliã Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. It was the first meeting of the U.B.E. to be held outside the continental United States. The decision to hold the meeting in the Bahamas was not merely because it is a lovely location; it underscores the connection of all persons of the African Diaspora: persons dispersed from Africa by the practice of transatlantic slavery in the 17th – 19th century in the Western World. The 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the U.B.E. was a great success.  The Bahamian Anglican Church and their bishop, the Right Reverend Laish Boyd, were gracious, hospitable and generous hosts in every way.

This is the third U.B.E. Annual Meeting I have attended. Each time I have participated, I have learned much. I have been personally challenged about the privileges I enjoy as member of white society which still enjoys unearned benefits and safety in a nation marred by systemic injustice. I have been challenged about the continuing struggles we face in our church and in our nation around issues of race and gross inequity. Each time I have attended a U.B.E. meeting, I have been profoundly moved by the love of our country, the love of our Church and the love of Jesus members of the Union of Black Episcopalians have, despite the fact that our church and our nation have, historically, marginalized Black Americans, treated them shamefully and, in too many instances, treat them shamefully still.

Black members of the Episcopal Church are discriminated against in many search processes. It is rare for a person of color to be called rector of a predominately white church. This is particularly true of wealthier and healthier white churches.  Of the 100 or so cathedrals in our Episcopal Church, only two of the deans are black. Yes, Dean Rene John of Trinity Cathedral is one of the two.

Sadly, when we in the Diocese of New Jersey insist that Vestries and Search Committees undergo a two-hour anti-racism training, there is often resistance and complaining. The leadership begrudgingly undergoes the training, and then, more often than not, creates a slate of all white candidates and calls one of them to be priest. Black and women candidates are significantly under-represented in the House of Bishops. Who elects bishops?  How are they chosen?  Bishops are chosen by clergy and lay people of the diocese voting in convention. Generally, bishop nominees have been rectors of large, complex, congregations. But who gets chosen to be rector of these large, complex, congregations?  Overwhelmingly in The Episcopal Church, the answer is white males.

How can we break this cycle of discrimination? It will take effort and intentionality as well as large measures of God’s grace.

Among the workshops I attended during the U.B.E. Annual Meeting and Conference was one titled Becoming the Beloved Community. Becoming the Beloved Community is an initiative that grew out of Resolution C019 passed by the 78th General Convention which met in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2015 and which called upon the leadership of the church to establish a response to systemic injustice.  Becoming the Beloved Community “reflects The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and systemic injustice.”

The designers of Becoming the Beloved Community have framed the approach around the image of a labyrinth with four quadrants.  Each of the quadrants represent a particular focus: 1) Telling the truth; 2) Proclaiming the dream; 3) Practicing the way; and 4) Repairing the breach.  As the developers observe about their labyrinth image, “Becoming the Beloved Community represents not so much a set of programs as a journey, a set of interrelated commitments around which Episcopalians may organize our many efforts to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers….On the road toward reconciliation and healing, we move around corners and double back into quadrants we have visited before, each time discovering new revelation and challenge.”

I found this framework useful and think it may offer us a helpful tool as we continue to Discern Our Common Call.  I will be exploring this with some of our leadership groups in the days and weeks ahead.

In the meantime, pray about our ongoing challenges with discrimination in our society and in our church and ask what you and your congregation can do about these challenges. How can you engage in the ministry of reconciliation which Christ has entrusted to us?  It will take more than just hoping something will happen.  It will take determination, intentionality, will and concrete action.

Blessings and peace,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey

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Bishop’s Schedule Highlights

Monday, August 6, 2018:

Bishop’s Sabbath

Tuesday, August 7, 2018:

Office appointments

Wednesday, August 8, 2018:

Staff and Oversight

Office appointments

7:00 p.m.       Christ the King Church, Willingboro – meeting with clergy, wardens and vestry

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MANDATORY ANNUAL ENROLLMENT FOR HEALTH INSURANCE!

This year CPG is requiring that everyone who is covered by a Church Medical Trust health plan participate in Annual Enrollment. Annual Enrollment materials will be mailed to your home address in mint green colored envelopes. While it is important for those with an Anthem healthcare plan to update their personal information and confirm their enrollment, it is crucial for those with a Cigna healthcare plan to select a new plan for 2019. The Cigna Open Access Plus and Cigna Open Access Plus In-Network plans will not be available for 2019 but there will be similar plans available that utilize the Cigna network of providers. To learn more about the changes and how to choose the best plan to meet your needs, come to the free Benefits Workshop that will be held on October 13, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Trinity Cathedral. You can find more information and a link to the registration on our website here. Please register by October 5 and let us what information is most important to you when you register.

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JUBILEE SPOTLIGHT: ST. JAMES’ CHURCH, BRADLEY BEACH

St. James’ Episcopal Church in Bradley Beach is a tremendous asset to its community, featuring a thriving feeding ministry that utilizes a unique and powerful database system. Click here for more!

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 DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING
Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events
NOMINATIONS FOR OLDER ADULTS’ EVENSONG OPEN NOW!

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 2 PM in Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, the Diocese of New Jersey will offer its Sixth Evensong honoring the ministry of older adults. The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Bradley, Dcn., the co-chair of the Committee for Ministry with Older Adults, will be our preacher. We invite you, your Wardens and Vestry to nominate one or two members age 65 and older (who have not previously been honored by our Diocese at this service) for outstanding leadership, ministry, service, and faith. Your nominees should be accompanied to the Evensong by clergy and other parish leaders as well as by family and friends.

Please click here for a nomination form. We appreciate your assistance in promoting this festive service and the reception which follows. Kindly send us the names of your nominees and a description of the reasons you have chosen them for special recognition on the nomination form (one for each person selected) no later than August 6, 2018. All those nominated by their parish or a Diocesan organization by the August 6 deadline will be honored.

Your nominees will receive a special invitation from our committee in early September. The Service bulletin will include their names, their parish and the nomination narrative you provide. We ask that all who plan to attend the event register through the Diocese of New Jersey Ministry Institute site.
Please communicate with those you have nominated and encourage them to hold the date. While we hope that all will join us, honorees do not have to be present to receive their award.

Committee for Ministry with Older Adults

808 West State Street, Trenton NJ 08618 (609)394-5281

This annual event is sponsored by The Committee on Ministry with Older Adults. This committee seeks to work in concert with the existing structures of our Diocese to recognize, honor, and utilize the experience, wisdom, gifts, and vitality of older adults while advocating for respect, dignity, and justice for this significant population within our Church. We have a unique treasure in the biblical witness which lifts up those seeking to become mature in wisdom and grace and actually celebrates age! We envision our work to include providing resources for our congregations about aging, training for pastoral care teams in support of families and other caregivers of older adults, advocacy on behalf of seniors in regard to health care, long-term care, and other services, and assistance to our churches in developing intentional intergenerational programs and ministries. Please let us know if you or a member of your congregation would like to join our committee by providing us contact information.

