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COVID-19 Guidelines

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COVID-19 Guidelines (5/20/21) Click here for other IMPORTANT COVID-19 – Diocesan Information & Resources


New Lay Employment Openings

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Ministry Associate, Part-Time The position will be staffed initially at 16-20 hrs. per week, ideally scheduled over four (4) days. Sunday morning availability is required, however other days and times are flexible. Position includes employer pension contribution (lay or ordained). Health insurance is negotiable. Starting salary is $25,000 and there is a possibility for growth. […]


Celebrating our Stories Webinar Series

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ACCESS THE FREE WEBINAR HERE Shaped by FaithCelebrating our Stories Webinar SeriesWednesday, April 28,May 5, 12, 19 & 266:00-7:00 pm Join us for five webinars on Wednesday evenings in late April and May to learn how to create space to hear again the stories of our faith communities.   April 28th – Creating a parish archive – Debbie Robelen, […]


Shaped by Faith Virtual Liturgy – April 11

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Virtual Liturgy Offering for Sunday, April 11, 2021The Shaped by Faith Virtual Liturgy for Sunday, April 11 is now available. The service is approximately 35 minutes in length and includes readings, prayers, sermon, and music. Watch below. Please contact The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter with questions.


IMPORTANT COVID-19 – Diocesan Information & Resources

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The Bishop, diocesan staff, and The Task Force on Operations have been tracking COVID-19 INCIDENT RATE PER 100,000 PER 7 DAYS / New Cases / PCR % Positivity, by county. To view the most recent spreadsheet, click here. Parishes with two consecutive weeks where both the % Positivity Past 7 Days and Rolling 7 Day […]


Out of the Depths: a liturgy of remembrance for those we love who died from COVID-19

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2/23/2021 Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, This week we reached a milestone in the pandemic surpassing 500,000 Covid-19-related deaths in the United States. More Americans have died from this disease now, than the casualties that we suffered in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War, combined. Across our global community, […]


Shaped by Faith Update – 2/5/21

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To download the PDF, click here. To download the PowerPoint presentation, click here. Please contact The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter with questions.


Shaped by Faith Christmastide Liturgies

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Christmastide Virtual Liturgy Offerings Sunday, December 27 & Sunday, January 3, 2021We offer virtual liturgies for the Sundays in Christmastide: Sunday, December 27, and Sunday, January 3. Liturgies include offerings from members of Diocesan staff and other Diocesan leaders. Each service is approximately 35 minutes in length and includes readings, prayers, sermon, and music. The video for […]


Bishop Scanlan’s Weekly Video – 12/18/2020

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18 December 2020 Dear Members of the Episcopal Church in Central PA,Bishop Scanlan explains Ember Days letters and shares a prayer for all of us. Watch below.


10/23/20 – Shaped by Faith Update

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As we continue our Shaped by Faith work with regional teams in each of our seven Convocations, we want to invite all members of our Diocese to explore the resources of this initiative. We are in the process of producing a Study & Formation Guide focusing on the four guiding values of Shaped by Faith: […]


The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter provides Shaped by Faith updates

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The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter shares an update to Shaped by Faith and the updated calendar. Watch below.


An update to Shaped by Faith -10/9/2020

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The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter shares an update to Shaped by Faith. Watch below. For more information or questions regarding Shaped by Faith, contact The. Rev. Canon Chris Streeter.


Shaped by Faith Update – 10/2/2020

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The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter shares an update to Shaped by Faith. Watch below. To view the Shaped by Faith presentation slides, click here. For more information or questions regarding Shaped by Faith, contact The. Rev. Canon Chris Streeter.


Virtual Offerings – Shaped by Faith

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During the months of August, and September, your Diocesan staff is offering virtual worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Liturgies will be posted on Friday mornings and will be about 35 minutes in length, including the sermon, lectionary readings, music, and prayers. The Virtual Liturgy for Sunday, September 27 is now available! To learn more, visit https://diocesecpa.org/shaped-by-faith-liturgies/


August 23, 2020 – Virtual Summer Liturgy Offering

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During the months of August, and September, your Diocesan staff is offering virtual worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Liturgies will be posted on Friday mornings and will be about 35 minutes in length, including the sermon, lectionary readings, music, and prayers. The remaining Virtual Liturgies will be offered on Sunday, September 13 & 27. To watch […]


Virtual Summer Liturgy – Aug. 9

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Summer Virtual Liturgy OfferingsSunday, August 9 & 23Sunday, September 13 & 27During the months of August, and September, your Diocesan staff is offering virtual worship on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. Liturgies will be posted on Friday mornings and will be about 35 minutes in length, including the sermon, lectionary readings, music, and prayers. To watch the Virtual […]


7/31/2020 – Canon Streeter’s Shaped by Faith Update

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The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter provides an exciting update to Shaped by Faith.


