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Deacon Liz was honored with the Wallenberg Tribute Award by the Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College.

The Institute for Jewish Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College Honored Deacon Liz Miller on Sunday, October 14th as part of its annual Wallenberg Tribute Dinner. Trinity Episcopal Church sponsored a reception preceding the dinner, where everyone had a chance to mix with Leaders of the Lehigh Valley’s religious community.

Deacon Liz was given the Wallenberg Tribute Award for her selfless service as coordinator of the Trinity Soup Kitchen, gathering, inspiring and leading a community in mutual ministry with the hungry, poor, unemployed, mentally ill, homeless, marginalized, addicted and lonely people of Bethlehem and acting as a role model for those who would seek social and economic justice in the Lehigh Valley and throughout the world.

The award is named for Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Diplomat who, through courageous moral action saved tens of thousands of Jews from certain death in Budapest during World War II and the Holocaust.

Liz was introduced by Marcie Lightwood, Schools program Coordinator at the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Trinity parishioner who noted Liz’s ministry in burying, marrying, baptizing and caring for soup kitchen guests as well as feeding them top quality meals 51 weeks a year with an accepting, inclusive attitude.

Many soup kitchen volunteers, friends and Trinity clergy attended the event, including Father Cliff Carr and The Rev. Dr. Pamela Payne, who closed the evening with a blessing. Our New Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Kevin Nichols also attended, and had the opportunity to meet clergy and lay leaders of many Christian and Jewish denominations from the Lehigh Valley who are engaged in interfaith activities.

Deacon Liz joined an impressive group of Lehigh Valley’s religious and social leaders in receiving this honor in past years, including Rabbi Allen Juda, CACLV CEO Alan Jennings, The Rev. Dr. Walter Wagner, Lehigh Conference of Churches past leaders The Rev. Doctor Christine Nelson and Bill and Jeanette Seaman.

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“Trinity has a history of making a difference.” A reflection on Stewardship by Ross Mangina, Senior Warden.

IMG_7037Good Morning. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share some thoughts on stewardship.

When my wife Sue and I decided to move to the Lehigh Valley area about four years ago, we started visiting the local Episcopal churches. On our first visit to Trinity the people we met were friendly and welcoming, the worship service was inspiring, and the music was great. Our decision was easy.

But as we found out, Trinity is about much more than just first impressions. In a world where it may seem hard to make a difference, Trinity has a history of making a difference in each of our lives, in our neighborhood and in the wider community. Think about it.

Within the parish, Trinity means three worship services every weekend as well as services and bible study during the week and a place for each of us to turn to in times of sickness, grief or trouble. Soon we will be starting up new programs for child care and adult education.

Within the local community there is, of course, the soup kitchen – an astonishing program for a parish our size – and the opening of our doors to support groups like AA. We hope to begin an outreach to the local college campuses.

Through our outreach and giving to the diocese, we are able to impact the wider world. We aid victims of natural and man-made disasters.

So, you can be sure that Trinity truly makes a difference, from each of us sitting in the pews to our less fortunate neighbors, all the way to the children of South Sudan.

Much of what we do is made possible through your giving of your time and talents. We couldn’t exist without those gifts.

In addition, of course, to do all that we do, we need funding. Your vestry and finance committee work hard to ensure that every dollar is spent wisely. But we have a wonderful staff to provide for and a historic building in constant need of TLC. This year we have an annual budget of $370,000. Over 70% of that has to come from our pledges. So, if you haven’t filled out a pledge card in the past, please do so. And let us all prayerfully consider our pledge to Trinity for the coming year. Help us to keep making a difference.

 

The Twenty First Sunday After Pentecost

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

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The Welsh Men’s Choir will be in concert on November 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Welsh Men's Choir 2018TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF BETHLEHEM
PRESENTS THE
Côr Dathlu Cwmtawe MALE CHOIR

On November1, Trinity Episcopal Church will present the Cor Dathlu Cwnatawe Male Choir from Wales in a “Return Journey” concert. The fifty person group represents the Welsh love of singing, which is a part of everyday life there. The men (and a woman soloist) will offer their powerful, soaring harmonies in a combination of traditional and contemporary favorites. The choir last entertained the Lehigh Valley in 2015, to a standing-room only audience.

The choir has a special feeling for the Lehigh Valley because of their historic connections here. They are from the town of Ystradgynlais in Wales, the same town where David Thomas devised a method to produce anthracite iron. He later relocated to the Lehigh Valley and helped develop its iron and steel industry. The choir have designated proceeds from this concert as a benefit for Trinity’s Soup Kitchen, which provides thousands of meals for those in need each year, five days a week.

A reception follows, with the opportunity to meet and greet members of the choir.

The Cor Dathlu Cwntawe Male Choir, https://www.facebook.com/CDChoirUSTour2018/

November 1, 7:00 pm, $20.
Tickets are available at the door
only on the evening of the concert.

Trinity Episcopal Church of Bethlehem,
44 East Market Street, Bethlehem, PA, (610) 867-4741.

For further information contact (The Rev.) Laura Howell at lauramh@gmail.com.

To view an electronic version, please click here.

Inter-Faith Dinner at Trinity on Friday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m.

Inter-Faith
Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday, November 16, 2018
at 6:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
44 East Market Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 18018
(parking is available behind the church)

For more information
or to register to attend,
please contact

Muhammed Said Selmanlar
(610) 849 0472 contact@lehighdialogue.org
or
Millard Cook
(610) 867-4741, x 301 millard@trinitybeth.org

(seating is limited)

The meal is graciously provided by the
generosity of the
Lehigh Dialogue Center

An electronic version of the flyer is available here.

