May 5, 2016
In This Issue
Diocese Seeks Assistant for Administration
The Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem is seeking an assistant for administration who will provide administrative support to the office of the bishop, serve as office and building manager of Diocesan House, organize diocesan convention and other major diocesan gatherings, and manage the communication of the diocese.

The search is being handled by The CKHobbie Group of Allentown. 

Certificates for Lay Delegates to the 145th Diocesan Convention
The 145th Diocesan Convention will take place October 7-8. The number of lay delegates each parish may elect is determined by the number of baptized members (as reported in 2015 Parochial Reports), as indicated in the chart below:

Baptized MembersLay DelegatesAlternate 

The certificate must be completed four months prior to the convention (June 7, 2016) and sent to the diocesan office through mail, fax or email.

2017 Budget Process: Applications Due May 15
Applications for funding from the 2017 Diocesan Mission and Ministry Budget are now available on the website. Applications are due to Archdeacon Rick Cluett by May 15.

In a memo about the process, Treasurer Charlie Barebo and Cluett write, "As financial pressures increase in everyone's budgeting process, the requirement of enhanced stewardship of funds becomes more critical for us all. To this end, there has been renewed emphasis on the accountability of Diocesan Council to be certain that funds are spent wisely and responsibly."

The application and budget form, which must be used in all applications, are available on the website.
"The Program Committee of Diocesan Council will make recommendations on all budget requests, and the Finance Committee will review all applications in June so that a final budget for the October Diocesan Convention can be prepared for presentation to Council for approval and submission to the October Convention," Charlie Barebo and Rick Cluett write. Please contact Charlie Barebo or Rick Cluett with any questions.

Scholarship Opportunities
Deadlines for two scholarships are approaching:
Leonard Hall Scholarships for youth of the diocese pursuing undergraduate studies. Deadline May 15.
Gressle Scholarships for sons of clergy canonically resident in the diocese who are pursuing undergraduate college degrees. Deadline May 15.

High School Mission Trip
June 26 - July 2, 2016

This summer, Diocese of Bethlehem youth who have completed grades 6-12 will travel together to Grace House on the Mountain, a ministry of the Diocese of Southwest Virginia that serves people who live in the coalfields of Appalachia. Youth will meet new people, assist in repairing homes, gain valuable skills and help people in need. 
Learn more and register.

Episcopal Church Women Annual Meeting: I am a Pilgrim
The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Bethlehem will join in the pilgrimage at the Annual Meeting taking place May 11 at Kirby House. This year's program from the Rev. Canon Charles A Cesaretti is titled "I am a Pilgrim," and will include scripture reflection, group discussion, and worship. 
Creating a Culture of Peace: Nonviolence Training in Stroudsburg 
From May 20-22, the Peace and Social Justice Network of the Diocese of Bethlehem and Christ Church, Stroudsburg will host nonviolence training for older teens and adults. The program is open to members of the diocesan community and the general public. The cost is $65, and scholarships are available. Register by May 16 by emailing Barb Gessner or calling her at 570-460-9335.
Pilgrimage Resources for Congregations
The Diocese of Bethlehem's pilgrimage began on January 6. In his video pilgrimage message, Bishop Sean says, "The Diocese of Bethlehem has been bold in conceiving its future ... This planning process is deeply rooted in both what is personal to us, and what is good for our entire diocese and our entire region."

Staying Connected to the Pilgrimage
The pilgrimage page on the website is updated regularly--you can find it under "Congregational Resources" on the menu--and our newsletters will feature pilgrimage information and news each month. 

Anyone can sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter and/or our monthly Leadership News, and back issues are available on the website. Please share these links with members of your congregation, encourage them to visit the website and sign up for the newsletter list, and share pilgrimage news and articles in your congregation's newsletter and bulletin.

The Bethlehem Episcopalians Facebook group will also be home to ongoing pilgrimage discussion. Find the group on Facebook and request membership to join the conversation.
Safeguarding God's Children 
All clergy, lay employees, and lay people who work with children are required to complete the Safeguarding God's Children training program offered by the Church Pension Group. Those who need to receive this training may register by following a link at the bottom of the Safe Church page on the diocesan website, where you can also find diocesan policies and a field guide to their application.
People of Bethlehem
Congratulations to Dale Grandfield, who will receive his Master of Divinity from Sewanee on May 6. Dale will be ordained to the transitional diaconate June 4 at 11 am at Trinity Church, Easton.
Resources and Reminders
Clergy Transition Tips for Senior Wardens from Vestry Papers
This month's Vestry Papers includes seven tips for managing clergy transition from a seasoned senior warden. Read the tips.
Sacred Oils
If you did not pick up sacred oils at the Chrism Mass, please talk with Canon Anne Kitch to get your supply.
The Diocese of Bethlehem newSpin Blog
newSpin is Bill Lewellis' eclectic sampling of religion news from around the Episcopal Church and beyond. Read the April 28 issue.
Prayers of the People and Jubilate Online
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.
Upcoming Christian Formation Conferences
The 2016 e-Formation Conference will take place June 6-8 at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. Read more.

The 2016 Christian Formation Conference will take place June 13-17 at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. Read more.
Upcoming Diocesan Events
Ordination of Dale Grandfield to the Transitional Diaconate
Saturday, June 4, 11 am, Trinity Church, Easton

Tuesday, June 7, 9:30 am-3 pm, Cathedral Church of the Nativity
"Boundaries, Responsibility, and Accountability: Pastoral and Practical Issues" with Canon Scott Slater from the Diocese of Maryland.

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