In This Edition
Upcoming Diocesan Offerings
May 6
Bishop's Spring Conference
Trinity Cathedral

May 11
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner
Canterbury House, New Brunswick

May 11-13
Anti-Racism Training
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville
May 20
Choir Camp Reunion and Installation of Canons
Trinity Cathedral

May 20
St. Bartholomew's,
Cherry Hill

May 20
Safe Church Training
St. Stephen's,
Mullica Hill

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 3
Come to the Table
Trinity Cathedral Chapel, Trenton

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

June 10    
St Mark's

June 17
Animal Welfare Ministry Forum
Trinity Cathedral 

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma  

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
Christ Church
Toms River

New Brunswick Theological Seminary  

St. Luke's

Trinity Church
Red Bank

May 7
St. Luke's

Christ Church
Somers Point
May 9
Human Trafficking 101
All Saints'
Bay Head 
May 13
From Amistad to the White House
St. Augustine's
Asbury Park
Trinity Church

May 21
St. Francis'

June 3
St. James'
Bradley, Beach 

St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
June 11
Christ Church
New Brunswick
St. Stephen's
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Organist needed! Christ Church, Middletown is seeking an Organist/Music Director. Learn more.

Christ Church, Toms River seeks a PT temp parish administrator. Possibly a part time PA in another parish interested in picking up a extra days at Christ Church. Prior parish office experience requested.
If interested or with questions,please contact the Rev Joan Mason before Friday May 5th.
Spend a week at Cross Roads Camp! Cross Roads is seeking a nurse for the week of August 12-19! Come enjoy and be part of camp, care for campers, and even get paid for it! To get details contact Bonnie, Nursing Administrator
Several frontals and superfrontals, processional crosses, chalices, patens, cruets, pascal candles, and a variety of stoles, chasubles, and other vestments are on offer in Diocesan House. For more information contact Allie Graham or The Rev. Richard Wrede.
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May 5, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. John 15:4

The 3rd Annual Bishop's Spring Conference on Christian Formation will take place this Saturday, May 6 at Trinity Cathedral. This year's theme is Rooted in God's Story. To be rooted in God's story means that we go deep into the fertile soil of Scripture, allowing it to shape and mold us. For us as Christian, to be rooted in God's story is to be rooted in Jesus Christ, the "true vine" (John 15), through worship, prayer, study and service. I am the vine, you are the branches, Jesus says to us. 

As Church, we must look for increasingly effective ways to transmit the faith in a culture that is largely indifferent to it, sometimes even hostile. This year our three presenters each have unique gifts for passing on the faith in creative ways that understand, take-on and overcome some of the challenges that confront us. 

Chris Yaw is the founder of ChurchNext, an online learning management system and formation teaching tool built around captivating video courses from a wide-range of some of the most gifted teachers in the Church. Chris also lectures extensively on trends in church life and digital education.
Tracy Radosevic is a dynamic, energetic, internationally-acclaimed storyteller, educator, and retreat facilitator who has traveled all over the United States, as well as to several foreign countries, bringing her special brand of humor, insight, and faith to audiences of all ages through the power of biblical story-telling. 

Albert CutiĆ© has entered millions of homes throughout the world with his television and radio talk shows, books, as well as his newspaper columns. He will lead us in discussions and interactive learning that will focus on "talking God" in today's multimedia, socially, and ethnically diverse context. 

I believe there is always great value in personally attending a live event such as this year's Bishop's Spring Conference. If you or members of your congregation are unable to attend, the featured presentations will be posted on-line. I encourage teams from every congregation to engage in a conversation about them. More importantly, I urge you to find ways to take advantage of what you learn and to implement it in your setting. 

I am grateful to the staffs of the Diocese of New Jersey and Trinity Cathedral who have worked enormously hard to organize this conference. Special thanks to Terry Ann Schwarz, Patrice D'Angelo, and Clara Gregory. I also want to thank Steve Isham, Chair of the Lifelong Christian Formation Committee, and the members of the Committee for their support and work.
Blessings and thanks for your participation. Have a great day! 

Yours in Christ,  

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

Good News stories and more!
Installation of Canons
and Choir Camp Reunion

Saturday, May 20th, 4:00pm
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

To be installed:
The Rev. Arthur P. Powell   
The Rev. E. Walton Zelley, Jr. 

The Rev. Clive Sang, Dcn.,
Canon Missioner For Black Ministries
The Very Rev. Richard C.  Wrede, Archivist/Historiographer

Know some young singers who would like to give Choir Camp a try? Invite them to come sing with us!  The music should be familiar to former campers. There is a  2pm rehearsal for all singers. Bring vestments if you have them, the rest will be provided. Any boy or girl age 10+ is welcome to sing. Those planning to sing should RSVP to

Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner
Theo's Cafe
May 11th, 7pm
Canterbuy House
5 Mine St, New Brunswick NJ
Spring Convocation Meetings Announced

Conversations of the  Discerning our Common Call  discussions are listed below.

Sunday, 5/7
3:00 p.m.
St. Mark and All
Saints', Galloway

Tuesday, 5/16 7:00 pm
6:00 p.m. Eucharist
St. Peter's,
Perth Amboy

Monday 5/22
6:00 p.m.
St. George's,
Tuesday, 5/23
7:00 p.m.
Grace-St. Paul's,
Thursday, 5/25 7:00 pm
(Begins with Eucharist)
St. Stephen's,
Sunday, 6/4
3:00 p.m.
St. Mark's,
Basking Ridge
Wednesday, 6/7
7:00 p.m.
Christ Church,
Toms River
Summer internship program of the Diocese of New Jersey
The Diocesan Committee on the Priesthood is accepting applications for a summer internship in a local Episcopal congregation (stipend provided).

The purpose of the internship is to help college students and college-age young adults to explore the possibility of ordained ministry as a vocation.
Details of the program and application are available by contacting the Rev. Ophelia Laughlin (732) 842-0596.  The deadline for receipt of applications is
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.

Volunteer Prison Chaplaincy Opportunity
The NJ Dept. of Corrections, under a new program directed by  the Rev. Jose Lopez, Volunteer Chaplain Coordinator, is accepting names of both lay and ordained persons who wish to be volunteer chaplains in any of the NJ institutions.

An I.D. will be given to those who complete a three part program of 1) an interview 2) fingerprinting and photo  I.D.  3) Training. The newly streamlined process will take no more than 2 days.

If you are interested please email or call (973-235-1177) The Rev. Pamela Bakal, President of  Prison Ministry for the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

Annual Meeting and UTO
Ingathering of the Diocesan ECW

Saturday, May 20
Grace-St. Paul, Mercerville
10:00 am Eucharist
The Rt Reverend William H.  Stokes, celebrant
Robin Wilson Broughton, soloist 

The business meeting of the Diocesan ECW will begin immediately following the Eucharist
Deacon Trisha Thorme will speak on the Diocese's Sustainable Goals Task Force's efforts to combat trafficking, followed by a catered lunch.
Register now. 

May 11-13 
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville 
This workshop emphasizes understanding racism, learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, undoing internalized racial oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism to perpetuate institutional racism. 
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618