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At 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark, Joyce McGirr was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate (a step in the process toward ordination to the Priesthood). Her journey to this day has been diverse and spirit-filled.


"The sun has come out - and that is an omen for this park, for this city, for our life together," said Bishop Mark Beckwith, before leading the assembled people in a blessing of the newly renovated Military Park, at its grand opening on June 13, 2014.


Twenty-five years ago, the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, under the leadership of the Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, made church history when it created the first official diocesan ministry for gay and lesbian people. That milestone was remembered on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral in Newark, where current and former leaders of The OASIS gathered with family and friends for a joyous Eucharist and reception, to look back and also to think about what God might be calling us to do next.


When Bishop Mark Beckwith blesses the launch of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Lincoln Park & Montville on June 8, it will mark the formal end of a methodical process that started more than seven years earlier, and the beginning of a new ministry and mission. The unification of St. Andrew’s in Lincoln Park and Church of the Transfiguration in Towaco (a section of Montville) was affirmed in January at Diocesan Convention.

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The 2014 Memorial Day Service at St. James' Church in Upper Montclair was a very special event.

“I don’t remember such a moving ceremony at St. James',” said parishioner, Ruth Gardner of Montclair, “And I’ve been a member here for over 50 years.”

"I told them that the hand of my God had been gracious upon me, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. Then they said, ‘Let us start building!’ So they committed themselves to the common good." Nehemiah 2:18

In researching the latest recipient for the Bishop’s Church Emergency Fund call, we dove deep into the archives at Episcopal House. In a historical file for this recipient, we discovered details of capital campaigns for the building of the original church, founded in 1914, and for the expanded, present day facility built in 1953. This verse from Nehemiah was utilized in both time periods, to speak to the building and maintaining of the facilities in this suburban Bergen County town. It resonates now, a century later, as we issue the second call of 2014 for the Bishop’s Church Emergency Fund, for Christ Church in Teaneck.

Alleluia Fund for Outreach

As a member of Christ Church in Short Hills, for the past few years I have been organizing Christ Church’s involvement with the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges (IFPO), which provides supplemental and emergency food to low-income residents of Orange and East Orange most Wednesdays year-round.


The planning has begun for this year’s Vestry University on Saturday, October 4. The goal has always been to inspire, equip and feed the people who work tirelessly in their congregations. There is a vast array of ministries that help to keep our churches healthy and alive to do the work we are called to do.

Alleluia Fund for Outreach

Jason, his wife and three children entered one of Family Promise’s New Leaf Transitional Housing program apartments in October of 2013. Having been laid off from his job several months earlier, Jason needed a plan. Working with a Family Promise caseworker, Jason started the research to find a new career path, one that he could build on for the future. He decided truck driving was the route he wanted to take and applied for a Family Promise Break the Cycle scholarship.