[From Ellyn Siftar, Youth and Young Adult Missioner]
Happy New Year from the Diocese of Bethlehem! I pray that your Christmas and Epiphany were filled with the Holy Spirit. I am writing to invite you and your youth to celebrate a beach party with the Bishop, your friends and neighbors in the diocese on Saturday, January 21st. This is a very special event with a great band, games and activities, time to chill and hang out with friends, dinner and ending with worship. It will be held at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Doors will open at 3:00 pm, program begins at 4, and youth should be picked up by 9 pm that evening. I know that this is late in the evening, so if you are coming from the north, please let me know if you’d like to stay overnight at the Cathedral (we have room for up to 15), have breakfast together and then join them for church in the morning. Parents can then pick you up by noon. The event is open for youth in grades 6- 12. The cost is $20.00 per person; this covers the cost of a T-shirt and dinner. Reduced group rates ARE available, as space permits. Registration is now open on http://www.diobeth.org/Ministries/Youth/youth.html and is filling up fast!! In order to be registered for the event, please also fill in the Diocesan Medical Release form and Youth Covenant.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me directly at esiftardiobeth.org or 610-751-3931.
Ellyn Siftar Missioner for Youth and Young Adult Ministries Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem
What are healthy money habits and how can we develop them?
When it comes to teaching children about money, parents have a choice. They can either allow today’s culture of immediate gratification to inform the money decisions their kids make or choose the better option of using their own family values, goals and actions to help them shape a narrative around money.
Dan Charney, a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Easton and Stewardship Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, will present The Financial Sanity Seminar that was designed for families and adults by Nathan Dungan, founder and President of Share Save Spend®. The Financial Sanity Seminar will consist of four one hour sessions for youth ages 8 and over, and adults for the purpose of starting sane conversations about money in the home.
These conversations can go a long way toward helping youth and adults understand the cause of money challenges, reasons why people are slaves to the lender, and what can be done to avoid or escape the trap of the advertising agencies.
This seminar will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden St., Easton, PA on March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2012*, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Langner Lounge in the Parish Hall. The cost is $14.00 for the participant’s book; one for each adult and youth participant is required. To register for this seminar go to SignupGenius.com.
(You may pay the registration fee by returning to the home page and clicking on "Donate." Please indicate "Financial Sanity Seminary" in the comments.)
Nathan Dungan, founder and President of Share Save Spend ®, has for over 20 years been an industry thought-leader on helping youth and adults link their money decisions to their values. “We are living in uncharted economic waters. Now, more than ever, it is critical that faith communities convene multi-generational conversations that not only help to alleviate fear and anxiety, but also inspire and motivate youth and adults in the choices they make with money.” With Share Save Spend®, we have a unique opportunity to offer opportunities for conversation with a hopeful message and practical tools that youth and adults can use to re-balance their money habits in ways that honor their values.
For information, please call Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton at 610-253-0792. Trinity is located on Spring Garden Street between Second and Third Street. www.trinityeaston.org.
[From Fr. John Major, Rector of Trinity, West Pittston]
Dear Bakery Friends,
As our neighbors work to recover from the devastating September floods, Trinity West Pittston has continued to look for ways to help meet their most immediate material needs and to remind them that they are not alone in their struggles.
Projects are underway to distribute the gift cards that were donated at the recent Diocesan Convention and that are continuing to come in from collections held in individual parishes throughout the diocese. Our sincere thanks to those who have already contributed cards for our neighbors, and to those who are continuing to collect cards and forward them to us for distribution. These cards are much needed and appreciated, and will go a long way towards easing the financial burden our neighbors face as a result of the flood.
We are also planning weekend-long distribution of the donated furniture procured by Father Daniel Gunn to be held November 18, 19 & 20. Help will be recruited from schools and community organizations to assist with moving the furniture from the donor site in Wilkes-Barre to West Pittston and to help at the distribution, and we'd love to have some of our fellow Episcopal churches join in to show the community the Episcopal Church as a whole is here for them. Please email email@example.com if you or your church is interested in helping.
In addition to these projects to help meet the material needs of those affected by the flooding, Trinity's Disaster Response Team also wanted to brighten spirits, encourage hope and let our neighbors know we are praying for them. On Saturday, October 23, a group of our Sunday School students along with their parents and other parishioners visited almost 100 homes in some of the most devastated neighborhoods to talk with the residents and give them a pumpkin or potted mum to bring them a little bit of fall color and cheer.
Those who took part will not soon forget the reactions of those they spoke to that day, from the kids excited to have a pumpkin to carve even though their home doesn't have inside walls to the man who asked us to give the mum to his pregnant wife to cheer her up as they faced the seventh of many Saturdays working to restore their flooded home.
