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Sunday Service Online – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 24 – October 18, 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, October 18th.

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.

Well, it is amazing to know that just one week ago we were at 50% of our goal, and, as of today, we are a mere $475 shy of our goal.  I believe we can make that happen by Monday, don’t you?   The fundraiser details can be found by clicking the link below. Here is a quick rundown of pricing:
$75/55 tickets
$55/40 tickets
$25/15 tickets
Boxed dinners $10/each

Checks made payable to St. Edward’s with memo line “October 24th fundraiser.”  We will be ordering our food on Monday, so if you have not placed an order for your boxed dinner, please let the parish office know by Monday morning.

And. . . just to remind everyone:  5 randomly selected boxed dinners will have a $15 gift card in them!  We will also have a separate drawing where everyone who participated in the raffle has an extra ticket set aside for the chance to win one of these four prizes:  $100 gift certificate to El Jardin Florist; $100 selection of gift cards; Greeting Cards for all occasions assortment basket;  “Dollar Store Chic” basket (you may laugh. . . but you will be totally amazed!!!)

We hope these small details make this year’s event a lifting up of our hearts, our spirits, and will bring overall good cheer to all!


Mark your calendars for the St. Edward’s Talent Show, next Saturday, October 24th at 4:30 PM.  We will provide the link to our YouTube Channel, as well as reminders, next week, for the curbside pickup of your dinners.  Dinners will include the evening program.  It is going to be quite an event!  And, please know, that you can continue to donate to the fundraiser during the event, as we have a donation link, via PayPal, on our YouTube Channel.  As always, your generosity and support of the ministry and community of St. Edward’s is so appreciated and allows us to connect with each other, and the wider community, as we all do God’s work!

Welcome to Congregational Care!  Each Saturday, we will include in our messages any submissions we receive from our parish community, as we invite you to share prayer requests or news about yourselves or your family. We believe this outreach to be incredibly important to keep our spiritual community connected to each other and to Jesus Christ, our Lord, as we walk in love with one another in our daily journeys.  Please submit your “news” to the parish office by Friday of each week and we will feature it in the Saturday email, bringing it to our hearts and minds in our Sunday prayers.

For this week, Sharon Hubbard shares:  Please say a prayer for Bob and all the men on the 5th floor at the VA Hospital.  Just received a call that the ward is in lock down for at least the next two weeks, someone tested positive.  Happily I had a visit yesterday, but my visit scheduled for next Tuesday has been cancelled. Just when I think I can stop being so very worried, this happens.

Carol Pindell, passed away this past Wednesday.  Carol, and her husband, Stu Pindell, were founding members of St. Edward’s.  Stu passed away several years ago.  Carol was surrounded by family at her home in Arizona.

May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Join us, at St. Edward’s, and with our convocation churches, for wonderful offerings, each week, of prayer and adult spiritual formation, via Zoom. Join in, anytime!  Click here to learn more.

We have an additional course offering from our friends at St. Luke’s, Mount Joy that may be of interest to people.  The details are below.  Please email if you are interested in attending.

What if you could defuse tension and create accord in even the most volatile situations—just by changing the way you spoke?

Course details:  Wed October 21, 28  @ 12 noon.
There are four sessions of  60-90 minutes each, via Zoom:

The session will be recorded, in case you cannot attend live. Please contact the office for the link to the recording.

Course objectives:

  • Identify the four steps of the Nonviolent Communication process
  • Employ the four-step process in every dialogue you engage in
  • Utilize empathy to safely confront anger, fear, and other powerful emotions
  • Discover how to overcome the blocks to compassion and open to our natural desire to enrich the lives of those around us
  • Observations, feelings, needs, and requests—how to apply the four-step process of Nonviolent Communication to every dialogue we engage in
  • Overcoming the blocks to compassion—and opening to our natural desire to enrich the lives of those around us
  • How to use empathy to safely confront anger, fear, and other powerful emotions

    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.

    A Closing Note:  The St. Edward’s community is ALIVE and thriving, even in this season of Covidtide.  We have amazing spirit that is engaging and fulfilling.  Through our Sunday services; our Wednesday healing and meditative service; our adult spiritual formation offerings; our children’s Christian education offerings; our beautification projects inside and outside of our building; our continual connections via Shaped by Faith initiatives, and via new technology, with our convocation parishes, and our diocesan events; a virtual cultural events calendar; fundraising initiatives; the hard work of the vestry and social outreach ministries. . . and all with the uplifting leadership of Father Rick.  We are blessed to have such a wonderful shepherd and a vibrant flock, and for that, we thank God.  Please share our “good news” with people you know.  Staying connected in community and spirit will keep the legacy of St. Edward’s evergreen.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

The Beautification of our St. Edward’s Memorial Garden & Contemplative Space

Here is a first peek at the progress towards completion of Phase One.  We await our granite monument and foundry plaques and will keep you informed of our continued progress.

St. Edward’s Thursday Message – September 24th

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.

Our theme, this year, for the St. Edward’s Talent Show, Boxed Take-Out Dinner & Basket Raffle is:

Our catalog will be launched on our website in a variety of easy-to-use formats by Sunday, so you can start planning  your basket ticket purchases (complete with instructions).  It may be virtual, this year, but we guarantee it will embody fun, funny, talented, interesting, and wonderful community spirit and energy.  Do not miss out on what will be our ONE MAJOR FUNDRAISER for St. Edward’s for 2020!  Tell your friends & invite your family to participate!

Don’t forget the incredible Blessing of the Animals that will happen at St. Thomas NEXT FRIDAY, October 2nd at 6:00 PM. Click here for details.

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.  Here is a wish list of current food items for October:

Cereal, spam, prune juice, chicken and beef broth, large peanut butter, large jelly, 2 pound packages of rice, canned pears, instant oatmeal, boxed pasta, cream of celery soup, and cream of chicken soup.

Parishioners-helping-Parishioners:  Sign up this week to volunteer or to have a chore that you need done taken care of by one of our volunteers on Saturday, October 3rd! St. Edward’s is a community that has always shown their generosity by helping those in need in Lancaster and the wider community.  The purpose of this day is to assist parishioners that need help with yard work, small house repairs and/or cleaning projects.  Contact Beth Lynch at

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

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.




Friday Lunch & Learn:  September 25th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom

Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together.  This week, we will start our Chapter Two session.  Attendance at every session is not required.  If you would like to join and need a copy of Walk In Love, please contact the parish office.

Handout for this Friday, September 25th Session click here.

We encourage you to have your Book of Common Prayer for each session and the text, Walk In Love is optional.   If you do not have a copy of the BCP on hand, this link will give you the downloadable pdf.

Remember to take some time to devote to exploring and making notations on the handout that Bob has supplied so that we may engage in our spiritual formation together, sharing our insights, thoughts, and questions.

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 Mosebach, 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.


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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 26th at 9:00 AM.