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St. Edward’s Weekly Email: August 14 – August 23, 2019

 

Dear Parishioners,

In late spring we had a Sunday adult class at 9:15 on the topic of  inviting, welcoming and incorporating new members into St. Edward’s. Since then many of those who attended the class have continued to meet with me occasionally in between services to discuss and implement some simple and easy ideas to improve our welcome this summer.

I am pleased to announce that we have now converted these informal gatherings into an official New Member Ministry Committee. Mike Patrone and Mary Snyder have agreed to serve as co-chairs. Look for more news in the coming weeks and months as this committee gets organized. If you are interested in serving on this committee but have not attended any of the previous gatherings, please express your interest to me.

David +

EPISCOPAL HOME LIST OF PERSONAL CARE ITEMS

We will keep the bin in the narthex for collection through THIS SUNDAY, August 18th.  Your donations are important to us and can help make a resident’s day better and brighter. If you wish to donate items, we are in need of the following items:

Depends Undergarments (women’s M, L, XL)

Disposable Bed Underpads

Toothpaste

Dove Soap

Toothbrushes

Mouthwash (personal size)

Glue Sticks

Adult Coloring Books (simple designs/pictures)

Nail Polish (clear and light colors)

Word Search Books (not crossword)

Diabetic Candy (individually wrapped)

Bingo Prizes

We are inviting all youth and families to join us for a fun day at Camp Mount Luther see details below!

Saturday August 24th  10:00 to 4:00 – Camp Mt. Luther

355 Mt Luther Ln, Mifflinburg, PA 17844

Join our very own Bishop Scanlan for a fun family and youth day.  We will be enjoying a day together to meet other families and youth from our Diocese.  There will be activities all day, such as hikes, ropes courses, and games, ending with worship.  Please plan to join us for a fun day. 

Schedule:

10:00 AM Welcome and Song

10:30 Bible Study

11:30:  Ropes Course

1:00 Picnic Lunch

2:00 Holy Hike with the Bishop

3:30 Worship and Dismissal

Cost:  $10.00 offering per youth and/or family

Check out Camp Mt. Luther   https://www.campmountluther.org/

BASKET AUCTION VOLUNTEERS:  WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO CRAFT BASKETS FOR OUR 2019 BASKET AUCTION!  PLEASE LOOK IN YOUR ANNOUNCEMENT BULLETIN FOR DETAILS AND THERE IS ALSO THE SIGN UP SHEET AND INFORMATION ON THE PARISH HALL COFFEE TABLE.  WE HAVE A GREAT EVENT PLANNED FOR OCTOBER 5TH WITH TICKET SALES AND BASKET AUCTION KICK-OFF ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH.  HAVE FUN AND HELP US HAVE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BASKET EVENT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE MINISTRY OF ST. EDWARD’S.  YOU HAVE THE MONTH OF AUGUST TO CREATE YOUR BASKETS! WE ARE IN NEED OF 5 MORE BASKETS!

Search Committee Prayer

Dear God, Heavenly Father,

You have blessed the St. Edward’s faith community ever since you formed it in 1981. We give thanks to those who started this faith community, including some who are faithful even now. During this transition, lead us by the Holy Spirit as we follow the true path to a new rector. Bless all those who serve as leaders during this interim period. Provide our congregation with avenues to participate in the search process, since we are one body in Christ.  May the peace of the Lord nourish us in our faith journey as we deepen our appreciation of each other and our calling to be in community. Amen.

Your St. Edward’s Search Committee,

Dottie Gschwend, co-chair

Matthew Sternberg, co-chair

Seth Hake

Susan Landin

Beth Lynch

Bill Swiernik

Peter Weber

Altar Guild: Susan Landin, Barbara Schultz, Dorris Smith

Coffee Hour:  8 AM – Stephen & Catherine Donohue    10:15 AM – The Lynch Family

**This Thursday and Friday – Parish Office Closed

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader: Lucetta Kiefer

Ushers:  Karen Grant and Bev Achey

Greeter: June Klemm

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Seth Hake

Acolytes:  Server:  Camille Horine       Crucifer:  Braden Newsome

Readers:  1st:  Braden Newsome     2nd:  Brian Newsome

Ushers:  Sam Fleming and Bob Young

Greeter:  Susan Campagnola

MONDAY, AUGUST 19th

PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20th

7:00 PM – ALERT (PH)

7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21ST

12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

Community Fellowship Dinner

COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP – AUGUST 14, 2019

WHAT:  Community Fellowship SUMMERTIME SUPPER

WHEN: Wednesday, August 14th 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.

