Shield in the Storm: Week of October 7


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

October 7, 2013

Dear Friends,

It was a pleasure to meet and speak to so many of you at convention last weekend and hear where you are in your preparedness efforts.  Thanks to all who stopped by to visit our booth and share your progress.

A few shared the good news that you have completed or nearly completed your plans. Congratulations, and I’m looking forward to receiving those very soon.

Some of you mentioned that it is a slow process and that you are experiencing difficulty getting your committees to meet regularly, especially through the summer.  Please know that you aren’t alone and others have that same challenge. Many have found that the arrival of fall and return to regular routines have helped that.

A few visitors to the booth said that because of where their parish is located they don’t see disaster preparedness as a priority for them or their parish at this time.  But just hours ago, much of Pennsylvania was under a tornado watch and our area was under a severe thunderstorm warning.  None of us are immune to the ravages of nature, to the danger of an overturned tanker truck with hazardous chemicals aboard, a devastating fire or other natural or man-made disaster.

Please take this opportunity to consider where your parish stands in your preparedness efforts.   Only a few months remain to meet the requirements of the resolution passed at last year’s convention, which called for each parish to have a preparedness plan on file in the diocesan office by the end of the year.  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. To help you get started, we will
 one more parish preparedness training session on October 26, which will help respresentatives from your parish learn how to guide the preparedness process in your parish.  Registrations for that final session can be made by emailing

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
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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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