We look forward to raising up the ministry of older adults with you on September 29 and throughout the year!

In Christ,

The Rev. Sharon Sutton and The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Bradley, Dcn. Co-Chairs

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UPCOMING SAFE CHURCH TRAININGS
Safe Church Training is a requirement for all those who work in the churches of our Diocese, especially those persons who work with children and youth.
Leaders: The Reverend Carolyn A. Bradley, Deacon, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC; The Reverend Catherine Esposito, Deacon; The Reverend Carol Ann Pepe, Deacon, LCSW, St. Luke’s, Metuchen, New Jersey; Ms. Kasi LeGrand, MSW, LCSW, Piscataway, New Jersey.
In this workshop, both sexual abuse of children and sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons are covered. This training is required every five years for clergy, wardens, employees, church personnel, lay Eucharistic visitors, and anyone regularly working with or around children or youth.
The morning session, from 9am to noon, deals with the sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons. The afternoon session, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, deals specifically with the sexual abuse of children. Morning and afternoon sessions may be taken on the same day or on separate days, but both sessions must be taken.
Register by the Wednesday prior to the workshop: register online  or email mclisham@dioceseofnj.org or phone Mary Anne Clisham, 609 394-5281, ext. 10.
Those who have previously attended an onsite workshop in the Diocese of New Jersey may do their recertification training online by contacting Ann Notte (anotte@dioceseofnj.org) for an ID and Password.

Summer/Fall 2018:

August 25, 2018 – St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly CHANGED from August 11

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch08112018

September 8, 2018 – Christ Church, Toms River

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09082018

September 15, 2018 – Trinity, Moorestown CURRENTLY FULL; check back later for cancellations or other vacancies

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09152018

September 22, 2018 – Grace, Haddonfield

Registration link:https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09222018

November 10, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Clementon

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch11102018

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CHOIR ROBES TO CLAIM

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Wenonah has 20 maroon choir robes and collars which are no longer needed. The contact person is Margie McWilliams, 856-468-6664, if you have interest in these items.

MUSIC DIRECTOR WANTED

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a vibrant, program-sized parish in Westfield, New Jersey, seeking to grow in its spiritual vitality. We seek a Music Director to lead our music program consisting of an adult choir, two children’s choirs, and community concert series.  The parish choir is comprised of 20 singers, mostly volunteers and up to 8 professionals. The choir sings Sundays at the 10 a.m. service and special services throughout the year. The choir is joined by chamber musicians at Christmas and Easter. With our Friends of Music program, we are known for our concerts throughout the year.

The ideal candidate will be a committed Christian, passionate about sacred music and its role in worship. The successful candidate will sustain our vibrant music program and be a strategic partner in developing and expanding our music ministry. A graduate degree in church music, organ performance, or a related area is preferred. The successful candidate will be devoted to and versed in traditional Anglican liturgy and music, yet be open to new musical expressions in liturgy. The successful candidate will be an exceptional church organist and choir director and have experience teaching children music.

St. Paul’s has a 2004 organ built by Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders, consisting of 4 manuals, 55 pipe ranks, and 114 digital voices.

Salaried compensation will be in accordance with AAM standards. Benefits available.

Applications will be received through 30 July 2018.  Please send a resume or CV, audio files with examples of organ works performed and choral/orchestral works conducted, and three references to djohnston@stpaulswestfield.org or by postal service mail to:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Attn: The Reverend Dr. Duncan Johnston, Rector
414 Broad Street
Westfield, NJ  07090

Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State
609.394.5281
info@dioceseofnj.org

We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in the Southern 2/3 of New Jersey.

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THE STORY OF NOAH FIGURES FOR YOUTH LOCK-IN
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH. WENONAH

In This Issue:
From Bishop Stokes
Bishop’s Schedule
New Chaplain at Princeton
Jubilee Spotlight: St. James, Bradley Beach
Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings
Classifieds

A LETTER FROM BISHOP STOKES:

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

The 79th General Convention is adjourned.  The Diocese of Texas and the people of Austin were gracious hosts to the thousands of Episcopalians who participated as bishops, clergy and lay deputies, alternates, delegates to the Episcopal Church Women Triennial, youth and young adult representatives, merchants and vendors, General Convention staff, representatives of Episcopal Church organizations such as the Union of Black Episcopalians, and volunteers.  The 10 days of General Conventions are a major production. It was carried out beautifully. I am grateful to all those who did incredible work.

I felt that this General Convention was powerful and often represented what is best about the Episcopal Church. Unlike General Conventions I have attended in the past, there was little rancor in Austin. Many came to Austin concerned that there would be major rifts over Prayer Book revision, over marriage, over paying a stipend to the President of the House of Deputies. None of this occurred. Instead, there was faithful and rich conversation about these matters and about how to work together for the sake of Christ and his Church.  In true Anglican fashion, people sought a via media – a “middle way.” This is something our wider culture could learn from in our time.

There were several noteworthy moments for me in Austin. On the first Wednesday evening of General Convention, the House of Bishops sponsored a “Listening Session” in the worship space. It was a response to the #MeToo movement as well as recognition that the Church has often not been a safe-space or fair workplace for people, and especially women. The listening session was a worship experience wherein the bishops confessed and lamented for the role we have had in sustaining a culture that has allowed sexual abuse and harassment. We heard horrendous accounts of abuse from across the church and, with the people of God gathered, committed to strive to make the church an organization which respects the dignity of every human being. As a result of this experience, I am committed to convening the women clergy of the Diocese sometime in the fall to meet and share with me their experiences in the church and to help assure that the Diocese of New Jersey is a safe, respectful and just place.  Look for more on this soon.

On Sunday morning, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a network of about 80 bishops to which I belong, hosted a service of public prayer and witness in Brush Park in front of the Convention Center.  April and Phillip Schentrup, parents of 16 year-old Carmen who was killed in the Marjory Douglas Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida spoke.  Phillip’s address to the gathered crowd was faithful, powerful, poignant and theologically considered.  “Evil and violence happen in this world because we allow it, not because God allows it,” he said. “We suffer violence because we collectively allow it. God is waiting for us to choose to make the world he wants.”  Amen, I heard my inner voice saying.  My outer voice too.

Watching women of the Church bring forward the United Thank Offering gifts from across the whole of The Episcopal Church was compelling.  The total collection for the triennial was more than $ 3 million. This money goes to vital needs in the United States and around the world.   Seeing the procession, and hearing the amounts collected, prompts me to urge the whole of the Diocese of New Jersey to support UTO, even those congregations that no longer have Episcopal Church Women chapters.  When I served as rector of St. Paul’s, Delray Beach, Florida, we held two in-gatherings for UTO each year – one in the fall and one in the spring.  It was good for everyone.

