Diocesan Digest



January 4, 2012

Clergy Conference 2012: "Caring for Ourselves So That We May Care for Others"

The 2012 Winter Clergy Conference for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania will be held at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East beginning Monday, February 6 through Wednesday, February 8, 2012.


This year’s theme will be:  “Caring For Ourselves So That We May Care For Others”.  Featured speakers for this year’s conference will be The Rev. Craig H. Smith and Professor Deirdre Good.


Click on the links below for more detailed information.


Additional Resources:


Denominational Health Care Webinars Scheduled

From among several health insurance plans being offered by the Denominational Health Plan, which plan option will you select or will have made for you?


This month, you will have several chances to view special webinar presentations explaining how General Convention’s resolution A177 will affect the Diocese’s health insurance coverage beginning in January 2013. It is important to realize healthcare plan changes are ahead, especially the introduction of new PPO and Health Savings Account options.


Three one-hour webinars are scheduled on these dates in 2012:


Wednesday, January 18 beginning at 2 PM

Saturday, January 21 beginning at 10 AM

Wednesday, January 25 beginning at 6 PM


The same information will be presented during each webinar. Webinars will be broadcast from the Diocesan office. 


The first half-hour of the webinar will be used for the presentation and the remaining time set aside for addressing questions. After the last webinar, a list of the most frequently asked questions with responses will be made available as a document or a podcast.


Additional Resources:


Mark your 2012 calendars with the date you choose to view a webinar.  Please plan to access the webinar via a link that will be available on the front page of the diocesan website under "Happening Now." Access the link at least ten minutes before the webinar begins.

Operation Understanding Grant Deadline


Operation Understanding grant applications are currently being received.  If your church is either housing a social outreach program or actively involved in supporting one in your community, you may apply for an Operation Understanding grant.  Priority is given to new ministries that have not been previously funded.  Applications are on the Diocesan website.  All applications with a cover sheet must be sent by email to Nancy Forgang at nforgang@embarqmail.com  no later than January 31, 2012. 

News from the Pews

Creative talentsSee how knitting, crocheting and creative painting make a difference for people across the diocese. Click here for the current issue of News from the Pews on the diocesan website.

2012 Mileage Rates

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 55.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (unchanged from the mid-year adjustment that became effective on July); 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (reduced by 0.5 cents per mile); and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.


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