Diocesan support for Seamen's Church Institute

[From Canon Jane Teter]


I have received a note of thanks from the Seamen's Church Institute thanking
all of you for the knitted and crocheted items sent for the mariners on the hign
seas at Christmas. 

We sent off eleven boxes of items including:  60 scarves, 102 hats, 15 vests, 1 pair
of slippers and 19 helmets.

Many thanks to all who have made these items.

Please continue to make items for next year.  They may be dropped off at Diocesan
House all year long.  Once the holidays are over, it is a good time to relax and knit or
crochet an item or two!

Blessings of Advent to all of you,
Canon  Teter

Trio of Montrose churches host Christmas bazaars on December 3rd.

[From Paul Walker, Rector of St. Paul's, Montrose]

Three churches in Montrose will all hold their Christmas bazaars on Saturday, December 3.

The Montrose United Methodist Church, 526 Church Street, will open the doors of The Christmas Department Store from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Lunch will be available.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 276 Church Street, will open the doors of The Country Store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Breakfast and lunch will be available in The North Pole Café.

The Altar and Rosary Society of Holy Name of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 278 South Main Street, will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be available.

In addition The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association will be continuing their Christmas book sale at The Inn at Montrose, 26 South Main Street.

The churches of Montrose invite you to come and celebrate the holidays in Montrose!

You know it's almost Christmas when St. Paul's Montrose makes its wreaths

[From Paul Walker, Rector of St. Paul's, Montrose]

DSC_0065Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Montrose, met recently for an afternoon of making pinecone wreaths for their Christmas bazaar called The Country Store, to be held at the church, located at 276 Church Street, on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The participants from left to right are Margaret Burgh, Rita Leigh, Lynne Graham, Carol Marker, Jennie Bowen, and Ed and Karen Smith, front.


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Montrose Crafters Corner

[News Release from St. Paul's Montrose]

St. Paul’s Crafters Corner is back for another season with a move to the first Saturday of October, November and December. The event offers unique shopping opportunities through the original creations of area crafters and will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., commencing on October 2nd and returning on November 6th and December 4th.

New crafters will be joining some of the long standing favorites to further expand the variety of merchandise, with the list of participants growing each month.

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Biggest, Boldest, Best Block Party Around

posted by Kat Lehman

Check out the Block Party "A Celebration of Gifts" this Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Market Street between New and Center Streets in Bethlehem. Trinity, Bethlehem has been actively planning this event in conjunction with other churches, social agencies, community groups and the city government for about 8 months.

There are over 30 groups performing including the Bethlehem Bagpipe Band, Trinity's own Singing Priests, musicians and singers from Holy Infancy, Moravian Academy band and choirs, the O'Grady-Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance, storytelling by Mayor Callahan and MANY, MANY MORE! There are also games and crafts for kids plus food and lots of fun. What an awesome way to spend Saturday!

Come celebrate!!


Posted by Kat Lehman for Jane Teter

Summer is upon us and many of us are planning vacations.  Don't forget to take along some yarn and knitting needles or a crochet hook to make an item for mariners on the high seas who cannot be home for 
Christmas.  We will collect these items at our Convention in October. Items may also be dropped off at Diocesan House anytime.

For patterns, go to http://www.seamenschurch.org to "how you can help"  There are some new patterns for those who like to crochet and a few new patterns for knitters as well.  I am going to try the new 
"Oliver's Cap" for a change of pace.

Happy vacation and happy knitting (or crocheting!),
Jane Teter

Close-knit Lehigh Valley group's mission

Minister leads effort to create hats for cancer patients -- both near and far|Of The Morning Call
March 21, 2009
The Morning Call, Inc., Cpyright 03/21/09

With her knitting needles deftly working over a ball of gray alpaca yarn, the Rev. Laura Howell was thinking, and not just about the cancer patient who would don her downy cap miles away in Colorado.

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(Back Left) Loraine Johnson, (Center) Gabriele Whittier and (Right) The Reverend Laura Howell knit caps for chemotherapy patients. The women are from Trinity Episcopal Church. (Photo by Denise Sanchez/The Morning Call Inc., / Copyrght 2009)

Howell also had her former co-workers at Lehigh Valley Hospice in mind. As a hospice chaplain, she knew the joy it brought staff to present a sick patient with any token of comfort, even something as simple as a hand-knit cap to warm a head left bald and exposed by radiation.

''To give the staff something that makes people happy makes their job easier,'' she said.

Howell also knows the burden and rewards of caring for someone with cancer; she's experienced it as both a chaplain and the daughter of a cancer survivor. Her mother's battle with lymphoma in Colorado inspired her ''chemo cap'' ministry here in the Lehigh Valley, where Howell is the rector at Bethlehem's Trinity Episcopal Church.

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