Jo Trepagnier, Earl Trygar and Char Horst left Bethlehem, Monday,
December 31, 2007, on a mission trip to Kajo Keji. They will return on Saturday, January 12, 2008. Download background
on this trip and a photo below. Download 071231.Mission trip to Kajo Keji.pdf
More than 25 volunteers from St. Paul's, Montrose, assisted with the annual Christmas
Day dinner at the Montrose Senior Center. They welcomed 80 guests to a traditional dinner of roasted turkey and baked ham
with all the trimmings, and a cornucopia of desserts.The free dinner began six
years ago for Endless Mountains Health Systems clients who had no nearby
relatives, or those who would be eating alone. Anonymous donors have made it
possible to continue this event each year. Download the story and photos below.
Here are the creations of Good Shepherd’s PR Committee.
The print ad will run 12/22 and 12/23 in the Scranton Times and the other was
the Christmas card sent to all parishioners and friends of Good Shepherd.
Thought they deserved a tip of the hat, job well done. [From Warren Shotto,
senior warden] Download the ad and the card below
don’t have to be religious to achieve authenticity. I don’t have to be liberal or
conservative. I can take the Bible literally or I can take it as metaphor, rich
holy writ given for my attentive, intelligent, reasonable and responsible
conversion. I don’t have to profess adherence to the teachings of any man or
woman or institution. I don’t have to be a Democrat or a Republican. I don’t
have to be Roman Catholic or Episcopalian. Along the way, however, because I’ll
never have it all together, I do need to be open to conversion.
"Whenever I can, I sit on the floor of the church for a few minutes and visit with little children. I have no illusion that I can teach them much or that they share my sense of humor. All that I want to happen is for them to experience that the person who is the identified leader of the community notices and cares about them. If they 'learn' something else, that a bonus, but the basic message is that they are accepted, that they are a valued part of who we are."
[Download Bishop Paul's sermon and a photo of the bishop with children below.]
During last Saturday's Luminaria Night in Bethlehem, an estimated 55,000 candles burned in front of more than 2,200
homes and businesses. The annual event benefits New Bethany Ministries. This year's expectation is that some $46,000 will be raised. Download the Morning Call story below.
Some 180 people from five participating Episcopal churches
in Berks County will be in costume for the Boar's Head Festival at Christ Church, Reading, January 6. Presentations at 1:00 and
4:00. Funds raised will benefit the Wig Room of the American Cancer Society,
providing wigs for male and female cancer patients. Cost per wig is $30.
Participating parishes: St. Alban’s, Sinking Spring; St. Gabriel’s,
Douglassville; St. Mary’s, Reading; St. Thomas, Morgantown and Christ Church,
Reading. More information: Kathy Kreitz,
director/producer, 610-374-8269 ext 224.
Jenifer Gamber and Richard Woodyatt have put together a program for printing and
distributing a series of seven seasonal
welcome poster throughout the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas,
Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, There will be two posters for
the Pentecost season – one sent out in May at the beginning of the
season and one in late August to make the beginning of the school
year activities. All posters are
printed on a heavy 80# Gloss Cover Stock and have a finished size of 11x17 inches. They will be shipped flat via first class
mail in a protective mailer and timed to arrive about a week before
they are needed. There will also be
a program of coordinating postcards for Christmas, Easter and the beginning of
the school year, similar to last year's program. Pdf files
describing all of this and how to
participate may be downloaded below. All featured works of art are by Episcopal artists. The image on the Christmas poster is by Harvey Bonner, a member of the Church of the Mediator, Allentown.