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Ministry Institute

A detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.  

February 25  
St. Matthew's, Pennington

March 6 - 8
Convent of St. John the Baptist, Mendham

March 11
Safe Church Training
Trinity, Asbury Park

March 18  
Holy Trinity
Ocean City

March 25
Title IV Training
All Saints',
April 8   
St Mark's

April 11
Annual Clergy Day and Chrism Mass
Trinity Cathedral 

April 28-30
Happening 26
Camp Murray,
Lanoka Harbor

May 6
Bishop's Spring Conference
Trinity Cathedral

May 11
Theo's Cafe Young Adult Dinner

May 21
Senior Baccalaureate Service
Trinity Cathedral

June 5-9
Appreciative Leadership
Crowne Plaza, Plainsboro

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
February 22
Americana Diner
East Windsor
February 24

February 26
Church of the Advent
Cape May
February 26
All Saints'
February 28
Bay Head  
February 28
St. Francis'
February 28
St. David's
February 28
Grace Church
March 5
Doane Academy
March 5
St. John's
Chews Landing
March 11
St. George by the River
Holy Spirit
St. Francis'
March 25
Godly Play Workshop (Part 1 of 3)
Christ Church

St. John the Baptist

March 26
Good Libations
Grace Church
St. Francis' 
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Church of the Advent, Cape May has 12 lovely cane-bottom choir chairs which need a home. If interested, contact The Rev. John Mitchell  

St. Peter's, Clarksboro has two  Wurlitzer organs available. Pick up required. If interested, please contact The Rev. Bob Fitzpatrick.
Several chalices, patens, cruets, and a variety of vestments are on offer in Diocesan House. For more information contact Allie Graham or The Rev. Richard Wrede

Holy Trinity, South River is seeking a P/T Music Director. For more information see their website or contact The Rev. Gregory Bezilla.
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February 17, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the  Diocese of New Jersey, 
  You are the salt of the earth... (Matthew 5:13)
For several weeks in this season after the Epiphany, our appointed Gospel readings for Sunday mornings come from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount is the first of five major discourses, or blocks of Jesus' sayings, in Matthew's Gospel. Matthew's Gospel could reasonably be labeled the "discipleship gospel." Throughout Matthew, Jesus offers extensive teaching about what it means to be his follower and pupil - the root meaning of the word "discipleship." This is especially true of the Sermon on the Mount. 
In his now classic work, The Cost of Discipleship, German pastor, teacher and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers an extensive reflection on the Sermon on the Mount. His insights about the saying, "You are the salt of the earth," are particularly powerful. Bonhoeffer writes, It is to be noted that Jesus calls not himself, but his disciples the salt of the earth, for he entrusts his work on earth to them.
Too often, I think, we forget this incredible reality and responsibility. Christ has entrusted his ministry to us - to his Church - the "body of Christ" (1 Corinthians 12:27). Bonhoeffer later writes, For its own sake, as well as for the sake of the earth, the salt must remain salt, the disciple community must be faithful to the mission which the call of Christ has given it....
The mission which Christ has given us is his ministry of reconciliation and love. The mission of the Church, our Outline of the Faith states clearly, is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ (BCP p. 855) . As many contemporary theologians have observed and as former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was fond of reminding Anglicans, it's not so much that the Church has a mission; it's God who has the mission and a Church to carry out that mission. 
"Ye are the salt," Bonhoeffer writes, quoting Matthew, and then observes, Jesus does not say: "You must be the salt." It is not for the disciples to decide whether they will be the salt of the earth, for they are so whether they like it or not, they have been made salt by the call they have received.
The world in which we live today is in desperate need of God's message of reconciliation and love. It needs our "salty" presence. It needs us to be faithful followers of Jesus in word and in deed. There is too much bitterness, anger, division, and enmity.
I invite you to pray and reflect on the Sermon on the Mount these next couple of weeks. It will feed your soul and give you lots to ponder. You can find it in in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapters 5 - 7.
Blessings and peace, 
The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey

Excerpts from E-Book - Bonhoffer, Dietrich - The Cost of Discipleship - (New York: Touchstone Book - Simon and Schuster, 1995) p. 115 - location 1471

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  Ashes to go!

On March 1, Ash Wednesday, we're thrilled  to announce offerings of  ashes and blessings at over 30 locations throughout New Jersey as part of  Ashes to Go,a program that brings spirit, belief, and belonging out from behind church doors and into the places where we  go every day.

Teams of clergy and laity from parishes throughout the diocese will be participating on  Ash Wednesday in public locations such as transit centers, places of business, and more. Clergy and laypersons will offer  ashes, blessings, and information about the Diocese and the Episcopal Church.

This year, the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey is excited  to offer an online  Ashes to Go directory at , which features a map application  to  guide individuals  to
 participating locations via turn-by-turn directions on computers and mobile devices, powered by Google. 


Lent Madness 2017
The Saintly Smackdown Returns!

Are you looking for something fun to focus on? Are you longing for inspiration and joy? For the eighth year running, people of faith are gearing up for Lent Madness, the "saintly smackdown" in which thirty-two saints do battle to win the coveted Golden Halo during the season of Lent.
With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures.
Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout the  penitential season of Lent. This year's competition begins on "Ash Thursday," March 2.
The Diocese of New Jersey is represented in Lent Madness with Neva Rae Fox of St John's in Somerville as a Celebrity Blogger -- and she asks for your votes for Augustine of Hippo, Nikolaus von Zinzendorf and Elizabeth Ann Seton!

Join the Convention Choir! Bring your robes and learn the attached music for the Friday morning Eucharist. For more information contact Canon Deborah Ford.

March 3-4, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Princeton, NJ
with featured speaker 
Becca Stevens of
Thistle Farms

General Information is now online!
Pre-Convention hearings announced!
Reports are beginning to be posted!

Diocese of New Jersey Choir Camp
at Cape May
July 23-27, 2017
Our 28th year of fun, community,  learning, and experiences that will last for a lifetime! 
The choir camp experience gives young choristers ages 10-18 the opportunity to join with peers from throughout the region. This intense period of growth-socially, musically, and spiritually - provide experiences that last a lifetime. Choristers leave choir camp with a sense of enthusiasm that they bring back to their respective parishes and communities to help spread the Gospel and grow the church!

Thank you to everyone who helped make last Saturday's
Diocesan Acolyte Festival a success, especially all of the acolytes from around the diocese who attended. 

A photo gallery will be online soon.

Photos by Lee Whiteman  
The Diocese of New Jersey
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