PAI Concert in Wilkes-Barre, July 17

From: Mark Laubach <>
Date: July 13, 2010 10:23:33 PM EDT
To: Mark Laubach <>
Subject: Organ, Orchestra, and Choirs Concert this Saturday at 8 PM

Dear Friends:

At 8 PM this Saturday, July 17th, St. Stephen's will be privileged to host an extraordinary concert presented by faculty and students participating in the 2010 Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute (PAI). Featured will be the Institute's orchestral and choral ensembles, directed by Paul Hostetter (Music Director of the Colonial Symphony based in Morristown, New Jersey, and Director of Orchestral Studies at Montclair State University) and John Vaida(Chairman of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Wyoming Seminary). I'm delighted and honored to be joining these marvelous musicians in their performance as guest organist!

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St. Matthew's Stevensville named Century Building

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Stevensville has been named a Century Building by the Bradford County Historical Society. A special service will be held on Saturday, July 17 at 5:00 P.M. to mark the occasion and to receive the bronze marker. The Eucharist will be held on the commemoration of William White, first Bishop of Pennsylvania, who dedicated St. Matthew’s in 1824. Download the news release below for more information.

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St. Paul's Montrose observes anniversary of consecration

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Montrose has announced their observance of the anniversary of its consecration on Sunday, July 18. The building was consecrated by Bishop Potter, Bishop of Pennsylvania, on July 17, 1857, during a four-day series of services and religious programs. The festive Eucharist to mark the occasion will be held at 9:00 A.M. Download the news release below for more information.

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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

Father Abraham and Gandhian peace work

On Saturday afternoon, November 14, ten persons from around the Diocese of Bethlehem came together at St. John's, Palmerton, to listen to Father Abraham Valiath tell the story of his very active involvement in Gandhian peace work in his home country of India. Gandhi, who based much of his thought on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, embraced the concept of ahimsa or nonviolence which, Father Abraham pointed out, is a spiritual and moral force Gandhi applied to affect social change.

Father Abraham's early work involved publishing literature opposing the actions of the government and social institutions that violated people's civil and social rights, particularly the poor. Later he affected significant land reform, arranging for poor people to finally be granted ownership of land they had been working for generations

His inspiration and effectiveness through all this has been his Christian faith and his life of active prayer. “Peace comes first from within –– in the silence and quietness –– and from developing our inner [person] by exercising that discipline everyday in everything we do,” he said. And this is not just a personal venture, but rather “peace is the responsibility of all Christian people.”

Meet Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in Bethlehem, Lebanon or Wilkes-Barre

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will make her first visit to the Diocese of Bethlehem next week. There will be several opportunities to hear her speak and to dialogue with her.

Featured events during her visit will be Evensong at 6:00 p.m., during which she will preach, followed by a reception and open forum. These will take place on

Monday, November 9, at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (321 Wyandotte Street)

Tuesday, November 10, at St. Luke's Church in Lebanon (22 South Sixth Street)

Wednesday, November 11, at St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre (35 South Franklin Street)

The public and the media are invited to the events above.

Additionally, Jefferts Schori will visit local ministries on Tuesday morning and meet with Moravians at Moravian Seminary, Bethlehem, on Wednesday morning. Diocesan youth have been invited to meet with her at St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre, on Wednesday afternoon. Finally, she will meet with the clergy of the Diocese of Bethlehem on Thursday morning at Good Shepherd, Scranton.

The news release below was sent to media on Monday, Nov. 2.

Download PB Visit.NR.doc

Out in the Silence at Stroudsburg High School

The Stroudsburg High School Student Diversity Council’s Gay-Straight Alliance will screen the PBS documentary Out in the Silence on Thursday, November 12, in the high school auditorium. Out in the Silence (57 minutes) chronicles the controversy that began after the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson’s wedding to another man ignited a firestorm of controversy and a quest for change in the small Pennsylvania hometown he had left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson takes viewers on an exhilarating journey through love, hate, and understanding in rural America. The documentary explores the struggle of being a gay teen in a small Pennsylvania town and the bullying, controversy and challenges that he experiences. It challenges viewers to rethink their values and helps close the gaps that divide communities. Read more here.

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From Trinity Pottsville ... Caring Caps go to cancer patients across four counties

During one recent week, more than 700 crocheted and knitted caps were distributed to the Amerivan Cancer Society, cancer clinics and hospices across Schuylkill, Carbon, Northumberland and Berks counties.

When this project was initiated in June we had hopes of getting 100 caps. As people became aware of Caring Caps they were eager to help by donating yarn, money to purchase yarn and of course to knit or crochet these caps for such a worthwhile cause.

