Episcopal Relief and Development Update

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A Shield….
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see a web copy of this email

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August 16, 2015=C2=A0

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Dea=
r Friends,

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As this 75th anniversary year for Episcopal Relief & Develop=
ment continues, I’d like to remind and encourage you all to remember the go=
od work done by our Church through the efforts of Episcopal Relief & Develo=
pment. From the wildfires raging in California to natural disasters around =
the world to the hardships caused by famine and lack of clean water, Episco=
pal Relief & Development is working with our sisters and brothers in church=
es in those areas to identify unmet needs and the best ways to meet them. P=
lease consider donating to Episcopal Relief & Development as they work to b=
ring healing to these hurting parts of our country and the world.

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You can click HERE to make a dona=
tion to US Disaster Relief or to any of their efforts around the globe, and=
to learn more about the many ways Episcopal Relief & Development reaches o=
ut in its 75th anniversary year to let those suffering know that our Episco=
pal Church is there for them.

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It has been my ple=
asure and privilege to serve as interim representative of this diocese to E=
piscopal Relief & Development for the past three-plus years. I have learned=
much from working so closely with the dedicated and talented people at Epi=
scopal Relief & Development, knowledge that has been put to use here in our=
diocese through the ongoing efforts of episcopalRELIEFnepa.

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It is time for oth=
ers to have the opportunity to learn from this great helping arm of our Chu=
rch and to bring that knowledge back to our diocese to help in new and inno=
vative ways, as we are striving to do with episcopalRELIEFnepa. I have ther=
efore tendered my resignation as interim representative to Bishop Sean, who=
has accepted. In due time Bishop Sean will name a new representative to Ep=
iscopal Relief & Development, and I hope that person will find the opportun=
ity as fulfilling and life-changing as I have.

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Please continue to=
keep episcopalRELIEFnepa in your prayers as we strive to be a Shield in th=
e Midst of Life’s Storms for our region.
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Fai=
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Rev. John C. Major
Director, episcopalRELIEFnepa
Rector, Trinity Ch=
urch West Pittston
Priest-in-Charge, St. Clement & St. Peter’s, Wilkes-B=
arre

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Please visit www.ep=
iscopalRELIEFnepa.org for helpful resources for disaster preparedness a=
nd recovery

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The May 20=
13 issue of Vestry Papers
included a=
number of articles about Episcopal responses to disasters in their communi=
ties. These articles can help generate thoughtful conversation and plans fo=
r how your faith community will respond in times of disaster (click here for link to Vestry Papers).

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Where We Stand.=

in meeting the requirements of Diocesan Convention Resolution r=
equiring all parishes to have a disaster plan on file by the end of 2013:

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Parishes with filed plans in 201=
3:
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Parishes with filed plans in 2014: 1
Parishes trained with plans underway: 21

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Resources

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Episcopa=
l Relief & Development

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Episcopal Relief NEPA

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Parish Disaster Preparedness

Personal/Family Preparedness

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(including Go-Kit r=
ecommendations)

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High Heat

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Thunderstorms

Hurricanes
Tornadoes

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Flooding

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Flash Flooding

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FEM=
A Preparedness Info

Red Cross Preparedne=
ss Info

ASPCA Preparedness Info for Pets

How to Help After a Disaster=

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Click logo to donate to Diocese o=
f Bethlehem Disaster Relief

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The Rev. John C. Major
jmajordioebetherd@hotmail.com
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Prayer for Disaster Relief & Community =
Resiliency

God of love and hope, you have called=
us to serve you in ministering to those affected by
the storms=C2=A0an=
d trials of this world. =C2=A0Grant us courage to persevere through the cha=
llenges
of this task, grace to bring your healing and hope to the suffe=
ring and afflicted, and sincere
and faithful hearts to share the good n=
ews that you are always near. =C2=A0Grant this through your
Son, Jesus =
Christ, who=C2=A0calms the wind, stills the waves, and brings peace in the =
midst of storms.

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