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FROM THE BISHOP:Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey, And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Luke 18:7 April 4th was the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister of the Gospel, Civil Rights Activist and Martyr, Nobel Peace Prize Winner. His death is a tragic marker in the life of this nation. I was 11 years old and a student at St. Thomas Choir School when Dr. King was killed. An African-American classmate, tears streaming down his face, said to me through his tears, “Martin Luther King has just been shot.” It is an image I recall each year on April 4th. Last week, as part of our ongoing work in Discerning Our Common Call, we began the spring series of Bishop’s Forums (a schedule is available further down in this newsletter). During these forums, we are engaging in conversation about Anglican Mark of Mission #4 To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. As we have done previously, we are grounding the conversation in Scripture by “Dwelling in the Word.” For the spring Bishop’s Forums we are using Luke 18:1-18, the Parable of the Unjust Judge. Included in that passage is the verse: And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? At one of the recent sessions, someone asked, “Who are the chosen ones?” It’s an intriguing question. Certainly for too many people in our nation, justice has been elusive. For far too long, poor people, people of color, especially African-Americans and Native Americans have cried to the Lord day and night for justice. Yet their cries seem to go unanswered as the three evils of racism, poverty and militarism that Martin Luther King Jr, identified and preached against 50 years ago continue to do violence to millions of people each and every day. At Easter, many of us renewed our Baptismal Promises which included our commitment to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as our self,” and to “strive for justice and peace among people and respect the dignity of every human being.” How seriously do we take these promises? What is our role as people of faith? What is our role and responsibility as members of Christ’s body, the Church? How can engage in justice work in our communities and as a diocese? These are the questions we will discuss during Bishop’s forums. I hope you will join me in this vitally important conversation. Mindful that young people are crying out day and night for justice in this country, I hope young people will come to the Bishop’s forums and be part of the conversation. I encourage adult church leaders – clergy and lay alike – to help get young people involved. We need to hear their voices. We need to hear their cries. Blessings and peace, The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D. Bishop of New Jersey
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
Monday, April 9, 2018:
Tuesday, April 10, 2018:
St. Matthew’s Church, Pennington – Trenton Convocation
3:00 p.m. Clergy Forum
7:00 p.m. Lay Forum
Wednesday-Friday, April 11-13, 2018:
Out of office
Upcoming Diocesan and Congregational Events
Featured Events and NoticesSaints & Soldiers Step Team Easter Performance at St. Mark’s, Plainfield
……Taking the Church into the World at Rutgers Day April 28 The Diocesan Animal Welfare Ministry will be present at the Cook Campus Rutgers Day event on Saturday April 28th. (https://rutgersday.rutgers.edu) We will be representing the Diocese of New Jersey with our animal welfare table display, and we look forward to a very busy, joyful and fruitful day interacting with the event-goers! Please contact Deacon Chris Cox if you are interested in participating.
St. John’s Episcopal Church invites public to honor first responders, police, others at Appreciation Day April 26
On Thursday, April 26, St. John’s Episcopal Church will host Appreciation Day to recognize, honor and thank all community and first responders including the Somerville Police Department, Somerville Fire Department, Somerville First Aid Squad, EMT, Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement and community volunteers.
“Too often we take for granted the act that these faithful souls are serving to protect us around the clock and many times under dangerous conditions,” explained the Rev. Ronald Pollock, rector of St. John’s. “It is good and right to gather together to demonstrate our appreciation and honor each one of them.”
Appreciation Day will begin at 5 pm at St. John’s with an interfaith service of prayer with invited guests from the Somerset County Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Somerset Pipe & Drums, Honor & Color Guard, Somerville mayor and council, and area religious leaders.
A free dinner, catered by Somerville area restaurants, will be held after the Appreciation service in the parish hall.
Pollock, who serves as the chaplain to the Somerville Fire Department, stressed that the service will honor all active, retired, and deceased members from each group.
For more information: www.StJohnSomerville.org
……Upcoming Events and Openings at Crossroads Retreat Center and Camp
WOW! is a day for women of all ages to share the wonder and delight of new life. This new, one-day program will take place from 9 am until 4 pm on Saturday, April 28. The $25 registration includes a full day of activities and lunch. We welcome women of all ages to join us! Please register on the website.
April 21, May 19, June 2
Come and visit Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center to learn all about our summer and year-round opportunities. Take a tour of camp, hear stories about summer camp, ask questions, and finish with a delicious lunch in the Dining Hall.
Tours start at 10:30 am on each of the three dates. Register on the website.
Now Hiring for Summer Staff 2018!
Are you or a young adult you know looking for a life-changing summer experience? We are seeking passionate, dedicated, fun young adults to serve in various roles! Join our team for a summer of growing in your faith, helping shape the faith of others, and making unforgettable memories!
Download this flyer to share with your congregations or other young adults you know!
Join Trinity Cathedral for its Annual Cathedral Sunday
All congregations in the Diocese are invited to participate in the Trinity Cathedral’s Cathedral Sunday confirmations on June 3, 2018 at 10:30 am.
Please send names to Patrice D’Angelo at Trinity Cathedral no later than May 25th.
*This will be in place of a separate Spring diocesan-wide confirmation service this year.
|Wednesday April 4, 2018||3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – clergy 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – lay||Watchung||St. Mark’s Basking Ridge|
|Thursday April 5, 2018||3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – clergy 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – lay||Atlantic||Holy Trinity Ocean City|
|Tuesday April 10, 2018||3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – clergy 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – lay||Trenton||St. Matthew’s Pennington|
|Tuesday April 24, 2018||3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – clergy 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – lay||Monmouth||Christ Church Toms River|
|Thursday April 26, 2018||3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – clergy 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – lay||Northern||Trinity Church Woodbridge|
|Tuesday May 1, 2018||3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – clergy 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – lay||Camden||Grace Church Merchantville|
|Wednesday May 2, 2018||3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – clergy 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – lay||Woodbury||Christ Church Woodbury|
|Wednesday May 9, 2018||3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – clergy 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – lay||Burlington||Trinity Church Moorestown|
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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 KEYBOARDIST The faithful people of Saint James’ Episcopal Church, Edison, are looking for a keyboardist to join our community and lead our music ministry. We have a Jupiter-80 available to play – a nearly full-sized keyboard with lots of sound options. The successful candidate will appreciate the important role music plays in the worship life of a church community. We are a small but kind group of people who loves to sing! There is money in the church budget to pay the keyboardist on a pro-rated annual basis. We hope to have someone in place soon after Easter. If you are interested, please contact Mother Kristen, Priest-in-Charge, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-985-2023.
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
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Wenonah has 20 maroon choir robes and collars which are no longer needed. The contact person is Margie McWilliams, 856-468-6664, if you have interest in these items.