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From the Bishop Bishop’s Schedule Jubilee Grants Awarded Multi-Diocese Epiphany Evensong Congregational Events (Add events here) Notices and Classifieds
FROM THE BISHOP:Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey,
Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt…Matthew 2:13-14 . Greetings of peace and joy as we bring this Christmastide to a close and begin the year 2018. I hope all have had a blessed Christmas and that the New Year is off to a happy and healthy start. . Tomorrow, January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany. It marks the close of the Christmas observance for those of us in the western Church. On the Feast of the Epiphany, we focus on Matthew’s gospel with its account of the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. It is a beautiful, mystical story proclaiming that the newborn child has come to be the Savior, not merely for Israel, but for all humanity. . The story is also a story of political scheming and treachery. Herod, the puppet king of Judah, feels threatened by the birth of this child. He does everything in his power to find and destroy him. His words to the Magi are smarmy, disingenuous, and deceitful. He has no intention of “paying homage” to this child; his intentions are violent, murderous. The latter part of the narrative confirms this with its brutal account of the slaughter of the innocents – an event we commemorate each year on December 28. . After the Magi leave the Holy Family, “having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,” Joseph is also warned of the danger confronting his family: . “…an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt…” . Joseph, Mary and Jesus become refugees. . Some people today resist applying the label “refugee” to the Holy Family, but it is a fact. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, a refugee is, “someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading causes of refugees fleeing their countries.” . The Holy Family were refugees. . It is estimated there are 22.5 million refugees in the world today. More than half of these are children under the age of 18. We are experiencing the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Yet, in the face of this crisis, the United States, a nation that prides itself on welcoming the “tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to be free,” has fallen short in providing a compassionate response. The current Administration has set a cap limiting the number of refugees who will be admitted into the United States to 45,000. It is the lowest number any President has permitted since legislation was enacted in 1980 giving the President authority to determine the number of persons to be admitted (See A Statement on Refugee Admissions 2018, Episcopal Migration Ministries and Trump Plans 45,000 Limit on refugees Admitted to the U.S., N.Y. Times, 9/27/2017). . Even as this country turns its back on the desperate plight of refugees, it is also turning its back on the so-called Dreamers – persons “who were brought to the country at an early age without documentation but have assimilated to U.S. culture and have been educated by U.S. school systems” (Source: LawLogix – found at LawLogix.com). In September, the President announced he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA). This program was designed as a stop-gap measure to allow these young persons to remain while Congress developed a DREAM Act that would offer a permanent path to citizenship. . The President’s decision to end DACA has now placed these Dreamers at high risk. If a new, clean Dream Act is not developed by early March, all of these young persons face the possibility of forced deportation. Many of them have known no other country than the United States. The President has indicated that he will only sign a new DREAM Act if it includes the building of a wall between the United States and Mexico. In short, the Dreamers are being used a political pawns in a high risk legislative game. It is inhumane and it is immoral. . The Holy Family were refugees. Faithful Christians cannot ignore this reality and we cannot ignore the plight of the world’s refugees today nor of the Dreamers who are in our midst. As The Episcopal Church, we have spoken clearly on both of these questions. We have a long-standing record of compassion in our support and treatment of refugees and are one of only a handful of organizations entrusted by the government to do this work through our Office of Episcopal Migration Ministries. . It is my hope that all within the Diocese of New Jersey will be proactive in standing up for the plight of refugees and of Dreamers. Compassion, our Baptismal promises, and our faith in Jesus Christ demand it. . One concrete step we can all take is to communicate with our Senators and Representatives to let them know that we support a more open and welcoming posture for refugees and a new Clean Dream Act. Jesus words to his followers in Matthew 25 are applicable, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me…Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me…” (Matthew 25:40,45). . For more information about The Episcopal Church’s ministry to Refugees go to the website of Episcopal Migration Ministries. . Pray for peace throughout the world. Pray for refugees. Pray for Dreamers. . Blessings and peace,
The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, D.D. XII Bishop of New Jersey
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
Friday, January 5, 2018:
St. Luke’s Church, Gladstone
Ordination to the Priesthood: Allen Wakabayashi and Diane Mumma-Wakabayashi
Saturday, January 6, 2018:
St. Luke’s Church, Forest Hills – Funeral service – Barbara Stokes
Sunday, January 7, 2018:
St. Paul’s Church, Camden – Camden Christmas
Holy Spirit Church, Tuckerton vestry meeting
Monday, January 8, 2018:
Tuesday, January 9, 2018:
9:00 a.m. Videotaping for Constable Grant Task Force
1:00 p.m. Prison Ministry Committee meeting
3:00 p.m. Immigration Committee meeting
7:00 p.m. St. John’s Church, New Brunswick vestry meeting
Wednesday, January 10, 2018:
Staff meeting and Oversight
Trinity Church, Swedesboro vestry meeting
Thursday, January 11, 2018:
The Jubilee Ministries Office of the Episcopal Church announced the awarding of $67,000 for 54 for Episcopal congregations alleviating poverty, in 25 Diocese.
