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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 Jan 31 (2019 reports are due by Jan 31, 2020).

Clergy that are in active ministry, serving a parish, are expected to comply with these guidelines, pensioned or not.

We have designed a simple online form that can be found at the following link:

Aging in Faith Committee
Needs Your Help

The Council of Trustees appointed a task force to review the needs and resources available to serve older members of our diocese, but to do this work, we need your help! To complete the short 10 question
survey, visit

Please complete this survey today! To date, we have received 12 responses, and we need feedback from each Parish.

For questions, contact Martha Harris, Chair, at

Upcoming Shaped by Faith Meetings

  • Feb. 16, Altoona Convocation, Launch meeting
  • Mar. 1, Southern Convocation, Launch meeting
  • Mar. 21, Northern Tier Convocation, Meeting #5
  • Mar. 22, Susquehanna Convocation, Meeting #4
  • May 30, Rooted in God: Sharing Our Stories Event

Saturday, May 30
Rooted in God: Sharing Our Stories
Camp Mt. Luther

EVERYONE in the diocese is invited to join us on Saturday, May 30, at Camp Mt. Luther for a special Shaped by Faith event, Rooted in God: Sharing Our Stories.

The event will include a keynote speaker and workshops on ways to celebrate your parish’s stories. There will be no charge for this event. Registration will be available at the beginning of February.

A special thanks to
Prince of Peace Parish

We are excited to announce that the vestry and people of the Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg, have shown their commitment to the faithful shaping of our diocese through a pledge of up to $50,000 support of Shaped by Faith over the next two to three years.

This pledge will be dedicated to supporting parish projects developed through the Shaped by Faith initiative.

If you would like to join in this initiative or for questions, please contact The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter, Canon for Mission Development & Innovation, or 717-236-5959, ext. 1115.


Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America
Feb. 3, 10 a.m.
Capitol Rotunda

Please join us in the Capitol Rotunda for a gathering to publicly acknowledge our Pennsylvania gun violence survivors and to affirm our daily commitment to them. This is the first and largest opportunity for the Chapter to gather in 2020.

February 1-8 will mark the second annual National Gun Violence Survivors Week—a week focused on sharing and amplifying the stories of gun violence survivors who live with the impact of gun violence every day of the year.

Icon Painting Workshop
February 20-22
Christ Church, Williamsport

Thursday and Friday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – bring a brown bag lunch.

The cost is $200.00. No previous experience required.

For questions, contact Fr. Kyle Murphy, or (570) 322-8160.

Bishop Out of the Box
Feb. 26, 9 a.m.
Ash Wednesday
State Capitol Rotunda, East Wing

The next Bishop Out of the Box will be Ashes to Go on Ash Wednesday, February 26, at the State Capitol. Bishop Scanlan, Rev. Canons Morrow, and Streeter, and the Very Rev. Robyn Szoke Coolidge will be distributing Ashes in the Capitol Rotunda, East Wing.

For more information, please contact Faith Neece,

Full of Grace
Women: Icons of Holy Strength

2:00 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 27
– 5:00 p.m.,
Friday, Feb. 28
Women’s Clergy Retreat The Inn at Bald Eagle State Park, Howard, PA

The Episcopal Diocese of Central PA Presents A Retreat for Women Clergy.
Led by The Rev. Anjel Ayrer Scarborough of The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

To download the event flyer, click here.

To register, click here.

Absalom Jones Celebration & Youth Essay Contest
Feb. 29, 11 a.m.
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg

The Union of Black Episcopalians, The Bishop Nathan Baxter Chapter, in partnership with The Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral and School, present The Feast of The Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration and Essay Contest. To download the event flyer, click here.

For questions, contact The Rev. Shayna J. Watson,,
(717) 236-4059.

Clergy Renewal of Vows Service
Mar. 31, 11 a.m.
St. John’s, Bellefonte

We will hold one Renewal of Vows Service the Tuesday BEFORE Holy Week.

This year, we are doing something different, and all clergy are invited to attend one service at St. John’s, Bellefonte, at 11 a.m. on March 31.
Luncheon and a program by Bishop Scanlan to follow. Clergy to vest in cassock, surplice, and red stole. A separate email to follow with RSVP information.

Imagine the Possibilities Fundraising Workshop
Saturday, March 14
9:00 AM – 3:00 p.m
St. Andrew’s in the Valley, Harrisburg

This fun, fast-paced day featuring Lori Jacobwith from Ignited Fundraising will be filled with opportunities to learn tools to help catapult fundraising and exponentially raise awareness of your organization’s mission and purpose.

To register, click here. To download the flyer, click here.

The Way of Love: Wholehearted Worship
Saturday, April 25,
10 AM – 3 p.m.
St. Thomas, Lancaster

This event will be led by The Rev. Callie Swanlund. It is open to all church school teachers, confirmation class teachers, children, youth, and families.

The cost is  $10.00 per person or $15.00 per family.

To register, click here.

Star Wars Mass
Save the date
May 4, 2020
St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Harrisburg

May the force (or fourth!) be with you.

For more information, visit


Shaped by Faith Clergy Conference
May 18 – 20

This year, Clergy Conference will be held at the Wyndham Resort and Convention Center, Lancaster. Please mark your calendars and save the date. Registration will be available at the beginning of February and more conference details will be available at that time.

For questions regarding Clergy Conference, please contact Faith Neece,

Feb. 6
Celebration of the Anglican Studies Program, Lancaster Theological Seminary

You are invited to join us for a Celebration of Partnership between the Stevenson School for Ministry and the Lancaster Theological Seminary. The service of celebration will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Lancaster Theological Seminary with the Rt. Rev Audrey Scanlan preaching.

A reception in the administration building will follow the service. Please join us and encourage others to celebrate with us.

February 2020
Celebrate Christian Education & Formation Sunday

February is a time to celebrate all education, including Theological Education in your parish, the Diocese, and in our seminaries and formation schools. Choose a Sunday to participate, invite your teachers, colleagues, and communities to pray for the Church’s future ministers, and look for opportunities to mentor those among us who may be considering a call to ordained and lay ministry.

For more information, click here.

SSFM Learning Weekend
February 21st & 22nd

Attend our Learning Weekend in Danville at the St. Cyril Center, where we will celebrate with outstanding faculty and students. Dr. Deirdre Good and The Rev. Gina Campbell will guide us through our focus theme:  The Church and Change in a Time of Anxiety.

The cost is $50.00 per day and $150.00 for the weekend and includes lodging. Scholarships are available.

Register at: 

For more Stevenson School for Ministry information, please visit


Happening #13
February 14-16
Camp Mount Luther

Happening is open to grades 9–12.

No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your favorite cereal happens to be, you are welcome with open arms.

To register, click here.

For questions, contact

Middle School Retreat
March 27-29
Camp Mount Luther

This event is open to all children in grades 7–8,
and our theme this year is Narnia.
Watch for new information in the DIOCPA Youth E-news and on the diocesan website.

July 6 – 10

All senior high youth are invited to attend this opportunity to meet people from all over the world, worship with amazing music, speakers, and preachers, and take part in activities designed for you.

Our diocesan delegation includes Mary Ellen Kilp and our Bishop, Audrey Scanlan.

For more information, click here.
To register, click here.
For information, contact Dean Robyn Szoke-Coolidge.

For more diocesan youth information, please visit

To submit an event, visit

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