Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,
We welcome you to worship with us as we celebrate this Easter Sunday, with joy, and praises of Alleluia, Christ is risen! All essential information and links for Easter Sunday services are noted below.
I prayerfully request that we continue to refrain from gathering, with other parishioners, in public groups, without masks. In Lancaster County, we continue to move towards wider distribution of vaccines, and within our diocese, we are adhering to the same safety protocols we submitted in 2020 for our in-person worship. We are all in this together, and honoring our parish community, by continuing to comply with the recommendations set forth during this time, conveys our love for God in Christ, the members of our parish family, and the wider community.
Here are three links that may be helpful:
**If you need assistance in registering/navigating this website, please contact me, or the parish office, and we will assist you.
Tonight, we leave you with the Collect for Holy Saturday from The Book of Common Prayer (pg 221)
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.
Easter Vigil – Diocesan offering. Visit their website: https://diocesecpa.org/holy-week-2021/
Easter Sunday Service Information:
6:30 AM Sunrise Service – outdoors, in-person – Please wear your mask, bring your own chair, and dress warmly!
A few friendly reminders for those returning to in-person worship and for those new to our in-person worship:
– We will have ushers/greeters inside the narthex and they will have the service bulletins for you.
We will also continue to take your name and contact information.
– Please do not forget to wear your mask.
– Ushers will direct you to pew locations to maintain social distancing and will also guide you during communion.
– As we will not pass the offering plate, it will be located on the pedestal at the back of the church for you to place your Sunday offerings.
– On the shelf in the narthex are materials that you may find of interest to take home with you.
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We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important announcements regarding upcoming events, as well as prayer and adult spiritual formation opportunities.
We continue to honor the guidance delivered by our bishop, as well as our love for God in Christ, to care for one another, by remaining socially distanced, and refrain from in-person fellowship gathering. There are many opportunities for us to worship, and perform ministry, in community, in ways that are of comfort to us, during this continued Covidtide. Please see a listing below and stay tuned to our weekly emails, web site posts, and Sunday bulletins for updates on specific details. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!
St. Edward’s is forming a team to “walk our way” in the YWCA 2021 Race Against Racism. For more information on this event and to learn how to join us, please click the links below. Our team members must register by THIS WEDNESDAY, April 7th!
April grocery cards are in your parish mailboxes.
The parish office will be closed Monday, April 5th – Thursday April 8th. For pastoral emergencies, please contact Father Rick+, or Michelle Bentley.
Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. Let us continue our tradition of generosity for those less fortunate than ourselves.
St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation which continues through Lent! Please check your weekly emails which will have all the study details & Zoom invitation details.
Bible Study: Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM: For questions, please contact Bob Mosebach at email@example.com or Leslie Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch & Learn: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices: Fridays from 12 Noon – 1 PM led by Bob Mosebach
Friday Evening Prayer: Each Friday at 7:00 PM hosted by Patrick and Dina Ishler
Join us on Zoom:
Join Code: 863 2710 5082
Sunday Evening Prayer: Each Sunday (Except Easter Sunday) at 7:00 PM. Anyone interested can send Br. David Rutledge an email to be put on an email distribution list: email@example.com Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95355083080 Meeting ID: 953 5508 3080
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!