We spoke to a woman who said she had been thinking about getting our her fall door wreath but couldn't quite muster up the mood...and whose home later displayed not only the wreath but a little scarecrow and one of our hand-delivered mums as well. And then there was the father who got choked up as he told us his little girl had been asking him for days to get her a pumpkin, but his long hours of work first at his job and then on their home kept him from fulfilling her request. "She's gonna be so happy tonight," he said, and even the kids in Trinity's group could see how happy that made him. Our Sunday School parents report that days later, the kids are still talking about the people they visited and the things they saw and heard.
This was a very low-cost project: the pumpkins were purchased at a discount and the mums were graciously donated by a local grower. But these small tokens made a big impact on our neighbors, and, because each mum and pumpkin carried a tag that explained the project and told our neighbors that we are all praying for them, they served as a reminder that there is a source of hope in even the darkest days.
Trinity West Pittston plans other projects like this to help our neighbors remember that they are not alone and that they will get through this. It is our hope that through little reminders of our caring and by sharing the gift cards so generously provided by our sisters and brothers throughout the diocese as well as other donated items like the furniture, our neighbors will be strengthened and sustained through this difficult time.
Thank you for your continued support of our neighbors, and please keep them and our efforts to help them in your prayers.
Gratefully, Father John Major and the parishioners of Trinity West Pittston
Shown above are some members of Trinity West Pittston's Sunday School classes who recently took part in an outreach project for victims of the September flooding.
Members of Grace Church's Youth Group and others participated once again in Honesdale's annual Halloween Parade on October 24th. The hearse belongs to parishioners, Sebastian and Miklos Kiraly whose idea was this year's theme.
Holding the parish banner are Jeanne Roskoski and Katie Schupe (with Fr. Ed Erb, in the middle). Holding the signs which followed the hearse are other members of the youth group. Photos are by Sue Erb
The youth of St. Brigid's Episcopal Church in Nazareth collected $249.00 for the "Souper Bowl of Caring" on Feb. 6. and donated it to the Nazareth Area Food Bank. They are pictured here presenting the check to Ann Power a member of St. Brigid's and the Recording Secretary for the food bank.
Come Together for The Tri-annual National Episcopal Youth Event: E.Y.E. 2011
EYE is a celebration to inspire our deeper faith in Jesus Christ and a renewed commitment to mission and ministry. Designed and led by a team of youth and adults who represent the rich diversity of the Episcopal Church. A six-day, life-changing experience. June 20-28 in Minneapolis
Eligible: Youth from the Diocese in grades 9 - 12 who have participated in a youth event in the last 12 months.
Applications for the Diocese of Bethlehem's Youth Delegation are now open.
Download below a flier explaining the application process. Please print and post in your home parish.
Attached is the latest Diocesan Life for November, 2010. 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 December's issue, we need the stories by November 2nd. The attached file is 2.7 MB in .pdf format.
From: Calvin Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: April 7, 2010 3:54:54 PM EDT To: Kimberly ROWLES <email@example.com>, Kimberly ROWLES <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Fwd: Davallier Home in New Orleans
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From: EDOLA Rebuild <email@example.com> Date: April 7, 2010 11:42:08 AM EDT To: EDOLA Rebuild <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Davallier Home in New Orleans
Greetings from New Orleans! We are writing to inform you that the Davallier home in Gentilly has been finished. We have had this house in the works since way back in 2008, and we first started gutting in March 2009. Since then, we have put in hundreds of volunteer hours to restore this beautiful home for the Davallier family. They will soon be packing up and moving in from Little Rock, Arkansas and arriving later this week, and they are incredibly excited to see the finished product. Pictures of the home in various phases of the rebuild process are available here: http://picasaweb.google.com/edolarebuild/MsDavallierSHouse#.
We are incredibly grateful to all of your for the help you have thus far provided, but we can still always use more help! We are still trying to work out the logistics of getting their belongings back to New Orleans from Little Rock, which is a rather pricey prospect, and we could certainly use a little extra financial assistance to help us get them back. Also, we are always in need of donations to help us fund the rebuilding process for our current homes. If you would be willing to help us out with monetary or material donations, please e-mail Liz Carrier at email@example.com. Remember, every little bit counts, and we graciously accept donations of all sizes.
We sincerely and whole-heartedly thank all of the volunteer groups and individuals who volunteered their time, patience, energy, and knowledge to help make this incredible work possible, including:
Western Michigan University St. Luke’s Atlanta St. Peter by the Lake, Denver, NC Chris Griffin and Ryan Lawlor St. Michael’s, Milton, MA Building the Beloved Community Seminarian Course Slippery Rock University St. John’s Lafayette Square Diocese of Southwest Virginia James Madison University Ultimate Frisbee Team Sandy Sullivan Diocese of Western Michigan St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle, WA St. John’s Hampton, VA St. Paul's Delray Beach, FL All Saints Chicago James Durcin Zanny Carlson Diocese of Bethlehem Our Savior Elmhurst, IL St John’s, Tampa, FL St John's, Lynchburg, VA University of Oklahoma Grinnell College students and alumni Teach for America - Greater New Orleans Kenny Gillis, Julie Sundermann, Jane O’Brien, Dane Niderost, Steph Cox, Spencer Green, Anne Valauri, Van Kenyon, Hannah Sagin, Alice Revenig, Laura Mason-Marshall Finally, we wish to thank the crew chiefs who took charge of this project: Mary Bess Dubose and Ollie Casson-Gary. Without their tireless efforts, we never would have been able to get the Davalliers back in their home, and we are all very grateful to them!
