Communications Workshop

100626CommunicationWorkshop Diocese of Bethlehem Communication Workshop
Cathedral Church of the Nativity
321 Wyandotte Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Saturday, June 26th from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Communicating the Gospel is what Christians are called to do; we are called to
spread the Good News! Come learn about communication as ministry, electronic
newsletters, blogs, print publications and social networking in this one day
Register online at
call Kat Lehman at 610-691-5655 x235 for more info.

Download the brochure for the workshop here:

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June Diocesan Life

posted by Kat Lehman

Hot off the press (actually it REALLY goes to the presses on Thursday). Here is the latest edition of Diocesan Life. The file size is 5.2 MB. Have an event that is newsworthy? Send us photos and a story and we will consider it! Event highlights include the Share Save Spend event on June 12th, the Communication Workshop on June 26th, The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss Bishop's Day with Kids on July 10th and the Junior High Mission Trip starting August 5th. You can find out details on page 8.

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"Ride On! Ride On In Majesty"

posted by Kat Lehman
written by Joe Jackloski

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Kingston, Pennsylvania
    Re-enacting  Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, parishioners and friends of Grace Episcopal Church, Kingston will gather for a grand Procession of the Palms around the parish neighborhood at 9:00 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2010.
    Leading the procession will be Henry,  a 15 year-old therapy donkey depicting how Christ entered Jerusalem. The procession will end at Grace Episcopal Church's  great steps as children spread palms for the triumphal entrance and the celebration of the Eucharist to follow. Henry is one of three therapy donkeys from Young’s Funny Farm, a non-profit organization in Berwick.  Henry was adopted from the Bureau of Land Management's Adopt a Wild Horse & Burro program and was obtained in Nevada in 1995.
    "Come and see!"  In the Gospel of John (John 1.38-39) two disciples of John the Baptizer follow after Jesus and ask him, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" Jesus replies, "Come and see."  Father Hartman said that, “When I think about how best to describe Grace Episcopal Church I can think of nothing better to say than, ‘Come and see!’”
    Grace Church, for over 118 years, has been the Episcopal presence in Kingston and remains a vibrant faith community today.  With its mission, “To love one another and those around us,” Grace opens its big red doors as a neighborhood and community church. ‘Come and see!’
[H/T to Joe Jackloski for posting this to the Bakery list]

Pictured in the photo (front) The Reverend John F. Hartman, Rector, (rear) Nancy Pleskach, Church Administrator, and Ted Merce, Church Vestry Member, and, of course, Henry.

Photo by Neil A. Young

The Amazing Magi

[From the Rev. Michael Reist]

Dear Episcopal Church Leaders:

I am writing just to make you aware of a particular ministry I offer that some of your churches may be interested in. My name is Rev. Michael L. Reist, Pastor of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stony Creek, a suburb of Reading. During my Seminary Training I spent a year in Douglassville with Father Cal Adams and the kind people at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church.

Besides being an ordained pastor serving a congregation, I also am a professional magician, illusionist, sleight-of-hand artist and story-teller. I have used these gifts to create a ministry that I offer to churches. Download the attachment below (almost 1 MB) that tells you more about my ministry. You may also look at my website as well.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about what I do. My programs for churches can range from simply pure entertainment to a true outreach/evangelistic message depending on the need and wants of the church.

Thank you for your time and considerations. Peace and blessings,

Rev. Michael L. Reist

The Amazing Magi

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Music from Diocesan Convention on WVIA 89.9 FM

