The February 19, 2007, edition of newSpin includes
the following items: A word about newSpin, A word about epiSope, Bishop Paul's Lenten Pastoral, Diocesan Committee appointments, Diocesan Training
for Ministry Conference, The Bishop is Coming, Knitting or Crocheting for cancer patients, Kajo Keji: What is God calling us to do, West Pittston launches new world mission, Ecumenical services and organ recitals, On Day 1, Lenten Quiet Day on March 10, Lectio Divina in Montrose, Fox Faith Churches, Grantseeking, PB calls for marking of ONE Sunday, and a few Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers.
Church, West Pittston, launched a new ministry
on Sunday, February 18. Project Friendship: Helping Hand To Haiti became one more of several established
local and global mission outreach projects of the West Pittston
Borough church at the corner of Spring and Montgomery.
Through an array
of helping projects known as Trinity Good Neighbor Outreach Ministries,the parish has been engaged in outreach projects both locally and
globally for some five years
Among the local
ministry projects are Trinity's Good Neighbor Food Bankthat
assists individuals and families with free groceries and Neighborcare that
engages members of the parish and neighborhood in nurturing neighborly
kindness and community building through telephone calls, greeting
cards and service projects.
projects include a partnership with the people of the Diocese of Kajo-Keji in
southern Sudan and Warm Greetings that engages parishioners and neighbors in creating
wool afghans to wrap around children who are victims of war in the Middle-East.
The new global
outreach to the poor of Haiti
will begin as a ministry of financial support to assist the children of Haiti with food and education opportunities.
Ms. Carrine Simms,
a Christian missioner to Haiti, visited Trinity Church
yesterday to help launch the new ministry by offering her personal
testimony of years of service with the people of Haiti. Trinity's rector, the Rev. John
Major, appointed her as parish missioner to Haiti.
Charlie Barebo was
one of four Diocese of Bethlehem representatives on the January mission trip to
Kajo Keji. "Five years ago our beloved Bishop asked me to help spearhead
a capital campaign to develop a camp and conference center," he said
during a sermon he preached yesterday at St. Anne's, Trexlertown. "A funny
thing happened on the way to our camp and conference center. I woke up one
morning in the Sudan."
James B. Lemler, director of mission for the
Episcopal Church, is featured the first three Sundays in Lent -- Feb. 25, March
4 and March 11 -- on “Day 1,” a nationally broadcast weekly radio program also
accessible via podcast on the Internet at www.Day1.net.
Each program includes a sermon preached by Lemler and a five-minute interview.
Since the 1920s, St. Stephen’s, Wilkes-Barre, has hosted an ecumenical series
of services and organ recitals on Wednesdays during Lent. This year’s series
begins Ash Wednesday: a ½-hour Organ Recital at 11:30 followed at noon by a ½-hour
ecumenical service and a. soup and sandwich lunch ($3.00). On Ash Wednesday,
Mark Laubach will present the organ recital, including works by Johann
Sebastian Bach, Marcel Dupré, and Max Reger. Download the schedule below.
The February 18, 2007, edition of newSpin includes the following items: Bishop Paul's Lenten Pastoral, Diocesan Training for Ministry Conference, Holy Week Outreach, Poster for Lent, Bishop's Day with Youth, Christophany, U2 Eucharist in Dallas, the Primates' Meeting in Tanzania, A few Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers, Jubilate, Calendar and Cycle of Prayers for March, MDG bulletin inserts, and Episcopal Relief and Development's Lenten Devotional Series.
Bishop Paul's Lenten Pastoral, Support the Presiding Bishop this Lent, was published in the February edition of Diocesan Life. A modified version, edited for a general readership under the title, Save the World in an Ordinary Way, has been published in several newspapers throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Download the Lenten Pastoral below and read the version for secular newspapers here.
On January 27, 7th to 12th graders
from around the Diocese of Bethlehem participated in Bishop’s Day with Youth at Camelback Mountain and Christ Church, Stroudsburg. Download the story by
teen participant Sophie Riemenschneider and see a few photos from the day. “Three
cheers for those who developed the youth day,” wrote Canon Charles Cesaretti. “This
was the first time that youth from St. Paul's, Montrose, have participated in a diocesan
event, and they had a wonderful time. They were all aglow on Sunday [the
day after the January 27 event], especially about the worship service. Kudos to
Demery and all who planned the event, and worked hard to make it a
success. It was a winner. There is no joy like a group of teens excited
and energized about a church event. Count us in for the next event.”
The Evangelism Commission and several parishes of the Diocese of Bethlehem are joining together to mass mail a postcard to targeted homes before Palm Sunday. Other parishes are invited to participate.
Download the invitation and explanation below (crafted by Andy Gerns, chair of the Evangelism Commission) and the front four-color panel of the postcard (designed by Jenifer Gamber). A black and white back panel can be customised for each participating parish. The deadline to opt in is next Friday, February 23.
It was June 2006. Trinity Church in Carbondale was working on a search profile for a priest, dealing with financial problems, trying to fix a leaky roof which leaked and damaged the church office, working on getting a computer system up and running, as well as the day-to-day normal operations of a church.
All this was the workload of a novice vestry whose members had no prior experience in taking charge and running a church. It seemed like our plates were full. We could not handle anymore. Then came the rains.
