Diocesan Digest



 August 14, 2013

Presiding Bishop to Visit Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori will visit St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lewistown, on Saturday, Sept. 7 to mark the 30th anniversary of the first Jubilee Ministry Center (JMC) in The Episcopal Church.  Read the history of St. Mark's becoming a Jubilee Ministry.

The service celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Jubilee Ministry begins on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2:30 p.m., and will be live streamed.  The Presiding Bishop will preach.  Visit the diocesan website for live streaming links and up-to-date details.

The following day, Sept. 8, 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.


Attention All Clergy and Vestry Wardens


You are invited to attend "Building a Multicultural Church."
Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Andrew's, Lewisburg

Led by a diverse team of seasoned facilitators and in the context of the Baptismal Covenant, participants will be guided through and discuss activities designed to raise awareness of the way “isms” function among us and how we respond to them. Visit the website for more information and to register for this event.

Cathedral to Host Choral Evensongs

Four Choral Evensongs at St. Stephen’s Cathedral are scheduled for this upcoming year.

The dates for the Choral Evensongs will be:

  • October 18 [rehearsals: Oct. 7 and 14]
  • January 17 [rehearsals: Jan. 6 and 13]
  • March 21 [rehearsals: March 10 and 17]
  • May 16 [rehearsals: May 5 and 12]

All the services will be at 7 p.m. in the cathedral. The Evensong Choir and the Cathedral Organ will be co-led by Dr. Robert Lau and T. Herbert Dimmock. Music will be furnished by the cathedral.

All are welcome to join the choir -- they simply need to come to the two rehearsals. In each case the two rehearsals listed above are on the preceding two Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the cathedral choir room. Read the history of Evensong and more detailed information about the upcoming events.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

Calling ALL to help our ECW continue to assist in the recovery of individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

..."Today is your daughter's 5th birthday and you suddenly realize that you have no birthday candles. And you begin to cry..."

Heart of the Home Project... Offering love and support for families recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

View the video 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.

Parish Communicators and Webmasters, Unite!

Are you a parish communicator or webmaster?  Would you like to collaborate with your peers around the diocese?  Would you like to access resources and tips for communicating your parish's message more effectively? 

Contact Lesley Carter, diocesan webmaster, to be added to an online discussion forum on the diocesan website just for you.  Discussions and activities will begin in September.

Dates to Remember


  • 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


Charles F. Kisner, father-in-law of The Rev. Mary Kisner, who passed away last week.  Please keep the family in your prayers.

Sandy Strohl, wife of  The Rev. Deacon Patrick Strohl, who continues to recover at home following knee surgery.

Bob Hart, stepson of The Rev. Eleanor Hart (St. Luke’s, Mt. Joy) who has an inoperable cancerous tumor in his chest.

The Rev. Alan Champ Mead (serving in Dayton, Oh.) who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. He is also being treated for a dilation in his aorta.

The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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