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Monday April 24, 2017


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New Pastor at Rocky Hill Trinity Episcopal Church

The Rev. Dr. Johan Johnson has accepted the call to serve as the new Vicar of Trinity Episcopal Church, Rocky Hill.

Father Johan, who is also happy to be called "Father J," or, for basketball fans, "Dr. J," brings a wealth of experience to Trinity both as a pastor and educator. He comes from a long line of Episcopal priests. Father Johan's brother, late father and grandfather were all ordained. Presently, he also serves as the Chaplain of the Peddie School, in Hightstown, where he resides with his wife Gabriela and two daughters Madeline and Elizabeth, who are, respectively, seven and five years old. There, he also coaches the JV tennis teams and teaches a humanities course.

For 16 years, Father Johan served as the Rector of the Episcopal Parish of St. Martin's & St. Luke's in Harlem, a parish of 500 members. While there, he co-founded a challenging, independent K-8 school for children of all socio-economic backgrounds. Earlier, he provided pastoral care as the Chaplain at St. Mary's Episcopal Center in Harlem, a forty-bed residence for people with AIDS.

Father Johan was the founding Head of the Trinity Episcopal Day School (now known as Trinity Academy) in Hartford, Connecticut, a school founded to provide equal opportunities for underprivileged children to a quality education. He worked, as well, at the Portledge School on Long Island and New Canaan Country School in Connecticut in admissions positions.

Father Johan looks forward to getting to know and serve the community, noting "I am really excited to be getting back to parish ministry, which I have done my whole career, in conjunction with my school work. It provides me with a deeper understanding of what families and young people are going through."
Trinity Episcopal Church, Rocky Hill is the "Little Church with the Big Heart" located at 1 Park Avenue in Rocky Hill. Sunday services are held at 8 and 10 am.

Blawenburg Church Brings Back Montgomery National Day of Prayer Service

Thursday, May 4 is National Day of Prayer. In years gone by, the various houses of worship in town would gather together for a joint inter-faith service to celebrate the event. The practice stopped a decade or more ago, presumably for no other reason than the lack of an organizer.

But this year, Blawenburg Church will host just such an inter-faith service. The whole town is invited, regardless of faith. Starting at 7:30 pm, on Thursday, May 4, worship leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations will offer messages of peace and unity.

"We've talked about doing this for a while," said Rev. Jeff Knol, minister at Blawenburg Church. "It's another way for us to reach out beyond ourselves. We really hope to see people from around town and from other faiths join us on May 4."

"When we see the violent images on TV of the horrible way humans treat each other, we sometimes feel powerless," said Dr. David Cochran, vice president of the church's governing board. "We may feel there is nothing we can do. We can't intercede in every conflict or stop every violent incident, but we can pray for peace and unity."

Everyone is invited, no matter your faith.

If you have questions, you can call the church office at 609-466-1832, or send an email to BlawenburgChurch@gmail.com , or friend the church on its Facebook page.

The historic church on Route 518 is a partner in ministry with New York's Marble Collegiate Church. Its regular worship services are at 10 Sunday mornings. 

Holy Week Services at All Saints’ Church

Palm Sunday: 8 & 10:15 AM Liturgy of the Palms
Holy Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 12 Noon Holy Eucharist
Maundy Thursday: 7:30 PM Foot washing & stripping of the altar
Good Friday: 12 noon Stations of the Cross; 7:30 PM Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday: 7:30 PM Great Vigil of Easter
Easter Sunday: 10:15 AM Festival Communion with All Saints’ Choir
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt following service

The Rev. Dr. Hugh E. Brown, III, Rector

All Saints’Church
An Anglican/Episcopal Parish
16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, NJ 609-921-2420 www.allsaintsprinceton.org é
(N. of the Princeton Shopping Center off Terhune/VanDyke Rd.)

Easter Service

All Saints Church
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Noon-Stations of the Cross
7:30pm-Good Friday Liturgy
Holy Saturday
7:30pm-Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday
10:15am-Easter Service
Blawenburg Church
Maundy Thursday
6pm-light supper, short worship
Good Friday
Noon-Open for prayer until 3pm
Easter Sunday
10am-Easter Service

Harlingen Church
Palm Sunday
10am-Palm Sunday Service
Maundy Thursday
7:30pm-Holy Communion
Good Friday
Noon-3pm/7-9pm-Prayer and Reflection
Easter Sunday
10am-Easter Service

Mother of God Orthodox Church
Friday, April 7
6:30pm-Great Vespers
Lazarus Saturday
9:30am-Divine Liturgy
5pm-Great Vespers
Palm Sunday
10am-Divine Liturgy
Great and Holy Monday
6:30pm-Bridegroom Matins
Great and Holy Tuesday
6:30pm-Bridegroom Matins
Great and Holy Wednesday
6:30pm-Holy Unction
Great and Holy Thursday
9am-Liturgy of Holy Thursday
6:30pm-Matins of Great Friday
Great and Holy Friday
3pm-Vespers of the Burial
Holy and Great Saturday
9am-Vesperal liturgy
Holy Pascha
Midnight-Matins and Divine Liturgy
Noon-Paschal Vespers
Bright Monday
9:30am-Paschal Liturgy

St. Charles Borromeo
Holy Thursday
7:30pm-Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday
3pm-Service of the Lord’s Passion and Death
Holy Saturday
8pm-Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday
8:30, 10 & 11:30am-Easter Sunday Masses



Easter at Blawenburg Church and a Busy April

Easter is on April 16 this year. Blawenburg Church's traditional Easter service will take place at 10 am, and will be followed by its popular Easter Egg Hunt.

On Maundy Thursday, April 13, the church will host a light supper in Cook Hall at 6:00 followed by a short worship and fellowship. Please let the church know if you plan to attend. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.

On Friday, April 14, Good Friday, the church's sanctuary on Route 518 will be open to the public for prayer and meditation from Noon until 3.

And on Palm Sunday, April 9, the church will host a special Family Breakfast Worship featuring pancakes and palms. Great for the kids.

It's a busy month at the old church. It's popular Rummage Sale takes place Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.

On Wednesday morning, April 19, the church's Men's Breakfast will take place at 7:30 at the Blawenburg Café.

And on Thursday evening, April 20, the popular 3rd Thursday Blue Pomegranate Arts and Music gathering will take place beginning at 7. Performing will be the Beagles, a Bucks County, PA group returning to Blue Pomegranate after a rousingly successful debut last fall. The group is led by the rhythmic voice of Lisa Theodore. "Bring your dancing shoes," says event manager Alan Taback.
BlawenburgChurch@gmail.com , or friend the church on its Facebook page.

The historic church on Route 518 is a partner in ministry with New York's Marble Collegiate Church. Its regular worship services are at 10 Sunday mornings. 

St. Charles Borromeo Life After Loss Ministry

All are welcome to attend a Celebration of Prayer, Reflection & Song honoring our deceased mothers, fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers on Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 pm, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 376 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman, NJ .