After days of non-stop rain, the Lackawanna River, which flows through Carbondale across the street from Trinity Church, jumped its banks and began spilling over the church lawn. The police came to evacuate the building as the water rose. The river raged, picking up rocks, timber, and debris, and crashed through the ground level windows, spilling muddy water and debris into the basement.
After the flood waters receded and we were allowed into the church, an inspection revealed flood waters up to the first floor. A financially strapped church run mostly by women had a disaster on their hands.
The task of cleanup was overwhelming.
Download Prison Ministry -- with twist, by Dawn Pentecost, clerk of the vestry at Trinity Church, Carbondale. She tells of their experience with a state correctional work release team who "helped us more than we can say."
Jenifer Gamber of the Cathedral has created another stunning poster for Lent, for all entryways. This poster features a photograph by Anne
Wetzel of pectoral crosses of Primates and Presiding Bishops at the Lambeth
Conference in 1998. She said she was attracted to this image because it so vividly shows
the diversity of the Anglican Communion and the variety of ways of the
Jenifer has offered to customize the poster for other parishes
in our diocese. You may email Jenifer to discuss this. Download the poster below.
The February 2, 2007, edition of newSpin includes the following items: Jean Snyder RIP, Diocesan Training for Ministry Conference, Mission Trip to Kajo Keji, Propellers on gravel, A few Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers, Jubilate, Diocesan Life for February, The Edu-Advocate, A Charitable Gift Annuity, Walk a Mile, Father Ben Lentz retires, A free website for your church, Birds of a Feather Fight Together, Episcopal Churchwomen Annual Meeting, Bishop's Day with Youth, Daylight Saving Time, Quiet Day in Whitehall with Bishop Parsons, Redeemer Sayre members visit local mosque, MDG bulletin inserts, Episcopal Relief and Development's 2007 Lenten Devotional series, Make peace with your past, Save the world in an ordinary way (Bishop Paul's column), Christian educators retreat, Resources for kids, families and educators, U2charist in Dallas, A tribute to Bishop Manasseh, Diocesan ECW raised $20,000 for Kajo Keji ministries, Fundamentals of Parish/Faith Community Nursing Practice, The real Falls Church, Chaplain's forum at Lehigh University, Congress.org, Congresspedia, Watching America, Sharing stories of spirituality.
Church of the Redeemer, Sayre, held a
retirement celebration, January 21, for the Reverend Benjamin Lee Lentz.
Ordained for 30 years, Father Lentz had been rector there for the past 16 years.
More than 100 member of the Redeemer
family came to wish Father Lentz and his family (Andrea and Theo) best wishes
in starting the next phase of their lives. Offering best wishes and stories
were the Reverend Mary Kisner, Gretchen Rentschler, the Reverend Hazel Hunt and
Rebecca Fiorello. Father Lentz was presented with a retirement gift from
friends and parish members. “You are a splendid colleague, a team player, and
one who has always had the welfare of the most vulnerable at heart,” Bishop
Paul wrote to Father Lentz. “You have been willing to take risks for the sake
of Christ's little ones, and that is what Sayre will, I think, most remember
you for. Additionally, your ability to build bridges with members of other
faiths is simply phenomenal, and to my knowledge unparalleled in our area.” Download Bishop Paul’s letter below.
"Jean was one of the best," Scott Allen wrote on February 2, the day Jean died. "She was always there on many fronts -- as a Spiritual Companion, a Social Justice Advocate and indomitable friend. A more loyal and caring friend one cold not hope for. She was always there for me throughout my 18-year friendship with Jean... Her picnics for the Jubilee Committee in Zion Grove in the 90's when they had goats and ol 'Toge' their faithful big dog were great -- especially when the local fire company came to fill their above-ground pool. She was always offering hospitality on the physical as well as the psychological level. And she was not shy about sharing her opinions too. A mother in the best sense of the word, she raised her own children and gathered others in need of one. The sadness I feel is only assuaged by the knowledge that she is with the Lord she loved and served and will be waiting for the rest of us with a wonderful smile, twinkling (and somewhat mischievous) blue eyes and arms outstretched for one of her big hugs."
Jean and Eric (The Rev. Eric Snyder) were married for 54 years. Find her obituary here. Download Rick Cluett's sermon below.
By Bishop Paul Marshall I feel the ambivalence mounting. Most Christians in Pennsylvania are about to start their annual tune-up, Lent. Some are thinking about what they will give up; some, about what they will take on. Some are thinking about going on a diet and getting religious credit for it. Others think it is silly and will ignore it.
The concept of six weeks of focus on what one values most -- deliberately pushing distracvtions aside -- is useful, even for those who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious," as the personal ads put it. For those just beginning to think about a constructive springtime for their interior life, I mention a few possibilities that involve the saving of the world in a very ordinary sense.
Download Bishop Paul's February column for secular newspapers below. More than 110 columns have been published over the past ten years by daily and weekly newspapers in northeastern Pennsylvania. The combined circulation of papers that publish the monthly column regularly is some 400,000.
Hymnody for Lent and Easter 2007 (Ash Wednesday, Feb. 21, to Easter 7C, May 20), published by the Diocese of Bethlehem for our diocesan community and
for free distribution to the world, may be downloaded below as an
Acrobat or MSWord file. Jubilate is a service of our Liturgy and Music Commission, specifically Canon Cliff Carr who has been doing this for some 20 years.
Once distributed in hard copy, Jubilate is available only by electronic download.