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Upcoming Congregational Events
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August 2nd
St. Augustine's Jersey Shore Gospel VOICE
Jumping Brook Country Club
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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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September 11th
Remembrance Service
Christ Church
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September 12th
Blessing of the Firetrucks
Christ Church
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September 19th
Bus Trip to Amazing Grace on Broadway
Trinity Cathedral
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Episcopal Links of the Week
Do Aliens Believe in God?

We will admit the title of this article from Episcopal Cafe sparked our interest.

The Guardian has a daily column in which readers respond to questions.

Episcopal Cafe pulled some of the most thoughtful responses in this article.
What do you think?
Episcopal Camp turns into Trauma Center in Baltimore

In this Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun, Nancy Fenton, executive director of Episcopal Community Services of Maryland, speaks of the horrors her staff found in the art of children in Baltimore following the recent unrest and successes research into the permanent impact of a culture of violence on children. 

She also calls for more counselors and  for additional counseling and support for parents and children at schools, rec centers, after-school programs and libraries.

As we work through this rough time, please don't forget the children who are witnessing this horrid violence with their hearts and souls. Don't let Baltimore's children become a generation of unintended victims of violence.
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July 31, 2015
From the Bishop


Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey:


My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;

                        I will sing and make melody...

Psalm 108:1

On July 30, I had the joy and privilege of joining several of the young people of our diocese and adult leaders for the closing Evensong of The Diocese of New Jersey Choir Camp, which took place at the Church of the Advent in Cape May. Twenty-eight choristers participated in this week long experience. I asked them if they had fun. They told me they had a great time!

They went to the beach, played games together and learned and made a lot of music. At the closing Evensong, they sang the pieces they had learned. It was beautiful. What they accomplished in a week under the leadership of Diane Caruso, Director of Music at Trinity Church, Asbury Park and Mark Trautman, Director or Music at St. Paul's, Englewood was amazing. Most important of all, this was a formative event for these young people. The choral tradition of the Church has an incredible capacity to form people in the story and faith of Jesus Christ. I know. I am the product of such formation.


On June 6th, I had the honor of addressing the graduating class at St. Thomas Choir School in New York City. I attended Choir School from 1967 - 1970. It was a transformative experience for me. I shared with the graduating class that it was at St. Thomas Choir School that I came to faith and that I discovered the love of Jesus and the love of Jesus' Church. Yes, I had been raised by Christian parents in Christian households; there was never a time when I did not know Jesus. It was, however, at St. Thomas Choir School, through the music of the church and by God's grace, that I appropriated the Christian faith as my own. The hymns of the church are the heart of my personal prayer life. To this day, hymns are in my head constantly. I am either singing or whistling them aloud, or singing them in my head. As I told the graduating class of St. Thomas Choir School on June 6 th, "the songs of God, the praise of Jesus Christ, were planted in my heart and soul."

It is my hope and prayer that the songs of God and the praise of Jesus Christ were planted in the hearts and souls of the young choristers in Cape May during Choir Camp this past week. Listening to them, I feel they were.

My thanks to Diane Caruso, Mark Trautman, Dean Maria Sanzo who served as Chaplain, Fr. John Mitchell and the people of Church of the Advent, Cape May and to the other youth and adult leaders who gave the gift of their time this past week.

The choristers who participated in Choir Camp will have a "reunion Evensong" in January at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton to which all are invited. Look for details and plan on coming to this special event.


O Come, let us sing to the Lord a new song!


Blessings and peace,







The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.

XII Bishop of New Jersey


Good News Stories


Episcopal Relief & Development Project Spotlight:

Throughout the summer, we'll be highlighting stories from throughout the Diocese of New Jersey about efforts to contribute to Episcopal Relief & Development's 75th Anniversary campaign.     

ERD Funds Storm Recovery In Our Towns!  

ERD has given generously of their time and treasure to the Tuckerton/Little Egg Harbor area. ERD encouraged us to have a long-term recovery perspective and to work creatively with other faith-based organizations. Through the Greater Tuckerton Ministerial Association, ERD has awarded over $100,000 to be used directly in our towns. 


A volunteer housing location at the Lighthouse Alliance Community Church was finished expanded to accommodate, house and support volunteers over the past three construction seasons. We have benefited from ERD caseworker support in Ocean County and from partnerships with A Future with Hope and Habitat for Humanity. ERD has made it possible for the churches in our area to serve as a sign of Christian unity and cooperation. Click here for more on Sandy Recovery efforts via Lighthouse Alliance Community Church


 Look for a video about this valuable partnership coming soon!



Building Skills 
Organ Service Playing and Improvisation, Beginning Handbells, Music in the Spanish Community, Choral Anthem Reading Session for Small Choirs  


The Diocese of New Jersey Music Commission
is pleased to offer a day of music workshops on
Saturday, September 19
9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
at Trinity Cathedral

Featured will be a workshop on Service Playing, a workshop on beginning handbells given by Lyn Powell, a choral anthem reading session for small choirs led by Deborah Ford and Brian Harlow, and a session on music in the Spanish-speaking community, 


All who participate or are interested in any kind of music ministry are welcome! Cost is $10 per participant. 



Registration information can be found here.    



Ministry Institute



Check back for a full listing of Fall 2015 events, coming soon!

Here are a few highlights:


Parish Leadership Day
October 3
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville   

Clergy Conference
November 2-4

Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway 



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