Diocesan Digest



 August 25, 2014


New Diocesan Treasurer Announced


Bonnie ChambersThe Diocesan Standing Committee is pleased to announce that Mrs. Bonnie Chambers of All Saints Parish, Hershey, has been appointed as the Diocesan Treasurer.

Bonnie has served on the Diocesan Council of Trustees, the Diocesan Finance Committee and as the diocesan representative for Province III as well as Vice President of Province III Episcopal Church Women. Bonnie is also a recipient of The Spirit of the Diocese Award for her work as the United Thank Offering Coordinator (2011).

Bonnie replaces Mr. John Small who retired from the position in June 2014.

Appreciative Inquiry Coming to Diocese


Leading Through Change

You are invited to the three weekend training session specifically designed to help you develop and design ministry in your congregation.

Perhaps you are considering a new ministry, or enhancing existing ministry or even developing a regional or specific new focus on youth ministry, stewardship communication and even mission outreach; the expertise of Ray Wells will equip you and a small team from your parish to make the changes necessary to transform your ministry vision into action.

Brought to you by the Congregational Development Commission and Stevenson School For Ministry (formerly known as the School of Christian Studies).

Learn more and register here.


Creation Corner

The Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, whose earlier professional background was in science, has been a vocal advocate for climate action. She spoke in April 2013 at a climate revival at Trinity Episcopal Church in Boston's Copley Square. She called on us "to breathe new life into a dying body – the body of God’s creation."

Read more here in the latest installment of Creation Corner.

Happenings Around the Diocese

See other upcoming parish events here.


WE Are the Diocese...

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

From the Bishop’s desk:

“I am grateful to Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen in Newport for the gracious gift they made to the mission of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania this summer, with checks for $2,000 to support the Bishop Stevenson School for Ministry and $500 for Jubilee Ministries.  Their Interim Rector, The Rev. Meredyth Albright wrote in the accompanying letter:

“Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen has received many blessings over the past year, including strong investment income. As a result, the vestry members have been moved to share some of that unexpected income with the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.”

"I would like to thank the people of Nativity and St. Stephen for their generosity mind-set, a truly Gospel value that exemplifies God’s kingdom."


Robert R. Gepert

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



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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