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Upcoming Diocesan Offerings

September 23 
Holy Innocents,
Beach Haven

Seeking Deacons
Grace-St. Paul
Mercerville 
Trinity Cathedral
 

September 30   
Safe Church Training
Resurrection, Bridgeton
 
September 30 
Safe Church Training
St. David's, Cranbury
 
October 7
Special Convention
Trinity Cathedral 

October 7 
13th Annual Cathedral Community Golf Outing
Mercer Oaks Golf Coast- West

  Safe Church Training
Grace - St. Paul's, Mercerville

  October 14
Women of Honor Luncheon
Holiday Inn, Manahawki n

October 21 
 

October 28
Watchung Area Youth Project
Evergreen Cemetery, Plainfield

October 28
Anti-Racism: Train the Trainers
Trinity Cathedral 


Upcoming DoCC Discussions 

Charettes
Sept 13 6-9 pm  
St. Matthew's, Pennington

Sept 
18  6-9 pm 
St. Mark's, Plainfield

Sept 
19  6-9 pm 
St. Mark & All Saints, Galloway

Sept 
20  6-9 pm 
Grace, Haddonfield    
Special Convention
October 7
Trinity Cathedral 
Register now!
Upcoming Congregational Events
September 16
St. Luke's
Gladstone

St. James'
Edison
 
September 2
St. Martin's
Lumberton

September 23
St. James'
Edison

September 23
via St. Mary's
Stone Harbor

September 23
St. Luke's
Gladstone 

September 23
Holy Trinity
Collingswood

September 23
St. James'
Navesink

Riverview Pavilion
Belmar

Community of St. John the Baptist
Mendham

September 30
Holy Trinity
North Plainfield

September 30
St. Luke's
Gladstone

October 1
Holy Trinity
Collingswood

October 1
St. David
Cranbury

October 1
Holy Cross
North Plainfield

October 1
Trinity
Asbury Park

October 1
Holy Spirit
Lebanon/Pickell Park

October 6
St. Francis
Dunellen

October 7
Holy Trinity
Collingswood

Trinity
Woodbridge

October 7
Holy Trinity
Collingswood

October 8
St. Francis
Dunellen

October 8
St. James'
Edison

October 14
St. Luke's
Ewing

October 14
St. James'
Edison

October 15
St. Francis
Dunellen

Crossroads Camp
Port Murray, NJ

October 19
St. James'
Edison

October 21
Grace - St. Paul
Mercerville

October 26
St. James'
Edison

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Classifieds
SEEKING LEVAS II
St. Thomas', Glassboro is looking to buy used copies of LEVAS II. 
Large Holy Bible Available
A Holy Bible (15"x10.5"x3") with illustrations from the Vatican Library" free to another church contact Christ Church, Toms River if interested.

Several frontals and superfrontals, 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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Even More
"And More!"

Global Goals  
Matching Grants

 
As you think about 
your fall programming, remember that a Diocesan Matching Grant can double the amount you fund raise for international projects (up to $750)!  Applications are reviewed as they are received; the final deadline for this cycle is November 1, 2017.  For more information and an application,
please click 
here .
September 15, 2017
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
  
Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal - Luke 9:1-2

In our consumerist culture, it is sometimes easy for us who are Christian to forget that we are called to mission and ministry in Jesus' name. Jesus sends us out into the world to join him in his work. Exciting things designed to support us as Jesus' followers are happening in this community of ours that is the Diocese of New Jersey. This coming Saturday, September 16, there are two critically important events that have enormous implications and potential to impact God's mission in New Jersey. 

The Kick-Off for the new Way of St. Paul cohort will take place on Saturday at Holy Trinity Church in South River. The Rev. Rob Droste , our Canon for Congregational Development and Mission and his able assistant, Terry Schwarz, have been working tirelessly to prepare for this new iteration of the Way of St. Paul - our flagship process to help congregations grow in faith, numbers and mission (for more information click here ). To prepare for this day, Rob has been training a team of congregational coaches who will journey alongside each participating congregational team. These teams, made up of laity and clergy, will be working to strengthen their own faith development as engaged disciples of Jesus Christ, while also looking closely at the communities and contexts in which they are set. They will develop missional experiments that will help them live more deeply into God's call in their individual contexts and implement those experiments, measuring the results and examining what learnings they might take from them. 

This is a very "adaptive" approach that acknowledges none of us has a "cookie cutter" answer that will work in all contexts. Ministry is contextual. Rob's approach in The Way of St. Paul takes seriously the need to have well-formed disciples of Jesus Christ engage in God's mission in the situations and places where they are set. It is very exciting. 

