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
Low sugar peaches
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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