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Random acts of kindness really do have a ripple effect.

Take St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, for example.  On Thursday morning, a line of cars snaked in front of the church, inching its way to a distant gas station for precious fill-ups in the stressful aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Dioceses throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut continued to assess the damage and havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy as the region made slow progress toward recovery on Nov. 1.

The following churches in the Diocese of Newark have reported that they have power and Wi-Fi and are open to members of the community who wish to recharge and reconnect, either spiritually or electronically (alphabetical by town):

Not long after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Eastern Seaboard on Oct. 29. – claiming at least 55 lives, displacing thousands and causing blizzards, widespread flooding and power outages in America’s most densely populated region – affected Episcopal dioceses were starting to mobilize and assess the storm’s impact.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chatham recently completed a three-week series exploring the connection between disability and faith, culminating in a Walk Now for Autism event on Saturday, Oct. 6. More than 40 people from St. Paul’s gathered at Morris Plains’ Central Park to walk together in support of ministry to those families wrestling with the issues of autism. The Rev. Mary Davis, rector of St. Paul’s, noted, “We raised over $2,300 for the cause and became a missional presence in the community.”

From worksheets to sheet music, notes of several forms can be found marked across the lines of wide-ruled and staff paper. For many North Jersey boys and girls an after-school program is available that couples classroom studies with choral practice. For many years, one of the hallmarks at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood has been its professional music program, said Mark Trautman, 52, music director of the church.

When they were written in the 1940s and early 1950s, the postcards and letters that landed in Jutta Sturdevant’s care a few years back told of a kind of helplessness, of people forced from their homes by the Nazi terror.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, at a small white Episcopal church in West Orange, their struggle was remembered, and honored with a commitment to oppose such evil wherever it arises.

Bishop Beckwith is quoted in this article by New Jersey Monthly.