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[Passaic Valley Today] School No. 2 in Little Falls is spreading some holiday cheer for needy families of the township. In joining Partners for Health, a community foundation of Montclair, the school has created its own food pantry. The donated food being collected will be delivered to the food pantries at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, located at 65 Union Ave., and First Reformed Church, located at 61 Main St.

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[New Jersey Herald] For many people, leftovers are the norm. It’s common to cook a meal and have enough to save for another day.

For Martin Steel, a congregation member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Sparta, leftovers presented an opportunity to help the community.

In the News

[GTS News] Nearly ten years ago, efforts began in the Diocese of Newark to establish a task force recognizing the importance of outreach to the growing Hispanic population throughout communities in New Jersey. The Rev. John C. Habecker (Class of 1978) while serving as rector of St. John’s, Dover before retirement, supported the committee with valuable counsel from 2008 to 2013.

Star-Ledger Op-Ed

[The Star-Ledger] As the country prepares to observe Saturday’s first anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., New Jersey is poised to play what we hope will be a salutary role in thus far fruitless efforts to pass legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of those who are not allowed to own them.

In the News

[ABC Local] It's the season of giving. Many people are looking to help those less fortunate. But how do you know if your donations are actually reaching those who need it most? Here is some advice when it comes to holiday giving.

The Apostle's House in Newark is a shelter where homeless families live. Down in the pantry is a huge concern because there are empty freezers and bare shelves.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

Two years ago I visited Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island. The guide, who was imprisoned with Mandela, said that at least a year before apartheid ended, the prisoners knew they had won. He said the guards knew it too. Institutional evil could not be sustained. Nelson Mandela knew that hope and solidarity and commitment to justice can overtake evil. Thank God for his witness.

Bishop Beckwith's Blog

It's my favorite collect from the prayer book. (A collect is a collection of thoughts that make up a prayer.) It opens the new liturgical year, on the first Sunday of Advent.

The collect begins,

Almighty God, give us grace...

Church News

For their second annual Food Drive, the members of Christ Church in Teaneck and the children and staff of the Ridgewood Montessori School in Paramus collected over 1000 pounds of food to be distributed to the Good Shepherd Food Pantry in Weehawken and the Christ Church Food Pantry.

In the News

[The Daily Record] The Church of the Redeemer was the setting Sunday for a group marriage ceremony that celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriages in New Jersey.

The ceremony featured more than two dozen same-sex and straight couples within the church.

From Bishop Beckwith

My favorite definition of stewardship is “All we do with all we have, all the time,” thus making stewardship a year-round enterprise.

Most of our congregations have completed their annual pledge campaign, and are preparing for the Christmas holidays. I invite you to include the Alleluia Fund for Outreach in your holiday giving; and to consider your contribution as another part of year-round stewardship.