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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 to Convention and
 Church/Vestry Leadership online.
Please see instructions below.
Step One
Electronically submit the date of your Parish Annual Meeting by Feb 28, click here.
Step Two
Once your parish has held its Annual Meeting, please submit the following documents.
  • Lay Delegate Form. To submit, click here.
  • Church/Vestry Leadership Form.
To submit, click here.
The documents mentioned above are due no later than April 14. For questions, contact Canon Guszick, or (717) 236-5959 x1108. Parochial reports are due March 1st. Assistance in filing your 2018 Parochial Report, can be found here.
  • The Rev. Canon Paul Donecker, All Saints, Selinsgrove, has been named as the Interim Convenor of the Susquehanna Convocation as the Rev. Howell Sasser, former Convenor, has announced his move out of the diocese. An election for the next Convenor will take place at the end of the term in Spring 2020.
  • In March, the Rev. Eric Hillegas will join St. John’s, York, as their new Rector.
  • Beginning in May, The Rev. Carlos de la Torre will be the Rector of St. John’s, Bellefonte.
For questions regarding Clergy Transitions,
please contact the Rev. Canon Dan Morrow,
Absalom Jones Day Celebration
Saturday, February 16
10 a.m.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral Harrisburg
Family and friends are welcome! The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan, Bishop, and The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter, Retired Bishop, will officiate during the 10:00 a.m. service. The essay awards ceremony will follow the service. Refreshments will be served.
For more information,visit
Diocesan Staff
In-Residence Day
Wednesday, February 27
Christ Memorial Church
All are encouraged to attend. Everyone is welcome!
To reserve an appointment time with any of our diocesan staff, please contact Carolyn Patterson, Assistant
The next Diocesan Staff
In-Residence Day will be in the Altoona Convocation on Wednesday, March 27 at St. John’s, Bellefonte.
Women’s Clergy Retreat
February 28 – March 1
Black Rock Retreat Center
Quarryville, PA
This retreat is for women clergy in our diocese and will be led by the Rev. Anne Ritonia of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
To register, click here.
Daughters of the King
Saturday, March 2
The guest speaker at the Daughters of the King Retreat will be the Rt. Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan. Bishop Scanlan will lead a series of meditations on The Way of Love and our role as “Quiet Evangelists.”
Wednesday, March 20
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The next Bishop Out
of the Box will be held in March. Please join us in Williamsport where we will be distributing blessing bags to locals in need.
For questions, please contact Amy Swiernik,
Renewal of Vows
Thursday, April 11
We will hold a Renewal of Vows service for diocesan clergy in
two locations.
In the North, the service will be held in the morning at Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Williamsport, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The service will be followed by a luncheon.
In the South, the service
will be held at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg, from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by dinner. Registration will be sent to clergy in the next Clergy Digest.
For questions, contact
Monday, May 13, 2019
Mountain View
Country Club
State College
Do you like to golf or drive a golf cart? Please save the date
above and get ready to play golf and 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 against addiction.
If you are interested or have questions, please contact
Clergy Conference
May 21- 23
This year’s Clergy Conference
will be held in Harrisburg.
More information and registration will be e-mailed in the next
Clergy Digest.
For questions, please contact Brenda Scott,
Spring Convocation Meetings
It’s that time of year again!
Spring Convocation Meetings
will soon be upon us.
May 29, Southern
St. Mary’s, Waynesboro
June 4, Lancaster
Location TBD
June 5, Northern Tier
St. John’s, Wellsboro
June 11, Harrisburg
Location TBD
June 12, West Branch
Location TBD
June 18, Susquehanna
Location TBD
June 20, Altoona
Location TBD
Eliminating Racism Training
June 6-8
More information to be announced in the next Digest.
For questions, contact
Marion Schwartz,
Save the date!
Saturday April 6, 6 p.m.
St. Stephen’s
Episcopal School
to host a “Ruby Gala”
The Gala will celebrate the school’s 40th Anniversary honoring its founder, Patricia Cameron. For more information, contact the school office (717) 238-8590 or
Appalachian Camino
June 23 – June 28
You may participate in the Camino either for the full length of the trail or a day hike.
To register, click here. For questions, e-mail Amy Swiernik,
Celebrate Theological Education during February or any week/month that works for your schedule
Please join us in praying for all teachers and learners, for all who continue in the apostles teaching, for the Church’s future ministers and priests. It is in gratitude for all teachers, students, and those who are doing the work to prepare the leaders, lay and ordained, who love and serve us in our churches.
Ways to celebrate:
·     Invite a student to preach or teach at your parish.
·      Give to support Christian Education in your parish, your convocation, your favorite seminary, or to The Stevenson School for Ministry.
·      Take a course with members of your parish or take a course for your own continuing education.
For the selection of courses for Spring Term 2019, classes begin February 18. To read more,
click here.
May 10 and 11
Mark your calendars for an outstanding learning weekend!
Topic: Effective Communication through understanding your Culture.
Discover the importance of understanding the culture of your congregation and community in relationship to how you determine who is your audience, how they will best receive communicate through web, technology, newsletter and program information, including
Bible study.  More information coming soon.
Saint Cyril Spiritual Center
Villa Sacred Heart.
580 Railroad Street
Danville, PA 17821-1698
Cost $150.00 for the weekend
SSFM cohort groups will meet for either five or ten week sessions to engage in theological education and dialogue in
areas of Scripture, History
and Theology.
More information about SSFM Courses can be found at
For questions or more information, please contact Robyn Szoke-Coolidge,
(717) 315-8088,
New Beginnings #2
A retreat for youth
in grades 6-8 at Camp Mount Luther
Friday, April 5, 6 PM –
Sunday, April 7, Noon
New Beginnings is an opportunity to share the love of Christ with Middle School Youth. Senior High Youth will develop inspirational talks, activities, and worship during the Friday – Sunday event. $100.00 per participant. That includes housing in cabins with other youth, all meals, a t-shirt and an entire weekend of activities!
Click here to register your diocesan youth.
Maundy Thursday Youth Lock-In
April 18th, 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., 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
To download the list of upcoming event dates, click here.
Resources for: Children | Youth | Young Adults