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Upcoming Congregational Events
Jan 23rd-May 15th 
Sacred Spaces
Art Exhibit
St. Luke's
January 26th
Supper with All Saints'
All Saints'
Bay Head
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January 29th
Line Dance Social
St. Francis'
Dunellen
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January 30th
Spaghetti Dinner
Atonement
Laurel Springs
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January 31st
Rowan University Concert Choir
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
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January 31st
Retirement Celebration for Peter Manzo
St. Bartholomew's
Cherry Hilly
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February 9th
Pancake Dinner
St. Francis'
February 20th
Spaghetti Dinner with Charlie Nakash
Christ Church
Toms River
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February 21st
Make a Joyful Noise
All Saints'
March 12th
Crab Cake Dinner
St. Peter's
Clarksboro
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Congregational Advisory - Winter Storm Preparedness

From Keith Adams, Diocesan Coordinator of the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program:

It is now nearly certain that a major winter storm will affect the Diocese of New Jersey over this coming weekend.  Please take a moment to review your congregational disaster preparedness plan.

Read it all and get updates.
Guidelines for a Constructive Church

Given the inclement weather expected,  Dean Rene John asked the cathedral community consider this reading and recording from June 5, 1966. It should be useful reading for everyone.

Dr. Martin Luther King prescribes "healing the broken-hearted, preaching deliverance to the captive (freeing people from everything that enslaves), and preaching the acceptable year of the Lord. The acceptable year of the Lord, he says, is every year the time is right to do right, stop lying and cheating, do justice, learn to live as brothers and beat swords into plowshares."
3 Questions to Determine if you are Missional or Mission-ish

Writing for the Missional Network, Shawn Duncan asks three questions to help us ascertain our "missionaility" pointing out that there is "a major difference in a lifestyle holistically integrated with God's work in your context and the wide array of activities that are often lumped under this buzz word."

Mission-ish means service projects that meet needs. Missional means mutually transformative relationships.
What A Neurosurgeon Learned About Living After He Became Terminally Ill

Huffpost Religion asks the question "What makes human life meaningful, even in the face of death and decay?"  in this fascinating, inspiring, and realistic story of Paul Kalanithi, a 36 year old neurosurgeon who found himself diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. 
A Tirade for the Trendy Church

After bringing a diverse class of adult students to what he terms a "Hipster Church" to see their worship style, Dr. Jack Levin reflects on his experience with disappointment. Though his comments on the lack of welcome and self-awareness are pointed directly at this "trendy" church, many of his points are good conversation starters for any church community.
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January 22, 2016
From the Bishop:
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
 
I am thrilled announce that, after an extensive national search, which involved working closely with the members of the Commission on Black Ministry, I have called The Reverend Dr. Brian Jemmott to be Canon Missioner for Historic Black Churches of the Diocese of New Jersey. He was the unanimous choice of the committee members and me.  

Ordained a priest in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago in the Province of the West Indies on the Feast of St. Matthew, September 21, 1991, Fr. Jemmott has served in the Diocese of Atlanta since 1997 as a parish priest and in campus ministry. He has been rector of the Church of the Holy Cross in Atlanta since 2006. Fr. Jemmott earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Episcopal Divinity School in 2009. His thesis was titled, " Other Sheep I Have: Realizing God's Kingdom Beyond the Margins by Celebrating God's Diversity in the Black Episcopal Church." Fr. Jemmott's more detailed biography appears below. He and his wife of 28 years, Michelle, have two sons, one a graduate of Morehouse College, the other currently enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University. Michelle is currently on staff at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta. Fr. Jemmott will begin his duties on February 1. I have appointed Fr. Jemmott our Chaplain at this year's diocesan convention so that we will all get a chance to see and know him better.

Of the 146 congregations in the Diocese of New Jersey, there are currently eleven Historical Black churches. They are: St. Albans,
New Brunswick; St. Augustine, Asbury Park; St. Augustine, Atlantic City; St. Augustine, Camden; Church of the Annunciation, Lawnside; Christ the King, Willingboro; St. Elizabeth, Elizabeth; St. Mark's, Plainfield; St. Mary's, Pleasantville; St. Thomas, Red Bank; St. Wilfrid, Camden.

