Diocesan Digest



November 28, 2012

Advent Devotional Podcasts

"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet."
(Frederick Buechner)

Where is God calling you this Advent?  Where will your deep gladness meet deep hunger and create revival - in your parish, in the diocese, and around the world?  This year's Advent devotionals focus on these questions.

This year's Advent devotional podcasts and discussion questions are available here. Advent I features Betty MacLaughlin of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Harrisburg.


Invitation to Attend Fall Convocation Meetings


Northern Tier Convocation - Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6 p.m., St. Paul's, Wellsboro
West Branch Convocation - Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m., Church of Our Savior, Montoursville
Susquehanna Convocation - Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Christ Church, Berwick
Please read this letter of invitation from the Congregational Development Commission.

Book Review: A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen
                        MeanyThe Rev. Christopher Pyles of St. John's, Bellefonte, reviews John Irving's novel A Prayer for Owen Meany.  Want to write a book review for the diocese?  Contact Linda Arguedas.  Find more book reviews on the diocesan website.

WE Are the Diocese...

Read about new and exciting things that make us proud to be the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania.

Do you know what Kangaroos, Emus , Thomas Cranmer and St. Paul have in common? Enjoy beautiful music of the Mount Calvary choir from their Evensong of November 18th (Book of Common Prayer 1928) and find out by listening to The Rev. Duncan Johnston.

Read the article here and watch the video here.

Dates to Remember


  • Fair Share Pledge Commitments - due Nov. 30.
  • Safeguarding God's People training - Dec. 3, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Harrisburg
  • Safeguarding God's Children training - Dec. 15, St. Luke's, Altoona
  • Convention Committee nominations are due Feb. 1.  For questions, contact the Rev. Jennifer Looker.
  • Clergy Conference dates: Feb 4-6.
  • Resolutions for Convention are due Feb. 15.  For questions, contact the Rev. Veronica Chappell.
  • Safe Church Training for Vestry Leaders - March 23, Camp Mt. Luther
  • Diocesan Convention is June 8.
  • Bishop's Cup Golf Tournament is June 17 at Iron Valley Golf Club.


Remember in Your Prayers

The Rev. Kim Brooks, long-term supply priest at St. Stephen's Mount Carmel and Holy Trinity Shamokin, who was in a car accident this week and suffered a concussion.

Susan Hinton, wife of The Rev. Canon Greg Hinton, who remains in a rehab facility recovering from surgery.

Janice Pursel, the widow of The Rev. Canon Robert Pursel, who continues a complex rehabilitation following surgery.

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


The complete diocesan prayer list is available on the website.


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