LILLIES IN BLOOM ST. PETER’S CHURCH, CLARKSBORO In This Issue: From Bishop Stokes Bishop’s Schedule Diocesan Offices Closed July 2-6 General Convention: The Second Time Around Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings Select Congregational Events Classifieds
A LETTER FROM BISHOP STOKES:Dear People of the Diocese of New Jersey, Almighty and everliving God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who take counsel in Austin for the renewal and mission of your Church. Teach us in all things to seek first your honor and glory. Guide us to perceive what is right, and grant us both the courage to pursue it and the grace to accomplish it; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. This Monday, a sizable group of people from the Diocese of New Jersey will be flying to Austin, Texas for the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. That our General Convention will meet as this nation celebrates July 4th, Independence Day, seems appropriate. The Episcopal Church’s birth occurred at the same time as the birth of the United States. The Episcopal Church is a direct offshoot of The Church of England. Members of the Church of England brought their religion and church with them when they came to the colonies. With Independence declared and the nascent country victorious in the Revolutionary War, it became necessary to reorganize what had been Church of England piety and practices into a distinctly American expression of the faith. Even as the Constitution for the United States was being drafted in Philadelphia in the period following the Revolutionary War, the Constitution and Canons of The Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States were being created in that very same city during that very same time. The democratic spirit of the place and of the times informed the constitution, canons and governing structure of The Episcopal Church. The chief architect of The Episcopal Church was William White, Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, who, with Samuel Provoost of New York, became the second and third bishops of The Episcopal Church (Samuel Seabury of Connecticut was first). The Diocese of New Jersey was one of the founding dioceses of The Episcopal Church. Like the United States Congress, The Episcopal Church’s governing body – General Convention – is bicameral–that is, made up of two houses: the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops. Each and every resolution that is brought before General Convention must be passed in both houses in exactly the same form in order to be a statement or resolution of The Episcopal Church. This indicates a highly shared governance between the clergy and the laity of the Church; one of the hallmarks of our polity. Legislative Committee Hearings will begin in Austin on July 3. There will be a joint session of the two houses of General Convention (The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops) on July 4. The House of Deputies and the House of Bishops will be called to Order for the first of fifteen formal legislative sessions on July 5th. General Convention will continue until adjournment Sine Die on the afternoon of Friday July 13. During that time, each house will consider several hundred resolutions that cover a wide range of topics from possible Prayer Book revision to changes in our Constitution and Canons. I have sponsored Resolution B005 on Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue. The General Convention meets once every three years and is the governing body of our church which is made up of dioceses not only in all 50 states of the United States, but also of parts of Europe, Haiti, Taiwan, the Virgin Islands, Micronesia and parts of Central America. At the 2018 General Convention, the question of readmitting the Diocese of Cuba to The Episcopal Church will be considered. Cuba was separated from The Episcopal Church by action of the House of Bishops in 1968 because of the political difficulties between the United States and Cuba. I hope that you will keep track of all that happens at General Convention in Austin. The Episcopal News Service (ENS) will offer thorough coverage; additionally, daily updates sent back to New Jersey from our diocesan family in Austin will be posted to the diocesan Facebook page. I also hope you will keep all those participating in General Convention, The Episcopal Church Women’s Triennial which will be meeting in Austin July 5 – 11, and all those who will be in Austin in your prayers. Blessings and Happy Independence Day. In Christ, The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, D.D. Bishop of New Jersey
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
July 3-13, 2018: 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas
DIOCESAN OFFICES CLOSED NEXT WEEKDiocesan House will be close July 2-July 6, reopening the morning of July 9. We wish you a happy and safe Independence Day.
GENERAL CONVENTION: MY SECOND TIME AROUND AND WHAT’S NEXT By Thomas Szczerba, Seminarian studying at the General Theological Seminary
DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING Click Here for the Calendar of Upcoming Events!
On Saturday, July 21, at 5 pm, we will gather at St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction, for a time of informal worship and song. All are welcome. No familiarity with the music is expected. Interested musicians may contact The Rev. Shawn Armington (email@example.com) if they wish to play.
On Sunday, July 29, at 5 pm, we will meet at “The Main Street Ministry Garage” in Maple Shade for worship and song, followed by a cook-out and fellowship. Please contact The Rev. Shawn Armington for directions. All are welcome. No familiarity with the music is expected. Interested musicians may contact The Rev. Shawn Armington (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they wish to play.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING: JULY 24, 26
The Prayer for Young Persons in the Book of Common Prayer (p. 829) begins, “God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world . . .” Many youth today cope with depression, anxiety, and addiction issues – even in our congregations. Death by suicide is a growing risk. It does not matter how healthy one’s family is or how involved one is at church. The biological component of mental illness means it knows no boundaries. This leaves us as adults who serve with teens feeling confused and powerless. Mental Health Training for Adults assisting Teens give us the information and skills we need to provide “mental CPR” when a problem arises and to know where to turn for help and other resources. We invite you to join us for this training at St. Peter’s, Freehold so that we can be better resources and beacons of hope for teens in our congregations and communities
UPCOMING SAFE CHURCH TRAININGS
August 11, 2018 – St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/safechurch08112018
September 8, 2018 – Christ Church, Toms River
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09082018
September 15, 2018 – Trinity, Moorestown CURRENTLY FULL; check back later for cancellations or other vacancies
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/safechurch09152018
September 22, 2018 – Grace, Haddonfield
November 10, 2018 – St. Mary’s, Clementon
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/safechurch11102018
50th Anniversary of Ordination: The Rev. Cn. Terrence W. Rosheuvel Canon Terrence W. Rosheuvel will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday, July 8, 2018. All are invited to join him and the congregation at St. James, Bradley Beach on that day for a Festive Celebration of the Eucharist at 9:00 a.m.
The guest Preacher will be Rev. Canon Leroy Lyons, retired Rector of St. Mark’s,Plainfield. Reception follows.
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. MUSIC DIRECTOR WANTED St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is a vibrant, program-sized parish in Westfield, New Jersey, seeking to grow in its spiritual vitality. We seek a Music Director to lead our music program consisting of an adult choir, two children’s choirs, and community concert series. The parish choir is comprised of 20 singers, mostly volunteers and up to 8 professionals. The choir sings Sundays at the 10 a.m. service and special services throughout the year. The choir is joined by chamber musicians at Christmas and Easter. With our Friends of Music program, we are known for our concerts throughout the year. The ideal candidate will be a committed Christian, passionate about sacred music and its role in worship. The successful candidate will sustain our vibrant music program and be a strategic partner in developing and expanding our music ministry. A graduate degree in church music, organ performance, or a related area is preferred. The successful candidate will be devoted to and versed in traditional Anglican liturgy and music, yet be open to new musical expressions in liturgy. The successful candidate will be an exceptional church organist and choir director and have experience teaching children music. St. Paul’s has a 2004 organ built by Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders, consisting of 4 manuals, 55 pipe ranks, and 114 digital voices. Salaried compensation will be in accordance with AAM standards. Benefits available. Applications will be received through 30 July 2018. Please send a resume or CV, audio files with examples of organ works performed and choral/orchestral works conducted, and three references to email@example.com or by postal service mail to: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Attn: The Reverend Dr. Duncan Johnston, Rector 414 Broad Street Westfield, NJ 07090