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Easter Sunday Worship at St. Edward’s – April 4, 2021

 

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:


vaccinateLancaster.org
**If you need assistance in registering/navigating this website, please contact me, or the parish office, and we will assist you.

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Father Rick+


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.

Michelle

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!

Click here to connect to the Easter Sunday service, April 4th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for Easter Sunday

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for Easter Sunday

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.

*If you enjoy the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube channel, and you have a Gmail or YouTube account, the next time you tune in, please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the home page to be included as a subscriber to St. Edward’s!  We would welcome the support and we will not generate any unwanted notifications to you.  Become a part of our St. Edward’s community!   Thank you to those who have subscribed! 


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!

St. Edward’s Registration Information Flier

YWCA Race Against Racism brochure

Click here to view our April Scepter online

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 rcmosebach@comcast.net or Leslie Arnold at larnold897@aol.com.

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:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082
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: drutledge1225@gmail.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!

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.

 

 

 

Sunday Online Worship at St. Edward’s – Second Sunday after Christmas – January 3, 2021

Dear friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to our online worship and ministry offerings for this Sunday, the first Sunday of this New Year, and the Second Sunday after Christmas.  All essential links are noted below. 

Due to the alarming rise in cases within Lancaster County and here in our own township, as your rector, I prayerfully request that we continue to refrain from gathering with other parishioners in public groups, particularly in restaurants, indoor spaces, or even outdoors without masks. COVID-19 is not a hoax.  We are all in this together, and honoring our parish community, by complying 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 two links that may be helpful:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Father Rick +

Click here to connect to The Second Sunday after Christmas Liturgy of the Word, January 3rd, which will go live at 10:00 AM on Sunday.  

Click here to download our service bulletin for the Second Sunday after Christmas.

We are so fortunate to have the music, for this Sunday’s service, provided by the St. Edward’s Band – The Rev. Dr. Rick Bauer, Dr. Randy Westgate, Mike Freshwater, and Jamie Alton.


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.

As we enter 2021 with strong faith, peace, hope, and love, and look forward towards all of the good things to come, we continue to honor the guidance delivered by our Bishop, as well as our love of God in Christ, to care for one another, remain socially distanced, and refrain from in-person worship and gathering.  But, there are many opportunities for us to worship together, in other ways, 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 as we are updated with times and links. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!

As we think about the sense of renewal a new year brings, let us read from page 99 of the BCP:

A Collect for the Renewal of Life

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness during the day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Virtual Coffee Hour this Sunday, January 3rd, from 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM, on Zoom. Hosted by Christina McLaughlin. Let us share our fellowship with one another during this stay-at home holiday season! Your join code and passcode are in your Saturday email communication.

Grocery Cards: Will be available to pick up on January 4th.

Giving Envelopes:  YES!  Our 2021 giving envelopes are in and if you are a household who gets giving envelopes they can be picked up starting January 4th from 11 AM-3 PM.

Please consider donating to the Altar Flowers fund during 2021.  These flowers beautify our services each Sunday and can be given in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, your loved ones or in celebration of an event in your life.  It is a wonderful way to support St. Edward’s, and supports our local business, El Jardin florist, and shows those who view our services online what an outstanding sanctuary we have!

The Scepter is published, online and in print.  To view the January 2021 edition, click here.

We have exciting Spiritual Formation opportunities to engage in starting in January, 2021.  Click here to get an overview, but please pay attention to weekly emails which will provide the Zoom invitation details.



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.

While we may have flipped the calendar just a couple days ago, into a new year, we continue to pray for so many, during this Covidtide.  We also pray for the safe and expedient distribution of the vaccine and all of those who have been tasked with this very important scientific and medical endeavor.

The message this Saturday is quite simple and was shared by a beloved parishioner, Jill Bell, to our vestry junior warden, Julie Hoff, who shared it with me. Please click the link below and enjoy.  It is a wonderful sentiment in every way!

