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Weekly Parish Email February 15 – February 22, 2018

Dear members of St. Edward’s,

I have a piece of card, 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, which I carry in my Book of Common Prayer. There is a story of the wilderness in this card. Having completed a very challenging six months assignment by the company I worked for, I was granted a leave of absence on full pay. I spent the first week of this time at a Franciscan Friary close by where Rayelenn and I lived. We knew the guardian of the Friary well, and he allotted a private cell next to his own for me to use. The card was placed in the centre of my desk. Although not addressed to me directly, it word’s clearly reflected the spiritual struggle I had long be engaged in. I made enquiries of the guardian and other monks, and no one owed up to writing the card, recognised the handwriting or could remember the person who last occupied the room. This hand written card changed my life.

This First Sunday in Lent opens with the account in the Gospel of Mark of Jesus being driven into the wilderness by the spirit and although being tempted, living in harmony with creation. The “wilderness” can be described in topographical and geographical terms as well as spacial and spiritual terms. We have all, at some time or another, spent time in the wilderness. Yet the wilderness can be and often is a place of growth, which is why the motif is an appropriate one for Lent.

Please join me this weekend as I explore this idea more fully in my sermon: at the 5:30 service on Saturday, or the two services on Sunday. And as we are in Lent, consider attending the Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm on Friday, as well as Adult Forum between the services on Sunday, and our Pot-Luck Bible Study on Wednesday evening.


Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars and remember the Annual Meeting on Sunday of next week, the 25th February. This is an important meeting for the parish. There will be one service on that Sunday at 9 am with the Annual Meeting to follow.

Fr. Stephen+

The Annual Meeting of St. Edward’s will take place on Sunday, 25th February. This is the occasion when new members to vestry are elected and delegates to represent the parish at the Diocesan Convention in October also chosen.

Also, there is a sign up sheet IN THE NARTHEX for people to note a hot or cold food item, baked goods, or beverage item they wish to bring to the Annual Meeting event for all to share.  Thank you!  Also, if you would like to sign up to help set up on Saturday, February 24th from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM please contact the parish office.

Ministry Leaders:  Your Annual Reports from 2016 have been emailed to you for your review and revision.  Please submit your new report via return email to the parish office no later than Monday, February 19th.  Thank you.

The due date for articles, pictures and announcements to be included in the March Scepter is Tuesday, February 20th. Please send items to


Cereal, jelly, peanut butter, canned soup.  ALL donations welcome!

90 lbs of food was donated for the month of January.

Coffee Hour:  8 AM: Roger and Ginny Kloepping   10:15 AM: Carl and Carol Cotnoir 

Altar Guild:  Barb Jakiel, Rose Dixon, R.B. Mullineaux


6:30 PM – Stations of the Cross


5:30 PM – Rite II


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Mark Jakiel

Ushers: Roger Kloepping and Jerry Hoff

Greeter:  Ginny Kloepping


10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Amy Swiernik

Acolytes:  Server:  Thomas Ishler   Crucifer:  Maeve Milligan

Readers: 1stSusan Landin     2ndElaine Radcliffe

Ushers:  Mary Snyder and Bob Young

Greeter: Dorris Smith                    


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


1:00 PM – Knit Wits (Ph)

7:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (PH)

7:00 PM – ALERT Meeting (Library)

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


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with Healing

1:00 PM – Bible Study

6:00 PM – Bible Study, Pot Luck Supper, Eucharist or Compline (PH)


7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal






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.

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).

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!

Lancaster Chamber Singers Perform at St. Edward’s – Sunday, May 7th at 3:00 PM

The Lancaster Chamber Singers will hold a performance in their spring concert series at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 7th at 3 PM.

Their program, The Evocation of Words – Music that will move your spirit, encompasses works from the late 17th century to the 21st century, including spirituals and folk tunes.

For information regarding tickets to the LCS event, please contact the Lancaster Chamber singers at or by calling 717.330.9025.


*In addition to our own cultural series events, St. Edward’s enjoys the opportunity for welcoming additional groups to utilize our sanctuary space for their musical events.


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

St. Edward’s Annual Meeting – Mark the Date!

Sunday, February 26th


One service at 9:00 am


Annual Meeting to follow


Hot breakfast & light breakfast will be served


If you are able to bring a side dish item of baked goods, fruit, or juice, please sign up on the clipboard in the parish hall by Sunday, February 19th


Annual Reports will be distributed

Vestry elections will take place – Read Bios here

Convention Delegates will be chosen


This is a very important event in the life of St. Edward’s.  We hope that you will join us!  Questions? Contact the parish office.