Among these: Trinity Cathedral was awarded one of six Jubilee Grants of $3,000.00 – these are for programs committed to alleviating poverty and injustice.
Three Impact Grants of $1000 were awarded to churches in the diocese for the encouragement of community development by and with low-income persons.
Grace Church, Merchantville St. Augustine’s, Asbury Park Trinity Church, Woodbridge
Four New Jersey minstries were among 20 who recieved Sharing Grants (up to $750), in the spirit of the original 1982 call to challenge congregations to meet basic human needs and share with the larger church:
Trinity Church, Asbury Park Christ Church, New Brunswick Christ Church, Toms River St Georges By The River, Rumson
Jubilee Ministries — so named to reflect the Old Testament practice of equalization of fiscal and other resources every five decades in a “Year of Jubilee” — are described in detail here. For more information about Jubilee Ministries in the Diocese of New Jersey, contact Canon Clara Gregory, Diocesan Jubilee Officer.
Four congregations from three diocese coming together for Epiphany EvensongChoristers, youth adult, from Trinty, Asbury Park, St. Paul’s, Englewood, All Saints’, New York City, and Grace, Newark will come together on January 7th at 5 p.m. for an Epiphany Evensong. The event, which will take place at St. Paul’s Englewood, will feature works from a variety of composers. Preces and Responses, Oxley Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C minor, George Dyson Brightest and Best, Malcolm Archer All are invited to this special event which brings together our dioceses to worship and glorify God.
Upcoming Diocesan EventsDiocesan Calendar for the through January 2017
Joining Jesus on on His Mission with Greg Finke Saturday, January 6, Holy Trinity, South River
CommFest Friday, January 12 – Clergy, Grace-St. Paul, Mercerville
Saturday, January 13 – Lay, Christ Church, Toms River
Notices and Classifieds
From the Department of Youth and Young Adults:
MLK Jr Day of Service
January 15, 2018 from 10 am – 3 pm at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ 10 AM – 3:00 PM
For All Adults, Young Adults, Youth and Children
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”
We will begin our day together with the Eucharist. Following the Eucharist we will gather in Synod Hall to prepare service projects for several organizations in New Jersey and throughout the country. Click here to register and learn more!
The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and the Anti-Racism Commission invite you to
- Participate in a 2.5-day workshop retreat designed to improve our understanding of the sin of racism in our systems, communities, church, and country.
- Learn from a multi-racial team of expert trainers from The Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) and from the experiences of the Anti-Racism Commission and of people of color from our own diocese, and
- Share this rare yet essential opportunity to talk about race and racism
“Undoing Racism”® and Anti-Racism Organizing
Feb 1 – 3, 2018 Thurs PM, Fri and Sat
Holy Trinity, Collingswood
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.
Book your accommodations: February 10, 2018
Registerby February 19, 2018
Exhibitors register by February 19, 2018
Preconvention Hearings: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
PART-TIME ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION St. Mary’s, Burlington part-time, permanent, Administrative Assistant, 15 hours per week position. Working days/hours would be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mastery of word processing, publications and spreadsheets (specifically Microsoft Office programs) as well as familiarity with online forms of communication such as websites and other forms of social media required. Prior church administration experience desirable. Send a resume to The Rev. J. Connor Haynes by email or mail to 145 West Broad Street, Burlington, NJ 08016.
SEEKING INFORMATION 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.
SEEKING LEVAS II
St. Thomas’, Glassboro is looking to buy used copies of LEVAS II.
Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State 609.394.5281 firstname.lastname@example.org We are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in the Southern 2/3 of New Jersey.