A beautiful rendition of Auld Lang Syne – A poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song, with this version set to the beauty of Norway.

Click here:  Auld Lang Syne by Sissel

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!

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.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

St. Edward’s Monday Message – December 28th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

We wish you Great Joy during this Christmastide as we journey towards our New Year!  We will not be sending out a Thursday email, as the office is closed this week and there is very light news to share.  Our next email will be Saturday, January 2nd with details for Sunday worship and fellowship offerings.  Then, stay tuned for many happenings starting in January, 2021!  For now, let us be at peace and in contemplative prayerful moments, as we bask in the Good News and Glory of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

In case you missed it, we invite you to view our Sunday worship offering from the Diocese:

Sunday, December 27th – Shaped by Faith Virtual Liturgy

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

As we reflect on this past year, you may wish to visit the St. Edward’s YouTube Channel,
by clicking here.

It is a wonderful way to reflect on all that St. Edward’s, as a community of faith, has accomplished in 2020, weathering this Covidtide with a resilience that is found when we confront challenges together, lean on each other, and put our faith in God.

Not only do we say, “Thanks be to God,” but we also give thanks to and for Father Rick – for his  pastoral guidance, faithful spirit, and strong leadership in shepherding our parish every day, and to Katrina, Ricky, and Christian; to each and every parishioner, ministry leader, ministry participants; and to friends and visitors of St. Edward’s, all of whom have made our community stronger and who have helped serve our wider community in generous ways that show our commitment to loving and serving God.

Noteworthy Items:  The January Scepter, January grocery cards, and 2021 giving envelopes will be available starting Monday, January 4th.  Please do not forget to sign up for altar flowers in 2021 by contacting the parish office.  There will be announcements in our Sunday bulletin regarding this very important ministry that pays tribute to your loved ones and serves to beautify our altar each Sunday.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:  We continue to receive monetary donations, from our parish family and friends, that are so needed at HAFP.  The new year, 2021, is only days away and it is a crucial time for many families as they await the continuation of their lapsed benefits.  Let us continue to show our support for those in need in our wider community. Please keep these families in your prayers. Thank you for your dedicated and continued support.

WORSHIP DURING THIS CHRISTMASTIDE WEEK


Friday Evening Prayer – January 1st
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.
Join us on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082
Join Code:  863 2710 5082

Saturday Taize Service – January 2nd 5:00 PM – Members of St. Edwards are cordially invited to join St. Luke’s for our Zoom Taize service. A service of deep prayer and worship, sacred darkness, and the singing of chants in candlelight. We cannot meet in person at present, so the services will be held on Zoom, to create a greater sense of community. Prepare by lighting some candles. Connect to the service:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84847298680.

Please contact St. Luke’s to let us know you will attend – at stlukesmountjoy@gmail.com Secure services – waiting room enabled.

Sunday Online Worship at St. Edward’s – First Sunday after Christmas – December 27, 2020

Dear friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to a wide variety of online worship and ministry offerings, to view in reflection, and to view as new, for this peaceful weekend after Christmas Day.  All essential links are noted below. 

Due to the alarming rise in cases within Lancaster County and here in our own township, as your rector, I prayerfully request that we continue to refrain from gathering with other parishioners in public groups, particularly in restaurants, indoor spaces, or even outdoors without masks. COVID-19 is not a hoax.  We are all in this together, and honoring our parish community, by complying 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 two links that may be helpful:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Father Rick +

Click here to connect to The First Sunday after Christmas Shaped by Faith Virtual Liturgy offered by The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, on Sunday, December 27th

Click here to view the Service of Lessons and Carols from our own Lancaster Convocation

Click here to view St. Edward’s Christmas Eve service:  The Feast of the Incarnation

Click here to view the wonderful music of the Central PA Episcopal Collaborative Choir

As you snuggle in your warm homes today, staying in from the winter’s chill, perhaps basking in the glow of a warm fire and a beautifully lit Christmas tree, let us remember that today, December 26th, is the Feast of Saint Stephen and is remembered in the traditional Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” – a wonderful message of struggle and piety in a journey to deliver alms to a poor peasant.  There are many versions of this famous carol, but one you may find lovely to listen to is performed by The Roches – Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy – three Irish-American sisters who formed their trio in the 1970s and performed as a group until 2017.  We share this YouTube link with you, to enjoy, on this feast day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-G4TWr4Zi8


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.

