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St. Edward’s Weekly Email: April 19 – April 25, 2019

Search Committee Prayer

Dear Lord, as humble followers in your Son Jesus Christ’s footsteps, with discerning hearts and minds, we have prayed for your enduring wisdom in hearing and reading the words of our fellow parishioners. In keeping with this same power of the Holy Spirit, we ask for your continued direction in seeking our next Rector, one who may not only be an instrument of your Peace in preaching your Gospel, but who may also teach us your holy purpose, lead us and our children closer to you, and guide us along the future paths that you have chosen for us. Amen.

Your St. Edward’s Search Committee,

Dottie Gschwend, co-chair

Matthew Sternberg, co-chair

Seth Hake

Susan Landin

Beth Lynch

Bill Swiernik

Peter Weber

Father David will be offering a 3-part Adult Forum between the 8 am and 10:15 am services on Sunday, April 28, Sunday May 5th, and Sunday May 19th (May 12th is Contemporary Service Sunday).  The topic will be Welcoming and Church Growth.  This aspect of parish life is so very important for us as we are in transition and look to be informed and prepared for continuing growth and in anticipation of our permanent rector.  We are grateful that Father David is sharing this ministry gift with us as he will offer insight and information that can help us welcome newcomers, and outreach to current parishioners, at St. Edward’s.  We hope you will attend! 

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OUR NEXT COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP DINNER IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 15TH, AT 6:00 PM

BRING:  Your own table setting and a hot and cold dish (enough for 5 people) to share.  Please bring/make what makes you feel comfortable.

QUESTIONS:  Contact Meredith Westgate at 717-575-2119 or Amy Swiernik at 717-682-1827

We encourage all to attend!  It is a great relaxed way to get to know your fellow parishioners.  We are finished by 7:15 PM and home before dark!  Our dinner this past week brought together 40 parishioners and wonderful food.  It was a great gathering!

Did you know that St. Edward’s has a Facebook page?  Well we do!  And we are always looking for photos and information about the community of St. Edward’s.  From Praise Band to Choir, ALERT meetings to coffee hours, Sunday and Wednesday services, events we host or community outreach we engage in at St. Edward’s are great ways to let the wider community know who we are.  So, let’s spread the good word!  If you have a photo and information you would like posted, please submit to the parish office and it will be reviewed promptly by the rector and will be posted.

FOOD BANK NEWS: WE delivered 168 pounds of food in March.

Requested items:

Mac and Cheese

Canned:  Corn, Spinach, Beets

Canned:  Pears, Applesauce

Chicken Noodle Soup

Cereal

Oatmeal

Chunky Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Boxed Pasta

Beef Broth

Chicken Broth

Sweaty Sunday:  MAY 5TH after the 8 am & 10:15 am services

Wear your sweats and jeans to church and stay awhile to help with some spring clean-up outdoors & indoors. 

We will be raking, filing in a pothole, weeding, trimming, painting, window washing and whatever else needs to be done to spruce up our parish and beautify our grounds. 

Sign up sheet to help work and to bring a food item to share is in the parish hall on the coffee service table.  JOIN US!  THE MORE WE SHARE WE SHOW WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF FAITH!

Altar Guild: Bev Hess, Julie Hoff, Susan Landin, Mary Snyder

Coffee Hour:  8 AM – Gail and Richard Irons  10:15 AM – Could we please ask that hosts help the Anderson family with the 10:15 coffee hour. In honor of their daughter, Harper Olivia Anderson’s baptism, they will be helping with the coffee hour. . but they would like some assistance.  Thank you!!

There will be an Easter cake at both services.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH

7:30 PM – The Great Vigil of Easter

SUNDAY, APRIL 21st

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Mark Jakiel

Ushers:  Herb Johnston and Larry Hess

10:15 AM – Festival Holy Eucharist Rite II with Baptism

LEMs:  1st:  Kiki Davis-Brugmann            2nd:  Amy Swiernik

Server:  Amy Swiernik    Crucifer:  Seth Hake   

Torches:  Maeve Milligan and Piper Brugmann

Readers:  1st: Kiki Davis-Brugmann      2nd:  Piper Brugmann

Ushers:  Tony Watts, Dominic Campagnola, Ellen Milligan, Lois Kronenwetter

Greeter: Dorris Smith

MONDAY, APRIL 22nd

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)

TUESDAY, APRIL 23rd

7:00 PM – LCS Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

7:00 PM – Knit Wits (Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th

12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

THURSDAY, APRIL 25th

6:00 PM – Pilot Club (PH)

7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal

St. Edward’s Spring Clean Up – Sunday, May 5th

Sweaty Sunday:  MAY 5TH after the 8 am & 10:15 am services. 

Wear your sweats and jeans to church and stay awhile to help with some spring clean-up outdoors & indoors. 

 

We will be raking, filing in a pothole, weeding, trimming, painting, window washing and whatever else needs to be done to spruce up our parish and beautify our grounds. 