A tremendously powerful moment of the convention occurred when House of Bishops passed Resolution A238 which readmitted the Diocese of Cuba into The Episcopal Church.  This righted a historical wrong created in 1966 when the House of Bishops acted unilaterally to separate Cuba.  The vote to readmit Cuba was unanimous.  Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio was present in the gallery.  After the vote, the Presiding Bishop called her forward and seated her in the House of Bishops while all the bishops stood and cheered.  The next day, the House of Deputies concurred with the Bishops and Bishop Griselda and the whole of the Cuba contingent was welcomed into the House of Deputies. The Diocese of New Jersey’s Chancellor, Canon Paul Ambos was instrumental in writing Resolution A238.  As I noted to the House of Bishops when, as Chair of the Legislative Committee responsible for action on The Episcopal Church in Cuba, I presented the resolution, Paul carefully threaded a needle that allowed us to act.  It was great work!

Over the next couple of months, the Deputies and Alternates who were present and I will continue to share with the people of the Diocese of New Jersey actions taken at General Convention.  Many are pertinent for our common life.  Representatives of the ECW Triennial will, similarly, share all that happened in their Annual Meeting.  For a General Convention wrap-up from Episcopal News Service, click here.

I pray you are having a blessed summer and finding time for refreshment and rest.

Blessings and peace,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey

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Bishop’s Schedule Highlights

Monday-Friday, July 23-27, 2018:
UBE Annual Meeting – Nassau, Bahamas

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ANNOUNCING THE NEW CHAPLAIN FOR THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AT PRINCETON

The Rev. Allen M. Wakabayashi is the new chaplain for the Episcopal Church at Princeton. He brings tremendous enthusiasm, joy, and experience to this role. Click here for more!

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JUBILEE SPOTLIGHT: ST. JAMES’ CHURCH, BRADLEY BEACH

St. James’ Episcopal Church in Bradley Beach is a tremendous asset to its community, featuring a thriving feeding ministry that utilizes a unique and powerful database system. Click here for more!

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 DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING
Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events!

UPCOMING PRAISE AND WORSHIP EVENT WITH MUSICAL PARTICIPATION

On Sunday, July 29, at 5 pm, we will meet at “The Main Street Ministry Garage” in Maple Shade for worship and song, followed by a cook-out and fellowship.  Please contact The Rev. Shawn Armington for directions.  All are welcome.  No familiarity with the music is expected.  Interested musicians may contact The Rev. Shawn Armington (shawnarm@gmail.com) if they wish to play.

https://www.facebook.com/events/990536327791668/

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING: JULY 24, 26

The Prayer for Young Persons in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 829) begins, “God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world . . .” Many youth today cope with depression, anxiety, and addiction issues – even in our congregations. Death by suicide is a growing risk. It does not matter how healthy one’s family is or how involved one is at church. The biological component of mental illness means it knows no boundaries. This leaves us as adults who serve with teens feeling confused and powerless. Mental Health Training for Adults assisting Teens give us the information and skills we need to provide “mental CPR” when a problem arises and to know where to turn for help and other resources. We invite you to join us for this training at St. Peter’s, Freehold so that we can be better resources and beacons of hope for teens in our congregations and communities

NOMINATIONS FOR OLDER ADULTS’ EVENSONG OPEN NOW!

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, at 2 PM in Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, the Diocese of New Jersey will offer its Sixth Evensong honoring the ministry of older adults. The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Bradley, Dcn., the co-chair of the Committee for Ministry with Older Adults, will be our preacher. We invite you, your Wardens and Vestry to nominate one or two members age 65 and older (who have not previously been honored by our Diocese at this service) for outstanding leadership, ministry, service, and faith. Your nominees should be accompanied to the Evensong by clergy and other parish leaders as well as by family and friends.

Please click here for a nomination form. We appreciate your assistance in promoting this festive service and the reception which follows. Kindly send us the names of your nominees and a description of the reasons you have chosen them for special recognition on the nomination form (one for each person selected) no later than August 6, 2018. All those nominated by their parish or a Diocesan organization by the August 6 deadline will be honored.

Your nominees will receive a special invitation from our committee in early September. The Service bulletin will include their names, their parish and the nomination narrative you provide. We ask that all who plan to attend the event register through the Diocese of New Jersey Ministry Institute site.
Please communicate with those you have nominated and encourage them to hold the date. While we hope that all will join us, honorees do not have to be present to receive their award.

Committee for Ministry with Older Adults

808 West State Street, Trenton NJ 08618 (609)394-5281

This annual event is sponsored by The Committee on Ministry with Older Adults. This committee seeks to work in concert with the existing structures of our Diocese to recognize, honor, and utilize the experience, wisdom, gifts, and vitality of older adults while advocating for respect, dignity, and justice for this significant population within our Church. We have a unique treasure in the biblical witness which lifts up those seeking to become mature in wisdom and grace and actually celebrates age! We envision our work to include providing resources for our congregations about aging, training for pastoral care teams in support of families and other caregivers of older adults, advocacy on behalf of seniors in regard to health care, long-term care, and other services, and assistance to our churches in developing intentional intergenerational programs and ministries. Please let us know if you or a member of your congregation would like to join our committee by providing us contact information.

We look forward to raising up the ministry of older adults with you on September 29 and throughout the year!

In Christ,

The Rev. Sharon Sutton and The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Bradley, Dcn. Co-Chairs

UPCOMING SAFE CHURCH TRAININGS
Safe Church Training is a requirement for all those who work in the churches of our Diocese, especially those persons who work with children and youth.
Leaders: The Reverend Carolyn A. Bradley, Deacon, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC; The Reverend Catherine Esposito, Deacon; The Reverend Carol Ann Pepe, Deacon, LCSW, St. Luke’s, Metuchen, New Jersey; Ms. Kasi LeGrand, MSW, LCSW, Piscataway, New Jersey.
In this workshop, both sexual abuse of children and sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons are covered. This training is required every five years for clergy, wardens, employees, church personnel, lay Eucharistic visitors, and anyone regularly working with or around children or youth.
The morning session, from 9am to noon, deals with the sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons. The afternoon session, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, deals specifically with the sexual abuse of children. Morning and afternoon sessions may be taken on the same day or on separate days, but both sessions must be taken.
Register by the Wednesday prior to the workshop: register online  or email mclisham@dioceseofnj.org or phone Mary Anne Clisham, 609 394-5281, ext. 10.
Those who have previously attended an onsite workshop in the Diocese of New Jersey may do their recertification training online by contacting Ann Notte (anotte@dioceseofnj.org) for an ID and Password.

