AWE Children’s Ministries and our diocesan Episcopal Church Women will once again sponsor Cruising to Equity, an advocacy and prayer vigil project that invites congregations to join in prayer and action for children. It begins with the observance of the National Children’s Sabbath (sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund) and the Diocesan ECW’s collection of personal care kits for children at risk (babies to 16 years) at our Diocesan Convention, October 12-13. Flyers and Participation Guides may be downloaded here. The ECW poster detailing personal care items may be downloaded below. Children’s Sabbath Manuals are available for purchase through the Children’s Defense Fund site. Please notify Rosemary Kleintop if your parish intends to climb aboard this year’s campaign.
A special day of training will be held on Saturday,
September 22 at Trinity, Mt. Pocono, for anyone
interested in becoming licensed as a Worship Leader (formerly called Lay
Reader). It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude with Evensong at 3:30 p.m. A
Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the
direction of the member of the clergy or other leader exercising oversight of
the congregation or other community of faith. Worship Leaders would assist
with leading non-sacramental services, such as Morning and Evening Prayer. The
day's hot points will include National Canons and Diocesan Guidelines,
Spiritual Discipline, Knowing the Bible, Traditions of the Church, Moving
around the BCP, Music Selection, and Rites and Wrongs. The Diocesan Commission
on Ministry offers this training and other training for lay persons. The
facilitator will be the Rev. Edward K. Erb of St. John's Church, Hamlin, member of both the Liturgy & Music Commission and the Commission on
Ministry. Cost is $5. Checks payable to The Diocese of Bethlehem. Download brochure and
registration info below. Contact Father Erb for further information.
By the Rev. Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD, a licensed priest in the Diocese of Bethlehem and a theologian at Oxford, has organized a conference on the Relationship between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. September 18 at Keble College, Oxford. The conference will explore the link between animal abuse and child abuse,
domestic violence, and violence against women, especially useful for pastors,
counselors, psychologists, and law enforcement personnel. There are various US academics coming to speak: details here. The column was published in the August 17
edition of The Church Times
and is available below.
Parishes may use two welcome posters designed by Jenifer Gamber for the second part of our long Pentecost season.
Once again, Jenifer has volunteered to customize
the posters for parishes in the Diocese of Bethlehem free of charge. Parishes that
request this, will receive a pdf file of the 11" X 17" poster that
they can have duplicated at a local printer or at Minuteman Press in Bethlehem.
Cost of duplication is about $1 per copy. Let Jenifer know if you’d like her to
send you pdf files of the posters customized for your parish.
To view a sample, download the posters customized for the Cathedral Church of the Nativity.
Mt. Pocono -- Area residents can help people of war-ravaged Africa by
buying home-grown vegetables at Trinity Church in Mount Pocono. Since July, Cindy Hill and Alvin Ziegler have been selling surplus vegetables
from their garden and donating the money to help rebuild the county of Kajo Keji in South Sudan. "I've never been to Africa," said Hill. "Our bishop, Paul Marshall,
visited Kajo Keji and I saw a slide show of his trip. It really underlined the
hardships that people there have endured. My garden went out of control this
summer so I decided to sell the surplus for Kajo Keji." Since July, Hill
and Ziegler have given the Trinity Church secretary nearly $600.
With the September issue of Episcopal Life, Episcopal Life
Media formally begins work as an integrated system of web, print and broadcast
communication resources serving Episcopalians and seekers.
For online and television viewers, a monthly half-hour video
“multicast” edition of Episcopal Life is set to debut in mid-September,
anchored by executive editor Jan Nunley. The program will be available
for on-demand viewing through Episcopal Life Online, and for placement on
community access television channels as requested. Please watch Episcopal
Life Online for further details. As soon as this becomes available, it will be
placed regularly on cable systems that reach some 500,000 subscribers in parts
of the Diocese of Bethlehem.
Our lives are based on a true story that cannot be captured in
orthodoxies, human certainties, laws, sermons or newspaper columns. When we
discover the story of God who loves us beyond worth and measure, beyond
whatever we can imagine, we will discover an ability to recreate our world
beyond last Tuesday’s conclusions.
That's an excerpt from a column by Bill Lewellis that was published in The Morning Call, Allentown, on Saturday, August 25.
The eight Millennium Development Goals of the United
Nations will not solve all the problems of the world, but they go a long way
towards making life sustainable for all. They focus on poverty and hunger,
education, empowerment of women, child mortality, maternal health, disease,
environmental sustainability, and global partnerships.
The price is low –.07% of the Gross National Product
of our United States. Episcopal Church dioceses and congregations have
committed to set aside a minimum of .07% of income to join the effort.
In the Diocese of Bethlehem, we have begun something
unique to go an extra mile: a capital campaign for others. We are currently
in the advance gifts phase of our New Hopecampaign to raise $3.6 million.
Some 75% of the
money raised will help the destitute in Sudan;
25% will provide grants to enable parishes in our diocese to expand projects and develop new initiatives to
serve the needy in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Our diocese, institutionally, will not benefit from this effort.