Diocesan Digest



April 11, 2012

2012 Diocesan Convention News

"Revive Us Again"

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

Registration is now open. Register online (either by single delegate or group); payment accepted by credit card or check (payment must be received prior to Convention).

Reminders before you register for convention:

* Parish Parochial Report has been completed and filed
* Lay Delegate Certification form has been completed (at Annual Meeting) and sent to Diocese

2011 annual reports to convention are now available for review.


Review the Diocesan Youth Resolution for Convention 2012.

From The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey – Chair, Nominating Committee

To all clergy and lay leaders: The Nominating Committee of the Diocese is still seeking nominations, both lay and clergy, for the Council of Trustees, Standing Committee, and Disciplinary Board. I encourage clergy and lay leaders to prayerfully consider placing their names forward to serve the diocese on one of these commissions.

For additional information and to volunteer to serve your diocese, please contact Stephen Casey.

Operation Understanding Update

Each year during Eastertide, we have the opportunity to draw closer as a community in Christ to serve and support those in our diocese whose lives are marginalized by poverty, homelessness, and hunger. Through the Operation Understanding Alleluia Appeal, we have a direct impact in helping those in despair through our financial gifts. Grants are given to Episcopal parishes within our diocese that house ministries or that are deeply involved in serving and supporting programs in their communities.


This year, we will give grants to churches in Coudersport, Williamsport, Newport, Lewisburg, and Shippensburg that serve the hungry. We will also support nurturing and educational programs for disadvantaged children in Carlisle and Lancaster.

OU offering envelopes will be distributed to the clergy at our April Convocation meetings. Clergy are being asked to choose an Operation Understanding Sunday during the Easter season that suits their respective schedules.


It is our hope that everyone will participate in the Alleluia Appeal which accents the Easter theme of Resurrection, new life, hope, and possibility for our brothers and sisters in Christ.


For more information contact Nancy Forgang.

News from the Pews

The March issue of "News from the Pews" is now available on the diocesan website. Stories featured include Mother Hubbard's Cupboard in Lewistown, the diocese's new Young Adult Ministry, and a new video system at Christ Church Berwick.

Book Review: The Meaning of the Bible

Meaning of the BibleNow available on the diocesan website: a review of the recent book "The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian New Testament Can Teach Us" by Douglas A. Knight and Amy-Jill Levine, reviewed by diocesan webmaster Lesley A. Carter.

Convocation Assembly Meetings

Spring Convocation Assembly Meetings will be held on the following dates:

April 18 - West Branch & Northern Tier - St. Paul's, Wellsboro; meeting at 6 p.m., light refreshments served.

April 19 - Altoona & Susquehanna – St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg; dinner at 6 p.m., meeting to follow.

April 25 - Harrisburg, Lancaster & Southern - Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg; meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Who is to attend: Representation is to include all clergy canonically resident or serving parishes in the convocation and three lay delegates from each parish, with at least one lay delegate from each parish who has served as a delegate at the last diocesan convention. The nature of parish representation in the canons points out an expectation that delegates to diocesan convention are chosen not only to represent the parish at the time of convention itself, but that delegates also have a responsibility for helping to carry out decisions made by convention. The thought is that as "partners in Christ" we need to have individuals who both formulate decisions (from convention) as well as help implement them in local regions.

Ordination of New Deacons Announced

Pending the completion of certain canonical requirements, The Right Reverend Nathan D. Baxter, Bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, will ordain the following three ordinands to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Sunday, April 22, 2012, 5 p.m., at St. Stephen's Episcopal Cathedral, Harrisburg.

Mr. Pete Gdula, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Mechanicsburg
Mrs. Wanda Kloza, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Shippensburg
Mr. Henry McQueen, St James Episcopal Church, Lancaster

Bishop Charlie McNutt Receives Gift from Diocese

The Rt. Rev. Charlie McNutt, retired bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, recently was honored with a special donation to Virginia Theological Seminary.

Bishop Baxter presented a gift to McNutt and his wife, Alice, of more than $4,000 for the building fund of McNutt's alma mater, Virginia Theological Seminary, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. The money was collected in the McNutt's honor from clergy of the diocese.


Bishop McNutt sent a letter of thanks to the diocese in response.


Remember in Your Prayers

Sara Oldberg, Susan Hinton’s mother, passed away on April 1. Please keep Susan and her family in your prayers.


The Rev. Beth Mollard’s mother, Cynthia McCarter, died peacefully at the age of 101. Please remember Beth and her family in your prayers in the days ahead.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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