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Ministry Institute

A full, detailed listing of Ministry Institute events available.
Here's what's on in the coming months. 

November 9  
St. Peter's, Medford
November 10 
Holy Spirit, Lebanon
November 12
Safe Church Training  St. Mark and All Saints', Galloway
November 18-19
Latino Vestry Workshop
Pope John Paul II Retreat Center, Vineland

November 19
Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Service
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

December 6
Advent Clergy Day
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton

December 16-17 Youth
The Cathedral Lock-In: Stop Hunger Now
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton
Upcoming Congregational Events
November 5th
November 5th
November 5th
November 5th
November 5th
St James 
November 6th
St David 
November 6th
St. John 
November 6th
St. Matthew  
November 6th
St. Andrew  
November 6-8th
St. Stephen
Mullica Hill
November 8th
Holy Trinity
South River
November 8th
Holy Trinity
November 9th
Grace-St. Paul
November 12th
St. Paul  
Bound Brook
November 12th
All Saints' 
Bay Head 
November 12th
St. George
November 13th
St. Mary  
Haddon Heights
November 13th
Asbury Park
November 13th
St. Mary  
November 13th
St. Mary  
Haddon Heights
November 14th
Dive! via St. George  
November 17th
Holy Trinity
South River
November 19th
Laural Springs 
November 19th
St. James
November 20th
St. Mary
Haddon Heights
November 22nd
All Saints
Bay Head
November 23rd
St. Francis'
November 23rd
St. Mark
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November 4, 2016
From the Bishop
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
"Do to others as you would have them do to you..."   (Luke 6:31)
We are observing the octave of All Saints. It began on October 31, All Hallows Eve (Hallowe'en), continued through November 1, All Saints Day, November 2, All Souls Day, and will come to a completion on November 6, All Saints Sunday. All Saints is an opportunity for us to acknowledge those heroes of the faith - the Saints known and unknown - some of whom now rest from their labors, others of whom continue their work in God's vineyard.
To me, the most saintly people are those who have exhibited profound love of God and God's people in the midst of trying circumstances. I think of St. Francis of Assisi, Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Martyrs of Sudan and Uganda, Constance and her companions - the martyrs of Memphis. These persons, and countless others, embodied the words of Jesus,  "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."  (John 15:16)
As we enter this week, and look toward Tuesday, when Americans will go to the polls to elect a new President, as well as to determine the make-up of both Houses of Congress, I can't help reflecting on the importance of deep love and faith. Our nation is deeply divided. People have passionate feelings about the state of this country and about who should lead it. On November 9, nearly half of American's citizens are going to be disappointed at the election results - some bitterly disappointed.
As Christians, how will we respond?
There has been tremendous anxiety and acrimony among us, even as church people. What will we do with that next Wednesday? My hope and prayer is that we will be the people God has called us to be - the Church - reconcilers and healers in our communities and in the world.
In an Outline of the Faith - commonly called The Catechism  - the question is asked:   What is the mission of the Church? The answer given is:   The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.  (Book of Common Prayer, p 855)
You and I are the Church, the body of Christ. The mission of the Church as stated in the Book of Common Prayer, the mission and ministry of reconciliation, is our mission. More important, the mission and ministry of reconciliation and healing is God's mission - a mission into which God has called us.
Several of our congregations are planning services of healing for the nation on Election Day and on Wednesday, November 9. I strongly encourage this. I call upon all Episcopalians in the Diocese of New Jersey to join in this prayer for our nation and its healing next Wednesday and to pray for those who are elected, whether they received your vote or not.  Most important, pray for your neighbors, especially those who are feeling frightened and disappointed about the election's outcome. 
Jesus said, "The first commandment is this: Hear, O Israel:  The Lord your God is the only Lord. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment  greater than these."  
Blessings and peace in Christ,
The Right Reverend William H. Stokes, D. D.
Bishop of New Jersey 
Prayer for an Election (BCP p. 822)
Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States (or of this community) in the election of officials and representatives;  that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for National Life (BCP  p. 820)
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and  pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend  our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Social Justice (BCP p. 823)
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Nativity Christmas Card Contest

As has become our tradition, we would love to showcase one of our fabulous congregations on this year's Diocesan Christmas Card. 

This year, we're looking for your church's 
Nativity pictures from recent years--
we would love to have a beautiful, creative, and moving image of the story of the Birth of Christ, as told in one of our amazing parishes.

Please email to Canon Jonathan Elliott at
by 5 PM on Tuesday, November 15. 

Bishop Stokes and Diocesan Staff will select an image for the card, to be sent out the first week of Advent!

The Office of Congregational Development Presents:
(note: this is the same program, offered twice)
Spanish translation offered at the November 9 program
More than ever before, church leadership is about helping congregants choose a new direction - motivating people to want to change. In this one-day workshop, pastor and motivational expert Peter Coutts will teach you about leadership as a motivational practice. It will strengthen your ability to help your congregation say "yes!" to change.

Come enrich your faith to practice your beliefs in combating racism.  

Led by Heidi J. Kim 
Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for
The Episcopal Church 
November 12, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

at St. David's, Cranbury

Come celebrate a new chapter in the life of Christ's disciples.  

November 19, 10:00am
Trinity Cathedral, Trenton


Fall Youth  Event  - MIQRA - Cancelled

This year's Fall Youth Event has been cancelled. 

Please keep an eye out for future youth events.  

March 3-4, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Princeton, NJ 

with Keynote
Becca Stevens of
Thistle Farms

Resolutions are now being accepted.


Funds Available for International Projects

The Global Goals* Matching Grant Program grant deadline is approaching!
Due November 15, 2016, these $750 grants allow pa rticipants to work with a partner organization to help
"strive for justice and peace among all people," by promoting  awareness of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.
* formerly Millennium Development Goals 
The Diocese of New Jersey
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