In This Edition
Upcoming Diocesan Offerings
September 16
Way of St. Paul Kick-off
Holy Trinity
South River

September 16
Grow your Network for Justice
Crossroads Camp 

Holy Innocents,
Beach Haven

Seeking Deacons
Grace-St. Paul
Trinity Cathedral

September 30   
Safe Church Training
Resurrection, Bridgeton
September 30 
Safe Church Training
St. David's, Cranbury
October 7
Special Convention
Trinity Cathedral 
Upcoming DoCC Discussions 
Bishop's Forums

Spanish Language
North Both orders
Aug 26 10 am - 12 pm
San Jose, Elizabeth

Days of Discernment at Trinity Cathedral
Register now!
Clergy Sep 12 10am-3p
Laity Sep 9 10am-3 pm

(Locations TBD - both clergy and laity meet together)
Sept 13 6-9 pm  
Sept 18  6-9 pm 
Sept 19  6-9 pm 
Sept 20  6-9 pm 
Special Convention
October 7
Trinity Cathedral 
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Upcoming Congregational Events
August 26
Trinity Church

St. Thomas

Somerset County Courthouse

Bay Head

September 1
Trinity Church

September 7
St. John's

Christ Church

September 9
St. David's

September 10
Holy Spirit

St James'

St. Bartholomew's
Cherry Hill

St. James'
St. Luke's

September 16
St. Luke's

September 23
St. James'

September 23
via St. Mary's
Stone Harbor

Riverview Pavilion

September 24
Community of St. John the Baptist

September 30
St. Luke's

October 21
Grace - St. Paul

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St. Thomas', Glassboro is looking to buy used copies of LEVAS II. 
Several frontals and superfrontals, processional crosses, chalices, patens, cruets, pascal candles, and a variety of stoles, chasubles, and other vestments are
on offer in Diocesan House. For more information contact Assistant Archivist

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August 25, 2017
From the Bishop

Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey, 

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease
Genesis 8:22
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over. I love summer. There is a special feel and energy to the summer, particularly here in the northeast. In some places it is difficult to discern the passing of the seasons; but not here, not in New Jersey; and especially not on the Jersey Shore in summer. 

During my four years in the diocese, I have made it a point to get to the shore chapels and churches during the summer months. They are "in season." We have eight seasonal chapels in the diocese: St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea, Allenhurst; St. John's-by-the-Sea, Avalon; St. John's, Avon-by-the-Sea; St. Peter's-by-the-Sea, Cape May Point; Church of the Redeemer, Longport; St. Simon-by-the-Sea, Mantaloking; St. Elisabeth's Chapel-by-the-Sea, Ortley Beach and Holy Trinity, Spring Lake. We also have year-round congregations up and down the Jersey Shore, from Keansburg to Cape May. Many of them are strong, vibrant congregations enriching the life and faith of those who both visit the shore in season and those who live at the shore through the year.

Last Sunday, I was at  St. Peter's-by-the-Light, Barnegat Light. I had the great privilege of being with Fr. Don Turner and his wife Candy, who are gracious and hospitable. Diocese of New Jersey stalwart and Bishop's Cross honoree Chuck Perfater is a faithful seasonal member at St. Peter's. It was a joy to see him while I was there. I dedicated their new sacristy, organ alcove and three beautiful new stained glass windows - the generous gift of Congressman Tom MacArthur and his wife Debbie who, though they were traveling that week, are faithful members. Afterwards, the people of St. Peter's hosted a wonderful potluck lunch. 

On August 13, I drove down to St. Peter's, Cape May Point, the "gingerbread church." My timing was great. The gospel reading was Peter walking on the water with Jesus in Matthew 14. Talk about an easy preaching week! Between services, I sat out by the water and had a cup of coffee with some of the seasonal members at an outdoor sandwich place. It was a nice change of pace to relax with them and enjoy the ocean breeze. 

The week before that, on the Feast of the Transfiguration, I was at Holy Trinity, Spring Lake, where Barbara Crafton has been serving during the summer months. Like so many of our seasonal chapels, Holy Trinity is beautiful and has been supported by several families for generations. Following the service, light refreshments were served on the lawn. I was reminded by Mother Crafton that Holy Trinity also sponsors a Christmas Carol sing each winter that is well-loved and well-attended. Last year, she even offered a Christmas Eve service. 

