Diocesan Digest



 October 13, 2014


Stewardship Workshops at Nov. 8 THRIVE


Attention Parish Treasurers and Parish Finance Committee Members: Stewardship workshops will be presented at the November THRIVE!

Flourishing Stewardship: An Awareness of Our Greater Call

Sarah B. Matthews, financial resources consultant with Episcopal Church Foundation and the Stewardship Commission, Diocese of Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker at the November 8 THRIVE.

Plus other workshop opportunities:

  • LEV (Lay Eucharistic Visitor) Certification - The Ven. Jane Miron
  • Eliminating Racism Training of Facilitators - Canon Robyn Szoke-Coolidge
  • Children’s Spirituality and Godly Play - Christina Luo
  • Storytelling, Hear the Scripture in New Ways - The Rev. Mary Kisner
  • Flourishing Ideas for Best Stewardship Practices, Especially in Smaller Congregations - Sarah Matthews
  • Formation Through Finances and Planned Giving - Sarah Matthews

Registration $20.00 - includes lunch. Child care is available.

Learn more and register here.

Clergy on the Move


We welcome to the Diocese The Rev. Howell (Howie) Sasser, new rector of St. Paul's, Bloomsburg.

And we announce the retirement of The Rev. William (Bill) Alford, rector at St. Andrew's in the Valley, Harrisburg. Bill will retire Jan. 25, 2015.


Operation Understanding Fall Grant Cycle

Operation Understanding is now accepting applications for the Fall grant cycle. Grant funds are available for outreach ministries that provide food, shelter, clothing, and energy assistance to people in need. Grants are given to Episcopal churches in our diocese that house or are deeply involved in these ministries. Autumn grant funds typically range from $200 to $1,000, and priority is given to new programs.

Grant applications are easily accessible on the Diocesan website. The deadline for submitting applications is October 31, 2014. If you have any questions about Operation Understanding or the grant application, please call Nancy Forgang at 717-630-0220.

Lutheran-Anglican-Roman Catholic Day of Dialogue


The Untapped Treasure of Vatican II
The Decree on Ecumenism at 50
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Click here for more information and a registration form.


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.

On Oct. 19, the congregation of Hope Church will again remember and celebrate the history and the persons who were instrumental in the establishment, building, and expansion of this exquisite country church and its surroundings.

Read more here.


New Date for Diocesan Convention

Please note – The 2015 Annual Diocesan Convention will be held Oct. 16-17, 2015 (not June) in Altoona, Pa. Our hosting parish will be St. Luke's, Altoona. Friday evening education workshops will be held at the Blair County Convention Center.

Did You Know?

Every Wednesday, along with Bishop Gepert, your diocesan staff gather after their staff meeting to share Eucharist. We wish to include in this service, prayers for parishioners who may have passed away (and their family members) or parishioners who may have had surgery or have special need for prayer. If you or someone you know would like to be included in our prayers, please email their name(s) and the name of the parish to Carolyn Patterson by close of business every Tuesday.

From the Office of the Canon to the Ordinary: The church property in Lykens, Pa. (Dauphin County) has been sold for $10,000.00. A Resolution (10-03) for the extinguishment of the parish of Christ Church, Lykens, was proposed and approved during the June 2010 Annual Diocesan Convention.

From the Transition Committee

In order for all voices to be heard, the Transition Committee encourages you to submit questions for the Bishop Candidates. Questions submitted will be categorized and reviewed by the members of the Transition Committee. Three questions will be chosen and asked of all of the nominees at each of the evening Walk About sessions. Candidates will receive the questions in advance.

To submit your questions, please use the form found on the diocesan website. The deadline to submit questions is December 1, 2014.

Please include the following dates in your calendar:

  • Bishop Candidates Walk About – March 2-6, 2015
  • Electing Convention, March 14, 2015
  • Banquet/Consecration and Installation of our new bishop, Sept. 11-12, 2015

Dates to Remember


  • Oct. 18 - Day at Knoebel's Park for Youth
  • Oct. 20 - Northern Tier Convocation Meeting, St. James, Mansfield, 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 21 - West Branch Convocation Meeting, Trinity Pro Cathedral, Williamsport, 6:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 28 - Susquehanna Convocation Meeting, Christ Church, Danville, 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 1 - ECW Annual Gathering, Trinity, Jersey Shore
  • Nov. 1 - Daughters of the King Fall Assembly, Prince of Peace, Gettysburg
  • Nov. 2 - Fall UTO Ingathering Sunday (All Saints Day)
  • Nov. 3 - Harrisburg Convocation Meeting, St. Luke's, Mechanicsburg, 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 8 - THRIVE (including Eliminating Racism Train the Trainer), Christ Church, Berwick - contact The Rev. Canon Robyn Szoke-Coolidge for information
  • Nov. 10 - Southern Convocation Meeting, St. John's, York, 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 11 - Lancaster Convocation Meeting, St. Thomas, Lancaster, 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 - Godly Play training, St. Andrew's, Shippensburg
  • Nov. 17-19 - Clergy Conference, Lancaster, Pa.


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:

Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for the life of our diocese in this time of transition. You taught your disciples to work together for your sake, to act with faith, patience, and humility. Give us grace to listen to one another with respect and speak to one another with kindness. Remember our baptismal covenant, let us seek and serve you, Lord Christ, in one another and let us respect each other's dignity. We ask on behalf of the Transition Committee that your presence be felt with open hearts and open minds, trusting in your goodness and mercy, as we walk with the people of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, our bishop and the candidates in their discernment and transition. In your Holy Name we pray, AMEN.

The Transition Committee asks that March 8, 2015 be designated as a Day of Prayer and Conversation in parishes in preparation for the election of our new bishop.


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