 Also on Saturday, a   Justice Gathering sponsored by LEAMNJ (Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry of New Jersey) will be held at   Cross Roads Camping and Retreat Center in Califon, New Jersey. There will be a keynote address by   Dr. Traci West, Professor of Christian Ethics and African-American Studies at Drew University and author of   Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter. Serving as a summit, the Justice Gathering will bring together many people engaging in justice ministries across New Jersey so that they can learn from one another and network. There will be opportunities to learn about and address the justice challenges of poverty, hunger, an unjust criminal justice system, violence and a host of other issues that challenge us all. All persons and ministry groups that have a passion for justice are invited to attend. 

On Saturday, I also have the honor of preaching and celebrating at the 125th Anniversary of St. John's, Woodbridge. I look forward to being with Fr. Martin Oguike and the faithful people of St. John's on this important milestone.

What are you doing this weekend? You might consider joining your brothers and sisters in Christ at The Way of St. Paul Kick-Off, the Justice Gathering or the 125th Anniversary Celebration at St. John's, Woodbridge. All of these are part of what it means to be a diocese - the Diocese of New Jersey- today. We are stronger and better together. 


Blessings and Peace,


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

Bishop's Schedule for the Week of 9/17:

Saturday, September 16, 20             
9:00 a.m.
Holy Trinity Church, South River,
 Kick Off: Way of St. Paul

11:00 a.m.
St. John's Church, Woodbridge, 
125 th  Anniversary 
 
Sunday, September 17
10:00 a.m.
St. Andrew's Church, New Providence
 
Monday, September 18
6:00 p.m. St. Mark's Church, Plainfield - Charrette 
 
Tuesday, September 19
11:00 a.m.
Deans meeting

1:00 p.m.  
Diocesan Council meeting

6:00 p.m.
St. Mark & All Saints Church, Galloway - Charrette
 
Wednesday, September 20
6:00 p.m.              
Grace Church, Haddonfield - Charrette
 
Thursday, September 21
7:00 p.m.              
St. Mary's Church, Clementon and Good Shepherd Church, Berlin - joint steering committee meeting

Recent Natural Disasters and
Our Diocese of New Jersey Response
Grief upon grief has been caused by the spate of natural disasters that have impacted both our own country and other countries of the world. We had just responded to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey when Irma wreaked havoc on part of the Caribbean, including the Virgin Islands (which, along with the Diocese of New Jersey is a part of Province II of The Episcopal Church) Puerto Rico and the State of Florida, particularly the Keys. A major earthquake took many lives and did significant damage in Mexico. Wildfires have ravaged parts of California. Often when there is grief upon grief, people become numb and "donor fatigue" sets in. We must resist this, recognizing that those who have been on the receiving end of these disasters are in desperate need.

Keith Adams, who has served the Diocese of New Jersey as our own Disaster Relief Coordinator since Superstorm Sandy, has been working with folks in the Dioceses of Texas and West Texas in the wake of Harvey. He has also been working with dioceses in Florida, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands since Irma. All of this has been in his role as a part of Episcopal Relief and Development Partners in Response.

The Partners in Response program pairs folks with disaster experience with Diocesan Bishops, Staffs, and congregations to effectively respond to their unique disasters. The Diocese of New Jersey was a recipient of assistance from the Partners in Relief after Hurricane Sandy.

Up to this point, Keith's work has been connecting with people through webinars, conference calls, and one on one coaching by phone. Beginning Monday September 18th, he will be traveling to Houston, Texas to provide further in person assistance to Bishop Andy Doyle of the Diocese of Texas and his staff. He will be in the Diocese of Texas until Friday, September 22. 

Keith has also been invited by FEMA and National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to travel to Austin to help coordinate the development and support of faith based and non-profit recovery programs and will be in Austin through Saturday, September 30th. While away, Keith will continue to manage the Diocese of New Jersey Sandy grant program.

We should all keep Keith and all those responding to these crises in our prayers. I also urge everyone in the Diocese of New Jersey to dig deep and give extra generously to Episcopal Relief and Development and other agencies providing relief and support to impacted areas. As our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry has observed in his reflections on these disasters, "It may be that we cannot solve everything, and we cannot do everything. But we can do something, no matter what." 

- The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes

Good News stories and more!



Soles for the Harvest 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
November 4, 2017
Veterans Park - Hamilton, NJ
REGISTER NOW and learn more!
 
In 2016, Soles for the Harvest 5K Run/Walk became a Diocesan Jubilee Event. Last year we raised $10,979.08.


Your congregation does NOT need to be a Jubilee site to participate. 

Contact Diocesan Jubilee Officer, Canon Clara Gregory, for more information. 

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 .




Cathedral Golf Outing
Includes blurb for parish bulletins
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618