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"It's in giving that we receive." – Prayer of St. Francis

If there were a way to help others, feel great about yourself, and make a difference, at no cost to you, would you be interested? There is. If you haven’t yet tried it yet, it’s volunteering. And there are ways to keep the volunteering experience fresh and rewarding, so read on.

In the News

[northjersey.com] St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church and King of Kings Lutheran Church Mountain Lakes, Community Church of Mountain Lakes, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boonton have joined forces to collect diapers, formula and other items for infants living in poor and low-income families.


At Vestry University 2014, held on October 4, keynote speaker John McLaverty of The Missional Network spoke on the challenges as well as the promise for congregations in "The Space Between" (time: 23:51).

In the News

[The Alternative Press] The dead body of a male adult was found by dog walkers at approximately 6:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the playground behind the Gardern Court apartments, near the Chatham Middle School.

The death, an apparent suicide, is being investigated by the Chatham Borough Police and the Morris County Prosecutors Office. According to Chatham Police Chief Phil Crosson, authorities are confirming the identity and notifying next-of-kin before releasing any information.

Senior Ministries

It is hard to avoid the streams of ads from Aetna, AARP (UnitedHealthcare), AmeriHealth, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and others. As annoying as they are, if you are on Medicare and have a Medicare Advantage (Part C) or Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D), the ads are a reminder that it is time to think about your medical coverage. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period, sometimes called the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP), starts October 15 and runs to December 7.

Church News

Somewhere around 2005, when we asked random people in Fort Lee if they knew where Good Shepherd, or the Episcopal Church, was, they would usually look at us blankly. We’d describe the location, and they’d say, “Oh, is that church still open?” “I thought it was a Korean church, because of the sign.” Officials in town and in local social service agencies knew us primarily because of Friends for Life, our HIV support program.


On Sunday, September 21, two days before world leaders met for an emergency UN Climate Summit, 400,000 people took part in the People’s Climate March in Manhattan. After lining up from Columbus Circle on 59th Street North beyond 86th Street, and on countless side streets, legions of people marched peacefully for action on climate change. Calling the March special sells it short. It was a miracle, a concentrated expression of concern for people and the planet and the largest climate march in history, four times larger than expected. “Jesus,” said one police officer when he saw the crowds. “Most groups say they’ll get 50,000 and 5,000 show up. You all delivered.”


In late August, over 300 people attended the Nuevo Amanecer (“A New Dawn”) Conference at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina. Sponsored by The Episcopal Church’s Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries in partnership with the Latino Ministries Office of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), this biennial conference draws participants from all over the U.S., Mexico and Latin America. Attending from the Diocese of Newark were members of the Hispanic/Latino Ministry Task Force led by the Rev. Rosa Brown.


Congratulations to the 2014 recipients of the Clara Horsley Leadership Award from the Union of Black Episcopalians.


On September 12 and 13, 2014, your Diocesan Council held their 7th annual retreat at the Christ Center at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center – our first retreat at one of our own facilities. Twenty-seven Council members and Episcopal House staff gathered to chart the strategic pri