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Bishop Scanlan’s Video Message on 03/27/2020

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27 March 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,Bishop Scanlan has a message regarding these difficult times, Holy Week and Easter Services. To watch, click on the video below. The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Letter regarding Coronavirus Feb. 27

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27 February 2020 Dear Clergy and Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,The arrival of the Coronavirus in the United States has prompted several of you to inquire about implications for our common life and worship in the Church.   I have consulted with our Diocesan Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Mr. Ed Robertson, and also […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Letter Regarding COVID-19 on March 6

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6 March 2020 Dear Clergy and People of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, With two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Pennsylvania in Delaware and Wayne Counties (as of Friday, March 6), I wanted to check in to offer continued support and recommendations for best practices as we gather together this weekend and in […]


Bishop Scanlan’s March 13th Letter

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13 March 2020 Dear Members of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,  The fast-moving pace of the Coronavirus and resulting cases of COVID-19, Wednesday’s upgrade by the World Health Organization of the illness to a pandemic, the Governor’s press conference on Thursday, and President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency today have all come to bear […]


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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13 March 2020 Dear Members of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,  The fast-moving pace of the Coronavirus and resulting cases of COVID-19, Wednesday’s upgrade by the World Health Organization of the illness to a pandemic, the Governor’s press conference on Thursday, and President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency today have all come to bear […]


Diocesan Digest: March 2020 (full text)

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA, Scroll to find helpful reminders, news, upcoming Shaped by Faith Meeting dates and events, and diocesan events. News & Reminders Follow along with our Lenten reflection series! Each day in Lent we are publishing a reflection written by a member of our diocese. These short meditations [...]

Diocesan Digest: March 2020

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Lenten Message from Bishop Scanlan

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Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism. It […]


Diocesan Digest: January 2020

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA, Scroll to find helpful reminders, news, upcoming Shaped by Faith Meeting dates and events, and diocesan events. Reminders & News Last Continuing Education Report Reminder for Diocesan Clergy According to the Clergy Manual Guidelines, diocesan clergy are to report their Continuing Education efforts each year, by [...]

Current Disciplinary Matter

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The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania received a complaint alleging sexual misconduct by The Rev. Frank Edmands, a former priest in the diocese. The complaint was made by a former acolyte of the priest’s church. Rev. Edmands, who is presumed to be innocent of charges, is now canonically resident in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. […]


Diocesan phone service restored

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We are happy to report that the diocesan phones are now working! We look forward to communicating with you!


Youth Ministry E-News: January 2020

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DIOCPA Youth Ministry E-News January 2020 In this issue: Youth Leadership Planning Weekend Happening #13 2020 Absalom Jones Contest Middle School Retreat The Way of Love: Wholehearted Worship EYE January 17–19 Youth Leadership Planning Weekend to Prepare for Happening Youth leadership is a key feature of the Happening program. The entire weekend is led “by youth, for youth” with adult supervision and guidance. This [...]

February 2020 Celebrate Christian Education and Formation Sunday

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“Being formed as followers of Jesus is a lifelong learning process that empowers each one of us to engage in the holy work that God has given us.  Whether it is a Godly Play class, a week-long Vacation Bible School, a Sunday Forum, a Bible study or preparation for a call to ordered ministry we […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Pastoral Letter on the Day of Impeachment

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Clergy: please feel free to print copies of this letter for distribution in the parish in lieu of reading from the pulpit. +ACS A Pastoral Letter on the Day of Impeachment December 18, 2019 Dear Friends in Christ, The goal of the Christian journey is unity and wholeness. Through the centuries, as we have best […]


Bishop Scanlan’s 2019 Christmas Letter

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III Advent 2019 Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, I often speak and write about the Christian path as opening oneself to transformation. Transformation is the process by which we come to know, deeply, the love of God for us and all creation. We can put ourselves in the path to be transformed, […]


St. Mark’s, Lewistown Spreads Christmas Cheer

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Thanks to 62 volunteers (adults and youths) that came to St. Mark’s, Lewistown, to assist with Toys for Tots. The volunteers distributed gifts to 190 families, which was almost 600 kids (toddlers to teenagers). What a blessing for so many! For more information, visit http://www.stmark-lewistown.org/


Supper, bringing people to church in Lancaster, one meal at a time

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Years ago when I attended St. Martin in the Fields, in Chestnut Hill, they launched a community dinner program that they called SUPPER at St. Martins. The focus was simple, provide a free home-cooked meal for the whole family at the church on a mid-week evening, once a month. Over the years this program has […]