During this Christmastide, while we must stay socially distanced and refrain from in-person worship, in our sanctuary, there are many opportunities for us to worship together during this Covidtide. Please see a listing below and stay tuned to our weekly emails, web site posts, and Sunday bulletins for updates on specific details as we are updated with times and links. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith! Let us read the Collect for today, The Feast of Saint Stephen:

We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands at your right hand; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Did you miss viewing the Virtual Christmas greeting card?  Well, the great thing about YouTube is it is there, anytime, for all to see and remember the members of your St. Edward’s parish family!  Click here to view.


Virtual Coffee Hour this Sunday, December 27th, from 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM, on Zoom. Hosted by Christina McLaughlin. Let us share our fellowship with one another during this stay-at home holiday season!  Your join code and pass code can be found in your Saturday email message.

Grocery Cards:  We will be ordering grocery cards for January and you will be able to pick them up on January 4th.

Giving Envelopes:  YES!  Our 2021 giving envelopes are in and if you are a household who gets giving envelopes they can be picked up starting January 4th from 11 AM-3 PM.

Office Closed:  December 24th – January 3rd.  BUT, if there is an emergency or a need, you can always reach out to leave a message on the parish office phone, via email, or contact Father Rick, for pastoral needs, or Michelle for church “business.”



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.

We continue to pray for so many, during this Covidtide.  Those who are ill or recovering from illness; all of our essential and front-line workers; those who are hungry and in jeopardy of losing their shelter, as their most essential lifeline benefits they rely upon expire today; and those who struggle in their own lives, yet find alms to help others – they all need our prayers.  And, we especially keep all those who are experiencing loneliness, during this holiday season, in our prayers.  There are so many stories of people, stricken with COVID19 and struggling, and people who continue to self-isolate to be safe, but are experiencing deep loneliness.  So, for this week, our message is the same as last week:   Let us be gentle and kind, to ourselves, and each other, continue to find ways to “pay it forward,”  take deep breaths, be safe, and thank God for all of our blessings.


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!

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.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

Christmas Eve Online Worship at St. Edward’s – December 24, 2020

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

Christmas Eve is near!  We count our blessings and give thanks for the generosity and love that we have felt at St. Edward’s this year.  As evening descends upon us, let us remember A Collect for Peace, from page 123 of the Book of Common Prayer, as we quietly prepare for The Feast of the Incarnation, where we commemorate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

A Collect for Peace
Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Our St. Edward’s Virtual Christmas Greeting is here!  Click here to view!   Enjoy!!!

Here is everything you need for our Christmas Eve Services.  Please remember to tune in at 7:45 PM , tomorrow, so you can hear our lovely prelude music.

Click here to link to the St. Edward’s Christmas Eve Service

Click here to download our Christmas Eve Service Bulletin

We have a lovely shared offering, from our sister parish, St. Luke’s in Mt. Joy, of their Zoom nativity play.  Let us share in the joy they had in making it happen. Click the link below to view.

 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JB2ipGvPOHsOfAECYaqPcxBWCdHBwXOW?usp=sharing

Everything is attributed. The Ecumenical Virtual Choir put these carols together for churches to use this year. 


We are so fortunate to have an invitation to a wonderful spiritual offering by The Community of Francis and Clare, and Br. David Rutledge, for Christmas Eve morning.  If you were able to join us for the Thanksgiving Morning Prayer, you know how meditative and special these offerings are and we encourage you to join us!

