Shield in the Midst of Life’s Storms: Week of August 15


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A Shield….
in the midst of life’s storms  

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                                                                                                                                                                   August 15, 2013

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for preparedness in this region and the diocese, the Episcopal Relief NEPA website (    Established with the assistance of the website program offered last year through the Diocese, Episcopal Relief NEPA provides a new opportunity to spread the word about disaster relief and preparedness and to share the story of how St. George’s Church went from an inactive building to the diocese’s  pilot site for disaster recovery and community resiliency efforts.

Although the website contains much information about St. George’s,Center and the efforts at relief in the region and the diocese as well as resources for help before, during and after a disaster, we plan to add more information and additonal resources in the future.  Please take some time to visit and familiarize yourself with the new website, and come back often to see what is new as we add to the basics and expand to include news of the ministries underway at St. George’s Center.

One of the next upcoming efforts will be a special Commemorative Mass and pork BBQ picnic hosted on the grounds of Trinity West Pittston.  It will be held on Sunday, September 8, the second anniversary of the flood that devastated that borough and a number of surrounding communities and gave focus to the diocesan efforts at preparedness.   In an area that has new businesses and refurbished homes standing side by side with homes that look fine on the outside but have unfinished walls and plywood floors inside, the day will provide an opportunity to celebrate recovery and connect with those still in need of assistance.  Volunteers are welcome to provide hospitality and to listen to our neighbors as we try to assess unmet needs.

Next on the agenda at St. George’s is the next Disaster Preparedness Training session on August 17.  This is the next to the last training session, and 37 parishes have yet to take part in the training.  Please make your reservations today by emailing  Only one training session remains after this one, on October 26.

For the parishes that have completed the training, it is important that we hear from you with your progress and any questions. We will be making a report at Diocesan Convention about the progress of parishes towards meeting the resolution passed at last year’s convention requiring all parishes to have a disaster preparedness plan in place, and we will begin personally contacting parishes  to gather this information from any parishes that have completed the training but not submitted their reports.

Thank you for all you do to help our neighbors know that the Episcopal Church is their Shield in the Midst of Life’s Storms.


Rev. John C. Major
Interim Representative to Episcopal Relief Development for the Diocese of Bethlehem   e newsletter for 

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The Rev. John C. Major
Diocese of Bethlehem Representative
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Prayer of the Diocese of Bethlehem
Disaster Relief & Community Resiliency Committe

God of love and hope, you have called us to serve you in ministering to those affected by
the storms and trials of this world.  Grant us courage to persevere through the challenges
of this task, grace to bring your healing and hope to the suffering and afflicted, and sincere
and faithful hearts to share the good news that you are always near.  Grant this through your
Son, Jesus Christ, who calms the wind, stills the waves, and brings peace in the midst of storms.

Diocesan Disaster and Community Resiliency Committee

Canon Andrew Gerns            Canon Charles Cesaretti           Rev. Charles Warwick         Rev. Timothy Alleman
Rev. Jane Williams       Rev. Eddie Lopez        Rev. John Major        Janine Ungvarsky
Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Convener

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