Diocesan Digest



 May 11, 2015


THRIVE Is Alive! Diocesan Leadership Day for All Clergy and Laity


June 12-13 (State College)

Friday Evening:

  • Keynote Speaker: The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
  • Counting What Counts: Principles in the Practice of Stewardship
  • Radical Hospitality to the Hungry

Saturday Workshops on:

  • The Episcopal Church Building Fund - Jump Start (bring a parish team)
  • Stewardship and Finance
  • Biblical Storytelling
  • Eliminating Racism
  • The Vital and Effective Leadership Institute
  • Stewardship of Environment
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training
  • Person Directed Framework: Listening, Learning, Responding
  • Children's Ministry Training

Full workshop descriptions are available here.

Register online. (Early Bird rates apply before May 28!)

Childcare will be available.

Diocesan Youth Events


Calling all youth campers!

Youth will be stomping in cold mountain streams, hiking trails, swimming, exploring the forests, paddling sacred waters and spending nights roasting marshmallows, singing, and laughing around the camp fire! If that interests you, join us the weekend of June 26-28 at Camp Hebron. You will also have a chance to meet a bunch of new friends, grow spiritually, and get closer to God!

Learn more here.

Need more information? Contact Youth Diocesan Youth Leaders Mary Ellen Kilp or Theda Tallman.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

Transforming One Community, One Neighborhood and One Life at a Time

From: Diocesan Intern, Kyle Murphy

Transform Jersey Shore Area is an "at home" mission trip dedicated to transforming our local community through the efforts of local people. Led by an ecumenical group of churches, our goal is to show and share the love of Christ by forming relationships with our neighbors in the communities. Volunteers from within and outside our community will be joining in this effort from Aug. 10-15, 2015. Volunteers can serve in whatever capacity they are able, working one or more days or the entire week.

Read the entire article here – and VOLUNTEER!


From the Transition Committee


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In a few months, we will welcome our Bishop Elect Audrey Scanlan.

As is customary, she will be presented with gifts during the consecration service.  The diocese has been asked to provide our new bishop with a rochet ($535), chimere ($649) and tippet ($122), bishop cassock-purple ($787), and gold mitre ($668).  We invite laity, clergy and parishes of our diocese to make a contribution toward these gifts.  Other episcopal appointments (ring, crozier and other vestments) are being given by the Bishop Elect's family and colleagues in Connecticut.

These gifts will be presented to Bishop Elect Audrey at the time of her consecration on Sept. 12 at the Harrisburg Hilton.

Please make your check payable to the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and notate "Gifts for Bishop Elect" in the memo line.  Mail your check to the Diocesan Center at P.O. Box 11937, Harrisburg PA  17108-1937.  We look forward to welcoming Bishop Elect Audrey into our diocesan family.

On behalf of the Transition Committee and the Subcommittee for Gifts,

Mary Amato, Chair of Transition Committee
Jan Rose and Anne Yellott, Subcommittee for Gifts

Save the Date - Make Hotel Reservations

The consecration for Bishop Elect Audrey Scanlan is Sept. 12, 2015.  This will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg at 9 a.m. 

Click here to make room reservations.  Book by Aug. 11, 2015.

Consecration Choir

As part of the consecration of our new bishop, we are planning for a Diocesan Choir for this event. We would like to invite your choir members to be a part of this special occasion. If possible, please let me know by Wednesday, May 20 how many of your singers will be participating, and the breakdown by voice parts. If you know of non-choir singers in your congregation who might be interested, please talk to them also. A rehearsal of the choir is planned for Saturday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m.-noon at St. Andrew's in the Valley, on Linglestown Road outside Harrisburg. The choir will meet at 8 a.m. on Sept. 12 to get ready for the service. We will of course provide copies of all music to be sung at that service.

We hope as many as possible will be able to join in this celebration. If you have any question, feel free to contact me via email or via phone:

Walter Wells

Resources for Caring for the Elderly


Caring for Mom & Dad, narrated by Meryl Streep premiered on May 7. Check here for additional show times and resources.

Dates to Remember


  • May 13, 6:30 p.m. – Harrisburg Spring Convocation Meeting, St. Paul's, Harrisburg - light refreshments
  • May 17, 4 p.m. - Rogation Service, Church of Bangor
  • 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
  • Sept. 25-27 - ECW Cape May Retreat, Marque de Lafayette
  • Oct. 16-17 -  Diocesan Annual Convention


Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.



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Harrisburg, PA 17108

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