Christmas Eve Morning Prayer @ 9:00 am ET
Time: Dec 24, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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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!

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.

St. Edward’s Monday Message – November 23rd

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

Here we are in Thanksgiving week!  We pray that all of you have a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving remembrance.  For the parish office, we will be closed Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 PM and will not reopen until Monday, November 30th at 10:00 AM.  But, please look for our usual Saturday afternoon email which will have the links to all service materials for our live streamed First Sunday of Advent service on November 29th at 10:00 AM, and announcements to upcoming events in our parish life.

Believe it or not, even though we are closed to in-person worship we have much going on in fellowship, ministry, and service offerings this week:  Wednesday Bible Study; Thanksgiving Day Morning Prayer led by Brother David Rutledge via Zoom (details below); Jesse Tree; and preparing for Krist Kindling adventures next week; Friday Evening Prayer; First Advent Rite II Sunday service followed by our Sunday virtual coffee hour at 11:00 AM.

And. . . in the weeks to follow in December, we continue with our season of Advent Sunday services, live streamed at 10:00 AM via our YouTube Channel; a virtual Celtic Christmas concert event on December 13th at 3:00 PM; our December Scepter; A Celebration of Life service on December 5th at 3:00 PM, live streamed on our YouTube channel, for our beloved parishioner, Rose Dixon; the ability to sign up for our Christmas flowers; the decorating of our front entrance and sanctuary for the Christmas season; and various Christmas-oriented fellowship ministries led by parish groups to surprise our parish family in heartfelt ways (see below).   We will also post you on our Christmas service offering for December 24th, and details of any seasonal services that you will want to tune into, via YouTube.

While it may be a few days early, we will not have our usual Thursday email, so we pass on to you this Collect for Thanksgiving Day to hold in your hearts and minds for this Thursday.

Thanksgiving Day

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

In case you missed it, we invite you to view our Sunday worship:

Sunday, November 22nd The Liturgy of The Word- 10:00 AM

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Our gratitude to those on our Stewardship Committee for their wonderful testimonies of pledging and what St. Edward’s means to them.  St. Edward’s is a special place!  We thank all who have submitted their pledge forms, to date.  Your commitment and generosity is so greatly appreciated.  But, we need all of you!  As Father Rick, and our Stewardship Committee leaders have so thoughtfully articulated these past 3 weeks, it is the financial support from you, our St. Edward’s parish family, that makes it possible to bring such vibrant ministry to you and the wider community, as well as to properly steward our wonderful church campus.  Please prayerfully consider mailing in your pledge commitment by November 29th.  To learn more, click here. 

Annual Jesse Tree Project Forms Due This Sunday, November 29th
For many, Thanksgiving and Christmas represents a ‘season of giving’.  Giving to the foster children of COBYs during the holidays has been a long-time favorite of this parish.

This service is known as the Jesse Tree project.  Jesse Tree provides gifts for children in foster care, making Christmas a little brighter.  Through COBYS Family Services we obtain a list of children in foster care, their ages, and their Christmas wishes. We don’t take the place of Santa. Rather, we act as Santa’s helpers by adding another gift or two for a child to open on Christmas morning.

Click here for information and sign up form. 


Please keep the HAFP in your prayers this Thanksgiving.  They are thankful for the gifts we are able to deliver to them in dry goods, turkeys, and monetary donations, and we are so thankful to have the opportunity to help them.

St. Edward’s Virtual Christmas Card Ministry
Let’s bless our church family with some Holiday cheer!

Since we can’t wish each other a Merry Christmas in person this year, we are asking you to send a digital photo of you/your family holding a large piece of paper or sign displaying some sort of Christmas message.  (Santa hats and reindeer antlers are optional). We’ll put them all together to create a virtual Christmas card.

Text your photo and names of those in the photo to Christina McLaughlin at 717-415-7043 or email them to cjm702@gmail.com no later than Sunday December 13th.

