Diocesan Digest - January 30, 2013

Diocesan Digest



January 30, 2013

Happening Central PA #6
... a Christian Experience


Happening is more than a Youth Event. It’s an experience. The dates of the next Happening are Feb. 15-17, 2013. Click here for the informational brochure.

Episcopal Youth Presence at Diocesan Convention

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania celebrates young people who are the church and affirm that we need their voice, gifts, and leadership to fully represent who we are as the body of Christ. Students in grades 10-12 may apply to be one of 14 Youth Delegates who have seat, and voice during our 143rd Diocesan Convention. Find out more and apply here.


2012 Parochial Reports Due

General ConventionBy now, all parishes should have received a mailing from The Episcopal Church’s Office of General Convention containing information about filing the 2012 Parochial Report. This report is required for all parishes and missions in the Church. Diocesan canons require that the parochial report be filed no later than March 1st each year. Moreover, timely filing of the parochial report is required to certify deputations to Diocesan Convention. Failure to file this report in a timely manner may result in loss of vote for Convention business.

Whenever possible, please file the reports online by logging in with the User ID and PIN provided in the material you received from the Office of General Convention. If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the report, please contact The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka, Director of Finance and Diocesan Administration, at your earliest convenience.

Reminder: Diocesan-Wide Online Lenten Study

Explore the topic of calling and discuss what it means to live out our vocation as Christians with people from around our diocese (and even elsewhere). This year, the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania will offer a free online Lenten study of Caroline Westerhoff's book "Calling: A Song for the Baptized," led by diocesan webmaster Lesley Carter.

Participants will have the opportunity to post questions and reflections on the book in a special, private online discussion forum beginning on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13). Regular blog reflections on the book will also be available. To register, please email Lesley Carter with your name, the email address you wish to use for study communications, and the name of your church. (This book is available from Amazon, from Cokesbury, or used from sellers such as half.com or abebooks.com.)

We are also seeking guest writers for the blog reflections - if you would like to write 200-300 words on the topic of calling (note: you are not required to read the book to submit a reflection, although it would be helpful), please email Lesley Carter.

Convention 2013 News

The 143rd Diocesan Convention will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, State College. Registration will open online March 1, 2013.

Convention hosts: Lancaster Convocation, The Rev. Jonathan Currier and Mrs. Judy Donnelly (conveners)

Friday evening, June 7 - Briefings and discussions
Saturday, June 8 - Business session

The featured keynote speaker is The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe, bishop of the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania.


Episcopal Church Women!

SAVE THE DATE! The Diocese of Central PA Episcopal Church Women are sponsoring a Day of Prayer at St. Andrew's, Lewisburg, on March 9. Rev. Susan Claytor of All Saints, Hershey, will lead sessions on "Lessons From Women of the Bible." More information to follow. Contact Bonnie Chambers for details and questions.

News from the Pews

Cookies, knitting, meetings and good deeds of clergy and volunteers on Super Storm Sandy - read it all here.

WE Are the Diocese...

Read about new and exciting things that make us proud to be the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania.

Need to contact diocesan staff?  Have questions, concerns or ideas?  Find phone numbers, emails and bios of diocesan staff here.


Dates to Remember



Remember in Your Prayers


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


PO Box 11937
Harrisburg, PA 17108

101 Pine Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101