Diocesan Training Day on April 2nd

Registration opens today and closes March 23rd. Cost is $17.50 and includes lunch.

A day set aside for learning about opportunities and resources for ministry in congregations, and celebrating ministries we share. There will be 13 different workshops spanning all aspects of ministry to select from this year. Please plan to join us for a wonderful day of learning.

Workshops include:
All Day Workshops (one workshop in both sessions)

#1 Ministry of the Lay Eucharistic Visitor (all day workshop) - The Rev. Edward Erb -- Two-part course leads to licensing. Morning session - Biblical, theological, and historical background. Afternoon session - resources and practical considerations (ex. HIPAA rules, safety, and health concerns)

#2 Understanding and Working with ChurchPost (all day workshop) - Mr. John Goodell, Owner of ChurchPost -- A hands-on guide to using ChurchPost, our electronic newsletter platform, to communicate effectively and immediately with your members and visitors.

Session I - 9:45am to 11:15am

#3 Wardens/Vestry 101 - The Rt. Rev. Paul Marshall and The Ven. Howard Stringfellow - Introduction for new wardens and vestry members or a refresher for experienced vestry members to the roles, responsibilities, and realities of parish leadership.

#4 Bringing Financial Sanity to the Family - Mr. Dan Charney - The program, Financial Sanity, designed by Nathan Dungan, founder and president of Share Save Spend, consists of four one-hour sessions.  This training helps you to become familiar with the program, and will cover session one of the program to give participants a feel for what it is all about.

#5 Transitional Formation in Parishes - Ms. Kim Rowles - In periods of individual transition it is especially important to support and lead members in our communities to an intentional life with Christ, this session will help outline a plan for individual parishes dealing with middle to high school transition, high school to college transition, and couples to family transition.

#6 - Come Let Us Worship - A Workshop for the Laity and Clergy - The Rev. Laura Howell & The Rev. John Francis - This session will explore some of the tools the Book of Common Prayer gives us for daily worship.  It will provide some practical suggestions for parish prayer that may be led by the laity as well as the clergy.

#7 - Evangelism as Prayer and Faith Sharing - The Rev. Jane Bender, The Rev. Doug Moyer,  and Mrs. Carol Keane - The Unbinding the Gospel series doesn't give answers as to how, when and where.  Come learn how many ways this lively resource can be tailored for your use.

Session II -- 1:15pm to 2:45pm

#8 Enabling Ministries: Forward Life Planning - Mr. Charlie Barebo - Develop your parish's capabilities to deliver ministries by strengthening its approach to Forward Life Planning.

#9 Treasurers’ Workshop - Mr. Bruce Reiner -- This workshop will focus on cash receipts, cash disbursements, internal controls, and audits.

#10 - The Confirmation Conundrum - The Rev. Canon Anne Kitch - Explores the rite of Confirmation and the many questions it raises.  Includes an overview of the history of Confirmation in the Episcopal Church and the theology of Confirmation as it is express in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

#11 - Health Ministries - Mrs. Diana Marshall - Health ministry plays a unique and critical role in facilitating the health of clergy, staff and congregations.  Health ministry looks different from congregation to congregation, reflecting the unique needs, interests, and resources of the faith community.

#12 - Incorporating New members into the Episcopal Church - The Rev. Canon Andrew Gerns- The course will introduce a simple, easy-to-understand, process of incorporating new members into a congregation. It will also describe various kinds of visitors and newcomers and show how to integrate the worship and theology of the Episcopal Church into our evangelism.

#13 - Training for Regional Discernment Teams - Members of the Commission on Ministry - This training session is designed to help both clergy and laity understand the purpose and structure of regional discernment as practiced in the Diocese of Bethlehem.

You can click here to register. Download the Diocesan Training Day brochure on our web site here.

Visitation Schedule 2007-2008

Download below the 2007-2008 visitation schedule of Bishop Paul and Bishop Jack Croneberger and the visits of Archdeacon Stringfellow. Download visitation_schedule_20072008.pdf. Please note that specific dates for the Archdeacon's visits have not yet been determined. What appears on this schedule is simply an indication that the Archdeacon will visit some time before the Bishops' visitations.

We welcome Bishop Croneberger, retired diocesan of Newark, who will be sharing in the work of episcopal visitation. It is the hope that in 2008 he will be taking a larger role in our life. Elected Bishop Coadjutor of Newark in June, 1998, Bishop Croneberger was invested as Ninth Bishop of Newark in January, 2000, and served there until 2007. In April, 2005, citing the failing health of his wife, Marilyn, he notified the Diocese of his intention to call for a Special Convention for the election of the Tenth Bishop of Newark. Bishop and Mrs. Croneberger reside in the Reading area.

My Faith My Life

Jennifer Gamber, a parishioner at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, wrote My Faith My Life "to provide young people in the Episcopal Church the tools to embrace their full place within the Church. When I began working with Canon Kitch on confirmation three years ago, it became clear that there were few resources available to help teens understand the language of our church, its worship, history, sacraments and approach to the Bible. There are a numberr of wonderful relational-based curricula, which is the basis of our faith, but no guide for navigating the institution, the Church."

My Faith, My Life: A Teen's Guide to the Episcopal Church
($9.95, Morehouse, 2006) is an essential handbook for teens in the Episcopal Church -- and a great resource for confirmation classes, youth study groups and high shool Christian education programs.

The book serves as a guide to the Christian faith and the Episcopal Church, covering everythng from scripture, church history and sacraments to the meaning of prayer and ministry in the lives of real teens today.

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Download my_faith_my_life.pdf