Diocesan Digest



 March 3, 2014

Convention: A Time for Everything


Diocesan ConventionThe 144th Diocesan Convention will take place at the Ramada Conference Center, State College  - June 13 & 14, 2014

Convention hosts: Northern Tier and West Branch, The Rev. Janis Yskamp, Mrs. Joan Berrsford, The Rev. Lauri Kerr and Mrs. Cindy McNeil, Conveners.

Friday evening, June 13 - Briefings and discussions
Saturday, June 14 - Business session

Registration will open online March 10.

Voting for the Provisional Bishop will take place at this convention.  Read an update from the Standing Committee about the process to be followed.

Annual Meeting Information for Parishes

Please note: Changes to vestry leadership and election of convention delegates’ information need to be on file in the diocesan office. Please use these forms to submit updated information.

Nominations for Diocesan Committees and Delegates to General Convention

The nominees for diocesan committees and delegates to General Convention 2015 are now listed on the website.  Detailed information about the nominees will be available soon.


Spring Convocation Meetings

Attention clergy and lay delegates - Spring Convocation dates are as follows:

Northern Tier & West Branch - April 28, location and time TBA

Altoona - May 1, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., St. Mark's, Lewistown

Lancaster - May 7, meeting with light refreshments 7 p.m., St. Thomas, Lancaster

Susquehanna - May 8, dinner 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m., Christ Church, Berwick

Harrisburg - May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., St. John's, Carlisle

Southern - May 15, 6 p.m., Church of the Transfiguration, Blue Summit


Diocesan Training Day - THRIVE


Saturday, March 22
St. Luke's, Altoona 

"Leading Through Change" - Keynote speaker: Ray Wells, Wellbeing Systems

Workshops for everyone, clergy and lay:

  • Leading Through Change - Identification of Your Change Agenda with Introduction to Uses for Appreciative Inquiry
  • LEV Training
  • Pastoral Worship Training
  • Parish Administration
  • Financial Development
  • Communications
  • How Episcopalians Read Scripture
  • Ministries of Healing and Pastoral Visitation

Register online here.

Download the flyer or review the schedule and list of workshops.

Diocesan Youth Events

Two diocesan youth events are currently open for registration:

Middle School Lenten Retreat, March 14-16, Camp Mt. Luther

Province III Youth Event, March 14-16, North Bay Adventure Camp



Wardens & Vestry Leaders Conference

Saturday, April 12
St. Andrew's, Lewisburg

This year the morning session will be presented by the The Rev. Dr. David Zwifka.

How to use your parochial report to enhance your parish ministry.

Have you ever wondered what the parochial report was for? Of course, it is how we share information about our parishes with the wider church. But did you know IT can also be a useful tool for pastoral and financial planning?

Participants in this workshop will examine the annual parochial report, how it is completed and what information can tell us about our communities.

Vestry leaders will be able to network with their counterparts over lunch. Dr. Sam Ward, President of the Diocesan Standing Committee and Mr. Chuck Banks, Vice Chancellor of the Diocese will present an update of the Bishop’s Search in the afternoon session. The day will conclude with Eucharist with Bishop Nathan Baxter.

(cost: $10.00 per person)

Register online here.


WE Are the Diocese...

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

Congratulations to The Rev. Gina Barrett and The Rev. Betsy Ivey, our newest diocesan clergy, who were ordained March 1 at St. Stephen's Cathedral.  Read more here.

Diocesan Lenten Reflections

During Lent, enjoy weekly reflections written by clergy from around the diocese.  We hope you will join us in reflecting on transformation and stability in this time of change.  Each Wednesday, you will receive a new reflection in your email; you can also read them here.

Dates to Remember


  • Mar. 14-16 - Middle School Lenten Retreat, Camp Mt. Luther
  • Mar. 22 - Diocesan Training Day, St. Luke's, Altoona
  • Apr. 12 - Wardens and Vestry Leaders Conference, St. Andrew's, Lewisburg
  • Apr. 15 - Renewal of Vows, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
  • Apr. 28 - Northern Tier & West Branch Convocation Meeting
  • May 1 - Altoona Spring Convocation Meeting
  • May 7 - Lancaster Spring Convocation Meeting
  • May 8 - Susquehanna Spring Convocation Meeting
  • May 10 - Harrisburg Spring Convocation Meeting
  • May 15 - Southern Spring Convocation Meeting
  • May 31 - Ordination of Deacons, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
  • June 13-14 - Diocesan Convention
  • June 23 - Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament, Tanglewood Golf Course, Southern Lancaster


Remember in Your Prayers


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.

As the diocese continues in this season of discernment and transition, we ask that you pray with us:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a bishop for this Diocese, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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