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“Lord, make us instruments of your peace.” A Prayer for the World Day of Peace

Many thanks to the School Sisters of Saint Francis of the Saint Francis Center for Renewal for sharing this lovely prayer for the Day of Peace. They will be holding a  prayer vigil this evening at 7:00 p.m.
Peace Image
Loving God, 
you inspire us with love for all persons
and concern for the well-being of all creation.
Give us today the strength and courage
to transform the compassion of our hearts
into acts of peace, mercy, and justice.
Forgive us for the arrogance 
that leads to moral blindness,
for desires for vengeance and retaliation,
and for willingness to sacrifice others
 for our own security and avarice.
Help us to renounce all forms of violence:
prejudice, unfair allegations,
 intolerance, and injury.
Give us the courage 
to resist threatening postures,
calls to arms, mobilization of troops 
and weapons,
 and all actions that threaten 
the lives and livelihoods of innocent people.
Empower us to live out the caring presence
of the merciful and generous persons 
we claim to be.
Make us channels of your peace, 
bearers of healing,
women and men 
who hear and respond with alacrity
to pleas for justice in our world.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus
Who came among us to show us the way.
Prayer for Peace
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Saint Jerome claimed that “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”

Are you interested in exploring Scripture? There is a handy guide which will easily allow you to access the Revised Common Lectionary readings for each Sunday. At Trinity we use “Track One.” Visit the Lectionary Page for the link to the Sunday Readings.

Each Tuesday afternoon there is a Bible Study at Trinity–“Bible Study for the Coming Sunday.” Currently it meets in the Library. You are most welcome to attend. You do not need to prepare or read anything in advance. There is a brief period of prayer at the beginning in which prayers are included for the parish and for those who are ill.

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One way to have a “daily encounter with Scripture” is through the Daily Office. The Mission of Saint Clare provides an easy way to pray the office online. They even offer an audio version!  Of course, this may also be found in the online Book of Common Prayer (look on the left for the menu selection called “The Daily Office.”).

If you ever want to find a passage from the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) or the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), there is a convenient online edition of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (this is the translation currently used by most Episcopal Churches). To view this, please visit Bible Gateway.

For those who are a bit more adventurous, there are great resources available to help you discover the Greek New Testament–an interlinear version is available at Scripture 4 All. They also have a version of the Hebrew Bible available.

Another handy resource is the Concordance–the most famous is the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

 

 

“G’mar chatimah tovah,” “May you be sealed for a good year ahead.”

The day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, begins at sunset this evening. For our Sisters and Brothers of the Jewish Faith, it is the holiest day of the year. As the Jewish Learning Page tells us this is the day “when we ask forgiveness for the wrongs we have committed over the past year. Jewish tradition believes that on this day God places a seal upon the divine decrees affecting each person for the coming year. Traditionally, Jews fast on this somber day and also refrain from other bodily pleasures.”

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Customary greetings for the day include: “Have an easy fast” or “gmar chatima tova” (may you be inscribed for a good year.) It’s also acceptable to say “shana tova” (happy new year).

A Lovely tradition for the day is the chanting of  Kol NidreKol Nidrei means “all vows” and is the name given to the special liturgical formulation chanted by Jews solely on Yom Kippur. It is a legal formula for the annulment of vows, which dates back many centuries. The practice of reciting Kol Nidrei probably began in about the 9th century C.E.  Recited in a mix of Hebrew and Aramaic, the vernacular language of the time, Kol Nidrei cancels and annuls all unintended vows made to God during the previous year.”

“Yom Kippur ends with a single, long blast of the shofar. The stirring sound of the shofar at the conclusion of the holiday has many different explanations. One is that the practice recalls the giving of the Torah at Sinai (when the shofar also was blown). Another is that the shofar signals the triumph of Israel over its sins for another year and heralds the possible coming of the messianic age.”

Shofar

Discover Islam

Learn about various dimensions of Islam through award winning films!
Meet Muslim Neighbors and learn about their Congregations!
Get to know people from other parishes!

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This six-session class is an opportunity to learn about Islam, with our Muslim brothers and sisters and members of different parishes. In the first hour we will watch and discuss a DVD. In the second hour we will learn about a local Muslim community.

See list below for dates, topics and congregations.

Led by The Rev. Maria Tjeltveit, Canon for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and rector of The Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Allentown.

Begins September 27
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Optional pot-luck dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Cathedral Church of the Nativity 321 Wyandotte Street, Bethlehem

Date     Topic                                          Guest Congregation
9/27      Islam: Faith and History      Easton Phillipsburg Muslim Association
10/4      Christians and Islam          Lehigh Dialogue Center/Respect Graduate School
(10/11 We are invited to the Lehigh Dialogue Center 2200 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem, for a dinner and discussion about Refugees, 6:30 PM.)
10/25      Islam: An American Faith      Al Ahad Islamic Center
11/08       Islam: A Faith Hijacked                Muslim Association of the Lehigh Valley
11/15      African Americans and Islam      Islamic Education Center of PA
11/29      Women in Islam                                  Al-Maqasid

Please register by September 21 mail@episcopalmediator.org or (610) 434-0155.

The Ordination and Consecration of Kevin, our Bishop Elect

This morning at 11:00 a.m., the  Rev. Canon Kevin Nichols will be ordained and consecrated as the IX bishop of Bethlehem. Please join us at the The First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman Street, Allentown, PA 18104. 

This is the description of the day provided by the Diocese of Bethlehem: “God willing and the people consenting, The Reverend Canon Kevin D. Nichols will be ordained and consecrated a Bishop in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, and IX Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem on September 15, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown.  The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, will be the Chief Consecrator.  The Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of New Hampshire, will preach.”

If you are not able to join us in person, we invite you to join us in prayer and to view the live-stream on the DOB Facebook page.

Here are several “collages” produced by Google from photos taken yesterday at the Clergy Day at the Cathedral of the Nativity.

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