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On Haiti ... • 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 Haiti is 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 or by 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.

Jubilate ... Hymnody for Ash Wednesday to Easter 7 (Feb. 17 to May 16), published by the Diocese of Bethlehem for our diocesan community and for free distribution to the world, may be downloaded below as an Acrobat or MSWord file. Jubilate is a service of our Liturgy and Music Commission, specifically Canon Cliff Carr who has been doing this for more than 30 years. Download Jubilate here.

You are invited to join an inter-denominational electronic "meeting" of people who are interested in Congregational Health Ministries and Parish Nursing where we share resources, insights, concerns and support.  Notes may be read and written at your convenience.  If you would like to join, or want more information about this “meeting” please contact Diana Marshall, Diocese of Bethlehem liaison to National Episcopal Health Ministries.

North Texas Public TV commentary on Bishop Katharine ... Changes in leadership and direction in the Episcopal Church of America created tension in dioceses around the world. The Fort Worth Diocese ultimately split because of the changes. But commentator Lee Cullum believes the right person's in place to heal the church. Read it/Hear it here.

New pages and design of Episcopal Church website focus on mission and ministry. A clean, contemporary design, improved search capability and easy-to-access resources for the mission and ministry work of The Episcopal Church are all combined with a newly simplified home page and web pages.  Additionally, a special page has been developed expressly for updates from around the church on the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Trinity Bethlehem organizes churches to shelter homeless people from the cold ... Story and three pics.

Marketing materials focusing on the welcoming nature of The Episcopal Church are available to dioceses, congregations and provinces from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication. Read more here.

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 here.

Christophany 2010 will be held the weekend of April 16-18 at the Watson Homestead in Painted Post New York. This retreat is open for all youth in grades 6-12 in the Diocese of Bethlehem. The cost of the weekend is $75.00 and it will be a mostly outdoor weekend of acceptance and fellowship where we can get to know one another and see Christ in one another.   The weekend will center around a mission project where we will assemble hygiene kits from the materials collected from parishes throughout the diocese to be distributed to local shelters. (See next item.) We will discuss notions of being "clean" and the importance of foot washing in the Bible as well as have time in the pool and to play outdoor games at Watson Homestead. Registration will open on February 12 and close on April 9.  Youth can register at www.diobeth.org and scholarships will be available. Questions: Kim Rowles, Youth Missioner for the Diocese, online or at 610-751-3931. Download a flyer here.

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 here.

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Plan Ahead ... Jan 18-25: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ... Resources here. Suggestions from Canon Maria Tjeltveit here. ••• Jan. 23: St. Paul's Montrose will celebrate the new ministry of the congregation with Father Paul Walker as their rector, 4:00 p.m. ••• Jan. 23: Lay Worship Leaders Training, formerly Lay Readers, will take place at Trinity Mount Pocono. More info here. ••• Jan. 24: Honesdale Helps Haiti Concert, 5-7p.m. ... More info here. ••• Jan. 27-29: Trinity Institute, Building an Ethical Economy,  at Zion’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Old Zionsville, PA, $35. More info or to register, call 610-966-3834 or or email zions@ptd.net. ••• Jan. 28: Diocesan Council, Grace Kingston 6:30 p.m. ••• Jan 29/30: Bishop's Bakery, Coffee House and Open Mic Night for Youth ... Friday, Jan. 29 (6:00pm) - Saturday, Jan. 30 (9:00am) at Good Shepherd Scranton. Poster and info here. Online registration is now open.  Get more info and register online. ••• Jan. 30: Lay Eucharistic Visitors Training, St. Brigid's Nazareth, 9:00 to noon. More info here.

••• Feb. 6: Grace Kingston will celebrate the new ministry of the congregation with Father John Hartman as their rector, 4:00 p.m. ••• Feb. 17: Ash Wednesday ••• Feb. 27: Dive In: A Day Exploring Christian Baptism will be held at Good Shepherd Scranton. This day of Christian Formation will offer resources for parents, Christian educators, clergy, and anyone seeking a deeper life in Christ. More info here.

••• March 25: Chrism Mass at the Cathedral, Bethlehem, 11:00 a.m.

••• April 4: Easter ••• April 9-11: Province III Youth Delight Event, More info here. ••• April 16-18: Christophany, Watson Homestead, Painted Post, New York. Registration will open February 12 online at www.diobeth.org. More info here. ••• April 24: Diocesan Training for MInistry at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre. Details will be available here when online registration opens on February 20. ••• April 30-May 2: Creating a Culture of Peace at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem.

••• July 10: Bishop's Day with Kids at Good Shepherd Scranton.

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