Resources for Mission
from Your Diocese’s Finance Office
Food for Thought:  Taken from “Doing the Math of Mission: Fruits, Faithfulness and Metrics”, by Gil Rendle:
“The adaptive question . . . is how the denomination can redirect resources to create more vital congregations.  Vital congregations are then defined by measurable metrics.  In order to understand progress along this path of denomination renewal, the  . . . work must be held in proper perspective with the greater denominational mission of making disciples and transforming the world.”

 

Now Go Forth:  Join the conversation!!  Seek to learn and understand more about how our diocese at our upcoming Convention looks to redirect resources to help create more vital congregations.  Check out some “out-of-the-box” thinking::

When you see your clergy or lay Convention delegates this Sunday or in the weeks ahead, if they haven’t told you about Convention – ASK!!!

 

Marks of the Month

In honor of Convention, in the context of our Special Intiiatives and looking ahead to Mission-Based Budgeting, we honor all 5 Marks of Mission this month!   Look here for our “Marks of Mission” special icon descriptions and to see how our Special Initiatives resources fund our goals and objectives for each Mark   Do you know which one is which without looking???

 

 

 

GreenFaith Update:   Last year we adopted a resolution calling on the congregations of the diocese to work with GreenFaith, the interfaith environmental organization, to reduce their energy use and costs and their carbon footprint.  GreenFaith is eager to work with congregations on this, and is offering an Energy Services Program for congregations of the diocese.  We are seeking to identify 10 congregations to take part in this program in spring 2015. The simple, 1-page on-line application form is due by March 16th.  This user- friendly program offers congregations valuable opportunities for energy savings. The average facility can reduce their energy use between 15-25% percent through these services. For every $20,000 in energy costs, that’s savings of $3,000-$5,000 – every year!

 

GreenFaith is offering a free 30-minute webinar on Monday March 2nd – at 8:00 pm and on Thursday March 5th at 12:00 noon – to provide further information.  If you would like to take part in the webinar, e-mail GreenFaith’s  Energy Services Program Director, Anne Rahikainen, atarahikainen@greenfaith.org or call her for further information at 732-565-7740 ext. 304.

 

And the Award Goes To . . . :  St. Peter’s-at-the-Light, Barnegat Light; St. Augustine’s, Camden; St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea, Cape May Point; St. Peter’s, Clarksboro; St. David’s, Cranbury; St. Francis’, Dunellen; St. John’s, Elizabeth; Church of the Ascension, Gloucester; Christ Church, Magnolia; Grace Church, Merchantville; St. Andrew’s, Mount Holly; St. Stephen’s, Mullica Hill; All Saints’, Navesink; St. George’s, Pennsville; St. Mary’s, Pleasantville; Christ Church, South Amboy; Cristo Rey, Trenton; St. Barnabas by the Bay, Villas; and St. Mark’s at the Crossing, Williamstown.

 

All of these have joined Iglesia San Jose, Elizabeth; Trinity Church, Vincentown; and Trinity Church, Woodbridge among the first completed Parochial Report online filings for the 2014 year!  Remember, due date for online filing of Parochial Reports is March 1st, with signature pages to be filed with the Finance Office by May 1st!

The Wednesday Lenten series begins Feb. 25 and runs through March 25. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. with a light buffet supper and continues from 7 to 8 p.m. with a time of reading holy scripture and responding to questions based on the biblical texts. Discussions are designed to lead us into discernment about God’s presence in our lives and in our world and to increase our comfort with reading and interpreting the Bible as the lively and life-life-giving Word of God. The discussions are suitable for older children as well as adults (and participating in the Lenten series is part of the preparation for being Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church when Bishop Chip Stokes visits Holy Trinity on Saturday, May 2, at 4 p.m.). For more information please contact the Reverend Gregory Bezilla: gregbezilla@verizon.net. All are welcome–you don’t have to be a member!

 

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Wild beasts, angels, and a rainbow are part of the worship for this first Sunday in Lent. The Great Litany will be sung in procession at the beginning of the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome – please invite a neighbor.

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UPCOMING PROGRAM DEADLINES:

VAN DUZER SCHOLARSHIP (MARCH 1)  
Diocesan College-Scholarship
Applications Due MARCH 1   
The Bishop Van Duzer scholarship fund assists high school seniors preparing to enter their first year of accredited post-secondary education.

Criteria considered in the awarding of scholarship funds include service to the local and wider church, community service, academic achievement, and financial need.

This application and additional information must be postmarked no later than MARCH 1, 2015.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all items are sent in on time. 

A Brief History
In 1987, members of the Diocesan Youth Commission decided to form a scholarship fund to assist young people entering post-secondary education. The scholarship was named for the Right Reverend Albert W. Van Duzer, eighth bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey.

For more than fifty years, Bishop Van Duzer was an advocate for youth in the Diocese of New Jersey. He served as Youth Director from 1949 to 1954 and was a member of the Board of Youth Consultative Service from 1953 to 1963. Bishop Van Duzer was one of the founding members of Youth Events in the Diocese of New Jersey and shared his vision of a full-time Youth Director for the diocese.

Since 1989, over 150 scholarships have been awarded to youth of the Diocese. Some of the recipients have continued in the tradition of Bishop Van Duzer and work with young people in and beyond the diocese.

For information on how to apply, click here.

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Baptism201502This past weekend at Holy Trinity, we welcomed a new member into our Christian Community.

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church”
(Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).

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2015 Lenten Series
Video Hangouts


This coming Lent, the Diocese of New Jersey will offer a new Lenten series for use in your congregations. The 2015 Lenten Series is called called

What’s God Up To – And How Can I Join In?

Information and materials are now available at:

www.dioceseofnj.org/lent

Additionally, we’re pleased to announce a series of free, live video conversations throughout Lent, powered by Google Hangouts.

Each of these conversations will be about an hour, and will feature a guided conversation on the Lenten Series, and what God is up to in our communities.

The four dates for Hangouts are:

February 19 at 5 p.m.
March 5 at 8 p.m.
March 19 at 5 p.m.
April 8 at 6 p.m.

All you need to connect is a camera and microphone on your desktop or laptop PC or mobile device,

Attendance is FREE, but space is limited. Click here to register. You will receive a confirmation within 24 hours.

 

We hope you’ll join is in using this new technology to bring us closer together. I look forward to talking with you!

 

Faithfully,

 

The Rev. Cn. Dr. Rob Droste

Canon for Congregational Development and Mission

rdroste@dioceseofnj.org