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January 13, 2022

Beloved in Christ,

It has been a busy week around the Diocese as we have hosted our Bishop candidates at various events and venues.  If you would like to learn more about them, please go to www.bishopsearchnj.org.  You can also view any of the forums that were held this week at the Diocesan YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/@EpiscopalDioceseofNewJersey/streams.

After meeting all the candidates, I can honestly say that any one of them would be an excellent choice. The Nomination Committee did a phenomenal job identifying candidates with gifts of faith, leadership, and hope.  This Diocese is abundantly blessed to have the opportunity to discern with the Holy Spirit of who to elect.  The bishop election is scheduled for Saturday, January 28th. I ask that you continue to pray for the candidates – Dena, Sally, Mauricio, Janine, and Troy – and for the members of the Convention – the lay and clergy delegates.

As exciting as it is to consider the future, we are called to live in the present.  The Vestry is working on the 2023 budget that will be presented at our Annual Finance Meeting on Sunday, January 29th at 11:30 am (following the 10:15 AM service).  If you are available, we would appreciate your presence and participation.

After a 3-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Fundraising Committee has started work on a Designer Handbag Bingo event, tentatively scheduled for May 5th.  We are already looking for items for the gift baskets, so if you have anything you received from Christmas that you would rather donate, we would be happy to have it!  Our thanks to Steve Miller and his team for getting this effort going again.

We are also looking forward to starting an outreach ministry to veterans.  Helen Green learned of groups of veterans meeting to offer support and help to each other and she wanted St. Peter’s to offer such a gathering. As neither her nor I am a veteran, we prayed for a person who could help facilitate such a gathering and our prayers were answered with a veteran from the area who recently retired and wanted to do something.  He heard about this group, reached out to Helen, and is eager to help connect veterans to each other and the services they need.  If you know any veterans, please share with them that a group will be meeting at St. Peter’s from 6 – 7:30 PM the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.  The first meeting will be February 23rd.

This is a great example of a "home grown" ministry that connects us more closely with the community, which we need to do more of!  If there is a ministry you would like to see at or through St. Peter’s, please contact me and we can discern together what the ministry might look like and how to get it started. No idea is too big or small.

In Christ,
Rev. Valerie+

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