Summer/Fall 2018:

August 25, 2018 – St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly CHANGED from August 11

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch08112018

September 8, 2018 – Christ Church, Toms River

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09082018

September 15, 2018 – Trinity, Moorestown CURRENTLY FULL; check back later for cancellations or other vacancies

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09152018

September 22, 2018 – Grace, Haddonfield

Registration link:https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09222018

November 10, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Clementon

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch11102018

…… ST. PETER’S BAZAAR IN CAPE MAY

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea will hold their 99th Annual Bazaar on Saturday, August 4th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, on the church lawn.   (Rain location:  Cape May Point Fire Hall).

Come and shop for arts & crafts, books, plants, Hand-blown Jersey Glass and more. The Chance Table will feature gift certificates from local restaurants, shops and more.  The White Elephant Table is always a big hit.  Baked Goods and Hot Dogs will be sold too.  Find out why the locals and visitors line up early for the opening. 

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, is located in Cape May Point, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, at Lincoln, Lake and Ocean Avenues.   

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CHOIR ROBES TO CLAIM

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Wenonah has 20 maroon choir robes and collars which are no longer needed. The contact person is Margie McWilliams, 856-468-6664, if you have interest in these items.

MUSIC DIRECTOR WANTED

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a vibrant, program-sized parish in Westfield, New Jersey, seeking to grow in its spiritual vitality. We seek a Music Director to lead our music program consisting of an adult choir, two children’s choirs, and community concert series.  The parish choir is comprised of 20 singers, mostly volunteers and up to 8 professionals. The choir sings Sundays at the 10 a.m. service and special services throughout the year. The choir is joined by chamber musicians at Christmas and Easter. With our Friends of Music program, we are known for our concerts throughout the year.

The ideal candidate will be a committed Christian, passionate about sacred music and its role in worship. The successful candidate will sustain our vibrant music program and be a strategic partner in developing and expanding our music ministry. A graduate degree in church music, organ performance, or a related area is preferred. The successful candidate will be devoted to and versed in traditional Anglican liturgy and music, yet be open to new musical expressions in liturgy. The successful candidate will be an exceptional church organist and choir director and have experience teaching children music.

St. Paul’s has a 2004 organ built by Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders, consisting of 4 manuals, 55 pipe ranks, and 114 digital voices.

Salaried compensation will be in accordance with AAM standards. Benefits available.

Applications will be received through 30 July 2018.  Please send a resume or CV, audio files with examples of organ works performed and choral/orchestral works conducted, and three references to djohnston@stpaulswestfield.org or by postal service mail to:

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Attn: The Reverend Dr. Duncan Johnston, Rector
414 Broad Street
Westfield, NJ  07090

Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State
609.394.5281
info@dioceseofnj.org

We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in the Southern 2/3 of New Jersey.

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St. James’ Episcopal Church
Bradley Beach, NJ The Rev. Cn. Terrance Rosheuvel
Supply Priest

“We do a very good job of providing food to anyone who asks while recognizing the dignity of everyone who comes in.”                                                            Linda Curtiss – Food Pantry Director

Click here for an April 2018 article from the Coast Star

On October 7, 1982, under the joint auspices of St. James and the United Methodist Church of Bradley Beach, the Bradley Food Pantry opened its doors with the following mission:  to serve our neighbors in need, once a month, with emergency food for three days, with kindness, respect, and dignity for all clients.’

Twenty-years later, in October 2002, St. James’ was designated and affirmed as a Jubilee Ministry of the Diocese of New Jersey.  The Jubilee Ministry Application listed the following outreach programs:

  • Bradley Food Pantry
  • Bea Shafer Outreach Center
  • Martha’s Guild
  • James Cares
  • The HELP Ministry
  • The Emergency Response Team

In its 36th year, the Bradley Food Pantry, housed in the Bea Shafer Outreach Center, continues to meet the needs of our sisters and brothers from Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, Avon, Belmar, Lake Como, Ocean Grove, Ocean Township, Neptune, Neptune City, Tinton Falls, and Wall Township. The Pantry is open five days a week from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and serves between 600 and 800 families (approximately 1,200 adults and 900 children) monthly with the help of 90 volunteers.  For Thanksgiving and Christmas, an additional distribution of turkeys and “all the trimmings” is provided to 700 families each. During the month of June, Canon Clara Gregory visited the Bradley Food Pantry.  Throughout her visit, she observed the camaraderie among the volunteers and guests.  It was hard to determine who was giving and who was receiving.  All questions and answers were responded with kind words and a smile.

  • Every guest arrived with recyclable bags to receive food based on family size, e.g., a single person might receive two or three bags of food, while a family of five might receive five or six bags. When possible, guests are asked for their food preferences while the bags are being prepared
  • Quick and efficient check-in process – computer program built for food pantries; Food Pantry Solutions, Bryant, Arkansas, approved by various food banks
  • A top-of-the-line dumb-waiter, donated by the McCrane Foundation, was included in the basic construction of the Outreach Center to facilitate movement of food products from the storage area in the basement to the distribution area on the main level

During conversation, Linda stated, “we never turn anyone away.”  She is grateful for the members and friends of St. James along with several area churches that regularly contribute food and money.  They also receive federal and state food at no costs through the local Food Bank; and food contributions from local grocery stores, school groups, scouts and civic organizations.

The Bea Shafer Outreach Center is also a private and discrete meeting place for the following groups:  Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); Alanon Family Groups; and, Overeaters Anonymous (OA).

To learn more about the history of the Bradley Food Pantry and or to volunteer, please contact Linda Curtiss, Director at www.bradleyfoodpantry.org.

The Mission of Jubilee Ministry is to make a direct and dynamic link between our theology and our ethics.  We must take are of the poor but we must also attack the root causes of that poverty.

Charity and justice go hand in hand!

To learn more about Jubilee Ministry, please contact Canon Clara Gregory at msclaragregory@gmail.com.

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Allen M. Wakabayashi named new Episcopal Chaplain at Princeton University

July 11, 2018

The Reverend Allen M. Wakabayashi has been named the Episcopal Chaplain at Princeton University. Wakabayashi comes to the chaplaincy after serving as curate for St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Gladstone, NJ. He led the congregation’s high school and youth ministries, led Outreach in the parish through using Alpha materials, led and started new discipleship ministries and Bible Study groups, and shared in pastoral and worship duties throughout his year-long tenure. He was ordained an episcopal priest after completing seminary studies at Nashotah House in 2017; his wife, Diane, is also an Episcopal Priest. Wakabayashi will begin his tenure on August 15.

“Allen’s tremendous experience in Christian campus life and pastoral sophistication makes him a wonderful candidate for the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Princeton University,” said the Rt. Rev. William Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey. “We are excited for his ministry, both on campus and within the diocese as a whole.”