On July 23, I felt enormously blessed to dedicate  St. Elisabeths-by-the-Sea's new sanctuary . Senior Warden, Dennis Bellars and the leadership worked hard to bring this about ever since Superstorm Sandy washed the previous sanctuary into the sea.   

When I was a teenager, my twin brother and I spent five August summers with my father, step-mother and half-sister at Bay Head in a rented house. Some of my fondest memories are of my summers in Bay Head. There were long days on the beach, body-surfing from dawn until dusk; evenings playing board games. My brother and I rode our bicycles everywhere. 

My dad was very active at St. Luke's, Forest Hills, New York where he lived. He had grown up in that church. He returned to Forest Hills and St. Luke's after his service in the Navy during World War II and after he attended Middlebury College. He attended regularly, rarely missing a week. He sang in the choir, served on the vestry, and participated in the Singles and Doubles Club, a monthly gathering for adults, which he always called "singles and dingles."
In the summer, however, we didn't attend church. I guess, with many others, my dad thought God was on vacation, or perhaps he thought God needed a vacation from him. The house we rented wasn't far from All Saints', Bay Head. I remember that church distinctly. I also have vivid memories of riding my bike on summer Sundays and hearing hymns pouring out from the church. They were always "chestnuts" - Holy, Holy, Holy; The Church is One Foundation. I would stop and listen, feeling an urge to go in. Sadly, I never did. Still, I would ride away singing those hymns in my head. They reminded me that God wasn't on vacation at all. God was present, watchful, loving.
I'm grateful for the witness of All Saints', Bay Head, of all our shore churches and summer chapels. This Sunday, I'll be at St. John's-by-the-Sea, Avalon with Fr. Matt Tucker, rector of Christ Church, Bordentown, and his wife Doane. I'm looking forward to being there. 

Summer on the Jersey Shore is special. God is good. God is good all the time!

Blessings and Peace,

The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey
Add Your Voice to A Powerful Anti-Racism Video
The Anti-Racism Commission is presenting an Interfaith Prayer Vigil on September 5 on the steps of the State House in Trenton, in response to the events in Charlottesville,VA. Look for more on this vital gathering next week. 

Voices from throughout the diocese are coming together in production of a video to clearly make it known that hate has no home here. We'd love your participation.

All you need is five minutes of time and a phone or other advice capable of recording a video "selfie."

Click here for the script and a question we'd like you to answer.

When complete, email your video to or text it to 609.937.3357.

The deadline is Tuesday night, August 29, at midnight.

All are welcome, and the more videos we receive, the stronger the message--please tell your friends, family, and fellow parishioners!

Please take this opportunity to stand with us against white nationalism, white supremacy, and hate, and be a part of building the beloved community. 
Prayers for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey
The prayers of all of those in the diocese are requested for the many in the Texas Gulf Coast who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Compassionate God, Draw near to us in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen

Good News stories and more!
Doane Academy Open House

Battle For Justice Campaign 

Our Mission Is to Raise Awareness about Hunger and Do Something About It!

Battle Against Hunger Bike Tour
September 8-10, 2017
We continue to celebrate a significant milestone with our exciting partnership between the Battle Against Hunger (BAH) Tour and the Diocese of New Jersey Jubilee Office.

Soles for the Harvest 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
November 4, 2017
Veterans Park - Hamilton, NJ
REGISTER NOW and learn more!
In 2016, Soles for the Harvest 5K Run/Walk became a Diocesan Jubilee Event. Last year we raised $10,979.08.

Your congregation does NOT need to be a Jubilee site to participate. 

Contact Diocesan Jubilee Officer, Canon Clara Gregory, for more information. 
A Retreat for Women of the Diocese
Holy Innocents, Beach Haven

 Enjoy a day by the beach with other women of the diocese while discovering new ways to enrich your prayer life. Experienced retreat leader Canon Connie White will lead the journey through journaling, contemplation, walking a labyrinth, and using Anglican prayer beads. Those who have previously experienced White's retreats will find new additions and fresh perspectives.  
Register online at  or call the diocesan office at  609-394-5281 .

Global Goals Matching Grants

As you think about 
your fall programming, remember that a Diocesan Matching Grant can double the amount you fund raise for international projects (up to $750)!  Applications are reviewed as they are received; the final deadline for this cycle is November 1, 2017.  For more information and an application,
please click 
here .
The Diocese of New Jersey
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