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Weekly Parish Email December 7 – December 14, 2017

Dear Members of St. Edward’s:

“When is an alleluia not an alleluia?” Last Sunday I received a number of comments over my omitting the Alleluias during the services. Mea Culpa, it was an omission on my part, for alleluia’s are appropriate in Advent. However, it gave me cause to do a little research on the Alleluia’s. The word “alleluia” (Hebrew: Praise ye Yah) is a liturgical expression of praise used in the Psalms which was taken up by Christians in the liturgy as an expression of joy, particularly at Easter. Pope Gregory the Great decreed that the Alleluia be said or sung throughout the liturgical year except Lent, and thus it has remained. In the Eastern Church, Alleluia is sung throughout the liturgical year. So, for all you “Älleluia” enthusiasts…you will hear it at all three services this Sunday and throughout Advent and Christmas.

I look forward to seeing you.

Fr. Stephen+

A message from the Rector:

The point is this…Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance… (2 Corinthians 9: 6)

This time of year I receive countless requests for money. Much as I would like, I cannot respond to all of these worthwhile causes; I have to be selective. But there is one organisation I do try to remain faithful in my financial giving – St. Edward’s Episcopal Church. It is through the services of the church that I learn to be spiritually aware of the wider needs of the world. It is the Church that provides the spiritual shelter for those in need.

It is a given that as the year draws to a close, every church experiences a budget “gap” between income and expenditure: St. Edward’s is no exception. This year the gap is close to $30,000. The vestry and finance committee have always been meticulous in keeping parish costs within budget; the financial gap is invariably caused by a drop in giving. May I invite you, therefore, as a member of St. Edward’s, to remain faithful with your giving, and help us close this “financial gap.” As St. Paul reminds us, “God loves a cheerful giver,” and through our giving, we are blessed abundantly.

Fr. Stephen+   

Please don’t forget to bring in your Jesse Tree gifts on Sunday as they will be blessed during the 10:15 service before distribution next week.

The Food Bank 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


Christmas flowers sign up sheet is in the narthex.

Advent wreath lighting and reading sign up is in the narthex.

Coffee Hour:  8 AM: Roger and Ginny Kloepping        10:15 AM: We need a volunteer

Altar Guild: Nancy Doyle, Julie Hoff, Barbara Schultz, Beth Hake, Wendy Hallowell


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Matthew Sternberg

Ushers:  Herb Johnston and Bill Hopwood

Greeters:  June Klemm and Janet Rumer

9:15 AM – Contemporary Service

LEM: Dina Ishler

Reader:  Amy Swiernik

Usher:  Bill Swiernik

Greeters:  Richard & Gail Irons

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Camille Horine

Reader:   1st: Patrick Ishler      2nd:  Susan Landin

Acolyte:  Server:  Thomas Ishler       Crucifer: Braden Newsome

Ushers:  Arch Cross and Buddy Yeager

Greeter:  Carl Cotnoir                                          


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Library)


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

7:00 PM – Praise Band Practice


7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal




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.


St. Edward’s Fundraising: October 2017

Our final week before our big event is here!  Purchase tickets for a chance to win one of our wonderful baskets!  Tickets are 6/$5 or $1/each.

Also, consider taking a Silent Auction bidding number to bid on one of the four fabulous items we have to offer:  2 vacation rentals, a gourmet dinner, and a Lancaster Barnstormers Luxury Box for one evening next season.

And, saving the best for last is our wonderful evening on October 28th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM.  This year, St. Edward’s has created a fabulous “Supper Club” for all to enjoy. As you walk up the front entrance lined with luminaria, you will enter Edwardo’s Supper Club.  Imagine the wonderful jazz and standard tunes played by our wonderful musician, Doug LaSala, while you dine on a quintessential Italian menu.  Be entertained and delighted by the tableside magic of Joe Holwager.. . . and be ready to laugh with our headliner entertainment, the renowned Teresa Mastrobuono.  It’s all to benefit the ministry of St. Edward’s and to enjoy the fellowship of our parish family.  Of course, you will still have time to buy tickets and make bids throughout the evening until 6:00 PM when we will draw the winners.  So. . . help us reach our goal of $4,000 and keep buying your auction tickets between now and the 28th! 

What?  Haven’t bought your Supper Club tickets yet?!?   

You will not want to miss what will be a night of fun, frivolity, and fantastic fellowship!  Don’t miss out!  Don’t wait to hear about it on Sunday, the 29th!  We hope to see you there!    

St. Edward’s and the 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 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.

Special Message from the Bishop – the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

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

XI Bishop


Social Outreach School Supplies Drive – A Great Success!

We had a great response to the school supplies drive!  I was wondering if you would please include the following numbers in next Sunday’s announcements:

Church members donated:
25 backpacks
21 3-ring binders
$410 in monetary donations
and a total of 259 (!) pencils, crayons, highlighters, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue sticks, erasers, etc.

These items will be distributed to Hempfield students through the Landisville Food Pantry.

Thank you for helping our local students get off to a great start this school year!

Holy Week 2017 – Services and Worship Opportunities

PALM SUNDAY – April 9th

8:00 AM – Rite I

10:15 AM – Rite II – Blended worship service – No Contemporary Service this Sunday

** For both services please arrive approximately 10 minutes prior to service time and gather in the parish hall for the blessing of the palms and procession into the sanctuary.


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist Rite II (said) & Sacrament of Helaing

7:00 PM – Tenebrae Service


7:00 PM – Holy Eucharist Rite II & Sacrament of Foot Washing

GOOD FRIDAY – April 14th

Noon – 1:00 PM – Good Friday Meditations

6:00 PM – Stations of the Cross

7:00 PM – Good Friday Liturgy with Holy Eucharist Rite II (from reserved sacrament)

HOLY SATURDAY – April 15th

7:30 PM – The Great Vigil of Easter

EASTER SUNDAY – April 16th

8:00 AM – Rite I

10:15 AM – Festival Holy Eucharist Rite II (Nursery available)

Children’s Easter Egg Hunt following 10:15 service

United Thank Offering- June 4, 2017

United Thank Offering Ministry

UTO Ingathering will be held June 4, 2017 at all services.   Boxes are in the narthex for those that would like to take one and collect their change over the course of the next few weeks.  Every penny offered in thankfulness is made available as grants.  Those little blue boxes continue to help us to be prayerful, to be thankful for our blessings and to serve as a reminder that God is constantly with us through thick and thin. The steadfast “prayer and thankfulness” of all of us has improved the lives of many women and children throughout the world and in our own backyard (Diocese) through UTO grants, which show the tangible results of our offerings for our many blessings.

Thank you & Blessings,

Amy Swiernik

Advent Quiet Morning – Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Moment of Singularity is the theme of a quiet morning at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Morning Prayer will be offered in the church at 8:30 a.m.; meditations at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; the morning will conclude with Eucharist at 11:30. Light refreshments will be offered.  St. Edward’s is located at 2453 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.