Sermon by The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey, Rector
Auscultation Brass will offer a free concert – “Auscultation Brass Rocks” — at St. Edward’s on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. Although the event is free, an offering will be taken.
In addition to a smattering of classical offerings, the well-known local brass ensemble will feature a few numbers that fit in the rock and pop genres. They will also offer several marches and a rousing Broadway number.
The Auscultation Brass is a group of Lancaster doctors who in 1985 decided it would be fun to practice their brass instruments in addition to medicine.
While developing a large repertoire of classical and popular music, they perform at various community functions, medical events, local churches and retirement communities. They have even played outside of Carnegie Hall!
The group contributes to charitable causes from honoraria it receives.
Auscultation Brass members include:
Trumpets: Dr. Bob Belser, Sr. and Dr. Bob Belser, Jr., Dr. Dan Diehl, Dr. Andy Lutzkanin, Dr. Bill Roberts
French Horn: Dr. Bill Lovett
Euphonium: Dr. Joe Breslin
Trombone: Dr. Scott Paist, Dr. Jerry Rothacker
Tuba: Dr. Tom Andersen
This concert is part of the cultural events series at the church.
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BASKET AUCTION: Through the generous donations and creativity of our parishioners, and local merchants, we have created over 20 baskets for all to buy tickets and take a chance on. We have a wonderful selection of baskets this year that are perfect for yourself or for gift giving! Tickets for the baskets are $1/each of 6/$5. Winners will be drawn at the Supper Club Dinner Event on Saturday, October 28th.
SILENT AUCTION: For 2017, we are focusing on a small selection of items for bidding. They include: Vacation home rentals, Lancaster Barnstormers Game Suite, and the famous Italian dinner (for delivery) by Ginny Kloepping.
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Edwardo’s Supper Club Event: Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 28th and be transported into a NYC Supper Club at St. Edward’s. Dinner, music, entertainment, great fellowship, and fundraising should make this an evening to remember! Tickets go on sale October 1st and are $10/each.
We want to thank our generous community merchants for their continued support of St. Edward’s Fundraising Events. We hope you will support them!
How does one measure radical generosity? In material ways, such as a large gift of money? In personal or social ways, such as through an act of forgiveness for something wrong that seems beyond forgiveness? Perhaps the best we can say is that there are as many ways to measure an act of generosity as there are people to offer them. But radical generosity is something not at all like generosity in the way we think about such things. The Holy Scriptures teach us that God’s radical generosity is not at all like human generosity, and the gospel lesson for this coming Sunday is one such example. Curious? Come and hear more this coming Sunday.
Also this coming Sunday, I invite you to join me at Adult Forum between the services as I shall continue my discussion on the nineteenth century “Oxford Movement,” and the clergy who started it. Very much how we worship today has its roots in the Oxford Movement, and it has had a lasting influence on the Church of England and the Episcopal Church in the United States.
For those who are interested in Healing Services – At 4 pm on Saturday, St. Paul’s, Manheim is hosting a healing service for the convocation at which Fr. Stephen will be the preacher.
I look forward to seeing you
The Food Pantry is in need of the following:
Chicken Noodle Soup
Thank you to the St. Edward’s parishioners for donating food throughout August. Our efforts donated 158 pounds of food for the month and over 1500 pounds of food since January 1st. If you would like to bring in fresh produce, the collection date will be Sunday, September 24th for delivery on Monday, September 25th.
Reminder: Those parishioners that signed up to contribute a basket for our Auction – please bring in your basket on Sunday! WE ARE SETTING UP THE BASKET AUCTION BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH. THE BASKET AUCTION BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1ST!! TICKETS ARE $1/EACH OF 6/$5. TICKETS FOR THE OCTOBER 28TH DINNER EVENT AND BIDDING NUMBERS FOR SILENT AUCTION ITEMS WILL BE AVAILABLE AS WELL. DINNER EVENT TICKETS ARE $10/EACH. KIDS ARE FREE. PLEASE LOOK AT YOUR SUNDAY ANNOUNCEMENT BULLETIN AND THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.
We need YOU! To consider ushering at the 8 AM service starting in January 2018. If you would like to be a new team to usher at this service, please contact Buddy Yeager.
The start of Christian education classes will begin October 1, and will be held during the 10:15 a.m. service. All children and youth, ages 3 to 18, are invited to join their teachers and peers to learn about building community through the teachings of the Bible.
Future meeting dates will be posted on the website. We look forward to seeing you there! Should you have any questions, please contact Leslie Arnold.
