Diocesan Digest



June 27, 2013

"The Gospel for Tomorrow"
Missed Convention?

You can still view the video from the business session and the closing Eucharist.  The Bishop's Address is available separately.

2013 Diocesan Convention Committee Election Results

Standing Committee

Clergy: The Rev. Barbara Hutchinson, The Rev. Patrick Collins
Laity: Dr. Sam Ward, Ms. Sarah Weedon
Council of Trustees

Clergy: The Rev. Susan Claytor
Laity: Mr. David Miron

Disciplinary Board

Clergy: The Rev. Loretta Collins, The Rev. John Harwood
Laity: Mr. Penn Glazier

Final Approved Resolutions

Download the final text of resolutions approved at this year's convention.


Featured on the New Diocesan Website

Have you checked out the new diocesan website?  The new site was launched during this year's convention and we will be rolling out new content and features over the next few months, so check back often.

The Rev. Linda Watkins, rector of St. Mary's, Waynesboro, is featured this summer in a four-part podcast series on environmental theology. The first two parts are now available on the website.  Discussion questions are included for use in forums and Sunday School classes.  

Clergy Supply List Updates

Attention All Clergy: It is time for the Supply List, as published on the Diocesan website, to be "refreshed."

If you see your name still listed and wish to be taken off the Supply List please advise. Conversely, if you are not listed and wish to be available for supply work please let me know, as well. Please contact me by July 31, 2013, and let me know of your interest, or not.

Thank you,
Canon Bill Graffius
(717) 236-5959

WE Are the Diocese...

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

An energized Deacon in Lancaster County invites everyone to "take a wild ride!"  See more here.

See what children at St. Benedict's, New Freedom, like about their church!  View the artwork here.

ECW Cape May Retreat

"Saints, Shopping & Sacred Reflections at the Seashore"
(Did I read that right??? Shopping??? Really!!!)

The ECW Retreat returns to the Marquette de Lafayette in Cape May, N.J., Sept. 27-29. Download information and a registration form here.

Send Us Your VBS Artwork!

The diocese would like to feature pictures of artwork from Vacation Bible Schools around the diocese on the website this summer.  Send pictures or scanned artwork (if the pictures are from a cell phone, please be sure they are as sharp as possible) to the diocesan webmaster with your parish's name, the first names of the artists (e.g., Amanda G. from St. Agnes), and the dates of your VBS so we can properly attribute your fabulous work! 

Dates to Remember


  • July 27 - Sacred Stitches gathering, St. Andrew's, Lewisburg
  • BASIC Camp - Aug. 4-9, Camp Mt. Luther
  • Presiding Bishop celebrates Jubilee Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Sept. 6-8


Remember in Your Prayers


The Rev. Ron Lynch, who passed away on June 21. 

Peggy Lander, grandmother of Ken Suter, partner of The Rev. Canon David Zwifka, who passed away on June 18.  Please pray for the family.

Janis Leftridge, St. Paul's, Harrisburg, who passed away on June 8.  Please pray for the family.


Jennifer Johnston, daughter of The Rev. Cliff Johnston, who is suffering from advanced congestive heart failure and blood flow reversal owing to a hole in her heart.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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