Diocesan Digest



 July 7, 2014


August Is Hot With THRIVE


We are pleased to announce that our Plenary Keynote Speaker for THRIVE, Saturday, Aug. 16, is Dr. Lisa Kimball. Lisa is the Director of the Center for Ministry of Teaching, and Professor of Christian Formation and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary. She is particularly interested in the use of technologies and social media among young people and how that can be transformed and used in faith formation.

Join us for this exciting opportunity Aug. 16, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, Pa.

Watch a video with Dr. Kimball.

View workshop descriptions here.

Register online here.

Childcare will be available.

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.


Diocesan Youth Events


Camp BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ)
Sunday, Aug. 3 to Friday, Aug. 8
Learn more here.

Youth Work Weekend
Friday, Aug. 22, to Sunday, Aug. 24
Learn more here.

Contact The Rev. Patrick Collins for more information.


WE Are the Diocese...

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

The Rev. Elaine Thomas, St. Edward's, Lancaster, walked in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Philadelphia sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Elaine considers this her ministry to raise awareness on mental health issues and to what she can to help fund research and prevention efforts.

Read more here


Historic Church Offers Summer Services

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

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.


Diocesan Transitions

  • The Rev. Pete Gdula (Deacon Pete) will be leaving St. Luke's, Mechanicsburg, and reassigned to a parish after his sabbatical ends in October.
  • Mr. John Small, St. Paul's, Phillipsburg, has resigned as Diocesan Treasurer due to retirement and relocation.
  • Mrs. Monica Coffey, St. James, Lancaster, has resigned from the Diocesan Finance Committee.
  • Welcome to The Rev. Rob Schoeck, who is a transitional deacon. Rob started at St. James, Lancaster, as Associate for Mission and Formation on June 16.
  • Welcome to The Rev. Lauren Schoeck, is a priest who will be serving as Assisting Minister for Children, Youth and Families part time at St. James, Lancaster, starting July 1.


Calling All Episcopal Church Women

Cape May Retreat
19th Year Celebration
Sept. 26-28, 2014

T he Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Episcopal Churchwomen invite all women to come and celebrate our ministries as women in the Body of Christ, the Church, in Cape May, N.J. Jesus said to them, 'Come away with me. Let us go alone to a quiet place and rest for a while.' (Mark 6:31)

Download the brochure here.

Resource for Clergy, Wardens & Administrators

View the Episcopal Business Manual. You will find information such as completing Parochial Reports, conducting parish audits and budgeting process and procedures plus much, much more. This link is published in response to numerous questions concerning process and procedures. This manual will be very helpful as a resource to your parish and is also available from the diocesan website. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Canon Bill Graffius at 717-236-5959, ext. 107.

Dates to Remember



Remember in Your Prayers


Mrs. Carol Mastran, the mother of Betsy Small (Fr. Tim Small's wife) passed away on July 2. Please especially remember Betsy, Tim and their family at this difficult time.

The Rev. John Emmert, who is recovering from surgery.

The Rev. Patrick Peters, who is recovering from recent surgery.

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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