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Ministry Institute

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

October 15
Safe Church Training
St. Luke's, Metuchen

October 15
Get Your Congregation Un-Stuck!
Trinity Cathedral

October 16
Sermon: Discovering Your God-Given Gifts for Service
Holy Trinity
South River

October 20-21 
Diocesan House

October 22 
St. David's, Cranbury

October 24-26
Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Galloway
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

November 26
CANCELLED Mass Incarceration: The Impact of Criminalizing Mental Illness 
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
October 15th
Music Open House
St. Matthew's 
October 16th
Men's Day
St. Augustine's 
Asbury Park
October 16th
Welcoming of Priest-in-Charge
St. Mark and All Saints'
October 15th
October 15th
St. David's
October 20th
St. Francis'
October 21-22nd
St. Augustine's
Asbury Park  
October 21st
St. Alban's
New Brunswick
October 22nd
Christ Church
New Brunswick
October 22nd
St. Stephen's
October 22nd
St. James'
October 22nd
Holy Trinity
October 23rd
All Saints'
October 23rd
October 23rd
Choral Evensong
St. Luke's
October 25th
Supper with All Saints'
All Saints'
Bay Head
November 5th
November 5th
Fall Fair
November 5th
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October 14, 2016
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

'You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.' - Matthew 5:43-45

This has been the ugliest presidential election campaign I have witnessed in my life. In large part, this is because our country is deeply divided and highly polarized. There is enormous frustration across the nation from people who feel powerless, who feel they have no voice and who feel that our present system is not addressing their basic needs - jobs, health care, education, economic security, national security. I can't help thinking of Abraham Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs and recognizing that many Americans feel these basic needs are not being satisfied at all, or that they are under threat. When basic needs are threatened, the response of human beings is often primal. The presidential candidates of the two main parties have fueled this primal response with fear-mongering and with base characterizations of each other and each other's followers. Because the stakes are high and emotions are strong, it is easy for all of us to be seduced into this bitterness and anger. I know I struggle with how to respond appropriately. I am willing to bet many of you do too.

Among my greatest concerns is for us as a nation on November 9, 2016 when, in all likelihood, we will know who the next President is. We will know who holds majorities in each of the Houses of Congress. There will be winners and losers. That's the nature of our system. What will our response be as citizens of this country? How will we channel the bitterness and anger that so many are feeling? There is, I believe, real cause for concern. There are strong indicators that the hostility and anger many are feeling will not go away. What are the implications of this for us as Americans?

As part of the "Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement," as our Presiding Bishop likes to describe us, we have an important witness to make during and after this campaign season. The Episcopal Election Toolkit produced by our Episcopal Public Policy Network includes great information for active church participation in the election. It also includes some wise words about civility. 

How can Episcopalians infuse and demonstrate civility in this election? And how can we foster civil and constructive dialogue within our own communities? For Episcopalians, civility is rooted in our Baptismal Covenant to "respect the dignity of every human being." Our faith calls us to see Christ in all people, and our words, actions, and messages in the public square must honor that conviction. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says that we, as members of the Jesus Movement, are called "to go into the world to share the good news of God and Jesus Christ, to go into the world and help to be agents and instruments of God's reconciliation." We are called to be witnesses in the public square, to speak with courage and strength for the healing of the whole body of Christ. Our actions and words must be rooted in the good news of God. In this election season, people of faith can lead by calling for and participating in civil dialogue and respectful listening. (Episcopal Election Toolkit, p. 6). 

Civility in this election season calls for us to exercise Christian discipline. Discipline shares a root with the word "Disciple." It takes work. No one promised that this Christian living would be easy. It's not.
I am praying for the health and unity of our nation. I hope you are too.
Blessings and peace,


The Rt. Rev. William Stokes
XII Bishop of New Jersey
A Prayer for our Country (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.

Jubilee Spotlight

St. Peter's Church, Perth Amboy
This Ministry Center is comprised of St. Peter's Food Pantry that partners with the WECARE Perth Amboy Coalition of Food Pantries due to the growing hunger crises caused by an economy that continues to struggle. Additional ministries include:

  • Peter's Garden, a community garden that furnishes fresh fruit and vegetables distributed at the food pantry and;
  • Thanksgiving Meals which are distributed to pantry clients.
  • The Angel Tree program, where members of the parish provides gifts to children whose families come to the pantry at Christmas.

Discover the social justice work being done by St. Peter's, see photos, and learn more about Jubilee Ministries! 


Good News stories and more!

Congratulations to St. George's by the River, Rumson

For winning the 12th annual Trinity Cathedral Community Golf Outing Bishop's Cup at Mercer Oaks 
on Monday October 10th. 

Why Project Resource?

A nnual Giving
M ajor Gifts
P lanned Giving

Who doesn't need help with that? 

Project Resource is a comprehensive, cutting-edge, culture-changing curriculum for holistic financial development facilitated by trained mentors to be customized within your congregation's context.
Upcoming Opportunities
A week with The Rev. Canon Charles LaFond 
Developer of the Project Resource Curriculum

Train the Trainers - Thurs. & Fri., Oct. 20 th & 21 st 
For Those With a Deeper Interest in Helping Others Develop Healthy Approaches to Resourcing Mission!

Parish Empowerment Day - Saturday, Oct. 22nd
Open To All - Clergy & Lay; Come Learn Project Resource From The Source! 

Clergy Conference - Monday, Oct. 24 th - Wed., Oct. 26 th 
An Opportunity for Clergy to Deepen Their Engagement in the Ministry of Resourcing Mission
For more information contact: 
Thalia Mingo & Kirk Bonamici, Project Resource Team Leaders 
Canon Phyllis Jones, Diocesan CFO

The Office of Congregational Development Presents:

Leading Change Effectively: The Power of Motivation

(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.

Employee Benefits 
October 29, 9am-12pm
Trinity Church, Princeton 

Learn about major health care changes. 

Clergy and Lay Leaders/Employees encouraged to attend!

Medical Benefits
Health Plan Options
Vital Dates and Deadlines
Clergy Compensation 

RSVP by October 27

October 22, 2016
Join walkers and runners for the fifth annual Soles for the Harvest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. The loop course starts at the Cream Ridge Winery, and winds past horse farms and through historic Walnford Park in scenic Cream Ridge, N.J.  Race timing provided.

NEW THIS YEAR - All race proceeds will benefit church-supported feeding programs and food pantries across the Diocese of New Jersey.
ALSO NEW - 100% of the funds you raise will go to the beneficiary agency OF YOUR CHOICE.


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

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
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618