TRINITY CHURCH, ASBURY PARK STANDS AGAINST HATE
BRADLEY PARK, ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY
In This Issue:
From our Communications Director
Restoring the Right to Vote
General Convention: ECW at GC
Diocesan Events and Recent Happenings
Select Congregational Events
FROM CANON JONATHAN ELLIOTT, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR:
Dear Friends in Christ,
I deeply love serving as your Communications Director, and I wanted to offer some information on resources that are available to you now and in the months ahead.
First, I recommend you sign up for The Episcopal Church’s Daily Scan, presented by TEC’s Office of Public Affairs. This daily email gives newsworthy snapshots of what’s going on in the Church from media outlets worldwide, and is a quick and useful method of absorbing great information. The Public Affairs Office also offers tremendous resources from inspirational videos to book club support to meme creation to need-to-know info and protocols for major events like General Convention. It’s a great place to keep your finger on the pulse of the Church.
Second, I want to notify you of some changes in the look and feel of diocesan communications. We’re in the process of changing our email provider from Constant Contact to MailChimp, with some new organization and design accompanying it. Look for this change later in July.
Third, we’re hard at work at the new diocesan website, coming in late summer or early fall. Many of you have contributed ideas and recommendations to the structure and look of this upcoming site, and we’re grateful. We’re looking forward to a fresh, clean, mobile responsive site that both meets our informational needs and offers a great and welcoming introductory experience to our diocese. If you have any questions or thoughts about our site, or sites you see in your life that have features you’d love to see us implement, please let us know!
Fourth, I want to announce a series of online webinars I’ll be offering on Thursdays in August; at the Episcopal Communicators conference at Kanuga in April, I taught a course on design for non-designers with frugal budgets, and I’ve taught it twice since then. It’s full of useful skills in the church environment, and I’m expanding to a series of evening online courses, free of charge, this summer.
AUGUST 2: Design Basics
AUGUST 9: InDesign Introduction and Layouts
AUGUST 16: Canva Tips and Tricks
AUGUST 23: Getting Started with Photoshop
AUGUST 30: iOS and Android Apps for Church Marketing
I’ll be offering a sign-up for these beginning next week; class size is limited, but these webinars will be recorded and hopefully offered again or expanded to meet our needs. Look for more soon.
The Communications Office is here for you, to help with communications technologies, to share your stories, to rejoice with you in the Good News, and more.
I love working with you, Please reach out with your communications needs, questions, and concerns, or just to say “hi!”
Yours in Christ,
Canon Jonathan Elliott
Bishop’s Schedule Highlights
Thursday-Tuesday, June 14-26, 2018:
St. John’s-by-the-Sea, Avalon – Bishop in residence
RESTORING THE RIGHT TO VOTE
We invite you to join us on June 27 at Trinity Cathedral in Trenton for a powerful session on restoring the right to vote for former convicts, presented by the New Jersey Institute foe Social Justice. This event is sponsored by several vital organizations, including Jubilee Ministries, LEAM NJ, and the Anti-Poverty Network. Look for more faith-based and essential ways for us to make a difference in our communities here soon.
GENERAL CONVENTION: GO! SHARE THE WORD!
By ECW Province II President Carolyn Belvin
Share the Word: Every Day, Comunicamos, Every Where
The 49th Triennial Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women will be held July 5 – 11, 2018 in Austin, Texas. The Triennial meeting meets concurrently with General Convention. This year’s theme: GO! Share the Word: Every Day, Comunicamos, Every Where will help us bring God’s love to all.
At the Triennial Meeting you see the work of ECW on a whole different level and how women from all across the country with different backgrounds and experiences come together for worship, mission, and fellowship.
Each Triennial has Mission Outreach projects usually centered around the community where the meeting is held. This year the monetary Unified Gift is going to Community First! Village, a ministry of Mobile Loaves and Fishes in Austin, Texas. Donna Emery, development director for Community First!, has described the village as a “novel approach to mitigating the problem of homelessness.” This is a place of wonder with affordable housing of varying styles, including many tiny homes; a huge community garden; a recreation center and community store; worship spaces and prayer labyrinth; a medical facility; even an arts center where unique pieces are handcrafted by village residents.
The Community Connection Gift is to the Trinity Center Shower Program, housed at St. David’s Episcopal Church in downtown Austin which is a place with private and secure showers for homeless women. In connection with this monetary gift each participant of Triennial is asked to bring items for “Summer Survival Kits” which will include items such as socks, soap, toothpaste, sunscreen, etc. and gift cards for stores that sell these items for the women using the showers.