Dear Friends in the Diocese of Bethlehem and beyond:
I just learned from WVIA 89.9 FM Public Radio that music from the Diocesan Convention Eucharist, including the Missa Luba, will be featured on our program, Music from St. Stephen’s, on Sunday, November 1st at 4 p.m. If you’re near a radio or a computer, be listening!  (BTW, WVIA is in the midst of its fall fund drive; their support from the State of Pennsylvania was cut 88%, and they need new members to recover from a loss of around $750,000! I encourage you to call 877-700-9842 and become a member; if you do, we’d be grateful if you let them know that Music from St. Stephen’s is among your favorite programs!)
But back to November 1st! When you’ve finished listening to Missa Luba on the radio, come in person to St. Stephen’s for a 5 p.m. All Souls’ Day Requiem Mass with Bishop Paul as celebrant. The mass will feature the music of Maurice Duruflé’s exquisite Requiem, Op. 9. The combined choirs of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre will be conducted by Canon Russell Jackson and accompanied by yours truly at the organ. This will be an extraordinarily beautiful liturgy, and a unique opportunity to hear the music of this profoundly moving musical setting of the Requiem in its true, liturgical context.
Should you not be able to be with us on November 1st at St. Stephen’s, you have another chance to hear us sing the Duruflé at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity on Sunday, November 8th at 4 p.m. It should be noted, however, that this performance will not be in a liturgical setting, but in a concert setting. Even so, it will be truly beautiful, and I hope many of you can be with us for either or both occasions!
Blessings to you and yours –
Canon Mark Laubach, Organist & Choirmaster
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Bethlehem
35 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre PA   18701
Telephone:   (570)825-6653
Fax:   (570)825-0430

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!!

What's Happening in the Diocese This Summer?

Here are some events you might be interested in around the Diocese:

July 12 - Heritage Day in Easton. Trinity, Easton will be hosting the interfaith ecumenical service at 10:30 A.M. Lots of fun events on the square in Easton.

July 12 - Musical Celebration of Independence at Prince of Peace, Dallas. 4:00 P.M. See the blog entry for more details here.

July 15 - Tips and Tricks for Amateur Photographers by Dr. George Conner. St. Luke's, Lebanon, 10:00 A.M. Call 717-272-8251 to register.

July 18 - Basement Sale and Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary's, Reading. Sale runs from 7:00 A.M. to 11 A.M. Great way to start yard sales for the day!

July 21, 23, August 10, 12, 14 - Teens and Tech at St. Gabriel's, Douglassville. Contact Kim Rowles at

July 26 - Chili cookoff at Trinity, Bethlehem. Check their web site for more details when they are available as this is a great event every year!

July 27-31 - St. Anne's, Trexlertown is hosting a Vacation Bible School entitled "Paul and the Underground Church". Call 610-398-3321 for more information.

July 27-31 - Reading Camp for Kids at St. Paul's, Montrose. Call the church office at 570-278-2954 for more information.

August 7-8 - Blueberry Festival at St. Paul's, Montrose. Part of  Christmas in August Arts and Crafts Festival. 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

August 15 - Bishop's Day with Kids: "Xtreme Faith Stories" with Bishop Jack at Nativity, Bethlehem (check out the blog or the web site for flyers and registration information)

August 22 - Hellertown Community Day. St. George's, Hellertown always has a great white elephant sale during this event and the whole community gets involved. Fun for everyone all day!

August 22 - Episcopal Church Women picnic at St. Matthew's, Stevensville, 10:00 A.M.

Musical Celebration of Independence

Posted by Kat Lehman

Prince of Peace Episcopal Church (420 Main Street, Dallas) is hosting a celebration of independence, in honor of those who defend our freedom, on Sunday July 12 at 4:00 pm.  The service, featuring organist Bernard Gardzalla, will be primarily musical.  A special prayer will be offered for all of those currently serving in the Armed Forces.  If you would like to add the name(s) of a friend or loved one to the prayer list please contact the church office at or 570-675-1723.  A reception on the lawn (weather permitting) will follow the service at approximately 4:45. EVERYONE is invited to attend.

Grace, Honesdale to inaugurate "new" piano

[From Fr. Ed Erb] "Cords and Strings" is the theme of a voice recital to be held by local baritone Ken Platt 6:00 PM, Sunday, June 21, at Grace Episcopal Church, Honesdale.  Selections include works by Beethoven, Hugo Wolff, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and John Ireland.  Rev. Platt is Assistant Pastor of Beach Lake (PA) Free Methodist Church and majored in classical voice at York College.

The recital will also inaugurate Grace Church's 'new' 1903 Steinway Model O baby grand piano, played by Rev. Ed Erb, rector of Grace Church.  The piano, originally a part of the music department at Wilkes University, was completely restored by Joseph D'Allessandro of Pittston.

