Seven Seasonal Welcome Posters ... and a Postcard Program for Christmas, Easter and the beginning of the school year

Jenifer Gamber and Richard Woodyatt have put together a program for printing and distributing a series of seven seasonal welcome poster throughout the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, There will be two posters for the Pentecost season – one sent out in May at the beginning of the season and one in late August to make the beginning of the school year activities. All posters are printed on a heavy 80# Gloss Cover Stock and have a finished size of 11x17 inches. They will be shipped flat via first class mail in a protective mailer and timed to arrive about a week before they are needed. There will also be a program of coordinating postcards for Christmas, Easter and the beginning of the school year, similar to last year's program. Pdf files describing all of this and how to participate may be downloaded below. All featured works of art are by Episcopal artists. The image on the Christmas poster is by Harvey Bonner, a member of the Church of the Mediator, Allentown.

Download poster.Advent 2007.pdf

Download poster.Christmas 2007.pdf

Download poster.Epiphany 2008.pdf

Download 20072008_poster_program_overview.pdf

Download 20072008_poster_order_form.pdf

Download christmas_2007_postcard_description.pdf

Download 20072008_postcardflyer_quote.pdf

Download christmas_2007_postcard_order_form.pdf


Seven Seasonal Welcome Posters ... and a Postcard Program for Christmas, Easter and the beginning of the school year

Jenifer Gamber and Richard Woodyatt have put together a program for printing and distributing a series of seven seasonal welcome poster throughout the liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, There will be two posters for the Pentecost season – one sent out in May at the beginning of the season and one in late August to make the beginning of the school year activities. All posters are printed on a heavy 80# Gloss Cover Stock and have a finished size of 11x17 inches. They will be shipped flat via first class mail in a protective mailer and timed to arrive about a week before they are needed. There will also be a program of coordinating postcards for Christmas, Easter and the beginning of the school year, similar to last year's program. Pdf files describing all of this and how to participate may be downloaded below.

Download poster.Advent 2007.pdf

Download poster.Christmas 2007.pdf

Download poster.Epiphany 2008.pdf

Download 20072008_poster_program_overview.pdf

Download 20072008_poster_order_form.pdf

Download christmas_2007_postcard_description.pdf

Download 20072008_postcardflyer_quote.pdf

Download christmas_2007_postcard_order_form.pdf






Two Post Pentecost Posters

Parishes may use two welcome posters designed by Jenifer Gamber for the second part of our long Pentecost season. Once again, Jenifer has volunteered to customize the posters for parishes in the Diocese of Bethlehem free of charge. Parishes that request this, will receive a pdf file of the 11" X 17" poster that they can have duplicated at a local printer or at Minuteman Press in Bethlehem. Cost of duplication is about $1 per copy. Let Jenifer know if you’d like her to send you pdf files of the posters customized for your parish.

To view a sample, download the posters customized for the Cathedral Church of the Nativity.

Download postpentecost_2007_poster.Bread.pdf

Download postpentecost_2007_poster.People.pdf





Episcopal Life Media

With the September issue of Episcopal Life, Episcopal Life Media formally begins work as an integrated system of web, print and broadcast communication resources serving Episcopalians and seekers.

For online and television viewers, a monthly half-hour video “multicast” edition of Episcopal Life is set to debut in mid-September, anchored by executive editor Jan Nunley.  The program will be available for on-demand viewing through Episcopal Life Online, and for placement on community access television channels as requested.  Please watch Episcopal Life Online for further details. As soon as this becomes available, it will be placed regularly on cable systems that reach some 500,000 subscribers in parts of the Diocese of Bethlehem.

Download the story below.

Download episcopal_life_media.pdf



Postcard Campaign for Fall

The Cathedral Church of the Nativity continues its postcard campaign with a fall mailing to 4,000 local households (excluding members of other local Episcopal Churches) using the postcard you may download below. It is designed with a back-to-school theme in mind that coincides with the beginning of Cathedral’s Sunday School and Adult Forum classes. Parishes in the Diocese of Bethlehem are invited to use the 4.5 X 8.5" postcard. Jenifer Gamber has offered to customize the wording on the front and back for your parish. We plan to have Minuteman Press of Bethlehem, PA to print all postcards and share the cost savings from a larger print run. E-mail Jenifer for more information (cost of production and mailing as well as dates for copy) if your parish would like to join this effort of invitation to your local community.

Download ccn_fall_postcard_2007.pdf



Evangelism is ...

Evangelism is effective proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who do not believe and to those who have not heard. This is a good place to start, but there is so much more to evangelism. We tend to confuse the call and the gift of evangelism with the associated techniques. This is, for many, our chief block to evangelism: confusing techniques for content. We tend to turn something more into something less.

Download Andy Gerns' reflection .

Download evangelism_is.pdf


Six Churches cooperate in Easter invitation

Download the flyer/invitation below (two sides) that has been sent by six churches (four in Susquehanna County and two nearby) to 12,400+ households in the county. It will be supported by front-page ads in both the Independent Weekly and the Pennysaver Weekender sent free also to all the households in the region.

