Diocesan Digest



 November 3, 2014


Still Time to Register for 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.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

"Where your treasure is, there will your heart also be..."

Read here how Vince, Amy, Julia & Paul Leedy, a family in our diocese, support the church that supports them in so many ways.


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

Clergy on the Move


We announce that soon to be retired Canon Mark Scheneman has been called to serve as Priest-in-Charge of Bangor Church, Lancaster Convocation, beginning Feb. 8, 2015. The Rev. Canon William Murphey is concluding his ministry at Bangor Church on Nov. 23.


Happenings Around the Diocese

See other upcoming parish events here.


Diocesan Convention Reminders

Electing Convention, Mar. 14, 2015, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg

Lay delegates eligible to vote in the March election shall be those who are elected at the Annual Meeting of their Parish held between Nov. 1, 2014 and Apr. 1, 2015. If a parish’s annual meeting is not held before the March convention registration cut-off date (Feb. 20, 2015), the delegates who served during the 2014 June Convention shall represent the parish. Elected delegates to Convention serve until they are replaced.

Annual Diocesan Convention, Oct. 16-17, 2015, 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.

Dates to Remember


  • 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
  • June 22, 2015 - Bishop's Open, Mt. View Country Club, State College


Remember in Your Prayers


Tyler Zust, the 15-year-old grandson of The Rev. Beth Mollard, who will be undergoing surgery Nov. 4 to fuse his spine as part of onoing treatment for severe infant scoliosis.

The Rev. Harold Bishop, who is recovering from a stroke.

Deacon Janice Fritz, as she continues her cancer treatments.


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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