Online Edition - Wednesday, December 5, 2018
News, events and features of interest to members and friends of the
Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Episcopal Church in northern New Jersey.

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From the Bishop
On Bishop Carlye's Vlog:
Invite someone!
As we enter into the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany and celebrate them in community, Bishop Carlye encourages us to invite someone to join us.

Watch her full message (time: 2:52).
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Stories from Around Our Diocese
Good Shepherd honors Fort Lee's first responders
On Sunday, November 18, Church of the Good Shepherd in Fort lee hosted a special service and brunch to honor Fort Lee's first responders: the Police Department, the Ambulance Corps and the Fire Department. In the photos, the Rev. Stephen C. Galleher, one of the regular supply priests at Good Shepherd, gives Communion to first responders.
St. Michael's, Wayne brings Going Local practices to small groups
In October, St. Michael’s began a nine-week study of the Nine Fruits of the Spirit using the core practices of our diocesan Going Local journey, which lead us to listen to God, one another and join God in our neighborhoods. Read more.
North Porch comes to Jersey City
On November 29, North Porch Women & Infants' Centers opened a new satellite at Triangle Park Community Center.

Opened in 2017 by the Episcopal churches in Jersey City - St. Paul's in Bergen and Grace Van Vorst - the purpose of Triangle Park Community Center is to restore a missing sense of community by providing events, programs and needed services in their neighborhood.

The first North Porch center was incorporated in 1984 in Newark by the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Newark. North Porch now has six centers and satellites around northern New Jersey providing critical supplies for babies and toddlers in need.
Holy Trinity food pantry supported by school food drive
The food pantry at Holy Trinity, West Orange received one of its largest school donations ever from a Thanksgiving food drive held by students of the Forum School in Waldwick NJ, a private school for children with autism and other special needs.

The students collected 1411 food items, $160 in gift cards and $627.50 in cash. The Rev. Dr. Miguel Hernandez, priest-in-charge, was on hand to receive the donations and is pictured with the students, staff and the Rev. Liz Golub, former priest-in-charge at Holy Trinity and the school nurse at Forum.

According to the food pantry's director, Cynthia Cumming, they expect to provide food to about 600 to 700 people during November and December.
YOUTH NOTES: YOUth and YOUng Adults Newsletter - November 2018
A monthly newsletter for youth and young adult ministries. Read the issue.
Sharing the dream of God: Clergy as local theologians nurturing god's mission and more
Right on the heels of the October Clergy Conference, 20 clergy representing three generations of clergy cohorts came together for two days at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center, to take a deep dive into some new material and rekindle commitment to the missional journey and their fellow clergy in their cohorts. Read more.
In the News
Church of the Atonement, Tenafly:
NOV 25, 2018 |
Convention 2019
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, each congregation is asked to submit 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. Photos and descriptions must be submitted no later than Thursday, December 20. Find out more .
Other Convention deadlines
Registration/Certification of Deputies Form - MON, DEC 10
Paper copy, signed and dated, and including preliminary dinner guest count
Anti-racism Training
Candidates standing for office at Convention must complete anti-racism training. Upcoming opportunities:

Online registration is now open.

Pre-Convention meetings
Three traditional Pre-Convention Meetings will be held for deputies in January 2019:


These in-person meetings will be supplemented by online presentations and reports which deputies can access at their convenience. Included will be an online budget presentation with a mechanism for asking questions, as well as any other necessary presentations, with all printed materials available for download from the diocesan website. Instructions for accessing the online presentations and reports will be announced at a later date.

While attendance by deputies is not mandatory, these forums are provided with deputies in mind, to assist in preparing for the actual Convention. Pre-Convention packets will be mailed by the end of December 2018.
Upcoming Events
Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate:
Sharon Sheridan Hausman
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

Cross Roads Events
Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of our diocese and the NJ Synod of the ELCA. Find out more.

JAN 4-6, 2019

JAN 18-20, 2019
Community Calendar
See the Community Calendar for other public events hosted by our congregations and associated organizations, and find out how to submit your own events.
Diocesan Announcements
A Matter of Faith with a Bishop, an Imam and a Rabbi:
The Power of Words
During the past few elections, the rhetoric coming from many of our leaders has become more and more divisive. Is this the new normal?

In a new episode of A Matter of Faith with a Bishop, and Imam and a Rabbi, premiering today, Dec. 5 at 8:30 PM on NJTV, retired Bishop Mark Beckwith and his interfaith colleagues Imam W. Deen Shareef and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz join with several guests to discuss the power of words. Find out more.
Fourth BCEF Call of 2018:
St. Paul's, Jersey City
The Bishop’s Church Emergency Fund (BCEF) provides financial support for church buildings in the diocese needing repairs and renovation, usually with a special focus on emergency and unforeseen needs. Through the BCEF, you can support the critical needs identified by the Bishop.

The fourth BCEF call of 2018 is for piping repairs and asbestos remediation at St. Paul's Church in Bergen, Jersey City. Find out more.
Advent email meditations
The daily Advent email meditations that have been so meaningful to folks in the past have returned this Advent. Click here to subscribe, or manage your existing subscription.
Diocesan deadlines
The VOICE Online is published on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays September through May,
and on the 3rd Wednesdays only in June, July and August.
The deadline to submit items for consideration is one week prior to publication.
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