July 12, 2023

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From Canon Clark

Choosing God's restFULness over the world's restLESSness

Canon Clark says that "Sabbath rest starts to disconnect us from the anxiety of the world, and open our hearts to turn more fully towards God. And when we turn more fully towards God out of this place of restfulness, we can be grateful, and we can seek and find the things that give us true joy, the things that God has made us for." (Time: 5:52; read the transcript.)

Canon Clark: Choosing God's restFULness over the world's restLESSness

Summer of Sabbath: Suggested reading

As Canon Clark mentioned in her message above, Bishop Hughes has recommended three books for your summer reading – simple, easy reads that can help you think about your spiritual life. Find out more.

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Diocesan Events

Webinar series offered in partnership with TENS

Register today for these upcoming live Zoom webinars brought to you in partnership with TENS: The Episcopal Network for Stewardship. Featuring TENS’ Executive Director Davey Gerhardt, each webinar will include a 60 minute learning presentation followed by at least 30 minutes of discussion. Don’t miss out on these live webinars and get a head start on your fall pledge campaign!

Each webinar is free, BUT YOU MUST REGISTER! Click on the webinar title to find out more and register online.

You can also watch the recordings of the first two TENS webinars:

Questions? Reach out to Cynthia McChesney Missioner for Stewardship and Legacy Giving at [email protected].

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Making the Case! Designing for Impact


Your stewardship materials tell the story of your congregation and showcase your values. Does your parish brochure have pictures of kids who have since graduated college? It’s time to update your printed and online stewardship materials.

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Creating a Culture of Generosity

THU, AUG 24, 7 PM

Generosity and Gratitude are learned practices which need to be cultivated and nurtured. Learn best practices to deepen your stewardship theology and help your members connect their money with their meaning.

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Promoting Goals in Ministry Context

THU, SEP 7, 7 PM

Learn to move beyond your line-item budget spreadsheet to tell the story of how your congregation seeks and serves your neighbors through mission. Your budget should be a reflection of your values and help your members understand that every dollar goes to ministry.

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Youth Ministries Training Event

SAT, AUG 12 | 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM |

Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center

The Diocese of Newark Youth Commission (DYC) is excited to provide space for connection between youth ministry leaders in our diocese. The event is free, but registration is required by Tuesday, August 1. Find out more and register online.

Happening in Our Churches

& Communities

Harriet Tubman region holds 2nd annual Juneteenth celebration

Marking its 2nd annual Juneteenth Celebration, this year on June 19 over 80 community members met at the Chester Gazebo on Main Street. The program included music, prayers, history including a reading of the Granger Order with period costume, a Stand Up for the Other Pledge, and tributes by community leaders. Read more and view the photo gallery.

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Lighthouse provides asylees with a home away from home in a new land

JUN 25 | Jersey Journal

Ridgewood's St. Elizabeth celebrates 100th anniversary of beloved 'Chapel on the Hill'

JUN 28 | Bergen Record

‘I was overwhelmed and terrified, because I had done something that wasn’t right for me.’ How a nun found her calling after a series of wrong turns

JUN 28 | LinkedIn News

After years spent trying to make it as an actress and an advertising professional, Sister Monica Clare realized she was deeply unhappy and had spent her life doing what others had told her to do.

Rev. Pamela Bakal retires from Grace Church in Nutley — a look back

JUL 1 | TAPintoNutley

Summer Fish Fry

SAT, JUL 22 | 12 NOON

St. Agnes & St. Paul's, East Orange

Theatre Under the Stars

SAT, JUL 22 | 6:30 PM

St. Peter's, Morristown

Big Band Concert on the Great Lawn

SAT, JUL 29 | 7 PM | St. Peter's, Morristown

Book discussion: 24 Hours in Charlottesville

SUN, AUG 6 | 4 PM | All Saints, Hoboken

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Seamen's Church Institute

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Diocesan Announcements

The Diocese of Newark is now on Threads!

The Diocese of Newark is on Threads, the new Instagram-based competitor of Twitter announced on July 5 by Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook. You can find us at threads.net/@dionewark – please follow us there!

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Newark priest in Southern Ohio bishop slate

The Rev. Dr. Elaine Ellis Thomas of All Saints, Hoboken is one of four candidates in the all-female slate for the election of the 10th bishop of Southern Ohio. The election will be held Saturday, September 30 at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati.

Read coverage by Episcopal News Service and The Living Church.

Clergy ministry transitions


  • JUL 31: The Rev. Pamela Bakal, Rector of Grace, Nutley

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2023.

Happening at Our Camp

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Cross Roads is the ecumenical camp and retreat center of our diocese and the NJ Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Register for summer camp

Summer 2023 Theme: Holy Trinity - Wholly Love

Cross Roads is the ultimate destination for children looking for an exciting and enriching summer experience. We offer a range of fun activities such as hiking, swimming, and sports, as well as opportunities for spiritual growth through small group discussions, and engaging activities. With experienced and caring staff, Cross Roads ensures that every child feels welcome, safe, and supported as they make new friends and create unforgettable memories. Don't miss out on the chance to join the Cross Roads community this summer! Learn more.

Nurses needed

Cross Roads is currently seeking skilled and compassionate nurses to join our team for specific weeks of camp this summer. As a nurse at Cross Roads, you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of campers, providing exceptional medical care and ensuring their safety throughout their camp experience. Join our vibrant community, embrace exciting outdoor adventures, and contribute your skills to create unforgettable memories for campers while fostering personal growth and friendship.

Dates available:

  • Youth Camp 3: July 22-29
  • Youth Camp 5: August 5-12
  • Family Camp: August 12-20

To learn more, please email [email protected].

Mark your calendars for this fall

Rally for Cross Roads: October 7, 2023

Women’s Retreat: October 20-22, 2023

Learn more.

Happening in the Wider Church

Update on the election of the next presiding bishop

The members of The Episcopal Church Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop invite Episcopalians to join them in prayer as they continue their discernment work leading to the election of the 28th presiding bishop next June. They suggest this prayer:

Almighty God, source of all wisdom and understanding: Look graciously on your church, and so guide the hearts and minds of those who will choose our next presiding bishop, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for all of your people, equip us for our ministries, and proclaim your word to us and to the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The deadline for nominations to the slate for the 28th presiding bishop is this Saturday, July 15. Learn more about the nomination and election process here. You can also follow facebook.com/PB28Nominations for updates.


Bishop Hughes has declared this the Summer of Sabbath. What is your experience with Sabbath?
I'm already intentional about taking Sabbath time
I hadn't realized the importance of Sabbath time, but now I feel inspired to try it
I know the importance of Sabbath time, but don't always manage it as much as I'd like
I don't feel the need

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