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Upcoming Diocesan Offerings

June 10    
St Mark's

June 10
Floral Ministries Workshop
Trinity Cathedral   

June 23

July 10-14
Episcopal Youth Event
University of Central Oklahoma  

July 23-27
Choir Camp
Cape May 
Upcoming Congregational Events
Trinity Church

St. George by the River

St. James'

James's Kerney Campus, MCCC

June 11
Christ Church
New Brunswick

June 12
Peddie School Course

June 14
Holy Trinity
South River

St. Stephen's

Grace Church

Grace Church

St. Mary's
Stone Harbor

St. Thomas'
Red Bank

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Organist needed! St. Peter's, Perth Amboy is seeking an organist.
Parish Administrator Needed!
 St. Stephen's, Mullica Hill is seeking a Part-Time Parish Administrator. 
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June 9, 2017
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

Cantate Domino canticum novo -Psalm 98:1

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice! It's an old joke. 

Cantate Domino, Sing to the Lord a new song! that was the motto of   St. Thomas Choir School in New York City which I attended as a boy. Attending Choir School was an incredible and formative experience for me. Our primary responsibility as students and members of the Choir of men and boys was to sing at the main worship services at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue each week. Occasionally, we were asked to sing at outside events. 

A highlight I remember from my years at St. Thomas was a brief appearance at Carnegie Hall with The American Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of famed conductor Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski was already in his 80s, but still an energetic conductor. We sang the cherubim's chorus, which was part of the Prologue to the opera Mefistofele by composer Arrigo Boito. Siam nimbi, volante dai limbi, Nei santi splendori vaganti...(We are spirits from Limbo uproaring, the regions celestial exploring...); the words and melody are still in my head. Most memorable was the experience of appearing in that historic concert venue packed with people. 

Next week, I'll be in Carnegie Hall again, not to sing; but to sit in the audience for a very special performance. Friends of Susan and me, Vanessa and Woody Weilage, are in town from McKinney, Texas. They are part of CREDO - The Dallas Community Choir. The Dallas Community Choir and the Dallas Street Choir both founded by, and under the direction of, Dr. Jonathan Pallant a teacher of choral music at The University of Texas will be in town for a concert at Carnegie Hall next Wednesday, June 14 at 8;00 PM. The Dallas Street Choir is described as "musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage." 

Susan and I will be attending the concert which has been described as "a concert of hope and inspiration featuring a variety of musical genres including Broadway, gospel, love songs, and newly-composed works." According to the promotional material the music "will combine with personal stories of strength and courage from choir members who are experiencing homelessness in Dallas and New York City" and feature performances by world-renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, composer Stephen Schwartz, and composer/pianist Jake Heggie.

 "What we do, is we give a platform to the otherwise unseen, most marginalized members of our community," Palant told a local TV network in Dallas. "They may have addiction and mental illness; but, they are still people and we need to see each other, for who we are, not just our afflictions."

I can't wait! I invite you to consider going in to New York City and joining Susan and me in the audience for what promises to be a very special evening. Sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done marvelous things. Yes, indeed!

Blessings and peace, 

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey

Dallas Street Choir Concert in NYC
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Stewardship Workshops
Saturday June 17th
9:30am - 3:00pm

Registration $10 - Pay at the Door, L unch provided 

Offered concurrently at
three locations around the Diocese:
St. Mark's, Plainfield
St. Bartholomew's, Cherry Hill
St. Mark and All Saints', Galloway

Join us for Critical Discussions on:
Diocesan Stewardship Background & History
Transformational Stewardship
New Consecration Sunday
TENS for 2017  (The Episcopal Network for Stewardship)
Electronic and Generational Giving

Sponsored by the Diocesan Stewardship Commission.

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You Have a Partner in Ecuador

Think of how spiritually and culturally enriching it could be for your parish to have a companion parish in Ecuador. Several churches in this fascinating South American country have expressed interest in forming an ongoing relationship with a parish in the Diocese of New Jersey to share ideas, prayers, visits, holiday greetings and just get acquainted. Such a relationship could be a highly rewarding experience for your parish's youth program and for your overall congregation.

The Companion Diocese Committee would like to introduce you to your potential partner in Ecuador this summer.  
For more information contact
the Rev. Mark Van Sant (732-222-4563) or
Paul Murphy (609-799-5252). 

Editors Note: Be on the look out in the coming weeks for pictures from the many events which took place over the last weeks!
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