“The best part of the day was that we got together to share our ideas,” commented a participant at the February 19 Renewal Assembly. “Not only must we learn to listen to God but we must listen to each other. Hopefully, there will be more opportunities to have events such as this one.”
The Congregational Renewal Committee heard comments and requests such as this following the February 19 Assembly and has scheduled the next event for the Eve of Pentecost, Saturday, June 11, 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, at eight new sites across the diocese. The day’s organizing theme will be: Focusing on God’s Blessings.
Building on the many positive comments and suggestions about the video, the small group discussion, and the time for prayer, the basic framework for the assembly will remain the same. The committee also heard the request that there be more lay leadership in the video and in the program.
In Focusing on God’s Blessings, the day will introduce the process of “asset mapping,” which is a recommended resource in the document From Risks to Opportunities (R2O). R2O suggests that “[w] hen the starting point is the recognition of the abundance of God’s gifts and talents, the discussion the congregation can ‘find an exciting, new and positive energy to break out of the negative cycles of need, dependency, and the inaction in congregations sometimes experience.’ ” (See Luther K. Snow, The Power of Asset Mapping: How Your Congregation Can Act on its Gifts, Alban Institute: 2004, pg. xiii.)
The eight sites will be: Church of the Redeemer, Sayre; St. Paul’s, Montrose; Good Shepherd, Scranton; St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre; St. Peter’s, Hazelton; St. Mary’s, Reading; St. Stephen’s, Whitehall; and, St. George’s, Hellertown. The host sites were chosen for easy travel, parking, and adequate accommodations. A luncheon will be provided with a “free will” offering to offset local expenses.
Registration is open on www.diobeth.org. The registration is found by clicking on the “Register for Diocesan event” on the right column of the homepage. Registration closes on June 1. All registrants will be assigned to the most appropriate host site.
Attached is the latest Diocesan Life for December, 2010 and January 2011. Remember, we love to get stories and pictures! If you have something you want featured, please contact Kat Lehman to discuss publication. Diocesan Life deadlines are posted on the calendar as well so you know when to get the stories in. For February's issue, we need the stories by January 4th. The attached file is 3 MB in .pdf format.
Attached you will find the latest Diocesan Life for October, 2010. Highlights include Trinity, Easton's new addition; From Risk to Opportunities: Congregational renewal in the Diocese of Bethlehem which will be discussed at length during convention this year; Consumers or shareholders?; The Martyrs of New Guinea; Youth Council; E.C.W's tea party; information on "Creating a Culture of Peace" training; Happening #19 and more. The file is in .pdf format and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0 or better to read it. The file size is 2.7 MBs.
Check out the Block Party "A Celebration of Gifts" this Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Market Street between New and Center Streets in Bethlehem. Trinity, Bethlehem has been actively planning this event in conjunction with other churches, social agencies, community groups and the city government for about 8 months.
There are over 30 groups performing including the Bethlehem Bagpipe Band, Trinity's own Singing Priests, musicians and singers from Holy Infancy, Moravian Academy band and choirs, the O'Grady-Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance, storytelling by Mayor Callahan and MANY, MANY MORE! There are also games and crafts for kids plus food and lots of fun. What an awesome way to spend Saturday!
Find simple listings below. For working links to more information, download the following calendar of events:Download Calendar of Events
