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Weekly Parish Email November 2 – November 9, 2018

Dear St. Edward’s parishioners,

In my sermon at the Wednesday noon-day service on the Eve of All Saints, I reminisced about the time I visited Parish, when my daughter Emily was studying at the Sorbonne. There are two famous cemeteries in Paris – Pere Lachaise, and Montparnasse, where many famous people are buried. People such as Oscar Wilde, Honore de Balzac, George Bizet and Chopin; Dreyfus, Guy de Maupaassant, Simon de Beauvoir, and Saint Saens. I spent hours walking in these cemeteries looking at the graves and tombs and trying to imagine what life must have been like in these far off times.

I believe that cemeteries and the memory of loved ones who have lived in ages past are important to us, for they are the means by which we locate ourselves not only in the past, but in the present and future also – they help us own our own mortality, for where they are, we one day will also be.

This coming Sunday we shall celebrate the Feast of All Saints, and as is customary, we shall name during the communion those who we love but see no longer. If you have not already done so, please enter the name of those you wish to have memorialised in the sign-up sheet in the narthex before the service. Please write legibly, so that the name can be read out clearly.

This Sunday we shall also have an ingathering of the United Thanksgiving Boxes (UTO). So please bring your “blue box” and place it in the offertory at either of the two services.

On Wednesday the 7th November, Bishop Scanlan and her diocesan staff will spend the day in residence at St. Edward’s. This will be an opportunity for lay and ordained to meet with the staff or the bishop. A service of Holy Eucharist will take place at 11:45 am in place of the usual noon-day service.  Bishop Scanlan will celebrate and Father Stephen will preach and it will be a service of healing.

Fr. Stephen+


November Scepter is online and we also made color copies in print as there are so many wonderful pictures in this issue.

Giant and Stauffer grocery cards will be in your parish mailboxes on Sunday.

Jesse Tree forms will be in the announcement bulletin.   There are also extra forms in the parish hall next to the RED BOX where you place completed forms.  This is a St. Edward’s Tradition to help those less fortunate than ourselves during the Christmas season.  We hope you will prayerfully consider participating this year!

FOOD BANK NEWS:  Looking for the following items for October:

Chicken noodle soup
Chicken rice soup
Cream of mushroom soup
Cream of chicken soup
15 oz. canned kidney beans
18 oz. creamy peanut butter
18 oz. crunchy peanut butter
Pancake mix
Pancake mix

Krist Kindling sign up is here!  If you would like to sign up for Krist Kindling, there are forms in the announcement bulletin and on the web site.  The box is in the narthex!!! It is a St. Edward’s tradition and we are always looking for new partiocipants!!  Contact Meredith Westgate if you have any questions, 717-898-9245.

USHERS NEEDED:  If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Buddy Yeager.  8 AM or 10:15. . we welcome you to join this important ministry.  Email Buddy at:

Altar Guild: Barb Jakiel, Barbara Schultz, Susan Landin

Coffee Hours: 8:00 AM – Vestry  10:15 AM – Vestry

Please stay for our November 4th coffee hours as we honor Father Stephen and Rayelenn Casey for their service to St. Edward’s for the past 20 years!


9:00 AM – Altar Guild


The Sunday after All Saints’ – If you have not placed your loved ones name on the list to be read, you will find the lists in the narthex to still add a name before the service.


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I 

LEM/Reader: Hank Spire

Ushers: Karen Grant and John Meyer


10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEMs:  Amy Swiernik and Kiki Davis-Brugmann

Acolytes:  Server: Seth Hake   Crucifer: Thomas Ishler     Torches:  Maeve Milligan and Piper Brugmann

Readers: 1stCarol Cotnoir    2ndDottie Gschwend

Ushers:  Dorris Smith and Bill Swiernik

Greeter: Rose Dixon


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


6:00 AM – 9:00 PM – Polling Location (PH)

7:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (PH)

7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Lounge)


10:30 AM – 5:00 PM – Diocesan Staff Day

11:45 AM – Holy Eucharist with healing

6:30 PM – Praise Band Practice


7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal



1:00 PM – Folding of bulletins

1:00 PM – Set up for Evensong and Reception

7:00 PM – Evensong followed by Reception

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.


Father Casey Farewell

Evensong and The Ending of the Pastoral Relationship with Confirmation & Reception


Friday, 9 November at 7:00 PM

St. Edward’s Episcopal Church

2453 Harrisburg Pike

Lancaster, PA 17601


You are cordially invited to attend a celebration of the ministry and the retirement of the Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey as rector of St. Edward’s.


Clergy are invited to vest and process in cassock, surplice and tippet.


Presentation of Gifts & Reception immediately following the service in the Parish Hall.


If you have not sent in your RSVP, please call the parish office (717) 898-6276 or emailing  NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH.


Click here for Invitation.

St. Edward’s Basket/Silent Auction – Thank You to All!

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Thank you to all who made our 2018 Oktoberfest event a success!  The volunteers, the chefs, the silent auction bidders, the basket auction ticket buyers, and of course all of you who faithfully make baskets each year for us to auction and those who donate their wonderful vacation homes for silent auction.  Without you, we have no event and the fellowship and fundraising it brings.

For Oktoberfest 2018 we raised $3,291!  Thank you!