Volume 1, Issue 3
April 17, 2013
As a nation we sit in corporate grief for the second time in �ive months. Most of us have remembered in prayer and expressed on websites our solidarity with those who grieve, those who are injured, and the souls of those whose lives ended senselessly in Boston. Our own sense of vulnerability is heightened and our children are again presented with more news than they can process. Parents are regulating television news more carefully. “Terror” is precisely the intended result of the bombing. The collect for the day and all of our scriptures remind us that in the middle of the ordeals that we face stands the Good Shepherd, who knows us and calls us each by name. Our scriptures also recall the widow Dorcas, who changed the lives of many by her care for the poor and suffering. She lived the resurrection. When tragedy and trial strike, and we daily carry the threats coming from North Korea, these two �igures offer powerful words. First, the risen Jesus still stands with us, and cares deeply for all human suffering. He wants us to hear his voice and be comforted, strengthened. As we recite the shepherd psalm, we recall that we are known and loved. Second, even as we experience so much that tries our con�idence, we are given the chance to join Dorcas in touching the lives of those around us. As we recall her faithfulness, we can resist evil with daily acts of loving service, sharing the life of our Good Shepherd. +Paul
Triple Dips for Diocesan Stewardship
1) Have you registered yet for the Evangelism-‐Stewardship seminar on Saturday, May 18 at St. Stephen’s, Wilkes-‐ Barre? If not, go to www.diobeth.org, and click on “coming events”, and register on 123Signup. You can’t afford to miss it! 2) Now is the time to start thinking about your Annual Fall Campaign for Renewal of Financial Commitment. The following ideas will help you get started: • Flourish in Faith Stewardship Narrative Series will be available in late April. Its contents include seven bulletin inserts, a pledge card and proportional giving chart, Prayers of the People, a prayer over the pledge card, and sample letters . Login at www.tens.org. The username you will enter is generous, and the password is giving. • Giving Magazine annual stewardship emphasis is produced by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Found Faithful 2013 theme materials help you coordinate and promote “Found Faithful” in your congregation. The program includes Poster, Bulletin Cover, Bookmark, Bulletin inserts, and much more. To order visit www.stewardshipresources.org or call 1-‐855-‐278-‐4372. • Those using the Herb Miller New Consecration Sunday program can order New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program with Guest Leader Book and CD Rom from www.Cokesbury.com or www.amazon.com. Also, think about your Guest Leader for this program, and contact him/her soon! 3) This year, in July, you will be able to participate in The Episcopal Network for Stewardship 2013 Stewardship Conference in Salt Lake City via webcast. You will be able to experience opening worship, three plenaries and four designated workshops for a web conference registration fee of $75.00. Location and details to follow in May.
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