Wakabayashi brings nearly 20 years of on-campus Christian Formation and leadership experience to Princeton University; from 1989 to 2008, he served in various leadership roles in Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in Illinois, first at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, then at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. At Northwestern, he rose to the responsibilities of Area Director and Team Leader, where he implemented successful strategies involving the interaction between five separate and diverse campus ministries. After leaving Northwestern, he served as Associate Pastor at Twin City Bible Church in Urbana, IL, where he led college ministries and planted a second site in a midtown location, which tripled in size across two years.

“I am tremendously excited about working with Allen to share the good news of Jesus Christ with the entire Princeton community: undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs, music students, and seminarians,” said the Rev. Dr. Kara Slade, Theologian-in-Residence at Princeton University and Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton. “With our student leaders and community advisory board, we have an energetic and gifted team in place to welcome new students, as well as invite our returning students to grow ever closer to God in Christ. Princeton University’s motto is Dei sub numine viget – she flourishes under God’s protection – and I pray that ECP will continue to flourish by God’s grace as a unique, life-transforming ministry within the Episcopal Church.”

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ABOUT THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY

Founded in 1785, the Diocese of New Jersey ranks sixth in size out of 100 domestic dioceses in the United States, with 144 congregations within its borders. The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, the current diocesan bishop and twelfth bishop of the Diocese, was elected in May 2013 and consecrated in November 2013. For more on the Diocese, please visit DioceseofNJ.org.

ABOUT TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, PRINCETON

Trinity Church is an historic Episcopal congregation located at 33 Mercer Street in Princeton, New Jersey. It is the largest Episcopal church in New Jersey. Click here for more.

ABOUT THE EPISCOPAL CHAPLAINCY AT PRINCETON

Since 1876, the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Princeton has welcomed a wide range of God’s people responding to the Holy Spirit and living out a dynamic, thoughtful, and prayerful faith life in the richness of the Anglican tradition. Click here for more.

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VOLUNTEER SHIRT, DIOCESE OF TEXAS
79th GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

A LETTER FROM BISHOP STOKES:

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

for building up the body of Christ…

Ephesians 4:12

Greetings from Austin, where the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church is in full swing.  During the first few days of convention, most bishops and deputies spend time working in Legislative Committees. I am Chairperson of The House of Bishops   Committee #6 – The Church in Cuba.

In 1966, in response to the political situation between The United States and the Cuban Government at the time, the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church formally separated the Missionary District of The Episcopal Church of Cuba from The Episcopal Church, leaving the Episcopal Church of Cuba an isolated member of the Anglican Communion without a provincial home.   A “Metropolitan Council” consisting of the Primate of the Church of Canada, the Primate of the West Indies and a representative of The Episcopal Church was established to work with La Iglesia de Episcopal in Cuba (IEC).  Before the 2015 General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the IEC petitioned The Episcopal Church to be reunited. A Task Force was created from that 2015 Convention to pursue the work of reunification.  While this might seem like an uncomplicated thing, it’s more difficult than one might guess.  There are constitutional, canonical and practical matters, such as back-funding of pensions for clergy who have been serving in Cuba, that have to be explored and settled in order to effect true reunification.

The Task Force that was created wrote a report and proposed a resolution to move toward reunification. The Legislative Committee on which I serve, and part of which I Chair, has responsibility for this work.  It has been fascinating.  The past few days we have worked to understand the issues involved.  Now we are working on legislation that will, we pray, lead toward reunification, if not at this General Convention, at least by the 80th General Convention in 2021.  Canon Paul Ambos and Canon Noreen Duncan, both of the Diocese of New Jersey serve on the Church in Cuba Legislative Committee #6. Any resolutions we work on or create will be presented to both the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops and must pass both houses in the same form. You can track resolutions here.

This gives you an idea of some of the work and processes of General Convention.  I invite you to keep track of all of that is happening at General Convention in Austin through the Episcopal News Service.  Please keep the General Convention, the Episcopal Church Triennial and especially those of us from New Jersey in your prayers.

Blessings and peace,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey

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LILLIES IN BLOOM
ST. PETER’S CHURCH, CLARKSBORO

In This Issue:
From Bishop Stokes
Bishop’s Schedule
Diocesan Offices Closed July 2-6
General Convention: The Second Time Around
Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings
Select Congregational Events
Classifieds

A LETTER FROM BISHOP STOKES:

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and
understanding, be present with those who take counsel
in Austin for the renewal and mission of your Church.
Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide
us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to
pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

This Monday, a sizable group of people from the Diocese of New Jersey will be flying to Austin, Texas for the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church.  That our General Convention will meet as this nation celebrates July 4th, Independence Day, seems appropriate.  The Episcopal Church’s birth occurred at the same time as the birth of the United States.

The Episcopal Church is a direct offshoot of The Church of England.  Members of the Church of England brought their religion and church with them when they came to the colonies. With Independence declared and the nascent country victorious in the Revolutionary War, it became necessary to reorganize what had been Church of England piety and practices into a distinctly American expression of the faith. Even as the Constitution for the United States was being drafted in Philadelphia in the period following the Revolutionary War, the Constitution and Canons of The Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States were being created in that very same city during that very same time. The democratic spirit of the place and of the times informed the constitution, canons and governing structure of The Episcopal Church.

The chief architect of The Episcopal Church was William White, Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, who, with Samuel Provoost of New York, became the second and third bishops of The Episcopal Church (Samuel Seabury of Connecticut was first). The Diocese of New Jersey was one of the founding dioceses of The Episcopal Church. Like the United States Congress, The Episcopal Church’s governing body – General Convention – is bicameral–that is, made up of two houses:  the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. Each and every resolution that is brought before General Convention must be passed in both houses in exactly the same form in order to be a statement or resolution of The Episcopal Church. This indicates a highly shared governance between the clergy and the laity of the Church; one of the hallmarks of our polity.

Legislative Committee Hearings will begin in Austin on July 3. There will be a joint session of the two houses of General Convention (The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops) on July 4.  The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will be called to Order for the first of fifteen formal legislative sessions on July 5th.  General Convention will continue until adjournment Sine Die on the afternoon of Friday July 13.  During that time, each house will consider several hundred resolutions that cover a wide range of topics from possible Prayer Book revision to changes in our Constitution and Canons. I have sponsored Resolution B005 on Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue.

The General Convention meets once every three years and is the governing body of our church which is made up of dioceses not only in all 50 states of the United States, but also of parts of Europe, Haiti, Taiwan, the Virgin Islands, Micronesia and parts of Central America. At the 2018 General Convention, the question of readmitting the Diocese of Cuba to The Episcopal Church will be considered. Cuba was separated from The Episcopal Church by action of the House of Bishops in 1968 because of the political difficulties between the United States and Cuba.

