Shield in the Storm: Week of October 22


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

October 22, 2013

Dear Friends,

This weekend is the final training session to assist diocesan parishes in the creation of a disaster preparedness plan.

We know it’s hard to give up time on a Saturday to attend a training session, especially with so many of us in the middle of our stewardship campaigns.  But disaster preparedness is stewardship in action, preparing to protect your parish’s assets and finding the best ways the buildings, people and other resources in your parish can help our sisters and brothers in times of need.

The day is also an opportunity to see the developing ministry at St. George’s Regional Disaster Recovery & Outreach Center, and to take time to pray together for all those in need because of disasters everywhere and for all those who work so hard to help them.

You are invited to join us 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  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
Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Convener

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