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Upcoming Congregational Events
August 15th
International Food Festival
St. Elizabeth's
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August 16th
Dedication of St. Peter's Haven
St. Peter's
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August 25th
Supper with All Saints'
All Saints'
Bay Head
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August 25th
Akiva David Presti
Book Signing
All Saints' 
September 5th
Fall Fair and Flea Market
St. Stephen's
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September 11th
Remembrance Service
Christ Church
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September 12th
Blessing of the Firetrucks
Christ Church
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September 13th
Blessing of the Backpacks
St. David's
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September 13th
Global Christianity: The Church in Context
All Saints'
September 15th
Health and Kid's Fair
St. Mary's
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September 19th
Bus Trip to Amazing Grace on Broadway
Trinity Cathedral
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September 19th
POW/MIA Remembrance
St. James'
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September 25th
Basket Auction
Laurel Springs
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September 26th
Community Health Expo
St. Luke's
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Episcopal Links of the Week
10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About The Episcopal Church

The Rev. Laurie Brock writes for Faith Street about common misconceptions about the Episcopal Church - we are and what what we aren't - from our presumed love of Downton Abbey and seemingly complicated services to Henry VIII's divorce - and suggests ways to address them to others.
2015 General Convention Summary of Actions Available Online

For anyone who just can't get enough of General Convention or just wants clarification as to what occurred, the 75 page Summary of Actions of the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church is now available  online .
An Interview with the ABCD

Episcopal Cafe discusses (and links to) an interview with Katharine Welby-Roberts, the 29-year-old daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury with The Word, a podcast which talks with prominent people about their life and faith. 

Beginning with Psalm 94:18-19...She talks about life as the daughter of a parish vicar and the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the helpful and unhelpful ways in which the church responds to those with mental illness and depression.
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August 14, 2015
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey:

I love the Church calendar and believe it is a powerful tool for learning and teaching the faith. On many days of the church year we commemorate Saints - some long past, others more contemporary. Reading their stories is both educational and inspirational. This past week we observed a rich array of these heroes of the faith.

On Monday, August 10, the Church calendar called for the observance of Laurence of Rome, a deacon and martyr who died in 258 A.D. Holy Women, Holy Men (New York: The Church Pension Fund - Church Publishing Group, Inc. 2010) describes him as "one of the most popular saints of the Roman Church." He was martyred during a persecution under the Emperor Valerian. According to accounts of his life, after Laurence was arrested, the Prefect of Rome demanded the treasures of the church. As Holy Women, Holy Men notes, Laurence "assembled the sick and poor to whom as archdeacon he had distributed the church's relief funds, presenting these persons to the Prefect, saying, "These are the treasures of the Church." Tradition holds that he was roasted alive on a gridiron.
On Tuesday, August 11, we observed Clair of Assisi. Clair lived in the latter half of the 12th century and was a devoted friend and follower of St. Francis of Assisi. Like Francis, she came from a well-to-do family. She was moved by a sermon of his and, following his example, renounced her wealth and possessions, desiring to become a member of his order. Francis had her placed in a Benedictine Convent and later, under his guidance, she established the Poor Ladies of St. Damian, which was known for its austerity and holiness, giving their lives to begging and to caring for the poor and sick. Clair was Superior of the Order for 40 years.
On Wednesday, August 12, the Church remembered Florence Nightingale, Nurse and Social Reformer, who was born in Florence, Italy on May 12, 1820 and trained as a nurse in Kaiserwerth and Paris. As Holy Women, Holy Men reports, "In response to God's call and animated by a spirit of service, in 1854 she volunteered for duty during the Crimean War and recruited 38 nurses to join her. With them she organized the first modern nursing service in the British field hospitals of Scutari and Balaclava." According to Holy Women, Holy Men, "By imposing strict discipline and high standards of sanitation she radically reduced the drastic death toll and rampant infection then typical in field hospitals." She was a devout and prayerful Anglican, and upon her return to England helped develop nursing into a strong profession.

On Thursday, August 13, Jeremy Taylor was commemorated. Taylor was one of the so-called Caroline Divines - a group of theologians and writers who lived during the time of Charles I and the Restoration under Charles II. Taylor is most famous for his work Holy Living and Holy Dying (1651). Holy Women, Holy Men notes that his work, Liberty of Prophesying "proved to be a seminal work in encouraging the development of religious toleration in the seventeenth century."
As I write to you, I am in Montgomery, Alabama to observe the 50th Anniversary of the martyrdom of Jonathan Myrick Daniels who is observed on the Church calendar on August 14. Daniels, of Keane, New Hampshire, was a seminarian at Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts when he heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. call upon Christian leaders to come to Selma to join in the protests for voting rights. On August 14, 1965, he was jailed along with other protesters. The group was soon released without explanation. Four of them walked to a local store. As they approached the store, a man with a 12-gauge shotgun appeared, aiming the gun at 16-year-old Ruby Sales. Jonathan stepped in front of her as the man fired. He was killed by the blast. A Roman Catholic priest, Fr. Richard Morrisroe was also seriously wounded. The shooter was eventually arrested but a jury refused to convict him of the killing.

Five very different people, five very different stories of faith, but all inspiring in their own ways and all witnesses to the love of Jesus Christ and the Gospel.

Keeping track of the Church calendar and the lives of the saints it commemorates is a wonderful and enriching spiritual discipline I commend to you. You might consider purchasing your own copy of Holy Women, Holy Men for use at home. You can order this from the   Trinity Cathedral Bookstore. You can also refer to the Calendar of the Church Year at the Episcopal Church Online. Here you will find a brief biography of each of the saints.

Of course, Saturday, August 15th is the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I pray you will be observing this day. It demands a reflection all its own, but that will have to wait for another time.

Blessings and peace,
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey
Good News Stories

Continuing Partnership between St. Paul's, Camden and All Saints, Bay Head

On Tuesday, August 11, 2015,
All Saints, Bay Head hosted 29 Camp Counselors and Directors from Camp Faith - St. Paul's, Camden.  

This annual day at the beach for the camp staff who concluded the 25th successful summer camp program at St. Paul's, serving over 70 children from the city of Camden.  

This is a vitally important ministry to the youth of Camdenand ably demonstrates the witness of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in the city.  The camp directors and counselors were accompanied by St. Paul's Vestry member Mitchell Morgan and his wife Valencia.  Although the day began with some rain, clearing skies enabled everyone to enjoy the beach and ocean.   A backyard picnic was prepared by members of All Saints, led by Sherry Urner and other members of the Outreach Committee.   

Ministry to the Imprisoned in the Diocese of New Jersey

In this video, ministers to the imprisoned share their stories and experiences. We hope you'll join us on October 10.

Community Garden at St. Mary's, Pleasantville
A living Food Bank
This is a free "tend and take" community garden. Participants are involved in the garden from planting to tending and watering the garden.
The harvest is free. Ongoing throughout the summer.

Ministry Institute

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 for Clergy
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 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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