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Upcoming Congregational Events
Jan 30th
Country Line Dancing 
St. Francis'
Dunellen, NJ 
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Feb 7th
Musical Celebration of Educators 
Christ Church
New Brunswick, NJ 
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Feb 8th
Spaghetti Dinner for the De Sarno Family 
Holy Trinity
South River, NJ 
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Feb 12th
Soup Fellowship Center  
Christ Church
Somers Point, NJ 
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Feb 14th
Valentine's Day Dinner Dance 
Grace Church
Haddonfield, NJ 
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Feb 15th
Songs from Tin Pan Alley 
St Luke's
Ewing, NJ 
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March 1st
Baroque Festival
Community of St. John the Baptist
Mendham, NJ 
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March 8th
The Music of Gabriel Faure  
St Mary's
Burlington, NJ 
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Buildings for a New Tomorrow 
 
As many parishes struggle with older buildings and tightening finances, the Episcopal Church's Building Fund has shifted its mission  from providing loans to helping parishes rethink church buildings, spaces, and community. In this interview with Fund President Julia Groom, she discusses ways in which churches are moving forward stronger and more sustainable. 
On Going to (an Episcopal) Church.
 
When I left the pastorate, I wasted no time finding another place to go to church. ...
I was not aspiring to go to an Episcopal church in particular. But in my own journey, my belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist had long become the center of my faith. I was aching to find a place where I could receive the body and blood of Jesus every single week.

Former Pentacostal Pastor Jonathan Martin writes of his experience in looking for a church and finding himself a warm and nourishing home.  
#usemeinstead
 
When word got around that North Miami Beach, FL police officers were using mug shots of young African-American men for target practice, a group of Lutheran clergy decided to make a stand by sending in their own photos for target practice.

The Washington Post reports that clergy of a number of denominations (many Episcopalians included) have joined in, sending in their own photos and posting them to twitter.  
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January 29, 2015

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

 
It's almost time for the big game: SuperBowl XLIX,  a match-up between the two #1 seeds in the NFL - The Seattle Seahawks and The New England Patriots. As usual, there's been a lot of hype leading up to the game: Deflategate, Marshawn Lynch, "I'm here because I don't want to get fined," Katy Perry, and, of course, previews of the commercials that will play during the game (Where's the suspense or surprise now?).  


 

It is the quintessential display of American excess. According to Fox Sports,  SuperBowl Sunday is the second largest day for food consummation in the United States (Thanksgiving is first). According to ABC, Americans will consume somewhere around 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, 3 million pounds of nuts and 1 billion chicken wings on game day. That's a lot of food and a lot of money being spent for it.

 

Recognizing how much Americans spend on snack food for the big game, many parishes participate in a project called SouperBowl of Caring. This is a national effort. In my parish in Florda, we used to ask each person in church on SouperBowl Sunday to donate $1.00 at the door on the way out. We would have two pots (one labeled for each team) into which people could throw their dollars. At the end of Sunday morning, when we had collected from everyone, we went online and added our total amount collected to the national total that the SouperBowl of Caring organizers were tracking. The following week, we sent a donation for that amount to a feeding program of our choice in our local community. It was always fun to see which team was supported most by the congregation based on their giving, and to make a difference in our community in the fight against hunger. It only cost each person $1.00.  Given the amount we Americans spend on SuperBowl snacks, it seemed we could at least donate $1.00 for those who are hungry.

 

I encourage all our churches to participate in the SouperBowl for Caring this coming Sunday. Have some fun with it and make a difference in your community. I especially encourage you to support feeding programs sponsored by Jubilee Centers and Episcopal churches in the Diocese of New Jersey.

 

Remember Jesus' words, "as you did it to one of the least of these....so you did it to  me." (Matthew 25:40)

 

Many blessings, enjoy the game and support the local fight against hunger by participating in this year's SouperBowl of Caring. 

