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St. Edward’s Men’s Group Presents: Guest Speaker David W. Shenk, PhD – Eastern Mennonite Mission on January 30, 2016

St. Edward’s Men’s Group Presents:
The Church in Lively Convergence and Divergence with the Muslim Movement
Challenges and Opportunities
Guest speaker
David W. Shenk, PhD
Eastern Mennonite Mission

In this time of international, political, and social distrust, it is beholden of people of faith or no faith to engage in inter-religious and inter-faith dialogue. On Saturday, the 30th January, the Men’s Group of St. Edward’s is sponsoring an event we hope will encourage just that. We have invited Mr. David Shenk, PhD of Eastern Mennonite Mission, to speak on Christian – Muslim relationships.

Dr. Shenk has been working in the field of Muslim Christian relationships for over forty years, and in a presentation titled: The Church in Lively Convergence and Divergence with the Muslim Movement: Challenges and Opportunities, he will share his knowledge and experience.

The programme will begin at 9am with coffee and welcome. Dr. Shenk will speak for an hour beginning at 9:30; there will be a thirty minute period for question and answer, and the programme will end at 11 am. The event is open to the Episcopal churches of the Lancaster Convocation and we ask that you RSVP to the St. Edward’s office by Thursday 28th January. We hope you can attend.

Saturday 30th January 2016
9 am – 11 am
RSVP: by January 28 2016
St. Edward’s Episcopal Church
2453 Harrisburg Pike | Lancaster, PA 17601

Children & Youth Event, Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, January 24th will feature a field trip to the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. This will be to further explore our outreach mission with the Food Pantry.

A luncheon for those participating will be held immediately following the 10:15 Service.

Parents are asked to drive and may depart for home from the Pantry visit.

Please RSVP to Eric Henry ASAP, to help us know how much food to prepare.

Thank you.

Any questions please contact either Tina Shank at or Eric Henry at

Christmas Eve Services 2015 – 4:30 & 8:00 PM

Enjoy listening to the Christmas Eve Services at St. Edward’s!



8:00 PM Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir – Part One (through Sermon)



8:00 PM – Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir – Part Two




4:30 PM – Family Service with Holy Communion (Praise Band) – Part One (through Sermon)




4:30 PM Family Service with Holy Communion (Praise Band) – Part Two


St. Edward’s Sunday School Banners – A Lesson in Cooperation Across Generations

In February 2015 St. Edward’s fourth-sixth grade Christian Formation class engaged in a lesson on the creeds. Teachers Dottie Gschwend and Brian Newsome asked each child to write three things he or she believes about God, Jesus, and the church. Each child explained these beliefs to the class. Teachers and students then searched for common themes and crafted three collective statements of faith: (1) God loves us and is always with us, (2) God is always present in the church, His house, (3) We are all part of the Body of Christ.

After the service, Brian showed the statements to Father Stephen Casey. The latter was so taken with the project that he asked the class to develop banners that would be hung in the parish hall. The vestry approved the concept, and the students spent the next five weeks developing table-sized mock-ups of the banners: one for each statement of faith. Bill Swiernik determined the proper dimensions for wall hangings, and Barb O’Brien led fellow Knit Wit members Sue Bianco and Carol Hopwood in fabrication of the banners. Carol’s husband Bill fashioned the cross from wood found in a stand of trees at their home.

In December 2015 Father Stephen blessed the banners during the service of Lessons and Carols. Bill and his son Reed subsequently hung the banners in the parish hall.

The banner project, which started as a simple lesson on the creeds, turned into a much larger work, demonstrating the three statements of faith in action and bringing together a wide segment of the parish community. Each of the individuals involved, whose names appear below, is pleased to have been part of something so special.

Teachers: Dottie Gschwend and Brian Newsome

Class Members: Maya Anderson, Piper Brugmann, Thomas Ishler, James Lynch, Braden Newsome, Anna Rosenberg, Kristen Rosenberg, Rosie Westgate

Knit Wits: Sue Bianco, Carol Hopwood, Barb O’Brien

Technical Support: Bill Swiernik and Reed Swiernik

Rector: Father Stephen Casey