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Hear the Bishop!
What's Next in the Strategic Visioning Process?

As we approach Diocesan Convention, Bishop Hughes talks about the Strategic Visioning process launched last fall – what's happened so far and what's next, including the Visioning team's Convention presentation
Meet Pastor Lorraine!
The Reverend Lorraine D. Harris is a native of Camden, New Jersey. She received her Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary, NYC, and her Anglican Studies Certificate from Lutheran Theological Seminary – Philadelphia. Also, her training includes completion of a Chaplain Residency Program at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Transitional Leadership from The Interim Ministry Network.

As an Episcopal Priest, Rev. Harris has served at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Camden NJ, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Collingswood, NJ, Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia, PA., and Interim Priest-in-Charge at St. James Kingsessing, Philadelphia, PA.

Rev. Harris has also worked as a Chaplain at Magee Rehabilitation, Philadelphia, PA, United Methodist Homes, Collingswood, NJ, and Lighthouse Hospice, Cherry Hill, NJ.

Rev. Lorraine Harris is an active and influential voice in her urban community having served as the Founder and Director of a senior citizen’s community food bank, spiritual leader, and instructor of a comprehensive bible study course conducted at the Camden County Correctional Facility, and a mentor for fostered youth. She is passionate about ministry, especially advocacy for the disenfranchised because Jesus loves and cared for the poor. She is also involved with “Faith in New Jersey” and has served as a co-facilitator of race conversations in the community of Collingswood, NJ.

Rev. Harris admits at times she was unsure of her next steps as a priest, yet she never stopped trusting God. Often, reflecting on one of her favorite hymns, “Trust and Obey” while going through difficult times.

This is what “faith” is all about; “the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1).

Yes, it is challenging to cultivate a space where everyone feels welcomed in the Kingdom of God. Yet, Rev. Lorraine Harris made it her lifelong commitment to God and the people of God in the advancement of this mission. Rev. Harris is honored and thankful for the opportunity to do this at The Church of Epiphany and Christ Church.

Rev. Lorraine Harris enjoys sewing, cooking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Celebration of the Feast of Absalom Jones
The Diocese of Newark Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians will celebrate the life and ministry of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the first person of African descent ordained a deacon and priest in the Episcopal Church.

The service will be in person at Trinity & St. Philips Cathedral - Newark, NJ and live streamed to the diocesan YouTube channel, youtube.com/c/dionewark. .
Ash Wednesday - February 22
Ash Wednesday Service at Epiphany & Christ Church

There will be several opportunities to receive ashes.

On Wednesday, February 22nd there will be Ashes-To-Go from 8 am to 12 pm at Epiphany & Christ Church - 105 Main Street, Orange, NJ.

In addition, there will also be a 7 pm Ash Wednesday service (in-person and Zoom) at the church.

Parishioners are encouraged to make their own ashes from palms used from from the prior year, or any other source. Worshipers at home, can impose ashes on themselves or one another in their household.

It is important to keep in mind and highlight the nature and purpose of the Ash Wednesday rite. The commitment to preparing for Easter by penitence, prayer, fasting, and reading and meditating on God's holy word is paramount.
Annual Parish Meeting - February 5
Our annual parish meeting will be held directly after the 9 am service on Sunday, February 5th.

Please feel free to bring food / beverage.
Ambassadors of the North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club - February 26
Formed in 1939 by Dolores Collins Benjamin, the North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club is one of the oldest continuously singing all male groups in the Mid-Atlantic States and is one of the most enduring community based arts organizations in the United States.  

The North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club remains dedicated to the preservation of male choral singing tradition performing a wide variety of music, drawing much of its repertoire from African American idioms and Western European Classical music forms.  

Please join us on February 26 at 3 pm as they will be performing at Epiphany & Christ Church with Dee Jackson - Field (vocalist) and Philip Field.

Please see Lorraine Jones to purchase tickets in advance.
Upcoming Events
Friday-Saturday, February 3-4
Annual Convention - Hilton Meadowlands

Sunday, February 5
Annual Parish Meeting at Epiphany & Christ Church

Wednesday, February 17
Ash Wednesday

Sunday, February 26
Guest Speaker: Marguerite Smith - UBE President @ 9 am

Also, on this date...

Ambassadors of the North Jersey Philharmonic Glee Club @ 3 pm.

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