Shield in the Storm: March 27, 2014

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

How YOU Can Help Protect West Pittston from Future Floods; Lamplight: New Google Tool Helps in Disasters; Chair-ity Continues

March 27, 2014  

Dear Friends,

The neighborhood grassroots organization West Pittston Tomorrow has asked for our help in gathering petition signatures in support of a levee system to protect the borough from the Susquehanna River.  All area residents–not just those who live in West Pittston–can sign this petition to protect this flood-prone community and its residents.  Click here to sign an online version of the petition and here to print, sign and mail a paper version.  Visit West Pittston Tomorrow's official web site here.

Once you've signed the petition, I encourage you to check out the latest issue of Lamplight, Episcopal Relief & Development's monthly newsletter for disaster preparedness and relief.  This month's issue includes an interesting article on how the Google tool Fusion Tables and an Excel spreadsheet of your congregation or group can help you pinpoint the physical location of each person's residence, which can be very important in determining who is affected by a particular disaster.  Click here to read Lamplight, and here to get your very own free emailed
Lamplight newsletter each month.

I also invite you to visit the disaster recovery & preparedness site for the Diocese of Bethlehem,, by clicking here or on the link in the right hand column of this message.  This is the best way for you to stay up to date on all disaster preparedness and current and future recovery efforts in the diocese, as well as all activities at St. George's Regional Disaster Recovery & Outreach Center.  At this time, St. George's is continuing its Chair-ity drive to raise funds for new chairs to go with the tables already purchased and on hand.  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, we're prayerfully hoping that some individuals or church groups might see this as a special Lenten offering to this regional ministry.  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 to those parishes and individuals who have already responded to this request, and to those who are planning on contributing to this effort to help the regional center help
those challenged by personal and natural disasters.

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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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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