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St. Edward’s Thursday Message – January 14th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

Today, as we look towards the celebration of life for Robert Carter, tomorrow at 1:00 pm, via our YouTube live stream channel, and we continue to pray for Father Stephen, Rayelenn, and the entire Casey family as they fight their battle with COVID-19, we offer this prayer:

For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Page 815, The Book of Common Prayer)

We are accepting sign-ups for baked goodies (no main dishes, just “sweet treats”) for Rayelenn (we are looking for volunteers for dates in February).  Prayers are deeply needed, and of course, cards are so very welcome!

Cards can be sent to:
The Rev. Canon and Mrs. Stephen C. Casey
429 Camp Meeting Road
Landisville, PA 17538

Be well. Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle


Reminder:  Look for your Saturday email message which will include all links for our Sunday live stream service, via YouTube, at 10:00 AM, our Sunday service bulletin, Virtual Coffee Hour information, as well as giving information.

We will also be offering consecrated wafers for our service of Holy Eucharist this Sunday, safely packaged and available in the narthex, by entering through our front doors.  Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 3 PM.

Scepter Reminder
Articles, pictures and announcements for the February Scepter are due Wednesday January 20th. Please send items to HJ_Miller@Outlook.com

At St. Edward’s, we have two ministries, we would like to call to your attention, in need of continued  parishioner support:

Our first, is our continued support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  So many of our neighbors are in dire need.  St. Edward’s provided, generously, to this social outreach in 2020.  The need continues in 2021, for both financial and food donations.  Here is a food wish list for January: Spaghetti; Spaghetti sauce; Mac and cheese; Jelly; Peanut butter; Canned pears; Canned peaches; Instant oatmeal; Regular oatmeal. Let us continue our tradition of generosity for those less fortunate than ourselves.

Our second, is our Altar Flower ministry.  It is through the generous donations of parishioners that we beautify our altar shelves with fresh flowers.  These symbolize for us, a lifting up of God’s creation and are displayed in memory of those whom we love, and in thanksgiving for the blessings in our lives.  Such a subtle, yet important, component of our worship services at St. Edward’s.  There are 41 weeks in a calendar year that we seek donations of $100 for our altar flowers, with the remembrance printed in our bulletin and read during the Prayers of the People.  We currently have commitments for 9 Sundays in 2021 and we are seeking 32 additional commitments. It is our hope that you will prayerfully consider donating to this important ministry and help us keep this important St. Edward’s tradition alive. Please contact the parish office with questions on how to donate and submit your remembrance.


MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR VIA ZOOM
Adult Spiritual Formation – Winter 2021 Flier – Click here to view/download

We will be offering a 3-part series, commencing January 28th, led by Br. David Rutledge focusing on using the BCP for Morning and Evening Prayer. Resources needed:  1979 Book of Common Prayer and a Bible (your choice of translation). Episcopal Church Calendar  https://www.churchpublishing.org/episcopalchurchyearguidekalendar2021  (contact your parish office).
Contact Br David Rutledge for more information and to register:  drutledge1225@gmail.com
Registration deadline is January 25.

Zoom details are below:

Topic: Using the BCP for Morning and Evening Prayer
Time: Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Thu, until Feb 11, 2021, 3 occurrence(s)
Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM
Feb 4, 2021 07:00 PM
Feb 11, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 839 0818 0375
Passcode: 542551

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Friday, January 15th,  Lunch & Learn Adult Spiritual Formation – NEW TIME FOR THIS FRIDAY: 3 PM
We will pick up where we left off, amid our conversation on the Sacramental Rite of Matrimony.  All are welcome, even if you haven’t been with us so far.  We are together every Friday, via Zoom, from noon to one pm, taking learning bites out of the BCP with the help of the book ‘Walk in Love’.  Scroll down to note the Zoom meeting join information.

Friday Evening Prayer – January 15th
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

 

Friday Lunch & Learn:  January 15th NEW TIME FOR THIS FRIDAY – 3 PM, via Zoom
We will pick up where we left off, amid our conversation on the Sacramental Rite of Matrimony.  All are welcome, even if you haven’t been with us so far, as we take learning bites out of the BCP with the help of the book ‘Walk in Love’. Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer? There are so many wonderful Prayers and Collects to share with the group, from our BCP.  We would welcome your participation. Attendance at every session is not required.

Chapter Six Handout, click here.

