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Weekly Parish Email April 20 – April 26, 2018

  We know love by this, that [Christ] laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another (1 John 3:16).


Barbara Bush

Way back in the 1950s, the well known Christian apologist and author of the Narnia stories C.S. Lewis wrote a book entitled The Four Loves. Taken from a series of radio broadcasts on the BBC, Lewis explored from a Christian and philosophical perspective the four loves of: storge, empathy; philia, friendship; eros, erotic love; and agape, unconditional love. When news emerged earlier this week of the passing from this world to the next of Barbara Bush, wife and mother of two presidents, it was the word love, especially agape, selfless love, that came to mind. Irrespective of one’s political affiliations, one cannot but be deeply moved by the love, faithfulness, and service that Barbara Bush exemplified in her long life – to her family, to her country, and to God through her Church. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and rise in glory.

The lessons from Scripture for this coming weekend – the 23rd Psalm, the First Letter of John, and the Gospel of John – each speak of love: the selfless love of God in Christ for each and everyone of us. I do hope I see you this weekend, either on Saturday evening for the 5:30 pm service, or on Sunday at the 8 or 10:15 am services. God’s love for us is exemplified by the love we share for each other when we come together as a community of faith in Christ.

Also consider joining me for Adult Forum between the services this Sunday when I shall be taking a look at what the Bible has to say about resurrection.

Parish Registers

You may have read in the parish announcements that the church office is attempting to track down two Parish Registers. Michelle and Fr. Stephen have a memory of someone volunteering to take a look at the parish records, alas, we cannot remember who this might have been. We would appreciate if they would make themselves known to the office, so that we may be able to locate the registers.

Stephen +

FOOD PANTRY NEWS:  Items requested for April are:

Canned pineapple
24 oz. canned spaghetti sauce
Macaroni and cheese
15 oz. canned corn
15 oz. canned tomatoes

Articles, announcements and pictures for the May Scepter are due TODAY, Friday April 20th. Please send to as soon as possible.

Altar Guild:  Michelle Bentley, Rose Dixon, Karen Grant

Coffee Hours:  8:00 AM – Stephen and Catherine Donohue   10:15 AM – The Milligan Family  


9:00 AM – Altar Guild

5:30 PM – Rite II

Reader:  Gail Irons


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I 

LEM/Reader:  Mark Jakiel

Ushers: Herb Johnston and John Meyer

Greeter:  Mike Patrone


10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II 

LEM:      1stCamille Horine        2ndAmy Swiernik

Acolytes:  Server:  Thomas Ishler   Crucifer:  Maeve Milligan

Readers: 1stElaine Radcliffe      2ndAmy Swiernik

Ushers:  Tony Watts and Dominic Campagnola

Greeter:  Dorris Smith


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


7:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (PH)

7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Christian Ed wing)


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with Healing


7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal





Bishop Scanlan’s Easter Message – March 26, 2018


Dear members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania,

Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ.

As Holy Week gets underway, I find myself grateful for the traditions and the timeless liturgies of the Church that allow us to access all that God has to offer us in the Passion of our Lord. Through this week we are invited to walk with Jesus through the glory of his triumphal entry, into the temple to hear his final teaching, and to join him for the quiet of an evening where he will model servant leadership and break bread with us in the Upper Room. We are invited to accompany him to the Garden and to do our best to stay awake, as he prays, deeply, and bears his soul to his Father. We have the opportunity to follow him as he is carried away by the authorities, betrayed by a kiss, and to wait and watch in the courtyard. Stand, if you can, on the edge of the crowd as Jesus is taunted and questioned and mocked, and see how he bears his stripes. On Friday, join at the foot of the cross to keep vigil as Jesus draws his last breath and hear the Centurion’s cry of faith: “Truly, this man was God’s Son.” Watch as Joseph takes Jesus’ body and lovingly prepares it for burial, and, once shrouded and placed in the tomb, see the stone rolled in front, sealing tight the opening. Gather with the disciples as they grieve in the Upper Room and wonder, fearfully, what is next.

On the third day, wake early, and join Mary Magdalene; mother of James, and Salome on the footpath to the tomb. As the sun comes up, join these women in their pilgrimage to care for the one whom they loved and… be surprised, all over again, to find the stone rolled away and a young man delivering amazing news of new life.

Share in the wonder, the passion, the mystery and the glory of this story as Jesus, son of God, follows with faithfulness the call of his Father to create, for us, a new way — a way of eternal life.

I hope that you participate fully this week in the movements that, together, make up the grand gesture of Holy Week, and that can nourish your soul and lift your hearts. Step into each day with thanksgiving for the life and ministry of Jesus and for the might act that God accomplished on the cross, for our salvation.

I invite you to bring someone along with you who may need to hear the story of Jesus anew, or, maybe, for the first time. Share the gift of eternal life, given to us, and give someone else the beauty of a life lived in faith.

May God bless you this day and always.

The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan

XI Bishop

Easter 2018

St. Edward’s Annual Report 2017

If you were unable to attend the St. Edward’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2017, you don’t have to “miss out” on what was covered at this very important yearly event in the life of our parish.  Click here to get our Annual Report.  

This is chock full of reports from the Rector, Senior Warden of the Vestry, as well as our various ministries, giving parishioners and those interested in our parish a wonderful “snapshot” of our faith community.



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