Diocesan Digest



May 23, 2012

2012 Diocesan Convention News

"Revive Us Again"

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

Convention 2012 will be live streamed again this year!  Join us for the business session, Saturday, June 9, at 9 a.m.  Visit the Diocesan homepage and click the live streaming link.  You are also welcome to tweet your impressions of convention using the hashtag #diocesecpa2012 or comment on the Diocesan Facebook page.

Registration for Convention 2012 opens at 4 p.m. Friday, June 8. Briefings and discussions of  Diocesan resolutions, the Diocesan budget and same gender blessings will be held in the Ramada Conference Center from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Diocesan Convention business session begins at 9 a.m. Saturday morning after morning prayer.  Download the most recent agenda here.


Bishop Rodney Michel to serve as Convention Chaplain


Rodney MichelThe Diocese of Central Pennsylvania welcomes Bishop Rodney Michel as our chaplain to Convention 2012. Bishop Baxter says, "I think he is an extraordinary pastoral Bishop and has demonstrated his pastoral leadership in several dioceses. We are delighted to have him join us." A native of Nebraska and a graduate of Seabury–Western Theological Seminary, Bishop Michel has served as assisting bishop in the Diocese of Georgia and the Diocese of Maryland. Throughout his career, Bishop Michel served parishes in the dioceses of Nebraska, North Dakota and Long Island.

Special invitation from Standing Committee

This year, as is called for by the Letter of Agreement with Bishop Baxter, the Standing Committee arranged for a Mutual Ministry Review (perhaps better called the  Diocesan Effectiveness Review).  This has been a helpful way for us all to take a step back, look at ways we are functioning well as a diocese and consider ways we might improve our efforts toward bringing forth and living out the Kingdom of God here in Central Pennsylvania.

On Friday evening of Convention 2012, June 8, please join us from 6 -7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Ramada for an overview of where we were years ago as a diocese and where we are now – your suggestions, opinions and comments are welcome. For additional information email the Rev. Daphne Messersmith.

Necrology request for Convention 2012

We want to give thanks for the life and witness of those who have served in past conventions as officers or delegates, or who have served on Bishops' Commissions and have died since June 2011.

You are invited to send names of who you want to have remembered at Convention 2012. Download the form here.

2011 annual reports to convention, the proposed 2013 Diocesan Budget, candidate information, and convention resolutions are available for review.

Convention aprons available

Convention ApronThe Altoona Convocation is selling red aprons with the Diocesan logo for $15.00. Proceeds benefit The Rev. Leslie Doyle (late rector of All Saints, Brookland and Christ Church, Coudersport) Campership Fund. This fund provides camperships for those children who cannot afford to attend summer camp.


Don't be left out of this year’s convention fashion craze – reserve your apron now!


Email Altoona Convener Mary Amato to reserve your apron.

Save the Date: Life Long Formation Day

Pre-formation Day Gathering (Youth and Youth Leader Appreciation Dinner): December 7, 6-8:30 p.m. with lock-in following, St. John's, Lancaster

Gathering with Dr. Rodger Nishioka, with lock-in immediately following for all teens and youth leaders in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Watch the diocesan website for registration information.

Life Long Formation Day—Reviving our leadership with young people: December 8, St. James, Lancaster

All ages welcome - there will be child care, and workshops for teens, families, youth leaders, and musicians. Featuring Dr. Rodger Nishioka and Dr. Deirdre Good. Watch the diocesan website for registration information.

Questions, or need more information, please contact Robyn Szoke at 717-236-5959.

Mandatory Training for All Actively Engaged Clergy

A Gathering for Safe Church Training will take place Saturday, October 6, at Camp Mt. Luther, Mifflinburg. 

Safeguarding God's Children - Goal: to establish safeguards in every congregation to protect children and youth in our churches, schools, and diocesan institutions.

Safeguarding God's People - Goal: to establish safeguards in every congregation for the protection of adults with regard to sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. 

Registration details will be provided soon.

Book Review: "Falling Forward"

Falling UpwardThe Rev. Alex Dyakiw, deacon at St. John's Episcopal Church, Bellefonte, provides a review of "Falling Forward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life" by Fr. Richard Rohr.  Other book reviews from readers around the diocese can be found here.  To submit a book review, contact Linda Arguedas.

Submit Your Ministry Pictures for the Diocesan Website!

Do you have fabulous pictures of your laity engaged in mission and ministry that you would be willing to share with the Diocesan website?  If you have a few pictures (preferably horizontal and at least 450px wide), submit them to Linda Arguedas.  A selection will appear on the front page of the website this summer.

Golf, Anyone?


Remember in Your Prayers

The Ven. Cn. Dan Selvage, who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery.


The Rev. Cn. William Warne (retired), who has not been well.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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