CHRIST CHURCH, SOMERS POINT
From the Bishop
Praying with Icons – and Teens
SPeak out for the Dreamers
Congregational Events (Add events here)
Notices and Classifieds
FROM THE BISHOP:
Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, D.D.
XII Bishop of New Jersey
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
Praying with Icons – and Teens!
Nearly a dozen youth from the Atlantic Convocation gathered in November and December to learn about the ancient practice of praying with icons. The Rev. Lisa Hoffman of St. Barnabas by-the Bay in Villas, led them through the practice of praying and writing the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary in preparation for the story of the Annunciation heard on Advent IV. At the conclusion of the workshop, each icon was prayed over and blessed with Holy Oil.
Said Hoffman of the teens “During both sessions they worked for an hour and a half and were absolutely silent and never left their seats. It was amazing to witness the level of intensity and seriousness with which they approached their work.”
The Atlantic Convocation Youth Group, formed earlier this year, meets monthly at one of the churches in the convocation. For more information, please contact The Rev. Lisa Hoffman at St. Barnabas by-the-Bay, Villas; The Rev. Terry O’Connor at St. Mark’s & All Saints’, Galloway; or the The Rev. Gretchen Zimmerman at Holy Trinity, Ocean City.
On Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 the Episcopal Immigration Services Cristo Rey, COSECHA, Lutheran Episcopal Advocacy of NJ, Anti-Racism Commission, Hispanic Commission, Immigration Committee, Black Caucus Clergy, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (Laldef, Trenton), Latino Leadership Alliance, Dominican Round Table co-sponsored a prayer vigil called “Speak Out for the Dreamers” to advocate on behalf of the Dream Act (DACA) students who have been detained and arrested.
The Diocese of New Jersey’s The Rev. Cn. Francisco Pozo emceed the event, and Bishop Stokes, Canon Noreen Duncan, Angelin Pozo, The Rev. Dcn Dan Somers, and The Rev. Juan Monge spoke, among many others. Highlights from the event are below.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
Diocesan Calendar for the through mid-January 2017
Communications Meet and Greet
Thursday December 28, Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light, Galloway.
Saturday, January 6, Holy Trinity, South River
Friday, January 12 – Clergy, Grace-St. Paul, Mercerville
Notices and Classifieds
From the Department of Youth and Young Adults:
Diocesan Convention – Save the Date!
The 234th Convention of the Diocese of New Jersey will take place on March 2-3, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill.
Registration information will be available in the coming weeks.
Nominations material are available here and are due January 1, 2018.
January 30, 7 pm – Christ Church, Toms River
January 31, 1:30 pm – St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction
January 31, 7 pm -Trinity Church, Princeton
February 1, 7 pm – Grace Church, Plainfield
Feburary 6, 7 pm – St. Luke’s, Gladstone
February 8, 7 pm – St. Augustine’s, Asbury Park
February 15, 1:30 pm – St. Stephen’s, Whiting
February 15, 7 pm – St. Thomas, Glassboro
February 20 7 pm – Christ Church, Somers Point
HIRING A DAY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
St Paul’s, Westfield is seeking a directory for a preschool school with students aged 2 through kindergarten with a current student roll of 235.
Contact the head of school for more information.
HIRING PT PARISH ADMINISTRATOR:
St. Peter’s, Spotswood is hiring a 20/week parish Administrator.
Learn more and apply.
SEEKING LEVAS II
St. Thomas’, Glassboro is looking to buy used copies of LEVAS II.
ABOUT ELECTRONIC GIVING
St. Francis, Dunellen, is exploring setting up an electronic giving system If your congregation is using such a system, please contact them with the following:Name and contact info of the service you use, fees/costs involved for parish and/or donor, rough percentage of households that use this option, pros and cons, anything else we should know.
Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State
We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in the Southern 2/3 of New Jersey.