Diocesan Digest



February 1, 2012

Denominational Health Care Webinar Update

This past week, Mr. Gerry Garber, Denominational Health Care Task Force chair, assisted by Communications Chair, Mr. Pat Early, presented three information webinars on the proposed upcoming changes to Diocesan Health Care coverage.


This information reached across the diocese to a number of participants, who after the briefing were able to ask questions and receive immediate answers.

From The Rev. Canon Greg Hinton: "... great job with the webinar as a means of making information available without having to drive six hours round trip to access information."


Callers from the Lancaster, Wellsboro, Waynesboro, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Northumberland, State College, Carlisle, Williamsport and Altoona areas took advantage of the free webinars.

2012 Diocesan Convention News

Save the Date:


June 8 & 9, 2012
Ramada Inn & Conference Center
1450 South Atherton Street
State College, PA 16801


Again this year, all information for Convention will be listed on the Diocesan website as it becomes available (reports, nominations, resolutions.)


Please note – Diocesan Executive Staff, Committees and Commission reports are due by March 1, 2012. Please send to: larguedas@diocesecpa.org


Views from the Pews

Mural MinistryThis month's Views from the Pews video features the mural ministry of Gettysburg's Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace.


The video highlights how this mural ministry created learning tools on the church's walls. To watch this and other Views from the Pews videos, click here.


Book Review: "Who Will Be Saved?"

Who Will Be SavedWhat does it mean to be saved? Does it mean being swept up and taken to some far off place where you dwell with God, or does it mean something else? The Rev. Canon Ted Babcock wrestles with these and other questions in his review of William Willimon's book Who Will Be Saved?. Read the review here. For previous book reviews, click here. Interested in submitting a review for the diocesan website? Contact Linda Arguedas.


A Letter from the Bishop of Haiti

The bishop of Haiti, The Right Reverend J. Zaché Duracin, recently sent a letter of thanks for support, updating readers on events in Haiti in the past year as they continue to recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010. Read this poignant letter here.

Save the Date for Upcoming Events

  • The Diocesan ECW Lenten Retreat is scheduled for March 21-23, 2012, at Camp Hebron.  More details to follow!
  • Saturday, March 31, 2012 - Spring Parish Leaders Conference. This year we are planning to have a morning presentation on stewardship and an afternoon question and answer period with Bishop Nathan Baxter on the General Convention Resolution regarding same gender blessings. Location and agenda to be confirmed and sent to you next week. Registration will be online at the Diocesan website.

Remember in Your Prayers

Catherine Walker, mother of Mary Ellen Baxter, passed away on January 21st from complications related to dementia. She was 88 years old. Her funeral was held on Saturday, January 28th in York.  Please remember Mary Ellen, Bishop Baxter and their family in your prayers.


The Rev. Tom Gregg, father of The Rev. Rowena Gibbons, passed away on January 18th, from complications of brain cancer. His funeral was held on January 23rd. Please remember Rowena, Matt and their family in your prayers.


Ken Pizza, Sr., of Perkasie, PA, the father of Canon Ken Wagner-Pizza’s father, is currently having occupational, physical, and speech rehabilitation after surgery to remove a glioblastoma (malignant brain cancer) tumor removed on Dec. 28th.


Father Nelson Baliira is recovering at home following surgery on January 4th to remove a build up of fluids from around some of his organs. Please remember Father Nelson, his wife Merisi, their family and St. John’s, Marietta in your prayers.


Jane Miller, Fr. Fred Miller's mother, who suffered a stroke.


Sara Oldberg, Susan Hinton’s mother, who has been in hospital in California with ongoing health problems.


Carol Anne Oldberg, Susan’s sister, who is undergoing treatment for lung cancer in Chicago. 


Darcie Ann, daughter of Father Will Lawbaugh, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a recent car accident.


The Rev. Deacon Barbara Hary, continues doctors’ care for heart-related issues.


Thomas Kerr, father of The Rev. Lauri Kerr, continues in care for lung cancer.


Maddie Letsche, Acolyte at St. Luke’s, Altoona, who continues treatment and physical therapy for Image Negative Transverse Myelitis.


Bob Rose as he continues cancer treatments.


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