– Christina McLaughlin and Ellen Milligan


Grocery Cards
We will continue with our grocery card program and the parish office will be ordering cards for December 6th distribution by Wednesday of THIS WEEK.  We can mail them to you, or you can arrange to pick them up.  If you DO NOT want cards for December, please contact the office by tomorrow.

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK VIA ZOOM

Wednesday Evening, November 25th – 6:30 PM Contemporary Bible Study
Led by Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti via Zoom.  Please email Bill or Yvonne if you would like to participate.

Thanksgiving Day Morning Prayer via Zoom with Br David Rutledge

Topic: Thanksgiving Day Morning Prayer
Time: Nov 26, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Friday,  Lunch & Learn Adult Spiritual Formation – Postponed for this week.  Will pick up on Friday, December 4th at Noon.

Friday Evening Prayer – November 27th
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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Sunday Service Online – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 28 – Sunday, November 15, 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 able to hold in-person worship this Sunday 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, November 15th.

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.

Krist Kindling sign up is in full swing!  Please contact the parish office or click here to download the pdf information and sign-up form.


Our Annual Stewardship Campaign is progressing at a wonderful pace!  You will have received a pledge packet in the mail and this Sunday we will hear testimonies from our Stewardship ministry leaders. This is a very important component to the continuing ministry of St. Edward’s.  If you have any questions, would like more information about stewardship, or did not receive a packet, please contact the parish office.  We thank you for your prayerful consideration.


Annual Jesse Tree Project Has Begun
For many, Thanksgiving and Christmas represents a ‘season of giving’.  Giving to the foster children of COBYs during the holidays has been a long-time favorite of this parish.

This service is known as the Jesse Tree project.  Jesse Tree provides gifts for children in foster care, making Christmas a little brighter.  Through COBYS Family Services we obtain a list of children in foster care, their ages, and their Christmas wishes. We don’t take the place of Santa. Rather, we act as Santa’s helpers by adding another gift or two for a child to open on Christmas morning.

Click here for information and sign up form. 


Please prayerfully consider donating a turkey to St. Edward’s, so that we can make Thanksgiving comforting for those who benefit from the Hempfield Area Food Bank.  We are in need of all turkey donations by THIS WEDNESDAY, November 18th. Our goal is to have members of our parish family donate a turkey to our wider community families in need, so that they can have a fulfilling Thanksgiving.

Join us for our Virtual Sunday Social from 4:00 PM – 4:40 PM this Sunday afternoon on Zoom.  It will be hosted by Christina McLaughlin. It’s a great time to get together and say “hello” to your fellow parishioners.  Your join code and pass code are in your Thursday and Saturday email.


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, we ask for you to pray for those in our parish family who have recently lost their loved ones:  The Dixon family; Ethel Lawrence and her family; the family of Miriam Coyne.

A Collect For the Departed

Eternal Lord God, you hold all souls in life: Give to your whole Church in paradise and on earth your light and your peace; and grant that we, following the good examples of those who have served you here and are now at rest, may at the last enter with them into your unending joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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.


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.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

St. Edward’s Thursday Message – November 12th

Dear friends,

Look for all links related to Sunday worship in 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.

Yesterday, our brother, Richard Lawrence, slipped peacefully into his next life.  Please hold his wife, Ethel, as well as their family, friends, and loved ones, in your prayers.

We also learned from Bill Coyne, that his mother, Miriam Joan Coyne, died on November 3rd at Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown.  Miriam, and her husband, Hugh, were faithful members of St. Edward’s for many years primarily attending the Wednesday noonday service.  Hugh passed away in 2012. Bill tells us that Miriam’s wishes were for a simple Commital service at their home church, All Saint’s Scotch Plains, NJ and her ashes were placed in the columbarium, there, next to her husband, Hugh’s ashes.

