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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