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of this extraordinary time

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
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From Our Bishop
For just such a time as this
“Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”
Esther 4:14b

The challenges of pandemic, protest, and economic disruption continue to shape every area of our lives. We are navigating complex and volatile circumstances involving health, work, school, and church. Some of us have grown tired. Compassion fatigue has become a common response. Some of us are confused, overwhelmed, or angry. The tension of division continues to take its toll on individuals, households, businesses, and institutions. Most of us have recognized that we are in a marathon rather than a sprint. Our journey forward requires perseverance, regular sustenance, and a continual deepening of faith.

Stories from Our Congregations
Hawthorne’s neophyte food pantry unfazed by pandemic
When Martha’s Pantry first opened at St. Clement’s, Hawthorne in November 2019, nobody came.

Now, nine months after it opened and five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's regularly feeding over 100 people – and doing it supported only by donations.

The Diocese of Newark has set up online giving to support the diocese’s food pantries. Simply visit e-giving.dioceseofnewark.org and go to Area of Greatest Need: Food Pantries (second item from the top). Donations made from Aug. 5 through Aug. 18, 2020 will go to Martha's Pantry at St. Clement's, Hawthorne.
Messiah, Chester's annual VBS adapts to COVID-19 precautions
For Summer 2020, the Church of the Messiah, Chester held an “Outside Evening Family VBCamp.” Each family had its own separate table. The kids as well as the adults all wore masks, and there was a hand washing station for activities when participants were touching things.
The Rev. Margaret Otterburn leads children in an activity at Messiah, Chester's Outside Evening Family VBCamp. DANIELLE PIETROWSKI PHOTO
In the news
Christ Church, Teaneck:
JUL 27, 2020 | NorthJersey.com
Don't let your congregation's story go untold!
Submit items for consideration for the Aug. 19 issue of The VOICE Online by 10 AM Friday, Aug. 14 at dioceseofnewark.org/VOICE-submissions.
Upcoming Events
"Just in Time" Stewardship Workshop is this Saturday!
SAT, AUG 8, 8:45 AM - 12 PM
Brought to you by the Stewardship Teaching Team of the Bishop's Office, this online workshop will cover a host of timely topics, broken out in three consecutive sessions. Participants can attend from 8:45 AM through 12 noon or "drop in" for the individual sessions.

Summer Regional Zoom calls on August 20 and 27
The Summer Regional Ministry Network Zoom meetings will resume on August 20 and 27, featuring Dr. Dan Hale, Special Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Hale takes a personal and professional look at mental health topics, depression in particular, and offers insight for those who “…suffer from depression themselves, deal with it as health professionals or faith leaders, live with others who have it, or know others who do.” In other words, all of us.

Find out more, including when and how to attend.
Diocesan Announcements & Resources
Watch our recent ordinations online
On Saturday morning, July 25, Bishop Hughes ordained the Rev. Jill Williams to the Priesthood at St. Paul's, Englewood.

To download the bulletin, click here. (Note: Due to technical difficulties, the recording of the service begins at the sermon.)
Then on Wednesday evening, July 29, Bishop Hughes ordained the Rev. Deacon Sun-Hwan Spriggs and the Rev. Deacon Virginia Whatley to the Vocational Diaconate at St. George's, Maplewood.

To download the bulletin, click here.
Clergy ministry transitions
  • The Rev. Archie Palmer, Interim Priest-in-Charge, Annunciation, Oradell - JUL 26

  • The Rev. Michael Allen, Rector, Trinity, Allendale - SEP 1
  • The Rev. Deacon Sun-Hwan Spriggs, Deacon, St. George's, Maplewood - AUG 9
Click here for all clergy ministry transitions in 2020.
On the COVID-19 Information page
Please send changes to Nina Nicholson at [email protected].
Updates received after 4 PM Friday will be posted the following week.
A holy place in virtual space for mourning and memory.
Prayers can be sent to Canon Wright at [email protected] for posting.
Please include the name and town of your church.
COVID Creations Project: Share your pandemic experiences
Telling the stories of our time in pandemic helps us process what we are experiencing, gives us insight into what we have lost and learned, and creates a record before our memories of these intense days fade.

Share your photos, poetry or brief reflections with the COVID Creations Project by sending them to [email protected]. We will combine words with images and share these creations in The VOICE Online and on diocesan social media.
Coming soon: Mental Health “Warm Line” resources for clergy
Episcopal Mental and Spiritual Health Crisis Ministry (EMSHCM) is a body comprised of lay and ordained Episcopalians in the Dioceses of Newark and New Jersey. EMSHCM is in the final stages of developing a “warm line” for clergy to talk to licensed mental health practitioners, free of charge. The “warm line” is different than a hotline in that it will feature specific hours during the week where the phone line is staffed. Engagement will be limited to one or two sessions with the goal of a referral to outside resources. Please stay tuned for more information about this important resource.
Happening at Cross Roads
Camp at Camp in August
The Cross Roads cabin facilities are open and available for families to rent! Make memories while enjoying nature, playing outside together after much time indoors, and taking some time to disconnect and breathe fresh air again. Click here to register and inquire about availability.
Order Now: Camp Boxes
Since Cross Roads can’t bring you to camp this summer, they’re bringing camp to you! Inside each camp box campers will receive materials to try many different camp activities, including crafts, nature and science activities, cooking recipes, Bible studies, and more. With the purchase of a camp box, you will also have access to several exclusive Camp at Home videos to guide you through the activities. Order yours today.
Fall Women's Retreat
Join together on Zoom this fall for the annual Cross Roads Women's Retreat! There are four dates from which to choose: 9/26, 9/27, 10/10, or 10/11. Each retreat will be led by Dale Selover and Laurie Matarazzo with the same program, focused on "The Way of Love." Learn more about this retreat here.
Camp Store: ONLINE!
Items from the Cross Roads Camp Store are now available for purchase online, including two limited-edition t-shirts for Summer 2020. Check out all the merchandise and place an order today.
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