March 3: Clergy Bible Study I, Cathedral Bethlehem, 9:30 a.m. March 3: Archdeacon's visit to Trinity Pottsville, 6:00 p.m. March 4: Clergy Bible Study II, St Stephen's Whitehall, 2:00 p.m. March 5: Standing Committee, Diocesan House, 12:30 pm. March 6-8: Women of Nativity Retreat, Janet Kolepp, 610-954-9582. March 7: Art&Prayer Workshop/Retreat, 9:00 to 3:00, Grace Allentown. More info here. March 8: Visitation of Bishop Jack to Trinity Pottsville March 8: Evensong at Mediator. More info here. March 10: Clergy Bible Study III, St Alban's Sinking Spring, 10:00 a.m. March 11: Clergy Bible Study VI, Holy Cross Wilkes-Barre, 9:00 a.m. March 11: Clergy Bible Study VII, St. Mark's Moscow, 2:00 p.m. March 12: Clergy Day, St. Stephen’s, Wilkes-Barre, Episcopal Appalachian Ministries, Michael Maloney, professor of Appalachian Studies and interim coordinator of EAM. March 13: Incorporated Trustees meeting, 10:00, Cathedral Bethlehem March 22: Visitation of Bishop Jack to North Parish in Frackville March 26: Ian T. Douglas of EDS will give the Campbell Lectures, hosted by Lehigh County Conference of Churches, at Moravian Theological Seminary, 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., including dinner. More info here. March 28: Diocesan Training for Ministry Day, St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre. March 29: Organ recital at St. Stephen’s Wilkes-Barre. More info here. March 31: Archdeacon's visit to St. Peter’s Tunkhannock, 6:00 p.m. April 2: Chrism Mass, Cathedral Bethlehem, 11:00 a.m. April 5: Palm Sunday April 7: Clergy Bible Study I, Cathedral Bethlehem, 9:30 a.m. April 8: Clergy Bible Study II, St Stephen's Whitehall, 2:00 p.m. April 11: Easter Vigil, Bishop Jack at St. Stephen’s, Wilkes-Barre April 14: Clergy Bible Study III, St Alban's Sinking Spring, 10:00 a.m. April 19: Visitation of Bishop Jack to Trinity Mt. Pocono April 21: Archdeacon's visit to St. Anne’s Trexletown, 6:00 p.m. April 24-26: Christophany Goes Green, grades 6-12, more info here. April 25: Diocesan Evangelism/Stewardship Conference at the Cathedral. Led by Terry Parsons. More info here. April 26: Visitation of Bishop Jack to St. Anne’s Trexlertown April 29: Archdeacon's visit to Grace Allentown, 6:00 p.m. May 3: Visitation of Bishop Paul to Grace Allentown May 3: Visitation of Bishop Jack to Mediator Allentown May 5: Archdeacon's visit to Christ Church Towanda, 6:00 p.m. May 12: Clergy Day May 13: Diocesan ECW annual meeting, Kirby House. Program: One in Christ? The Rev Maria Tjeltveit. May 15: Incorporated Trustees, 10:00, Cathedral Bethlehem May 17: Visitation of Bishop Paul to Christ Church Towanda May 17: Visitation of Bishop Jack to All Saints Lehighton May 19: Pre General Convention meeting, Cathedral, Bethlehem May 21: Feast of the Ascension, Bishop Paul at St. Thomas Morgantown May 26: Archdeacon's visit to St. Joseph’s Pen Argyl, 6:00 p.m. May 27: Pre General Convention meeting, Epiphany Clarks Summit May 31: Visitation of Bishop Paul to Trinity Easton May 31: Visitation of Bishop Jack to Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem June 2: Pre General Convention meeting, St. Alban’s Sinking Spring June 2: Archdeacon's visit to St. Mary’s Wind Gap, 6:00 p.m. June 7: Visitation of Bishop Paul to St. Joseph’s Pen Argyl June 7: Visitation of Bishop Jack to Christ Church Stroudsburg June 11: Corpus Christi, Bishop Jack at Holy Cross Wilkes-Barre June 14: Visitation of Bishop Paul to St. Mary’s Wind Gap June 14: Visitation of Bishop Jack to Grace Honesdale June 14: Clergy/Spouse Dinner, Good Shepherd Scranton, 5:00 p.m. June 16: Archdeacon's visit to St. Luke’s Scranton, 6:00 p.m. June 21: Visitation of Bishop Paul to St. Paul’s Montrose June 23: Archdeacon's visit to St. James Dundaff, 6:00 p.m. June 28: Visitation of Bishop Paul to St. Luke’s Scranton July 5: Visitation of Bishop Paul to St James Dundaff July 8-17: General Convention of The Episcopal Church, Anaheim, CA. July 25-Aug. 1: Sr. High Mission Trip, grades 9-12, to help the Diocese of Louisiana rebuild lives and homes destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Gustav. More info here. Nov. 9-12: Visit of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori to the Diocese of Bethlehem
Download below the 2007-2008 visitation schedule of Bishop Paul and Bishop Jack Croneberger and the visits of Archdeacon Stringfellow. Download visitation_schedule_20072008.pdf. Please note that specific dates for the Archdeacon's visits have not yet been determined. What appears on this schedule is simply an indication that the Archdeacon will visit some time before the Bishops' visitations.
We welcome Bishop Croneberger, retired diocesan of Newark, who will be sharing in the work of episcopal visitation. It is the hope that in 2008 he will be taking a larger role in our life. Elected Bishop Coadjutor of Newark in June, 1998, Bishop Croneberger was invested as Ninth Bishop of Newark in January, 2000, and
served there until 2007. In April, 2005, citing the failing health of his wife,
Marilyn, he notified the Diocese of his intention to call for a
Special Convention for the election of the Tenth Bishop of Newark. Bishop and Mrs. Croneberger reside in the Reading area.