Shield in the Storm: January 2


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

January 2, 2014  

Dear Friends,

As the old year passes along with the deadline established by the 2012 Diocesan Convention for completing parish disaster preparedness plans, I would like to thank all of you for your interest and efforts towards this important initiative.  

My sincerest thanks to the four parishes that completed and submitted their plans in 2013, and to all those who report that they are very close to completion.  The plans show that you have gone above and beyond the requirements to do all you can to make sure your parish is prepared to respond.  

If your parish hasn’t yet completed–or even started– a plan, please don’t think it’s too late.  Though the end of 2013 is passed, disasters don’t come on a timetable.  The winter storm bearing down on us right now and the recent difficulties faced by Trinity Church in Bethlehem in the aftermath of the water main break emphasize the continued need for all of us to continue to prepare ourselves and our congregations to be ready to face the challenges that disasters of all sorts can bring.

Episcopal Church Foundation recently featured an interesting article that not only illustrated the need for preparedness but also provided links to some completed parish preparedness plans that can serve as another resource for those of you still working to get your parishes ready.  If you need other assistance, please don’t hesitate to email us at  

 And as you work on your own plans, please continue to keep our sisters and brothers in the Philippines, 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.


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
to Episcopal Relief & Development

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

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