Young Virtuoso Pianist Xinyue Zhang to Play at St. Edward’s in Free August Concert

Xinyue “Sissi” Zhang, a talented virtuoso pianist, returns to St. Edward’s Episcopal Church to present a free concert featuring music by Chopin, Brahms, Bach and more on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 2453 Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster, and, although the event is free, an offering will be taken.

At the August 2 concert, Zhang will play Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Minor, Chopin’s Etude Op. 1, No. 1 in C Major, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1, and works by Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

Zhang first performed at St. Edward’s in 2015 when she was a student at Lancaster Mennonite School. She is now a junior at United World College in Changshu, China, but continues to take lessons from Lititz resident Xun Pan, head of the Lancaster International Piano Festival and faculty member at Millersville University, through FaceTime and other video apps.

“We meet once a week,” says Pan, “and normally it’s very early—7:00 a.m. here—since we have a 12-hour time difference. I also see her in person when I travel to China or she is in the U.S. for short periods.”

Born in 2002, Zhang gave her premiere solo piano concert at the age of ten. She made history as the youngest pianist who performed professionally in her native city, Suzhou, China. Since then, she has performed various concerts in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Turkey, and the United States. Judges from international piano competitions have said of her: “ She is born for music and the stage.” 

 The concert is part of the Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. 

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: www.Sainteds.org. For more information, call the church at 717.898.6276

Embrace Open House at St. Edward’s

As we follow in the steps of “What We Believe” as Episcopalians, St. Edward’s is taking the opportunity to invite people who may have abandoned their faith because of prejudice they may have faced in other congregations, and to offer a local “safe space” for people of any identity and/or orientation by opening our doors to welcome and affirm the LGBTQ community members. 

On Sunday, July 21st we will be part of the Pride Week Open Houses in partnership with Embrace, a local organization supporting Lancaster’s LGBTQ people of faith.  We will be joining many other churches in the Lancaster County faith community in the hopes that we can connect members of the LGBTQ community with open and affirming worship and fellowship, especially at St. Edward’s.

As is highlighted on our The Episcopal Church website:

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

On June 12, 2019, during Pride Month, our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offered his statement that honors LGBTQ Episcopalians, which you can read by clicking this link below or visiting the St. Edward’s website on the “What We Believe” page.

Presiding Bishop’s Pride Month statement honors LGBTQ Episcopalians

We hope you will join us on July 21st at your worship service of choice – 8 AM or 10:15 AM and coffee/fellowship hours, and show our brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community what a welcoming and faith-affirming parish St. Edward’s is and will always be.

St. Edward’s Spring Clean Up – Sunday, May 5th

Sweaty Sunday:  MAY 5TH after the 8 am & 10:15 am services. 

Wear your sweats and jeans to church and stay awhile to help with some spring clean-up outdoors & indoors. We will be holding the event Rain or shine!  Our plan is to be finished by 2:00 – 2:30 PM.

We will be raking, filing in a pothole, weeding, trimming, painting, window washing and whatever else needs to be done to spruce up our parish and beautify our grounds. 

JOIN US AS WE COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY OF FAITH!  Many hands make light work and we will have a nice meal to share in keeping with the Cinco de Mayo tradition of the day! 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt at St. Edward’s

Grab your Easter basket and get ready for our annual Easter Egg Hunt after the 10:15 service on Easter Sunday.

A fun time (and lots of great egg hunting) is had by all the children and helpful parents!

If you would like to donate to the goodies for the Easter eggs, please bring in your donations and place in the bin in the narthex by Palm Sunday.

Thank you.

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.