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The Reverend Canon Denise G. Haines, in the vanguard of women ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, former Archdeacon of the Diocese of Newark and developer of innovative clinical pastoral care programs died on October 8th in Summit, NJ. She was 73. The cause was cancer, said her daughter, Elizabeth L. Haines. She was a resident of Summit from 1967 to 1986 and then again from 2007 until the time of her death.

Diocese of Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith, Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz of Temple B’Nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey, and Imam W. Deen Shareef of Masjid Waarith ud Deen in nearby Irvington have worked together to serve the people in the sometimes violence-ridden city of Newark, New Jersey, for the last five years. Each says their relationship has helped them grow in faith.

On Friday night, September 21, over 30 teenagers from Grace Church in Madison, St. Paul’s Church in Chatham, Grace Church in Newark, and St. Stephen’s Church in Milburn gathered to “keep watch.” The overnight, hosted by the Revs. Tom Murphy, Brent Bates, Megan Sanders and Mary Davis at Grace, Madison, was the first in a series of events planned for District 4 Youth.

The Diocese of Newark Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians held its second Clara Horsley Leadership Award Breakfast Saturday September 22, 2012 at the Chandelier in Belleville.

This year’s recipient of the award was Robert Simmons, who was nominated by the Rev. Joseph A Harmon and Christ Church in East Orange. Simmons currently serves as the Warden of Christ Church and has served on the several committees on the diocesan level including the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Newark.

In August 2011, flooding from Hurricane Irene put downtown Millburn in the national news – and badly damaged both St. Stephen’s Church and its freshly renovated rectory. On September 9, 2012, St. Stephen’s congregation joined with Bishop Mark Beckwith and Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff to celebrate the completion of a year of flood repairs by dedicating the restored rectory, which will be used to house parish offices and various ministries, including The Tinning Center for Diaconal Ministries.

The Teen Group of Grace Church in Nutley spent an exciting week in Massachusetts at Overlook Farm of Heifer International. The group spent four days working on an organic farm, developing a better understanding of global hunger and poverty.

On Sunday, August 5, Christ Church in Budd Lake had its first annual "Preach on the Beach" summer worship event at Budd Lake Beach.

The day began with a casual worship and communion service with a children's sermon, facing the lake. Parishioners brought friends and family, and remained at the beach for a private party until noon, sharing food, fellowship and swim time with their kids. Brave members of the main 10:15 a.m. service even had an Olympic competition on the slide. And those were the adults!