“God is showing us, gently,
Sister Mary Lynne, Sister Deborah Francis, Sister Margo, Sister Victoria, and Sister Suzanne Elizabeth have been busy creating beautiful hand-crafted jewelry and objects of devotion for our Nun Better Gift Shop. Sister Mary Lynne’s new medium is – ROCKS. She’s collected many interesting stones from around the property and she is incorporating them into her original jewelry designs. Sister Deborah Francis collects feathers from the many birds who live here, and she designs feathered cards for the gift shop that are truly works of art.
We sisters are also continuing our ministry of knitting hats, scarves and prayer shawls for the homeless and for the sick. We’ve got quite a stockpile since we’ve been staying home for a while, but we hope that soon we’ll be able to give them to the Hope One service in Morris County and to North Porch and First Friends.
All of us Sisters continue to be humbled and deeply grateful to our Oblates, friends and Associates who have reached out to help us during this time. All Saints Church in Millington, NJ has been an invaluable help in navigating grocery shortages and pickup/delivery issues. Music Director Alison Seiner Brown from All Saints also made a box full of beautifully sewn cotton masks for all of us. Many thanks to All Saints’ Rector (our Associate the Rev. Victoria McGrath), to all the people of All Saints and to all who have reached out to help us during this trying time.
Please join us as we pray for a new organization to come to our buildings and grounds to continue the work of God, and please join us as we pray for Jim Curtin and Daytop New Jersey as they serve those in need at their other facilities throughout the state. If you’d like more information on the closing of Daytop, please CLICK HERE.
Associate Chris Prybylowski has graciously organized our weekly Centering Prayer via Zoom online and we’re seeing friends from all over the U.S. zooming in to pray with us. As our virtual prayer community grows, we are realizing that when the stay-at-home order is finally lifted we will, in the Episcopal spirit of “both/and,” be keeping both our online and our in-person prayer. In the midst of this crisis, we have found a wonderful way of reaching more people than we ever dreamed possible.
Thank you to all who have contributed to our fund for a new elevator which will allow our guest ministry to continue. We’ve raised $1,390 of our $40,000 goal towards that project. We have also raised over $82,000 towards our goal of $380,000 to replace the 112-year-old roof on our Retreat House. Since our guest ministry has been shut down since March 12, our Retreat House manager Brad Kalos has been working with our buildings and grounds Sisters (Suzanne Elizabeth and Linda Clare) and our estate manager Ken to complete as many renovations and repairs as possible. The guest rooms and second floor hallways have all been freshly painted, and many small and medium-sized repairs are being gradually checked off our to-do list.
Every day at the Eucharist, during the prayers of the people, we pray aloud for all who are unable to receive communion or worship in person at this time. In spite of the current crisis, though, we see many glimmers of hope as our political leaders begin planning small, tentative ways of lifting the stay-at-home orders. We know that things will never be the same as they were back in January 2020, but we look forward to a “new normal” in which we will retain the gifts we have received during this extraordinary time and we will use the lessons we’ve learned to continue God’s work.
As always, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all prayer requests. We are always so grateful for the gift of praying for others.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO PRAY WITH US ONLINE?
First Friday prayers for Associates, Oblates, and Sisters via Zoom
CSJB Prayers for everyone via Zoom
EVERY THURSDAY, 7:15 PM
Centering Prayer on Zoom
We hope to continue this pattern through July and August as well. If you’re interested in being a part of these online gatherings, please email email@example.com If you are not an Associate or an Oblate, and would like to know more about what this would entail, please email Sr. Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to have you draw closer to our community.
Many thanks to Janet Maulbeck, Executive Director of Interweave, for supplying Interweave's online platform and technical direction for our prayers.
Centering Prayer has also moved online, and is now every Thursday on Zoom at 7:15pm. If you would like to join this prayer, please email Sister Monica Clare at email@example.com for more information.
Click on the links below for helpful information on coping during the Coronavirus crisis:
COVID-19 Resources from the Diocese of Newark
COVID-19 Information from the Centers for Disease Control