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October 22-24
Icon Writing Retreat 
Community of
St. John the Baptist
October 24
Country Line Dancing 
St. Francis'
October 24 - 25
Fall Rummage Sale 
October 25
Fall Music Concert 
Church of the Holy Spirit
October 25
Soles for the Harvest 5K and Fun Run
Cream Ridge 
October 25  
Teresa Walters Concert
St. Andrew's
October 25
Fall Harvest Dance
St. Stephen's
Mullica Hill 
October 25
Dine Around the World
Trinity Church
October 25 - 26
Women's Retreat
St. Peter's
Perth Amboy  
November 1
Fall Scrap-a-Rama
St. David's Church
November 2 
Dr. WHO-Charist
Grace-St. Paul's
November 2 
All Souls' Eucharist
St. Matthew's
Oct 26 - Nov 2
Mountain Art Show 
November 4
Ham and Oyster Supper
St. Thomas
November 8
Craft Fair
St. Andrew's
Mount Holly 
November 9
Classical Candlelight Concert
All Saints'
November 9
WWI Commemoration
November 14
Designer Bag Bingo  
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights 
November 15
300 Year Anniversary Banquet Celebration 
November 16
Historic Organ Recital and Wine Reception 
St. Luke's
November 22
Holiday Fair  
St. Luke
November 22
Mistletoe Mart 
St. Mark and All Saints'
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Episcopal Links of the Week

10 Ways Church Leaders Deal with Brutal Facts  


In a recent article, Dr. Chuck Lawless outlines a provocative series of hard truths in modern churches...and guiding questions that might lead into brighter futures. 

Civil Discourse Forum Video Now Available


The Episcopal Church has released a free video of the recent webcast "Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good." This video features a keynote from The Presiding Bishop and two panel discussions with experts; discussion guidelines are also available at the above link. 

The Eucharist in Ancient House Churches 


Ancient Faith has published a fascinating piece on how house churches developed Eucharistic services in the first century, complete with maps and diagrams of how services worked. It's a thoughtful and interesting article on the origins of a sacred ritual. 

October 24, 2014 

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

With many, I have been concerned about the devastation of the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa. Now, there is a reported case in New York, the fourth reported case in this country. More than 4,500 people have died since this current outbreak began. In August, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak a "public health emergency of international concern." In announcing this declaration, World Health Organization Director Dr. Margaret Chang stated, "Countries affected to date simply do not have the capacity to manage an outbreak of this size and complexity on their own." She urged the international community "to provide this support on the most urgent basis possible."


Celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, Episcopal Relief and Development has been an important part of the international response. Since the current Ebola outbreak, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working with the Anglican Diocese of Bo in Sierra Leone and the Episcopal Church of Liberia. Through its local partners, the organization is supporting awareness-raising efforts and providing food supplies in addition to personal protection equipment and disinfectants to under-resourced hospitals and clinics in the affected areas. 


For information about this effort, please visit:


Episcopal Relief and Development provides Episcopalians with an avenue to respond to humanitarian crises in a constructive and meaningful way. It allows us to give concrete expression to our faith as well as to our participation in the wider Anglican Communion.  I urge all the people of the Diocese of New Jersey to support the work of ERD in the fight against Ebola. 


Over the next year, we in the Diocese of New Jersey will be making a major effort to raise $150,000 to help Episcopal Relief and Development observe its 75th Anniversary. I hope all the parishes, mission and people of the Diocese will support this effort. You will be receiving more information about this effort over the next several months. I am grateful to Fr. Frank Hubbard who is leading our efforts.

I have been asked about our local response to the Ebola outbreak and how this might impact our own worship practices. While the appearance of Ebola in this country is a serious matter, I do not believe extraordinary actions are called for at this time in church. Prudent steps can be taken, such as the regular use of alcohol-based hand cleansers in church and providing them, perhaps in the pews for after the exchange of the Peace and for use by those administering communion before and after communion.  Given that we are in the midst of flu season, these steps make sense anyway. In addition, for the comfort of some who may be particularly concerned about Ebola or flu, churches may wish to designate a specific "intinction" cup for the administration of the wine. If so, the cup so designated should be used exclusively for this purpose. We at Diocesan House will continue to monitor the Ebola story and make further recommendations should they be called for.  


For now, we should pray for those affected by Ebola, and those throughout the world who struggle with many health and sanitation challenges. We should also support Episcopal Relief and Development as it continues to make a real and positive difference in the world.


Blessings and peace, 



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

Good News Stories and More

Soles for the Harvest 5k on October 25  stock image shoes for 5k

Join us for the third annual Soles for the Harvest 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday--here's event organizer Kris Byrnes' top 5 reasons to participate and cheer on our runners!


Meet Our New Associate 

Disaster Recovery Coordinator


We're thrilled to welcome Esther Valentin to our staff. Click here to learn more about Esther, and the important work she'll be undertaking in the Diocese of New Jersey and Newark. 


Fall Youth Event 2014 

The Wall of History: Telling Our Story

November 14-16

Register by: November 10, 11:59 PM
$75 per person (includes lodging, meals and program)
Open to all youth in grades 6-12 and their adult sponsors
Presented by Diocesan Youth Council in partnership with the Anti-Racism Commission

This powerful two-and-a-half-day program explores systemic racial conflicts in our culture in an effort to bring everyone to the table in conversation and communion  to take steps to understand and solve these problems. Attendees will create a Wall of History, journeying back through generations of racial prejudices and perceptions. This exercise will use historical context and dialogue to foster understanding and connections between participants in order to make a difference as we move together into a better future.  

Ministry Institute Events in October


Every week, we'll be listing upcoming Ministry Institute events here; click here for the full listing

A Support Group For Older Adults

Wednesday Afternoons
St. Mary's Church
Haddon Heights   


October 25
Church of the Merciful Savior
Penns Grove

November 8
The Evergreens

November 8
Church of the Holy Spirit

November 8
St. Martin's

November 8-9
All Saints' Church

November 14-16
Camp Lebanon
Lebanon, NJ

Building the Beloved Community: Undoing Racism
November 20-22
St. Luke's

December 2
Trinity Cathedral

Adults Who Work with Youth: Diane Caruso
December 3
Diocesan House
The Diocese of New Jersey
(609) 394-5281
808 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08618

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