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Fall Fundraiser Time Is Here!

Time to gear up for our Annual Basket and Silent Auction and Fundraiser Dinner.  This year the theme is Trivia Night!  Get your teams together and have some fun.  Teams of eight are requested and the night will be general, generic trivia.  When you have your team. . get together and think of a great team name!  Let’s make this fun!  We will set up tables with your team name.   And. . . you do not have to play to attend the dinner.  Join us and support the trivia teams and enjoy the evening of fun, fellowship and raising funds for the ministry of St. Edward’s.  Join Us!

Community Fellowship Dinner


WHAT:  Community Fellowship Dinner

WHEN: Wednesday, September 11th 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.

Discernment Prayer – September 2019

O God of patient and gentle strength, who knows our needs even before we ask, may your loving presence continue to be with us and guide us as we move forward in our search for the next rector of St. Edward’s. Give us an open spirit, discerning hearts and clear minds, that we may trust your will for us and become ever more united in your son our Savior, Jesus Christ. Inspire our conversation, deepen our prayer, and make us a community of humility and grace. Raise up for us, we pray, a priest and pastoral leader who will boldly proclaim your Gospel, faithfully administer your sacraments, and serve your people with love and compassion.

All this we ask through Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Your St. Edward’s Search Committee,

Dottie Gschwend, co-chair

Matthew Sternberg, co-chair

Seth Hake

Beth Lynch

Bill Swiernik

Peter Weber

Basket Auction Volunteers Needed

The annual St. Edward’s Basket Auction will be starting on September 15th!

So. . . you know what that means!  We need basket makers!

Our goal is a variety of 17 food-themed baskets.  You get the ingredients & make the basket yourselves or let us know if you need a basket and we’ll help!  And. . .We wrap and tag! 

We have had great response but we are seeking 5 more baskets as of August 9th!

The most important thing is to pick something you can have fun making!

Ideas or thought-starters are with sign-up sheet in the parish hall on the coffee table.  Baskets are due 09/09/19!

Thank you for your ministry in helping make this year another fun & successful event!


St. Edward’s School Supply Drive

Thanks to all who donated funds and school supplies items.  With your generosity, we were able to supply 27 backpacks and ample supplies to fill them for children in a variety of grades.  Through the Hempfield Food Pantry, organizers put together wonderful backpacks to distribute to families in need.   

Thank you to our Social Outreach Ministry for their dedication in organizing our School Supply Drive each year.    

Ellen Milligan, Dina Ishler, Bruce Lynch, Beth Lynch, Patrick Ishler doing some awesome school supplies shopping at Target.

UTO Ingathering Press Release

Many times, we participate in projects, such as UTO Ingathering, and we never really know how much of an impact parish-wide participation can have on the final outcomes of such fundraising.  St. Edward’s raised $581.58 last year during the UTO Ingathering which helped in fundraising over $1.5 million throughout The Episcopal Church in 2018.  Thank you for supporting the various outreach programs of The Episcopal Church.


[April 15, 2019] The United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingathering is set to award $1,535,740.55 in 2019, thanks to increased giving by people from across the church in 2018. UTO funds are granted on an annual basis to support mission across The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion.

The UTO 2018 Ingathering reflects an increase in giving of $15,495.15 over the 2017 thank offerings. Fifty-three Episcopal dioceses increased their giving. For a complete breakdown in giving by Province and Diocese since 2000, please visit:

“We are so very grateful for everyone who participates in UTO each year,” shared UTO staff officer, Heather Melton. “Not only because your thank offerings go on to fund innovative mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church through UTO grants, but also because we believe that gratitude is an important and needed expression of faith in the world today. If you think about the Ingathering as an expression of the good things God is doing in the midst of us, then at a dime a piece, that means Episcopalians experienced almost 11 million blessings in 2018.”

Since 1889, UTO has collected and granted $138,629,911.07 in thank offerings to support innovative mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion through 5,257 grants. For the full list of grants awarded by UTO, please visit:  The 2019 grants, funded by the 2018 Ingathering, will be announced mid-June 2019.

UTO was founded to encourage Episcopalians to notice the good things happening in their daily lives and make small thank offerings in a UTO Blue Box or through the UTO Blue Box app. The following year, 100% of those thank offerings are awarded as grants. For more information on UTO, or how to participate, please visit

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.

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.


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