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todaySpin - March 7, 2009

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(1) Ian Douglas to lecture in Bethlehem, March 26. Deadline to register is March 16.
(2) Diocesan Training for Ministry, March 28, Wilkes-Barre.
(3) Christophany Goes Green, April 24-26.

In the major newspapers

Spring forward, one hour ahead, tonight.

Harry Hart, husband of St. Thomas Morgantown rector Ellie Hart, was in an auto accident a few weeks ago. His car slid on ice and hit a tree. He has been in ICU at Reading Hospital with head and chest injuries. Ellie said a few days ago that Harry is breathing on his own, sat up for 3 hours, smiles and even laughs a bit. The next step is rehab. He will be moved to a nearby rehab for head trauma as soon as he is physically able. Please keep Ellie and Harry and their family in your prayers.

(1) Quiet Day at Mediator Allentown, March 14.

(2) [From Virginia Knapp] The five churches of the Trexlertown Area Ministerium will present a cantata, The Living Last Supper, Wednesday April 1, 7:00 p.m., at St. Anne's Trexlertown. It is a beautiful and spiritually moving representation of The Last Supper set to music, sung by the five area choirs and supported by the  words of the Apostles. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the parish hall. Ample parking and handicapped accessible. A free-will offering will be taken to help support the emergency fund of the five linked parishes. For more info, call  St. Anne's 610-398-3321 or Virginia Knapp  610-530-8330.

Online with the Diocese of Bethlehem: Diocesan Life ... DioBeth website ... newSpin blog ... Faith Formation News ... ShareTheBread blog ... Youth ministry website ... Children's ministry website ...

The Spin Cycle (daily, weekly and blog): (A) For sprinters: todaySpin is uploaded almost daily to the newSpin blog. It's what you are now reading. (B) For joggers: newSpin, the e-newsletter, is published online weekly and sent to nearly 1,000 email addresses. (3) For steady pacers: newSpin, the blog may be read here to catch up with the sprinters and joggers.
Additionally, Diocesan House maintains nearly 30 ChurchReply (interactive) lists for diocesan committees, commissions and working groups ... and the Bethlehem of Pa interactive list (soon to become a ChurchReply list) has logged some 45,000 notes over 18 years on the Ecunet system.

Kat Lehman, our IT coordinator, has created an interactive list for Tech issues in the Diocese. To be added to the list, send a note to Kat and put "subscribe to diobethtech" in the subject line. The list is intended to create a community within our parishes to help one anther with technology issues whether it is how to do something with a software package or advice on what new technology to get. It is not intended for commercial purposes nor is it a "helpdesk" to replace what you might already have.

[From Andy Gerns] Martin Niemoeller, who died 25 years ago yesterday, was not a perfect man. The stands for which he is most famous did not come easily to him. He came to his resistance to Nazi-ism slowly. He initially voted for Hitler's NSDAP and was opposed to democracy in post-First World War Germany. It took him time (and perhaps incarceration in concentration camps) to repent of the anti-Semitism that he was raised in and taught all through his schooling. It took time for him to come to his pacifism. His painful and obviously hard won repentances and his courage to stand up even when it challenged his own deeply held assumptions makes his journey an even more heroic one. His journey is that of a man who allowed Christ to call him, challenge him and change him. [More here]

RC Archibishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of Recife, Brazil, announced the excommunication of the family of a 9-year-old girl who had been raped and impregnated with twins by her stepfather because they had chosen to have the girl undergo an abortion. Also excommunicated were the doctors who performed the procedure. Sobrinho made headlines earlier this month when he denounced the distribution of millions of contraceptives for Carnival, the festival that precedes the beginning of Lent. More here and here.

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