Diocesan Digest



 October 23, 2013

Diocesan Training Day

A program of the School of Christian Studies

THRIVE (Theological Hope to Renew & Invigorate Episcopalians)

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
301 St. Thomas Road
Lancaster, Pa.


Keynote: “An Outrageous Romp Through the Bible”

  • Lay Eucharistic Certification
  • The Ministry of Morning Prayer
  • Approaching the Gospels Together
  • Becoming A Jubilee Parish
  • Parish Administration Challenges
  • What is a Parochial Report?
  • Resources on the Diocesan website (where are they?)

Review the schedule, workshop descriptions and presenter bios.

Register online now.

$20.00 per person includes lunch.


Please Welcome Our New Diocesan Youth/Young Adult Ministry Intern

Sarah RathbunA native of Camp Hill, Sarah Rathbun grew up a member of Mount Calvary. She has been involved in Diocesan children and youth ministry since age eight when she first attended Agapeland, the former Diocesan camp program. Throughout college Sarah served Diocesan children and youth ministry as a member of the design team and music team for youth retreats and as a counselor at Camp Mount Luther. Sarah graduated in the spring of 2013 from Muhlenberg College where she studied sociology, women’s studies and business.

She joins us this year through the Sycamore House, a branch of the Episcopal Service Corps at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. As a member of the Service Corps, she works half-time for the Diocese developing programming and managing communications for Diocesan youth and young adult events, and half-time for St. Stephen’s Cathedral as an administrative assistant and Christian Education assistant. She hopes to find ways to continue to serve the Diocese after this year’s internship.

Read more about Sycamore House.


Calling All Vergers

Are you a verger in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania? Are you interested in becoming a verger but do not know where to start? Are you a Priest or Deacon that would like to start a verger ministry? Michael Stitt is the verger at St. Andrew's, Shippensburg and a fellow in the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church. He would like to hear from vergers in the diocese with the goal of getting together to get to know each other and discuss the ways vergers serve the church. Please contact him at mcstitt@embarqmail.com or call 717-491-2667.

LARC Day of Dialogue

"A Pastoral Approach to Interreligious Marriage"

Monday, October 28, 2013, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cardinal Keeler Center
4800 Union Deposit Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

Download the registration form here.

ECW Annual Meeting

The ECW Annual Meeting will take place Nov. 9 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. John's, Lancaster. The Diocesan ECW Board invites every woman in the diocese to attend. This year, Mary Ellen Baxter will be honored during the luncheon. For more details and to register, download the flyer.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

Learn more about the history of Hope Church in Manheim, which is celebrating its 164th anniversary.

Read more here.

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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