March 8, 2023

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From the Bishop

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Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while

“Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.”

Mark 6:31

Dear Companions on the Lenten Journey,

It is in the quiet spaces that we seek and find God. So much of our faith life as a community is based on gathering for study, worship, and ministry – all wonderful and blessed activity. Lent gives us the opportunity and encouragement to follow the way of Jesus into a particular kind of rest and experience of God’s presence, resting with the source of all our strength for a dedicated time away.

We are blessed with a number of quiet places in or near our diocese: read more.

Diocesan Events

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Gathering for Small & Mid-sized Churches

MON, MAR 13 | 7 PM | Zoom

John C. Garde, Esq., President of the diocesan Trustees, will talk about a variety of church real estate and legal issues, including considerations about rentals and rectories.

Find out more.

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Stewardship in the Moment Workshop:

Increasing Your Online Donations

THU, MAR 16 | 7-8 PM | Zoom

Join Cynthia McChesney, Missioner for Stewardship and Legacy Giving, and Peter Johnson, Senior Giving Advisor for Vanco Payment Solutions for practical tips on increasing online donations for your church. Find out more.

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Leadership Essentials

for Vestries, Wardens & Treasurers

THU, APR 20 | 7-8:30 PM | Zoom

Don’t miss this important overview and refresher on the role and legal responsibilities of Wardens, Vestry members and Treasurers! This compact session will equip new members and help long-standing leaders inhabit their vital ministry in these changing times. Find out more.

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Confirmation Retreat

SAT, MAR 25 | 9 AM - 3:30 PM | Grace, Madison

All youth candidates are strongly urged to attend the Confirmation Retreat, and all adult candidates are strongly urged to come mid-day for worship and lunch with the Bishop.

Information about retreat registration has been emailed to all 2023 registrants and their clergy. Find out more.

Diocesan Announcements

Celebration of Life for Bishop Croneberger

SAT, MAR 18 | 12 PM | Christ Church, Reading, PA

Attending in person? Click here to get Google directions to Christ Church, Reading.

The service will also be live streamed to the Diocese of Bethlehem's YouTube channel:

We are working to get a downloadable bulletin for the service. It will be posted here as soon as it's available.

Wardens: Watch for new online Church Info survey

All Wardens will be receiving an online survey from John King to request the names and contact information of the various Lay leadership in your congregation.

This Church Info Sheet survey, which replaces the previous paper form, will help us gather important data and ensure that our internal records are up-to-date and as accurate as possible.

The survey will remain open for two weeks, from today until March 24. Find out more.

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College scholarships available for the 2023-2024 academic year

UBE Scholarship

Application deadline: APR 8

The Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) scholarship program is open to all high school seniors who are actively engaged in the life, work and ministry of a parish in the Diocese of Newark.

Episcopal Church Scholarships

Application deadline: APR 12

Applications are being accepted for a wide variety of educational scholarships from The Episcopal Church. All applicants must be Episcopalian and have the endorsement of their Bishop.

Gertrude Butts Scholarship

Application deadline: MAY 8

Provides scholarships with special emphasis placed on those who are orphaned or are children of single parents, demonstrate financial need and are members of a parish in the Diocese of Newark.

George E. Rath Scholarship

Application deadline: MAY 15

Provides children of clergy canonically resident in the Diocese of Newark with extra financial assistance for college expenses.

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Strategic Visioning Team's March update, plus an opportunity to participate

The Strategic Visioning Team is now recruiting people across the diocese to join Working Teams that will meet during this next phase of the visioning process to create goals around the four priorities:

  • Children, Families, Youth and Young Adults
  • Communications and Technology
  • Congregational Collaboration
  • Justice for People and Planet

Find out more.


APR 1 - The Rev. Christopher Streeter

Priest-in-Charge at Christ Church, Newton

JUN 1 - The Rev. Christopher Cole

Rector of Calvary, Summit

See all clergy ministry transitions in 2023.

Happening at Our Churches

Rutherford church blessed with hundreds of prom dresses will give them away for free

MAR 3, 2023 |

The purpose of this outreach program at Grace, Rutherford is to help area high school students who may not be able to afford new dresses for their proms and other special events.

Church community events

Want to submit your church's public events to the Community Calendar? See the User Guide.

We're especially interested in sharing your Lenten events, as well as your upcoming VBS or other summer youth programs.

Lenten Organ Recital

Fridays in March | 12:15-12:45 PM | Grace, Madison or YouTube

St. Patrick's Day Dinner

SAT, MAR 11 | 12-5 PM | St. Cyprian's, Hackensack

Evensong for Lent

SUN, MAR 12 | 4 PM | Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral, Newark or YouTube

Sung by the choir of Christ Church, Short Hills.

The Spong Annual Lecture Series

SAT, MAR 25 | 4-5 PM | St. Peter's, Morristown

"Eco-Feminism for a Suffering World" with the Rev. Dr. Carolyn J. Sharp.

Happening at Our Camp

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

Happening in the Wider Church

Frank T. Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop, 1937-2023

[The Living Church] The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, the presiding bishop at the turn of the century who sought to hold the Episcopal Church together as the winds of division began to howl, died March 5 in Philadelphia. He was 85 years old.

He served as Bishop of Chicago at the time of his primatial election, and led the church from 1998 to 2006 as the 25th presiding bishop. “Please join me in prayer for Bishop Griswold’s family and for all of us who give thanks for a remarkable and faithful servant of God,” wrote the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, the 27th and current presiding bishop. No cause of death was announced. Memorial arrangements are pending. Read more.

Church-wide commemoration of Harriet Tubman

FRI, MAR 10 | 8 PM | Zoom

The Episcopal church is gathering via Zoom this Friday at 8 PM for a new observance of Harriet Ross Tubman, honoring her 110 years after the day of her death. By act of the 2022 General Convention, this year is the first time she will be honored on this day, prioritizing her as one of the great cloud of witnesses that inspire our faith. All are invited to wonder about this amazing woman together. Register now for this virtual celebration.

This event is crafted by the Rev. Will Bouvel and Jen Enriquez, whose program Tell Me the Truth About Racism has been used at Calvary, Summit. (See: At Calvary, Summit, all ages engage together with "Tell Me the Truth About Racism" published April 25, 2022.) Materials related to this event are available at Tell me about Harriet (

In the video message below, Presiding Bishop Curry invites the church to celebrate Harriet Tubman (time: 4:30).

Presiding Bishop Curry invites the church to celebrate Harriet Tubman


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