March 12, 2015
In This Issue
A Message from Bishop Sean
photo credit:  Heather Prather

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:


Two weeks ago, the diocese issued the report of an independent consultant who had conducted a "listening process" that the Standing Commission had initiated as the 17-year episcopacy of Bishop Paul Marshall came to an end. The report you read is the report that the Standing Committee and I received. We did not edit it, nor did we compose a cover letter because we did not want to influence how the report was received. We did not outline the ways in which the diocese would respond to the report, believing that would be premature.

Now that people across the diocese have had an opportunity to reflect on the report and form their own opinions, I want to assure you that while the listening process is over, the listening has just begun.


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Trepagnier to be Canon for Administration and Communication

Jo Trepagnier will be the new canon for administration and communications in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, Bishop Sean Rowe announced on Tuesday.

Trepagnier, a member of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity for 15 years, has been the office and building manager for the Church of the Mediator in Allentown for 13 years. She is also a conference administrator for the CREDO program of the Church Pension Fund. Before moving to the Lehigh Valley in 2000, she worked for the DuPont Company in Delaware for 20 years in manufacturing, finance, human resources and information technology.

"I am delighted that Jo has accepted this call," said Bishop Rowe. "Her experience in both the church and the corporate world will help us make Diocesan House more responsive, efficient, and focused on serving congregations."


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Stewardship Reflections

Stewardship reflections are now available on the web! Each year is complete, and extra Feast Days and possible parish life events have been added. It is our prayer that you will find them useful as continuing stewardship reminders. -Jan Charney


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Resources and Reminders
The Diocese of Bethlehem newSpin Blog
newSpin is Bill Lewellis' eclectic sampling of religion news from around the Episcopal Church and beyond. Read the March 10, 2015 Edition
Daily Lenten Reflections from the Rev. Canon Anne Kitch
The Rev. Canon Anne Kitch is posting daily Lenten reflections to her blog Stumbling into the Sacred. Sign up to receive a daily email or check out the postings on Facebook
Parochial Reports Past Due
Treasurer Charlie Barebo writes:  

"In 2015 we will be moving back to the participative budget development format successfully used by our diocese in the past. This year, we ask your help in getting the reports submitted by the deadline specified in the Episcopal Church canons which is March 1. In this way, we begin the process of returning to a transparent and inclusive manner of budget development that is in accordance with the Church Manual of Business Practice. Your support is invaluable. Please help us by submitting your Parochial Report on time."

Email Charlie Barebo with questions. 
Chrism Mass

Chrism Mass will take place March 19 at 11 am at Cathedral Church of the Nativity. 

  • The liturgical color for clergy vesting is white.
  • Those who have leftover oils may bring them to the Chrism Mass where Laura Howell will collect and reverently dispose of them.
  • Please tell Archdeacon Rick Cluett how many people from your parish will stay for lunch.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
Regional Confirmations

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4 pm, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem 

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 4 pm, St. Gabriel's, Douglassville 

Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 5 pm, St. Luke's, Scranton 

The Art of Prayer: an Ecumenical Arts Retreat

Date: April 11, 2015

Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: St. Philip-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church

317 Oreland Mill Rd. 

Oreland, PA 19075

View and download a poster for this event

Christophany: Youth Retreat for 6th - 12th Graders

Date: April 24 - 26, 2015

Location: Bear Creek Camp

3601 Bear Creek Boulevard

Bear Creek Village, PA 18702

(Near Wilkes-Barre)


ContactChristine Martocchio

Diocesan Stewardship and Evangelism Conference

Date: May 30, 2015

Time: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Location: St. Stephen's Pro-Cathedral

35 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
SpeakerCharles K. Robertson
Cost: TBD

Contact Dan Charney

Mission Trip for 9th - 12th Graders

Date: June 28 - July 5, 2015

Location: Grace Mountain House

5100 Pewter Drive
St. Paul, VA 24283

Contact The Rev. Doug Moyer

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