The Canon Missioner to Historic Black Churches will work closely with the Bishop, the Canon for Congregational Development & Mission, the Board of Mission, the Canon for Transition Ministry, the Commission for Black Ministries of the Diocese, and with the Canon Missioner for the Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church to review the history and assess the current situation in each of the Historic Black congregations. As he begins his work, Fr. Jemmott will work in partnership with the clergy and lay leadership of the Historic Black churches to understand their perspective. He will develop and make recommendations on strategies and programs to address the specific needs of the various churches to the Diocesan, and then provide leadership in implementing chosen strategies and programs.

As a part of his ministry, Fr. Jemmott will further Christian formation and discipleship as essential to congregational growth and identity in the churches. He will advocate for social justice, anti-racism, and cross-cultural engagement across the diocese and the wider Church. Working with the Committee on the Priesthood, the Committee on the Diaconate and the Diocesan Black Clergy Caucus, he will develop strategies to recruit and support African-American and other Black candidates for Holy Orders and recommend new initiatives that strengthen Black Ministries in the Diocese of New Jersey. Fr. Jemmott will partner with the bishop and diocesan staff and committees to advance efforts involving congregational development, missional identification/nurturing, new ministries, revitalization and re-imagination of existing ministries, and radical welcome and hospitality as it pertains directly to the Historic Black congregations, supporting the Five Marks of Mission as these are lived out in the congregations he serves as well as across the diocese.

I am excited about Fr. Jemmot's call and eagerly await his becoming a part of the diocesan team. I encourage everyone in the diocese to offer him and Michelle a warm welcome as they begin their new lives and ministry in Diocese of New Jersey.

Blessings and peace,  




The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey  
 
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New Canon Black Missioner for Historic Black Churches
for the Diocese

 
The Rev. Dr. Brian A. Jemmott, was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, West-Indies, where he attended the Good Shepherd/Tunapuna Anglican School and Church.
 
Brian graduated from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois in 1993, with the M. Div. degree. He returned to the Diocese of Trinidad & Tobago, where he served as the Assistant Curate at the Cathedral of The Holy Trinity until January 1996, when he was called to serve a parish in the Diocese of Chicago.
 
Since then, Brian has served the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He comes to the Diocese of New Jersey from the Diocese of Atlanta, Georgia, having served as the rector of the Church of the Holy Cross since 2006.
 
He is married to Michelle Camille Jemmott, and is father to two adult sons, Tsekani, a 2014 Computer Science graduate of Morehouse College, Atlanta, and Jelani, a sophomore at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, majoring in Audio Engineering.

Look for more from Fr. Jemmott soon! 
   

 
CANCELLED due to weather! 
This event will be rescheduled in the near future.


Diocesan Choir Camp Reunion Evensong
and  
Installation of Canons:
 Ms. Clara Gregory 
The Rev. Ramon Ubiera
 
 
Saturday, January 23, 3pm 
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
 
Also to be installed at this Evensong are the four Canons nominated in 2013 but for whom there was never a formal installation:
Canon Paul Ambos, Esq, Canon Terry Cooper
Canon Dr. Paul Cooper, Canon Noreen Duncan



16th Annual
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
 
  February 13, 201 6  
9:30am-3:30pm
Trinity Cathedral

Join acolytes from across the diocese for a day of
workshops, fellowship, and worship on the theme of
Experiencing Holy Week and Easter  

Learn more and register!


Singers Wanted!

A Celebration of the Life of Absalom Jones


 
 
All are invited to sing two anthems               
Rehearsal is at 1:30 PM on Feb. 14 in the Cathedral
Service at 3pm
Reception Following

Please RSVP to Canon Deborah Ford
with voice part and participants' names:  
609-392-3805 ext 102 
Please bring Choir Vestments if possible
Please practice music ahead of time
Looking forward to making a joyful noise unto the Lord!
 

Ministry Institute


A full, detailed listing of Ministry Institute events will be available soon.
A listing of all the events is available here.
Below are the events for January and February. 

January 23 - CANCELLED
Sound as Prayer: A Not-So-Quiet Day of Spiritual Exercises Using Sound
and Shared Silence: A workshop with Ana Hernández
Grace, Pemberton

February 13
Trinity Cathedral

February 14
Trinity Cathedral

February 17
Diocesan House, Trenton



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