These projects are the current way we continue the mission work that the Emery sisters began in the 1870’s when in 1872 the first General Annual Meeting of the Woman’s Auxiliary met at the same time as General Convention in New York City.
Triennial is a place for learning where we hear wonderful guest speakers, and this year select from a slate of over 28 topics to attend several small group workshops centered on the Five Marks of Mission.
A highlight of every General Convention and Triennial Meeting is the United Thank Offering Ingathering. At this beautiful Eucharist the UTO representatives from each diocese symbolically present the offerings of the last three years.
Triennial is a time of fellowship where we greet old friends and meet new ones. There is a Welcome Dinner, a Distinguished Woman Luncheon and a Provincial breakfast gathering. This year Carol Seale Council is the Distinguished Woman from the ECW of the Diocese of New Jersey.
The women attending Triennial Meeting this year are the Delegates representing the ECW of the Diocese of New Jersey:
Donna Freidel, ECW Diocesan President. Donna is a member St. Thomas Church, Glassboro. Donna serves on Diocesan Council and is ECW President of the Woodbury District.
Carol Seale Council, ECW Diocesan Student Service Award Chair. Carol is a member of St. Elizabeth’s Church, Elizabeth. She is our Distinguished Woman for Triennial 2018, past ECW Diocesan President, and was Director of Mission Response. She was a past recipient of the Diocesan Woman of Honor award and delegate to Triennial 2015.
Joanne H. Hutchison, ECW Diocesan Secretary. Joanne is a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wenonah. She was secretary of the Woodbury District ECW and a former board member of the New Jersey Diocesan Altar Guild. In 2013, she received the Kitchen of Hope Community Service Award and was a past recipient of the Diocesan Woman of Honor award. Joanne was a delegate to Triennial 2015.
Susan Stokes, ECW Diocesan Board Member-at-Large. Susan was President of the ECW of Southeast Florida and Province II United Thank Offering Alternate Representative. She was a past recipient of the Diocesan Woman of Honor award and a volunteer at General Convention 2015.
Carolyn Belvin, Province II ECW President. Carolyn is a member of Christ Church, Toms River. She is editor of the ECW NEWS. Carolyn is a past ECW Diocesan President and Province II ECW President. She was the New Jersey National Woman of Honor for Triennial 2009 and has attended all seven Triennial Meetings since 1997.
The Triennial Meeting is a special time when the women of the church are gathered with the rest of the church family sharing God’s love and reaching out to God’s people with renewed energy and purpose.
Look for more reflections on General Convention every week this June and July!
DIOCESAN EVENTS, RECENT HAPPENINGS AND UPCOMING
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Meeting of the Hispanic Coalition Partners: June 23
From the Rev. Ramon Ubiera-Torres, our Canon Missioner for Hispanic/Latino Ministries:
Successful Gathering of Hispanic Coalition Partners to continue to develop our ministry: Trinity Church, Asbury Park, Christ Church, Toms River, St Thomas, Red Bank, St Marys, Keyport & Hispanic Commission Co-Chair. Many thanks to Canon Phyllis Jones for guiding us in the right direction! / Exitosa reunión de la coalición hispana continuando desarrollo del ministerio hispano, plantación de Iglesias latinas, #DirectionoftheHolySpirit.
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
Are you 5-18 Years in Ministry? The VISION Program and Union Theological Seminary invites your application!
Thanks to generous funding from the Lilly Endowment, Union will launch its third cohort of the VISION program in the Fall of 2018.
The VISION program engages early/mid-career faith leaders (5 – 18 years in ministry) in a two-year collaborative program designed to support new ministries and build clergy relationships across denominations and religious traditions.
The VISION cohort meets monthly at Union in New York City during the academic term to collaborate and dialogue with civic leaders, academics and scholars, and other innovators from the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Each summer the group meets at a retreat to continue the conversation and work together. VISION fellows undertake a culminating congregational project supported by a cash grant from VISION and close collaboration with other fellows and mentors.
The deadline to apply is July 1, 2018. Visit https://utsnyc.edu/life/institutes/vision-program/ for more information and to apply online.
