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St. Edward’s Basket and Silent Auctions – Donations Request

We are off to a great start in collecting items for our basket and silent auction events, which go on display on Sunday, October 1st for the four Sunday’s leading up to our annual Fundraising Event Evening on Saturday, October 28th.

In the upcoming weeks you will hear more about our exciting event we have planned!  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM to join us.  Tickets for the event will go on sales on October 1st.

As you know, the Fundraising Committee has two major events each year to raise funds for St. Edward’s:  The Silent/Basket Auction & evening event, and the Annual Holiday Cookie Sale.  Both events have been great successes for St. Edward’s and are such enjoyable times to share fellowship all in the name of FUNdraising.

But neither of these events can happen without YOU, our parishioners.  By joining us in this ministry with your donations and participation, we all share in the fruits of our labor, by enabling our fundraising ministry to add to the overall ministry of St. Edward’s, via these two events.

So, with that in mind, we would like to ask that everyone prayerfully consider joining us in creating the 18 baskets we have on our list for our Basket Auction this year.  There are many ways that you can participate in this parish-wide ministry:

  • Donate funds towards a basket:  Make a check payable to St. Edward’s and mark in memo line “Basket Auction” (or if it is cash, please place in a sealed envelope with your name and mark “Basket Auction”).  Your funds will help create a basket or buy supplies for putting the baskets together.
  • Specify a basket you would like to create on our sign up sheet in the narthex:  There is a sign up sheet and handouts that detail the baskets we are seeking.  While we welcome new ideas for baskets, we have found from the past two basket auctions that the listing we developed reflect baskets that people seem to like and receive great bids, allowing us to raise more funds!
  • Maybe you would like to go in with a friend or you would like us to create the basket for you!  Talk to your fellow parish community members!  Have fun with it!  And, if you have an idea but just don’t have the time or ability to get around to make the basket. . . let us know!  We will be happy to accept your monetary donation and create the basket for you.

Our goal is that between August 6th and August 27th we have all of the 18 baskets for our Fundraising event accounted for in sign-ups and/or donations.  We look forward to being able to report that we reached that goal and can present a successful fall Fundraising event for all to enjoy and have fun with!

If you have any questions, please contact Bev Hess or Michelle Bentley.

Also, if you have been a Silent Auction donor in the past and would like to submit a Silent Auction item for this year’s event, please contact us so we can add you to our list.  We have had some wonderful items in past years and they are an important part to our event success!

Thank you.

Bev Hess & Michelle Bentley

Fundraising Co-Chairs

Saint Edward’s Church Picnic – September 9th

Where:  Ironville Park, 786 Prospect Road, Columbia

When:  Saturday, September 9th – 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Who:  Everyone is encouraged to come, rain or shine!

At the park:  The park comes equipped with pavilion, picnic tables, two charcoal grills (charcoal will be provided), restrooms, lots of room to play lawn games, etc. and a sand volleyball court.

Here is how it works:  Grill at the park or bring your own picnic lunch.   WE WILL PROVIDE:  HOT DOGS, HAMBURGERS, ROLLS, CONDIMENTS, DRINKS AND CHARCOAL.  You will need to bring your own place settings and a table cloth if you like.  A folding chair is optional.  There will also be a table where you may place a salad or dessert to share if you so choose.

Activities:  There will be trivia and guessing games for EVERYONE!  Also, if you would like to bring a board game or lawn game to share, please do!

Please, come join your church family for a fun and relaxing afternoon together.  We hope to see you there!


Directions to Ironville Park

From Lancaster:  Take 30W to the Prospect Rd. exit.  Make a right on to Prospect Rd. and continue to first stop sign.  *Go straight.  Continue on Prospect Rd.  Prospect Rd. makes a hard right turn at the Fairview Tavern where you will see the sign for the Ironville Park on the right.  Go up the hill.  You have arrived!  (Directions from York: Take 30 E to Prospect Rd. exit and turn left.  Follow above directions from *)

Please make note:  This is where we had our picnic in 2015 (the park on the hill).

Episcopal Church Women Claggett Center Retreat 2017

“Sacred Ceremonies of Everyday Life: Exploring the Divine through Food, Song, Poetry, Nature and Meditation”

Presented by Reverend Rowena Gibbons

St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield, PA

Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Episcopal Church Women

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 15th – 17th, 2017. Our retreat program of

Program for 2017:

Sacred Ceremonies of Everyday Life: Exploring the Divine through Food, Song, Poetry, Nature and Meditation”, presented by Rev. Rowena Gibbons.  This retreat will explore the importance of ceremony in our everyday lives to root us in living out a gospel of love that seeks to do no less than transform the world.  We will connect ceremony to a recovery of the sacred wonder of the cosmos and how this is expressed in Episcopal liturgy, hymns, Christian mystics and biblical texts. Participants will be encouraged to develop spiritual practices around food, body, song, word, mysticism, nature, and meditation.

The Rev. Rowena Gibbons has been the rector of St. James Episcopal Church since 2005. She is bi-vocational and has been practicing holistic health coaching since 2014. Rowena has particular interest in the healing and transformation of Christian communities through the recovery of the sacred, which is intrinsically holistic, and expressed through individual and communal practices.

Recommended reading: Participants are encouraged to chose a Christian mystic to study over the summer, and bring a sampling of the author’s works to the retreat.

All lodging will be in the Christiane Inn, which is a two story hotel featuring 60 guest rooms with queen size beds and private bathrooms in both single and double rooms. This facility is fully accessible, with centrally located microwaves and full size fridges on each floor as well as gathering space with fireplaces for socializing. All lodging will be on a first come, first served basis.

