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Ministry Institute
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
Canterbury House, New Brunswick

May 11-13
Anti-Racism Training
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville

May 20
Training for Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Eucharistic Visitors
St. Bartholomew's,
Cherry Hill

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
March 24
Holy Spirit
March 24
March 25
Godly Play Workshop (Part 1 of 3)
Christ Church

St. John the Baptist

March 26
Good Libations
Grace Church
St. John's
All Saints'
Bay Head
March 29
April 1
Godly Play Workshop (Part 2 of 3)
Christ Church

St. Matthew's

April 1
Trinity Church

April 4
St. John's
Chews Landing

April 5
April 6
Trinity Cathedral
April 8
Godly Play Workshop (Part 3 of 3)
Christ Church

St. Mary's
Haddon Heights

All Saints'
Bay Head
April 26
Theology on Tap
Americana Diner
East Windsor
St. Mark's Lutheran

May 1
Verger Workshop 
St. James'

Christ Church
Toms River

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March 24, 2017
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
"Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 
Luke 1:28.

March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation. It marks the occasion of the angelic announcement to Mary that she would bear God's child. For many Episcopalians, Mary is an enigmatic figure. There doesn't seem to be a clear understanding of who Mary is to us as a Church. Our Outline of the Faith states, "by God's own act, his divine Son received our human nature from the Virgin Mary his mother." That doesn't provide us with a great deal of help.

In the 2004 document,  Mary - Grace and Hope in Christ (which I referred to in my August 2016 Good in the Garden State article), representatives the Roman Catholic Church and The Anglican Communion issued an agreed statement about what the two churches hold in common about Mary, as well as where they differ. It's a well-thought out, helpful document, which I commend for parish conversation and study. 

In the Preface to  Mary - Grace and Hope in Christ, Anglican Archbishop Peter Carnely of Australia and Roman Catholic Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett of Seattle who served as co-Chairs of the commission that prepared the document write: 

Our Agreed Statement concerning the Blessed Virgin Mary as pattern of grace and hope is a powerful reflection of our efforts to seek out what we hold in common and celebrates important aspects of our common heritage. Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, stands before us as an exemplar of faithful obedience, and her "Be it to me according to your word" is the grace-filled response each of us is called to make to God, both personally and communally, as the Church, the body of Christ. 

In this opening statement, the two archbishops make a clear allusion to the story of the Annunciation to Mary. It is a powerful story in which Mary is an essential agent an d actor in this drama with God. We cannot tell the story of the Incarnation, nor even assert the doctrine, without her. 

"Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you,"
the angel says to her. There is great risk and great cost in being favored of God. To give birth to Jesus is to risk love, sacrificial love - self-giving love for the sake of others, for the sake of the world. Love, true love, always entails risk. Mary exemplifies this.

Whether or not Mary was aware of the ultimate price she would have to pay when she said yes to God, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38) she took that risk and paid the price. Mary deserves, demands, our reverence and respect. This is why we observe the Feast of the Annunciation.

Blessings and peace, 

The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey

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Upcoming Youth Events

Friday, April 28 7:00 PM -
Sunday, April 30 4:00 PM
9th through 12th Graders
$75 per person
Murray Grove Camp and Retreat Center
Lanoka Harbor, NJ

Senior Baccalaureate Service
Sunday, May 21
Trinity Cathedral 

May 11-13
Grace-St. Paul's, Mercerville 
This workshop emphasizes understanding racism, learning from history, developing leadership, maintaining accountability to communities, undoing internalized racial oppression, and understanding the role of organizational gate keeping as a mechanism to perpetuate institutional racism.

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!
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618