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Worship at St. Edward’s – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21 – September 26, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

Father Rick and all of us at St. Edward’s welcome you to our Sunday worship, tomorrow, the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 21.  Please note our Rite II service is at 10 AM.  Whether you will be joining us in-person, or via our live stream on our St. Edward’s YouTube Channel, please know we are glad to be worshipping with you!  All of the important links you need to our YouTube channel and our Sunday service bulletins are listed below.

If you are joining us for in-person worship and fellowship, we prayerfully ask that you wear your mask as we gather together in community.

We welcome Father David Bateman as our celebrant this Sunday.  David+ served as interim rector of St. Edward’s during our transition from 2019 – 2020, when our time together was cut short due to COVID-19.  We never had the chance, as a parish, to thank David+ for his ministry at St. Edward’s.   We are filled with gratitude and joy to have Father David with us this Sunday! Please join us during our coffee hour as we gather together in fellowship and take time to thank David+ for his ministry to our parish family during our transition.

Our faith guides us to place our “Trust in God.”  As we conclude our week, enveloped in such a glorious day, let us give thanks for this day and for the blessing of such faithful and pastoral shepherds of our parish flock as we pray:

For Knowledge of God’s Creation

Almighty and everlasting God, you made the universe with all its marvelous order, its atoms, worlds, and galaxies, and the infinite complexity of living creatures: Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the service for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21, September 26th, which will be live streamed at 10:00 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 10:00 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 21 service

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21 service

*If you enjoy the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube channel, and you have a Gmail or YouTube account, the next time you tune in, please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the home page to be included as a subscriber to St. Edward’s!  We would welcome the support and we will not generate any unwanted notifications to you.  Become a part of our St. Edward’s community!   Thank you to those who have subscribed!


Well. .  October is just around the corner and with the fall season comes what has become a St. Edward’s tradition. . .our St. Edward’s Annual Basket Raffle.  We have transformed the Children’s Chapel space in our Sunday School wing into a wonderful “Giving Sanctuary” with 33 beautiful basket offerings filled with Peace, Love, and Joy curated by members of our parish family.  There is something for everyone!!!  You will not want to miss out on a chance to participate in this year’s raffle!!! We launch next Sunday, October 3rd with pre-bundled ticket packages for sale and small catalogs with raffle instructions available in the narthex and in the parish hall near the coffee table.  Your viewing and selections can be done at your leisure. To make it convenient to all, we will be selling tickets Sundays, as well as Tuesdays – Fridays.  Please know that if you miss a Sunday, you can stop by on those weekdays between 11-3 to purchase tickets.  We will also post details online, on our Fundraising page, in the event that you would like to view virtually.  And, you can always reach out to the parish office for guidance and help in participating in whatever format you are comfortable with.   Special treats and prizes will be featured each week!  Join us for 5 weeks of FUNdraising all to support the ministry and mission of St. Edward’s and help us meet our fundraising goal of $5,000!

Faith In Action Initiatives:

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update:
Requested Items for October:  Cereal; Large jelly; Egg noodles; Penne pasta; Canned carrots; Canned yams; Canned green beans; Canned corn; Canned mixed vegetables; Canned kidney beans; Canned garbanzo beans; Canned black beans

Spiritual Formation and Evening Prayer Offerings:
We have so much going on during our fall season, don’t miss out on the many opportunities available, in-person, and via Zoom. Our link, below, to our Adult Spiritual Formation page has detailed information regarding our upcoming Lunch & Learn, commencing Friday, October 1st.  If you click here, you can download our Fall Adult Spiritual Formation pdf.

Adult Spiritual Formation at St. Edward’s – click here.


Sunday Evening Prayer – September 26th at 7:00 PM:  We use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the readings for the Sunday Lectionary.  It is a quiet service and a good way to end the weekend and prepare for the week to come.  Anyone interested can send me an email to be put on an email distribution list:  drutledge1225@gmail.com

Sunday Evening Prayer @ 7:00pm
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Opportunities to gather in community in spirituality and fellowship:

Here you will find news of gatherings outside of St. Edward’s that we offer in community with our sister parishes and other spiritual resources.

Spiritual Retreat Opportunity:
Anticipating Winter:  Silent Retreat at The Wittel Farm
https://parishresourcecenter.org/events/silent-retreat-at-the-wittel-farm/
November 6, 2021
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $90
Location: 1753 Mill Road, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 17022
Questions?  Please contact Joyce Kamm.

