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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
Cereal
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 hj_miller@outlook.com 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  

SATURDAY, APRIL 21st

9:00 AM – Altar Guild

5:30 PM – Rite II

Reader:  Gail Irons

SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd

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

MONDAY, APRIL 23rd

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)

TUESDAY, APRIL 24th

7:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (PH)

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

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th

12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with Healing

THURSDAY, APRIL 26th

7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal

 

 

 

 

Bishop Scanlan’s Easter Message – March 26, 2018

HOLY WEEK 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

Feed My Starving Children – Social Outreach Activity

It’s that time of year again – time when you can make a difference in the life of a child. Feed My Starving Children will host its annual Mobile Pack event on April 6, 7 and 8. Once again, St. Edward’s has the opportunity to participate in this special event. Over the last 2 years, St. Ed’s has had a group of nearly 20 folks who participated in this event. We are hoping to have at least that many volunteers this year.

Last year’s event hosted 927 volunteers over 5 shifts in 2 days. The event raised over $51,000! And 217,728 meals were packaged – this was enough to feed 596 children a healthy meal every day for an entire year!! The meals were distributed to hungry children in Haiti. It’s hard to believe that this is possible with only 2 hours of your time.

St. Edward’s will be participating on Sat., April 7 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Please see the sign up sheet in the narthex. As is the past, we can arrange carpool from St. Ed’s. If you have any question please see Peg Reiley or contact her at 717-940-2856 or doc4kids.1@netzero.com.

For more information about Feed My Starving Children please click on the links below:

https://youtu.be/ech5XOryipM

https://youtu.be/DphtI9QoEH0

Thank you for your support in the worthy project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

St. Edward’s Annual Meeting: February 25, 2018

Please mark your calendar to attend the St. Edward’s Annual Meeting this Sunday

It will immediately follow our ONE SERVICE of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 AM.  The Annual Meeting is required by Canon Law, for it is the time when the Priest and officers of the church offer their reports, the budget is received, and new officers elected for vestry and Diocesan Convention. 

A light breakfast will be served.

 

St. Edward’s and the Quilts of Valor Foundation

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.

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!