We thank you again for your generosity and hope to see each of you back down here in New Orleans in the very near future!
The Episcopal Community Services Rebuild Team
P.S. If you were a group leader for your New Orleans trip, please forward this e-mail to any of your group members who may not have been on the recipient list!
... • Bob and Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril's daughter, Winnie, joined the rescue teams in Haiti on Saturday. She is a field press officer for the American Red Cross and is expected to be there for 2 or 3 weeks. Pray for her safety and for her concerned husband and parents. • Updates from across the country on missionaries, church responses, persons in Haiti, etc., are available from the Episcopal Church Office of Communication. • The Diocese of Haitiis the largest and fastest-growing diocese in The Episcopal Church. There are over 83,000 Episcopalians, 97 Episcopal churches, 115 congregations and communities of faith, and over 200 Episcopal schools with more than 6,000 students in Haiti. It has lost a cathedral, convent, Holy Trinity Complex, College St. Pierre, and a Jubilee Center. • Episcopal
Relief & Development has disbursed emergency funding to the Diocese
of Haiti to help meet critical needs such as food, water and shelter
for those affected. Donations can be made to Episcopal Relief &
Development online orby calling 800-334-7626 ext 5129. ERD has a four star rating on Charity Navigator and meets all
20 standards of the Better Business Bureau. Some 92% to 96% of each dollar given to ERD goes directly to the program be it for disaster relief or for development. • This website provides reports mapped in near real time and gathered from reports coming from inside Haiti via: SMS, Web, Email, Radio, Phone, Twitter, Facebook, Television, List-serves, Live streams, & Situation Reports. [H/T to Beth Felice, communication director, Diocese of Missouri].
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ... What would Dr. King have to say about the earthquake in Haiti?
Likely, he would have stressed the interconnectedness between people,
and the radical call to action on behalf of those who are poor and
suffering."We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly,
affects all indirectly" Dr. King's words from the Letter from a Birmingham Jail provide yet
another rationale for digging deeply into our hearts (and wallets) as
we reach out to the victims in Haiti. Here is an excerpt: "Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all
communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be
concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a
threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network
of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one
directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live
with the narrow, provincial 'outside agitator' idea." [From Peter Carey, reporting at Episcopal Cafe]More quotes and The King Center.
Lenten Collection for Youth Mission Project
... [From Kim Rowles] Starting on Ash Wednesday the Youth of the
Diocese are asking the parishes to begin a collection of personal care
items for our Christophany Mission Project. Two years ago we made meals
for the "Stop Hunger Now" campaign, last year we learned about
Environmentalism and the Episcopal Church, this year we are hoping to
help those in need take care of basic hygiene issues. We are asking for
collections of the following items: New Handtowels, Washcloths, Nail
Clippers (without files or emery boards), Widetooth Combs, Toothbrushes
(individually wrapped), Large tubes of toothpaste, bath-sized bars of
soap, boxes of sterile bandages, and gallon-sized zip bags. If you
cannot purchase these items we will also accept gift cards to Walmart
so that we can purchase the items ourselves. We hope to complete 600
kits to distribute to shelters in Bethlehem, Reading and Scranton. We
will with your help. The collection will end on April 4, 2010 (Easter
Sunday), and the youth council will make arrangements to pick up items,
or you can drop them at Diocesan House to be brought to Christophany
for assembly. Questions: Kim Rowles, Youth Missioner for the Diocese, online or at 610-751-3931.Download a flyer below.
The Province III Youth Delight Event will
be held the weekend of April 9-11 at the Bishop Clagget Center in
Buckeystown MD. This event is open for youth in grades 9 - 12 who have
participated in at least one diocesan youth event. The cost of the
weekend is $100.00 and it will be a weekend of celebrating the light of
Christ in Creation and in one another. Our own Kayla Farley (St
Brigid's Nazareth) and Anna Siftar (Trinity Bethlehem) were integral in
planning this event. Registration will open on February 5 and close on
April 2. There are only ten seats open for youth, so register early at www.diobeth.org. Scholarships will be available. Questions: Kim Rowles, Youth Missioner for the Diocese, online or at 610-751-3931. Download a flyer below.