Shield in the Storm: December 17


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

December 17, 2013

Dear Friends,

Thank you to those of you who have submitted your completed parish disaster plans, and those who have provided updates on the significant progress your pairsh has made towards completion.  We have been impressed with the thoughtful effort put into the plans we’ve reviewed so far and the many varied ways these parishes are now prepared to face anything from a medical emergency on site to a community-wide natural disaster. Congratulations to the parishes that have already submitted plans, and thank you for your attentiveness to this important preparedness ministry.  As the deadline set by the 2012 Diocesan Convention resolution approaches, we look forward to seeing more of your plans in the next few days and weeks. 

As witness to the continued need to work towards preparedness, please take a few moments to review the most recent edition of Episcopal Relief & Development’s monthly newsletter, Lamplight.  This issue features articles on flooding in the Pittsburgh area and a New Jersey diocese’s efforts towards post-disaster advocacy for those at risk before the disaster.  These reports underscore the relationship between disaster preparedness and our Christian mission, and emphasize the need to always be awake and alert to the need to prepare.

And to help finish your gift shopping and make room in your schedule during this season of preparedness, please consider the many Gifts for Life available through Episcopal Relief & Development.  Instead of another “something” for that person who really doesn’t need anything, give a gift that will improve life for a family in need.  Options range from $12 to $5,000, and you are guaranteed your present will not be regifted but will keep on giving for years to come.  Click to view the Episcopal Relief & Development Gifts for Life options
and help heal a hurting world today.  And click 
here for a great article from the New York Times about how this Gifts for Life program can help teach the young people in your life financial awareness and the blessings of giving.

And as we move into the joyfulness of this holiday season, please continue to keep our sisters and brothers in the Philippines and the Midwest and all those affected by all the storms of life as well as the efforts of your Diocesan Disaster Relief & Community Resiliency Committee, Episcopal Relief & Development, and all who work to help those affected by disaster in your thoughts and prayers, perhaps using the committee’s prayer that you will find below.

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, and a blessed Advent to you all.


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

The May issue of Vestry Papers included a number of articles about Episcopal responses to disasters in their communities.  With the Midwest tornadoes in recent memory and hurricane season upon us, these articles can help generate thoughtful conversation and plans for how your faith community will respond in times of disaster (click here for link to Vestry Papers).

Where We Stand….
in meeting the requirements of Diocesan Convention Resolution requiring all parishes to have a disaster plan on file by the end of 2013:

Parishes with filed plans: 3

Parishes trained with plans underway: 23





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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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