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Upcoming Congregational Events
September 25th
Basket Auction
Atonement
Laurel Springs
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September 25th
Line Dance Social
St. Francis'
Dunellen
September 26th
Community Health Expo
St. Luke's
Ewing
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September 27th
150th Anniversary Banquet
Christ Church
Toms River
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September 27th
Kitchen of Hope Awards Banquet
St. Thomas
Glassboro
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October 2nd
Jazz Concert Trio
St. Francis'
Dunellen
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October 2nd
Pre-Teen Social
St. Stephens'
Mullica Hill
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October 3rd
Blessing of the Animals
St. Mary's
Stone Harbor
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October 3rd
Rummage Sale
Christ Church
New Brunswick
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October 3rd
Spaghetti Dinner
St. Francis'
Dunellen
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October 3rd
Lasagna Dinner
Holy Spirit
Tuckerton
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October 3rd
Dine Around the World
Trinity
Woodbridge
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October 4-11th
Spirituality Art & Show
St. Stephen's
Beverly
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October 4th
Blessing of the Animals
Grace-St. Paul's
Mercerville
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October 4th
Blessing of the Animals
St. Francis'
Dunellen
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October 4th
Blessing of the Animals
St. John's
Somerville
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October 10th
Blessing of the Animals
Holy Trinity
Collingswood 
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October 10th
Calico Fair and Rummage Sale
Christ Church
Middletown 
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October 10th
Yard Sale
(Vendors Needed!)
St. Stephen's
Mullica Hill 
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October 17th
Qvinctus Concert
Holy Spirit
Tuckerton
October 17th
Oktoberfest
Holy Trinity
Collingswood
October 21-23rd
Icon Writing Retreat
St. John the Baptist  
October 22nd 
Blood Drive
St. Francis' 
October 24th
Roast Beef Dinner/ Basket Sale
Grace-St. Paul's
Mercerville
October 25th
Guitar Concert
St. John the Baptism
October 30th
Fall Retreat with Wayne Muller
All Saints'
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Christ Episcopal Church time capsule marks 150th year

The Asbury Park Press covered the burying of a time capsule at Christ Church, Toms River with hopes of it being reopened in another 150 years. This was part of a larger 150th anniversary celebration at the parish. 
The Pope and the Planet 

In this 6:28 minute video, Presiding Bishop-Elect Michael Curry of North Carolina, interviews Bishop Marc Andrus of the Diocese of California, about the Pope's recent encyclical on climate change. They discuss the rich theology included within it.

In addition to his M.Div, Andrus has degrees in Plant Science and Social Science.  
Archbishop Welby to Welcome Refugee Family at Lambeth Palace

As Europe faces the largest influx of refugees in recent times, the Archbishop of Canterbury is doing what he can on the local level to help at least a few families:
 Welby has announced that he will open up the doors of Lambeth Palace in London, where he resides, to at least one or two refugee families. The Anglican leader reminded followers that Jesus Christ Himself was a refugee fleeing war and persecution. 
Worship as Formation 

Dorothy Linthicum of Virginia Theological Seminary
writes of methods to involve children and youth in worship, as well as worship based-curricula. 
Instead of sending young people away from the center of corporate worship experiences, look for ways to form their faith around the richness of our liturgical traditions.
 
So What's Up with the Sustainable Development Goals?
On Friday 9/25, the UN General Assembly is expected to adopt a post-2015 development agenda, known as the "Sustainable Development Goals" or SDGs. These 17 goals succeed the Millennium Development
 Goals
 (MDGs) that end this year. The MDGs are judged, on balance, to have achieved quite a bit. 


As the world turns its attention to the SDGs, there are a number of things about which we, as Episcopalians, should be very pleased when we look at the Goals.  First and foremost, is the objective to "End poverty in all its forms everywhere?"  The universality of this goal is something that Jesus surely would have embraced.

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September 24, 2015
From the Bishop:
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
 
What did you go out to see?  A man dressed in fine clothes?  Matthew 11:8
 
As I write, there is great excitement across the country about the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. For months we have all been warned about the crowds that will descend upon Washington, New York and Philadelphia this weekend, especially for the papal mass on Sunday. Pope Francis has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people - Roman Catholic and non-Roman Catholic alike - around the world. The Roman Catholic Church and, perhaps, Christianity in general hopes this will spark growth and renewal in the Church. 

There is even a phrase for it all: "the Francis effect." What is it is about? What are people going out to see?

