Diocesan Digest



 November 20, 2013

Diocesan Training Day


All are welcome!

Registration closes on Monday, Dec. 2.

Keynote: An Outrageous Romp Through the Bible 


About the keynote speakers:

Helen W. White is a lay educator and trainer in parish education. She served as a consultant to the National Church Center in New York for ministry with children, youth and adults.

Ginger Goodrich has been an active laywoman in the Episcopal Church for over 30 years. In her own congregation she held the position of Parish Life Coordinator with responsibility for equipping parishioners and connecting them to meaningful ministry opportunities

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

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



  • 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.


Advent/Christmas Meditations Available


Let Every Heart Prepare:
Meditations for Advent & Christmas

An Audio/Video Reflection Series

Presented by CREDO, an education and wellness program of the Church Pension Group. Subscribe to Advent and Christmas daily audio reflections with Barbara Cawthorne Crafton.

To learn more and subscribe, go to www.episcopalcredo.org.

To purchase the book, go to www.churchpublishing.org.

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 on Bishop Search


Updates on the search for the eleventh bishop of Central Pennsylvania can be found online here.

Diocesan Youth Leadership Takes Next Step


Our ministry with young people continues to grow. Alec Tallman, St. Paul’s, Harrisburg, and co-rector of Diocesan Happening and Rachael Fissel, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg have been just appointed to be members of the Diocesan Operation Understanding Committee. This appointment represents next steps for the Diocesan resolution that gave voice to teen leadership during Convention 2013. We wonder what will happen next?

WE Are the Diocese...

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

See why All Saints Hanover is "overflowing" with young children in their Sunday School.

Dates to Remember


  • Dec. 7 - Diocesan Training Day, St. Thomas, Lancaster; register online (contact The Rev. Canon Robyn Szoke-Coolidge)
  • Jan. 25 - Investiture of Honorary Canons, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
  • Feb. 3-5 - Clergy Conference, Holiday Inn Harrisburg.  Registration will open in December.


Remember in Your Prayers


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

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:

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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