Diocesan Digest



 June 6, 2016


Vacation Bible School Time


Check out the dates and locations for a VBS near you.

Don’t see your parish listed? Email Linda Arguedas with the information for posting.


Update From the Diocesan Refugee Resource Group


From Deacon Loretta Collins

The Diocesan Refugee Resource Group recently met with Charity Stowell, our contact from the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Office in Harrisburg.

There are many ways parishes and individuals can get involved to help refugees who have recently arrived in the United States. Some immediate ways are: 1) sponsor a family; 2) form a conversation group with refugees to help them to practice English; 3) provide transportation to appointments and 4) help to find rental properties for families to live when they first arrive in the United States. Catholic Charities will provide support to parishes who would like to pursue one or more of these options.

If you would like to learn more about how you can help, committee member, The Rev. Daphne Messersmith, has written an informative piece posted on the Diocesan website.

LGBTQI Ministry Update


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A few weeks ago, we announced an exciting venture for our diocese in the area of providing ministry and support to our LGBTQI folks among us. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex community ministry group has held a few meetings and our work is beginning to take form and shape. Thanks to the hospitality of the people of St. Paul’s, Lock Haven, we continue to meet at their parish every 2nd Saturday from 10:00 am – noon. A few items that are underway include:

  • Building resources for parishes and individuals around LGBTQI Equality on the web;
  • Establishing and maintaining a strong presence on social media that will take the form of interactive engagement;
  • Having a presence to represent Integrity USA at Lancaster Pride on Sunday afternoon, June 19;
  • Building educational resources and formation opportunities involving LGBTQI Equality;
  • Building safe spaces for members of the LGBTQI community within our parishes.

Read the full update here.

Do You Know? Livestreaming of Services From St. James, Lancaster


Live streaming has provided many people with the chance to join in the celebration and gives never before seen flexibility for churchgoers. You can now join St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster virtually through live streaming video.

St. James Lancaster – Radical Hospitality! Learn more here.

Save the Date - August THRIVE


Aug. 13, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

An introduction to a formation project in partnership with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA. Download the flyer here.


Godly Play Trainings Coming to Diocese


The next Godly Play training will be held June 11 at St. Andrew’s, Shippensburg. Learn more and register here.

Zika Fact Sheet


Zika virus has emerged in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, and many people around The Episcopal Church in the United States are asking how it impacts our local mission and ministry.

Episcopal Relief & Development has been working with a circle of advisers to consider the threat of Zika virus in the continental United States. Composed of the organization’s US Disaster staff, Diocesan Disaster Coordinators and public health experts, the group worked together to create informational materials with tips and recommendations for Episcopal congregations and other church-related institutions.

The purpose of this fact sheet is to help demystify Zika virus and provide sample language to communicate about transmission, risks and precautions.

Download the fact sheet here.


Diocesan Youth Events


For a complete list of upcoming youth events, visit the website.

Save the Date


Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.



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