Shield in the Storm: Week of October 14

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



October 14, 2013

Dear Friends,

In less than two weeks, we will hold the last of eight scheduled training sessions held over the past year and a half to assist you and your parish in your disaster preparedness efforts.  These four hour sessions were scheduled to make it easier for you to meet the requirements of the resolution passed at the 2012 Diocesan Convention that stated all diocesan parishes should have a disaster preparedness plan on file in their own church office and the diocese by the end of this year. 

The task may seem daunting, just one more thing to do on an overcrowded schedule, but I can attest from personal experience that a few hours spent establishing a plan will far outweigh the uncertainty and stress that will reign when disaster strikes and there is no plan.

Using resources Episcopal Relief & Development has put together using the experience of parishes and dioceses all over the world, we'll give you the tools to put your plan together and walk you through an exercise you can use with your committee to help get the process started.  While you can work on a plan without attending the training, the training session gives you the benefit of our direct experience with disaster recovery and the trainings provided by Episcopal Relief & Development to help you be ready to coordinate your parish's efforts.

There is still room in this final session on October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. George's Regional Disaster Recovery & Outreach Center in Nanticoke.  The session is free and includes lunch and Noon Prayer. Please email me now at to reserve space for you and one or two others from your parish.

If you will not be able to attend, Episcopal Relief & Development has provided an easy to follow form that can guide you in creating this plan and provide a place to record your efforts for submission to the diocese, which can be accessed from the web page. If you have questions while you are working on your plan, please feel free to email me at

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   wsletter 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
Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Convener

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