Shield in the Storm: February 13, 2014

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


Lenten Resources Deadline, Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday and
a request for "Chair-ity"


February 13, 2014  

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder that Saturday, February 15, is the deadline to order FREE Lenten meditation booklets.  For just the cost of postage, you can order these pocket-sized books of 46 reflections focused on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a special emphasis on empowering women. Information on the booklets is available at  

And to help support all these resources and the relief and development work done worldwide by this very important arm of our National Church, please remember to commemorate March 9, the first Sunday of Lent, as Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday.  As challenging as it has been for this organization to keep up with the disaster responses that are the hallmark of their work in the United States, they also strive to build up some of the poorest communities in the world, including South Sudan, by providing food, medicine and resources such as livestock and seed that give families and communities the means to provide for themselves. 

As we enter the Lenten season, we can remember our call to help those who are hungry, cold and suffering by commemorating March 9 or another Sunday in Lent as Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday. Bulletin inserts, "Hope Chest" collection boxes, pew envelopes and other resources are available by clicking here, and are free--you pay only for shipping.  

Another way to offer a little "chair-ity" during this Lenten season is to help with the purchase of chairs for St. George's Regional Disaster Recovery & Outreach Center. To move forward with outreach and firmly reestablish an Episcopal presence in this underserved area of the diocese, St. George's regional center will need approximately 90 new chairs to go with tables already acquired.  The chairs cost $25 each and while the total cost is out of our reach with available resources, funding a chair or two might be a reasonably achievable Lenten project for a Sunday School or other church group.  Please consider offering a little "chair-ity" right here in our diocese to support this new Episcopal outreach program.  Checks with a notation of "Chairs" can be sent to St. George's Outreach, c/o 220 Montgomery Avenue, West Pittston, PA 18643.

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  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



Episcopal Relief & Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church and an independent 501(c)(3) organization. The agency takes its mandate from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. Its programs work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Episcopal Relief & Development works closely with the worldwide Church and ecumenical partners to help rebuild after disasters and to empower local communities to find lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.

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