August 27, 2015
In This Issue
Clergy Conference:  October 11-13
The clergy of the diocese will gather for a retreat at St. Francis Retreat House in Easton from October 11 at 4 pm until October 13 at 1 pm. 

The Rev. Dr. Fredrick W. Schmidt, Jr. will lead the retreat. Schmidt holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation and directs the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

Diocesan Investment Trust New Procedures
Deacon Charlie Barebo, diocesan treasurer, has written to update diocesan leaders on new Diocesan Investment Trust procedures. "The Trustees are working hard to make our DIT the most user friendly product responsibly conceivable," writes Barebo. "We have seen turn-around time on withdrawal requests cut to a few days, deposits made directly to the custodian, and we have streamlined the process to establish new trust accounts."

Read the entire letter, and review new withdrawal, deposit, and new account procedures on the website. Questions? Email Barebo or call him at 610-509-8767.
Diocesan Convention: Registration Deadline is September 16
Nominations Now Posted


Convention Reminders and Updates

  • Convention begins at 9 am on Friday, October 2 and concludes at noon on Saturday, October 3.
  • Reservations for the nights of October 1 and 2 are available at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center for a group rate of $99/night through September 15. The center does not have an elevator, so please request a first floor room if you do not wish to climb stairs. To make reservations, please call the hotel at 610-866-5800.
Pre-Convention Hearings
All diocesan convention delegates, clergy and lay, are encouraged to attend one of three pre-convention hearings scheduled around the diocese. The resolutions and the 2016 budget will be reviewed, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the sponsors of the resolutions.
Volunteer Opportunities
Convention requires the help of non-delegate volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to ensure the success of this important diocesan event, meet new people from across the diocese, see and experience convention behind-the-scenes and have fun! Learn more on the website.

Remembering Bishop Dyer
Friday evening's Convention Eucharist and dinner will include opportunities to honor and remember the Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer, bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem from 1982-1995, who died in November 2014.

What Else is New?
Find out more about what's new at this year's diocesan convention on the website.
Regional Confirmations
Regional confirmations will take place on October 17, March 26 (Easter Vigil), and May 1. Find details and locations on the website.
United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering (UTO) is both a way of nurturing the habit of giving daily thanks and a means of funding outreach grants that support the mission of the church. Many parishes in the Diocese of Bethlehem have UTO coordinators who help with planning twice-yearly ingatherings. If you would like help identifying a UTO coordinator in your congregation or would like more information about the United Thanks Offering please email Cathy Bailey, diocesan UTO coordinator.
People of Bethlehem
The Rev. Amy Spagna, curate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, has accepted a call to serve as assistant to the rector at Christ Church in Westerly, Rhode Island, beginning in mid-September. Her ministry in Bethlehem will conclude on August 30.


The Rev. Hubert Flesher:  In Memoriam
The Rev. Hubert Flesher, chaplain of Lehigh University from 1971-1997, died on July 21 at the age of 82 in Burlingame, CA. May light perpetual shine upon him.
Resources and Reminders
Becoming the Story We Tell: September 9-10

The Associated Parishes for Liturgy and Mission (APLM) will hold its regional conference at Church of the Holy Spirit in Lebanon, New Jersey on September 9-10. Participants will leave with a plan for 14-weeks of worship and small group programs for Lent, the Triduum, and Easter. Learn more.

Israel:  A Bible Journey

Trinity Episcopal Church in Williamsport, PA is hosting an April 2016 Holy Land pilgrimage as part of its 150th anniversary. Learn more.

ECF Vital Practices

Looking for leadership resources? ECF Vital Practices from the Episcopal Church Foundation offers online articles, discussions, and tools. Browse the Vestry Papers archive.

Stewardship Resources

Working on your annual financial stewardship campaign? Stewardship Missioner Dan Charney has prepared a checklist of steps with suggestions and resources. If you're preparing a narrative budget to show members how giving supports mission and ministry, download these examples from Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton and Grace Episcopal Church in Southgate, Michigan.


Episcopal Church Foundation Webinars

The Episcopal Church Foundation offers webinars on stewardship, planned giving, capital campaigns, and more. Browse the list of upcoming events and the archive on the ECF website.

The Diocese of Bethlehem newSpin Blog
newSpin is Bill Lewellis' eclectic sampling of religion news from around the Episcopal Church and beyond.  Read the August 20 issue.
Prayers of the People and Jubilate Online:  New Website Link
The Rev. Canon Cliff Carr, priest associate at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, writes Prayers of the People for each week and prepares a list of hymn selections by season. Find those resources on the new Trinity Bethlehem website.
Job Postings
Church of the Mediator in Allentown seeks a part-time sexton. Learn more.

St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Douglassville seeks an organist and choirmaster. For more information, call the parish at 610-385-3144.
Upcoming Diocesan Events

Diocesan Convention

Date: October 2-3, 2015

Location: Cathedral of the Nativity and Best Western Conference Center, Bethlehem, PA

Clergy Retreat
Date:  October 11-13
Location:  St Francis Retreat House, Easton

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