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St. Edward’s Weekly Email: March 8 – March 16, 2019

Dear St. Edward’s parishioners,

It is with great sadness that we relay that longtime St. Edward’s parishioner, Jeri Ocampo, passed away this past Wednesday.  The funeral service is Monday, March 11th.  Beth Hake and her family will welcome guests before the service at 4:00 PM. There will be a reception immediately following the service in the parish hall.

Viewing:  2-4 PM

The Burial of the Dead: Rite II:  4:00 PM

Reception (Parish Hall) – Immediately following the service

SPRING AHEAD:  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME:  DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD SATURDAY NIGHT!!

Search Committee Prayer

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.

FOOD BANK NEWS:

We dropped off 161 pounds of food for February 2019.

In 2018, St. Edward’s donated 1,629 pounds of food to the food pantry.

Requested items for March:

Mac and Cheese

Canned Corn

Canned Fruit

Cereal

Peanut Butter

Feed My Starving Children

The annual event will take place at Willow Street Mennonite Church on Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31.  A group from St. Edwards will volunteer on Saturday, March 30 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.  A sign-up sheet is in the narthex. Hope you can join us for the fun yearly event. See Peg Reiley with any questions.  

ADULT FELLOWSHIP – This event has been cancelled.

WHAT:  The “White Elephant” Party!  

WHEN:  Sunday, March 10, 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Dorris Smith’s house, 3130 Briarwood Blvd. (in West Hempfield)

BRING:  Some “nibblies”:  cheese spread, cheese ball,  dips, etc.

ALSO BRING:  The funniest, ugliest, stupidest gift you can think of (beautifully wrapped, of course!)

RESPOND TO:  Dorris Smith, 285-5157

COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP DINNER

Everyone Welcome!  Join us for good food and conversation.  Keeping our St. Edward’s Community of Faith Strong!

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 PM in the Parish Hall

BRING:  A hot and cold dish to share, as well as your own table setting

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

The March Scepter is posted on the St. Edward’s website and is also printed in color and available in the narthex, front entry, and parish hall.

Altar Guild: Nancy Doyle, Julie Hoff, Wendy Hallowell, Dorris Smith

Coffee Hour:  8 AM – Roger and Ginny Kloepping         9:15 & 10:15 AM – We need volunteers

SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Matthew Sternberg

Ushers:  Larry Hess and Herb Johnston

Greeter:  June Klemm

9:15 AM – Contemporary Service

LEM:  Dina Ishler

Greeters:  Richard and Gail Irons

Usher:  Bill Swiernik

Reader:  Seth Hake

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Amy Swiernik

Server:  Dina Ishler     Crucifer:  Barrett Newsome

Readers:  1st:  Dottie Gschwend     2nd:  Ted Cardwell

Ushers:  Thomas Ishler and Buddy Yeager

MONDAY, MARCH 11TH

2 – 4 PM:  Jeri Ocampo Viewing

4:00 PM – Jeri Ocampo Funeral & Reception

6:30 PM – N/A (Library)

TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH

7:00 PM – LCS Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

7:00 PM – Knit Wits (Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH

12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

THURSDAY, MARCH 14TH

7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal

Discernment Prayer – March 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.

Community Fellowship Dinner

COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP – MARCH 20, 2019

WHAT:  Community Fellowship Dinner

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 20 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!

Adult Fellowship – March 2019

WHAT:  The “White Elephant” Party (that was postponed from February 24th)

WHEN:  Sunday, March 10th at 4:00 PM

WHERE:  Dorris Smith’s house – 3130 Briarwood Blvd. (in West Hempfield)

BRING:  Some “nibblies”: cheese spread, cheese ball, dips, etc.

ALSO TO BRING:  The ugliest, funniest, stupidest gift you can find (beautifully wrapped, of course)! 

RESPOND TO:  Dorris Smith – 717-285-5157

Stewardship 2019 Ingathering

UPDATE:  With this passage, below, in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all who prayerfully considered pledging to St. Edward’s and to all those for the faithful manner in which you support the ministry of St. Edward’s, both financially as well as through your ministry.

Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. (Matthew 25: 37-40)

STEWARDSHIP 2019 INGATHERING:  Our Ingathering date for 2019 Stewardship is THIS SUNDAY, February 10th.  If you have submitted your pledge for 2019, we thank you for your continued support of the ministry of St. Edward’s.  If you have yet to submit your pledge, we prayerfully ask you to complete your form and bring to the Ingathering on February 10th.  We are very encouraged by the support to date.  But, to support the ministry of St. Edward’s we have no resources but God’s grace, our own endeavors, the generosity of guests, and the support and generosity of you, our parishioner, who understands that St. Edward’s is more than a building, but rather a community of faith that comes together in worship and service. 

St. Edward’s Annual Meeting, Sunday, February 17, 2019

St. Edwards’ held its Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 17, 2019 commencing with The Holy Eucharist: Rite II, a service of blended worship with the St. Edward’s Praise Band and St. Edward’s Choir. It was wonderful to have our services graced with such wonderful music! We are very grateful for the dedication of those who give each week to these very important music ministries.

Following the service, we had an abundance of food and fellowship at our Annual Meeting. We welcomed our Interim Rector, The Reverend David Bateman, who led us in Opening and Closing Prayer as well as delivered wonderful remarks regarding transition for St. Edward’s. Matthew Sternberg and Dottie Gschwend, Co-chairs of the Search Committee, gave us an update on the search process and we chose our new vestry members and Diocesan Convention delegates.

Many thanks to all who donated the wonderful food and volunteered to help with cooking, set up, and clean up. We truly are a community of faith.

Click here to view a copy of our 2018 Annual Report.

Services on Sunday, January 20th

St. Edward’s will be having 2 services Sunday, January 20th: 8 AM – Rite I; 10:15 AM – Rite II. We welcome our Interim Rector, The Reverend David Bateman. Please join us! We understand there is the prediction of inclement weather, but we have alerted our snowplow contractor and will have the church well prepared for your arrival! Please check WGAL online for any updates should the weather change dramatically. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!