For Immediate Release: “LIVE NATIVITY-BISHOP OUT OF THE BOX”

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         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Faith Neece, Diocesan Events Coordinator Tel: 717-236-5959 x1104 “LIVE NATIVITY-BISHOP OUT OF THE BOX” The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania will hold their second annual Live Nativity Scene on Friday, December 13th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Andrew’s in the Valley Episcopal Church, Harrisburg, located at 4620 […]


Concert for Compassion, Nov. 24 at 4 PM, St. Luke’s, Mount Joy

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This concert will be held at St. Luke’s, Mount Joy 20 S Market St, Mount Joy


Post Annual Diocesan Convention Wrap-Up

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To all those in our diocese who joined us at the 149th Annual Diocesan Convention, thank you! Many, many thanks to all of our volunteers and much appreciation to the Children and Youth program volunteers. We are excited to continue on the Shaped by Faith journey with you. To learn more about Shaped by Faith, […]


Music by the River at St. Stephen’s Cathedral Kicks Off with 1920s-themed Concert

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  On Saturday, October 26th, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral began its 2019-2020 season of Music by the River, a series of concerts hosted at and supported by the Cathedral. Music by the River seeks to bring the finest musical artists and ensembles to perform at the historic Cathedral. The first concert, “Alex and Friends,” featured […]


Youth Ministry E-News: October 2019

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DIOCPA Youth Ministry E-News October 2019 In this issue: Province III Trail to Truth National Acolyte Festival Youth Ministry at Diocesan Convention Winter Retreat Godly Play Volunteer Opportunity: Live Nativity Leadership Planning Weekend (See Correction) Upcoming Youth Leadership Training Dates Happening #13 Middle School Retreat EYE Province III Trail to Truth Pilgrimage for Racial Reconciliation […]


Diocesan Convention News

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St. Mark’s, Lewistown opens columbarium to the public

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A Letter from The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan regarding Hurricane Dorian

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, As we wake this morning, September 5, 2019, we learn that Hurricane Dorian has regained strength back into a Category 3 storm and is moving slowly to the north, just off shore of the Carolinas. I am sure that you have been following this storm, as […]


Diocesan Digest: August 2019

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Call to Action: Response to Mass Shootings hosted by St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster

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Community Call to Action: Thursday, August 8th, 12:00 p.m. Penn Square Lancaster, Pa This is not a vigil. This is a call to action for people looking to respond to racism and recent mass shootings. Connect with others looking to change. Connect with people who believe “Enough is Enough”. Speakers will include The Rev. Jennifer […]


Street Fair on August 3 Church of the Resurrection Episcopal Mission

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Street Fair Church of the Resurrection Episcopal Mission, Mt. Carmel Saturday, August 3 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. W. 4th St. &, S. Maple St.Mt. Carmel, PA 17851 Free Food & Ice Cream Bounce House & Games For more information, call: (717) 236-5959.Volunteers needed.To volunteer, visit http://bit.ly/streetfairmtcarmel


Diocesan Digest: July 2019

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA, Thank you for subscribing to the Diocesan Digest. In this issue, you will find the most up-to-date convention information, all published diocesan event information from now until the end of 2019, and latest news. DIOCESAN CONVENTION Annual Diocesan Convention October 18 & 19, 2019 Zembo Shrine [...]

Bishop Scanlan shares her thoughts about the Appalachian Camino

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some final thoughts: Our Camino Twelve hours home, now. A long, hot shower, cuddle with the kittens, sorting of the laundry, dividing up gear to go in my camping box in the garage or back to the office (thankfully the gear to go back to the office includes an unused snake bite kit and survival [...]

The Very Rev. Christopher Streeter will be joining diocesan staff as the new Canon for Mission Development and Innovation

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After a national search process and numerous interviews with several exceptional candidates, we are pleased to announce that The Very Rev. Christopher Streeter will be joining diocesan staff as the new Canon for Mission Development and Innovation. This position has been created to support the work of the new diocesan discernment initiative, Shaped by Faith. […]


It Takes a Village, St. Mary’s, Waynesboro

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Family and Friends Support Group, “It Takes a Village,” to Begin at St. Mary’s, Waynesboro After realizing that there were no available support groups to help families and friends of those addicted, Tammy Hagan, M.S., parishioner of St. Mary’s, Waynesboro, decided to propose a plan to the Vestry to create one. “It Takes a Village” […]


Appalachian Camino

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The Appalachian Camino will take place on Sunday, June 23 - Friday, June 28, 2019   What is the Appalachian Camino? This is a week-long hike created to reflect the Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania invites you to Walk the Way of Love across sections of the Appalachian Trail [...]

