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St. Edward’s Weekly Email: February 21, 2020 – February 28, 2020

Dear parishioners,

It seems hard to believe but Ash Wednesday comes this week. We do our best to make this special service available to everyone no matter what their schedule. Here at St. Edward’s we have two Ash Wednesday liturgies, one at 7:00 a.m. and one at noon. And if neither of those works for you there is a very nice evening service shared by the four Lancaster churches; this year it is at St. John’s at 7:30 p.m.

Not sure how best to keep Lent in your personal life this year? There will be some printed suggestions in this Sunday’s bulletins for you to take home as well as some additional meditation booklets in the narthex from Episcopal Relief and Development.

And don’t forget we have our own little version of Mardi Gras: we call it Shrove Tuesday and celebrate it with a pancake supper beginning at 5:30 pm. See you there.

David +

I would like to thank my St. Edward’s family for the outpouring of love and support following the sudden death of Larry. The kindness and offers of help from everyone warmed me to the bottom of my heart. What a special place this St. Edward’s.      Love to all of you  Bev Hess

Interested in a Bible Study program?  You are in luck!  St. Edward’s is starting Bible Study on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 PM in the Christian Education lounge area.  We will be holding it every Wednesday through Lent and our study will be the Blackaby study of the book of James.  We have ordered the books and they will be available at the first gathering. We are very excited about this new Bible study program, which will be led by Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti, and we look forward to those who are interested in joining us!  

“At Soles4Souls, we turn unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs, and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty.”  St. Edward’s will be participating in a shoe drive with St. John’s during the 2020 Lenten Season.  Starting Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, parishioners are invited to donate used shoes.  There will be a collection center in the church under the social outreach bulletin board in the narthex.  Any shoes with laces should be tied together before placing in the collection box.

2020 cultural events: 

Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 PM  valleyphonics – Mix of classical and contemporary program

Saturday, June 20th at 7 PM  Servant Stage – A Broadway Review style “revue” show

Sunday September 20th at 3 PM – QuintEssentially Brass – Baroque to Jazz, Sacred to Secular

Sunday, December 13th at 3 PM  Fire in the Glen – A Celtic Christmas program

Giving Statements will be in your parish mailboxes no later than Thursday, February 27th.  If you would like yours sent via email as a pdf, please email the office.

Thank you and apologies for the delay this year.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 25th 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM         Free-will offering

**We will be in need of volunteers to set up, cook, serve, and clean-up.  A sign-up sheet is in the Parish Hall and we NEED people to help with this annual event!

Altar Guild: Gail Irons, Karen Grant, Barbara Schultz, Dorris Smith

Coffee Hour:  8:00 AM – Bev Hess      10:15 AM – Buddy & Liz Yeager, Sally Lederer, Mary Snyder

SUNDAY, February 23rd

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Matthew Sternberg

Ushers: Bob Mutari

Greeters:  June Klemm

9:15 AM Adult Forum with Father David – “Racing through the Book of Common Prayer” – Part Two (PH)

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM: Kiki Davis-Brugmann

Acolytes:    Server: Amy Swiernik        Crucifer:  Piper Brugmann

Readers:  1stDottie Gschwend      2ndPeg Hanzelman

Ushers:  Camille Horine and Carl Cotnoir

Greeter: Carl Cotnoir


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


5:30 PM – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

6:30 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (Sanctuary)

7:00 PM – Knit Wits (Lounge)


7:00 AM – Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)

12 Noon – Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)

6:30 PM – Praise Band Practice

7:30 PM – Ash Wednesday Service – St. John’s Lancaster


7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal

Cultural Events at St. Edward’s in 2020 with kick-off event – Swing Street Jazz Quartet on January 26th

Patrick Ishler, Cultural Events chairperson, and the entire Cultural Events Committee invite you to a wonderful 2020 program at St. Edward’s.

Tell your friends!  Invite your family and neighbors!  We have a wonderful selection of events scheduled starting Janaury 26th at 3:00 PM with Swing Street Jazz Quartet and continuing throughout the year.

All events are a free-will offering and all events will have light refreshments.

Check out our 2020 schedule here.

Check out the event information for Swing Street here.

Christmas Services at St. Edward’s & Presiding Bishop Curry Christmas Message 2019

Please join The Reverend David Bateman for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at St. Edward’s.  Our service schedule is as follows:

Christmas Eve

4:30 pm Family/Children’s Service with Holy Communion

Praise Band begins playing at 4:15 pm and nursery is available for ages infant – 4 years of age.

9:00 pm Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir

Nursery is available for ages infant – 4 years of age.

Christmas Day

10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

We look forward to sharing Christmas with you at St. Edward’s!

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Christmas Message 2019

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2019.

