The Herald
News and Events at Christ Episcopal Church - Somers Point, New Jersey
April 28, 2018
In This Issue
From our Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Two weekends ago I participated in the Synod meeting for Province II of the Episcopal Church.  The Synod is made up of deputies and alternate deputies who will be participating in General Convention this July.  General Convention is the governing body of our Church made up of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies.  I will be participating as an alternate deputy for our diocese. 

Last Sunday we held an information session after the 10am Service, where I gave a presentation and answered questions regarding legislation that will be considered this July.  We will have a follow-up session after General Convention with deputies from our diocese and myself to provide you with updated information on the decisions of our Church and answer questions.  For information on General Convention you can visit this site
In following the call of our Synod, Presiding Bishop and General Convention, we are working with Christine Knight, founder of HR Recovery Initiative Inc., in combating Human Trafficking.   Kindly, read Christine's article in this newsletter under the heading "Christ Church- Social Justice and Outreach".  As this program progresses we will be providing further information on how we as a parish can be supportive and involved.  Next month the wardens, me, Christine and Sister Patti will be meeting with Phyllis Jones, Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese on how we can network with the diocese and apply for grant money to build and expand our outreach ministries and efforts!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Justin

 Fr. Justin with deputies from our Diocese for General Convention at Synod Meeting in Albany NJ.

 Fr. Justin and President of the House of Deputies, The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, at Synod Meeting

 Parish presentation on General Convention, Sunday April 22, in the parish hall

Parish Knitters: an important ministry in our church!

The "Knit-Wits enjoying the volunteer luncheon at the Atlantic City Country Club!
Photo credit: Charlene Snyder
The "Knit-Wits" make blankets for babies and prayer shawls for those in need of healing.  They meet every Wednesday at 1:30pm.



Christ Church- Social Justice and Outreach 

HR Recovery Initiative, Inc
     Human trafficking mostly remains a hidden crime due to the force, fraud and coercion traffickers employ over their victims. These victims will sometimes suffer for months and even years as a result of this egregious violation of their human rights. 

     HR Recovery Initiative, Inc. believes the fight against human trafficking can and should be a coordinated effort of all those who come in contact with victims over the course of this crime being perpetrated against them. 
     We also support the belief that survivors should be afforded the right to participate in the restoration of personal balance, dignity and freedom without due hardship or compromise. 
     During the course of services, the collecting and analyzing of data assists service providers to validate the need for and identify the ideal settings of the long term living environments that human trafficking victims' need for emancipation which is currently lacking in our national restorative services respectfully.
To provide intervention and recovery services to victims of all types of human trafficking in a safe, proactive, survivor-centered manner while supportively engaging ancillary service entities necessary to complete the self-determined, holistic recovery and prevent future victimization.     
Through combined research and service data collection efforts, our vision is to create a universal coordination of recovery services and legal statues on local, state, federal and international levels.  
TRE Program (Transitional Recovery Efforts)
Outreach Efforts
Self-Determined Case Management/Recovery
Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Services
PAR Prevention Services (Potentially at Risk)
Prevention of potential victimization through educational community and/or individualized services including:
HT 101:the basics  Awareness Efforts
Basic Needs/Daily living skills Trainings
 Peer to Peer Support Groups with a focus on trauma.
Human Trafficking is perpetrated against humans rights at all levels. HR Recovery believes that a holistic approach is the best way to treat and promote long term recovery from this crime. 
Body: Dignity and Worth Outreach Recovery Efforts that Break the Silence and seek out those that are enslaved by traffickers and to let them know that there is help available no matter what, no matter where. 
Mind: Rehabilitation and Personal Balance therapeutic services to help those who have been broken and torn from their own minds to help build them back up mentally on their terms, at their speed. 
Spirit: "Planting the Seeds of Restoration" plant/tree sale which our fundraising project to promote the spiritual growth of all those in need of restoration and for those who can affect that change... to let the victims and survivors know that no matter where you are, we are all working together to support your restoration by watering a dedicated tree or plant and provide thoughts and blessings for their emancipation and prosperity.
The HRRI Team thanks you for your support!!

To donate or contact Us:
Phone (609) 594-2341
Coming Soon...
Our website:                     

Capital Campaign Update!

 Capital Campaign- Kitchen Subcommittee Update

The Kitchen Subcommittee for the Capital Campaign has met several times discussing issues related to safety, function and design. We are gathering information/estimates concerning issues identified and possible solutions. 

 Your sisters and brothers in Christ
Charlotte M, Sue K, Ed Z, Marian H, and Dennis H.



Stewardship: Earth Day!


Meet and Greet!

Episcopal Church Women

 Fr. Don Page offers an invocation at the ECW Tea on Saturday, April 14 in the Parish Living Room
Ascension Day Service

Rogation Sunday

Concert: Murdock Meistersingers

Food Bank

Sunday Coffee Hour!
Coffee Hour on Sunday after the 10am Eucharist is a meaningful experience for becoming better acquainted and a great opportunity to welcome those new attending Christ Church. Recently we have not been able to enjoy this gathering regularly as there has been no one setting it up. Therefor it would be greatly appreciated if individuals or groups of people would be kind enough to volunteer. There is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall.

Prayer List

Healing prayers offered for :
Anna Livia, Jennifer, Charlie, Jill, Edward, Ruth Ann, Rich, Christine, Ryan, Jaclyn, Donna, Michelle, Tara, Jeanette, Harry, Brittany, Brandon, Loretta, Dave, Edythe, Adrian, Beth, Warren, Ann, Martin, Bill, Leigh, Bobby, MaryAnn, Richard, Jessica, Mike , Ron, Judy, Harlan, Marty, Ralph, Father Julian, Mark, Odin, Heather, Jim, Ralph, Monica, Anne, Wally, Traci, Ray, Wilson

Prayers for the Homebound are offered for : Helen, Dorothy, Jean, Elsie, Irene, Lucy, Bob, Sally
For First Responders everywhere, especially for those in our parish family serving our local communities: Linwood, Mark, Michelle, Jim, Anthony, Stephen, Wally, Stephanie, Ward, Rachel, Charles, Rob, Catelyn, Michael
Prayers for all those in the Armed Forces and especially our parish family : 
Anthony, Glenn, Evelyn, Charles, Dominick, Morgan, Nicholas, Jessica Jesse, Keith, Andrew
This Week's Readings

Moments At Christ Church


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PO Box 97
Somers Point, NJ 08244