Diocesan Digest



 June 23, 2014


Diocesan Convention 2014 Overview


Missed Convention?

You can still view the video of the election, opening Eucharist and business session.  The Bishop's Address is available separately as a Powerpoint.

2014 Diocesan Convention Committee Election Results

The Rt. Rev. Robert Gepert was elected as Provisional Bishop.  Read the details here.

Diocesan Committee and General Convention Deputy Election Results

Read the results of voting for diocesan committees and General Convention 2015 deputies.

Final Approved Resolutions

Save the Date: Diocesan Convention 2015, June 12-13, 2015

Silent Retreat for Cancer Survivor Women

On Saturday, July 19, Father Sud Tiwari is offering a silent retreat for women who have survived cancer.  Please click here for more information.


Trinity, Tyrone in Need of Book of Common Prayer


Trinity Church, Tyrone, needs to replace many of the volumes of The Book of Common Prayer in the pews.

"Before we spend money that might be used in outreach in our community, I thought we might reach out to our convocation churches and beyond to see if there are lightly used prayer books in church bookcases that they might share with us," says Deacon Jack Hoffer.

If there are donations from the Altoona convocation, the clergy can bring them to the next monthly clericus meeting.

If you are a church with books to spare, please contact Deacon Jack at 814-695-3719.


WE Are the Diocese...

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

All Saints Church in Brookland, Pa., will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its consecration on Saturday, July 12, beginning at 11 a.m. The will be lots of food, fun and live music offered all day. Please join the members of All Saints on Saturday or on Sunday, July 13, when Bishop Gepert will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m.


Richard Cohoon, retired priest of this Diocese (he has been retired a long time), celebrated his 60th ordination anniversary on June 22 with a party given by members of Trinity, Jersey Shore. Richard is 85 years young. He served in Rochester, Bethlehem, and in our diocese at St. Paul’s, Lock Haven.

He also helped out at Trinity, Jersey Shore. Cards of congratulations can be sent to Trinity, Jersey Shore at 176 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Jersey Shore, PA 17740.


The historic church of St. Stephen in Thompsontown, Juniata County, will be home to Sunday Eucharist the first Sunday of July, August and September. The service begins at 9:30 a.m. Read more here.

Creation Corner

In this article by Sylvia Neely, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, we are reminded that by becoming more aware of God’s love and of the way it is revealed in all of creation, we can respond with love for all of God’s creatures, just as St. Francis did.

Sacred Stitches to Meet

Sacred Stitches will meet July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by St. Andrew's, Shippensburg. We have invited residents of the Episcopal Home to join our group as we re-discover all things prayer shawl. There will be patterns you haven't seen before and other interesting things you may not have heard before about the ministry of prayer shawls.

In addition, we will have a yarn swap table for you to de-stash some of that yarn you don't need and take some yarn that you do need.

Please consider joining us for a really great day of sharing and learning.

Any questions? Suggestions? Contact Jeannie Zeller for more information.


Dates to Remember



Remember in Your Prayers


The Rev. Susan Claytor, rector, All Saints, Hershey, who is recovering at home.

The Rev. John Emmert, who will have hip replacement surgery June 23.

The Rev. Patrick Peters, who will have knee replacement surgery June 24.


Deacon Janice Fritz, as she continues her cancer treatments.

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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