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
Episcopal Youth Presence at
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
2012 Parochial Reports Due
By 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
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
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
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
The 143rd Diocesan Convention
will take place at the Ramada Conference Center,
State College. Registration will open online March
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
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
- Convention Committee
nominations are due Feb. 1. For questions,
contact The Rev. Jennifer Looker.
- Clergy Conference dates: Feb.
4-6, Holiday Inn, Harrisburg.
- Godly Play - Feb. 9, St.
#6 - Feb. 14-17, Camp Mt. Luther.
For information, contact The Rev. Canon Robyn
- Resolutions for Convention are
due Feb. 15. For questions, contact The Rev. Veronica
- Safe Church Training, Feb. 23,
St. Edward's, Lancaster
- Parochial reports are due by
- Middle School Lenten
Retreat, March 15-17, Camp Mt. Luther
- Godly Play - March 16, St.
Andrew's, State College
- Safe Church Training
for Vestry Leaders - March 23, Camp Mt.
Luther (Vestry Leaders Conference). Register online here.
- Diocesan Convention (business
session) is June 8.
- Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament is
June 17 at Iron Valley Golf Club.
Remember in Your Prayers
The complete diocesan
prayer list is available on the website.