Blessing of the Animals:  Friday, October 1st starting at 6 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 321 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster.  In partnership with St. Edward’s and St. Thomas, St. John’s will be hosting the Blessing of the Animals service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment and animals. The service will be outside, in their courtyard.  For more information, please visit the St. John’s website. We are also seeking 2-3 volunteers to help at St. John’s that evening to help set up and direct people.  If you wish to volunteer, please call St. John’s and let them know!!  Their phone number is: 717.299.1188

Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution.  Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page, as well as a “Donate” button on our YouTube Channel home page.

To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.


We are providing links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH

Sunday Service Online – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 19 – September 13, 2020

Dear friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to online worship this weekend.

For those who feel comfortable with coming to church, we are fortunate to be able to hold in-person worship on Sundays at 8 AM – Rite I and 10:15 AM – Rite II. We hope that you will join us!  We continue to follow healthy practices for your comfort and safety and we are mindfully complying with mitigation efforts through the governor’s office, as well as our diocesan office.

Please know that we extend our warm invitation of worship to those in the wider community and those parishioners who are still at home, via YouTube Live, with our live streaming service each Sunday. We are one community of faith and we are worshipping together!

Click here to connect to our YouTube Channel to enjoy our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist Rite II LIVE at 10:15 AM on Sunday, September 13th.

A new feature on our YouTube Channel:  We offer an opportunity for those viewing our online service to Donate to St. Edward’s via our Paypal link directly from our YouTube Channel.  On the St. Edward’s Channel Home Page, in the lower right corner of the image of our church is a “Donate to St. Edward’s” link.  You can also find it in the “About” section, just scroll down to “links” in that section.  We have installed it, tested it, and it works securely and wonderfully!

Click here to download the Sunday Service 10:15 AM bulletin – Rite II

If you prefer the said service of Rite I, we have provided our service bulletin for you to download and enjoy the service.

Click here to download the Sunday Service 8 AM bulletin – Rite I


We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important announcements that are in our paper bulletin on Sundays, that may be of interest to you, at home, regarding upcoming events, as well as prayer and adult spiritual formation opportunities.

We ask that you keep all of the people of our far Western states in your prayers as they battle the horrendous wildfires.  Click here to read more about how we can help.

All Stauffers and Giant grocery cards are in your parish mailboxes.  Please visit the parish hall to retrieve them and place your payment in the envelope and either place in the plate or leave in the parish office.  If you need to make arrangements to pick up your cards please email the office as to when you will be stopping by so that we can confirm the office will be open.  Thank you for supporting this important ministry.


Parishioners Helping Parishioners

St. Edward’s is a community that has always shown their generosity by helping those in need in Lancaster and the World.  On October 3rd we will have an opportunity to help each other in our own parish.  The Social Outreach Committee will be hosting a day of giving. The purpose of this day is to assist parishioners that need help with yard work, small house repairs and/or cleaning projects.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the work.  We are also asking that anyone in need of these services reach out to the committee chair, Beth Lynch or fill out the form in the bulletin and leave it in the box in the narthex.

Here are a few ideas that we are able to help with:

Yard Work:  Leaf raking, pulling weeds, mulching, planting

House Repairs:  Sticking doors, dripping faucet, clog drain, filter changes

Cleaning Projects: Dusting high shelves, decorating for Fall, rearranging kitchen cabinets

Please contact Beth Lynch with your name and phone number if you would like to volunteer or if you could use some help with a chore.


Join us, at St. Edward’s, for wonderful offerings, each week, of prayer and adult spiritual formation, via Zoom, that have now begun in September. Join in, anytime!  Click here to learn more.


First, click here to view our flier for our talent search for our upcoming Variety Show fundraiser on October 24th. In partnership with our Cultural Events ministry, the fundraising committee will be putting on a Variety Show/Basket Auction event for our BIG fall fundraiser, this year, along with offering a lovely casual boxed dinner (think: no cooking while you watch the event on the St. Edward’s YouTube Channel!) that can be purchased and picked up, curbside, prior to the event. For this to be a success, we need YOUR TALENT!  It is all is the spirit of community, fun, and fundraising!


We will be hosting a very special live streamed musical event featuring Maria Thompson Corley: pianist, soloist, collaborator, and composer TOMORROW, September 13th at 3:00 PM.  Click here to get more information and the links for the event and the downloadable concert program.


Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s during this time. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution.  Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page.  We have had several people engage with this newly installed Paypal giving button with great success, so please consider that as an easy way to support St. Edward’s.

