INSTALLATION OF CANONS TRINITY CATHEDRAL PHOTO BY TODD WHITE In This Issue: From the Bishop Bishop’s Schedule Feature: Bishop Curry at the Royal Wedding Feature: Meet the General Convention Deputation Upcoming Diocesan Events Select Congregational Events Classifieds
FROM THE BISHOP:Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey, I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life….Philippians 4:2 – 3 I love reading Paul’s Epistles because they offer us insight into a very human person laboring diligently to proclaim the Gospel and build Christ’s Church. The letters that can most assuredly be attributed to Paul (1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Galatians, Romans, Philemon) portray a wonderfully complex human being who could, in one moment be an inspired saint of the Church, and at another moment be petty and petulant. It is through such people that God has always worked. Paul’s letters also give us great insight into the early church. There are hidden mysteries that we will never solve. Who were Euodia and Synteche, for example? It is clear they were two women who were involved in a disagreement with one another. We don’t know the nature of the disagreement. We don’t know how it was resolved or if it was resolved. History doesn’t answer this question for us. We do know these two women were leaders. The textual evidence from Paul’s own hand testifies, that they were among those who “struggled” beside Paul “in the work of the Gospel.” Women leaders figured prominently in the ministry of Jesus and in the ministry of Paul. Often the stories of their leadership were lost in history. In 1871, The General Convention of the Episcopal Church authorized the Board of Missions of The Episcopal Church to create a Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions. At the time, women were not permitted to be voting members of General Convention, of diocesan conventions or of parish vestries. The Women’s Auxiliary was the place where women participated in the life of the wider church, providing a strong support role for the Church’s mission. The Women’s Auxiliary eventually became Episcopal Church Women (ECW). In the 1960s and 1970s, access to leadership in almost all levels of The Episcopal Church were opened to women. Women sat on vestries, became wardens in churches, were elected as deputies to General Conventions and were ordained as priests and deacons in the church. In 1989, Barbara Harris was the first woman elected as a bishop in the church, when she was elected Bishop Suffragan of Massachusetts. In 2006, Katharine Jefferts Schori was the first woman to be elected Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, symbolizing that no level of church leadership was closed to women. Because leadership at every level of the church is now open to women, some wonder about the need for ECW. I don’t wonder at all. As the #MeToo movement has challenged us, as issues of human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, appall us, as women’s rights in society continue to be eroded, as the leadership of women in the church continues to be undervalued, as women’s health issues and the challenges of too many women in poverty confront us, it is abundantly clear that a forum and body consisting of women for the sake of Christ’s mission and ministry, not only to women, but to the whole church, remains critically important. The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) of The Diocese of New Jersey will meet this Saturday for their Annual Meeting at Grace-St. Paul’s, Mercerville. I am grateful to ECW President Donna Friedel and the leadership of the ECW which recognizes the critical importance of organizing women to engage in Christ’s mission, to work for the life of today’s church and the world, to “struggle for the gospel.” Their work and ministry is a gift and grace that serves us all. I hope all our parishes will keep the ECW Annual Meeting and United Thank Offering In-Gathering in their prayers this Saturday. I also pray that all churches will work to strengthen existing ECW Chapters and build new ones where they don’t exist. Blessings and peace, The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D. Bishop of New Jersey
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
Friday, May 18, 2018:
10:00 a.m. Trinity Cathedral: Memorial Service – Fr. Eric Brechner
Saturday, May 19, 2018:
10:00 a.m. Grace-St. Paul’s Church, Mercerville – ECW Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 20, 2018:
10:00 a.m. Visitation: Holy Trinity Church, Ocean City
4:00 p.m. Trinity Cathedral – Baccalaureate Service
Monday, May 21, 2018:
Tuesday, May 22, 2018:
11:00 a.m. Deans meeting
12:00 noon Lunch with Deans
1:00 p.m. Diocesan Council meeting
6:30 p.m. Cathedral Chapter dinner/meeting
Wednesday, May 23, 2018:
Staff and Oversight meetings
Thursday, May 24, 2018:
7:00 p.m. St. Andrew’s, Camden – meeting with leadership of Camden churches w/ Canon Phyllis Jones
THE ROYAL WEDDING TOMORROW: BISHOP CURRY TO PREACH, AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW…The External Affairs Office of The Episcopal Church has released an EXCELLENT set of materials on tomorrow’s Royal Wedding, featuring preaching by Presiding Bishop The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry. We hope you’ll be watching the stream with us–fascinators and morningcoats are, of course, optional.
