Donate to your Parish or the Diocese

Diocesan Digest: July 2019

Posted on

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.


Annual Diocesan Convention
October 18 & 19, 2019

Zembo Shrine
Harrisburg, PA

To obtain information about a particular topic, please click on the link below.


Ordination to the Priesthood
Asa David Coulson

Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m.
Saint James, Lancaster
119 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602

To download details, click here.
For more information, click here.


Churches United Celebration Day, Revival
Saturday, July 20
11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Gladfelter Memorial Park Columbia, PA

This event is coordinated by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Columbia and will feature music, dance, and drama. Free food, games, and children’s activities provided!

All are welcome, rain or shine.

Pride Festival of Central PA
Saturday, July 27
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Soldier’s Grove Memorial Park
Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex
Harrisburg, PA

This year, we have reserved a booth for the diocese at the Pride Festival. Bishop Scanlan will be in attendance.

We are currently seeking volunteers for three shifts, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Canon Alexis Guszick,

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

August 5-9
St. Stephen’s
Cathedral’s Mission
and Justice Initiative to “Transform Jersey Shore Area”

Journey with St. Stephen’s Mission and Justice Initiative to Transform Jersey Shore Area in Pennsylvania. Trinity Episcopal, led by The Rev. Veronica Donohue Chappell, in ecumenical partnership throughout the diocese and other faith groups, has committed to rebuild under-resourced areas in Jersey Shore, PA.

The Rev. Shayna Watson, Canon Pastor, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, is helping to recruit volunteers. Convocations that will be represented are Mt. Calvary Church (Harrisburg) and St. James Church (Lancaster). St. James has been supporting TJSA since its inception.

For more info, visit

“Called to Heal A Broken World”
Learning Weekend
Featuring The Rev. Becca Stevens of Thistle Farms
Friday, August 9 & Saturday, August 10

For event information, click here.

Learning Session Workshops are available throughout the day on both days.

For more information about these sessions, visit

Sign-up today. Only 65 registration slots are available.

To register, visit

For questions, contact The Very Rev. Robyn Szoke (717) 236-5959 x1112 or

Scholarships are available.

Camp Spirit Song
August 11-16
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.

It’s new, exciting and life-changing.

For more information or to register, click here.

ECW Fall Retreat
24th Year Celebration
September 13 – 15
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Shippensburg  

“Adventures with the Psalms”
Presented by Janet Strickler – The Third Order, Society of Saint Francis, and
The Rev. Linda Watkins, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Waynesboro

To download the event brochure, click here.
To register, click here.

Family Retreat
Saturday, September 14
St. Thomas, Lancaster

Are you interested in attending a retreat where your entire family is welcome?

To rsvp, visit

Saturday September 28
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Boyer Center
Messiah College
One College Avenue,
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

ΘeoCon: Where Theology Meets Pop Culture, is a one-day convention in which participants will be introduced and invited to explore themes of theology and morality in popular (pop) culture.

For more information, click here.


The diocese had six youth High School graduates that were involved in our diocesan youth programs.

Tierza Mendez, Brittnie Betteley, Kyler Hammill, Zachary Paulsen, Ryan Couch, and Anna Kwasnica

To read more about what our graduates will be doing in the future, click here.

Congratulations to all the graduates. Wishing you all, happiness in your future!

Saturday, August 24
A Day at Camp with Bishop Scanlan

Join Bishop Scanlan for a fun family and youth day on August 24 at Camp Mount Luther.

We will enjoy a day together meeting other families and youth from our Diocese.

There will be activities all day, such as hikes, ropes courses, and games, ending with worship.

To register, click here.

To download the event flyer for your parish, click here.

October 11-14, 2019,
Province III – Trail to Truth: Pilgrimage of Racial Reconciliation

Join the Province III Youth Committee for a pilgrimage by bus from Washington D.C. to Philadelphia, PA to discuss and dismantle the history of racism in the church and government.

This event is for six of our diocesan youth who will be going into grades 9-12 in 2019. If interested, contact

For more information, click here.

Attention Youth!
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m.
Washington D.C.

The Washington National Cathedral will host its Annual Acolyte Festival. Acolytes and vergers are invited to this time of fellowship and festivities. For more information, click here.

To coordinate diocesan participation, contact The Rev. Shayna Watson,

November 22-24
Winter Retreat at Camp Mount Luther

This event is for grades 7-12. More details to follow.

For more information, visit

Mark your calendars
July 7-11, 2020

Episcopal Youth Event (EYE20) will be held in partnership with the Washington National Cathedral and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington on the campus of Howard University. This event is for any youth who has completed ninth grade June as of 2020. We will continue to update you as we get information.


Fall Term 2019
The Fall term of the Stevenson School for Ministry begins August 9th.

A new Evangelism Certificate Program is now available from the Stevenson School for Ministry in partnership with the Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA.

For more information, click here. For registration instructions, click here.

Fall 2019 Parish Life Courses are now available, click here.

Fall 2019 Vocational Courses are now available. These courses are for existing SSFM students and clergy seeking continuing education. To view, click here.


Appalachian Camino

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the diocesan Appalachian Camino journey! It was a wonderful experience and we would like to say a big “thank you” to all the diocesan parishes that hosted our pilgrims.

To read the Episcopal News Service article about the Appalachian Camino, click here.

Planning Fall Adult Forum Content?

The Diocesan Refugee Resource Group Materials are now available!

The Rev. Daphne Messersmith has written a description of the materials now available.

Read more here. To view the online resources, click here.

To download the list of upcoming event dates, click here.

Resources for: Children | Youth | Young Adults