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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.

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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.

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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.

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[] Local children are getting a lesson in the value of water as they work to get some for a community in need.

The Sunday School children at Christ Episcopal Church in Pompton Lakes are in the process of raising money for the Episcopal Relief and Development group to provide a water well for a village or town in an underdeveloped international region.

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[Parsippany Life] The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee and Saint Gregory's Episcopal Church conducted a rain barrel workshop at the church on Saturday, May 3.

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[Morristown Green] How could white Christians condone the persecution of blacks for centuries in America?

And how were African Americans able to persevere and survive such oppression?

James Cone, a scholar known as the founder of black liberation theology, spent a decade researching those complex subjects for his 2011 book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree.

The author pulled no punches in a recent talk at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, where he delivered a powerful and passionate analysis of racism, faith, love and hope as guest lecturer in the Christine Mary and John Shelby Spong Lecture Series.

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Since 2005, Haven of Hope for Kids has provided cost-free country retreats for more than 250 urban families caring for a child with a life threatening illness. Visiting families stay for up to six days in our fully equipped, handicap-friendly cottage. All costs for these visits, including food and transportation, are provided by our mission.

Many of our guest families are sharing a first and last family vacation with their terminally ill child. We would like to share Tierra’s story.

Alleluia Fund for Outreach

This is the house that Janice built. It has four rooms to shelter her four children, ages 5-15 years. Strings stretch wall to wall on which clothing hangs. Reed mats for sleeping are neatly stowed away beneath a hanging anti-malaria bed net. In the front room she stores a bicycle.