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FROM THE BISHOP:Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey, If there was ever a time of year for parents and grandparents to take the lead in the spiritual development of their children and grandchildren, Advent is it. All around us, the culture has erupted with garland and tinsel and ubiquitous Santas ho, ho, ho-ing on city streets, department stores and shopping malls. I will confess that I love all of this. When I was a young boy, my mother worked in Bloomingdales in New York City. I would often meet my mother at work, hanging around the store until her work day was done. I had the run of the place. I’d go to Santa’s workshop, get an ice cream clown in the restaurant, hang around the toy section just taking it all in and seeing what I would ask for from Santa. Popular Christmas music was playing in the background. Even then, however, I knew that all of this had little to do with Jesus or with Advent. Advent is a rich liturgical season filled with profound meaning and an ethos of holy anticipation. I sang in the choir at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in those days. We sang the hymns of Advent, lit the candles of the Advent wreath, prepared for the coming anew of Jesus into our world and into our lives. There are wonderful rituals and traditions that families can engage in observing a holy Advent.
- Have an Advent wreath with candles in your home. Each Sunday, as part of grace before dinner, light a candle and say the prayer for that Sunday in Advent from the Book of Common Prayer. These can be found online if you don’t have a Prayer Book at home (although the Book of Common Prayer is a great spiritual resource for the home!).
- During your Advent candle lighting, read portions of Luke’s Gospel, chapters one and two, telling the story of John the Baptist’s birth, of the Annunciation and of Christ’s birth.
- Make a Jesse Tree. Jesus’ roots are in the family of King David. David’s father was Jesse. A Jesse tree is made up of symbols that represent the genealogy of Jesus from Jesse’s line. Again, this is a resource that can be found on-line.
- Use an Advent calendar to mark the days leading up to Christmas.
- Build a crèche. Have a family crèche and add figures each week leading up to Christmas. Start by adding animals, then the shepherds. Lastly add the Holy Family and Jesus on Christmas Eve. Place the Wise Men some distance from the crèche and beginning with Christmas, move them closer to the crèche. Put them in the crèche on the feast of Epiphany (January 6).
The Rt. Rev. William H. Stokes, D.D. XII Bishop of New Jersey
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
Sunday, December 3, 2017:
10:00 a.m. Visitation: St. Mary’s Church, Haddon Heights
3:00 p.m. Meeting at Procter House, Princeton
5:00 p.m. Trinity Church, Princeton, Ordination to the Priesthood: Chris McNabb
Preacher: The Rev. Paul Jeanes, III
Monday, December 4, 2017:
Tuesday, December 5, 2017:
10:00 a.m. Advent Clergy Day – Trinity Cathedral
7:00 p.m. Camden Churches – meeting with clergy and leadership
Wednesday, December 6, 2017:
4:00 p.m. GTS Trustees conference call
7:00 p.m. Northern Convocation regional conversation with clergy and leadership
Thursday, December 7, 2017:
10:00 a.m. Interims meeting
7:00 p.m. Trinity Church, Matawan – town hall meeting
Saturday, December 9, 2017:
11:00 a.m. Delaware State University, Dover, DE – Ordination and Consecration of
the Bishop of Delaware: The Reverend Kevin S. Brown
Evening ECP Fundraiser – Washington, DC
. When your Priest Really is a Rocket Scientist
NASA engineer-turned-priest comes to Princeton; begins ministry at Princeton chaplaincy and Trinity Episcopal Church this December
The Rev. Dr. Kara Slade named Theologian in Residence at Princeton
Trinity Episcopal Church Princeton and The Episcopal Chaplaincy at Princeton (ECP) have partnered to appoint The Rev. Dr. Kara N. Slade as a Theologian in Residence and associate priest/chaplain at Trinity and ECP. The Rev. Dr. Slade’s appointment comes in celebratory renewal of 150 years of collaborative ministry between Trinity and ECP.
Might you be called?
Following our Special Convention of October 7th, we request your assistance in filling positions on the newly created boards and task forces.
Board of Consultation Mission, Structure and Budget Alignment Task Force Resource & Revenue Task Force Committee on Lifelong Christian Formation Task Force on Development of Canons for Distressed Congregations
Advent Clergy Day December 5, Trinity Cathedral
Notices and Classifieds
From the Department of Youth and Young Adults:
Rise Against Hunger Lock-In
at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ
From 8:00 PM (12/15/17) 7:00 AM (12/16/17)
for 6th -12th graders and their adult chaperones
($36 per person)
Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources Meal-packaging events are the heart of our work. We work with volunteers from corporations, faith congregations, schools, colleges and universities, and civic groups. Learn more and register!
MLK Jr Day of Service
January 15, 2018 from 10 am – 3 pm at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ 10 AM End: 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!
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.
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
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.
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.