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Upcoming Congregational Events
September 5th
Fall Fair and Flea Market
St. Stephen's
Whiting
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September 11th
Remembrance Service
Christ Church
Bordentown
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September 12th
Blessing of the Firetrucks
Christ Church
Bordentown
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September 13th
Blessing of the Backpacks
St. David's
Cranbury
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September 13th
Fun Fest
Holy Spirit
Lebanon
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September 13th
Global Christianity: The Church in Context
All Saints'
September 19th
Elements/Sacraments Exhibit Opening
St. Luke's
Metuchen
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September 16th
Remembering Victor Preller
All Saints'
September 17-18th
Fall Rummage Sale
Christ Church
Toms River
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September 15th
Health and Kids' Fair
St. Mary's
Pleasantville
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September 18th
Ballroom Dancing Social with Instructions
Christ Church
South Amboy
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September 19th
Peter Conte Organ Concert
Grace Church
Haddonfield
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September 19th
Bus Trip to Amazing Grace on Broadway
Trinity Cathedral
Trenton
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September 19th
POW/MIA Remembrance
St. James'
Edison
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September 19th
Fair and Flea Market
St. James' Memorial
Eatontown
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September 20th
150th Anniversary Celebration and Evensong
Christ Church
Toms River 
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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 3rd
Rummage Sale
Christ Church
New Brunswick
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October 3rd
Jazz Concert Trio
St. Francis
Dunellen
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October 3rd
Spaghetti Dinner
St. Francis
Dunellen
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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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Episcopal Links of the Week
Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO to focus on racial reconciliation and justice 

Bishops Stacy Sauls, the Chief Operating Office of the Episcopal Church, has put out a call for young people to apply for a Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson, MO. The pilgrimage is meant to help young adults learn to engage in racial justice and reconciliation.

Sauls said, " Ferguson was an obvious choice for this pilgrimage given the experiences it has lived for the past year, though Ferguson's experience could have played out in any town or city in America. Our goal is to learn and model justice, in response to racial division and strife, and to walk the road of reconciliation in communities throughout The Episcopal Church."   
Line Drawings of Every Parish in Hereford

Artist Reg Portman in the Diocese of Hereford, England has been working on a project for the last 15 years: to draw every parish church in the diocese. This has meant line drawings of more than 400 structures in the rural diocese. As his project draws to a close, Anni Holder, a diocesan spokesperson comments: 

" We are very fortunate that at the beginning of the third Millennium we have a record of every Anglican Church in the Diocese, which is quite amazing. Reg is a super bloke and carried on despite the illness and death of his wife of 60 years. "
5 Signs of the Resurrection of the Mainline Church

Continual cries of the death of the church often assume success only in the mid 20th century Western model of "church". The Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards, a Presbyterian minister
blogging for HuffPo looks at the signs the church is resurrecting, looking differently from before, but perhaps no less powerfully.
 
Have a compelling story to share? Click here to e -mail Jonathan Elliott and let us know!
September 4, 2015
From Our Communications Director
  Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey:

Communication is about how we listen to what's around us, and how we tell our stories earnestly, clearly, and passionately. This holds true both individually and within the communities in which we take part.

In two weeks, I'll celebrate my second anniversary as Director of Communications of the Diocese of New Jersey. I can say with certainty that these past two years have been full of more transformation and growth than any other period in my life; being a part of this diocese has offered me constant opportunities for new experiences and knowledge, introduced me to a small army of new friends and mentors, and led to my baptism last October.

Earlier this year, The Guardian asked me to tell my faith story. Committing my experience into text in front of an audience of that size was alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) terrifying, exhilarating, frustrating, and freeing; talking about Jesus to an enormous and largely secular readership taught me a lot about myself, perceptions of Christianity and Christians from a number of perspectives, and how I view my ministry going forward.

The growth of our church is reliant upon us knowing our stories and living them out boldly, and I'm looking forward to continuing in this with all of you. I want to tell the story of our life in Christ in honest and creative ways, and I want to provide the tools, expertise, and education for all of us to up our communications game. At times, I've both expressed and encountered reticence or fear at the use of new technologies in this conversation; my litmus test remains my 92-year-old grandmother, a vivacious member of The Church of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA. She embraces the curve of communications technologies in brave and surprising ways; if she can do it, then hey, there's hope for all of us. (And if you're reading this: Hi, Gran! Love you much.)