Register Online at:

You will be able to choose your lodging type, request special needs such as: dietary restrictions, mobility and/or allergy concerns.  If you are requesting more than one person in a room, you must indicate your roommates during registration. Retreat committee members are not responsible for finding any participant a roommate.

Click here for brochure

Lodging Options and Pricing:

42 Single rooms w/1 queen bed – 1 person = $225.00,

If sharing the room with 2nd person = $195 per person.

18 Double rooms w/2 queen beds – 2 people = $195 each,

May have up to 4 people in room = $195 per person.

Registration fee includes: Retreat fee, 2 nights’ accommodations, 4 meals (3 Saturday and Sunday breakfast plus snacks) and all supplies for activities.

The retreat starts with Registration between 4:30 – 6:30 pm on Friday and runs through Sunday morning 11:00 am.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at


Amy Swiernik

Retreat Chairperson

Diocese of Central PA

Weekly Parish Email August 10 – August 17, 2017

Dear Friends:

The reading from the Gospel of Matthew for this coming Sunday recalls the time when Jesus, having left his disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee with out him, had gone up a mountain to pray. Then, early in the morning, Jesus walked across the sea to meet the disciples in the boat. Peter, ever rash-full, stepped out of the boat and attempted to walk across the water to meet Jesus. Alas, his faith was insufficient to keep him afloat, and reaching out his hand Jesus saved him.

Well, over the next couple of Sunday’s I will not be walking on the sea, but I hope to spend some time next to it, sitting on the shore; nor will I be going up any mountains, but I will be spending some quiet moments in prayer as Rayelenn and I take a much needed break. In my place Bishop Gepert will be taking care of the mid-week services, and Fr. John Emmert will be the celebrant and preacher each Sunday I am away. I feel sure you will give them both a wonderful St. Edward’s welcome.


Fr. Stephen+

It is with sadness I have to announce the passing last Tuesday of the Rev’d Peg Custer. The Reverend Custer was interim priest at St. Edward’s during the transitional period from the Union Hall to the existing  church building; a significant period in the history of St. Edward’s.

“Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Peg Custer. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.”


The Food Pantry is in need of the following:

Canned Fruit
Brown Rice
Chicken Noodle Soup

Also, if people would like to bring in fresh fruit/produce on Sunday, August 27th for donation on Monday, August 28th that would be great!

For July, St. Edward’s donated 348 pounds of food to the food pantry.

Please check the website and the announcement bulletin for more information on many events that are starting to come together during August, September, and October as follows:

St. Edward’s Picnic: Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 9th starting around 12 Noon for our Annual Church Picnic. We will be holding it at our old location of Ironville Park. It is a great gathering and fellowship time with good food and fun, so please join us! Click here for details and check your announcement bulletin on Sunday.

Social Outreach School Supplies Drive: Collecting through this Sunday August 13th the Social Outreach Committee will have supplies and monetary donation boxes in the narthex for school supplies. Click here to get details on purchasing items or donating funds.

Sunday, October 1st we start our Basket and Silent Auction leading up to our Fundraising Dinner Event on Saturday, October 28th. Mark your calendars as this year we are planning something new and exciting! If you would like to sign up to create a basket, please sign up this Sunday on the clipboard in the narthex. Thank you!

ECW Retreat Information:

Episcopal Church Women – Claggett Center Retreat

22nd Year Celebration – September 15th – 17th, 2017

“Sacred Ceremonies of Everyday Life: Exploring the Divine through Food, Song, Poetry, Nature and Meditation”

Presented by Reverend Rowena Gibbons – St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield, PA – Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Please check the St. Edward’s website for details and registration link. There are also brochures in narthex and parish hall. Or you can contact Amy Swiernik at:

Coffee Hour: 8 AM: Leslie Arnold 10:15 AM: The Milligan Family

Altar Guild: Nancy Doyle, Julie Hoff, Barbara Schultz, Peggy Thomas


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
LEM/Reader: Matthew Sternberg
Greeters: Roger and Ginny Kloepping
Ushers: Charlie Thomas and Paul Gschwend

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
LEM: Ted Cardwell
Reader: Carol Cotnoir
Acolyte: Server: Seth Hake Crucifer: Ted Cardwell
Ushers: Camille Horine and Carl Cotnoir
Greeter: Dorris Smith


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing


Social Outreach School Supplies Drive

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.”

– Philippians 2:4

We have 2 Sunday’s left for collecting our backpacks and supplies!  We can joyfully report that we have collected 21 backpacks to date and many supplies.  But, we still need your help to reach our goal of 50 filled backpacks.   Below is a list of the items we will be collecting:


#2 pencils



glue sticks

safety scissors

inexpensive calculators

three ring notebook paper

three ring binders

colored pencils

highlighters- packs

hand sanitizer-individual or travel size

pocket packs of tissues


Please look for our collection box in the narthex. We will also have a box to collect any donations you might wish to make so that additional supplies, especially backpacks, can be purchased. If you would like to donate money, please make check payable to:  St. Edward’s Episcopal Church and note in memo line “School Supplies.” Our goal is to collect enough for fifty packets of supplies. Our final day for donations will be Sunday, August 13, so that the children may receive their supplies well in advance of the August 24th first day of school. If you have questions, please ask any committee member- the Kiefer’s, the Milligan’s, the Lynch’s, the Ishler’s, and Deacon Hank. We are so grateful for your generosity.

One final reminder – you may find the food bank needs in your weekly email and this ongoing ministry greatly benefits many of our neighbors.