Prayer for the Faithful Departed
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Father Rick +


We kicked off our stewardship campaign last weekend and have had a very good response to date, but we still need you! Pledge packets were mailed this week and testimonies from our Stewardship committee leaders continue during Sunday worship this Sunday, November 15th and November 22nd.  Click this link to learn more about our upcoming campaign. 

Two St. Edward’s traditional events/ministries are happening:  Our Jesse Tree ministry and our Krist Kindling fellowship activity.  Click the links below to sign up for either, or both!
Jesse Tree Form

Krist Kindling Form

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:   Thank you to all, at St. Edward’s, for your continued support to the HAFP.

The pantry is currently requesting the following items for November: Spam, prune juice, chicken and beef broth, large peanut butter, large jelly, 2 lb. packs of rice, canned pears, instant and regular oatmeal, cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, boxed pastas (ziti, rotini, etc.), canned tomatoes, pancake syrup, canned fruit cocktail.

**Please prayerfully consider donating a turkey for HAFP Thanksgiving Food Drive. Turkeys can be delivered between now and NEXT WEDNESDAY, November 18th and we will transport them to the HAFP.  Let’s meet our goal of each parish family donating a turkey so that our neighbors in need can enjoy a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.

The Community Aid bin has been removed.  Please continue to support this passive form of fundraising by bringing your soft goods to the donation center on Good Drive (near Columbia Avenue) and when you drop off your items reference St. Edward’s partner #40036.  We will earn money towards our social outreach! Every penny counts.

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

Friday Lunch & Learn:  November 13th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together.  This week, we will continue with Chapter 4 in Walk in Love – The Wonderful Sacrament| Eucharistic Beliefs. 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, November 13th 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, and please know that we look for those in the group to offer the closing prayer for any week!

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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Coffee Hour is Back!

Coffee (or favorite beverage!) social hour is back!!!  Join us for our Virtual Sunday Social from 4:00 PM – 4:40 PM Sunday afternoon on Zoom.  It will be hosted by Christina McLaughlin. It’s a great time to get together and say “hello” to your fellow parishioners. The join code and pass code are in your Thursday email.

Set aside Thanksgiving Morning at 9 AM for a special Thanksgiving Day Morning Prayer via Zoom.  The Community of Francis and Clare has a special invitation for us all!  Please see below for the details.

No need to register, just use the Zoom link below.  We will have a short service using the Book of Common Prayer 1979 with scripture and other readings and time of quiet.  Attendees who do not have a BCP, can simply listen if they like.

Blessings and Peace,

David

Br David Rutledge is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Thanksgiving Day Morning Prayer
Time: Nov 26, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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St. Edward’s Monday Message – November 2nd

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

In case you missed it, we invite you to view our Sunday worship:

From The Book of Common Prayer, page 822, we offer a Prayer for an Election

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States (or of this community) in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

It is time to sign up for our traditional Krist Kindling!  If you missed it in the Scepter, click the link below to download the information and sign up sheet.  This may be a fun way to participate in St. Edward’s fellowship and connect with other parishioners, especially for this year, as it is an outside event!  Let’s bring some cheer this year to us all!

Click here for more information and to sign up.


Our 2021 Stewardship Campaign launches this week.  Please look in your mail towards the end of the week for your pledge packet.  To learn more, click here. 

A message from Leslie Arnold, Director of Christian Formation, about an upcoming Youth Event (it is outside and parents can attend with their youth):

Dear Friends,

You are invited to join us on a brief downtown walking tour on Saturday November 7, 2020 from 10am-1pm, which includes lunch (hopefully at Tellus 360, but that is TBD). The trip will be led by Mother Shayna and Randolph Harris, and possibly joined by Dr. Joy Rien of STEM.

Randy, parishioner and lay leader here at Saint James, will guide us through a few historic points showing us how Lancaster played an integral role in our American history.

