Diocesan Digest



July 31, 2013

Presiding Bishop to Visit Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori will visit St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lewistown, on Saturday, September 7th to mark the 30th Anniversary of the first Jubilee Ministry Center (JMC) in The Episcopal Church.

The following day, Sunday September 8th, St. Andrew’s, State College will host the Presiding Bishop. The Presiding Bishop will preach at the Choral Eucharist at 10 a.m., and The Right Reverend Nathan Baxter, Bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, will celebrate.

A 5 p.m. liturgy will be designed by young adults from throughout the diocese, who will join the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Baxter in leading worship.


2014 Diocesan Operational Grants


Grants are available for time-limited, specific mission and ministry expenses of  congregations within the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

Of particular interest are mission and ministries that:

  • Engage new partners in cooperative efforts (such as other Episcopal parishes, other churches, schools, scouting groups, local businesses, community centers, service organizations, senior centers, nonprofits, municipalities, etc.).
  • Leverage new resources (time, money or expertise) that can be used to help increase your congregation's capacity to be the best it can be.
  • Undertake activities that hold promise to make a lasting, significant impact.

Allocations are based on need and funds available in the diocesan budget.

If you plan to apply for a 2014 Operational Grant, please email Sherri Hartshaw or call 570-322-0126 by August 15, 2013. Read more here

Maintaining Parish Archives

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania strives to maintain an organized Archive area that is available to researchers within and beyond our diocesan borders.  Bishop Baxter is committed to maintaining our archives in a suitable and safe environment. Questions sometimes arise regarding the maintenance of individual parish archives and the types of records that should comprise the parish archive holdings. 

If your parish has any questions about how to set up an archive system, please begin your search at www.episcopalarchives.org Records Management for Congregations:  A Manual for Episcopal Parishes and Missions.  As the website states, the guidelines will help your parish to capture a better archival record through organization and management techniques. 

Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions regarding what records to keep, how to properly store records, and any other archival issues your parish might be facing.  Debbie Robelen, Archivist, 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.

The youth group of All Saints, Hershey, make a difference in the Diocese of West Virginia.  Read more 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


  • Aug. 1 - New building rededication, All Saints, Hershey
  • Aug. 4-9 - BASIC Camp, Camp Mt. Luther
  • Sept. 7 - Presiding Bishop celebrates Jubilee Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, St. Mark's, Lewistown
  • Sept. 8 - Presiding Bishop at St. Andrew's, State College, to join young adults in Vocare
  • Sept. 22 - Homecoming Celebration, St. Luke's, Altoona
  • Sept. 28 - Deacons Day with the Bishop, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
  • Oct. 5 - Building a Multicultural Church, St. Andrew's, Lewisburg (contact David Miron for details)


Remember in Your Prayers


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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