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St. Edward’s Weekly Email: May 18 – May 24, 2019

It is with sadness that we report that Harvey Mumma, a long time member of St. Edward’s passed away, peacefully, at home, on Friday, May 17th.

A memorial service will be held at St. Edward’s on Friday, May 24th at 11 AM with a light luncheon to follow in the parish hall.  Visitation is from 10-11 AM at St. Edward’s.  All are invited to attend.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon him.

May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


If you have been participating in Father Bateman’s 3-part forum on Welcoming and Church Growth, the final forum is this Sunday at 9:25 in the parish hall.  Please join us!  These have been very interesting and fruitful conversations about church growth and have sparked many ideas on how we, at St. Edward’s, can continue with strong welcoming initiatives.  We encourage you to attend.

Please keep Father Bateman in your prayers, as he will be undergoing surgery on Monday with a recovery period at home over the next 2 weeks.  We wish him a speedy recovery! 


If you have not had the opportunity to review the survey results, you can find them at the link below.    We have held one group discussion which gathered much information and was very enlightening.  There are opportunities for YOU to join in on three other group discussions to discuss the survey results.  Please plan to attend at least one discussion.  Everyone’s voice is valued.  The dates and times for upcoming meetings are listed below.  We hope to see you!

Wednesday, May 22nd from 7-8:30 in the parish hall

Sunday, June 2nd immediately following the 8:00 AM service and the 10:15 AM service

Search Committee Prayer

Good and gracious God, we come before you in our time of transition as we seek a new rector for St. Edward’s church. Jesus taught us to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God’ and we ask your continued grace be poured upon us as we place the wishes and desires of our parish in Your hands. Help us to navigate the process in a spirit of hope, hearing all the voices within our congregation, knowing that the Holy Spirit is ever present to guide and lead us in Your most holy will. God, send your blessings on our Search Committee as they work to find a rector who will lead us, tend to us, and challenge us to be the best people we can be. When the journey seems long and our faith runs low, help us to remember that You walk with us always. Help us to be open to the stirrings of the Spirit and trust that all things will work out for our good. We ask this in the name of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. 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

SCEPTER SUBMISSIONS:  Due Monday, May 20th to  Also, send commencement photos ( kindergarten through graduate school) and a bit of info about the graduates plans.


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

These are wonderful gatherings of fellowship, great food, and conversation.  Enjoy a midweek summer break and come to St. Edward’s to share a meal.


Requested items for May:

Spaghetti noodles

Canned:  Spinach, Beets

Canned:  Peaches, Pears, Applesauce


Instant Oatmeal

Regular Oatmeal

Boxed Pasta

Altar Guild: Bev Hess, Julie Hoff, Michelle Bentley

Coffee Hour:  8 AM – Tony and Sue Bianco   10:15 AM – The Milligan Family


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader: Lucetta Kiefer

Ushers:  Herb Johnston and Bob Mutari

Greeter: June Klemm

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Kiki Davis-Brugmann

Server:  Amy Swiernik   Crucifer:  Piper Brugmann

Readers:  1st: Brian Newsome   2nd: Braden Newsome

Ushers:  Dorris Smith and Bill Swiernik

Greeter:  Carl Cotnoir


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


7 AM – 9 PM – Polling Location (PH)

7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Lounge)

7:00 PM – ALERT (Library)


12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing


7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal


10-11 AM – Visitation – Harvey Mumma Memorial Service

11 AM – Harvey Mumma Memorial Service

12 Noon – Luncheon – Harvey Mumma (PH)

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 holding the event Rain or shine!  Our plan is to be finished by 2:00 – 2:30 PM.

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. 

JOIN US AS WE COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY OF FAITH!  Many hands make light work and we will have a nice meal to share in keeping with the Cinco de Mayo tradition of the day! 



Community Fellowship Dinner


WHAT:  Community Fellowship Dinner

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15 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

Forty people attended the second monthly Community Fellowship Dinner on Wednesday, April 10 in the multi-purpose room. Father Bateman started off the evening with a blessing. The buffet table was a veritable feast of delicious homemade dishes, Subway subs, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and a decorated sheet cake.. Ellie Parker brought pots of bright yellow pansies for each table. There were several new faces, and most who had attended the dinner  in March came back to enjoy the food and the fellowship. The evening wrapped up by 7:30.

Come and dine and enjoy catching up  with old friends and getting to know some new ones.

Fellowship and great food!

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:

“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:  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

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


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


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.


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

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

Thank you for your support in the worthy project.