I can't help thinking of images of Francis that have impressed themselves upon us: The former Cardinal of Argentina who used to ride the bus to work. The newly elected Pope who took the name of the most gentle and beloved Saint of the Church, Francis of Assisi (and, as a Jesuit, received a double blessing in honoring St. Francis Xavier as well). His insistence on simple vestments. He charmed the world by personally going to the front desk of the hotel where he had been staying during the Papal enclave to pay his own bill. He visited an Italian women's prison on the Maundy Thursday after his election and washed the feet of inmates, one of them a Serbian Muslim. Who was not moved when he embraced and kissed a young man with cerebral palsy as he greeted the crowds on that first Easter Day as Pope? He chose to live in modest guest quarters at the Vatican instead of living in the grander Papal apartment (He also got on the case of Cardinals around the world who were living in palatial residences!)

More than anything, it is Pope Francis's determination to be among the people, his compassion for the poor, his prophetic voice speaking out about the brutal inequalities of the world and about the damage we are doing to the environment that draw so many to him. What are people going out to see? I believe what people see in Francis is an icon of Jesus, a man infused with the love of God in Jesus Christ. What is most attractive about Francis is that which most reminds us of Jesus. 

To be sure, we Episcopalians have significant differences with Francis and the Roman Catholic Church over a variety of questions: We differ over authority and governance in the Church; the role of women and LGBT, especially with respect to ordination; over divorce and remarriage and many other issues. On the other hand, there are many, many places where we can find, and have found, common cause: care for the poor and marginalized,  deep concern about climate change and the environment; an urgent desire for justice.
 
Moreover, whether or not we accept the Pope's ecclesiastical authority, he is, in fact, a symbol of Christianity in a way that no other figure is for any other world religion. In an increasingly unchurched society, many people are making judgments about all of Christianity based on what they see in Pope Francis. Therefore, all Christians should pray for Pope Francis to be a good and loving Pope, one in whom we will always see an image of Jesus. Oh, and by the way, according to our own Baptismal Covenant and theology, our prayer should be that people see the image of Jesus in each of us as well.

This week, I ask all the people and congregations of the Diocese of New Jersey to pray for Francis and to pray for the Church Universal of which we are all a part.
 
Blessings and peace in Christ, 
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey
 
Good News Stories and More
An Evensong in Celebration of Older Adults:
Saturday, September 26!


Next Saturday, stand up and cheer for our cherished older adult Episcopalians at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton!
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Parish Leadership Day
 Adaptive Leadership in Our New Environment 
All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
This year's event will be hosted by
Grace-St. Paul's Church
3715 E. State St. Ext., Hamilton, NJ 08619
 
 Program Fee:  $10
Lunch may be ordered during registration process
for an additional fee of $10
Register Here   

Adaptive Leadership in Our New Environment
Presenter:  Craig Van Gelder, PhD     
Massive social and cultural changes have taken place during the last half century, most of which have deeply impacted the church. This workshop provides perspective on this new environment we find ourselves in, and how we reached this point and then provides a way forward by teaching how to engage in "adaptive change." This type of change helps to answer the question, "What do we do when we no longer know what to do?" Practical tools are offered for engaging in adaptive change through designing and conducting experiments which help us to "behave our way into new thinking" as we are led by the Spirit of God into uncharted waters.   
 
 
Fall Convocation Meetings have been announced

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September is Disaster Preparedness Month!

 The Disaster Relief Office has put together a new page with a number of resources for Disaster Preparedness Month. 

These include Consulting Services to find new ways to start ministries in your community, bulletin inserts, and a guide to registering your church's resources on the Episcopal Asset Map!

Ministry Institute

  
 
A full listing Fall 2015 Ministry Institute events is now available!

The next month of events is below!

September 26
Trinity Church, Princeton

September 26
Evensong: Honoring the Witness, Faithfulness, and
 Contributions of Older Adults in Our Diocese
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
 
October 3
Parish Leadership Day
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville  

October 3
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon

October 3
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
St. John's, Somerville

October 4
Sermon: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
St. John's, Somerville

October 9-12 - Youth
Camp Crossroads, Port Murray

October 10
Christ Church, Toms River

October 10 & 17
Workshop: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Christ Church, New Brunswick

Mercer Oaks, West Windsor
 
October 15-17
Undoing Racism: Help Us Build the Beloved Community
St. Augustine's Atlantic City
 
October 17
Workshop: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Christ Church, New Brunswick 
 
October 17
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
All Saints', Navesink

October 21
Adults Who Work with Youth
Diocesan House, Trenton

October 24
Deacon's Day 
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville

October 24
Trinity Church, Princeton
 
October 24
St. Barnards, Bernardsville

October 25
Trinity Cathedral
 
October 31
Stir Up the Spirit: Episcopal Church Women Present The Episcopal Activism Fair
Trinity Cathedral
 
November 2-4
Clergy Conference
Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway 
    
  
The Diocese of New Jersey
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