Diocesan Digest



October 3, 2012

Life Long Formation Day

You're invited!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Youth Ministry Appreciation Dinner and Lock-In
St. John’s, Lancaster
(for youth and their leaders)
Download the flyer here.

Saturday December 8, 2012

Life Long Formation Conference
St. James, Lancaster

Guest speakers: Rodger Nishioka and Dr. Deirdre GoodRead detailed session descriptions here.

Registration Fees
Friday Evening Event: no cost
Saturday Event: Individual $20.00, Family $35.00

Childcare will be available on Saturday.

Do you…..

  • Wonder what you can do to build up youth ministry in your parish?
  • Seek inspiring music to spiritually strengthen liturgy?
  • Need leadership development for youth and young adult ministry?
  • Desire to look at the trends for families and young people during a post denominational age?

The flyer is available here - be sure to post it on your church bulletin board!


Contact Robyn Szoke for more details.


Online registration is available here.

Safeguarding God's People

Clergy from around the diocese will participate in "Safeguarding God's Children" and "Safeguarding God's People" training at Camp Mt. Luther this weekend. In thanks for the diocese's support of this initiative, the Episcopal Office for Pastoral Development recently sent this letter.


What Does the Commission on Congregational Development Do?

By John Morris


The vision of the Commission on Congregational Development is of a diocese of healthy congregations supported by healthy clergy.


Most of the parishes of our diocesan family are living into this vision. There are some that are in need of special attention while all of our parishes are called to do more. Opportunities for mission abound. God has blessed us with a bounty of resources. To match our gifts with our needs is the challenge that lies before us.


Our Bishop and diocesan staff by their dedication and creativity are leading us forward in this direction. With the aid of the recent Diocesan Effectiveness Review the strengths and weaknesses of our diocesan mission are being more clearly defined and addressed. The role of the Commission on Congregational Development is to give our congregations what they require to carry out Christ’s mission by coordinating the talents of our diocesan ministries. Read more here.


Podcast Series: Revival and Renewal at St. Mary's, Waynesboro

Now available - the first in a three-part podcast series on the revival and renewal currently being experienced at St. Mary's, Waynesboro. In this first episode, senior warden Dick Rose discusses the strategic planning process and how it impacted the parish's growth and development. Listen to the podcast here.

"Meet and Greet" the Staff of the School of Christian Studies

Ever think God may be calling you to something more? Ever want to explore new possibilities for your ministry? Maybe as a lay minister? deacon? priest? If you have, here’s an important next step for you….


The School of Christian Studies invites you and all persons discerning the call to serve parishes in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania to “Meet and Greet” the staff and discuss the new educational programs on October 20, 2012, 9:30 a.m.. to noon at All Saints Episcopal Church, 129 North Market Street, Selinsgrove, PA 17870.


Please send reservations to Bud Hartley, Dean, School of Christian Studies.


If you cannot attend this meeting but have further information about the School of Christian Studies programs, please contact Bud Hartley, Dean.

Operation Understanding Grants

Operation Understanding has been providing grants to churches that house or are deeply involved in outreach ministries since 1968.  Bishop Dean Stevenson created Operation Understanding in order to help disenfranchised people within our diocese.  We have two grant cycles each year, and the deadline date for the Fall cycle is October 31, 2012.  Fall grants provide partial funding for ministries that provide food, shelter, clothing, and energy assistance.  Grants for educational programs for needy children are reserved for the Spring cycle.  Information and online submission forms are on the diocesan website.  Please click on all 4 links at the bottom of the Operation Understanding webpage.  If you need assistance in writing your grant application or budget, please contact Nancy Forgang at 717-334-0510.


In 2013, the church with the most creative new outreach ministry will be recognized at the diocesan convention.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Fall Clergy Association Meeting

The Fall Clergy Association Meeting will now be held on Nov. 8th (previously Oct. 9th) from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Trinity, Jersey Shore. Lunch will be provided. We will be having a number of experts on the Marcellus shale from the environmental, industrial and spiritual perspective. A business meeting will be held from 1-2 p.m. which will include election of officers. For more information, contact Canon Ken Wagner-Pizza.

ECW Honored Women Nominations Due

The Diocesan ECW Board is inviting every parish in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania to recognize a woman in their home parish who has made a significant contribution to their community.  Honorees may be any age and her contribution could be current, over time or in the past.  The local parish determines who should be honored. Nominations should be submitted no later than October 5. The luncheon will take place at the Annual ECW Gathering, Nov. 10, at St. Andrew's, York. Download the nomination form and the registration form for the Annual Gathering.

Remember in Your Prayers

Susan Hinton, wife of Canon Greg Hinton, is recovering from surgery.

Elaine Lovelace, wife of Canon David Lovelace, is recovering from surgery.

Mary Stevenson, wife of The Rev. Fred Stevenson, who is very ill in the hospital.


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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