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IMPORTANT Task Force for Operations Update COVID-19 Guidelines

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The Task Force for Operations Update January 2022 With the recent surge of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, the Task Force on Operations of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania issues these recommendations for our parishes as they gather for worship and community life: It is strongly encouraged that all parishes follow [...]

School Supplies for Refugee Children

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Diocesan Migration Ministry Resources is launching a donation appeal for school supplies, backpacks, and lunch boxes to give to newly arriving refugee children. The appeal begins in July and runs through October. Refugee children arrive throughout the year and they need materials for school all year long. DMMR asks you to donate new and likely […]


All Saints, Hershey

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Preparations are underway for a combined effort between Derry Presbyterian Church, in Hershey, assisted by All Saints’ Episcopal Hershey to sponsor an Afghani family through Church World Service. Presently both churches are getting volunteers in place to help with specific tasks associated with helping the family get settled. Training for volunteers will be conducted by […]


Refugee Ministry at St. John’s, Lancaster

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Over the last forty years, St. John’s, Lancaster has sponsored refugees from such diverse locations as Cambodia, Viet Nam, Uganda, Bhutan, and former Yugoslavia, among others. This year, we are embarking on a new adventure in Refugee Resettlement Ministries in collaboration with Church World Service. Read more here.


Day Four

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Read here about how St. Luke’s, Altoona is still exploring and working on a plan to help refugees.


Day Three

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Our countdown to World Refugee Day continues. Read about The Refugee Resettlement Partnership of Gettysburg.  


Day Two

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On day two of the countdown to World Refugee Day, here’s an article about how the Welcome Team of St. Edward’s, Lancaster is sponsoring a refugee family of nine, written by Joyce Kamm. https://diocesecentralpa.s3.amazonaws.com/…/Day+2+2022.pdf


World Refugee Day

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World Refugee Day World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly on June 20, 2001. It is an internationally recognized day to honor and celebrate refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20th and observes the strength and courage of people who were forced to flee their home country […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 6/17/22

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  17 June 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan comes to us from the car just outside of Williamsport to talk about the recent Presiding Bishop’s visit, upcoming holidays, and the images of God. Watch below.


The Countdown to World Refugee Day is On!

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  12 June 2022 World Refugee Day So much has happened in our world, even just within the last year. The United States is one of the many places that has become a new home to refugees. In the past few years alone, the central Pennsylvania area has become home to refugees from Nepal, Bhutan, […]


A Letter from Bishop Scanlan & the Clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA regarding the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

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How long, O Lord, will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long shall I have perplexity in my mind and grief in my heart, day after day? How long shall my enemy triumph over me? Look upon me and answer me O Lord, my God; Give light […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 5/20/22

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  20 May 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, On location in Virginia, as part of the next video in the, “Ask Me Anything” series, Bishop Scanlan addresses the question, “How do I manage loss and grief?” Watch below. Bishop Scanlan would love to answer your questions. Email askthebishop@diocesecpa.org.


Presiding Bishop Curry is coming to visit!

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On Saturday, June 11, 2022, the diocese will host a Worship Celebration at 10:30 am at the Zembo Shrine Auditorium, Harrisburg. The Zembo is located at 2801 N 3rd St #2, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Following the celebration, a boxed lunch will be provided. This event is free to the public, but pre-registration is required. The doors […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 5/13/22

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  13 May 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about her “Ask Me Anything” series, extends an invitation to our June 11th Worship Celebration with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and answers this week’s question. Watch now. You can find information about the June 11 Worship Celebration at https://presidingbishopvisitdiocpa.org […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 5/6/22

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  6 May 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In this week’s AMA, Bishop Scanlan answers her first question. Watch below. Bishop Scanlan would love to answer your questions. Email askthebishop@diocesecpa.org.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 4/29/22

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  29 April 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan introduces a new series that will continue through the 50 days of Easter called, “Ask Me Anything.” Watch below. Bishop Scanlan would love to hear your questions. Email askthebishop@diocesecpa.org.


Shaped by Faith Implementation Launch

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22 April 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter, Canon to the Ordinary for Congregational Life, and The Rev. Kevin Barron, Associate for Shaped by Faith, launch the Implementation phase of Shaped by Faith, along with instructions for grant applications. Watch below.


Shaped by Faith Grant Application

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Online Form – Shaped by Faith Implementation Application Powered by Formstack


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video on Good Friday

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15 April 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares a reflection on Good Friday from the Hampton Inn in Williamsport. Watch below.


A Holy Week Message from Bishop Scanlan

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Our Journey from Hosanna to AlleluiaHoly Week 2022 4/9/22 Dear friends in Christ, As we stand on the edge of Holy Week, please know of my prayers for you, your families and your parish communities as you mark this most sacred time. Thanks to the waning pandemic, we are able to be in church this year [...]

Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 4/8/22

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8 April 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan delivers her video from the road. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 4/1/22

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1 April 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan’s talks about Racism and her upcoming Facebook Live Conversation on Wednesday, April 6. Join Bishop Scanlan and special guests for our upcoming Facebook Live Conversation on Wednesday, April 6 at 7 pm. Watch on the diocesan Facebook page, here. Please note, you do […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 3/25/22

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25 March 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan returns from the House of Bishops and shares information about Laetare Sunday.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 3/18/22

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18 March 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan shares her weekly video and a walk in the woods from the House of Bishops at Camp Allen, Texas.


Revised Guidelines from the Task Force on Operations – 3/14/22

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Revised Guidelines from the Task Force on OperationsThe Episcopal Diocese of Central PennsylvaniaMarch 14, 2022 As the impact of the Omicron Variant fades across the diocese we must consider how to move forward understanding that the COVID virus will most probably be with us at some level for the foreseeable future and that the potential […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 3/11/22

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11 March 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, A word of hope during the season of Lent from Bishop Scanlan. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 3/4/22

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4 March 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, A word of hope during the season of Lent from Bishop Scanlan. Watch below.


Statement on the War in Ukraine from the Executive Director of the PA Council of Churches

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Statement on the War in Ukraine The Pennsylvania Council of Churches, its member churches, and supporters all feel the pain and suffering that is playing out in Ukraine. In the onslaught of the Russian invasion of Ukraine we stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We deplore the violation of international law, the destruction, and […]


The Ukraine Invasion – A Call for Prayer and Action – Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video on 2/24/22

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24 February 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Normally, we share the Bishop’s weekly video with you on Friday mornings, but we felt it was important to share her video regarding the Ukraine Invasion this evening. Bishop Scanlan says, “As People of Faith, in instances of fear, and trauma, and terror, […]


The Stevenson School for Ministry: Lenten Opportunities

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Journey to Jerusalem: Our Gospel Call to Racial JusticeA 5-week Lenten series for all parishes, 7 PM on Thursdays, starting March 10. Join racial justice and equity educators, the Revs. Carla Christopher Wilson and Kevin Barron, for a Lenten series on uncovering the practical aspects of our scriptural call to community activism (free of charge). Register […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 2/11/22

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11 February 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan continues her weekly series on the Shaped by Faith Collect and reflects on the “boldness to create with God.” Watch below.


2/13 – Absalom Jones Service

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Absalom Jones ServiceThe Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) The Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter, Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, will host its annual Feast of Absalom Jones on Sunday, February 13, 2022, 5 PM on zoom. The service can be accessed through this link: http://bit.ly/3FzSa83 . The service will be an online event that follows the order for Evening Prayer […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 2/4/22

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4 February 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan continues to explore the Collect for Shaped by Faith and talks about the courage to explore new ideas. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 1/28/22

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28 January 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In the early morning hours, from the great outdoors, Bishop Scanlan asks God to give us insight to hold on to what is true. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 1/21/22

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22 January 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, From her basement workshop, Bishop Scanlan further discusses the Shaped by Faith collect. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 1/7/22

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7 January 2022 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan wishes you a Happy New Year and talks about the Feast of the Epiphany.


Bishop Scanlan’s Christmas Message – 12/25/21

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25 December 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In this Christmas Eve video, Bishop Scanlan reflects on the theme of peace. Watch below. We wish you a very Merry Christmas! May it be a peaceful and reflective time for you and your loved ones.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/24/21

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24 December 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In this Christmas Eve video, Bishop Scanlan reflects on the theme of peace. Watch below. We wish you a very Merry Christmas! May it be a peaceful and reflective time for you and your loved ones.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/10/21

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10 December 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, From Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs, Bishop Scanlan talks about the theme of love. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/03/21

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3 December 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, From St. Mark’s, Lewistown, Bishop Scanlan talks about the diocesan digital advent calendar and shares a message about hope. Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 11/19/21

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19 November 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, In the final video of our Baptismal Covenant Series, Bishop Scanlan asks the question, “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?” Watch below.


IMPORTANT Task Force for Operations Update COVID-19 Guidelines

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November 2021 As we approach the Holiday Season, the Diocesan Taskforce for Operations wants to remind parishes to remain vigilant protecting the health of one another. As of November 12, all counties within our Diocese remain at a High Level of Community Transmission of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC. Here are the current recommendations [...]

Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 11/12/21

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12 November 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, Bishop Scanlan talks about the fourth question in our baptismal covenant. “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” Watch below.


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 11/5/21

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5 November 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, From downtown Harrisburg, Bishop Scanlan talks about the third question in our baptismal covenant. Watch below.


Youth Ministry News

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Update on our Diocesan Youth Ministry Task Force Work Interviews are being held with youth in local congregations who are invited to respond to questions of losses and longings. At this time we have completed 12 interviews with young people from 8 different congregations and are in the process of continuing those interviews. Learnings so far:1) A […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video 10/8/21

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8 October 2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA, This week, Bishop Scanlan talks about two administrative parts of our life together, finance and a long term goal of possible collaboration of staff positions with the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. Watch below. To pre-register for the Open House with Bishop Scanlan on […]


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