In This Edition
Holiday Fairs and Bazaars
Parishes throughout the Diocese 
November 14-16
Women's Weekend Retreat  
St. John the Baptist
Mendham
November 15
300 Year Anniversary Banquet Celebration 
St.George's
Pennsville
November 15
Vance Gilbert in Concert 
All Saints'
Scotch Plains 
November 16
Historic Organ Recital and Wine Reception 
St. Luke's
Ewing 
November 16
Sarum Sung Compline

Christ Church
Bordentown 
November 16
Choral Evensong

St. John's
Salem  
November 16
Concert: The Old Time Way 
St. John the Baptist
Mendham
November 16
Baroque play-along/ sing-along 
St. Andrew's
Lambertville 
November 23
Evensong and Benediction  
Christ Church
Bordentown
November 27
Turkey Trot 5k 
Trinity Church
Princeton 
November 27
Thanksgiving Dinner for Food Pantry  
St. Luke's
Metuchen
November 27
World AIDS Day Observation 
Trinity Cathedral
Trenton 
November 30
Taize Service 
St Luke's
Gladstone
December 1-31
Children's Photography Exhibit  
St Luke's
Metuchen 
December 6
Advent Retreat 
St. Mark and All Saints
Galloway
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Worship God, or Idolize the Gun?
 
The Episcopal Cafe showcases two studies that indicate greater personal faith predicts lower attachment to guns and lower levels of gun ownership; this may indicate that religion may promote the kind of conversations about gun control that move beyond the slogans and partisan divides.
15 Characteristics of Today's Unchurched Person
 
An insightful blog entry from last year is gaining new traction this week, featuring a series of wants, needs and perceptions of unchurched Americans. It's a fascinating read; what is your church doing to meet this population where they are? 
Celebrate Advent with Your Smartphone!

The Anglican Communion Office and the Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) are teaming up to offer Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world a daily word, meditation and beautiful image sent to their e-mail inboxes. Here's how you can participate!

November 14, 2014 

 

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,  

 

A Prayer for Veterans Day:

 

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thanksgiving for Heroic Service, BCP 1979, p. 839.


This week, we observed Veterans Day, a day on which we are called to pause and remember all those persons who have served this nation as members of the armed forces in times of war and in times of peace. Our American observance coincides with "Armistice Day" or "Remembrance Day" in England and other parts of Europe, a day commemorating the end of World War I. In England, it is traditional to wear a paper poppy in one's lapel or on one's shirt or blouse. This tradition was inspired by the well-known poem, "In Flander's Field," written by John McCrae on the occasion of the World War I funeral of a soldier comrade who had died in battle. 

 

Sadly, our nation has, in many ways, failed our veterans. Who of us was not outraged this past year, by the scandalous treatment veterans received at the hands of VA hospitals across the nation?  In April, it was revealed that 40 veterans in Arizona had died as a result of delayed treatment. On June 9, 2014, the VA released an internal audit which revealed that more than 120,000 veterans had their treatment delayed or never received care and that those who managed the hospital schedules were pressured to engage in deceitful practices to delay treatment, save money and cover up the poor level of care offered by the VA.

Click here for Bishop Stokes' full Veterans Day message.   

 

 

 

Good News Stories and More

 

Episcopal Young Adults in the Garden State:
A Roundtable Discussion and Dinner with Bishop Stokes
November 19 at Diocesan House
808 West State Street, Trenton NJ
7:00 PM 

 

Dinner will be provided. All interested young adults are welcome--please bring your friends!   

We invite young adults ages 18-30 (high school graduates and above) to join us for dinner and a spirited conversation about young adult ministry in the Diocese of New Jersey. Bishop Stokes and diocesan staff are particularly interested in your visions, dreams, questions, concerns and plans for your continued spiritual health, development, and fellowship within The Episcopal Church and the Diocese. 
 
RSVP by Monday, November 17 to dclarke@dioceseofnj.org. We look forward to seeing you!

School for Deacons Accepting Applications

 

The School for Deacons is currently accepting applications of consideration for admission. The deadline for submission is January 15. Need more information?  Click here.

Questions? Please contact the Ven. Lynn H. Johnson, Co-Chair, Committee on the Diaconate 609-396-1484 (office) 609-521-7600 (cell).

Audio and More: A Solemn Commemoration of World War I

 

Last Weekend, Grace Church in Pemberton presented a commemorative service in honor of the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War I. Click here for an audio reflection from the Rev. Jane Brady, and pictures and text from the service. Click here for a beautiful video excerpt on Facebook of the choir's performance at the service. 

 World AIDS Day Observation at Trinity Cathedral: Nov. 29

 

Started in 1988 as the first-ever global health day, World AIDS Day has since been observed annually, serving as a yearly opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and to commemorate people who have died.

 

Please join us to support our Church's response to this global health challenge, our Five Marks of Mission, and the Gospel Imperative to love and serve all through Christ, in a day of informative speakers, fellowship, and Holy Eucharist and Healing. Click here for more.

Video: The Micah Award at St. Stephen's Church in Whiting

 


On November 10, St. Stephen's Church honored Donna Gould of Investors Bank with the Micah Award, given to a member of the community who had contributed in meaningful ways to St. Stephen's. In this video, she talks about Investors Bank's relationship with the church, and explains future possible methods of collaboration.  

Ministry Institute Events in October


  

 

 



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



A Support Group For Older Adults

Wednesday Afternoons
St. Mary's Church
Haddon Heights   

 

November 14-16
Camp Lebanon
Lebanon, NJ

Building the Beloved Community: Undoing Racism
November 20-22
St. Luke's
Metuchen

December 2
Trinity Cathedral
Trenton

Adults Who Work with Youth: Diane Caruso
December 3
Diocesan House
Trenton

December 12-13
Trinity Cathedral
Trenton
The Diocese of New Jersey
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808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618

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