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Hear the Bishop!
This Lent, try living your faith out loud

This year we are entering Lent after learning that President Jimmy Carter, at 98 our longest-living former president, has entered hospice care. Bishop Hughes reflects on the example he has set of living one's faith out loud as an unabashed Christian and urges us to consider what this would look like for each of us.
Episcopal Diocese of Newark Convention
Delegates Barbara Hamilton, Militza Diaz, and Rosa Jackson, joined Pastor Lorraine Harris at the 149th Annual Diocesan Convention on Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4, 2023. The theme of the convention, “Beginning Anew: Seeking God’s Vision Together”, invited us to do things differently in our post pandemic world.

In her sermon Saturday morning, Bishop Hughes talked about ways we can work together to be God's church in a changed world. Utilizing online resources to bring church together, going into the local community to meet the needs of all those who struggled during the pandemic, and centering ourselves on what God is calling us to do, were different ideas that were explored. Workshops were given on topics from grant writing, prison ministries, to working with young people. 

A focus of the weekend was working within our Regional Ministry Networks (RMNs), of which the Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church belongs to the Florence Li Tim-Oi Regional Ministry Network. Working lunches on both Friday and Saturday asked us to discuss ways we could work together as a region and had us share bold ideas about what we could accomplish together. A key report during the convention was from the Strategic Visioning Team on the Listening Sessions that occurred with churches and faith communities in our Diocese that commenced September 2022. Based on those findings, the team came up with the following four priorities for the Strategic Vision: Children, Families, Youth and Young Adults – evangelism and formation, Congregational Collaboration – particularly to strengthen our smaller congregations, Communications and Technology – explaining who we are to the outside world and connecting better internally and finally Justice for People and Planet – working together on gospel-driven justice issues. Look for further news about this great initiative in the coming months. The convention was both informative and a great way to connect (and reconnect) with members of our Diocese. 
Calling ALL Bakers!
On March 26 we will have a Baking Sale at the Parish Hall right after church service. All bakers are W E L C O M E D to provide their signature pie/cake as all funds from the sale will be donated to the church. Donations received will be used for the Building Fund.

Please contact Nelson Diaz for any questions at [email protected] and thank you in advance for your support!
Resume for Sexton
The purpose of the Sexton is to keep the church building and grounds clean and orderly. The individual will be responsible for maintaining clean restrooms, kitchen, and sanctuary, parish hall as well as vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, buffing, dusting, and washing windows, doors, and walls.

All interested candidates can apply directly at the church in-person.
Ashes-To-Go: A Blessing For The Orange Community
Begun in 2011, Episcopal congregations across northern New Jersey mark the beginning of the Christian holy season of Lent by giving “Ashes to Go.” This practice sees clergy and lay people give out ashes outside their church buildings to their local neighbors.

At Church of the Epiphany and Christ Church, volunteers gave out ashes to people who passed by the church on Wednesday morning, February 23, from 9am-12pm. Reactions were overwhelmingly positive, with some pedestrians admitting they “hadn’t been to church in a long time” or that “they just wanted a blessing” for these tough times.

Sixty three people were blessed with the sign of the cross, in multiple languages. At the 7pm service, Pastor Lorraine also gave out ashes to parishioners as they contemplated the upcoming season of Lent. .
Stations of the Cross
St. Agnes and St. Paul’s, East Orange will be hosting “Stations of the Cross” every Friday starting March 3rd - 31 st at 6:30pm. All are invited!

Also, if you are interested in reading, please contact Brenda Telfore-Sarfo at 973-722-0022.
Upcoming Events
Holy Eucharist Service-Every Wed
12 pm during Lent at Epiphany & Christ Church

Saturday, March 25
Confirmation Retreat 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Grace Church-Madison

Sunday, March 26
Baking Sale (right after 10 am service)
Epiphany & Christ Church - Parish Hall

Friday, April 7
Good Friday Service - 12 pm - 3 pm

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