Diocesan Digest



 November 6, 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.


Young Adults to Gather for VOCARE


What is the Vocare weekend?

Vocare is a Latin word meaning “to call.” The Vocare weekend encourages young adults to delve into the lifelong process of discernment of their God-given vocation and calling in their own lives, in the Church, and in the world. We invite you to join us for a weekend of spiritual growth, empowerment, and fellowship.  Led by young adults for young adults, Vocare is not a weekend of pressure or forced sharing, but rather a fun, relaxing weekend for people at many different stages in their journeys.

The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is excited to be offering our very first Vocare from Jan. 3-5, 2014 at Camp Mount Luther in Mifflinburg, Pa.  The weekend will begin with registration from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 and end in the early afternoon on Sunday, Jan. 5. 

Read more about Vocare and register online here.


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.

Updates for Clergy & Administrators


The 2013 Diocesan Journal is now available online.

The updated Clergy Compensation Schedule and a guide to the Clergy Compensation Schedule are now on the diocesan website. 

The Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) has been determined for 2014 at 1.5%.

St. Benedict's, New Freedom Announces Exciting News for Their Older Youth


Thanks to the Diocesan Project Grants Group for granting St. Benedicts a $1500 grant from the diocese to begin a Sunday School program for older youth. A family has already donated a $200 AT&T MiFi to provide internet access to the Neumann Hall. A talented college graduate, with a Psychology degree and a minor in Education will be teaching this class. The concept will involve video streaming of short programs that will be followed by a question and discussion period. The class will most likely meet two Sundays per month to encourage attendance.

Congrats to the parishioners of St. Benedict's for stepping up to give older youth the chance to continue their Christian Education in a stimulating environment.

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.

The Rev. Robin Jarrell, rector of St. Matthew’s, Sunbury, is also an accomplished author. Click here and here to view the books she has written.

Dates to Remember



Remember in Your Prayers


Deacon John Baldwin passed away on Oct. 18. He served as Deacon at St. Thomas, Lancaster since his ordination as a Vocational Deacon on June 15, 1985. His funeral was held at St. Thomas’ on Oct. 24. Please remember John’s wife, Jane, and their family during these difficult days.

The Rev. Dr. Frank Stalfa, passed away after a short illness on Oct, 24.  Dr. Stalfa was a professor and Dean of Students at Lancaster Seminary and a staff therapist at Samaritan Counseling Center. He was a friend of this diocese, leading several retreats for clergy spouses and diocesan staff. Please remember his wife Susan (“Sam”) and their family at this time.

Father Harry Knisely, as he undergoes knee replacement surgeries and the recovery following.

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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