Congregational Development Grants

[From Canon Jane Teter]

Congregational Development Grant applications have been mailed to those congregations who are currently receiving grants. If you are not currently receiving a grant but would like to apply, please contact me and I will get the application to you. Please read the guidelines carefully to see if your request will meet the guidelines. 

Our budget has been cut so there is limited funding available for 2012.

The absolute deadine is NOVEMBER 15, 2011.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact me.

Canon Teter

The Rev. Canon Jane B Teter
Diocese of Bethlehem
333 Wyandotte St.
Bethlehem, PA  18015
610-691-5655 ext 228


Social Ministries now accepting grant requests from New Hope Campaign

[From the Social Ministries Committee]

17 May 2011

Dear Partners in Ministry,

The Social Ministries Committee is now ready to receive and consider requests for disbursements from the New Hope Campaign.  The total amount we are able to grant for the 2011-12 calendar year is $100,000.  Therefore, we are inviting Letters of Intent from parishes and Episcopal related organizations within the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem.  The Deadline for Letters of Intent is 15 July 2011.

The Letter of Intent should contain:

  • The Mission Statement of the parish/organization
  • A summary of the proposal including a brief project description
  • An outline of the focus and scope (who will be served?)
  • Amount to be requested from the SMC (one time or multi-year request)
  • Partner churches, agencies, organizations, etc., if any
  • Project start date
  • Name, e-mail and day and evening telephone number of contact person(s).

Letters of Intent should be sent to The Rev’d Daniel C. Gunn, St. Stephen’s Pro-cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701 or emailed to dgunn@ststephenswb.org with “Social Ministry Application” in the subject line.

A member of the Social Ministries Committee will be in contact soon thereafter.  These Letters are preliminary proposals and will be considered in the order in which they are received.  Applications will be sent after the initial contact.

In peace,

The Rev’d Daniel C. Gunn, Chair


Talbot Hall Grants

Talbot Hall Grants

To the Clergy of the Diocese of Bethlehem
From the Archdeacon

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The Mission Statement of Talbot Hall is to provide spiritual, emotional, educational, cultural, physical and social opportunities for children who may not have experienced these blessings.  This year the Fund will be awarding grants up to $5,000.00.

If your parish or diocesan organization has a program that meets the criteria of this statement, please fill out the attached grant application and return it to me no later than October 30, 2010.  Electronic applications are preferred.  Just answer the questions on the application and email it to me, and I shall distribute it to the Talbot Hall Committee.

Word Format: Download 101030 Talbot Hall Application
PDF Format:
Download 101030 Talbot Hall Application

The Committee will meet in November to review all grant applications for 2011.  Applicants will be notified in writing as to the Committee’s decision.

Please feel free to contact me if further assistance is needed.

Sincerely,
Howard Stringfellow

Trinity Easton to dedicate building addition and renovations, Sept. 14

[Re-posted to clarify potential ambiguity in paragraph 5]

Contact: The Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns
Trinity Episcopal Church
234 Spring Garden Street
Easton, PA 18045
610-253-0792
Cell: 610-392-4112
parish@trinityeaston.org

On Tuesday, September 14 at 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden Street, Easton, Pennsylvania, will open their church and their new addition to the community for an Open House and then Bishop Paul V. Marshall of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem will bless and dedicate the space starting at 7 p.m.

At the ceremony, the parish will also formally announce the naming of the Trinity Primary School, which is being built in Sodogo, Sudan in the Diocese of Kajo-Keji, Episcopal Church of Southern Sudan, in part with funds raised by members of Trinity Church. Trinity tithed the proceeds of the campaign toward the building of the school, according to the Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns, rector. [Trinity's contribution covers about one-third of the cost of the school; the remaining two-thirds comes from other members of the Diocese of Bethlehem.]

Trinity Church serves the community not only as a house of worship and community of faith, but also as a place of help and refuge for those in need. The parish’s Ark Soup Kitchen serves 65-80 people every Saturday a nutritious, tasty meal. The parish has housed twelve-step groups, community organizations, programs from youth and the aged, and many others, and has a long history of outreach to the community. The parish, which was founded in 1819, calls itself “A Church for all people” who “discover, share and live God’s love.”