The concert is open to the public.  Grace Church is located at the corner of Church and Ninth Streets, Honesdale.  A donation will be received at the door to benefit the piano fund.

Montrose celebrates Charles Cesaretti and welcomes Janet Watrous

[From the weekly update of St. Paul's Montrose] This coming Sunday the Congregation of St. Paul's will gather to mark a major transition in its life and ministry. With the retirement of Fr. Charles and the beginning of the four month interim of Mother Watrous, St. Paul's will enter a time of preparation to call and institute a new rector, and celebrate a new ministry. It is no accident that the Sunday Scripture readings appointed for the next weeks recall the beginning of the Christian Community starting with the small apostolic core in Jerusalem, its missionary outreach, and eventual spreading throughout the world.  These readings allow us to examine our own life as a faith community, ministering to the those in need, and reaching out to bring the "good news" to the whole world. St. Paul's will find vision, encouragement, and nurture through reflection of these readings in the weeks ahead.  In the Gospel reading this Sunday, St. Luke reflects upon Jesus' post-Resurrection time with the disciples:  "...he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, 'Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.'"  Well, there it is!

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Knox Mine Disaster

In Pittston on January 18
The Knox Mine Disaster 50th Anniversary

In Port Griffith, a village near Pittston, between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, an historical marker carries this text: On January 22, 1959, twelve men died in a tragic accident at the River Slope Mine near this site. The mine had been illegally excavated beneath the Susquehanna River at the direction of the Knox Coal Company. When the force of the ice-laden river broke the thin layer of rock, over ten billion gallons of water flowed through this and other mines. This disaster ended deep mining in much of the Wyoming Valley.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Knox Mine Disaster. Last month, in conversation with the clergy of the area, Bishop Paul encouraged them to commemorate the event. A Roman Catholic commemoration, marked annually for many years, will take place on Sunday, January 18, at St. John Evangelist RC Church in Pittston. The pastor, Monsignor Jack Bendick, has invited Diocese of Bethlehem Bishop Paul V. Marshall to attend the 10:00 a.m. Mass. After worship, Bishop Marshall will speak briefly in the church basement at a "remembrance event" organized by the Pittston Historical Society.

Please see below a proposed announcement for churches, suggested intercessions for inclusion in the Prayers of the People, and background info on the Knox Mine Disaster.

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Lehigh Valley Episcopal congregations at Pride-In-the-Park Festival

Lehigh Valley Episcopal congregations join to offer welcome and presence at Lehigh Valley Pride-In-the-Park for the first time

By T. Scott Allen

Enlarge the site of your tent,
  and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;

do not hold back; lengthen your cords
  and strengthen your stakes. 
Isaiah 54.2 (NRSV)

God_made_you_for_a_purpose On a beautiful August afternoon the Episcopal churches of the Lehigh Valley joined together to have a ministry of presence and hospitality at the Lehigh Valley Pride-In-the-Park festival at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.

The “Episcopal Tent” was graciously loaned by Mr. Mickey Brown of St. Andrew’s Allentown and owner of Michael Thomas Floral Designs. Father Patrick Malloy of Grace Church, Allentown, coordinated the volunteers and contents of the tent. All 500 red bag clips, emblazoned with the Episcopal shield and the phrase God made YOU for a purpose, the Episcopal Church welcomes YOU were handed out. Official attendance was set at over 5,000.

Download the rest of the story, with pics, below.
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The Phantom of the Opera and David Briggs on the Berghaus Pipe Organ in Wilkes-Barre

[From Mark Laubach]
Dear Friends:
If you’re looking for a new and totally different way of celebrating Halloween this year (named from “All Hallows Eve” – the eve of All Saints’ Day), your friends at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre have just the answer!

On Friday evening, October 31st at 7:30 p.m. St. Stephen’s will present the immortal classic silent movie, The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney!

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ChurchPost Training Sessions

To: Clergy, Parish Administrators, Parish Newsletter Editors
From: Bill Lewellis and Kat Lehman

The Diocese of Bethlehem will soon roll out ChurchPost for use by all parishes.

