November 15, 2023

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From the Bishop

What to do when you don't know what to do

Bishop Hughes describes being asked, "Bishop, what are you going to do about the war" and thinking, "As if they would listen to me, one lone person sitting in Newark, New Jersey" - which led to what one person can do in situations where there is no easy fix.

(Time: 5:13 | Read the transcript.)

Bishop Hughes: What are you going to do about the war?

Diocesan Events

Choosing God's Way: Baptismal Promises, Discernment and Justice

THU, NOV 16 | 7-8:30 PM | Zoom

Registration closes 5 PM TODAY

Find out more and register online
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Ordination to the Priesthood:

The Rev. Deacon Paul Keene

SAT, DEC 16 | 10 AM

Christ Church, Short Hills

God willing, and the People of God consenting, the Rt. Rev. Carlye J. Hughes, XI Bishop of Newark, on behalf of the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, XVI Bishop of Massachusetts, will ordain Paul James Keene to the Priesthood. Reception following. Find out more and RSVP.

Save the date for Bishop Hughes' 2024 Study Group

This is My Story: Learning to see, talk, and share stories of faith

JAN 9, 16, 23, 30 | 7-8:30 PM

Bishop Hughes' 2024 Study Group will focus on learning how to talk about faith and developing an ease with using language of faith both inside and outside of our faith communities. We will not focus on converting people or proselytizing, but rather on speaking faith to each other and into the various areas of our lives. Each session will include small group practice time.

The study group with meet on four consecutive Tuesday nights, Jan 9 - 30, 7-8:30 PM. The first two sessions will be via Zoom, the final two sessions will be in person at locations to be announced. Find out more.

Happening at Our Churches

Confirmands find love and friendship at The Lighthouse for asylum-seekers

By the Rev. Deacon Jill Singleton

They arrived bright and early Saturday morning, not sure what they signed up for – seven confirmands and a group of parents from St. James in Upper Montclair. “I didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t expect to be so moved as I was,” said parent Jamie Pagliaro at the conclusion of the day. Read more.

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The group from St. James pictured with the decorations they hung for guests at The Lighthouse.

In the news

You can submit links to media coverage of your church via email.

Morristown’s Day of the Dead welcomed spirits with open arms

NOV 2, 2023 | Morristown Green | St. Peter's, Morristown and Redeemer, Morristown

Community events

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This weekend

Beefsteak Dinner

FRI, NOV 17 | 6-10 PM

Grace, Nutley

An Autumn Concert

FRI, NOV 17 | 7 PM

St. Matthew's, Paramus

Clara Horsley Leadership Award Breakfast

SAT, NOV 18 | 9:30 AM

UBE at Bella Italia in Orange

The Rev. Rose Cohen Hassan's 30th Ordination Anniversary

SAT, NOV 18 | 5 PM

St. Andrew & Holy Communion, South Orange

Holiday Gala

SAT, NOV 18 | 7-10 PM

St. George's, Maplewood

Chamber Music Concert

SUN, NOV 19 | 4 PM

St. James, Upper Montclair

Hoboken Clergy Coalition Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

SUN, NOV 19 | 4 PM

All Saints, Hoboken at the Hoboken Shelter

Verona's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

SUN, NOV 19 | 7 PM

Holy Spirit, Verona

at the Presbyterian Church of Verona

Coming in December

St. Cyprian's Church and Markee D Ministries present a Christmas Concert

SAT, DEC 2 | 11 AM - 3 PM

St. Cyprian's, Hackensack

at the Fiesta in Woodridge

Choral Evensong for Advent

SUN, DEC 3 | 4 PM

All Saints, Hoboken

Prison Ministry Holiday Gift Drive

TUE, DEC 5 | 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

SUN, DEC 9 | 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Grace, Nutley

Holiday Art and Craft Show

SAT, DEC 9 | 10 AM - 4 PM

St. Clement's, Hawthorne

Celebration of new ministry:

The Rev. Christopher Cole

THU, DEC 14 | 7 PM

Calvary, Summit

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

SUN, DEC 17 | 5 PM

St. George's, Maplewood

Diocesan Announcements

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Strategic Visioning report and recommendations

As announced in October, the Strategic Visioning Team presented their recommendations to the diocese’s governing bodies. Diocesan Council has reviewed and discussed these recommendations, and at their November 8 meeting voted unanimously to approve them.

In the coming months, Council is going to continue to work with our Strategic Visioning Consultant, Katie Ong, to set up the various commissions outlined in the recommendations and recruit interested individuals.

Update to the Clergy Disciplinary Process

On November 2, 2023, Bishop Hughes appointed the Rev. Anne Kitch of St. Luke’s, Phillipsburg, as a Title IV Intake Officer for our diocese. Read more.

Episcopal House closing for Thanksgiving

Episcopal House will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Register now for 2024 Confirmation services

Clergy and wardens may now register Candidates for Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation in Spring 2024.

The schedule for the six Confirmation services is posted on the Confirmation webpage, along with the maximum number of Candidates for each service. Click on the desired service in the right sidebar to access the registration form for that service.

Registration for each service will close automatically once its maximum number of Candidates is reached, or on March 1, 2024, whichever comes first.

Volunteers needed to help with diocesan archives

We are attempting to create an online library of The Newark Churchman (predecessor to The VOICE, published 1905-1977). We need individuals who are interested in reviewing the issues online and cataloguing the churches, committees and individuals mentioned, to help us create an index.

We are also missing a few issues of The Newark Churchman and asking any individuals or churches who have copies to let us know.

Find out more.

Diocesan Resources

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Stewardship Matters:

End-of-Year Giving: Get Ready!

By Cynthia McChesney

Charitable giving in the United States typically reaches its peak during the final weeks of the year, a trend often observed within churches as well as in our personal inboxes and mailboxes at home.

In most of our churches, though, December rolls around just as we our finishing/closing out the fall annual pledge campaign. That can mean we're just not thinking about making the most of December as a time for some "special" giving opportunities.

In this article we'll run through a variety of different ideas that you might try this year as something special in December. Read more.

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.

Summer staff applications are now open!

Cross Roads is already gearing up for next summer, and they're on the lookout for the world's best summer staff!

If you or someone you know enjoys the great outdoors, loves working with kids, and is ready for an unforgettable summer adventure, then Cross Roads is the place to be. Join their tight-knit crew of summer staff and experience the magic of camp life. Find out more.


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