The new space contains a new commercial-grade kitchen, new restrooms and a new classroom, and makes the facility barrier-free. A stained glass window over the high altar of the church was threatened if the wall collapsed was also restored. In addition, improvements to the organ were made. The church repaved the parking lot, and made other modifications to make the space handicapped accessible.

The generosity of the congregation’s members made this building and the school in Southern Sudan possible. They raised nearly $450,000 during a capital campaign in 2009. The parish tithed their gift so that $45,000 is going across the globe, in Kajo-Keji County, Southern Sudan, a new primary school is being built in a little Sudanese village called Sodogo. The Diocese of Bethlehem, which includes Trinity, Easton, has a partner relationship with the Diocese of Kajo-Keji, which contains the village of Sodogo. The new school will be named for Trinity Church, Easton.

The new kitchen was equipped through a $25,000 grant from the Episcopal Church's United Thank Offering. The grant was one of three, the largest, awarded for projects in Pennsylvania. The UTO awarded 69 grants for 2010 for a total of $2,163,740.93 for the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The grants were awarded to projects in 43 Episcopal Church dioceses, 11 companion diocese relationships and 15 international provinces.

The Open House will start at 5 p.m. on September 14, with presentations by community and civic leaders at 6:30 p.m. Bishop Marshall will then lead the congregation and community members through the building as the new and renovated spaces are blessed, followed by a Holy Eucharist in the Church. A reception follows in Conine Hall.

The building was financed through Merchants Bank of Bangor, PA.  The general contractor was the Alfero Company of Easton, PA. The architect was Jeff Martinson, AIA also of Easton.

For more information please contact The Rev. Canon Andrew T. Gerns, Rector at 610-253-0792 ext. 202 or via e-mail at rector@trinityeaston.org. You may also contact Sr. Patricia-Michael at the Church office (610-253-0752 ext. 201 and parish@trinityeaston.org)


Letters of Intent requested for New Hope grants

16 June 2010

Dear Partners in Ministry,

The Social Ministries Committee is now ready to receive and consider requests for disbursements from the New Hope Campaign. The total amount we are able to grant for the 2010-11 calendar year is $100,000. Therefore, we are inviting Letters of Intent from parishes and Episcopal related organizations within the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. The Deadline for Letters of Intent is 30 July 2010.

The Letter of Intent should contain:

•The Mission Statement of the parish/organization
•A summary of the proposal including a brief project description
•An outline of the focus and scope (who will be served?)
•Amount to be requested from the SMC (one time or multi-year request)
•Partner churches, agencies, organizations, etc., if any
•Project start date
•Name, e-mail and day and evening telephone number of contact person(s).

Letters of Intent should be sent to The Rev’d Daniel C. Gunn, St. Stephen’s Pro-cathedral, 35 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or emailed to dgunn@ststephenswb.org with “Social Ministry Application” in the subject line. A member of the Social Ministries Committee will be in contact soon thereafter. These Letters are preliminary proposals and will be considered in the order in which they are received. Applications will be sent after the initial contact. 

In peace,

The Rev’d Daniel C. Gunn, Chair
Social Ministries Committee
Diocese of Bethlehem

Trinity Easton receives $25,000 UTO grant

For Ark Soup Kitchen ministry

Trinity Easton receives $25,000 UTO grant

Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton was awarded a grant by the United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church for kitchen equipment to support the parish’s weekly Ark Soup Kitchen and other ministries housed there.

The $25,000 award was announced in a letter to the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Bishop of Bethlehem, on May 19, 2010 is to be used between June 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011.

"I am happy to see Trinity's ministry recognized at the national level.” Bishop Paul said. “The grant is both a material support to the parish, and also an enormous encouragement to all who labor to make our churches effective witnesses of God's love."

