Shield in the Storm: February 5, 2014

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

Lamplight, Lent and Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday

February 5, 2014  

Dear Friends,

I invite you to read the most recent issue of Lamplight,  the official electronic newsletter of Episcopal Relief & Development.  It features a message from Katie Mears, head of their US Disaster Program, and includes a number of resources available to help your parish complete preparedness planning.  This edition of Lamplight also includes a story about an Episcopal church that became a base of operations and source of comfort in the midst of a standoff with police in their neighborhood, another example of how our churches can be there for our communities in all the storms and trials of life.

Lamplight is just one of the many resources available through Episcopal Relief & Development.  They also offer Lenten meditation booklets that are available for just the cost of postage.  Information on the booklets is available at  

And to help support all these resources and the relief and development work done 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.  


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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