To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

To learn more about St. Edward’s, please click our website, YouTube, or Facebook icons at the bottom of this email.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

St. Edward’s Thursday Message – September 10, 2020

Dear friends,

Look for all links related to Sunday worship on our usual Saturday afternoon posting.

Many happenings at St. Edward’s, all listed below with easy-to-click links for reading and downloading of materials.



Sunday Live Streamed Concert with Maria Thompson Corley:  Click this link to learn about this special live streamed event and to download the concert program.


Please click here to read a pastoral letter sent to tall members of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania regarding Worship and Episcopal Visitations to our Churches in  this time of Covidtide.


Giant and Stauffers Grocery Card Program:  The grocery cards are in your parish mailboxes.  For those who are interested in joining the grocery card program, our next order will be placed on Monday, September 28th for the first weekend in October delivery.  Please contact the parish office to order or learn more about the program. If you need to make arrangements to pick up your cards, please contact the parish office.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:  We are so thankful for all of the monetary (and food) donations that continue to come into our office through the generosity of our parishioners for our local Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  As always, the need continues.

Talent Show:  We are continuing to seek talent for our variety show event fundraiser on Saturday, October 24th.  Click here for details.  We have a nice line-up of talent forming.  Why not be a part of this special parish event!


Parishioners-helping-Parishioners:  St. Edward’s is a community that has always shown their generosity by helping those in need in Lancaster and the World.  On October 3rd we will have an opportunity to help each other in our own parish.  The Social Outreach Committee will be hosting a day of giving.   The purpose of this day is to assist parishioners that need help with yard work, small house repairs and/or cleaning projects.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the work.  We are also asking that anyone in need of these services reach out to the committee chair, Beth Lynch, or fill out the form in the Sunday Announcement Bulletin and leave it in the box in the narthex.

Here are a few ideas that we are able to help with:

Yard Work:  Leaf raking, pulling weeds, mulching, planting
House Repairs:  Sticking doors, dripping faucet, clog drain, filter changes
Cleaning Projects: Dusting high shelves, decorating for Fall, rearranging kitchen cabinets


Continue reading below for the details for our Friday and Saturday worship and fellowship activities.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

Michelle


Friday Lunch & Learn:  September 11th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together for the next 8 weeks, commencing TOMORROW.  We will begin the first week with introductions and a discussion about our Book of Common Prayer (chapter 1 of ‘Walk in Love’), and then in subsequent weeks, delve into chapters on the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, followed by the Sacramental Rites, the Church calendar, and the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter.  After that, the Daily Office and different ways to pray.  Attendance at every session is not required.

Handout for this Friday Session Click here.

We encourage you to have your Book of Common Prayer for each session and the text, Walk In Love is optional, but can be ordered at forwardmovement.org or by contacting the parish office (we have copies on hand).  If you do not have a copy of the BCP on hand, this link will give you the downloadable pdf.

Each week, we will provide a hand out in the Monday emails that you can download and review prior to the Friday session.

With Peace,
Father Rick, Bob Mosbach, and Wanda Stoltzfus

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We invite you to Evening Prayer this Friday evening at 7:00 PM.  This is a wonderful way to peacefully end our week and is led by Patrick Ishler.

Join us on Zoom:

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Join us for our Virtual Saturday Social from 9 AM – 9:40 AM Saturday morning on Zoom.  It will be hosted by Christina McLaughlin. It’s a great time to get together and say “hello” to your fellow parishioners. We look forward to sharing some time of fellowship THIS SATURDAY, September 12th at 9:00 AM.

St. Edward’s Live Streamed Cultural Event – Maria Thompson Corley Sunday, September 13th 3:00 PM

Join us for a special live streamed event, presented by the Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series, on our St. Edward’s Episcopal Church YouTube Channel this Sunday, September 13th at 3:00 PM.

Jamaican-born pianist Maria Thompson Corley – pianist, soloist, collaborator, and composer was raised in Canada. She has appeared on radio, television, and/or concert stages in Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and Europe, both as a solo and collaborative artist, including performances in Budapest at the Liszt Academy, and in Carnegie Recital Hall, Aaron Davis Hall and Alice Tully Hall, all in New York City.

Maria is sure to delight our online audience with her wonderful program entitled On The Bright Side featuring works from Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Scott Joplin, and Frederic Chopin, to name a few of the composers she has selected for her program.

We hope you join us, this Sunday, for an afternoon of wonderful music.