THE ROAD TO GENERAL CONVENTION: MEET YOUR DEPUTATION! by Karen BemisEach week, we’ll provide new insight into this year’s General Convention. Here’s our Deputation! Every three years, our diocese sends a deputation to General Convention, the governing body of The Episcopal Church. Actually, General Convention constitutes only part of this event: the Episcopal Church Women Triennial meets concurrently with General Convention, and many church interest groups, book publishers, vestment manufacturers, and others take advantage of this gathering of Episcopalians to hawk their wares. So, from New Jersey goes not just the GC deputation but also ECW leaders, youth representatives, volunteers, and others. I’d like to introduce you to New Jersey’s deputation. It includes all bishops of the diocese and the clergy and lay deputies and alternates elected at prior Diocesan Conventions. While all bishops are eligible for a seat in the House of Bishops, only Bishop William Stokes will represent our diocese at this Convention. As Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey, Bishop Stokes spends much time meeting with diocesan groups, parishes and individuals. His home parish is Trinity Cathedral, but most Sundays he leads worship at one of our many congregations. Before we elected him bishop, he had served as 1st Alternate Clergy Deputy for Southeast Florida at the General Conventions of 2003 and as Clergy Deputy at 2006, 2009 and 2012. During the last General Convention, Bishop Stokes served on the Standing Committee for United States Policy; he also found time to walk with the Bishops United Against Gun Violence during the 2015 General Convention. For this General Convention, Bishop Stokes has been appointed to chair the Legislative Committee on The Episcopal Church in Cuba. Each diocese can elect up to four clergy and four lay deputies as well as up to four alternates in each order. Alternates can substitute for deputies at any session of the House of Deputies. The New Jersey members include
- Clergy Deputies: Jack Zamboni, Gail Bennett, Valerie Balling, and Scott Russell;
- Clergy Alternates: Keith McCoy and Justin Falciani;
- Lay Deputies: Paul Ambos, Noreen Duncan, Louis Cavaliere, and Wendy Blackman; and
- Lay Alternates: Barbara Okamoto Bach, Thomas Szczerba, Marcus Gales, and Karen Bemis.
UPCOMING DIOCESAN EVENTS Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events!
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.
Bishop William H. Stokes enthusiastically invites parishioners throughout our Diocese to celebrate Cathedral Sunday on June 3, 2018 by joining in worship in a special Flower Festival Eucharist Service beginning at 10:30 a.m.The Cathedral will be decorated with numerous magnificent floral arrangements created by floralministries and parishioners throughout the Diocese at a floral workshop conducted the day before. Bishop Stokes will be the Celebrant, and the Reverend Canon Karin Mitchell of St. David’s Cranbury will preach. Children from various parishes will read, lead prayers, and offer the elements. All are invited to a lite lunch immediately following the Eucharist highlighting the many vital urban ministries of Trinity Cathedral.
There will be a Cathedral scavenger hunt for the kids as well as docent-led tours of the magnificently adorned and historic Cathedral. All congregations have been encouraged to send representatives, especially youth, to worship at “their second home church,” and all floral ministries and interested parishioners, regardless of skill level, are invited to participate in the free and professionally led workshop on Saturday, June 2nd. All floral materials will be provided, as will lunch. For further information on the workshop and confirmation, contact Patrice D’Angelo at the Cathedral Office at 609-392-3805 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
……SPOTLIGHT ON: PROJECT RESOURCE WORKSHOP JUNE 9TH – REGISTER NOW! What: comprehensive training in Project Resource’s spiritual, practical, effective stewardship tools to grow giving in your congregation! When: Saturday June 9, 2018, 9:30am – 3:00pm Where: All Saints Church; 16 All Saints Rd, Princeton, NJ Why:
- Assess your congregation’s current approach to all aspects of financial stewardship
- Name where you want to go
- Develop strategies for moving forward
- Be paired with a stewardship coach
- Leave with at least one idea you can use – and more to bring back to your congregation
- Address all three kinds of giving:
- Annual (stewardship pledges)
- Major (large gifts, capital campaigns, roof replacement drive)
- Planned (will inclusions, endowment expansion, legacy societies
SELECT CONGREGATIONAL EVENTS Click here for the full calendar! Click here to add your own!
……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.
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!
CHOIR ROBES TO CLAIMHoly 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.