Caring Caps
Leading the procession after the caps were blessed by The Rev. James Rinehart is Mrs. Alice Sapp of Frackville who crocheted over 400. Mrs. Debbie Sapp and Mrs. Carol Jones each made over 100. Also attending the service at Trinity were Ms. Pat Long, Senior Patient Services Coordinator of the American Cancer Society for Schuylkill and Berks County, and Mr. Bob Beauvias, Administrator of the Simon Kramer Institute in New Philadelphia.

Hymn-a-thon at St. Stephen's, Wilkes-Barre / Saturday, September 26, 10 to 5

[From Canon Mark Laubach]

Dear Friends in the Diocese of Bethlehem and beyond

In days gone by, when people would visit in homes, a customary form of entertainment was to gather around a piano or pump organ and sing hymns. You didn’t have to always be perfectly in tune, and you didn’t have to listen to a sermon – you just sang and had fun doing it!
In that same joyous spirit, on Saturday, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (35 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre – right across the street from Boscov’s) will open its doors to any and all who wish to come by for a good, old-fashioned “hymn sing” – with a twist.  We’re calling it a “HYMN-A-THON”, as it will fill seven full hours with singing hymns, and will raise money to support Music from St. Stephen’s, our concert series and radio program.

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Trinity Bethlehem organist Dr. Timothy Smith in recital

[From Mother Laura Howell] Join us on Sunday, October 4th at 4 p.m. (following the Blessing of the Animals) for an organ recital played by Trinity's organist Timothy Smith. This will be Tim's first recital in Bethlehem since coming to Trinity last February. He will perform music of Bach, the monumental B-Minor Prelude and Fugue; Mendelssohn, the First Organ Sonata; Gigout, Grand Chorus Dialogue, which pits the organ's trumpets against the full ensemble. Also on the program will be several short pieces including works by by jazz pianist George Shearing, Robert Elmore and Dale Wood plus a beautiful Psalm Prelude by English composer Herbert Howells. A reception will follow the program so please join us and bring a friend, or two!

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A Matter of Pride ... in the Park

A Matter of Pride
By T. Scott Allen

Scott Allen and Andy Gerns welcome visitors to Pride in the Park

On Sunday, August 16, parishioners and clergy from six congregations plus a few retired clergy staffed an information/welcome tent on behalf of the Episcopal Church at Pride-In-The-Park, held annually at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. The largest Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) gathering in Northeastern Pennsylvania, it drew an estimated 5500 people this year.

Handing out flyers listing many Episcopal church’s and their contact information as well as Sunday service times, the tent volunteers spoke with many GLBT people and their allies who were seeking spiritual communities or wanted to tell us how glad they were we were there. The tent was emblazoned across the front with a banner which proclaimed “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!”

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My Community Guide

My Community Guide, sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital, appears as a full page in The Morning Call every Wednesday, listing nonprofit and community events, including breakfasts, dinners, school performances, speakers, benefit sales, and groups, dance recitals, flea markets, shows and much more. To list your event free, go to

Organ recital at St. Stephen's Wilkes-Barre, March 29

[From Mark Laubach]
Dear Friends:
I’m pleased to invite you to another dedicatory organ recital here at St. Stephen’s Church on Sunday, March 29th at 4 p.m.! I say “another” because I played the first dedicatory recital in April of 2003 after the completion of the work on all but the Solo division of the organ. Now that the Solo division has been added (in October 2008), the organ is truly COMPLETE, and this recital gives us an opportunity to celebrate this magnificent achievement!

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At Epiphany Glenburn.Momentous Time to be Marked by Prayer

[The following news was released by Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn]

Church of the Epiphany is planning to host a prayer vigil to mark 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Members of the Glenburn parish and the greater Clarks Summit community are invited to participate in a 24-hour prayer vigil, beginning at noon on Monday, January 19, and continuing through the ceremony on the south lawn of the White House. The event, which is being organized by lay members of the parish, calls attention to the critical importance of this transitional time and the challenges that face the nation and the world.

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Empty Bowl Project at St. Paul's Montrose benefits county food banks

Emptybowlproject2 Volunteers serve patrons of the Empty Bowl Project at St. Paul’s Montrose. The event benefited the Susquehanna Food Banks.

“It could not have happened at a better time,” reports Lynn Senick, director of the Trehab Food Bank, which serves Susquehanna County. “Our shelves are near empty, and donations are way down just when we are heading into the season with the most need.” Senick was reflecting on the success of the Empty Bowl Project which was held in Montrose on Saturday, November 8. The event was held at Historic St. Paul’s Church, Montrose, and raised over $1,500 for the Food Bank and the Feed A Friend (Thanksgiving) Program.

The Empty Bowl Project had its beginning in 1990 when a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem of creativity –– how to raise money for a food drive.

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