May Diocesan Events

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Southern Convocation Diocesan Staff In-Residence Day Wednesday, May 29 St. Mary's, Waynesboro 9:00 - 3:30 p.m. All are invited! For more information or download the event flyer, click here. For questions or to make an appointment with diocesan staff, contact Amy Swiernik, aswiernik@diocesecpa.org Spring Convocation Meetings - Please mark your calendars! All Spring Convocation meetings [...]

St. Thomas, Lancaster shares the Bible Challenge with women at a local prison

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To read about how St. Thomas, Lancaster, is sharing a Bible Challenge with women at a local prison, click here.


Bishop Scanlan’s Easter 2019 Message

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  Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania,   The last line in Wendell Berry’s bold, prophetic, and inspirational poem, “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” (1973) is this: “Practice Resurrection.” Practice Resurrection. In a complicated world that can overwhelm us on a daily, if not hourly basis; in the maelstrom of political divide, […]


April 2019: Diocesan Digest

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA, Read below to find out the latest diocesan news, information and upcoming events. If you have parish news, photos, events or information you would like included in the next Digest, please contact Alexis Guszick, Canon for Diocesan Communications, aguszick@diocesecpa.org. Ordinations to the Priesthood Kyle Murphy Friday, May […]


Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport feeds the community

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  The first Saturday free meal has been part of the mission of Christ Episcopal Church for the last decade.  Each month, the doors are open to the entire community to join in the sharing of a home-cooked meal and fellowship among neighbors. Often, college fraternities and sororities, girl scout troops, service organizations, and other […]


Clergy Conference 2019

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  Clergy Conference Monday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 22 Registration is now open for Clergy Conference 2019. Our conference will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Harrisburg. Our theme is “Walking Together in the Way of Love,” and our keynote speaker is the Rev. Canon Carrie Schofield-Broadbent, Canon for Transitions and Church Development, […]


A Letter to the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania

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To download this letter, click here. 17 March 2019 2 Lent We bishops of the Episcopal Church were gathered in the hills of North Carolina, at the Kanuga retreat Center near Asheville, on Friday morning when we learned of the terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that resulted in the death of […]


Ashes to Go takes Bishop Scanlan “Out of the Box” and up to the Capitol Building

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On Ash Wednesday, Bishop Scanlan, the Very Rev. Robyn Szoke, the Rev. Canon Dan Morrow, and the Rev. Shayna Watson, Transitional Deacon, all offered Ashes to Go in the main Rotunda at the Capitol. Ashes to Go was part of the monthly, "Bishop Out of the Box" initiative to show God's love in the Community. [...]

Bible Challenge at St. Thomas, Lancaster

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The Bible Challenge at St. Thomas, Lancaster The Bible Challenge is an easy way to read through the entire Bible in a year! Close to sixty St. Thomas parishioners have already signed up. The women of Lancaster County Prison will be joining them. Participants will read three chapters of the Old Testament, one Psalm, and a […]


A letter from Bishop Scanlan

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To download this letter, click here. 11 February 2019   Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Among the record number of 502 resolutions considered at our most recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church (Austin, TX July 2018), was Resolution D034, “Amend Canon IV.19.4- Suspending Statute of Limitations.”    This resolution was passed […]


Diocesan Digest: February 2019

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Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, Parish Information Requests Parish Annual Meeting season is upon us and we ask that you provide the names and contact information for those elected as Lay Delegates to Convention as well as your Vestry. Each parish is required to submit your Parish Annual Meeting dates, Lay Delegates […]


A Letter from Bishop Scanlan

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Tuesday                                                                                                                     22 January, 2019 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania, I write to you today to invite your generosity for our brothers and sisters in Pennsylvania who are furloughed federal workers, experiencing the effects of a partial federal government shut-down that has lasted, now, 32 days. The Pennsylvania Food Bank has opened […]


Celebrate Theological Education During the Month of February 2019

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Celebrate Theological Education During the Month of February 2019 “There are people waiting in our pews and in our communities, hungry to learn more about God and faith, looking to be fed in deeper ways, just wondering how to discover the world of saints and traditions that guide us through the decisions we make today.” […]


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