Canon Streeter’s Shaped by Faith Update 7/24/2020

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The Rev. Canon Chris Streeter shares a “thank you” and provides an update to the diocesan initiative, Shaped by Faith. Summer Virtual Liturgy Offerings Sunday, July 12 & 26Sunday, August 9 & 23Sunday, September 13 & 27 Our virtual offering for this Sunday, July 26 is ready for you and your congregation! To view this Sunday’s […]


Shaped by Faith Update

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The Rev. Canon Christopher Streeter, Canon for Mission Development & Innovation, provides another Shaped by Faith update. For more information regarding Shaped by Faith, visit https://diocesecpa.org/shapedbyfaith/.


Shaped by Faith Update

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The Rev. Canon Christopher Streeter, Canon for Mission Development & Innovation, provides another Shaped by Faith update. For more information regarding Shaped by Faith, visit https://diocesecpa.org/shapedbyfaith/.


Shaped by Faith Update

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The Rev. Canon Christopher Streeter, Canon for Mission Development & Innovation, provides another Shaped by Faith update. For more information regarding Shaped by Faith, visit https://diocesecpa.org/shapedbyfaith/.


February 2020 Celebrate Christian Education and Formation Sunday

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“Being formed as followers of Jesus is a lifelong learning process that empowers each one of us to engage in the holy work that God has given us.  Whether it is a Godly Play class, a week-long Vacation Bible School, a Sunday Forum, a Bible study or preparation for a call to ordered ministry we […]


St. Mark’s, Lewistown Spreads Christmas Cheer

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Thanks to 62 volunteers (adults and youths) that came to St. Mark’s, Lewistown, to assist with Toys for Tots. The volunteers distributed gifts to 190 families, which was almost 600 kids (toddlers to teenagers). What a blessing for so many! For more information, visit http://www.stmark-lewistown.org/


Supper, bringing people to church in Lancaster, one meal at a time

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Years ago when I attended St. Martin in the Fields, in Chestnut Hill, they launched a community dinner program that they called SUPPER at St. Martins. The focus was simple, provide a free home-cooked meal for the whole family at the church on a mid-week evening, once a month. Over the years this program has […]


Concert for Compassion, Nov. 24 at 4 PM, St. Luke’s, Mount Joy

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This concert will be held at St. Luke’s, Mount Joy 20 S Market St, Mount Joy


Music by the River at St. Stephen’s Cathedral Kicks Off with 1920s-themed Concert

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  On Saturday, October 26th, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral began its 2019-2020 season of Music by the River, a series of concerts hosted at and supported by the Cathedral. Music by the River seeks to bring the finest musical artists and ensembles to perform at the historic Cathedral. The first concert, “Alex and Friends,” featured […]


St. Mark’s, Lewistown opens columbarium to the public

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To read the article published in the Lewistown Sentinel, click here.


Call to Action: Response to Mass Shootings hosted by St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Lancaster

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Community Call to Action: Thursday, August 8th, 12:00 p.m. Penn Square Lancaster, Pa This is not a vigil. This is a call to action for people looking to respond to racism and recent mass shootings. Connect with others looking to change. Connect with people who believe “Enough is Enough”. Speakers will include The Rev. Jennifer […]


Street Fair on August 3 Church of the Resurrection Episcopal Mission

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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 http://bit.ly/streetfairmtcarmel


It Takes a Village, St. Mary’s, Waynesboro

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Family and Friends Support Group, “It Takes a Village,” to Begin at St. Mary’s, Waynesboro After realizing that there were no available support groups to help families and friends of those addicted, Tammy Hagan, M.S., parishioner of St. Mary’s, Waynesboro, decided to propose a plan to the Vestry to create one. “It Takes a Village” […]


St. Thomas, Lancaster shares the Bible Challenge with women at a local prison

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To read about how St. Thomas, Lancaster, is sharing a Bible Challenge with women at a local prison, click here.


Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport feeds the community

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  The first Saturday free meal has been part of the mission of Christ Episcopal Church for the last decade.  Each month, the doors are open to the entire community to join in the sharing of a home-cooked meal and fellowship among neighbors. Often, college fraternities and sororities, girl scout troops, service organizations, and other […]


Ashes to Go takes Bishop Scanlan “Out of the Box” and up to the Capitol Building

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On Ash Wednesday, Bishop Scanlan, the Very Rev. Robyn Szoke, the Rev. Canon Dan Morrow, and the Rev. Shayna Watson, Transitional Deacon, all offered Ashes to Go in the main Rotunda at the Capitol. Ashes to Go was part of the monthly, "Bishop Out of the Box" initiative to show God's love in the Community. [...]

Bible Challenge at St. Thomas, Lancaster

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The Bible Challenge at St. Thomas, Lancaster The Bible Challenge is an easy way to read through the entire Bible in a year! Close to sixty St. Thomas parishioners have already signed up. The women of Lancaster County Prison will be joining them. Participants will read three chapters of the Old Testament, one Psalm, and a […]


Celebrate Theological Education During the Month of February 2019

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Celebrate Theological Education During the Month of February 2019 “There are people waiting in our pews and in our communities, hungry to learn more about God and faith, looking to be fed in deeper ways, just wondering how to discover the world of saints and traditions that guide us through the decisions we make today.” […]


“Politics, Facts and Civility” at the Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg.

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The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, Gettysburg provides a space for people with different beliefs and ideas to discuss Politics People from all sides are gathering to discuss politics from in a civil manner at The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace in Gettysburg. It’s called, “Politics, Facts and Civility”. To read […]


St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg, walks in the Way of Love

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St. Andrew’s, Lewisburg walks #theWayofLove by feeding people. Click below. https://www.dailyitem.com/…/video_45d883fd-7e78-5287-81ee-9… #diocpaWeeklyWorshipWednesday #theWayofLove


Invite, Welcome, Connect

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New Episcopal Service Corps Members to arrive in August at The Sycamore House, Harrisburg

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It was 2006, just before I graduated from college, that I first heard rumblings about this house attached to a church in Harrisburg where young adults could live in a community setting and volunteer locally. Once graduating, I ended up moving just a few blocks from what I learned was called the Sycamore House, a […]


“Reflections on a Royal Sermon”, The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey, St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster

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I had not intended to watch the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, however, when it was announced that the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, was to preach the sermon, I changed my mind. Having had a “selfie” taken with the Presiding Bishop at an event only a few days prior, how […]


St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral, Ascension Thursday Special Guests

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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral welcomes well-known Episcopal theologian Dr. Deirdre Good as guest preacher for the Ascension Day service on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. In addition to featuring a sermon by Dr. Good, the service will include scripture readings, incense, a combined convocation choir, and Holy Eucharist. For more information, click here.


5/2/18, Martha’s Table Free Community Dinner, All Saints, Selingsgrove

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All Saints, Selingsgrove On every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday, except in December, Martha’s Table hosts a FREE community meal in our parish hall. All are invited to dine and socialize with fellow community members in attendance. The dinner is served on a first come, first served basis. Donations are greatly appreciated, but in no […]


St. Stephen’s Cathedral participated in the Harrisburg, “March for Our Lives” event

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On Saturday, March 24, St. Stephen’s Cathedral hosted members from across the diocese who came to participate in the Harrisburg, “March for Our Lives” event. For more information, click here.


Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen Wins Energy Saver Award

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Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) has awarded Newport’s Episcopal Church of the Nativity and St. Stephen the “Energy Saver” award, one of five awards nationwide in its Cool Congregations Challenge.  This challenge awards $1,000 to faith communities for their efforts to address climate change by reducing their carbon footprint, becoming inspirations for their local communities. […]


Sycamore House accepting applications for 2018-2019

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Did you know that St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Harrisburg, offers a program of intentional living in the community for young people while they serve with local non-profits in the greater Harrisburg area?  Do you know a recent college graduate who would love to join in this worthy mission? Applications to The Sycamore House […]


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