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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 10
Trinity Cathedral Community Day
Mercer Oaks Golf Course, West Windsor

October 12
Safe Church Training
Diocesan House Trenton

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
October 29

Safe Church Training Workshop
St. Luke's, Gladstone

Upcoming Youth Events:

November 11-13
Fall Youth Event: MIQRA
Camp Lebanon 

Nov 29 - Dec 8

South Africa Pilgrimage for Young Adults
December 16-17
Stop Hunger Now! Lock In
Trinity Cathedral
Upcoming Congregational Events
October 7th
St. John the Baptist
St. Uriel's
Sea Girt 
St. Mary's
Haddon Heights
October 9th
Gordon Turk Recital
Church of the Advent
Cape May
Christ Church
Somers Point
St George by the River
October 10th
St. Martins-in-the-Fields
October 10th
Skeptics & Suds
St. George by the River
October 12th
St. James'
October 16th
Men's Day
St. Augustine's 
Asbury Park
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'
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October 7, 2016
From the Canon Missioner for Black Ministries

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,

In the recent past, several of our Black congregations were without clergy leadership, which significantly contributed to struggles related to periods of obvious decline. Since then, only three of our churches remain, for the time being, without fixed clergy leadership. In the meantime, work is in progress to assist these congregations in discovering a way forward, identifying leadership, and preparing them for viable ministry, with an optimistic future in faith. All of our Black congregations are partnering well with their new clergy and moving forward with their respective missions in the communities in which they exist. Consequently, there is renewed energy, with excitement among our disciples, who are eager to do the work required to maintain both the relevance and vibrancy of all our faith communities.

One area of focus has been the proactive exercise of recruiting persons of African descent for discernment, in the journey toward ordination. Currently, there are six persons in some stage of the process, whether as aspirants, postulants, or candidates for ordination. With the prevailing excitement among us, there is the potential for several others discerning a call to ordained leadership in the foreseeable future. In this regard, our churches are being encouraged to begin the engagement of our disciples in the pews, for consideration of sacred ministry. Such an undertaking will provide the means to succession planning, for necessary clergy leadership in our congregations.

As a result of temporary challenges being faced regarding membership decline and by extension financial limitations, a couple of our churches are pursuing mission status. These churches are not being prepared for closure. Through the financial assistance of mission based funding, congregations assuming such status are given an opportunity, for a period of three years, along with clergy leadership, to rebound and revert to a state of independence. Our Diocese, as well as our denomination possess a long history of such occurrences.

Consequently, the task for us, is aggressively to pursue the mission of God in our neighborhoods, and structurally regain the role of the Church in meeting the needs of God's people. A significant portion of this goal needs to be achieved through the faithful practice of stewardship. Our churches will not be effective in the pursuit of mission if the disciples are not financially committed to the cause. We all have a responsibility to give from our assets, for the spread of the Gospel.

On another note, with unwavering attentiveness to our life and witness as people of God in the Diocese of New Jersey, the Commission on Black Ministries, the Black Clergy Caucus, the Union of Black Episcopalians, and the Anti-Racism Commission, continue to uphold the endeavor of advocating for inclusivity. The struggle continues for full inclusion and participation of God's people of Color in all aspects of our witness, as disciples of Jesus. Regular and intentional deliberations on this front are ongoing, as we seek to ensure that we are all faithful to the Gospel of Christ. I kindly thank you.
The Reverend Dr. Brian Jemmott
Canon Missioner for Black Ministries

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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

Prayers for Pets 

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals. In recognition of his feast, many congregations feature services of blessing of the animals.
Here is a list of nearly 40 places around the diocese where your pet may be blessed. Let us know  if you should be added!
Send us your favorite picture from your pet blessings! 

Adults Who Work with Youth 
Transgender Youth and Youth Adults 
October 19, 6:30pm 
 at Diocesan House, Trenton
As the acknowledgement and acceptance of transgendered persons in our church and the wider world has become more of a reality, how we approach issues that may arise from this full inclusion are at the forefront. 

All those who work with youth and young adults are strongly encouraged to attend this  Adults Who Work with Youth session on October 19 to get to know each other and collaborate on ways to ensure the safe participation of all Youth and Young Adults, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. 

The session will be led by The Rev. Kristen Foley, Vicar-in- Charge of St. James, Edison and Chair of the Diocesan LGBTQ Commission. 

To register contact by email The Rev. Canon Debi Clarke, Deacon or phone  609 394-5281, ext. 36 by October 12. 

The Office of Congregational Development Presents:

  Join Mike Wagner, an expert in leadership development. As part of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we can't stay still.
During this daylong workshop, you'll learn how your church can reclaim what organizational experts call "the bias to action" - living into new life and effectiveness. Spanish translation will be available.
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.

The  Soles for the Harvest 5K Run/Walk began in 2012 as a joint venture of St. James and St. Matthias Episcopal Churches. The 2014 consolidation of these parishes into Holy Apostles, Yardville created a corps of dedicated volunteers that sustained this event through 2015.
During these four years, proceeds from more than 100 runners, walkers, and co-sponsors per year raised more than $41,000 to benefit a variety of charitable and social justice programs.

Now a Diocesan Jubilee Office event, The DJO All-Volunteer Staff would like to thank Fr. Art Powell, Kristine Byrnes, and the many volunteers for the opportunity to continue this tradition of service in Christ, for our brothers and sisters throughout the diocese. 

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.

Register now!

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 October 31, 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 
A series of Faith Based Human Trafficking Round Tables
are being held  around the state.  
As part of the diocesan initiative to combat human trafficking, we invite you to learn more about what is being done in New Jersey and throughout the country.

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