Diocesan Digest



 October 5, 2015


Diocesan Convention 2015: Mapping the Way


The 145th Diocesan Convention will take place at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona, with Opening Eucharist hosted by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Altoona, Oct. 16-17, 2015

Friday evening, Oct. 16 – Keynote & discussions with Bishop Audrey Scanlan (Blair County Convention Center)

Saturday, Oct. 17 – Opening Eucharist, 9 a.m., St. Luke's, Altoona

Business session to follow Eucharist (Blair County Convention Center)


Convention Business Information

The following information can be reviewed on the diocesan website.


Other Tidbits for 2015 Diocesan Convention

  • Directions to St. Luke’s Church from the Blair County Convention Center and surrounding hotels can be found here.
  • Carpooling to St. Luke’s for the Opening Eucharist is suggested. Valet parking will be available at the church. There is no charge for parking at St. Luke’s Church.
  • St. Luke’s Church is compliant with ADA. There are two handicap accessible bathrooms. A ramp and a lift have been installed, giving access to a handicap accessible bathroom and the parish hall.


  • New this year: All alternate delegates and guests will be seated on the convention floor – no overflow room.
  • The convention will be livestreamed.  Please check the diocesan website for the links as convention approaches.


Plant a Garden - Grow a Church


To all clergy, lay delegates and guests to the 2015 Annual Diocesan Convention:

Come to convention with mission and ministry of heart and help us help St. Luke’s grow!

Deacon Wanda Kloza of the Diocesan Feed My Sheep Ministry has been working with Father Josh Shipman and the Advisory Board of St. Luke’s Altoona to develop a “Community Garden” across the street from the church. Please consider bringing a gardening item to convention to donate to the cause. Items will be placed in a basket and blessed by Bishop Scanlan during the Saturday morning service. Items may be brought to the church Saturday morning or dropped off at the Feed My Sheep Ministry table at the Blair County Convention Center (lobby) any time after 4 p.m. Friday.


Linda Arguedas
Bishop’s Assistant for Programs, Events and Communications

View the list here.

Silent Auction at Convention


Over the last few months the Creative Re-Use Sewers Group has been working with vestments and paraments that can no longer be used in worship. This talented team of women have taken used, and worn, liturgical fabrics and are giving them new life in unique new items. The pictures, mostly made by Tina Shank of St. Edward’s, Lancaster, show just the first of many items that are being lovingly handcrafted by this creative group.

These beautiful new creations will be displayed at Convention this year in a silent auction. Please come prepared to place bids on your favorite items on Friday night and Saturday. The bidding will close during lunch Saturday; the winners will be announced at the end of lunch. Bidders will be able to pay by cash or by check and pick up their items as they leave Convention. Proceeds from the auction will stay in our Diocese and go to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund for Missional Projects.

There are more paraments and vestments available to anyone who is interested in being a part of this ongoing project. Contact Deacon Loretta Collins at 717-836-4378 or lorettacollins209@gmail.com.

Missed Your Convocation Meeting?


View the Lancaster Convocation meeting to catch up on the diocesan budget and resolutions presentation in preparation for convention.

Remember in Your Prayers



The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.



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