Diocesan Digest



July 17, 2013

Just Doing What Jesus Teaches Us to Do

A Course of Action to Meet Growing Leadership Needs in Our Diocese

The vision of Bishop Nathan and his Advisory Board to train persons in our new pilot programs for the priesthood (over the age of 55) and lay pastoral leadership to serve in congregations with no monetary reward continues to guide us into innovative ways to meet the needs of the changing spiritual and academic landscape of our culture.

The Advisory Board, chaired by Canon David Lovelace, is presently exploring the ways we strengthen our work with the Commission on Ministry, Examining Chaplains and the individual parish communities. Our desire is to continue excellence in leadership development through the pilot programs as has been accomplished in the school of the Diaconate.

Read more here.


Featured on the Diocesan Website


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 three parts are now available on the website.  Discussion questions are included for use in forums and Sunday School classes.  

In Memory of The Rev. Ron Lynch

The Rev. Ron Lynch passed away June 21, 2013. Read a beautiful tribute to him by The Rev. Dee Calhoun.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

The first of two sermons on Day1.org delivered by The Rev. Jonathan Currier, rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster, has been posted.  Read the sermon and find out how to listen to it 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
  • Oct. 5 - Building a Multicultural Church, St. Andrew's, Lewisburg (contact David Miron for details)


Remember in Your Prayers


Thomas Kerr, father of The Rev. Lauri Kerr, whose health is declining due to lung cancer. 

Deacon Janice Fritz, who continues cancer treatment.

The Rev. Bill Alford, who is recovering at home following a short hospital stay.


Ruth Klontz, stepmother of Kathy Emmert (wife of The Rev. John Emmert, St. Paul's, Manheim), who passed away July 2 in Rockford, Ill. 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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