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Upcoming Diocesan Offerings
July 8
Christ Church
Riverton 

July 8
Global Goals Task Force Retreat
St. John
Little Silver 

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma  

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
Christ Church
New Brunswick

Christ Church
Riverton

Christ Church
Toms River

Holy Spirit
Tuckerton

Trinity Church
Asbury Park

Christ Church
Magnolia

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Classifieds
St. Mark's Basking Ridge is in search of
copies of LEVAS II for the summer - other to borrow or buy. Contact
Organist needed! St. Peter's, Clarksboro is seeking an organist.
Parish Administrator Needed!
 St. Stephen's, Mullica Hill is seeking a Part-Time Parish Administrator.  


Several frontals and superfrontals, processional crosses, chalices, patens, cruets, pascal candles, and a variety of stoles, chasubles, and other vestments are
on offer in Diocesan House. For more information contact Assistant Archivist
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June 30, 2017
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey, 
 
But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them - Hebrews 11:16
 

fireworks-red.jpg This weekend, many will beginJuly 4th celebrations. There will be trips to the shore, picnics, barbecues, family get-togethers, ballgames, and fireworks. In the midst of it all, no matter one's political leanings, I suspect many feel we are not the nation we could or should be.  A divide has been growing for decades that seems to have reached a fever pitch. The politically motivated shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalice should have been a signal to us all.  It hasn't been. The ugliness and animosity continue on the political left and the political right.  It is not productive.
 
I have no idea how matters will play out in Washington. The issues that confront us as a nation are serious - health care, the treatment of refugees and immigrants, budget decisions that have enormous impact, especially on the poor, and a host of others.  As people of faith we can neither ignore nor be silent about such essential matters.
 
The Baptismal Covenant asks:
Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?
 
Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?
 
To each of these questions we answer, I will with God's help.
 
 
Our baptismal promises compel us to both speak out and to take action. 
 
These same baptismal promises, however, call upon us to see both the Christ and the humanity in every person we meet; to respect each person's dignity. It is difficult to do this if we engage in discourse that makes sweeping generalizations about others and fixes labels that essentially dehumanize them.
 
Independence Day is designated as a Major Feast on The Episcopal Church calendar.  This is an opportunity for all of us to reclaim the important value of "civil discourse" in which we find ways to engage in serious conversation and debate about vitally important issues while simultaneously remembering that we are called to see and honor the image of God in each other, even those with whom we disagree - perhaps especially those with whom we disagree.
 
I believe our congregations are a good place to engage in caring conversations that address vital issues while also insisting on civility.
 
I encourage us all to pray for the health of our nation this weekend and through Independence Day, and to commit to our baptismal promises and civil discourse that reflects both our essential Christian and American values.
 
May God bless you and yours.
 
In Christ,

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

Good News stories and more!

Life is sweet at St. Peter's, Perth Amboy. 
They kicked off their summer serving ice cream sundaes and root beer floats on June 25, 2017 to begin this season with fellowship and fun.  Their first Ice Cream Social was a great success! A good time was had by parishioners and visitors alike! 

A Retreat for Women of the Diocese
Holy Innocents, Beach Haven
 Enjoy a day by the beach with other women of the diocese while discovering new ways to enrich your prayer life. Experienced retreat leader Canon Connie White will lead the journey through journaling, contemplation, walking a labyrinth, and using Anglican prayer beads. Those who have previously experienced White's retreats will find new additions and fresh perspectives.  
Register online at  http://tinyurl.com/y7v4cfdd  or call the diocesan office at  609-394-5281 .

Global Goals Task Force Retreat
St. John's, Little Silver

Everyone interested in working together to end poverty and achieve the other Global Goals for Sustainable Development is invited to attend the Global Goals Task Force retreat.

The time together will include fellowship, contemplation, and planning the next steps in our work together, especially relating to our anti-human trafficking work.  Please RSVP to   globalgoalstf@gmail.com.

You Have a Partner in Ecuador

Think of how spiritually and culturally enriching it could be for your parish to have a companion parish in Ecuador. Several churches in this fascinating South American country have expressed interest in forming an ongoing relationship with a parish in the Diocese of New Jersey to share ideas, prayers, visits, holiday greetings and just get acquainted. Such a relationship could be a highly rewarding experience for your parish's youth program and for your overall congregation.

The Companion Diocese Committee would like to introduce you to your potential partner in Ecuador this summer.  
For more information contact
the Rev. Mark Van Sant (732-222-4563) or
Paul Murphy (609-799-5252). 

The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618