Online Edition - Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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From the Bishop
A Thanksgiving blessing
Dear Companions on the Journey,

You are in my prayers this holiday. I hope your celebrations are filled with love, laughter, and a really good meal! We are a beloved and much blessed people, I pray that each of us will bless one another this holiday and every day.

I offer this blessing for you and your families as you gather to celebrate.

May God be with you this Thanksgiving,
may God’s love embrace your gatherings with family and friends,
may God’s healing balm bring comfort to those suffering among you,
may God’s compassion shape our conversations and actions,
and may God’s blessing surround, fill, and carry you now and always. Amen.

Grace, peace, and Happy Thanksgiving,
Bishop Carlye Hughes
Episcopal House closed for Thanksgiving
Episcopal House is closing at 1 PM today in observance of Thanksgiving, and will re-open next Monday, November 26.

The diocesan staff wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
Stories from Around Our Diocese
A prayerful people: Verona's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
A beautiful town-wide service, including the mayor, council members, chief of police and other town leaders, took place with a passage from the Quran read in Arabic, a verse from the Torah chanted in Hebrew and a portion of St. Paul's epistle to the Corinthians read in English. Read more.
St. Paul’s, Chatham and Cross Roads host second annual day camp for children with Autism
This past August, St. Paul’s in Chatham hosted its second annual “It’s My Turn” day camp for children with autism. In a sign of the camp’s impact, last summer’s campers returned and several new campers joined the fun.

For the past two years, St. Paul’s partnered with Cross Roads Camp counselors, who adapted their day camp programing for “It’s My Turn.” Read more.
Video: Psalm 23 sung in Malayam
For Bishop Carlye Hughes's visitation to the Church of St. Paul’s and Resurrection in Wood-Ridge on Sunday, November 11, the choir sang Psalm 23 in Malayalam, one of the languages of India. Bishop Carlye recorded this video on her phone.

St. Paul’s and Resurrection is a congregation in the Diocese of Newark which follows both the Episcopal and Church of South India liturgies.
First Deacons Day with Bishop Carlye
Bishop Carlye J. Hughes joined the deacons of the Diocese of Newark on November 17, 2018 for Deacons Day at Grace Church in Madison. Our Bishop meets with all the deacons annually to spend some retreat time together and for business discussion. Read more.
L-r: Deacons Jeanette Hile, Diane Riley (Archdeacon), Ken Boccino and Deborah R. Drake; Bishop Carlye J. Hughes; Deacons Peter Jackson (Archdeacon), Jill Singleton, Lind Phillips, Lloyd Batson, Joanne O'Neill, Jacques Girard and Sheila Shuford.
In the News
Bishop Carlye J. Hughes:
OCT 24, 2018 | The Positive Community
Church of the Redeemer, Morristown:
OCT 24, 2018 |
OCT 30, 2018 | The Nation
Grace Church Van Vorst and St. Paul's Church, Jersey City:
NOV 8, 2018 |

The Rev. Tom Murphy:
NOV 20, 2018 |
Preparing for Convention
Mission Minutes 2019: Share your congregation at its best
Our 2019 Diocesan Convention is our new Bishop's first, and to help her learn more about our diverse diocese we would like to share stories from as many congregations as possible.

Therefore, I ask each congregation to send me a photo showing your congregation at its best, along with a description of what's happening in that photo. Big bonus points if the photo shows two or more congregations working together collaboratively.

The theme of Convention is Gifted - Called - Sent. This theme may provide a helpful framework for you as you write the description of what's happening in your photo. How is your congregation gifted? How did you discern a call? Where did you feel you were being sent?

Photos and descriptions must be submitted no later than Thursday, December 20 to

Other Convention deadlines
Anti-racism Training
Candidates standing for office at the Annual Diocesan Convention must complete anti-racism training. Upcoming opportunities:

Online registration is now open.

Upcoming Events
Ordination of Sharon Sheridan Hausman
to the Transitional Diaconate
The Right Reverend Carlye J. Hughes
with great joy will ordain to the
Sacred Order of Deacons

Sharon Joyce Sheridan Hausman

Your prayers and presence are requested.

Clergy: Red or festive Stoles
Laity: Red Ties, Scarves, Jackets

Diocesan Announcements
We are an Alleluia People!
As part of the diocese’s work to select recipients for the Alleluia Fund, the diocesan Alleluia Fund Committee met for a full day of applicant interviews at Episcopal House this past Saturday. Thank you to this hard-working group of volunteers! Award recipients will be announced on December 13, 2018.

The theme for this year’s Alleluia Fund’s Advent Appeal is “We are an Alleluia People,” and communication with that messaging has been mailed out to leaders, donors, and congregations in the diocese. In the packet we’ve included a 2018 Alleluia Fund brochure and letter from the Bishop in which she points out that “while the Alleluia Fund works to help our brothers and sisters in need, our financial support of the Alleluia Fund works to support us as well by giving us a tangible way to show God’s love in our own broken world.”

Please include the Alleluia Fund in your end-of-year giving. You can make a gift right now at Extra copies of the brochure are available through the diocese. Please reach out to Cynthia McChesney at
The Alleluia Fund Committee pauses during their long day on Saturday to pose for a group photo. Front row, l-r: The Rev. Ellen Kohn-Perry, Armantina Palaez, Martha Anderson, the Rev. Cathie Studwell and Sidney King. Back Row, l-r: Mark Trautman, the Rev. Debra Brewin-Wilson, Kirk Petersen, Paula Cappel, Michael Otterburn, Arnie Peinado and John King. (Not pictured: The Rev. Laurie Wurm.) JANE JUBILEE PHOTO
Diocesan deadlines
News & Events from Cross Roads
Accredited with the American Camp Association, Cross Roads is a welcoming, ecumenical camp and retreat center of our diocese and the NJ Synod of the ELCA.
Cross Roads is hiring!
Are you or a young adult you know looking for a life changing summer experience for 2019? Join the Cross Roads team for a summer of growing in your faith, helping shape the faith of others, and making unforgettable memories! The applications for multiple positions are available on the Cross Roads website.
Upcoming events at Cross Roads
Shepherds' Gathering
NOV 29 - DEC 2, 2018
The Shepherds' Gathering is a time to learn with others who work with children and youth in the church. Retreat programming starts on Friday dinner and ends Sunday after lunch.
There's still time to register. Find out more and register online.

Young Adult Retreat
JAN 4-6, 2019
Come together with your peers, ages 18-30ish, at Cross Roads for the Young Adult Retreat 2019: Renew, Resolve, Rejoice! Cross Roads is partnering with the Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy Ministry NJ to focus on the ways our faith informs our understanding of justice and peace. Find out more.

Framily Retreat
JAN 18-20, 2019
Framily Retreat - Yep, that’s right: Framily = Friends + Family! Join Cross Roads for a weekend away to experience the wonder that is winter. Find out more.
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