I hope that you will keep track of all that happens at General Convention in Austin.  The Episcopal News Service (ENS) will offer thorough coverage; additionally, daily updates sent back to New Jersey from our diocesan family in Austin will be posted to the diocesan Facebook page.  I also hope you will keep all those participating in General Convention, The Episcopal Church Women’s Triennial which will be meeting in Austin July 5 – 11, and all those who will be in Austin in your prayers.

Blessings and Happy Independence Day.

In Christ,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
Bishop of New Jersey

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Bishop’s Schedule Highlights

July 3-13, 2018:
79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas

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DIOCESAN OFFICES CLOSED NEXT WEEK

Diocesan House will be close July 2-July 6, reopening the morning of July 9.
We wish you a happy and safe Independence Day.

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GENERAL CONVENTION: MY SECOND TIME AROUND AND WHAT’S NEXT
By Thomas Szczerba, Seminarian studying at the General Theological Seminary

As a first time attendee of General Convention in 2015, the thought of witnessing the election of a new Presiding Bishop for the Episcopal Church was exciting. I had not yet done much research into the candidates, but Bishop Curry’s name was common in the discussions amongst our deputation in New Jersey. There was a strong sense that Bishop Curry was going to reorient the Episcopal Church through the espousing of the Jesus Movement into a place refocused on the teachings and spirit of Jesus. After hearing all of the presentations from the candidates for Presiding Bishop, once again Bishop Curry stood out amongst the rest. His presence was unlike any other, it was impossible not to feel love for this man. His first time walking into the Convention Center of Salt Lake City as the newly elected Bishop of the Episcopal Church was electrifying, I had only seen this type of excitement during a concert or professional sporting event. People were standing on chairs with their phones hoping to get a picture or video of this moment of history as the Episcopal Church elected the first African American to serve as Presiding Bishop.

Three years have gone by since this day occurred and I am still just as excited as I was in that moment. I am proud to call myself an Episcopalian, and that has a lot to do with Bishop Curry. As this year’s General Convention is upon us, the Episcopal Church will have significantly more eyes on us than usual because of the celebrity status that Bishop Curry has attained since his sermon at the Royal Wedding in May. There is tremendous pressure on the Episcopal Church to back up what our Presiding Bishop preaches. The legislation that will be passed and worked on during our General Convention must be guided by the teachings and spirit of Jesus. Our decisions must reflect this Jesus Movement. We must be mindful in the message that Curry preached at the Royal Wedding when he said, “There is power in love!”.

I remember waking up the morning of the wedding and opening up my twitter to read tweets praising the sermon. Tweets included sayings such as, “This makes me want to go to Church!”, or “I fell in love with the sermon. I wanted to hate it.” I was quick to comment on their posts saying, “That’s the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church!”. I personally can’t wait to keep those who showed interest in the sermon on social media up to date with what I am experiencing at Convention. Showing them that the Episcopal Church has many great leaders, and just maybe this General Convention will inspire people to go to Church, and align themselves with whatever branch of the Jesus Movement to which they feel called.

Look for more reflections on General Convention later in July!

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 DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING
Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events!

UPCOMING PRAISE AND WORSHIP EVENTS WITH MUSICAL PARTICIPATION

On Saturday, July 21, at 5 pm, we will gather at St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction, for a time of informal worship and song.  All are welcome.  No familiarity with the music is expected.  Interested musicians may contact The Rev. Shawn Armington (shawnarm@gmail.com) if they wish to play.

https://www.facebook.com/events/239835233469715/

On Sunday, July 29, at 5 pm, we will meet at “The Main Street Ministry Garage” in Maple Shade for worship and song, followed by a cook-out and fellowship.  Please contact The Rev. Shawn Armington for directions.  All are welcome.  No familiarity with the music is expected.  Interested musicians may contact The Rev. Shawn Armington (shawnarm@gmail.com) if they wish to play.

https://www.facebook.com/events/990536327791668/

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING: JULY 24, 26

The Prayer for Young Persons in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 829) begins, “God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world . . .” Many youth today cope with depression, anxiety, and addiction issues – even in our congregations. Death by suicide is a growing risk. It does not matter how healthy one’s family is or how involved one is at church. The biological component of mental illness means it knows no boundaries. This leaves us as adults who serve with teens feeling confused and powerless. Mental Health Training for Adults assisting Teens give us the information and skills we need to provide “mental CPR” when a problem arises and to know where to turn for help and other resources. We invite you to join us for this training at St. Peter’s, Freehold so that we can be better resources and beacons of hope for teens in our congregations and communities

UPCOMING SAFE CHURCH TRAININGS
Safe Church Training is a requirement for all those who work in the churches of our Diocese, especially those persons who work with children and youth.
Leaders: The Reverend Carolyn A. Bradley, Deacon, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC; The Reverend Catherine Esposito, Deacon; The Reverend Carol Ann Pepe, Deacon, LCSW, St. Luke’s, Metuchen, New Jersey; Ms. Kasi LeGrand, MSW, LCSW, Piscataway, New Jersey.
In this workshop, both sexual abuse of children and sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons are covered. This training is required every five years for clergy, wardens, employees, church personnel, lay Eucharistic visitors, and anyone regularly working with or around children or youth.
The morning session, from 9am to noon, deals with the sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons. The afternoon session, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, deals specifically with the sexual abuse of children. Morning and afternoon sessions may be taken on the same day or on separate days, but both sessions must be taken.
Register by the Wednesday prior to the workshop: register online  or email mclisham@dioceseofnj.org or phone Mary Anne Clisham, 609 394-5281, ext. 10.
Those who have previously attended an onsite workshop in the Diocese of New Jersey may do their recertification training online by contacting Ann Notte (anotte@dioceseofnj.org) for an ID and Password.

Summer/Fall 2018:

August 11, 2018 – St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch08112018

September 8, 2018 – Christ Church, Toms River

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09082018

September 15, 2018 – Trinity, Moorestown CURRENTLY FULL; check back later for cancellations or other vacancies

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09152018

September 22, 2018 – Grace, Haddonfield

Registration link:https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09222018

November 10, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Clementon

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch11102018

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Are you 5-18 Years in Ministry? The VISION Program and Union Theological Seminary invites your application!

Thanks to generous funding from the Lilly Endowment, Union will launch its third cohort of the VISION program in the Fall of 2018.

The VISION program engages early/mid-career faith leaders (5 – 18 years in ministry) in a two-year collaborative program designed to support new ministries and build clergy relationships across denominations and religious traditions.

The VISION cohort meets monthly at Union in New York City during the academic term to collaborate and dialogue with civic leaders, academics and scholars, and other innovators from the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Each summer the group meets at a retreat to continue the conversation and work together. VISION fellows undertake a culminating congregational project supported by a cash grant from VISION and close collaboration with other fellows and mentors.

The deadline to apply is July 1, 2018. Visit https://utsnyc.edu/life/institutes/vision-program/ for more information and to apply online.