ChurchPost is a web-based and user-friendly solution that will empower parishes to create group email lists to communicate with parishioners generally and to communicate on separate lists with those members engaged or interested in specific ministries. It will enable parishes to create topical email groups that will be accessible to interested members from any computer while also allowing all parishioners, simply by signing up at a "Get Connected" box on the home page of the parish website, to have access to any or all groups that are created and made available publicly. It will also give parishes the ability not only to create quick text emails to post to the group but also (without any need for technical knowledge) to create professional-looking email notes and email newsletters by using colorful templates. Find more information about ChurchPost here.

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Father Eric Snyder's 50th

On June 24, 1958, the Nativity of John the Baptist, Father Eric Snyder was ordained to the priesthood. He invites you to join with him, with your prayers and your presence, in a 50th anniversary celebration on June 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Apostles Church in St. Clair. With Bishop Paul's permission, Eric tells us, the propers will be those for the Feast of John the Baptist. Bishop Paul will preside. Archdeacon Richard Cluett will preach. Father Ed Erb will be the organist. A reception will follow in the parish hall. There will be a time to reminisce about the past 50 years. Please respond by return email to Eric if you are able to be present.

Food Packaging Event, April 26 -- Can you help?

Mother Demery Bader-Saye, diocesan youth missioner, invites folks young and old from the Diocese of Bethlehem to take part in a short but exciting mission project on Saturday, April 26 at Spruce Lake Retreat in Canadensis, PA. From 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. we need help with food packaging for an organization called Stop Hunger Now The organization, which sends nutritious meals to third world countries and devastated areas all over the world, is based in Raleigh, N.C. They are coming with food and equipment to Christophany this year! The goal for Christophany participants is to package 50,000 meals over the course of the weekend. Donations from the Christian Outreach Committee Church of the Epiphany in Clarks Summit and Bishop Paul have made this event possible. In order to meet the goal of packaging 50,000 meals, we will need some help from our fellow church-goers on Saturday afternoon, April 26. To see what fun, and how inspiring, the event will be, take a look at this "Stop Hunger Now" clip on YouTube. Children as young as 5 or 6 can help out -- and of course teens and adults of any age are welcome too! Our hope is to have 75 volunteers to help out for 2 hours between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the 26th. If you are able to help, please reply by email: Once I hear from you I will send directions. Many thanks and peace.

Celebrating the Eucharist -- An Invitation

Grace Church, Allentown, will celebrate the publication of Grace rector Patrick Malloy’s new book, Celebrating the Eucharist (Church Publishing, 2008). A special celebration of the Eucharist will take place at Grace on Sunday, January 20, at 4:00 p.m. Barbara Crafton will preach. Clay Morris, liturgical officer of the office of liturgy and music of the Episcopal Church, and Frank Tedeschi, executive editor of Church Publishing will be in attendance. Eucharist will be followed by a reception including hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and dinner. You are invited. Download the invitation below.

Please RSVP by January 10 to Robert House, parish administrator, by email or at 610-435-0782. Leave a message in Bob's voice mail, extension 200, if you do not reach him directly.

In the preface of his book, Father Malloy writes: “Annie Dillard famously wrote that Sunday congregations are like children with chemistry sets mixing up batches of TNT. They are blind to the power they hold … For six years, the people of Grace Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, have realized that they were dealing with explosives, and they have handled them carefully. They have worked to celebrate the Sunday Eucharist with as much authenticity as they can muster, recognizing what is at stake.”

More info below.

Download 080105.Celebrating the Eucharist.The story that wrote the book.pdf

Download 080120.Invitation.pdf

Find more info about the book here.

Boar's Head Festival in Berks

Some 180 people from five participating Episcopal churches in Berks County will be in costume for the Boar's Head Festival at Christ Church, Reading, January 6. Presentations at 1:00 and 4:00. Funds raised will benefit the Wig Room of the American Cancer Society, providing wigs for male and female cancer patients. Cost per wig is $30. Participating parishes: St. Alban’s, Sinking Spring; St. Gabriel’s, Douglassville; St. Mary’s, Reading; St. Thomas, Morgantown and Christ Church, Reading. More information: Kathy Kreitz, director/producer, 610-374-8269 ext 224.