The United Thank Offering is known to many Episcopalians through the famous “blue-boxes” into which people put in loose change as offering for anything about which we are thankful. Trinity, Easton has supported the work of the United Thank Offering since its inception and the UTO is now one of Trinity’s “Mission of the Month” offerings.

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Christ Church, Reading, and Father John Francis receive 2009 National Clergy Renewal Program Grant

Christ Episcopal Church Reading has received a grant of $37,981.00 to enable their rector, the Rev. John R. Francis, to participate in the 2009 National Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc. It is one of 149 congregations across the country supporting their ministers in the program that allows pastors to step back from their busy lives and renew their spirits for the benefit of their ongoing ministries.

A few years ago, a similar grant was awarded to Grace Church Allentown and Father Patrick Malloy.

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$250,000 awarded to Grace and New Bethany for group home project

$250,000 grant awarded to Grace Episcopal Church Allentown and New Bethany Ministries Bethlehem to work together on a group home project in Allentown

Grace Episcopal Church, Allentown, and New Bethany Ministries of Bethlehem received a Federal Home Loan Bank grant of $250,000 for a project they have undertaken together –– the renovation of a vacant building in Allentown that will be used as a group home for chronically homeless individuals. The grant was awarded on October 16.

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Evangelism Road Trip

Evangelism Road Trip
By Warren Shotto
Senior Warden, Good Shepherd Scranton

A contingent of people on a summer service trip from St. Phillip’s church in New Hope and Trinity in Buckingham , Pa is coming to Good Shepherd the last week of July. Led by Rev. Peter Pearson, they will be helping us with the “sweat equity” projects in the undercroft, bowling alley and kitchen while they are here. They are staying at the Fatima retreat center and we will be providing lunch and dinner for the entourage for the week they are here.

Recently our evangelism committee comprised of Kathy Elgaway, Char Jeffers, Pam Shotto and me, were asked to come to New Hope to speak about our journey from a parish with an uncertain future to our commitment to mission to the recent awarding of the New Hope grant and present situation at Good Shepherd. We spoke at both St. Phillips and Trinity on Sunday June 21st. Both parishes were very interested in what we were doing and establishing similar ministries at their churches. 

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Trinity Wall Street grants that may affect Kajo Keji

The Trinity Grants Program, part of Trinity Wall Street, has distributed grants of more than $1 million to aid communities in metro New York during 2008. An additional $2 million was awarded to Episcopal dioceses in the United States and the 70 nation Anglican Communion.

I include here only the awarded grants and program descriptions that may relate in some way to the Diocese of Kajo Keji, our companion diocese in southern Sudan.

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Diocese grants nearly $100,000 for social outreach from New Hope campaign funds

For immediate release, December 22, 2008
Contact: Canon Bill Lewellis, Diocese of Bethlehem
Email: blewellis@diobeth.org
(c) 610-216-2726; (w) 610-691-5655 x229; (h) 610-820-7673

The Diocese of Bethlehem, the Episcopal Church in 14 counties of eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania, has designated nearly $100,000 in grants to help with the launch of new social outreach programs by six congregations. These are the first of five years of grants for local social ministry projects that will be made from New Hope campaign funds. The balance of the $1.1 million designated for local needs will fund future projects.

Good Shepherd Church, Scranton, will receive $40,000 this year toward the establishment of a men's shelter, an expansion of the parish's Seasons of Love program that serves healthcare needs of the homeless and working poor. The multi-year plan ($200,000 over five years) is geared toward preparing for use of the undercroft of the church as an emergency shelter during winter nights and on those occasions when other needs displace families in the community.

St Clement's/St. Peter's Church, Wilkes-Barre, will receive $30,000 toward start-up costs for a day care center to serve low and middle-income families. This grant is also a multi-year project.

St. Andrew's Church on the Allentown/Bethlehem border will receive $13,000 to establish a food bank that will be open one full day a week.

St. Stephen's Church, Wilkes-Barre, will receive $10,000 to expand the services of its Clothing Closet/Thrift Store.

St. Barnabas Church, Kutztown, will receive $3,600 to provide monthly meals to the homeless, those on the margins and to college students.

