Diocesan Digest



 March 31, 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

We welcome The Rt. Rev. Robert Gepert as Assisting Bishop.  Learn more about him.

Convention Registration Is Now Open

Register online here.

Diocesan Finance Information

Download the following finance documents:

Diocesan Annual Reports

Review the annual reports here

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.

Diocesan Annual Reports

Review the annual reports here

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. 

Convention Resolutions

This year, there are two resolutions for convention.  View them here and here.


Spring Convocation Meetings

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

Northern Tier & West Branch - April 28, 6 p.m., St. James, Mansfield

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


Province III Small Church Conference


May 12-15
Shrine Mont Conference Center
Orkney Springs, Va.

Envisioning a Bright Future: Empowering the Small Church

The Small Church Conference is a bi-annual conference hosted by the Province 3 Small Church committee, and will be held May 12 – 15, 2014, again at Shrine Mont, Orkney Springs, Virginia. The theme for 2014 is, “Envisioning A Bright Future: Empowering the Small Church.” Dent Davidson will once again be our keynote speaker, and he will be joined by Phyllis Tickle. As Phyllis is in the process of retiring from accepting speaking engagements, this will be one of the last opportunities to spend time with her at Shrine Mont!

Other presenters are Dr. Barbara Anne Fisher, Sister Cassandra Grace, and the Rev. Kathy Gray. For a full description of the presentations, please refer to the conference brochure. The information on how to register is on the registration form.


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.

St. Mark's, Lewistown, partnered with St. Luke's, Altoona, to offer an "alternative" Lenten service.  Read more here.

Episcopal Home Update


The Episcopal Home, located in Shippensburg, has been welcoming and caring for residents since 1927. Its mission statement is to welcome all based on need of service with no restriction due to age, financial assets or religious affiliation and to provide services at reasonable costs.

Please read this important update about the Episcopal Home.


Clergy: Renewal of Vows

Renewal of Ordination Vows
Holy Tuesday
April 15, 2014
10 a.m.

The Cathedral Church of St. Stephen
221 North Front Street, Harrisburg

Preacher: David Beers, Esq., Chancellor to the Presiding Bishop

With Blessing of the Chrism Oil
The Right Reverend Nathan Baxter, Celebrant

(Clergy are invited to vest and process. The color is red)

Clergy – please respond by Apr. 7. View the full invitation here.

Dates to Remember



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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