 

Sign up sheet to help work and to bring a food item to share is in the parish hall on the coffee service table.  JOIN US!  THE MORE WE SHARE WE SHOW WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF FAITH!

 

 

UTO Ingathering Press Release

Many times, we participate in projects, such as UTO Ingathering, and we never really know how much of an impact parish-wide participation can have on the final outcomes of such fundraising.  St. Edward’s raised $581.58 last year during the UTO Ingathering which helped in fundraising over $1.5 million throughout The Episcopal Church in 2018.  Thank you for supporting the various outreach programs of The Episcopal Church.

 

[April 15, 2019] The United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering is set to award $1,535,740.55 in 2019, thanks to increased giving by people from across the church in 2018. UTO funds are granted on an annual basis to support mission across The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion.

The UTO 2018 Ingathering reflects an increase in giving of $15,495.15 over the 2017 thank offerings. Fifty-three Episcopal dioceses increased their giving. For a complete breakdown in giving by Province and Diocese since 2000, please visit: https://unitedthankoffering.com/ingathering

“We are so very grateful for everyone who participates in UTO each year,” shared UTO staff officer, Heather Melton. “Not only because your thank offerings go on to fund innovative mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church through UTO grants, but also because we believe that gratitude is an important and needed expression of faith in the world today. If you think about the Ingathering as an expression of the good things God is doing in the midst of us, then at a dime a piece, that means Episcopalians experienced almost 11 million blessings in 2018.”

Since 1889, UTO has collected and granted $138,629,911.07 in thank offerings to support innovative mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion through 5,257 grants. For the full list of grants awarded by UTO, please visit: https://unitedthankoffering.com/granting/1883-2018-grant-list/  The 2019 grants, funded by the 2018 Ingathering, will be announced mid-June 2019.

UTO was founded to encourage Episcopalians to notice the good things happening in their daily lives and make small thank offerings in a UTO Blue Box or through the UTO Blue Box app. The following year, 100% of those thank offerings are awarded as grants. For more information on UTO, or how to participate, please visit www.episcopalchurch.org/uto.

Easter Egg Hunt at St. Edward’s

Grab your Easter basket and get ready for our annual Easter Egg Hunt after the 10:15 service on Easter Sunday.

A fun time (and lots of great egg hunting) is had by all the children and helpful parents!

If you would like to donate to the goodies for the Easter eggs, please bring in your donations and place in the bin in the narthex by Palm Sunday.

Thank you.

Earth Day – April 22, 2019

Episcopal Creation Care Pledge

As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we long to grow loving, liberating, life-giving relationship with the whole of God’s Creation. Together, we pledge to protect and renew the Earth and all who call it home. Together, we are living the Way of Love and make this commitment to specific actions. Learn more about our shared call at www.episcopalchurch.org/creation.

 

For more information on the Episcopal Vision for Care of Creation click on the following documents.  

Creation Care Pledge and Vision

Creation Care Pledge Reflection Guide

 

Community Fellowship Dinner

COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP – APRIL 10, 2019

WHAT:  Community Fellowship Dinner

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10 at 6:00 PM

WHERE:  St. Edward’s Parish Hall

BRING: Your own table setting and a hot and cold dish to share.

QUESTIONS? Contact Amy Swiernik at 717-682-1827 or Meredith Westgate at 717-575-2119

Everyone Welcome!  Join us for good food and conversation.  Keeping our community of faith strong!

On Wednesday, March 20th, we held our first Community Fellowship Dinner. It was a wonderful evening of 27 parishioners gathered for great food and conversation.  Father David gave us a wonderful blessing for our meal and we “dug in” to a bounty of hot and cold foods, beverages and desserts.

Friends and Fellowship
Great food and conversation had by all!

We encourage all to attend our April dinner!  It is a great and relaxed way to get to know your fellow parishioners.  We are finished by 7:15 PM and home before dark! 

Discernment Prayer – April 2019

Dear God, through Jesus Christ you brought the Holy Spirit to the glorious Apostles. We, descendants in Faith, inherit the work that they started in Jerusalem. We also build upon what St. Edward the Confessor achieved these thousand years ago.

Now in the New World, in our parish named after St. Edward, infuse us with your Holy Spirit. Lead us as we discern the way as a search committee gathered in your name, on behalf of our faith community. Make us faithful and effective stewards of this opportunity to grow the Church.

In great gladness we pray.

Amen.

Feed My Starving Children Social Outreach Opportunity

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 March 29-31 at Willow Street Mennonite Church.

Once again, St. Edward’s has the opportunity to participate in this special event. Over the last 3 years, St. Ed’s has had a group of nearly 20 folks who participate in this event. We are hoping to have at least that many volunteers this year.

By volunteering, donating, or fundraising, your generosity makes a huge difference in the lives of thousands of children in need around the world.  At least 6,200 children die each day from hunger-related causes (UNICEF). 

The Lancaster County Mobile Pack event puts together over 300,000 meals and needs 1,500 volunteers with a fundraising goal of $66,718.

St. Edward’s will be participating on Sat., March 30 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:

Thank you for your support in the worthy project.