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October 18
Roast Beef Dinner 
Grace-St. Paul's
Mercerville 
October 22-24
Icon Writing Retreat 
Community of
St. John the Baptist
Mendham
October 24
Country Line Dancing 
St. Francis'
Dunellen 
October 24 - 25
Fall Rummage Sale 
Trinity
Princeton  
October 25
Fall Music Concert 
Church of the Holy Spirit
Tuckerton
October 25
Soles for the Harvest 5K and Fun Run
Cream Ridge 
October 25
Fall Harvest Dance
St. Stephen's
Mullica Hill 
October 25 - 26
Women's Retreat
St. Peter's
Perth Amboy  
November 1
Fall Scrap-a-Rama
St. David's Church
Cranbury 
November 2 
Dr. WHO-Charist
Grace-St. Paul's
Mercerville
November 2 
All Souls' Eucharist
St. Matthew's
Pennington
Oct 26 - Nov 2
Mountain Art Show 
November 14
Designer Bag Bingo  
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights 
November 15
300 Year Anniversary Banquet Celebration 
St.George's
Pennsville
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Episcopal Links of the Week

Art Show Highlights Hopes of Ecumenical Collaboration
 
 

A new art exhibit at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is built around collaborations between Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Open to the public until Nov. 23, the art show seeks to ease religious and cultural tension by focusing on commonalities rather than trying to overcome differences. With religious extremism and persecution so prevalent and interwoven so thickly with politics, especially in the Middle East, this mission is needed now more than ever.

Houston Subpoenas Pastors' Sermons  

Lawyers for the city of Houston issued subpoenas for the sermons of five preachers who are trying to overturn a city ordinance that bans discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people. The conversation regarding this issue, and its impact on free speech, is ongoing. 

Constable Grants Deadline Approaches   

The November 1 deadline is nearing for applications for the Constable Fund Grants 2014-2015 cycle. 
 

The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives that were not provided for within the budget of the Episcopal Church General Convention/Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS).

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Nobel Peace Prize Demonstrates Power 

of Interfaith Unity
 

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi -- a Muslim education activist from Pakistan and a Hindu child slavery abolitionist from India -- are joint recipients of the 113-year-old honor, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on Friday. A Huffpo Religion columnist outlines the importance of this award as an inroad into interfaith dialogue. 

 

October 16, 2014 

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,


If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it... 1 Corinthians 12:26

 

As Episcopalians, we are part of a global church. Although we all participate in church locally, our membership in the Anglican Communion connects us with more than 78 million other Anglican Christians throughout the world. Consequently, what affects one part of the communion, affects us all.

Africa is a place of great wonder and great beauty. It is a birthplace of humanity. With traditions, colors, sights and sounds that marvel, Africa is a significant part of the story of civilization. Africa is also a place experiencing great suffering:  displacement and tremendous civil strife in Sudan. Ebola in Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria, drought, hunger and malaria in many other parts of the continent. Africa demands our attention, our compassion and our prayers.


This coming Sunday, we are invited to turn our minds and hearts to Africa as we participate in an Evensong in the African Tradition hosted by the Sudan Committee. This Evensong is not intended merely for those of African descent; it is intended for us all of us throughout the Diocese of New Jersey. 


We are privileged to have The Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, PhD, former bishop of Southern Malawi, chair of Anglican Consultative Council, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Anglicanism at University of the South in Sewanee as our guest preacher. Besides being a dynamic preacher and teacher, Bishop Tengatenga uses his considerable prophetic voice to further justice in his own nation and elsewhere. He has been especially supportive of women and girls, including taking a stand for the ordination of women, and was in the forefront of AIDS ministries in Malawi. We are blessed to have him with us.

Proceeds from the offering collected at this Evensong will go to support students at the Anglican theological seminary in Sudan.

 

I encourage everyone in the Diocese of New Jersey to come out to Trinity Cathedral this Sunday at 3:00 PM and join us in prayer as we turn our hearts to Africa. Please keep the people of Sudan and those affected by the Ebola crisis in your prayers.

 

Faithfully yours in Christ,  


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

Good News Stories and More

FREE Basics of Endowment/Planned Giving On Demand Workshop at St. Matthew's Church in Pennington on October 25     

The Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) will partner with the Diocese of New Jersey in conducting a workshop on endowments and planned giving on Saturday, October 25, at St. Matthew's Church in Pennington. Parishes who sign up in advance will also learn how to use ECF's new Planned Giving On Demand toolkit for growing endowments through planned gifts. 

 

ECF Managing Program Director James W. N. Murphy and ECF Consultant Lynn Mander will conduct the workshop. 

More information and registration for this workshop is available here.

Soles for the Harvest 5k on October 25  stock image shoes for 5k

Join us for the third annual Soles for the Harvest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run.  The beautiful loop course starts at the Cream Ridge Winery and winds past horse farms and through historic Walnford Park in scenic Cream Ridge, N.J. Race proceeds this year will benefit unseen workers, both of sea (through the Seamen's Church Institute) and land (through a mission to migrant workers).Runners are also asked to bring canned goods to benefit the Allentown Food Pantry. 


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A Day with the Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
 

Leader: The Reverend Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, priest, spiritual director, author and Interim Rector, St. Luke's Church, Metuchen, New Jersey
Rev. Crafton will about her latest book, The Courage to Grow Old and reflect on her ministry. There will be time for questions and answers. Copies of her books will be available for sale. Please join us for what will surely be a lively, informative and heartwarming presentation from one of our church's most beloved authors and bloggers.
 

 

 

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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   

 

October 18
St Stephen's Church
Beverly

October 18
Trinity Church
Princeton

Evensong in the African Tradition
October 19
Trinity Cathedral
Trenton

October 25
Church of the Merciful Savior
Penns Grove

November 8
The Evergreens
Moorestown

November 8
Church of the Holy Spirit
Tuckerton

November 8
St. Martin's
Bridgewater

November 8-9
All Saints' Church
Princeton

November 14-16
Camp Lebanon
Lebanon, NJ
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