For more information, please contact VISION Director, The Rev. Jane Huber, PhD at:  jhuber@uts.columbia.edu

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SELECT CONGREGATIONAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
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50th Anniversary of Ordination: The Rev. Cn. Terrence W. Rosheuvel
Canon Terrence W. Rosheuvel will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday, July 8, 2018. All are invited to join him and the congregation at St. James, Bradley Beach on that day for a Festive Celebration of the Eucharist at 9:00 a.m.

The guest Preacher will be Rev. Canon Leroy Lyons, retired Rector of St. Mark’s,Plainfield. Reception follows.

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MUSIC DIRECTOR WANTED

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a vibrant, program-sized parish in Westfield, New Jersey, seeking to grow in its spiritual vitality. We seek a Music Director to lead our music program consisting of an adult choir, two children’s choirs, and community concert series.  The parish choir is comprised of 20 singers, mostly volunteers and up to 8 professionals. The choir sings Sundays at the 10 a.m. service and special services throughout the year. The choir is joined by chamber musicians at Christmas and Easter. With our Friends of Music program, we are known for our concerts throughout the year.

The ideal candidate will be a committed Christian, passionate about sacred music and its role in worship. The successful candidate will sustain our vibrant music program and be a strategic partner in developing and expanding our music ministry. A graduate degree in church music, organ performance, or a related area is preferred. The successful candidate will be devoted to and versed in traditional Anglican liturgy and music, yet be open to new musical expressions in liturgy. The successful candidate will be an exceptional church organist and choir director and have experience teaching children music.

St. Paul’s has a 2004 organ built by Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders, consisting of 4 manuals, 55 pipe ranks, and 114 digital voices.

Salaried compensation will be in..

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TRINITY CHURCH, ASBURY PARK STANDS AGAINST HATE
BRADLEY PARK, ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY

In This Issue:
From our Communications Director
Bishop’s Schedule
Restoring the Right to Vote
General Convention: ECW at GC
Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings
Select Congregational Events
Classifieds

FROM CANON JONATHAN ELLIOTT, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR:

Dear Friends in Christ,

I deeply love serving as your Communications Director, and I wanted to offer some information on resources that are available to you now and in the months ahead.

First, I recommend you sign up for The Episcopal Church’s Daily Scan, presented by TEC’s Office of Public Affairs. This daily email gives newsworthy snapshots of what’s going on in the Church from media outlets worldwide, and is a quick and useful method of absorbing great information. The Public Affairs Office also offers tremendous resources from inspirational videos to book club support to meme creation to need-to-know info and protocols for major events like General Convention. It’s a great place to keep your finger on the pulse of the Church.

Second, I want to notify you of some changes in the look and feel of diocesan communications. We’re in the process of changing our email provider from Constant Contact to MailChimp, with some new organization and design accompanying it. Look for this change later in July.

Third, we’re hard at work at the new diocesan website, coming in late summer or early fall. Many of you have contributed ideas and recommendations to the structure and look of this upcoming site, and we’re grateful. We’re looking forward to a fresh, clean, mobile responsive site that both meets our informational needs and offers a great and welcoming introductory experience to our diocese. If you have any questions or thoughts about our site, or sites you see in your life that have features you’d love to see us implement, please let us know!

Fourth, I want to announce a series of online webinars I’ll be offering on Thursdays in August; at the Episcopal Communicators conference at Kanuga in April, I taught a course on design for non-designers with frugal budgets, and I’ve taught it twice since then. It’s full of useful skills in the church environment, and I’m expanding to a series of evening online courses, free of charge, this summer.

AUGUST 2: Design Basics
AUGUST 9: InDesign Introduction and Layouts
AUGUST 16: Canva Tips and Tricks
AUGUST 23: Getting Started with Photoshop
AUGUST 30: iOS and Android Apps for Church Marketing

I’ll be offering a sign-up for these beginning next week; class size is limited, but these webinars will be recorded and hopefully offered again or expanded to meet our needs. Look for more soon.

The Communications Office is here for you, to help with communications technologies, to share your stories, to rejoice with you in the Good News, and more.

I love working with you, Please reach out with your communications needs, questions, and concerns, or just to say “hi!”

Yours in Christ,

Canon Jonathan Elliott
Communications Director

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Bishop’s Schedule Highlights

Thursday-Tuesday, June 14-26, 2018:
St. John’s-by-the-Sea, Avalon – Bishop in residence

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RESTORING THE RIGHT TO VOTE

We invite you to join us on June 27 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton for a powerful session on restoring the right to vote for former convicts, presented by the New Jersey Institute foe Social Justice. This event is sponsored by several vital organizations, including Jubilee Ministries, LEAM NJ, and the Anti-Poverty Network. Look for more faith-based and essential ways for us to make a difference in our communities here soon.


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GENERAL CONVENTION: GO! SHARE THE WORD!
By ECW Province II President Carolyn Belvin

Share the Word: Every Day, Comunicamos, Every Where

The 49th Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women will be held July 5 – 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. The Triennial meeting meets concurrently with General Convention. This year’s theme: GO! Share the Word: Every Day, Comunicamos, Every Where will help us bring God’s love to all.

At the Triennial Meeting you see the work of ECW on a whole different level and how women from all across the country with different backgrounds and experiences come together for worship, mission, and fellowship.

Each Triennial has Mission Outreach projects usually centered around the community where the meeting is held. This year the monetary Unified Gift is going to Community First! Village, a ministry of Mobile Loaves and Fishes in Austin, Texas. Donna Emery, development director for Community First!, has described the village as a “novel approach to mitigating the problem of homelessness.” This is a place of wonder with affordable housing of varying styles, including many tiny homes; a huge community garden; a recreation center and community store; worship spaces and prayer labyrinth; a medical facility; even an arts center where unique pieces are handcrafted by village residents.

The Community Connection Gift is to the Trinity Center Shower Program, housed at St. David’s Episcopal Church in downtown Austin which is a place with private and secure showers for homeless women. In connection with this monetary gift each participant of Triennial is asked to bring items for “Summer Survival Kits” which will include items such as socks, soap, toothpaste, sunscreen, etc. and gift cards for stores that sell these items for the women using the showers.

These projects are the current way we continue the mission work that the Emery sisters began in the 1870’s when in 1872 the first General Annual Meeting of the Woman’s Auxiliary met at the same time as General Convention in New York City.

Triennial is a place for learning where we hear wonderful guest speakers, and this year select from a slate of over 28 topics to attend several small group workshops centered on the Five Marks of Mission.

A highlight of every General Convention and Triennial Meeting is the United Thank Offering Ingathering. At this beautiful Eucharist the UTO representatives from each diocese symbolically present the offerings of the last three years.

