A gentle reminder: Be sure to change your congregation's website to reflect any seasonal changes in your worship & Bible study schedule!
Editor's note: In fact, why don't you visit your congregation's website right now to see if it's up-to-date. I'll wait here. ;)
Give visitors every opportunity to meet you in worship this summer - update your website and any online calendars to reflect changes in your schedule!
Would you like to create an easy to manage, effective, and mobile-device-friendly website that doesn't require constant updating, yet still keeps members and visitors informed about happenings in your congregation?
Contact Caitlin Dinger to schedule a digital ministry audit - she will view your congregation's website and/or social media presence through a friendly-critical lens and provide you with constructive feedback & support, with the goal of helping you better communicate with your online audience. Schedule your consultation today!
District Communications Summer Schedule
District Newsletters will be emailed less frequently over the summer.
Publication dates for the Grapevine e-Newsletter will be: June 30, July 21, August 11, and September 1.
Please send in stories and pictures from your congregation's summer ministry activities - Vacation Bible School, mission projects, National Youth Gathering events, and others.
The deadline for submissions is the Monday before publication, 5pm.
On May 24, 2016 Parish Nurse Representatives from LCMS Districts around the country had the opportunity to meet one another, worship together, and share news about their individual districts. The theme for this meeting was "Encourage and Nourish."
Each district representative shared answers to the following questions:
How do you promote Congregational Health Ministries and Parish Nursing in your District?
How do you provide consultation and/or resources to congregations considering a Health Ministry program?
How do you provide on-going consultation to Parish nurses, health ministers, and Pastors on issues related to Congregational Health.
How do you provide Parish nurses in your district with information regarding opportunities to serve on short term missions in national and international venues.
How do you interface with district health, health advocacy, human care and ministerial health committees, and with the District President, to have a unified voice in Congregational Health Ministries.
Following the May 24 meeting, we joined LCMS Pastors, Parish Nurses and Congregational Health Ministry leaders at the 24th Annual Conference for Parish Nursing and Congregational Health Ministries, held May 25 & 26 at Concordia University Wisconsin. This years conference theme was "Hope and Health," based on Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him."
We gathered in worship and seminar, to learn from various keynote speakers and at breakout sessions. Topics included Hope and Health-A Theological Framework, Ministry of Presence, A Military Family's Sacrifice, Parish Nursing after Trauma and Disaster, Hospice Nursing, Human Trafficking, Helping your Parishioners with Methods to improve Chronic Illness, and many more. In chapel the second day, we took part in a very beautiful Blessing of the Hands. We also received enough resources to fill a second suitcase to take home!
I would like to thank Patty Criscenzo for being our New Jersey District Parish Nurse Rep for the past 14 years! It is a blessing to serve our New Jersey District in this role, and I look forward to sharing resources, and the answers to all of the above questions with you over the next year!
For more information regarding Parish Nursing or Congregational Health Ministries, please contact Colleen Botcher via email or cell phone: 201-723-9836.
Be sure to follow the hashtags #NJDtoNOLA and #NYG2016 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as youth from around the NJ District attend the National LCMS Youth Gathering in New Orleans, LA - July 16-20.
You can watch a livestream of each evening's Mass Event at the Gathering website. Be sure to tune in on Saturdaynight, July 16, as our NJ District youth will be seated somewhere on the floor in front of the stage. Who knows? You might catch a glimpse of the youth from your congregation on the big screen!
NJ District Event at the NYG
Registration is ongoing for the District Event at the NYG: dinner, live music and more at Ducote Designs, a Mardi Gras float den.
The $45 registration fee includes a catered dinner, District T-shirt, and music for all those who attend.
Participants from the LCMS Eastern District (encompassing parts of New York, Pennsylvania and the panhandle of Maryland) will be joining us at the event, as well.
The NJ District t-shirt will resemble Bruce Springsteen's classic "Greetings from Asbury Park" album cover.
Please download and complete this registration form and return it with a single check for your group for the whole amount (made payable to New Jersey District - LCMS) Alicia De Sena (District NYG Coordinator) before June 20.
News & Events
Mission and ministry events & opportunities from around the NJ District and beyond.