Diocesan Digest



March 6, 2013

Wardens and Vestry Leaders Conference

Attention All Church Vestry Members!

March 23, 2013, Camp Mt. Luther, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.


Safe Church Training for Vestry Leaders will be the topic of this year's  Vestry Leaders Conference.  The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is committed to Zero Tolerance of adult sexual misconduct and/or child abuse by any member of the clergy, Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders, staff persons, or volunteers. Clergy and all other leadership in the parish and diocesan staff need to recognize the dynamics of their relationships and the potential for harm and abuse.

Bishop David Jones, Bishop in Residence, will join us during the day. Vestry leaders will have time to network with their counterparts from across the diocese during the lunch break. All vestry leaders are encouraged to attend the training and help the diocese uphold our high standards of safety and health for all people.

Register online here.


Spending Rules for Endowments Webinar

The Episcopal Church Foundation is offering a webinar for parishes with endowments or invested savings accounts.

Spending Rules for Endowments March 14, 2013 - Using proper spending rules with your endowment is key to maintaining confidence and trust with your congregation and a key component of proper endowment management. Participants will learn about policies and practices to protect, manage, and grow your existing endowment. Presented by Ken Quigley, ECF Program Director Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7 p.m.  Register online here.

Convention 2013 News

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

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.

Diocesan Committee Nominations

Read the names of clergy and lay nominees for Standing Committee, Council of Trustees and Disciplinary Board.



Attention: All Clergy & Elected Lay Delegates

Spring Diocesan Convocation Assemblies will take place on the following dates:

April 24 - Northern Tier & West Branch
April 25 - Susquehanna & Altoona
May 1 - Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern

Plan now to attend in preparation for Diocesan Convention in June.

Episcopal Church Women!

The Central Pennsylvania ECW and Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Daughters of the King are pleased to announce a Lenten Day of Prayer March 9 at St. Andrew's, Lewisburg. The Rev. Susan Claytor of All Saints Church, Hershey will lead us in Lessons from Women in the Bible. The day will include lessons and quiet times where attendees are invited to participate in optional activities or quiet study. Lunch will be provided. This day is open to all – we encourage you to invite friend and neighbors. More information is in the brochure or can be obtained from Bonnie Chambers for details and questions.

Views from the Pews

"To further draw the connection between one's inner spiritual life and the action one takes in the world..."  The Rev. Barbara Hutchinson, St. Andrew's, Shippensburg, offers her leadership during a stewardship retreat.

View the video and bullet points here.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

With thanksgiving for diocesan prayers, The Rev. Canon William Warne (retired - Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen) shares the joy of his son's safe return home from Afghanistan.  Read the story here.


Stewardship Workshops for Church Leaders

Attention church leaders - stewardship workshops will be offered on April 6 at St. Thomas, Lancaster, and on April 13 at Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport.

Workshops will include Creating the Engaged Church, Encouraging the Second Visit, and The Spirituality of Stewardship. Learn more here.


For more information please email Mr. Tom Gemmel.

Dates to Remember


  • 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 Clergy Renewal of Vows - March 26, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg.  The Rt. Rev. Stacy F. Sauls, Chief Operating Officer for the Episcopal Church, will be guest preacher and speaker.
  • Diocesan Convocation Meeting, Northern Tier & West Branch, April 24
  • Diocesan Convocation Meeting, Susquehanna & Altoona, April 25
  • Diocesan Convocation Meeting, Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern, May 1
  • Diocesan Convention (business session) is June 8.
  • Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament is June 17 at Iron Valley Golf Club.


Remember in Your Prayers


Frank Rementer, husband of Deacon Nancy Rementer (St. John's, Marietta) who will be starting a new regimen of cancer treatments in the coming days.

The Ven. Molly Solbak, Archdeacon for Deacons, who continues her recovery from hip surgery.

The Rev. Kim Brooks, long-term supply priest at St. Stephen's Mt. Carmel and Holy Trinity, Shamokin, who is at home recovering from extensive leg surgery to repair damage sustained in a recent fall.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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