Online Edition - Wednesday, April 17, 2019
News, events and features of interest to members and friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, the Episcopal Church in northern New Jersey.

From the Bishop
Holy Week is busy. Take time to reflect anyway.
In her message for Holy Week 2019, Bishop Carlye Hughes says, "It's an important thing to do especially when one is busy, to remember who you are and who has created you and what that God has created you to do in the world." (Time: 2:44.)

If you find the background noise in this outdoor video problematic, you can turn on closed captions by clicking the "CC" in the bottom right corner of the video.
Stories from Our Congregations
Wednesday, April 24 is the deadline to submit stories for the May 1 issue of The VOICE Online . Please email submissions to .
How St. Bartholomew's used "Gifted, Called, Sent" exercises for Lenten study
By the Rev. Cathie Sklenar-Studwell
Our scripture study, based on Luke’s Gospel, focused on challenges such as facing temptations, suffering, and the fear of being vulnerable. We balanced this with a second, wonderful Lenten program based on the “Gifted, Called, Sent” exercises from Diocesan Convention, which we adapted into a five-week series held during coffee hour. This program helped us explore our spiritual gifts and welcome the Holy Spirit to guide our reflections on what things God is calling us to do in the months ahead. Read more.
In the news
Marge Christie:
APR 15, 2019 | Episcopal News Service
Upcoming Diocesan Events
See also Upcoming Community Events , posted by our congregations and associated organizations.
Living Local: Joining God Workshop
SAT, APR 27, 8:30 AM - 12 PM @ ST. MICHAEL'S, WAYNE
This workshop is open to lay and clergy. Please invite members of your congregation who want to continue or join The Living Local journey.

We will be learning how to:

  • Discern your church's identity in your neighborhood
  • Listen to our communities & respond through small steps of experimentation
  • Embrace our call to discipleship
  • Learn to share our stories of God in our lives
  • Look at your ministries through Living Local lens

Registration deadline is this Saturday, April 20. Find out more and register.
Living the Way of Love: A day of reflection and discernment
Presented by Diocesan Council Empowering Committee, the purpose of this workshop is to build trusting relationships with God and one another. A small group provides space for prayerful support and accountability as we seek to live the Jesus Way. Find out more and register online.

Registration closes next Monday, April 22, or earlier if participant capacity is reached. Please register early – walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
Anti-Racism Dialogues
Candidates elected to office at the Annual Diocesan Convention must have completed anti-racism training within the past five years. Workshops hosted by the Dioceses of NJ and NY fulfill our diocesan requirements.

Diocese of New Jersey - 2.5 day workshop
FRI, MAY 3, SAT, MAY 4 & SAT, MAY 11
Cost is $250 for attendees from the Diocese of Newark. Register before April 29. Find out more and register.

Diocese of New York - 2 day workshop
Cost is $25 for attendees from the Diocese of Newark is $25. Find out more and register.

Diocese of Newark - 2 day workshop
Mark your calendars!
Senior Ministries Evensong & Hegg Awards 2019
On Sunday, June 9, you are invited to join Bishop Carlye Hughes and Senior Ministries of the Diocese of Newark for the 23rd Annual Senior Ministries Evensong and the presentation of the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The Hegg Awards are given annually to members of our diocese who are:

  • Age 60+.
  • A long-standing, active member of your congregation.
  • Made or makes contributions to the congregation and/or the diocese.

Each congregation is invited to choose one to two honorees. The form for honoree submissions will be available after Easter.

Diocesan Announcements
Episcopal House closing
Episcopal House will be closed this Friday, April 19 in observance of Good Friday. We wish you and yours a blessed Holy Week and Easter.
Clergy ministry transitions
  • The Rev. Jon Richardson, Rector, St. David's, Kinnelon - APR 12
  • The Rev. Deacon Peter Savastano, Deacon, Christ Church, Short Hills - APR 17
  • The Very Rev. Margaret "Margo" Peckham Clark, Canon for Congregational Life - MAY 15 (read more)

  • The Rev. Timothy Carr, Priest-in-Charge, St. John's, Boonton - APR 28
  • The Rev. Juan Rosario de la Cruz, Priest-in-Charge, Grace, Union City - JUL 29

  • The Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs, Canon to the Ordinary - JUN 30
  • The Rev. Edward Hasse III, Rector, St. Paul's, Montvale - JUN 30

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2019 .
Cross Roads News & 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 .
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 now live on the Cross Roads website.
Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!
Visit the Cross Roads website to learn all about the opportunities for youth of all ages at camp this summer. From the six-week Leaders-in-Training program for teenagers to Curtains Up! theater camp to family camp, there is something for every child!
WOW: Women of the Woods
Come to Cross Roads for the 2nd Annual WOW Retreat — a one-day retreat for women of all ages to come together at the change of seasons. At the start of spring, our leaders will gather us around God’s gift of laughter. Find out more on the Cross Roads website.
Bishops' Cup Golf Outing
Golf registration is now LIVE! for the 8th Annual Bishops' Cup Golf Outing. Information on golfer registration and sponsorships can be found on the Cross Roads website.
News from The Episcopal Church
Presiding Bishop's Easter Message
“In the moments of despair, in the moments of the worst darkness, God had done something incredible,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in his Easter 2019 Message. “God had raised Jesus from the dead.”

Click here for the video and text.
Share the Way of Love at Easter
Continuing the invitation to connect The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life more deeply to the Liturgical Year, The Episcopal Church offers free, downloadable resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith this Easter.

Resources include: A poster with space on the bottom portion for congregations to add their own logo, service information, and web address; a postcard to send to recent visitors or local neighbors; a social media ready graphic; and a Facebook Cover image. Find out more.
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