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Upcoming Diocesan Offerings


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

October 11
Theo's Cafe
Forno, Maple Shade 

  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 Congregational Events
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

Christ Church
Middletown
October 8
St. Francis
Dunellen

October 8
St. James'
Edison

October 8
St. Martin's
Lumberton

October 14
St. Luke's
Ewing

October 14
St. James'
Edison

October 14
Trinity
Princeton

October 14
St. Martin's
Lumberton

October 15
St. Francis
Dunellen

Crossroads Camp
Port Murray, NJ

October 19
St. James'
Edison

October 21
Grace - St. Paul
Mercerville

Holy Spirit
Tuckerton

October 26
St. James'
Edison

St. Luke's
Ewing

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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.

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September 22, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

            I called upon the Lord in my distress;
and cried out to my God for help.
He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling;
My cry of anguish came to his ears...Psalm 18:6 - 7
 
The painful images of devastation caused by natural disasters just keep coming at us. In Mexico City, the casualty count from the most recent earthquake is nearly 300 people and expected to rise. Pictures of collapsed buildings reduced to rubble with workers frantically scrambling over them trying to reach survivors are searing.
 
Hurricane Maria, following almost immediately on Hurricane Irma, battered islands in the Caribbean and is bearing down on the Bahamas with the Turks and Caicos islands directly in its path. Dominica was ravaged with 15 people reported dead. Puerto Rico was hit especially hard by Maria. There are heart-wrenching stories all over the island. One of those stories hits close to us in the Diocese of New Jersey.
 
Fr. Juan
Kenniel Monge was born July 17 of this year. He is the 3 month old grandchild of Fr. Juan Monge Santiago, Priest-in-Charge of All Saints Church in Lakewood. Before Hurricane Maria, Kenniel had been hospitalized with respiratory issues. He was released just before Hurricane Maria but was required to be on oxygen at home. The severe damage of the hurricane has knocked out power to the entire island. At our Charrette in Haddonfield this past Thursday night, Fr. Juan shared with me that he didn't know how his family was fairing, but that he knew that Kenniel's family did not have power. When he last spoke to his son, Kenny, the child's father, Kenny was trying to return the San Jorge Hospital where Kenniel had initially been treated. The roads were inaccessible. Fr. Juan advised him to go the police and have them escort him to a hospital that was functioning which Kenny said he would do. Fr. Juan has not had an update. I assured Fr. Juan that we would pray for him, for Kenniel and for their entire family.
 
With so much coming at us, it is tempting to succumb to "disaster fatigue" and "donor fatigue." We need to resist this. Real people, real human beings are being affected in horrific ways by these disasters. Their worlds have been turned upside down. As Christians, we cannot allow ourselves to become numb to their cries of distress. 
 
Thousands of people are still living with the destruction of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Thousands in Florida and across the Caribbean have been devastated by Hurricane Irma. Thousands have been hurt by Hurricane Maria which is still churning away. In Mexico City, thousands have been displaced and injured.
 
I urge all to pray for Fr. Juan Monge's family and all those impacted by these overwhelming disasters. I also urge everyone to continue to be generous and donate to Episcopal Relief and Development and other agencies helping the victims of these disasters to recover and reclaim their lives. There are years of work ahead of everyone and the reality is that there are more disasters still to come.
 
Blessings and peace, 

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

Highlights from the Bishop's Schedule for the Week of 9/23:

Saturday, September 23
9:00 a.m. 
Trinity Cathedral - Benefits Workshop

1:00 p.m.
St. Stephen's Church, Whiting vestry meeting  

5:00 p.m.
Holy Trinity Church, Collingswood - parking lot/car  b lessing
 
Sunday, September 24
9:30 a.m.                
St. Andrew's Church, Lambertville
                                                Visitation and Town Hall meeting  
 
Monday, September 25
Meeting with VTS staff and Constable Grant Task Force 
                                                                                               
Tuesday, September 26
10:00 a.m.
Ann Klein Forensic Center, Trenton - group meeting
 
4:00 p.m.
St. Andrew's Church, Camden - discussion with St. Wilfrid's
                                                                 
 7:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Church, Camden vestry meeting  
 
Wednesday, September 27
1:00 p.m.
Prison Ministry Committee meeting
 
Thursday, September 28
1:30 p.m.
Discerning Our Common Call Steering Committee meeting
 
Friday, September 29 
6:00 p.m.
Tavistock Country Club, Haddonfield
Grace Church, 
Haddonfield 175 th  Anniversary Dinner


Good News stories and more!
Loveliest Building in Trenton 

Ann Notte, Diocesan House Office Manager and Curtis Wilson attended an event in Trenton where they were awarded one of two bronze plaques by the  Landmarks Commission for Historic Preservation of Trenton for the lovely, historical facade of 808 West State St. 

The commission noted with pleasure that the building retains the same fa├žade as the original owner and that great pride is shown in our buildings and grounds. Mayor Eric Jackson was present for the presentation of this award. 

We are so grateful for the work of Ann and Curtis--it's wonderful to see the city of Trenton recognize it, as well!





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. 



Cathedral Golf Outing
Includes blurb for parish bulletins
Clergy Conference Room Rate to Increase Soon
 
All rooms must be reserved no later than October 20 th .  After that, we cannot guarantee the current room rate. Please note: less rooms are available this year. We're thrilled at this year's lineup, and don't want anyone to miss out! Contact Terry Ann Schwarz for more information.

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 .
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618