St. Anne's Church, Trexlertown, will receive $2,500 to develop a program with women in prison to record them reading books that could then be listened to by their children.

The grants were made after reviewing applications submitted over the past few months. In the spring of 2009, parishes will be invited once again to submit proposals to seed new social ministry initiatives. The committee included senior deacons of the diocese, respecting the principle that this order of ministry is charged with interpreting the needs of the world to the Church.

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How Grace Kingston is using its Congregational Development Grant

By Joe Jackloski
[From the December 2008 issue of the Grace Kingston newsletter]

Grace Church had been the recipient of Congregational Development Grants for the last two years. These Grants are intended to help us in our outreach efforts, and to promote the growth of the Grace Church. This money is entirely separate from out operating budget and to be used solely to help Grace Church grow in numbers and spirit. These grants are not automatic. They are awarded to those congregations which make a genuine effort to reach out into the community.

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Episcopal Appalachian Ministries Begins Small Grants Program

Episcopal Appalachian Ministries (EAM) will use funds from the Appalachian Initiatives grant approved by the 2006 General Convention to make small grants for ministry in Appalachian communities. "We expect to be able to grant about $14,000 in 2008 and $24,000 in 2009," said EAM President, The Rt. Rev. Charles von Rosenberg of East Tennessee. Grants of $500 to $3,000 will be made to diocesan, parish, or community-based organizations in member dioceses  which serve communities in the Appalachian region or urban Appalachian (migrant) communities outside the region.

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Talbot Hall Grants

To the Clergy of the Diocese of Bethlehem
From the Archdeacon

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The Mission Statement of Talbot Hall is to provide spiritual, emotional, educational, cultural, physical and social opportunities for children who may not have experienced these blessings.  This year the Fund will be awarding grants up to $5,000.00.

If your parish or diocesan organization has a program that meets the criteria of this statement, please fill out the attached grant application and return it to me no later than October 15, 2008.  Electronic applications are preferred.  Just answer the questions on the application and email it to me, and I shall distribute it to the Talbot Hall Committee.

Download 08TalbotHallApplication.doc

Download 08TalbotHallApplication.pdf

Download 08TalbotHallInstructions.doc

Download 08TalbotHallInstructions.pdf

The Committee will meet in late October to review all grant applications for 2009.  Applicants will be notified in writing as to the Committee’s decision.

Please feel free to contact me if further assistance is needed.

Sincerely,
Howard Stringfellow


Congregational Development Grant Applications

The deadline is earlier this year July 1 – so the committee can include the specific grants in the budget presented to Diocesan Convention in October. The advantage is that congregations will know the amount of their grant in October instead of January or February after Diocesan Council meets. Applications received after deadline will not be considered. Questions: Canon Jane Teter at 800-358-5655 x228 or email.

Download the application form which may be completed online.
Download congregational_development2009.pdf


Talbot Hall Fund Grants

Talbot Hall Fund grants are made within the 14 counties of our diocese to new projects/programs serving the socially, emotionally, physically or intellectually handicapped from birth to age 18 –- not for capital improvements. New requests are reviewed once a year. Submissions must be made on or before October 1. Four to six grants may be awarded annually. The maximum amount awarded to any program will be $2,000. Download more info about the Talbot Hall Fund and the application process below.

Download talbot_hall_2007_grant_info.pdf

Download talbot_hall_2007_grant_application.pdf



Social Ministry Grant

The Social Minisries-Jubilee Committee of the Diocese of Bethlehem is accepting proposals for its annual Social Ministry Grant. Eligible applicants include all diocesan parishes and associate ministries. The amount of the award is $1,000. Applications must be received at Diocesan House by September 18. Download the brochure containing detailed information below, either as a publisher or pdf file. Hard copy of the brochure has been mailed to rectors and priests-in-charge as well as to members and consultants of the Social Ministries-Jubilee Committee.

Download grant_application_brochure_for_social_ministry_2006.pdf

Download grant_application_brochure_for_social_ministry_2006.pub