Download susquehannaflyer.Side1.Easter'07.pdf

Download susquehannaflyer.Side2.Easter'07.pdf



Holy Week Outreach

The Evangelism Commission and several parishes of the Diocese of Bethlehem are joining together to mass mail a postcard to targeted homes before Palm Sunday. Other parishes are invited to participate.

Download the invitation and explanation below (crafted by Andy Gerns, chair of the Evangelism Commission) and the front four-color panel of the postcard (designed by Jenifer Gamber). A black and white back panel can be customised for each participating parish. The deadline to opt in is next Friday, February 23.

Download easter_postcard.Invitation to participate.pdf

Download easter_postcard_diobeth_2007.Front Panel.pdf

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In Montrose

Church School Scholars Send International Holiday Gift

The children from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montrose, have been saving money for Christmas all fall, not for themselves --€” for a family in need. Along with bible lessons, the children have been studying about Heifer International, a non profit group dedicated to helping children and families around the world fight hunger and poverty with sustainable solutions.

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Evangelism/Marketing at Trinity Easton

This is an update on the progress on evangelism/marketing efforts at Trinity, Easton.

1. This postcard will be mailed within during the first week of September. It was designed by Woodyatt Associates (Richard Woodyatt is junior warden at the Cathedral. His group has done ad campaign work for the Cathedral and for Christ Church, Stroudsburg.)

Download trinity_easton_fall2006_postcard.pdf

The postcard will go to some 2400 households (A) in zip codes 18040 (Forks) and 18045 (Palmer) where there is a 25-44 year old adult homeowner and who have children 6-10 years old. (B) in zip codes 18042 (Easton, Wilson, Williams) and 08865 (Phillipsburg) as above, and where the occupants have owned their homes for five years or less. (C) to al
ll households in the carrier routes within walking distance to Trinity. (D) to all on the Citadel (parish newsletter) mailing list, as a reminder to Trinity's own members of the program year about to begin.
 

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Emerging Church Learning Party

A new movement called the emerging church is making a major impact on the landscape of North Amerircan Christianity and around the world. Find out about it at Emerging Church Learning Party: Resources for Outreach, Worship and Spiritual Formation in Today's Culture at St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral, Saturday, September 16.
The event will be led by Karen Ward, abbess of Church of the Apostles, Seattle, a leading edge, mainline (Episcopal/Lutheran) emerging congregation.

Sponsored by Church of the Apostles, Praxis Center in partnership with Peacemeal and the Diocese of Bethlehem.

Download the flyer in MSWord or pdf format:

Download emerging_church_learning_party_flyer.doc

Download emerging_church_learning_party_flyer.pdf


29 congregations take part in regional evangelism workshops so far

Representatives from ten parishes have taken part in the first few of our regional Evangelism Workshops. Representatives from 19 additional congregations have registered to attend during the next few weeks. See the story by Andrew Gerns at the pdf file below. It's not too late to register for the workshops on May 13 at St. Peter’s, Hazelton and on May 20 at St. Stephen’s, Whitehall and St. John’s in Hamlin. The Evangelism Commission has designed these to be as close to as many churches as possible. The workshops are free and lunch is provided. Each Saturday workshop is scheduled to last from 10 am to 2 pm. To register, use the form found at the March 2006 archives of this blog (Regional Evangelism Training) or contact Barbara Lewis at Diocesan House.

Download 29_congregations_take_part.pdf


Easter Postcards: Stroudsburg and Bethlehem

Christ Church, Stroudsburg, and the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, mailed Easter postcards to their parishioners and to a list of prospective new members at the beginning of April. You may view the postcards at the links below.

For each parish, a parishioner designed the postcard. The Pikewood Companies of Bethlehem and Easton, www.pikewood.com, executed production and mailing.

For the Christ church mailing, Pikewood targeted some 1850 Gen-X households with primary school-age children. All such households with Stroudsburg addresses were targeted. For the suburban areas, however, there was an added restriction that they moved in recently. Pikewood selected the targeted Zip Codes specifically to avoid the areas covered by neighboring Episcopal

The Cathedral mailing program was designed in a similar manner. A parishioner-designed postcard was sent to parishioners and prospective new members. Gen-X families with children in Zip Codes not serviced by neighboring Episcopal churches were targeted. There were 4,260 prospective members for the Cathedral.

Both churches are planning a mailing in August to promote the start of the new school/activity year.

Richard Woodyatt of Pikewood (a parishioner at the Cathedral) would be interested in speaking with a representative of other parishes to determine if there is any interest in a coordinated mailing program so everyone can take advantage of significant volume discounts in printing. He can be reached at 610-865-9946 or richard.woodyatt@pikewood.com.

Download Postcard.Stroudsburg.Easter.pdf

Download Postcard.Cathedral.Easter.pdf