The video of the Presiding Bishop’s message is here

The text of the Presiding Bishop’s message follows:

In the first chapter of John’s Gospel, sometimes referred to as the prologue to the Gospel, sometimes spoken of as the whole Gospel in miniature the Gospel writer says this. As he reflects on the coming of God into the world in the person of Jesus. As he reflects on Christmas. He says, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.

I don’t think it’s an accident that long ago, followers of Jesus began to commemorate his coming into the world when the world seemed to be at its darkest.

It’s probably not an accident that we observe Christmas soon after December 21, the winter solstice. The winter solstice being in the Northern Hemisphere the darkest time of the year.

Undoubtedly, these ancient Christians who began to celebrate the coming of God into the world, they knew very well that this Jesus, his teachings, his message, his spirit, his example, his life points us to the way of life itself, a way of life, where we take care of each other. A way of life, where we care for God’s world. A way of life, where we are in a loving relationship with our God, and with each other as children of the one God, who has created us all.

They also knew John’s Gospel and John’s Christmas story. Now there are no angels in John’s Christmas story. There are no wise men coming from afar. There’s no baby lying in a manger. There’s no angel choir singing Gloria in excelsis Deo in the highest of the heavens. There are no shepherds tending their flocks by night. Matthew and Luke tell those stories. In John, it is the poetry of new possibility, born of the reality of God when God breaks into the world.

It’s not an accident that long ago, followers of Jesus began to commemorate his birth, his coming into the world. When the world seemed darkest. When hope seemed to be dashed on the altar of reality. It is not an accident that we too, commemorate his coming, when things do not always look right in this world.

But there is a God. And there is Jesus. And even in the darkest night. That light once shined and will shine still.  His way of love is the way of life. It is the light of the world. And the light of that love shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, cannot, and will not overcome it.

God love you. God bless you and may you have a Merry Christmas and may this world be blessed. Amen.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

St. Edward’s Annual Cookie Sale – Saturday, December 7th


2019 cookie sale was a fantastic success!  Thank you to all the volunteers, bakers, crafters who take on this ministry every year and do such a fantastic job.  We raised a total of $3,085.80!  And, of course, thank you to all who come each year and buy these delicious cookies, baked goods and our *NEW* crafts.  Without the community support, we would not have such great fundraising success!

It’s that time of year when St. Edward’s holds their Annual Christmas Cookie Sale.  Renowned for the awesome variety of cookies, it has become a Lancaster favorite as the line forms early before doors open at 8 AM.  Come early for the best selection!

This year, we will be adding Christmas crafts to our sale with a lovely variety of handmade crafts for you to purchase.

As part of our fundraiser, we will also be offering a continental breakfast of coffee/tea, juice, fresh fruit, muffins or bagels for $5.00.  Come and take a break or take it with you (we will have coffee to-go cups!)

Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing everyone and sharing this St. Edward’s “tradition” with our wider community!

December 1st – Choral Evensong at St. Edward’s featuring The Lancaster Chamber Singers

A service of choral evensong will be held at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, December 1st, at 4 PM.  This event is free, but an offering will be received.

The service, which takes place on the First Sunday of Advent, with The Reverend David Bateman serving as Cantor and Officiant, will feature The Lancaster Chamber Singers.

 The Lancaster Chamber Singers, directed by Jay W. Risser, has played a major role in quality performances of choral masterpieces in central Pennsylvania since the ensemble’s founding in 1978.  From its inception, the mission of the Lancaster Chamber Singers has been to provide a rich choral opportunity for experienced voices in the greater Lancaster area and to bring to life for both audience and performer the great choral heritage of our culture.  The select group consists of 35 to 40 auditioned vocalists from varied walks of life from central Pennsylvania.

Performing primarily in Lancaster County and its immediate surroundings, the Lancaster Chamber Singers has also appeared in numerous invitation-only settings such as the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and Longwood Gardens.  In addition to performing a capella, the singers perform with Lancaster area instrumentalists and chamber ensembles.

Performances of note include Mozart’s Requiem with former Metropolitan Opera bass/baritone John Darrenkamp and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Met baritone Mark Oswald.  LCS premiered Voices of Psalms, a unique work based on an Amish hymn, by Lancaster County composer Pomice Stoltzfus.  The ensemble also presented the Pennsylvania premiere of James Bassi’s Harpsonnets, based on the works of Shakespeare and featuring New York City harpist Ray Pool.   Several benefit concerts for victims of natural disasters have been sponsored and performed by the Lancaster Chamber Singers.  LCS was invited to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown with a concert at Bruton Parish Church, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.  In the spring of 2018, the Lancaster Chamber Singers marked its 40th anniversary with a gala performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Major (Coronation Mass) with full orchestra.

The December program is the fourth event in The Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Event Series at St. Edward’s for 2019, showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach.

Community Fellowship Dinner Wednesday, December 11th at 6 PM

WHAT:  Community Fellowship Dinner

WHEN: Wednesday, December 11th at 6:00 PM

WHERE:  St. Edward’s Parish Hall

BRING: Your own table setting and a hot and cold dish to share for 4-6 people

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

Our Community Fellowship dinners are a great time to get together and enjoy good food and conversation.

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

Advent Wreath Making & Beautiful Seasonal Music by The Lancaster Recorder Consort, Sunday, November 24th

Please join us on Sunday, November 24th after the 8 AM and 10:15 AM services for extended coffee hours, wonderful seasonal music provided by The Lancaster Recorder Consort and fellowship as we gather to make Advent wreaths for our home bound parishioners, as well as those who would like to make one for their home.  A devotional will accompany each wreath, provided by Father David.

We have all of the supplies and will have them all prepared to make a very simply designed centerpiece to embrace the season of Advent.  We have 6 wreaths we would like to make for our home bound parishioners.

We will have a free-will offering basket for people who would like to donate to help defer the costs of he Advent wreath supplies.

Special Adult Forum, Sunday, November 17th at 9:10 AM

David Manuel, a member of the Susquehanna Speakers Association, will be speaking at Adult Forum on Nov. 17 at 9:10 AM about the Navajo Code Talkers of WW II.   He will explore the Navajo nation’s interactions with the US Government from their mistreatment in the late 1800’s to their creation of a code that was never broken and was instrumental in helping to win the war in the Pacific.  He says that his talk is the perfect blending of historical facts and human interest stories.  Please join us & welcome our special guest!  Invite a friend to attend services and come to this special forum.


Amy Yovanovich Recital – November 10th 3 PM

What a wonderful event on November 10th!  Our Cultural Event Series, which featured mezzo-soprano, Amy Yovanovich, accompanied on piano by Donna Burkholder, was outstanding.  Couldn’t make it to the recital?  Take a quick look at some highlights here:

Amy presented a program of sacred music and spirituals such as Amazing Grace and Yes, My Jesus Loves Me, to show tunes from The King and I, the Music Man, and Jekyll & Hyde.

Acclaimed for her velvety tone quality, power and range, Ms. Yovanovich studied under Mr. John Darrenkamp, a well-known veteran of the Metropolitan Opera Company. She has performed with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music Opera Theatre Workshop, Lancaster and Harrisburg Opera Companies and studied in Germany. She is well-known for her solo and oratorio work, as well, and has a CD, “Great Day,” of show tunes and spirituals available at online retailers.  Amy is currently the Executive Director and vocal instructor for the State Street Academy of Music, Director of Music for Westgate Baptist Church in Lancaster and vocal instructor for the Lancaster Conservatory of Music.

Donna Burkholder grew up in Blair County, PA and moved to the Lancaster area in 1967, after earning her BS in Music Education with a performance major in organ at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. She has held teaching positions in the Lower Dauphin, Ephrata and Conestoga Valley School systems. Her love of liturgical music placed her in three Lutheran congregations over the 48 years – St. Paul’s in Lititz, Bergstrasse in Ephrata and St. Peter’s in Neffsville/Lancaster.  Donna retired from teaching in 2009 and from her final Director of Music position in 2015. Over the years she has served in various offices of Ephrata Area Pennsylvania State Education Association, Ephrata Parent Teacher Association, Ephrata Area School Board and local and district area Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.  Since her official “retirement” in 2015, she has greatly enjoyed substituting in area churches.  She has two grown children: daughter Dara Burkholder Morales, violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, and son John, manager in Professional Offices Services, living in Glenside. She is delighted to spend lots of time with her six grandchildren in the Philadelphia area.

We thank all who visit us and support these wonderful events, part of The Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. To get on the church’s email list for events’ notifications, readers should email: with “Subscribe Events” in the subject line.

St. Edward’s Episcopal Church is a community of faith, giving to God, giving to each other, giving to the world. On the web at: For more information, call the church at 717.898.6276.

Fall Season Sweaty Sunday – October 27, 2019

Sweaty Sunday

October 27th

After the 8 AM and 10:15 AM services


Wear your sweats and jeans to church and stay awhile to help with some fall clean-up outdoors & indoors.

We will be doing outside general grounds clean-up work and indoor cleaning of sanctuary, Christian Education, and parish hall spaces and whatever else needs to be done to spruce up our parish.

Sign up sheet to help work is in the parish hall on the coffee service table.  JOIN US!  THE MORE WE SHARE, THE MORE WE SHOW WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF FAITH!