Triennial is a time of fellowship where we greet old friends and meet new ones. There is a Welcome Dinner, a Distinguished Woman Luncheon and a Provincial breakfast gathering.  This year Carol Seale Council is the Distinguished Woman from the ECW of the Diocese of New Jersey.

The women attending Triennial Meeting this year are the Delegates representing the ECW of the Diocese of New Jersey:

Donna Freidel, ECW Diocesan President. Donna is a member St. Thomas Church, Glassboro.  Donna serves on Diocesan Council and is ECW President of the Woodbury District.

Carol Seale Council, ECW Diocesan Student Service Award Chair. Carol is a member of St. Elizabeth’s Church, Elizabeth. She is our Distinguished Woman for Triennial 2018, past ECW Diocesan President, and was Director of Mission Response. She was a past recipient of the Diocesan Woman of Honor award and delegate to Triennial 2015.

Joanne H. Hutchison, ECW Diocesan Secretary. Joanne is a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wenonah. She was secretary of the Woodbury District ECW and a former board member of the New Jersey Diocesan Altar Guild. In 2013, she received the Kitchen of Hope Community Service Award and was a past recipient of the Diocesan Woman of Honor award. Joanne was a delegate to Triennial 2015.

Susan Stokes, ECW Diocesan Board Member-at-Large. Susan was President of the ECW of Southeast Florida and Province II United Thank Offering Alternate Representative. She was a past recipient of the Diocesan Woman of Honor award and a volunteer at General Convention 2015.

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Carolyn Belvin, Province II ECW President. Carolyn is a member of Christ Church, Toms River. She is editor of the ECW NEWS. Carolyn is a past ECW Diocesan President and Province II ECW President. She was the New Jersey National Woman of Honor for Triennial 2009 and has attended all seven Triennial Meetings since 1997.

The Triennial Meeting is a special time when the women of the church are gathered with the rest of the church family sharing God’s love and reaching out to God’s people with renewed energy and purpose.

Look for more reflections on General Convention every week this June and July!

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 DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING
Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events!
Meeting of the Hispanic Coalition Partners: June 23

From the Rev. Ramon Ubiera-Torres, our Canon Missioner for Hispanic/Latino Ministries:

Successful Gathering of Hispanic Coalition Partners to continue to develop our ministry: Trinity Church, Asbury Park, Christ Church, Toms River, St Thomas, Red Bank, St Marys, Keyport & Hispanic Commission Co-Chair. Many thanks to Canon Phyllis Jones for guiding us in the right direction! / Exitosa reunión de la coalición hispana continuando desarrollo del ministerio hispano, plantación de Iglesias latinas, #DirectionoftheHolySpirit.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING: JULY 24, 26

The Prayer for Young Persons in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 829) begins, “God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world . . .” Many youth today cope with depression, anxiety, and addiction issues – even in our congregations. Death by suicide is a growing risk. It does not matter how healthy one’s family is or how involved one is at church. The biological component of mental illness means it knows no boundaries. This leaves us as adults who serve with teens feeling confused and powerless. Mental Health Training for Adults assisting Teens give us the information and skills we need to provide “mental CPR” when a problem arises and to know where to turn for help and other resources. We invite you to join us for this training at St. Peter’s, Freehold so that we can be better resources and beacons of hope for teens in our congregations and communities

UPCOMING SAFE CHURCH TRAININGS
Safe Church Training is a requirement for all those who work in the churches of our Diocese, especially those persons who work with children and youth.
Leaders: The Reverend Carolyn A. Bradley, Deacon, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC; The Reverend Catherine Esposito, Deacon; The Reverend Carol Ann Pepe, Deacon, LCSW, St. Luke’s, Metuchen, New Jersey; Ms. Kasi LeGrand, MSW, LCSW, Piscataway, New Jersey.
In this workshop, both sexual abuse of children and sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons are covered. This training is required every five years for clergy, wardens, employees, church personnel, lay Eucharistic visitors, and anyone regularly working with or around children or youth.
The morning session, from 9am to noon, deals with the sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons. The afternoon session, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, deals specifically with the sexual abuse of children. Morning and afternoon sessions may be taken on the same day or on separate days, but both sessions must be taken.
Register by the Wednesday prior to the workshop: register online  or email mclisham@dioceseofnj.org or phone Mary Anne Clisham, 609 394-5281, ext. 10.
Those who have previously attended an onsite workshop in the Diocese of New Jersey may do their recertification training online by contacting Ann Notte (anotte@dioceseofnj.org) for an ID and Password.

Summer/Fall 2018:

August 11, 2018 – St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch08112018

September 8, 2018 – Christ Church, Toms River

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09082018

September 15, 2018 – Trinity, Moorestown CURRENTLY FULL; check back later for cancellations or other vacancies

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09152018

September 22, 2018 – Grace, Haddonfield

Registration link:https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09222018

November 10, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Clementon

Registration link:  https://tinyurl.com/safechurch11102018

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Are you 5-18 Years in Ministry? The VISION Program and Union Theological Seminary invites your application!

Thanks to generous funding from the Lilly Endowment, Union will launch its third cohort of the VISION program in the Fall of 2018.

The VISION program engages early/mid-career faith leaders (5 – 18 years in ministry) in a two-year collaborative program designed to support new ministries and build clergy relationships across denominations and religious traditions.

The VISION cohort meets monthly at Union in New York City during the academic term to collaborate and dialogue with civic leaders, academics and scholars, and other innovators from the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Each summer the group meets at a retreat to continue the conversation and work together. VISION fellows undertake a culminating congregational project supported by a cash grant from VISION and close collaboration with other fellows and mentors.

The deadline to apply is July 1, 2018. Visit https://utsnyc.edu/life/institutes/vision-program/ for more information and to apply online.

For more information, please contact VISION Director, The Rev. Jane Huber, PhD at:  jhuber@uts.columbia.edu

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IN MEMORIAM: THE REV. THOMAS SWEENY, DEACON

On June 13, we lost our beloved deacon Thomas Sweeny, who most recently served at St. Mark’s and All Saints, Galloway. Here’s a lovely tribute to him from the Press of Atlantic City’s obituary.

“Reverend Tom” would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. His new mission takes him to a wonderful place where he will be socializing, dancing, and reading to his heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious and you never gain an ounce. He left detailed instructions for his family and friends to celebrate his mission here, which has now been completed.

The Rev. Thomas E. Sweeny, Dcn is predeceased by his beloved wife with whom he celebrated over 50 years of marriage, Bari C. Sweeny, mother Susan (Drake) Sweeny and father, Thomas E. Sweeny III. He is survived by his sister Gail (Sweeny) Weston, daughter Cori E. Coane (Sweeny) & husband Fred, Sons Thomas E. Sweeny IV, James M. Sweeny & wife Jennifer, Grandchildren: Thomas E...

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