Diocesan Digest



 April 6, 2015


THRIVE Is Alive in April, May, and June

April 25 – St. James, Mansfield
May 2, St. Thomas, Lancaster

Workshops on:

  • Your Church is not stuck with financial problems, a look at transformative stewardship. Participants will engage with best practices, planning, and recruitment to implement a stewardship practice designed to move to a gospel based intentionality.
  • Eliminating Racism Workshop
  • “Leading Through Change” a roadmap for wardens and vestries.

Cost: $20.00 per person

Child Care Available

Register online for THRIVE, Apr. 25

Register online for THRIVE, May 2

Save These Dates!

June 12-13 (State College)

Workshops on:

  • Stewardship and Finance
  • Eliminating Racism
  • The Vital and Effective Leadership Institute
  • Biblical Story Telling
  • Stewardship of Environment
  • The Episcopal Church Building Fund—Jump Start
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training
  • Worship Leadership Training
  • …and more

Registration opens soon.

Diocesan Project Grants Available


Thinking of a congregational development project? Need a little financial boost? Please consider applying for a Project Grant.

Grants amounting to $1500 each are available now. The deadline to submit an online application is April 20, 2015.

Project Grants have been awarded communication projects (including computer systems), website design, Vacation Bible School, Godly Play, adult and children educational programs to name just a few. We do not fund physical plant project.

If you have any questions about a Project Grant, please contact Mary Amato.

Stephen Ministry Coming to Harrisburg


Stephen Ministry is coming from St. Louis to our Diocese. Have you been wanting to know about Stephen Ministry? Perhaps wanting to begin Stephen Ministry in your parish? Is your Stephen Ministry program inactive?

Come to a Stephen Ministry Information Workshop at St. Andrew's in the Valley on May 2. We will be hosting this information workshop for Stephen Ministry, St. Louis.

For complete information and details, please visit the website or call Cathy Rippeon (717) 469-1578, Bruce Bickel (717) 657-2149 or Helen Copp (717) 657-8583 in the church office Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

Feed My Sheep Wins "Canstruction" Award


The “Feed My Sheep Ministry” team of Deacon Wanda Kloza and School for Ministry student Michael Nailor (and many other volunteers) were awarded the prize for Best Use of Cans for a Nutritional Meal for the Hungry during the 2015 “Canstruction” project sponsored by Project Share. Read more here.


From the Transition Committee


Save the Date: September 12, 2015 - The consecration of our new bishop, The Rev. Canon Audrey Scanlan. This event along with a banquet the evening before will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg. You will be hearing much more about this.

If you wish to be a part of a diocesan choir, please contact Walter Wells.

Pittsburgh Pastoral Care Conference


"For shepherds and other caregivers of the flock..."

Learn more about this event, taking place Apr. 24 at Christ Church at Grove Farm, Sewickley, Pa.

Creation Corner - Get Involved


By Sylvia Neely

On March 24, some people from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in State College gathered  to watch a webcast of a forum sponsored by the Episcopal Church.  This significant event called “Forum on the Climate Change Crisis” was held in the Diocese of Los Angeles, but, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, the 90-minute forum was webcast so that we could follow it as it occurred.  

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori gave an excellent keynote address.  She described the science and consequences of climate change and showed its connection to our faith and mission.  Her remarks were followed by two panels focusing on these topics:  Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Reclaiming Climate Change as a Moral Issue.  The Forum served as the kickoff to 30 Days of Action, a range of activities that will be offered for individuals and congregations to understand the environmental crisis.

If you missed the initial webcast, you can still watch it by going to this website.

Read the full article here.

Dates to Remember


  • Apr. 25 - THRIVE Leadership Day, St. James, Mansfield
  • May 2 - THRIVE Leadership Day, St. Thomas, Lancaster
  • May 21 - Clergy Addiction Seminar, St. Andrew's, State College
  • June 12-13 - Diocesan THRIVE, St. Andrew's, State College
  • June 22 - Bishop's Open, Mt. View Country Club, State College
  • Sept. 12 - New Bishop’s Consecration
  • Sept. 18-20 - Deacon’s Retreat
  • Oct. 16-17 -  Diocesan Annual Convention


Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.



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