Diocesan Digest



December 12, 2012

Christmas Eve Service from St. Mark's, Lewistown


St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lewistown, will live stream their Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. on December 24.
Save this link to access the service on Christmas Eve.

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; Advent II features The Rev. Patrick Collins of St. John's, Huntingdon; and Advent III features William Graffius of the diocesan staff.


Convention 2013 News

Nominations for the following diocesan committee positions are now open:
Standing Committee - 2 Clergy, 2 Lay
Council of Trustees - 1 Clergy, 1 Lay
Disciplinary Board - 2 Clergy, 1 Lay

Please contact The Rev. Jennifer LookerStep forward to serve your diocese!

Access the nominations forms on the Convention page.

Parish Annual Meeting Information

Please update your Vestry membership after your annual meeting by completing the Vestry Leadership Form.  Since delegates to Convention are elected at the annual meeting, the Lay Delegate Certification Form is also included.

These forms can now be completed online and submitted via email.  Forms can also be downloaded, filled out, and sent via snail mail.  This information is important for the diocese to have in order to communicate directly with vestry leaders and to make Convention delegates aware of important issues and deadlines for the 2013 Diocesan Convention.

WE Are the Diocese...

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

What is a Convocation?  How many are there in the Diocese?  Who are the conveners?

Read the article and list of conveners here.

Dates to Remember



Remember in Your Prayers

The Rev. Stephen Swift, former Missioner at St. Benedict's, York County, who will be undergoing open heart surgery.

The Rt. Rev. Rodney Michel, Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Pennsylvania (and Chaplain at this year's Diocesan Convention), whose partner died suddenly last week.

Aaron Spicher, St. John's, Lancaster, who suffered a heart attack and is now resting at home.

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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