In This Edition
Ministry Institute


A detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available here or see the  one page printable guide

February 25  
St. Matthew's, Pennington

March 6 - 8
Convent of St. John the Baptist, Mendham

March 11
Safe Church Training
Trinity, Asbury Park

March 18  
Holy Trinity
Ocean City

March 25
Title IV Training
All Saints',
Princeton
April 8   
St Mark's
Keansburg

April 11
Annual Clergy Day and Chrism Mass
Trinity Cathedral 

April 28-30
Happening 26
Camp Murray,
Lanoka Harbor

May 6
Bishop's Spring Conference
Trinity Cathedral

May 11
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner
TBA

May 11-13
Anti-Racism Training
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

June 17
Animal Welfare Ministry Forum
Trinity Cathedral 

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma  

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
March 5
Doane Academy
Burlington
 
March 5
Trinity
Moorestown
 
March 5
St. Mary's
Burlington
 
March 5
St. John's
Chews Landing
 
March 5
Cape May
 
March 5
St. Elizabeth's
Elizabeth 
 
March 7
(Part 1 of 6)
St. Luke's
Gladstone
 
March 11
St. George by the River
Rumson
 
March 12
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
 
March 13
St. Michael's
Trenton
 
Holy Spirit
Lebanon
 
St. Francis'
Dunellen
 
March 18
St. Peter's
Clarksboro
 
March 18
Holy Spirit
Lebanon
 
March 19
St. Bernard's
Bernardsville
 
March 24
Holy Spirit
Tuckerton
 
March 25
Godly Play Workshop (Part 1 of 3)
Christ Church
Middetown


St. John the Baptist
Mendham 

March 26
Good Libations
Grace Church
Haddonfield 
 
April 1
Godly Play Workshop (Part 2 of 3)
Christ Church
Middetown


Christ Church
St. Matthew's
Pennington

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March 3, 2017
From the Presiding Bishop
 
Ash Wednesday message offered by heads of Episcopal Church,
Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Remember the Refugees and Migrants

On this day many people will participate in a liturgy including the Imposition of Ashes.  Some presiders blot these ashes upon our foreheads and we are reminded that we are but dust and to dust shall we return.  Others trace them upon our forehead in the sign of the cross, a reminder of the place to where the Lenten journey takes us.  Even at the outset of this holy season we are reminded that while for some the cross is a stumbling block and for others mere foolishness, it is for those who are being called, the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 1:23).  Remembering Christ crucified we are mindful not only of our personal need for repentance and renewal in doing the work of God, but indeed of the need of all humanity to repent of our indifference to the brokenness of our relationships, to the suffering of millions of people worldwide who are starving, oppressed, enslaved, or seeking sanctuary even if it be in a place far from their homeland.

This Lent we call our Churches to be continually mindful of the global refugee and migration crises, and the injustices and conflicts that have swelled the statistics to a number greater than ever in the history of the world.  We acknowledge the good work done by so many of our synods and dioceses and parishes in sponsoring refugees, welcoming them, accompanying them and advocating for them as they settle in our countries.  Similarly, we commend the compassionate work of our partner churches in other lands and intergovernmental bodies caring for migrants and refugees. We call on our Churches not to weary of this good work in the name of God.

Given the current political climate in the United States, it is important to say that while both our countries recognize the need for measures ensuring homeland security, we also stand up for the long established policies that welcome migrants and refugees.  That is not to say any of them are not beyond reform.  But it is to say that fair and generous policies strengthen the economy of our nations and enriches the social and cultural fabric of our countries - a fabric woven by both the First Peoples of these lands and all those who have settled here through numerous waves of migration throughout our histories. 

Fair and generous action and deliberations are from our perspective, deeply grounded in the Law of Moses, in the teaching of the Prophets and in the Gospel of Jesus.  For some two millennia millions of people have found consolation in the suffering of Jesus upon the cross and in his holy name they have prayed for the compassion and justice of God in the midst of the terrible circumstances of their lives - circumstances that compel them to flee their homelands, making their way over dangerous treks of land. Sometimes they find refuge in new nations and frequently they make their way to ports where they can board vessels and make what are often treacherous voyages in the hope of reaching a land free of the oppression they have known.  Some make it.  Many don't.

May this Season of Lent be especially marked by our prayers and advocacy for refugees and migrants - on the run, in United Nations camps, in waiting, in our communities... And let it be marked by a continuing resolve in welcoming the strange in our midst, for such hospitality is in keeping with the faith we proclaim. (Matthew 25:31-40)

In Christ,

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, the Episcopal Church
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada
The Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada

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The 233rd Diocesan Convention 
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Ashes to Go 2017

Hundreds of people around New Jersey received the imposition of ashes in places from train stations to parking lots. Many commented they had been previously sad they thought themselves unable to observe Ash Wednesday this year, while others were reminded of a forgotten observance. 

 
 
          
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Are you a Veteran and
 a member of the Episcopal Church?

The Episcopal Veterans Fellowship (EVF) equips Christians for missional ministry to veterans through prayer, hospitality, and reconciliation. We offer educational workshops, consulting, and coaching so churches can reach out with God's love to veterans who live in the community. The Hospitallers of St. Martin is a New Monastic Christian Community for veterans ministry. 
 
Visit their website at 
 for additional information.  
 

Meeting the Challenge of Church Transformation Trinity Cathedral April 1



Diocese of New Jersey Choir Camp
 
at Cape May
July 23-27, 2017
 
Our 28th year of fun, community,  learning, and experiences that will last for a lifetime! 
 
 
 
The choir camp experience gives young choristers ages 10-18 the opportunity to join with peers from throughout the region. This intense period of growth-socially, musically, and spiritually - provide experiences that last a lifetime. Choristers leave choir camp with a sense of enthusiasm that they bring back to their respective parishes and communities to help spread the Gospel and grow the church!
 
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618