Our middle and high schoolers are encouraged to come, but this also may be an opportunity for parents to learn about our beautiful and complex Lancastrian history.  Also a great opportunity for class projects(hint hint!)

Randolph served as the Executive Director of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, a private, countywide non-profit organization founded in 1966 to preserve the architectural heritage of Lancaster County. He has since taken on other historical presevervation projects.  Get to know our dear friend Randolph Harris http://undergroundrroriginspa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Bio-RJHSpring2016-wPix.pdf

Register here: https://www.saintjameslancaster.org/children-youth-families/youth/youth-activities/


Hempfield Area Food Pantry “wish list” of food items for November.  We are also kicking off our own “Turkey Drive” to donate frozen turkeys to our friends at the HAFP to make this special dinner a reality for our neighbors in need.  Please buy your turkeys early and deliver them to St. Edward’s by November 18th.  Our freezer will only hold about 20 turkeys, so if you can hold them until closer to the 18th and bring them in, that would be great.  If not, we can make arrangements.  Please contact the parish office.

Spam
Prune juice
Chicken and beef broth
Large peanut butter
Large jelly
2 lb. packs of rice
Canned pears
Instant and regular oatmeal
Cream of celery soup
Cream of chicken soup
Boxed pastas (ziti, rotini etc.)
Canned tomatoes
Pancake syrup
Canned fruit cocktail

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK

Wednesday Holy Eucharist with Healing and Meditation – Wednesday, November 4th
Please enter through the parish hall doors. Masks are required. We have put in place healthy practices for your comfort and safety.

Wednesday Evening, November 4th – 6:30 PM Contemporary Bible Study
Led by Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti via Zoom.  Please email Bill or Yvonne if you would like to participate.

Friday, November 6th,  Lunch & Learn Adult Spiritual Formation – 12 Noon – 1 PM
Join us for this series led by Father Rick, Bob Mosebach, and Wanda Stoltzfus.  Scroll down to download the handout for Friday’s session and to note the Zoom meeting join information.

Friday Evening Prayer – November 6th
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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Friday Lunch & Learn:  November 6th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Our session this week will continue with Chapter Four of our text. Our conversations have been a wonderful exploration of our faith & Episcopal identity and it is wonderful to engage each other in discussion and participation! Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer, this week?  We  would welcome your participation. Attendance at every session is not required.

Handout for this Friday Session Click here.

We encourage you to have your Book of Common Prayer for each session and the text, Walk In Love is optional, but can be ordered at forwardmovement.org or by contacting the parish office (we have copies on hand).  If you do not have a copy of the BCP on hand, this link will give you the downloadable pdf.

With Peace,
Father Rick, Bob Mosebach, and Wanda Stoltzfus

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Sunday Service Online – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25 – Sunday, October 25, 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 25th.

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.

What an event our Fall Fundraiser 2020 was.  If you missed it, click the link below to view such an outpouring of faith, love, and community spirit at St. Edward’s.   If you did tune in, we encourage you to tune in again, especially if you missed the beginning, which had some very special welcoming from Father Rick.  Such incredible talent, beautiful scenery of our sanctuary and memorial garden, and undeniable community spirit!  It will lighten your day and remind you that we are all in this together!  THANK YOU TO ALL!!!

ST. EDWARD’S FALL FUNDRAISER DINNER AUCTION AND VAIRETY SHOW:  WATCH IT HERE



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, Joyce Kamm would like us to pray for her son, Mike, who has been on lockdown for seven months, and all other persons who are incarcerated.  Pray for their strength to endure the isolation of 23.5 hours a day due to COVID.  For the love of Jesus to permeate throughout the prisons.

We also want to send our prayers to Rose Dixon and her entire family as she continues to be a strong fighter in battling her illness. News from her daughter, Cheryl, this week, that Rose had to be hospitalized and is quite weak.  Rose is now resting at home.  Please keep Rose in your prayers and we encourage you to send notes and cards this week.


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.

 


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.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle