Diocesan Digest



 August 4, 2014


August Is Hot With THRIVE


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

  • Are you planning for youth group activities for fall and winter?  Come to Thrive and learn from Lisa Kimball and Mary Ellen and David Kilp.
  • Are you considering adult education and formation opportunities for your congregation?  Come to Thrive and Learn from our Bishop and Lisa Kimball.
  • Are you looking for ways to bring the best to the children in the church and community?  Come to THRIVE and learn from Dawn Stewart, International Trainer for Godly Play.

This day is for: Church School teachers, mentors, youth leaders, clergy – and all those who work to provide Christian formation and education opportunities for others. All are welcome.

The Plenary Keynote Speaker for THRIVE 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.

Watch a video with Dr. Kimball.

Bishop Gepert invites you to attend his workshop at the August 16th THRIVE.

Adult Formation for Positive Change

Adult formation in the Christian faith is about becoming.

- becoming more than we are
- becoming the person God created us to be
- becoming the instrument of God's will
- becoming the bearer of peace and harmony, and
- becoming Christ for others.

This workshop is for all adult Christian education leaders.

View workshop descriptions here.

Register online here.

Childcare will be available - you must pre-register for childcare.

Diocesan Youth Events


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.

"For everyone who is anxious about the decline in attendance that is common to all mainline Churches, there is a source of hope. In this video lecture given to the Diocese of Washington, Brian McLaren, the leading Emergent Church thinker, explains how the bewildering changes in society present a grand opportunity for Episcopal parishes. This is, he asserts, The Episcopal Moment, if we dare to embrace it."

- The Rev. Dr. Duncan Johnston, Mt. Calvary, Camp Hill

View the inspiring video 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 September. The service begins at 9:30 a.m. Read more here.

Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Women's Ordination


Celebrating women's ministry - a time to reflect and remember while imagining all that is ahead.

Conversation with Bishop Katherine

The Rev. Canon Robyn Szoke-Coolidge recently had the opportunity to join women from all parts of the Episcopal Church from Haiti to Alaska to hear stories of the Philadelphia Eleven and to reflect on what is ahead.

Read her story here, view pictures, and watch videos from this special occasion.


Calling All Episcopal Church Women

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

The 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


  • Aug. 16 - THRIVE, Spiritual Center at St. Thomas, Lancaster
  • Aug. 23 - Ordination of Deacons, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
  • Sept. 19-21 - Diocesan Deacons Retreat with Bishop Gepert
  • Sept. 26-28 - ECW Cape May Retreat, "Healing Waters," led by The Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas


Remember in Your Prayers


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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