With all of this in mind, I want to share with you five resources my department can provide.
  • Over the last two years, I've built up a lending library of books from a variety of directions, covering modern communications techniques, Christianity in pop culture, fiction by Episcopalian authors, and more. I've got the complete works of superstar novelist John Green, next to some fierce writing by Nadia Bolz-Webber, alongside studies on how millennial Americans perceive church, right beside the latest communications thoughts from experts like Jim Naughton and Meredith Gould. It's a diverse and robust collection of ideas and ideals, and they're all available in my office, for perusal and lending. Drop by and pick something up, or I can mail a book to you. And if you'd like a reading recommendation or two, I'm happy to do so!
  • I also have a collection of storytelling technology to lend, including cameras, audio recording equipment, and filming and recording accessories, available to anyone who might like to use them or be trained in them. These range from hand-held cameras to GoPro cameras to tripods, microphones, and gadgets that drastically enhance the capabilities of your smartphone or tablet. If you're interested, please ask!
  • In the next six months, we'll help six congregations create and launch new church websites. St. Stephen's Church in Whiting, Trinity Church in Asbury Park, and Grace-St. Paul's Church in Mercerville will have new websites in time for Advent this year, and we just booked three churches to begin work on new sites in January. I'm currently taking bookings for churches who would like to begin work on new sites in April; if your congregation would like to consider this, please contact me.
  • I'm available to conduct communications conversations and workshops with congregations, vestries, and groups throughout the diocese. These workshops may range in subject from storytelling and communications content to development of strategies to social media best practices to uses of low- or no-cost technologies; I recently had a lot of fun with Trinity Church in Asbury Park, conducting a class in taking great church photos with our smartphones. I'm flexible in both schedule and topics to meet your needs; please send me a message if interested.
  • For quick communications answers and assistance, I'm here to help! Please send me an email if you've got an idea, question, concern or any other form of thought that might benefit from my input.
I'd also like to reiterate the features of our weekly newsletter: if your congregation has an event you'd like added to our calendar, please submit it here, and if you've got an event or happening at your church that might make a great news item for the Diocese, please let me know! Our "new" diocesan website is a little over a year old now, and it's growing regularly in both its content and functions. The story of this diocese is a collaborative effort shared by all of us, and I look forward to that story taking further shape via our contributions to the website.

It's a privilege to serve and work with you as we further spread the Good News in the Garden State.

Faithfully,

Canon Jonathan Elliott
Director of Communications
Diocese of New Jersey
 
Good News Stories and More

Video: Our Daily Bread Food Pantry in Whiting
 
St. Stephen's Church in Whiting holds a unique feeding ministry in Our Daily Bread, a food pantry open three days a week that simulates the practices of shopping at a classic general store.
 

Anti-Racism in the Diocese of New Jersey:
September Update
 
This month's links include a thought-provoking piece on institutionalized racism's influence on faith on the anniversary of Michael Brown's death, and the surprising lessons one woman learned as a plantation tour guide. Click here for more

Also, registration closes on September 18 for the next Undoing Racism 2-and-a-half-day workshop, held at St. Augustine's Church in Atlantic City. Click here for more information and to register.  


Clergy Compensation and Benefits Workshop
Saturday, September 12, 9 AM - 3 PM
Trinity Cathedral in Trenton
$10 (includes lunch) 
Registration closes Sept. 8. 
 
Does the Diocesan Clergy Compensation Chart confuse you? Do you need some help in understanding self-employment taxes? Then this workshop is for you! It is an opportunity for clergy and lay leadership to learn more about how our clerical compensation package in the Diocese is calculated, what can be negotiated, tax ramifications, and what are the benefit options. 
 

Ministry to the Imprisoned in the Diocese of New Jersey

 


April 2016 trip to Israel

Trinity Church of Williamsport, PA is planning a tour to Israel in
April 2016. Clergy and laity in the Diocese of Central PA and Dioceses in PA and NJ, are invited to join.  



The tour will be leaving from Newark International Airport. 
 A full brochure and reservation forms are available. 

Ministry Institute

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

The September 2015 list of events is below!

September 9-10
Becoming the Story We Tell: Transform Your Church through Liturgy, Preaching, and Bible Study
Church of the Holy Spirit, Lebanon

September 12
Clergy Compensation and Benefits Workshop
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

September 13
Sermon: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Christ Church, New Brunswick

September 19
Workshop: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Church of St. Mark & All Saints, Galloway

September 19
Building Skills: Organ Service Playing and Improvisation, Beginning Handbells, Music in the Spanish Community, Choral Anthem Reading Session for Small Choirs
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

September 19
Sexual Misconduct Awareness Workshop
Church of the Advent, Cape May

September 26
Trinity Church, Princeton

September 26
Evensong: Honoring the Witness, Faithfulness, and Contributions of Older Adults in Our Diocese
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton


Here are some upcoming highlights:

October 3
Parish Leadership Day
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville  

October 10 
Ministry Inside and Outside Prison Walls

Christ Church, Toms River 
 
October 15-17
Undoing Racism: Help Us Build the Beloved Community
St. Augustine's Atlantic City
 
November 2-4
Clergy Conference
Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway 
    
  
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