Quilts of Valor Nominations: Sunday, August 6, we were pleased to be able to acknowledge and award Kate Peterson for her military service during World War II with the quilt approved by the Quilts of Valor Foundation and provided by the local Quilt of Valor group. Father Casey has created the opportunity for additional award presentations each November on the Sunday closest to Veterans Day. All are invited to make a recommendation for a Quilt of Valor for any military in our congregation who has been touched by war ,by visiting the Quilt of Valor website at www.qovf.org For any questions about this process you can contact any of the following: Dina Cerase, Sharon Hubbard or Donna Holwager, listed in the St. Edward’s directory. These quilts are not a charity and they are awarded to the military member in a proper setting as will be the presentation at St. Edward’s. However, we can only award to those that we have quilts for. If it happens that we do not have completed quilts for all the requests we receive, we will coordinate a date and place for the presentation that best fit everyone’s schedule.” The deadline for nominations for the November St. Edward’s presentation is September 30th.
Coffee Hour: 8 AM: Ray and Lucetta Kiefer 10:15 AM: We need a volunteer.
Altar Guild: Bev Hess, Barb Schultz, Mary Snyder
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
LEM/Reader: Leslie Arnold
Ushers: Larry Hess and Bill Hopwood
10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
LEM: Rayelenn Casey
Reader: 1st: Buddy Yeager 2nd: Rosie Westgate
Acolyte: Server: Thomas Ishler Crucifer: Braden Newsome
Ushers: Tony Watts and Dominic Campagnola
Greeter: Rose Dixon
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th
6:30 PM – N/A (PH)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th
12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing
7:00 PM – Praise Band Practice
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th
7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal
QUILTS OF VALOR FOUNDATION
How St. Edward’s works with this foundation to honor those serving in the military who are members of St. Edward’s:
Sunday, August 6, 2017, we were pleased to be able to acknowledge and award Kate Peterson for her military service during World War II with the quilt approved by the Quilts of Valor Foundation and provided by the local Quilts of Valor group. Father Casey has created the opportunity for additional award presentations each November on the Sunday closest to Veterans Day. All are invited to make a recommendation for a Quilts of Valor for any military in our congregation who has been touched by war, by visiting the Quilts of Valor website at www.qovf.org For any questions about this process you can contact any of the following: Dina Cerase, Sharon Hubbard, or Donna Holwager, listed in the St. Edward’s directory. These quilts are not a charity and they are awarded to the military member in a proper setting as will be the presentation at St. Edward’s. The deadline for nominations for the November, 2017 St. Edward’s presentation is September 30th.
Dear Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania,
As this new day dawned I turned on the news for an update on hurricane Irma and learned of the magnitude 8.1 earthquake off of Mexico’s southern coast that hit last night and has, so far, claimed the lives of at least 29 people and now threatens to bring tsunami waves ashore for further damage.
Category Five/Four Hurricane Irma is, this morning, making her way past Cuba and towards Florida, leaving small islands that she has flattened behind her and dozens dead.
The Eagle Creek Fire and the Indian Creek Fire in Oregon have merged in to a blaze that is now 33,000 acres wide in the Columbia River Gorge. The fire is just 5% contained as of this writing. A haze from the fire has blanketed the Pacific Northwest.
It is a collage of disaster that calls for our fervent prayer and intercession.
The Christian tradition is grounded in Hope. The knowledge of God’s boundless love for us, God’s desire for our wholeness and eternal reconciliation is demonstrated in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is what allows us to persist in the face of tragedy and loss. When we are overwhelmed, we know that God is near us. When we do not know how to pray, we need only open our hearts, for the Spirit “intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8: 26-27)
It is time to support relief efforts. My earlier appeal for contributions to Episcopal Relief and Development after the recent hurricane in Texas and Louisiana still stands as one of the best ways for us to assist in national and international crises. We will learn in the days and weeks to come about opportunities for service in the torn parts of our country and elsewhere, and it is appropriate to begin discussing the resources that we have in Central Pennsylvania to contribute to the relief effort: housing for those who are suddenly without homes; sanctuary for displaced pets; food, household goods, vehicles. When I return to Pennsylvania early next week, I will learn what our own Disaster Coordinator, Mr. Ed Robertson, has to recommend to us. I would also encourage you to follow his good advice to work as parish communities to update your own disaster plans.
For now, I urge your continued prayers. To remain steadfastly faithful to the God who will not abandon us, and in whom we find our courage. I have been praying this portion of Psalm 46 and invite you to join me:
1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge
With love in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan