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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,

Ordinations to the Priesthood

Kyle Murphy
Friday, May 3, 6 p.m.
Christ Church Williamsport
To download details, click here.
Shayna Watson
Saturday, May 18, 5 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
To download details, click here.
Jim Robertson
Saturday, June 15,
10:30 a.m.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
To download details, click here.


Renewal of Vows
Thursday, April 11
Today was the Clergy Renewal
of Vows service.
In the North, the service was held at Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport at 11 a.m.
In the South at 4 p.m., the service was held at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg at 4 p.m. Photos from both events will are available on social media. To view the photos, click here.
For questions, contact
Wednesday, April 17
Christ Episcopal Church, Williamsport
We will assemble blessing bags for the Saving Grace Women’s Shelter and the American Rescue Workers Men’s Shelter. Personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap, washcloths as well as socks, are greatly appreciated by the shelter. A collection of twin sheet sets are also needed as the residents take the sheets from their beds when they move into a permanent housing situation.
For more information, click here. In May, Bishop Out of the Box will be held as a Compline Under the Stars in Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport, PA.
Maundy Thursday
Youth Lock-In
April 18, 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s, Lancaster
This event is for youth, ages 12 and up. The following morning, on April 19th, at 7:00 a.m., they will participate in a special Youth Good Friday Service portraying the passion narrative.
This special service includes dramatic reading and miming.
Don’t miss out!
Please RSVP to Mary Ellen Kilp at


Holy Hike
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.
We will meet at the Waterville Parking Area. Note: the parking area is off of Rt 44, about 11 miles North of where Rt 44 exits off of Rt 220. Make a left onto Church Street (just before the Waterville Tavern) and make a right into Parking Area. We will hike south to Bonnell Flats (in Ramsey) where we will share our service. It is about 4 miles. For those wishing to leave from this area, there will be shuttle service back to Waterville. Otherwise, we will then make the return hike to Waterville. For questions, please e-mail the Rev. Janis Yskamp.

Youth Ministry
Saturday, April 27 
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg
This meeting is designed for collaboration and discussion of youth in leadership in regards to Vacation Bible School this year, and also to determine necessary preparations for the 2020 Episcopal Youth Event.
Join us as we learn and discuss the best ways to serve the needs of our young people.
Please bring lunch.
For questions, contact
Mary Ellen Kilp
Christ-Centered Communications
Two-Day Workshop
May 10 & 11
St. Cyril Center, Danville
Communicating can seem mundane and feel like a chore. Whether it is the Sunday bulletin announcements, weekly
e-newsletter, parish website or social media, this workshop will help to provide solutions!
This workshop is designed for church leaders, clergy, lay members, experienced communicators or novices.
To register, click here.
For more information, click here.
The commuter cost to attend is $45.00. For questions please contact Robyn Szoke-Coolidge,
(717) 315-8088,
Monday, May 13, 2019
Mountain View
Country Club,
State College
Please join us to raise money for a great cause! This year, the Bishop’s Open will take place in State College. All proceeds will be donated to organizations fighting addiction.
To register, click here.
If you are interested or have questions, please contact
Clergy Conference
May 20 – 22
Red Lion Hotel, Harrisburg
This year 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, Diocese of Central NY.
To register for Clergy Conference, click here.
For questions regarding Clergy Conference, please contact Brenda Scott, (717) 236-5959 ext. 1110 or
Southern Convocation
Diocesan Staff
In-Residence Day
Wednesday, May 29
St. Mary’s, Waynesboro
Last year, diocesan staff began an initiative to spend a day “in residence” in each of the seven convocations to be able to worship together and meet with anyone, clergy or laypersons, all are welcome!
Come with questions, ideas, concerns or just to say hello!
The schedule for this day will be announced via e-mail.
For questions or to make an appointment with diocesan staff, contact Amy Swiernik,
Applications accepted
for 2019-2020
United Thank Offering
Julia Chester Emery internship
  This program supports the work of UTO in addition to participating in the work of a local ministry. Applications are due June 1, 2019, to the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, staff officer for the United Thank Offering,
The internship begins on September 20, 2019.
More information, applications and instructions are available here.

Eliminating Racism Strategy Team Training

June 6-8
Christ Church, Williamsport
The Eliminating Racism team
has created a newsletter.
To read, click here. More information (including the link for registration) to follow in a separate e-mail.
For questions, contact
Marion Schwartz,
Godly Play Training
June 8
St. Luke’s, Lebanon
Are you looking for ways to engage families in church?
We are offering a three-part commuter core at $95.00 per person, per session. All are welcome!
For questions, contact Robyn Szoke-Coolidge,


Appalachian Camino
June 23 – 28
You may participate in the Camino either for the full length of the trail or a day hike. To view all Appalachian Camino details, click here.
To register, click here.
For questions, e-mail
Amy Swiernik,
Disaster Training
July 15 –17
The Beecken Center—in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)—invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths
to take this disaster chaplaincy training on the beautiful campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
For more information, click here.
Camp Spirit Song
August 11-16, 2019
The Claggett Center Buckeystown, MD
The Claggett Center and the Province III Opioid Task Force have committed to offering a camp for children affected by opioid substance abuse THIS SUMMER! It’s exciting and new and life-changing.
To register, click here.
To download the list of upcoming event dates, click here.
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