[Posted by Bill Lewellis]
Xtreme Faith Stories shared at Bishop's Day with Kids ... Story and pics here.
Diocesan Life, October may be downloaded here.
Calendar of Events ... Download it here.
Ordinations to the priesthood
September 29, 7:00 p.m., Cathedral Bethelhem. Timothy Scott Albright,
James Douglas Moyer, Christina Nord, Wayne Calvin Sherrer
Diocesan Convention ... The annual convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem will be held at St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, Wilkes-Barre, October 9-10. Please register on-line where you will also find more information. On-line registrations will be open only until October 2. An additional $20 late fee will be charged at the door. You need not register to join your friends in the diocesan community for Evensong on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Eucharist on Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
Pre-Convention Meetings meant for clergy and delegates to Diocesan Convention will be held on September 24 at St. Alban's Sinking Spring, on October 1 at Good Shepherd Scranton, and on October 6 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. All from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
ECW Children's Project ... At Diocesan Convention, the ECW will be collecting sweatpants and sweatshirts (sizes 5 to 18) plus undies for children at risk. Each delegate is asked to bring one package to Diocesan Convention. These items will be distributed to children at risk in northeastern Pennsylvania. After collecting from church members, each parish representative will then distribute the remaining sweatshirts, sweatpants, and undies to a local facility (or facilities) for children at risk. For more information contact: Dorothy Shaw, firstname.lastname@example.org; Marlene Hartshorne, email@example.com or 610-780-4602.
Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families … Bryan D. Berky, 25; Demetrius L. Void, 20; David T. Wright II, 26; Andrew H. McConnell, 24; Robert D. Gordon II, 22; Bradley S. Bohle, 29; Shawn P. McCloskey, 33,; Joshua M. Mills, 24; Jeremiah J. Monroe, 31; Matthew R. Courtois, 22; Michael S. Cote Jr., 20; Corey J. Kowal; Damon G. Winkleman, 23 ... for the fallen heroes also of our coalition partners ... and for the citizens of Iraq and Afghanistan who have died, unnamed and unknown to us, and for those who mourn ... and for an end to this endless war. [Posted on the newSpin blog, usually on Tuesdays, with names found over seven days.]
General Theological Seminary has called Grace Allentown rector Father Patrick Malloy to be professor of Liturgics. At the request of the Grace Church vestry and congregation and with the permission of Bishop Paul and General Seminary, he will continue as rector on a halftime basis. [Read more here.]
In-Formation in Bethlehem
Find the September issue of Anne Kitch's faith formation newsletter here.
Physically active seniors, even those who started when they were well into their 80s, are apt to live longer than their couch-potato peers, and are more likely to maintain their independence, new research from Israel shows. [Read more here. H/T to Diana Marshall.]
Health Care is mercy in action ... Health care is front-page news. There are many vested interests, and lots of people whose livelihood depends on what gets decided. People of faith are tempted to jump in and take sides. But before we dive in and take sides, people of faith need to remember what health care means. Health care is mercy in action and we are all called to be merciful and compassionate to anyone in need. [Read Andy Gerns' column published in The Morning Call here.]
Trinity Bethlehem organist Dr. Timothy Smith in recital ... [From Mother Laura Howell] Join us on Sunday, October 4th at 4 p.m. (following the Blessing of the Animals) for an organ recital played by Trinity's organist Timothy Smith. This will be Tim's first recital in Bethlehem since coming to Trinity last February. He will perform music of Bach, the monumental B-Minor Prelude and Fugue; Mendelssohn, the First Organ Sonata; Gigout, Grand Chorus Dialogue, which pits the organ's trumpets against the full ensemble. Also on the program will be several short pieces including works by by jazz pianist George Shearing, Robert Elmore and Dale Wood plus a beautiful Psalm Prelude by English composer Herbert Howells. A reception will follow the program so please join us and bring a friend, or two! [Read more here.]
Music at Trinity Bethlehem ... [From Mother Laura Howell] We invite you to put the following events on your calendars. October 4, 4:00 Organ recital by Dr. Tim Smith. November 15, 4:00 Choral Evensong in Thanksgiving for God's Bountiful Goodness. December 5, 5:00 Yuletide concert and reception by Hesperus (Early Music Ensemble), co-sponsored by the Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. All concerts at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 East. Market St., Bethlehem. More information to come.
Hymn-a-Thon at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre ... Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 to 5. More info here.
Diocesan ECW begins 15th year as sponsors for young girls through Child Fund International ... Read more here.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will visit the Diocese of Bethlehem Nov. 9-12 ... Find a preliminary schedule here.
Only 36%? Say it ain't so ... Do only 36% of congregations have a clear mission and purpose? In a recent Politics Daily column by Jeffrey Weiss, Religion in America in Decline, the following paragraphs caught my eye: In 2005, 42 percent of congregations strongly agreed that they were spiritually vital and alive. In 2008 that was down to 35 percent. In 2005, 41 percent of congregations strongly agreed that they had a clear mission and purpose. In 2008, that was down to 36 percent. Don't miss the close correlation (both in the 2005 and 2008 surveys) between congregations that consider themselves "spiritually active and alive" and those who consider themselves as having "a clear mission and purpose."
Fall Festival in Nazareth ... Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Brigid's (310 Madison Ave, 610-746-3910), 9:00-4:00. Gift baskets, soups, children's cothes and toys, white elephant items, vendors, more.
Archdeacon Stringfellow is serving as supply priest at Good Shepherd Scranton ... Read more here.
Scott Allen on radio ... Scott Allen, priest-in-charge at St. Andrew's Allentown/Bethlehem and a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Bethlehem, is a radio personality (of sorts) in the Lehigh Valley as he volunteers to host the National Public Radio show All Things Considered Mondays, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on WDIY (88.1 FM Allentown). Read more here.
Putting the boots on Bullock ... A recent issue of The Morning Call, included a feature on Gary Jones, a parishioner at Grace Allentown who resides in Saucon Valley with his partner Neal Bell when he is not off in Los Angeles or elsewhere working as a costume designer on major motion pictures.
Episcorific, the latest issue of this 'ezine for and by young adults of the Episcopal Church may be found here.
Broadcast, e-news from the Office of Young Adult & Campus Ministries at the Episcopal Church Center may be found here.
The Reluctant Musician and The Leadership Program for Musicians ... Have you been asked to play the organ at your church. Do you need help? More info here.
Summary of General Convention actions
A 25-page summary of actions of GC2009 is available as a downloadable, searchable PDF.
[By Charlie Barebo] Join me in celebrating the second anniversary of the New Hope Campaign! As we pass this milestone, may we join in a prayer of thanksgiving. We have received $3,900,000 in gifts and pledges, $300,000 more than our initial goal and just $200,000 short of our stretch goal of $4,100,000. Of this we have collected over $2,400,000. Despite the troubling economic times, pledge fulfillment rates remain high. Your pledge commitment is a sacred one. You will bring the gift of the Gospel to a child. [Read the story and view pics here.]
Inviting Silence ... Led by Father Peter Pearson and Mother Laura Howell, Nov. 19-21, at the St. Francis Center for Renewal, Bethlehem. More info here.
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John Wagner, priest-in-charge at St. Mark's/St. John's Jim Thorpe is Lehighton borough manager. Read more here.
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