Shield in the Storm: June 20, 2014

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



Severe Weather Damage–
make your help count!




June 20, 2014  

Dear Friends,

Nature's threats keep coming, as anyone who watches the news can see.  Barely a day goes by that doesn't bring word of another part of our country or the world being afflicted by fires, floods, and tornadoes or even pelted by baseball-sized hail.

Our inclination is to want to help these communities, and we can and should.  Please take a moment to read some helpful tips from a United Church of Christ minister who lived and served through tornadoes in 2012.  "As one who has worked closely with tornado recovery efforts," the Rev. Jennifer Mills-Knutsen wrote, "I would like to offer these DO’s and DON’T’s, so that you can help in ways that are the most helpful, and avoid the ways that are not."  Click here to read her tips, which are also available as a
regular part of the right sidebar of this newsletter under "How to Help After a Disaster."

Please note that Rev. Mills-Knutsen points out that the recovery for those affected doesn't end when the news coverage does.  We can attest to that here in West Pittston, where homes and businesses still bear scars from the 2011 floods and many of our neighbors still struggle with some aspect of their recovery from this disaster.  

This is where our Episcopal Church is so vital–we are there for the long haul, working to help our neighbors for as long as it takes.  There will be parishes in the areas affected by these most recent storms looking to help their neighbors, just as churches throughout the country and in our region work to help our neighbors who were affected two and three or more years ago.  For many, the resources to do this will come from Episcopal Relief & Development.  Please consider ongoing support to this important arm of our National Church, and help them to "heal a hurting world" by clicking on the link in the right sidebar.

And for those parishes who are continuing to work on preparedness plans, please feel free to email us at with any questions or concerns you have encountered.  With the seemingly endless threats from bad weather having your parish prepared is more important than ever, so if you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to ask.

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
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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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