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Meet Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in Wilkes-Barre ... Plan to come to Evensong (6:00 p.m.) at which Bishop Katharine will preach and, immediately afterwards, to a reception and open forum at which you may dialogue with her at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Some 250/300 attended choral evensong at the Bethehem Cathedral on Nov. 9. Read more here. See The Morning Call story. Photo here. Over 200 attended evensong at St. Luke's Lebanon on Nov. 10.

Another way of giving ... [From Laura I. Chegwidden] Once again, new sweat shirts and pants along with underwear and socks were among the donations presented at Diocesan Convention. Over 600 items were collected in response to the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women's appeal for these items. Recently the donations of new clothing were given to the diocesan programs for distribution. Two of the organizations that benefited were St. Stephen's Wilkes Barre's REACH program and New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem. Cathie Shollenberger,  New Bethany's Transitional Housing Project Director, after receiving a share the contribution of clothing, wrote: "Thank you so much for keeping New Bethany Ministries in your heart and thank you for sharing year after year." Since 1997 the ECW has organized a project that unified the Diocese of Bethlehem in a diocesan-wide effort of outreach. This year the exact total of garments is unknown because not all collection forms were returned at Convention. However, the response was wonderful, and the organizations who received the garments were most grateful. Thanks be to God and thank you to all of the parishes for your support.

Samuel Seabury ... Each year on Nov. 14 the Episcopal Church remembers the consecration and ordination in 1784 of Samuel Seabury as the first bishop of Connecticut and first Episcopal Church bishop in the newly formed United States of America. Episcopal Life Weekly bulletin inserts for Nov. 15 mark Seabury's feast day with a brief history of his life and ministry, carried out as the Episcopal Church established itself after the Revolutionary War. Bishop Paul Marshall has written One, Catholic and Apostolic: Samuel Seabury and the Early Episcopal Church, Church Publishing, 2004, the authoritative source on Seabury, a fascinating story of the first bishop in the Episcopal Church. It explores the complex personalities, motivations, loyalties and prejudices that went into the formation of the Episcopal Church and the creation of its liturgy. Using Bishop Samuel Seabury’s persona and thought as central themes, Bishop Paul argues that history cannot be understood simply by studying texts. “Marshall does what few scholars ever really do,” Peter Eaton, dean of St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, said in his review in The Anglican, October 2005. “He tells us things that are both new and true, and he does this with authority, and not as the scribes. No one who wants truly to understand this crucial period of our history can do without this book.”

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Pray for our young men and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for their families … Cesar B. Ruiz, 26; Jonathon M. Sylvestre, 21; Julian L. Berisford, 25; Amy C. Tirador, 29; Tony Carrasco Jr., 25; Aaron S. Aamot, 22; Gary L. Gooch Jr., 22 ... 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 Bakery and the newSpin blog, usually on Tuesdays, with names found over seven days.]

Out in the Silence at Stroudsburg High School ... The Stroudsburg High School Student Diversity Council’s Gay-Straight Alliance will screen the PBS documentary Out in the Silence on Thursday, November 12, in the high school auditorium. Out in the Silence (57 minutes) chronicles the controversy that began after the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignited a firestorm of controversy and a quest for change in the small Pennsylvania hometown he had left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson takes viewers on an exhilarating journey through love, hate, and understanding in rural America. The documentary explores the struggle of being a gay teen in a small Pennsylvania town and the bullying, controversy and challenges that he experienced. It challenges viewers to rethink their values and helps close the gaps that divide communities. Read more here.

Bethlehem/Kajo Keji Companion Relationship ... To see a beautifully-designed poster with text and photos based on info and photos published on our online venues and in Diocesan Life, click here, then on "Diocese of Bethlehem" in the left column. 

Become a baker in the House of Bread ... If you are interested in more news, issues, ideas, opinion and conversation related to our diocesan community, the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, you might consider becoming a baker in the House of Bread's new Bakery. Go to the "Get Connected" box on the right side of our diocesan website. Fill in your name and email address, and click on "My Groups." In the next window that comes up, check Bakery. Bakery, of course, is a play on Bethlehem meaning "House of Bread" in Hebrew. Subscribed to Bakery, you will receive several notes daily (perhaps two, perhaps ten when the oven is hot) and you will be able to enter the conversation by posting your own notes to the group, i.e., to the other bakers. News is fresh in the Bakery long before you see it in print in Diocesan Life. If you choose to do so, thank you for becoming a baker in the House of Bread.

Evensong at Trinity Bethlehem ... [From Mother Laura Howell] The Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church, Bethlehem, will sing a service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, November 15 at 4 p.m. The service is offered in thanksgiving for the many gifts God has given us all. Evensong is an ancient cathedral office sung at the close of the day and includes Canticles, Psalms, Hymns and Prayers. The choir will sing music of Josef Haydn, a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by George Dyson, a wonderful Victorian English composer, and Psalm 65, set to Anglican Chant by John Turle. The Rev. Canon Cliff Carr will officiate and Dr. Timothy Smith will be at the organ. A dessert potluck follows.  All are cordially invited.

Fort Hood Vigil ... Many of the quotes in this Episcopal Life Online article was Chaplain Ira Houck, a priest of the Diocese of Bethlehem.

Bishop's Bakery and Open Mic Night ... [From Kim Rowles, Youth Ministry Coordinator] The 2010 Bishop's Day with Youth. Friday January 29 to Saturday January 30 at Good Shepherd Scranton. All-Night. Open Mic Night. Local Christian Worship/Praise Band. Midnight Eucharist. No Lights Out. Doors Open at 6:30 pm. Open Mic from 7- 9 sign up for 10-minute slots; play your own music, cover songs (church appropriate no profane language or sexually explicit lyrics), read your own poetry, perform a dance routine, or a skit from your favorite comedy show. Band is on from 9:30 - 10:30. Eucharist from 11- 12. Games and Activities in the main hall for the remainder of the night, through the morning. Baked goods, coffee and snacks will be provided as well as breakfast on Saturday morning. Pick up at 9 am on Saturday. More information will be available online.

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12 Days of Christmas for Kajo Keji ... Our Wold Mission Committee is again sponsoring the 12 Days of Christmas for Kajo Keji. Here's a bulletin insert. Your support was so critical last year. Instead of giving Aunt Mildred a sweater she doesn't want, why not give a gift in her honor to those really in need? Items range in price from $5 to $250. Deadline is December 15. Call Jo Trepagnier, 610-434-0155, if you have any questions. Similar info appears on the back cover of the November issue of Diocesan Life.

Children to children ... [From Jo Trepagnier] The children and teachers of the Church of the Mediator have set a goal this Christmas of buying soccer uniforms for a school team in Kajo Keji. During November, coins of all kinds are being collected from the children and the congregation and a bake sale is scheduled for one Sunday. We have been particularly pleased to find parishioners’ coin collections added to our goal: a bag of nickels, a suitcase of pennies. Almost all of our children have some experience with soccer, being on a team, team pictures, practice, new cleats, and orange slices. They are captivated by the idea of collected coins so that their friends in Kajo Keji may enjoy soccer as well. Our ultimate goal is to engage even the littlest child in knowing that they can make a difference in the life of a child who has so little. We're having fun.

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