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Hershey Handbell Choir – Sunday, December 3, 2017

The popular Hershey Handbell Ensemble returns to St. Edward’s for a free holiday concert on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. The church is located at 2453 Harrisburg Pike in Landisville, and, although the event is free, an offering will be taken.

This seasonal concert always draws a crowd, so attendees are urged to come early enough to get a seat!

This year’s concert will include Fantasia on Greensleeves, In the Bleak Midwinter, He Shall Feed His Flock and more seasonal favorites.

Based in south-central Pennsylvania, the Hershey Handbell Ensemble was formed in 2004 to fill the need for an auditioned community ensemble comprised of persons able to play advanced literature, and interested in advancing the art of handbell ringing through education and performance while uniting people through the musical arts. The 15-member group, under the direction of Dr. Shawn Gingrich, performs on seven octaves of Malmark Handbells, Handchimes, and other assorted instruments. 

The Ensemble will have their selection of popular CD recordings available for purchase at the concerts.

The concert is part of a series of events at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. To get on the church’s email list for events’ notifications, readers should email: with “Subscribe Events” in the subject line.

St. Edward’s Episcopal Church is a community of faith, giving to God, giving to each other, giving to the world. The Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey is its rector. On the web at: For more information, call the church at 717.898.6276.


Weekly Parish Email November 16 – November 23, 2017

Dear friends:

With only two Sundays before the First Sunday of Advent, as we approach the end of the Church Year, the readings from the Gospel focus on signs of the end of the age. This Sunday the Gospel of Matthew focuses on the Parable of the Talents. This is one of the parables of Jesus that in Bible studies invariably prompts energetic discussion. Come and hear why in my sermon this Saturday or Sunday. The Saturday services of Holy Eucharist is at 5:30 pm, and 8 and 10:15 am on Sunday. In between services on Sunday please consider joining the Bible Study where I continue my introduction to the Birth Narratives of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

This weekend I also invite you to make a donation to the Rector’s discretionary fund. And if you have not already done so, sign up for Krist Kindling or the Jesse Tree Project.

This coming week we also celebrate the Feast of Thanksgiving. You might want to consider coming to the noon-day service on Wednesday 22nd November, the Eve of Thanksgiving, to give thanks to all that God in Christ does in our lives. The service takes place in the Parish Hall.


Fr. Stephen+

The due date for articles, pictures and announcements to be included in the December Scepter is Monday Dec. 20th. Please send items to

There is a Diocesan Youth Retreat on December 1-3, 2017 at Camp Mount Luther.  Please see the flyer on the bulletins table in the narthex about the details.  You can sign up on the diocesan website.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  

Cookie Sale:  December 2ndWe need BAKERS for the cookie sale!  A sign up sheet is in the parish hall on the coffee service table for BAKERS and volunteers.  This is one of our signature and biggest fundraising events so the more bakers we have the more we can raise for the ministry of St. Edward’s.  We need lots and lots of cookies to meet the demand!!!

Beth Lynch reports for the Food Bank donations the following for October:

We donated 167 lbs in October.

The pantry is in need of the following for November.

Black beans

NO or LOW salt peas, corn, green beans

Cream of chicken soup

Boxed pasta


We sent College Care Packages to our St. Edward’s college students for the fall season, to let them know we are thinking of them.  If you would like to donate to the College Care package ministry to help us cover the expenses, please place your donation in this week’s offering.  Make a notation on your check that it is for “College Care Packages.”  Thank you!

Keep our St. Edward’s college students in your thoughts as they approach their fall semester end and tackle finals.  Here are our current students:  Cole Swiernik, Faith Ishler, Eliza Donohue Rachael Smith, Daniel Smith, Harrison Kline, Ashley Oleksa, Nick Oleksa.

We have received several new PUZZLES for our puzzle library.  In order to accommodate new puzzles, we will be donating a quantity of current puzzles to Community Aid and/or local schools.  If you have donated a puzzle to St. Edward’s and would like it back, please pick up your puzzle by December 3rd, as we will be donating them the following week. . . And have no fear, puzzle enthusiasts:  WE will still have plenty of puzzles to choose from!  

Coffee Hour:  8 AM: Leslie Arnold           10:15 AM: Carl and Carol Cotnoir

Altar Guild: Bev Hess, Michelle Bentley, Barbara Schultz


5:30 PM – Rite II

Reader:  Richard Irons


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Mark Jakiel

Ushers:  Karen Grant and John Meyer

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Camille Horine

Readers:   1st: Kiki Davis-Brugmann       2nd:  Dottie Gschwend

Acolyte:  Server:  Amy Swiernik        Crucifer: Maeve Milligan

Ushers:  Carter Ishler and Arch Cross

Greeter:  Dorris Smith                                 


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


1:00 PM – Knit Wits (PH)


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing


THANKSGIVING – Office Closed (The office will also be closed Friday, November 24th).  The weekly email and reader emails for next week will be sent on Wednesday, November 22nd.


We need bakers and volunteers to set up and work the cookie sale!  A sign up sheet will be in the parish hall starting this Sunday for both bakers and volunteers.  This is one of our signature and biggest fundraising events so the more bakers we have the more we can raise for the ministry of St. Edward’s.  We are also gathering a group to bake small breads in the St. Edward’s kitchen for the sale.  If you are interested in being a part of this group, contact the parish office and we will then determine a date.  Suggestions are Saturday, November 18th or the week of November 27th.


Krist Kindling 2017

The beginning of Advent is just around the corner! It’s time again to think about some pre-holiday fun with Krist Kindling.  I hope you’ll consider joining us in our 26th annual Krist Kindling Advent activity!

Krist Kindling is a fun activity where one family gives another family one gift anonymously during each of the three weeks prior to Christmas. The family you are giving gifts to is not the family that is bringing gifts to you.

You don’t have to have kids to participate in this activity. It’s for all ages — the young and the young at heart! All welcome.


Click here to download the sign up form.

Prayer & Spirituality – Stay Tuned for New Date

Are you someone who has a prayer life?  Are you familiar with the fulfillment and sense of well-being that daily prayer brings?  Are you looking to establish the discipline of prayer?  Perhaps you would like to deepen your prayer life?  If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, please join Father Stephen and Susan Landin for coffee and tea and a discussion of spirituality and prayer at St. Edward’s.  PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR AN UPCOMING RESCHEDULED DATE FOR THIS EVENT.