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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

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.

Krist Kindling Dinner – January 13, 2019

Krist Kindling families and other former or possible future Krist Kindlers, please plan to join us at the annual Krist Kindling dinner in the parish hall on SUNDAY, January 13th at 6:00 pm.  Families, please bring a main dish and a salad or dessert – enough to serve 6 – to share, as well as your own table service.  If you are single, or a couple, please bring one dish to share.  Beverages will be provided.  Bring your stories and your good humor!  GUARANTEED:  A warm and cozy evening with a few good laughs and maybe a surprise or two.  Everyone is WELCOME to join in the fun.  Questions?  Call Meredith Westgate at 717-898-9245.

St. Edward’s Community Outreach & Giving Initiatives

During the months of November and December, the parishioners of St. Edward’s reached out to the wider community in many ways:

Camp Fire/ALERT

We collected over $600 in gift cards. In response to devastating fires in California. ALERT collected gift cards in any amount to send to St. Johns Episcopal Church in Chico, California to be distributed to those who have lost so much in the Camp fire. The gift card collection was organized by Ted Cardwell.

UTO Ingathering

We collected $581.58 for our UTO Ingathering, organized by Ellen Milligan.

Jesse Tree

We collected gifts and monetary donations for 60 children in the COBYS organization as part of our annual Jesse Tree collection to help those children that are in need at Christmas time. Many thanks to the Social Outreach Committee, including Beth Lynch, Leslie Arnold, Ellen and Kevin Milligan and all those who donated and helped to shop, wrap and deliver the gifts.

Hershey Handbell Ensemble Returns to St. Edward’s on Sunday, December 16th!

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.: The popular Hershey Handbell Ensemble returns to St. Edward’s for a free holiday concert. This is a very popular program each year that draws a great crowd, so attendees are urged to come early to get good seats!

The concert is part of the Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series. The series was named for Fr. Stephen upon his retirement. Although there is no admission price, a free will offering will be taken to help underwrite expenses associated with the series.

This year’s program will include arrangements of Gesu Bambino, The Twelve Days of Christmas, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen and more seasonal favorites.

Lancaster Chamber Singers Concert at St. Edward’s, Sunday, December 2nd

We are very lucky to have the Lancaster Chamber Singers call St. Edward’s their “home” as their rehearsal space.  They enjoy our hospitality and find the acoustics to be exceptional.  Which is also why they utilize St. Edwards’ as one of their concert venues.  On Sunday, December 2nd at 3:00 PM, The Lancaster Chamber Singers concludes its 40th anniversary year with “Festival of Voices and Brass.”  The ensemble will be joined by the Lancaster Brass Quintet and additional brass and percussion to present glorious sounds of the Christmas season from the 16th through the 21st centuries and will join the audience in several beloved carols.

Special presentation by the Lancaster Brass Quintet will begin 20 minutes prior to the concert.  Tickets can be purchased at the door or on their web site:

http://www.lancasterchambersingers.org/Upcoming_Events.html

 

 

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 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!

 

 

St. Edward’s Cultural Event Series Concert: Sunday, September 23rd at 3 PM

The St. Edward’s Episcopal Church concert series begins with an all Beethoven program!

Mark your calendars so you won’t miss a phenomenal concert of Beethoven violin sonatas on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. Pianist Xun Pan, a very popular artist who’s performed at St. Edward’s several times, will accompany violinist Dana Weiderhold Allaband. The program is free but an offering will be taken.