Online Edition - Wednesday, October 17, 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
Rejoice with me
Vlog (noun): a blog in which the postings are primarily in video form.

In her first vlog post, Bishop Carlye Hughes says, "We have found something together, and we have found something wonderful, and we will continue to find things as God guides us into ministry."

Watch her full message (time: 2:28).
Bishop Carlye at Vestry University 2018
Two weeks after her consecration, Bishop Carlye Hughes addresses attendees at her first Vestry University: "You - the lay people - are the most valuable asset in this diocese. You are the most valuable asset in the Christian church. You are the most valuable asset that God has given to the future of the church."

Watch the video (time: 14:43).
The Namaste Commission on "A Theology of Race"
By the Rev. Jerry Racioppi
If you are a member of the Diocese of Newark you have witnessed history being made with the recent Consecration of the Right Reverend Carlye J. Hughes. This marks the first female ordained as Bishop of our diocese, as well as the first African American. We, your Namaste Commission, would like to acknowledge this significant event in the life of our Church, and remind us all that there is still work to be done.

Bishop Carlye attended our October Namaste Meeting and shared her views on anti-racism work, and gave us her perspective on The Episcopal Church's emphasis on the sin of racism. Read more.
Recipients of the 8th Annual Clara Horsley Leadership Awards
By Danielle D. Baker
The Clara Horsley Leadership Award is given by the Newark Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) in loving memory of the outstanding parochial, diocesan and chapter leadership of Mrs. Clara Horsley who was a founder of the Newark Chapter of UBE.

The UBE Newark Chapter is proud to congratulate this year’s Honorees:

  • The Reverend Canon Gregory A. Jacobs – Canon to the Ordinary Diocese of Newark
  • The Venerable Christine McCloud – Archdeacon, Episcopal Diocese of Newark
  • The Reverend Lynn Collins – Regional Director, UBE Northeast Region
  • Ms. A. Lorraine Jones – President, UBE, Newark Chapter
  • Mrs. Sebrena Davis – Member, UBE Newark Chapter

YOUTH NOTES: YOUth and YOUng Adults Newsletter - October 2018
By the Rev. Sheelagh Clarke, Interim Coordinator for Youth & Young Adult Ministries
A monthly newsletter for youth and young adult ministries, with news and events for October and beyond.

National Acolyte Festival
The Rev. Melissa Hall, and the Rev. Audrey Hasslebrook, Verger Martha Boughner and eight students from St. James, Upper Montclair represented the Diocese of Newark at the National Acolyte Festival in Washington D. C. last weekend.
Senior Moments
It’s that time of year again… some things to know about Medicare
By Scott Bennett
Medicare's Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for 2019 is October 15 - December 7, 2018. The AEP is a good time to mention several things about Medicare. Read more.
Diocesan Events
Spring 2019 Confirmation Services & Retreats
Online registrations for 2019 Confirmation Services are now open. Five confirmation services will be held in 2019: on May 4 at Grace, Madison, for Districts 1, 2 and 3 and the host church only; May 5 and 11 at St. Paul's, Englewood; and May 18 and 19 at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral, Newark. Please use our 2018-2019 Planning Calendar as a guide for completing your registrations.

Questions about Confirmation Services? Contact Jane Jubilee, .

Confirmation Retreats will be held on March 23, 2019 at St. Elizabeth's, Ridgewood and April 6, 2019 at St. James, Upper Montclair.

Questions about Confirmation Retreats? Contact the Rev. Sheelagh Clarke, .
See the Community Calendar for public events hosted by our congregations and associated organizations, and find out how to submit your own events.
Cross Roads Camp News & Events
Accredited with the American Camp Association, Cross Roads is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark 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? We are seeking passionate, dedicated, fun young adults to join our summer staff next summer! Join our team for a summer of growing in your faith, helping shape the faith of others, and making unforgettable memories! Click here for applications for multiple positions.
Mini-Golf Outing 2018
SUN, OCT 21,1-4 PM
Join your South Jersey camp family for an afternoon of miniature golf for a cause! Twenty dollars per player for 18 holes of miniature golf, plus an afternoon of fellowship, food, and fun at Pleasant Valley Miniature Golf in Voorhees, NJ! Sponsorships starting at $100 are also available for churches or businesses. Click here for registration and sponsorship information.
Shepherds' Gathering
NOV 29 - DEC 2
The Shepherds' Gathering is a time of rest and reflection, fellowship and learning, with others who work with children and youth in the church. Thursday and Friday are Sabbath time: unstructured time to relax and retreat, including meals. Retreat programming starts on Friday dinner and ends on Sunday after lunch. Click here to learn more and register .
Wednesdays Away at Cross Roads
Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for our Wednesdays Away day retreats. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. we gather in the Christ Center for a time of spiritual reflection. Lunch is included with the registration fee. The next Wednesday Away is on November 7. Click here to find out more and register online.
Diocesan Announcements
Annual Enrollment for 2019
Annual Enrollment for 2019 health insurance plans began on Monday, October 15 and runs through Friday, November 2, 2018.

Two of our most heavily utilized medical plan options for this year will not be offered in 2019. For enrollees in these plans, a new plan must be chosen. Eight plans are being offered for 2019. Find out more.
Other important diocesan deadlines
Episcopal Visitations 2018-2019
As stated in the Canons of the General Convention, Canon 12, Section 3(a):

A Bishop Diocesan, Bishop Coadjutor, Bishop Suffragan, or Assistant Bishop of the Diocese shall visit the Congregations within the Diocese at least once in three years.

The Visitation schedule is posted by program year (September through June). Please follow this link to see upcoming Visitations in the 2018-2019 program year.

If your church is not scheduled for this program year, rest assured it will be scheduled at a future date within three years of your previous Visitation.
Third BCEF call of 2018: St. Paul's, Paterson
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 third BCEF call of 2018 is for critical sidewalk repair at St. Paul's Church, Paterson. Read more.
Clergy ministry transitions

  • The Rev. Paula Toland, Rector, St. Stephen's, Millburn - Nov. 25

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2018 .
News from The Episcopal Church
Matthew Shepard to be interred at Washington National Cathedral
OCT 11, 2018 | Episcopal News Service
Twenty years after the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard sparked national outrage, his ashes will be interred at Washington National Cathedral following a public service of remembrance.

Until now, Shepard’s parents had not settled on a final resting place for Shepard’s remains out of concern the site would be vandalized. Read more.
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