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Alleluia Video:
The Hoboken Shelter
The Oasis' Film Screening:
Love Free or Die
God is Calling -
How will YOU Answer?
Day of Discernment
Younth & Young Adults Invited to Participate in General Convention
High School Retreat
Episcopal Church & Visual Arts Show
Senior Ministries Evensong
& Hegg Lifetime Achievement Awards
First Annual Diocesan Multi-County Habitat Build Day
In The News

Acolytes, Readers
& More Needed

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The VOICE - Online Edition
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

We hope you had a blessed Holy Week and Easter. During the Alleluia season, the 50 days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, we will be sharing videos that describe just a small amount of the positive impact the Alleluia Fund has had on outreach and mission in the past two years.

Eastertide also means Confirmations and the Hegg Lifetime Achievement Awards. We also have upcoming events for youth and artists and Habitat volunteers. All this, and more, below.
AlleluiaFundEngaging the World
Alleluia Video: The Hoboken Shelter

In the past two years, the Alleluia Fund has provided resources for a wide array of ministries and missions across the diocese and beyond. In this video, Jaclyn Cherubini of the Hoboken Shelter describes how the Alleluia Fund enables them to shelter the homeless and provide meals to the homeless and working poor. Be a part of it!
Alleluia Stories: The Hoboken Shelter
Time: 2:13

We invite you to share this video on your church website, in your church e-newsletter and through your church's social media.
Love Free or Die
The Oasis' Film Screening: Love Free or Die

This Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m., The Oasis will co-host a screening of Macky Alston's award-winning biography of The Right Rev. Gene Robinson, Love Free or Die, at Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City. Find out more.
DiscernmentDayEmpowering People
God is Calling - How will YOU Answer? Day of Discernment

Day of Discernment Sponsored by the Commission on Ministry, this day-long event is for anyone who feels a call to service -- lay or ordained -- to better understand that call. Participants can consider different models of lay ministry, or learn the mechanics of the ordination discernment process and prepare to work more effectively with a discernment committee if they choose that path. Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at St. Michael's, Wayne. Find out more.

The registration deadline was April 7. We're sorry, but walk-ins can not be accommodated.
GC2012Youth & Young Adults Invited to Participate in General Convention

General Convention 2012 Youth who will complete grades 9-12 by June 30 are enthusiastically encouraged to apply to attend the General Convention of the Episcopal Church with our diocesan contingent. We will join representatives from across our 16-country denomination in Indianapolis, IN from July 6-10. This is an AMAZING opportunity to see how the church addresses social, political, theological and ethical issues on a large scale. We'll also have fun and meet with other church leaders in fellowship and worship.

Youth do not have to have been to church-wide or diocesan events before. The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 18 at noon. Find out more.

Young adults age 18-30 have an opportunity to see and experience the workings of General Convention at the Young Adult Festival. With worship, fellowship, workshops, some shared meals, and housing, the festival makes attending and engaging General Convention easy, fruitful and affordable. This year's event will offer opportunities for both Rookies and experienced Advocates to make great use of their time in the company of other young adults from across the church. There will also be offerings for leaders, bishops and deputies to interact and learn from participants about ways to engage young adults in the future and the present of the church.

The cost of participation is $275 for a double, $425 for a single and $100 for commuters. This covers 5 nights of hotel, 5 breakfasts, two receptions, one celebration dinner, visitor access to GC, workshops, worship and all other programming. Airfare is extra, but if 10 or more young adults from our diocese attend, group airline tickets can be booked at a reduced cost.

Find out more or contact Jason Sierra, Officer for Young Adult Leadership and Vocations at the Episcopal Church Center, 646-316-0783. The early registration deadline is Sunday, April 15.
High School Retreat
Empowering People
High School Retreat

This retreat is often the highlight of the year for teens! Youth in grades 9-12 will gather at Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center in Port Murray, NJ the weekend of May 18-20. The registration deadline is Friday, May 4. Find out more.
ECVAEpiscopal Church & Visual Arts Show

ECVA Episcopal Church & Visual Arts (ECVA) was founded in 2000 with the mission of encouraging artists, individuals, congregations and scholars to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church.

The ECVA Diocese of Newark Chapter is holding its first show the weekend of May 18-20 at St. Peter's Church in Essex Fells. Use the online form to submit a digital image of your work. For more information, please contact
HeggAwardsSenior Ministries Evensong
& Hegg Lifetime Achievement Awards

Senior Ministries EvensongOn Sunday, June 3, you are invited to join Bishop Mark Beckwith and Senior Ministries of the Diocese of Newark for the 16th Annual Senior Ministries Evensong, including the presentation of the David P. Hegg II Lifetime Achievement Awards, at Christ Church in Short Hills.

Find out more (including how clergy and wardens can submit honoree information, due no later than Wednesday, May 16).

See also these upcoming Senior Ministries workshops: Advanced Directives: It's Your Choice! (April 21) and 3 Presentations - "Driving," "Medical Travel," "Helpful Home Tips" (May 12).
HabitatEngaging the World
First Annual Diocesan Multi-County Habitat Build Day on June 16

Multi-County Habitat Build Day June 16Wouldn't it be cool to spend the day before Father's Day working in honor of your father by making the world a better place for another family?

Saturday, June 16 will be the first annual diocesan multi-county build day of outreach, providing helping hands to Habitat projects in several of the counties in our diocese.

Find out more or register online.
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Kids walk the Stations of the Cross on
Good Friday at St. Peter's, Morristown
Morristown Green - April 6, 2012

The Rev. Melissa Hall displays the Easter sepulcher created by Max Woolley for the Good Friday service at St. Peter's. SHARON SHERIDAN PHOTO On Good Friday, the day Christians commemorate Jesus' crucifixion, the Rev. Melissa Hall, assistant rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown, led an interactive children's Stations of the Cross service for about 50 people. MG Kids Correspondent Carl Hausman, 11, attended the service and wrote this description of the events and meaning of the service.

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The Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye A. Wilson
Among Women Honored by Freeholders
South Orange Patch - April 9, 2012

The Essex County Freeholders recently recognized three women during its annual Women's History Month Celebration at the Hall of Records in Newark. The honorees included Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey of South Orange, former Newark Councilwoman Marie L. Villani of Verona and Rev. Canon Dr. Sandye A. Wilson, rector of St. Andrew and Holy Communion Episcopal Church in South Orange.

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