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Here's what's on in the coming months. 

November 19
Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Service
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton


December 6
Advent Clergy Day
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

December 16-17 Youth
The Cathedral Lock-In: Stop Hunger Now
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Upcoming Congregational Events
November 19th
Atonement  
Laural Springs 
November 19th
St. James
Eatontown
November 20th
St. Mary
Haddon Heights
November 20th
St. George
Rumson
November 22nd
All Saints
Bay Head
November 23rd
St. Francis'
Dunellen
November 23rd
St. James
Edison
November 23rd
November 23rd
St. Mark
Keansburg
December 2nd
Grace
Pemberton
December 3rd
St. Raphael's
Brick
December 3rd
St Mary's
Haddon Heights
December 4th
St John the Baptist
Mendham
December 4th
Christ the King
Willingboro
December 4th
December 4th
Christ the King
Willingboro
December 9-11th
All Saints'
Navesink
December 9
December 10
St. Francis
Dunellen
December 11
St. Mary
Stone Harbor
December 11
Trinity
Princeton
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November 18, 2016
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews."   Luke 23:38

This coming Sunday, many churches will observe the Feast of Christ the King. It brings the Church Year to close. Our reading will be from Luke's passion account, inviting us to reflect upon the nature of this king who hangs on a cross. An unofficial observance in The Episcopal Church, The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in December 11, 1925 with the publication of his encyclical Quas Primas. It was an unsettled and threatening time in world history. 

Earlier in 1925, Adolph Hitler had published  Mein Kampf, - Volume I. Hitler wrote the work as he sat in prison following the failed Beer House  Putsch. In 1924, Vladimir Lenin died and Joseph Stalin began his murderous ascent to power. In 1922 the Fascist Black Shirts of Benito Mussolini marched on Rome. Totalitarianism, extreme nationalism, and the emergence of brutal dictators were on the rise.

To counter the absolutist claims of these rising dictators, Pius XI asserted the sovereignty of Christ and his kingship, not only over Christians, but over all creation. It was a bold thing to do. Today, we might consider Pius as "over-reaching," and yet....

The nature of Christ, his kingship and his kingdom are grounded in the love of God. It is to this love, this persistent, uncompromising love, that we as Christians are always called to give our full allegiance and devotion. It is to this love that we call others when we proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. This sentiment is captured in one of the collects used in Morning Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on
 the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within
 the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit
 that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those
 who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for
 the honor of your Name. Amen.         (BCP p. 101)

Sadly, too often other allegiances and loyalties become idols for us. These idols diminish and sometimes even endanger us. The Feast of Christ the King challenges us to ask ourselves who, or what, is sovereign in our lives? Is it Christ and his love? This question, it seems to me, is as relevant today as it was when Pius XI penned Quas Primas in December of 1925.

Blessings and peace, 


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

Good News stories and more!

Trucks filled with Food for Hungry

The Rev. Matthew Tucker and members of Christ Church, Bordentown along with Hope Hose Humane Fire Company #1 sponsored a food drive, "Fill Fr. Matt's Truck for Thanksgiving" on November 17th. 



Three trucks and an ambulance were filled with food destined for the Good Neighbor Food Pantry which serves the Bordentown and Fieldsboro areas. The event was held outside Farnsworth House, an area restaurant  which hosts Thirsty Thursday's for Bordentown's Bravest, which Christ Church also helps coordinate. Gift baskets drawings for donors also added to the evening.



Stop Hunger Now - Lock In
 6th -12th graders and their adult chaperones

Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Meal-packaging events are the heart of our work. We work with volunteers from corporations, faith congregations, schools, colleges and universities, and civic groups.

Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck.

Meal-packaging events are a great way to educate volunteers about global hunger and inspire them to get more involved in fighting it. The events also give volunteers hands-on experience in leadership development, team-building, relationship-building, creative problem-solving, and goal-setting and achievement.


Advent Clergy Day

 A Pilgrimage Beyond the Manger: Transforming the journey through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany 
 
This year's clergy day will explore the seasons of Advent, Christmas and the Epiphany through the focusing lens of pilgrimage, an outward journey that catalyzes an inner transformation. Through plenary and small-group conversation and discernment, participants will use the universal elements of pilgrimage to connect to their own experience of and hunger for transformation and will prepare to lead their congregations soulfully through these major celebrations. 

 

March 3-4, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Princeton, NJ 

with featured speaker 
Becca Stevens of
Thistle Farms

Resolutions are now being accepted.

 
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