 

Yours in Christ, 

 

 

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

 

Good News Stories and More
A Recommendation from Our Canon to the Ordinary

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

 

The Episcopal Church Building Fund is having its annual symposium ("Buildings for a New Tomorrrow") April 13-15, this year in Raleigh, NC.  I have attended this conference the past three years and I highly recommend it as one of the best things happening in the Episcopal Church.  This conference is a great gathering of creative minds, people who are experimenting and adapting, making church happen in vibrant and dynamic ways.  If you choose to attend, I can guarantee you will be impressed, energized, renewed and hopeful about new possibilities for ministry.  This year Bishop Michael Curry will be the preacher and a nomadic pastor from Houston who  engages in disruptive innovation with his ministry will be the keynoter.  

 

Here's a link to the website: http://www.ecbf.org/bfnt/ where you can get more information and register.  Check it out!

 

 

-The Rev. Canon John W. Sosnowski

 

Trinity Cathedral Altar Guild Shop:
Now Available Online! 

 

The mission of the shop is to help all who are seeking to enrich their lives through prayer, reflection and study. This is done by providing a wide array of books and other religious items such as prayer beads and labyrinths etc. for sale. A variety of items from the shop are now available online. Click here for more.

 

Enriching Your Prayer Life Retreat:
February 21, Noon-4 PM
St. David's Church, Cranbury 
FREE!
Led by Canon Connie White

 

 

Are you looking for a way to enrich your prayer life, get closer to God, center yourself any time of the day, or make those quiet moments more meaningful?  Prayer is essential to Christian life and nourishes our spirit.  Sustaining a connection with God demands that we attend to this with our body, mind, and soul. This afternoon retreat will provide you a time to connect with your inner self through learning new or reinforcing your prayer rituals. In addition, you'll learn how to create a prayer space in your home and learn about rituals using prayer crosses and prayer stones.


 

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ADDITIONALLY, Canon White will present:

Adults Who Work with Youth Workshop: Getting Your Youth Ministries to be More Effective by Identifying Your Youth's God-Given Gifts for Service on February 5, 6:30 PM, at Diocesan House.


 

At this workshop, adults who work with youth will explore what the Bible says about spiritual gifts, consider how to identify the talents of their youth, and gain insights into why a young person's style and passion are important to a productive and effective youth ministry.

 

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St. Francis' Church, Dunellen raises funds for Episcopal Relief and Development

 

From our friend Lisa Webb:

"For our Advent collection, St. Francis' Dunellen chose Episcopal Relief & Development to honor their 75th Anniversary and specifically, the Thrive to Five fund. Our goal was $700.  Our Sunday School created posters and Pennies from the Heart cans to collect donations.  Through their efforts, along with our outreach budget and our parishioners' generous donations collected through the Hope Chest mite boxes, we ultimately sent a check to Episcopal Relief and Development for $1,290!" 

 


231st Diocesan Convention
Hyatt Regency, Princeton

February 27-28 

 

More information about the 2015 Convention of the Diocese of New Jersey, including nomination and registration materials, may be found here

A Celebration of the Life of Absalom Jones


Please join us at 3:00 PM for a Service of Witness 


February 15, 2015

Trinity Cathedral in Trenton 

Bishop's Spring Conference:

Discipleship and Mission
A One-Day Conference

Saturday, April 18, 2015 9 AM - 3 PM 

Join us for an event that will bring together spectacular leaders of Christian Formation in a exploration of new strategies for forming disciples in today's challenging and transforming twenty-first century landscape at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton.

Register now through March 16 and pay only $10!
Beginning March 17, the registration fee rises to $20.
Click here to register.

Ministry Institute Events in January and February


  

 

 

Every week, we'll be listing upcoming Ministry Institute events here; click here for the full listing

 

Adults Who Work With Youth Workshop
February 5
Diocesan House
Trenton

Pre-Lenten Clergy Retreat
February 9-11
St. Marguerite's Retreat House
The Community of St. John the Baptist
Medham

15th Annual Acolyte Festival
February 14
Trinity Cathedral
Trenton
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618