Dear members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania,

We are happy to connect with you and we hope you find the June Edition of the Diocesan Digest helpful and informative.

If you have news, events or photos that you would like to submit for the July Edition, please e-mail: . The Diocesan Digest is sent via e-mail on a monthly basis, but we do post to social media daily. To stay up-to-date and follow us on Facebook, click here . Under the Facebook cover photo, you will see "Like", "Follow" and "Share". Click "Follow" and our daily posts will automatically appear in your newsfeed.
Celtic Eucharist Service

Hope Episcopal Church
June 29, 6:30 p.m.
2425 Mountain Rd,
Manheim, PA. 17545.

The Reverend Canon Dr. Mark A. Scheneman and Deacon Priscilla Ginolfi invite you to a Celtic Eucharist Service at Hope Episcopal Church, Manheim. Following the Service, there will be a Wine and Cheese Reception in the Parish House . For more information, click here.
General Convention
is next week!

Not atte nding the 79th General Convention in Austin, Texas, but would like to follow along with the latest news, happenings and events? Visit our General Convention News page so you can stay informed of the latest changes at General Convention.
To visit the diocpa page, click here .
Intermediate Youth Camp   
July 15-21, 2018

Peterkin Camp and Conference Center 
All intermediate youth and youth leaders are invited to join St. John’s Carlisle youth and Christian Education director, Aimee Confer and the Rev. Adam Kradel.  For more information, contact Aimee Confer, . For more information and to register, click   here .
For more information regarding diocesan youth events, click here.
Diocesan Staff In-Residence Day
Altoona Convocation
St. Andrew's, State College
July 18

All are welcome! Come with questions, ideas, concerns or to say hello! Diocesan staff will hold a short staff-only meeting from 9:30-10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join us for Bible Conversation from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Eucharist from 11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. and b.y.o. lunch from 12:30-1:00 p.m. Following lunch, Open Conversation/Individual Appointments, etc. will be held from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

To download the flyer, click here . If anyone would like to make appointments with diocesan staff members, please contact Carolyn Patterson, .
For details, click here .
Convocation Picnic
Sunday, July 22 at 11 a.m.

The Mission Church of the Resurrection invites folks from around the Susquehanna Convocation to participate in worship and play at their revived Church Picnic at Knoebels Amusement Park. There will be communion followed by a potluck/picnic lunch. This will be a highly shared time and space for prayer, sacrament, and play.
Please connect with William Hazzard  to inform him of your church’s participation,
In addition, the Susquehanna Convocation is collecting various types of canned or packaged goods for the Mt. Carmel food pantry and for Manna for the Many, Shamokin. Please bring the items with you to the picnic at Knoebels.
Episcopal Home Sunday
August 5

What better month to celebrate our Episcopal Home than August, when most of us go away from home! While it is nice to get away, it is wonderful to have a place to which we can return. 
More Pennsylvanians are living longer and unfortunately outliving their savings. For some of our rural elderly, especially, medications, grocery shopping, home care, and daily living have become huge burdens.
With support from parishes in our diocese, our Episcopal Home gives up to 32 people a safe, independent living community. The costs of this mission are more than any one parish can take on alone. Together, through our joint mission, we can provide the dignity and care the elderly in our community need.
We encourage our parishes to celebrate this mission on Sunday, August 5 by filling in prayers or wishes to the residents on one of the postcards that will be coming to each parish soon. Also look for special Prayers of the People and special sermons. Be sure to add your picture to our collage at and show your support. Thank you for supporting this important mission!
Diocesan Acolyte Festival
St. Andrew's in the Valley, Harrisburg
August 11

Celebrate being an acolyte! Those who serve the church are invited to an afternoon of fun, games, fellowship and worship. All youth acolytes (and those who feel young and playful) from the diocese are invited to gather for a worship service, lunch and activities.
To register or for more information, contact The Rev. Susan Claytor, .
Godly Play Instructor Training
St. Luke's, Lebanon

On Saturday, August 11, Saint Luke’s will host Godly Play Instructor Training for Module III:  Building Holy Rituals & Spaces: Liturgical Action & Creating Sacred Environments.
This is part of a series of three Commuter Core training modules. Modules may be attended in any order or location. 
Members of the Godly Play Foundation may register for Core Trainings at a significant discount. Learn more about all of the benefits of Membership  here .  
Human Trafficking
Awareness Event
August 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Andrew's in the Valley,
At this meeting, we will be placing labels on bars of soap that will be delivered by teams to local hotels and truck stops at our second Human Trafficking Awareness Day on October 13, 2018.
Bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.   For more information, click here . For questions or to respond, contact
"Discovering and Manifesting
God in Ourselves
Episcopal Church Women
Fall Retreat 2018

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Episcopal Churchwomen invite women to come together in fellowship as the Body of Christ, The Church, at the Claggett Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710 on September 14 – 16, 2018.
Our retreat program of “Discovering and Manifesting God in Ourselves” , will be presented by The Rev. Barbara Hutchinson. 
To download the brochure, click here to register, click here . The registration Deadline is August 17, 2018. For additional questions, contact Shirley Wagner at . .
Stevenson School for Ministry

For SSFM information, click here.
Important Dates
J uly 3 - July 13, General Convention, Austin, TX
July 15-21 Intermediate Youth Camp
July 18, Diocesan In-Residence Day, Altoona Convocation,
St. Andrew's, State College
July 22, Susquehanna Convocation Picnic, Knoebel's Grove
August 4, Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate, Megan McDermont
August 5, Episcopal Home Sunday
August 11, Diocesan Acolyte Festival
Godly Play, St. Luke's, Lebanon
August 17-19, NorthBay Adventure Camp  
August 25, Human Trafficking Awareness Event, St. Andrew's in the Valley
September 12, West Branch Fall Convocation Meeting
September 14 – 16, ECW Fall Retreat
Deacon's Retreat
September 18, Altoona Fall Convocation Meeting
September 20, Lancaster Fall Convocation Meeting
September 22, Ordination to the Diaconate, Michael Nailor
September 23 – 27 2018 Youth Leaders Conference Awesomeness 
September 25, Susquehanna Fall Convocation Meeting
 September 26, Northern Tier Diocesan Staff In-Residence Day and
Fall Convocation Meeting
October 2, Southern Fall Convocation Meeting
October 4, Harrisburg Fall Convocation Meeting
October 19 & 20, Diocesan Convention, Williamsport
November 16 -18, 2018 Winter Retreat for grades 6 – 12

Youth Events 2019
January 16-18, 2019 Happening planning meeting
February 14-17, 2019 Happening for grades 9 – 12
April 5 – 7, 2019 New Beginnings for grades 6 - 8