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Hershey Handbell Ensemble Returns to St. Edward’s on Sunday, December 16th!

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.: The popular Hershey Handbell Ensemble returns to St. Edward’s for a free holiday concert. This is a very popular program each year that draws a great crowd, so attendees are urged to come early to get good seats!

The concert is part of the Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series. The series was named for Fr. Stephen upon his retirement. Although there is no admission price, a free will offering will be taken to help underwrite expenses associated with the series.

This year’s program will include arrangements of Gesu Bambino, The Twelve Days of Christmas, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen and more seasonal favorites.

Weekly Parish Email December 14 – December 20, 2018

A weekly message to St. Edward’s parishioners:

This Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, we welcome The Rt. Reverend Audrey Cady Scanlan, Bishop of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, as our celebrant and preacher.  We are so fortunate to have Bishop Scanlan visit us at this time.  We encourage all in our parish community to attend your service of choice and welcome Bishop Scanlan to St. Edward’s and enjoy the wonderful message sure to be delivered in her preaching.  And, if you are not an “early riser” to attend the 8:00 am Rite I, you must certainly attend the 10:15 am service, as it is filled with wonderful music from our own St. Edward’s Choir and organist AND the St. Edward’s Praise Band, in blended worship.  Joyous music for this, the Third Sunday in Advent.

Wonderful coffee hours after each service will be held.  And we have set up a lovely display of “Exploring St. Edward’s History” in the parish hall for all to see.  Please take a moment to look through the books.  It is an amazing retrospective on the life of St. Edward’s.

And. . . please do not miss the Hershey Handbell Ensemble at 3 PM.  This is a yearly event that is greeted with much excitement and this group never disappoints!  Arrive a bit early as it is a very popular concert.

If you have your smartphone and it has a camera, please take pictures and send them to the parish office for use on the web site, facebook, and Scepter.  There is a lot to record in our parish activities this weekend!

Sunday December 23rd – The Rev. Ronald Jaynes with Lessons and Carols at the 10:15 AM service

Christmas Eve – The Rev. David Lovelace – Celebrant and Preacher at the 4:30 PM and 9 PM services

Christmas Day – 10:00 AM – The Rt. Rev. Robert Gepert

Sunday, December 30th – The Rt. Rev. Nathan Baxter – Celebrant and Preacher and The Rev. Nancy Rementer – Deacon of the Table

Each Wednesday – Noon Holy Eucharist with healing – The Rt. Rev. Robert Gepert

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.: The popular Hershey Handbell Ensemble returns to St. Edward’s for a free holiday concert. This is a very popular program each year that draws a great crowd, so attendees are urged to come early to get good seats!

The concert is part of the Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series. The series was named for Fr. Stephen upon his retirement. Although there is no admission price, a free will offering will be taken to help underwrite expenses associated with the series.

This year’s program will include arrangements of Gesu Bambino, The Twelve Days of Christmas, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen and more seasonal favorites.

We delivered 154 pounds of food to the pantry for November….Many thanks!!  FOOD PANTRY NEEDS FOR DECEMBER:  
Chunky peanut butter
Chicken broth
Beef broth
Boxed pasta
Pancake mix
Syrup
Canned pineapple
Low sugar peaches
Canned pears
Oatmeal regular and instant

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the December Scepter. Pictures, articles and announcements for the January Scepter are due Thursday Dec. 20th. Pictures from Christmas Eve or Christmas day can be used if I get them by Thursday December 27th. Please send items to HJ_Miller@outlook.com or to Michelle at stedsoffice@comcast.com

Christmas flower sign up board is in the narthex.  Please write your remembrances legibly so that we can place your family and friends names in the bulletin without errors (thank you!)

Altar Guild: Gail Irons, Rose Dixon, Susan Landin, Barb Jakiel

Coffee Hours: Vestry members are also on hand to help host. 8:00 AM – Hank and Linda Spire    10:15 AM – The Milligan Family

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH

9:00 AM – Altar Guild set up

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH – THIRD ADVENT

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I 

Advent Wreath Lighting – Herb Johnston

LEM/Reader: Mark Jakiel

Ushers: Bob Mutari and Herb Johnston

Greeter:  June Klemm

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

Advent Wreath Lighting – Joe, Christina, and PJ McLaughlin

LEM:  Kiki Davis-Brugmann

Acolytes:  Server: Amy Swiernik     Crucifer: Piper Brugmann

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

Ushers:  Mary Snyder and Bob Young

Greeter: Dorris Smith

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17th

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18th

7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19th

12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

6:30 PM – Praise Band Practice

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20th

7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal

 

 

 

 

Lancaster Chamber Singers Concert at St. Edward’s, Sunday, December 2nd

We are very lucky to have the Lancaster Chamber Singers call St. Edward’s their “home” as their rehearsal space.  They enjoy our hospitality and find the acoustics to be exceptional.  Which is also why they utilize St. Edwards’ as one of their concert venues.  On Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00 PM, The Lancaster Chamber Singers concludes its 40th anniversary year with “Festival of Voices and Brass.”  The ensemble will be joined by the Lancaster Brass Quintet and additional brass and percussion to present glorious sounds of the Christmas season from the 16th through the 21st centuries and will join the audience in several beloved carols.

Special presentation by the Lancaster Brass Quintet will begin 20 minutes prior to the concert.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or on their web site:

http://www.lancasterchambersingers.org/Upcoming_Events.html

 

 

Krist Kindling 2018

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 25th 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 form.

St. Edward’s Cultural Event Series – Friday October 26th 7:30 PM

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 at 7:30 PM: If you missed pianist Xun Pan’s program last month, you’ll have a chance to hear this spectacular performer on Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. when he returns to St. Edward’s for another free concert, playing piano four-hand music with Yang-Yang, an international competition winner and soloist.

The program will feature some crowd-pleasing favorites, including:  “Fantasy on Themes of Carmen” arranged by Otto Singer, Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Debussy’s “Petite Suite,” and Chu Wanghua’s “Two Chinese Folk Songs.”

Yang Yang and Xun Pan formed their duet team in 2016 and have been touring many cities in China, Europe, and the United States since then.