Please click here to download our event program.

You will also notice, when you are on the St. Edward’s YouTube channel, that you will have the opportunity, to Donate to St. Edward’s, via our Paypal giving link, which you will see in the lower right portion of our YouTube channel home page photo.  There is also a link in our “About” section to our giving opportunity. 

We thank you, in advance, for supporting our cultural events series through your donations.  Your continued support allows us to provide the wider community with cultural events, for when we gather now, via live stream, and for when we meet again, in-person. 

Please look on the back of your program for two upcoming events that may interest you:  Our St. Edward’s Variety Show and Basket Raffle fundraising event, that will be during the month of October, culminating in a YouTube event on October 24th, as well as a Celtic concert featuring Fire in the Glen on December 13th at 3:00 PM, via our YouTube channel.

St. Edward’s Monday Message – September 7, 2020

Dear friends and parishioners,

We have so much happening at St. Edward’s this week, and every week in the fall.  Amazing Adult Spiritual Formation and Prayer opportunities; cultural events; our upcoming Basket Fundraising event culminating in our October 24th Annual Dinner & Entertainment event where we will be delighted with talent and discover who has won our famous baskets!  None of this would be possible without the amazing ministry of our parishioners, as well as the generous support of those near and far from St. Edward’s in helping us steward our mission.  Thank you!

There is a lot to mention today (below), so I leave you with a prayer for the week For Clergy and People from the Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing.  Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

In case you missed it!

Reminder:  Giant grocery cards should be in by Wednesday, September 9th.  I will email those who signed up to make arrangements for pick-up.

If you signed up to donate a basket, please deliver them to church by this Sunday, September 13th.

Here is our September Scepter (click here).  It is overflowing with great articles and information about all of our parish life events, worship, and spiritual formation.

And “thank you” to Mac Miller for this wonderful parish publication that you have so faithfully been creating for St. Edward’s all these years!  We are so grateful for your ministry!

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

Have you completed your Anglican Identity Assessment Yet?  If not, please take a few minutes to complete this brief assessment of the Anglican values that shape our parish by going to the following website:

           https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9G39Y5H

Each congregant is asked to complete an assessment.  If more than one person needs to complete the exercise on the same computer, you will need to close the browser all the way back to the beginning before starting the next one.  Otherwise, you may get a message that says it was already completed.

The assessments will be forwarded directly to the Diocese where they will be tabulated.  The results will be returned to the parish minus any identifying information.

We are asking you to please complete this by September 15!

Thank you for your support and participation!

Shaped by Faith Team,

Father Rick, Julie Hoff, Herb Johnston

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK

Wednesday Noonday Service of Healing – Wednesday, September 9th

Please enter through the parish hall doors. Masks are required. We have put in place healthy practices for your comfort and safety.

Wednesday Evening, September 9th – 6:30 PM Contemporary Bible Study

Led by Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti via Zoom.  Please email Bill or Yvonne if you would like to participate.

Friday Lunch & Learn Adult Spiritual Formation – 12 Noon – 1 PM

Join us for this 8-week series led by Father Rick, Bob Mosbach, and Wanda Stoltzfus. Please scroll down in this email message for a special section dedicated to the information on how to join this Zoom session on Fridays and a link for downloading the curriculum sheet for this Friday’s session.  We look forward to seeing you on Fridays!

Friday Evening Prayer – September 11th

We invite you to Evening Prayer this Friday evening at 7:00 PM.  This is a wonderful way to peacefully end our week and is led by Patrick Ishler.

Join us on Zoom:

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Join Code:  863 2710 5082

Friday Lunch & Learn:  September 11th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom

Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together for the next 8 weeks, commencing THIS FRIDAY.  We will begin the first week with introductions and a discussion about our Book of Common Prayer (chapter 1 of ‘Walk in Love’), and then in subsequent weeks, delve into chapters on the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, followed by the Sacramental Rites, the Church calendar, and the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter.  After that, the Daily Office and different ways to pray.  Attendance at every session is not required.

Handout for this Friday Session Click here.

We encourage you to have your Book of Common Prayer for each session and the text, Walk In Love is optional, but can be ordered at forwardmovement.org or by contacting the parish office (we have copies on hand).  If you do not have a copy of the BCP on hand, this link will give you the downloadable pdf.

Each week, we will provide a hand out in the Monday emails that you can download and review prior to the Friday session.

With Peace,

Father Rick, Bob Mosbach, and Wanda Stoltzfus

Join Zoom Meeting

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