For more information, please contact VISION Director, The Rev. Jane Huber, PhD at: email@example.com
SELECT CONGREGATIONAL EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS
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IN MEMORIAM: THE REV. THOMAS SWEENY, DEACON
On June 13, we lost our beloved deacon Thomas Sweeny, who most recently served at St. Mark’s and All Saints, Galloway. Here’s a lovely tribute to him from the Press of Atlantic City’s obituary.
“Reverend Tom” would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a call, a sort of an offer you can’t refuse, for an appointment from which he will not be returning. His new mission takes him to a wonderful place where he will be socializing, dancing, and reading to his heart’s content. Music, laughter and love are guaranteed. Food is delicious and you never gain an ounce. He left detailed instructions for his family and friends to celebrate his mission here, which has now been completed.
The Rev. Thomas E. Sweeny, Dcn is predeceased by his beloved wife with whom he celebrated over 50 years of marriage, Bari C. Sweeny, mother Susan (Drake) Sweeny and father, Thomas E. Sweeny III. He is survived by his sister Gail (Sweeny) Weston, daughter Cori E. Coane (Sweeny) & husband Fred, Sons Thomas E. Sweeny IV, James M. Sweeny & wife Jennifer, Grandchildren: Thomas E. Sweeny V, Scott Breder, Jillian & Julia Sweeny. Rev. Tom was the Atlantic County Fire Chaplain and served at the Church of Saint Mark and All Saints Church in Galloway NJ.
He was ordained to the Holy Catholic Church in the Episcopal Diocese of N.J. after completing three years of schooling as well as six hundred hours at Toms River Community Hospital for Clinical Pastoral Education. Rev. Sweeny served on the Diocese of New Jersey’s Committee for Diaconal Education and Formation, has served on the Diocesan Mission Board, and The Diocesan Deacons Council.
Rev. Sweeny had over 59 years in the Fire Service with 50 of those years in the Cardiff Vol. Fire Co., EHT, NJ and having served in various offices including that of Chief. Rev. Sweeny is a past member of the Atlantic County OEM Advisory Board. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America, member of the American Legion, the 157th Field Artillery Association, Enlisted Association of the NJ National Guard and the Association of the United States Army. Rev. Sweeny is a retired First Sergeant NJ Army National Guard, having served on active duty in the US Navy and the US Coast Guard prior to enlisting in the NJ Army National Guard. He is retired from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers LU 351.
IN MEMORIAM: BARBARA SCHWEITZER, PARISHIONER OF ST. MARY’S, PLEASANTVILLE
Before her official transfer out the Church of the Epiphany in Ventnor in the year 2000, Barbara L. Schweitzer had long been attending St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Pleasantville. As St. Mary’s is traditionally a warm, welcoming, and friendly Church open to everyone, it did not take long for Barbara to adopt St. Mary’s as her Church home. Her spirit impacted everyone in a special way. Barbara could always be counted on to provide a helping hand, a good laugh and an open heart. She made it her mission to serve the Lord and her neighbors. And she did just that till the morning of May 9, 2018 when she received her ultimate call to the Almighty.
Barbara could be seen around St. Mary’s lending a hand wherever it was needed. She helped with the Altar, in the kitchen, the parish hall, and cleaning up the campus whenever she saw litter. Barbara was a gifted educator and willingly offered her expertise to assist the children with their homework and reading. She sat patiently and spoke softly until the task was complete. It is unknown who enjoyed the learning/teaching opportunity the most. Barbara also had an abundance of energy and shared it with the children in the after- school program.During warm weather she could be found outside in activity with the children and in colder months inside playing board games.
Barbara planted seeds each year at the ACUA greenhouse and stayed with them from planted seedling to harvest. Sometimes she would sample vegetables while pulling weeds. She took so much pleasure in enjoying the harvest and knowing what sustenance our living food bank would provide to others.
Barbara had an awesome, giving, passionate spirit which touched many lives in this community both inside and outside of the church. St Mary’s Episcopal Church dedicated the Sunday June 24th Eucharistic Service to the honor of Barbara at 9:30 am and following the Church service, a tree was planted in her memory in the Church Community Garden.
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 CLAIM
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.
SEEKING MUSICIANS AND SINGERS
Seeking musicians and singers, of whatever ability, who wish to explore contemporary praise and worship music together. The goal would be to practice and render song and music that could move at least ourselves to deeper worship, and to experiment with how this might fit within our Episcopal context. Hillsong United, Jesus Culture, Israel Houghton — the usual suspects. Please contact the Rev. Shawn Armington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proclaiming Christ in the Garden State
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