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

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St. Edward’s Monday Message – January 11th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

As we begin this week, let us turn to our Book of Common Prayer, as a source of comfort, faith, and inspiration, and pray from page 832:

For Guidance
O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please keep Patrick, Dina and the entire Ishler family in your prayers, this week, as they mourn the loss of their beloved father and grandfather, Robert Carter.  Cards of support and condolence can be mailed to:

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Ishler and Family
1329 Firestone Road
Lititz, PA 17543

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

As we wrapped up the Krist Kindling season with our Krist Kindling reveal fellowship event last evening, which was great fun, Father Rick and I wanted to personally reach out to the “Secret Santa” who so thoughtfully, and lovingly, presented such wonderful gifts to both myself, and to Father Rick’s household, during our season of Advent.  We are so thankful!  You have remained elusive, but please know that your kindness has touched us, deeply.

In case you missed it, click to view the Sunday Service for the First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 10th 

We continue to offer consecrated wafers for our service of Holy Eucharist this Sunday, safely packaged and available in the narthex.  Please enter through our front doors between the hours of 11 AM – 3 PM.

We prayerfully request you consider signing up for the Altar Flowers for a Sunday of your choice in 2021.  The Altar Flowers beautify our sanctuary each week and are made possible through the generous donations of parishioners. The cost is $100 and your donation is recognized in our Sunday bulletin in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, your loved ones, a remembrance, or celebratory event in your life.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:  We continue to request monetary, and food, donations, from our parish family, that are so needed at HAFP.  We may be in a “new year” but the need remains strong.  The HAFP Food Wish List for January: 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 VIA ZOOM
Adult Spiritual Formation – Winter 2021 Flier – Click here to view/download

Wednesday Evening Bible Study will resume next Wednesday, January 20th, with a new session, led by Father Rick, as he introduces our new book and study.  Please look for the Zoom link in the Monday email for January 18th.  Please take the time, this week, to purchase the book for the session and as a way to prepare for this new session, perhaps take this additional week to read through the book on Mark, in its entirety.  The book title and ID information is:

Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark
Marcus J. Borg
Jul/2009, 144 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN-13: 9780819223395

This book is available on Amazon, in a Kindle version and also in paperback.  It is also available at Barnes & Noble, and through Church Publishing.


We will also be offering a 3-part series, commencing January 28th, led by Br. David Rutledge focusing on using the BCP for Morning and Evening Prayer. Resources needed:  1979 Book of Common Prayer and a Bible (your choice of translation). Episcopal Church Calendar  https://www.churchpublishing.org/episcopalchurchyearguidekalendar2021  (contact your parish office).
Contact Br David Rutledge for more information and to register:  drutledge1225@gmail.com
Registration deadline is January 25.

Zoom details are below:

Topic: Using the BCP for Morning and Evening Prayer
Time: Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Thu, until Feb 11, 2021, 3 occurrence(s)
Jan 28, 2021 07:00 PM
Feb 4, 2021 07:00 PM
Feb 11, 2021 07:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83908180375?pwd=WkZMK3RoczlZc2tRbFB3cktRbXJrUT09
Meeting ID: 839 0818 0375
Passcode: 542551

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Meeting ID: 839 0818 0375
Passcode: 542551
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcJhyLma0e

Friday, January 15th,  Lunch & Learn Adult Spiritual Formation – 12 Noon – 1 PM
We continue our conversation on the Sacramental Rite of Matrimony.  All are welcome, even if you haven’t been with us so far.  We are together every Friday, via Zoom, from noon to one pm, taking learning bites out of the BCP with the help of the book ‘Walk in Love’.  Scroll down to note the Zoom meeting join information.

Friday Evening Prayer – January 15th
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

 

Friday Lunch & Learn:  January 15th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
We continue with our conversation on the Sacramental Rite of Matrimony.  All are welcome, even if you haven’t been with us so far, as we take learning bites out of the BCP with the help of the book ‘Walk in Love’. Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer? There are so many wonderful Prayers and Collects to share with the group, from our BCP.  We would welcome your participation. Attendance at every session is not required.

Chapter Six Handout, click here.

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

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84479709447?pwd=OWlobm83TDgwNlVoK3hFbjBlWnZSdz09

Meeting ID: 844 7970 9447

Passcode: 228332

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+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 844 7970 9447

Passcode: 228332

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbq2eaazXj

 

Sunday Online Worship at St. Edward’s – First Sunday after the Epiphany – January 10, 2021

Dear friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to our online worship and ministry offerings for this Sunday, the First Sunday after the Epiphany.  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 the Epiphany, January 10th, which will be live streamed at 10:00 AM on Sunday.

Click here to download our service bulletin for the First Sunday after the Epiphany.


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 we keep our faith strong and our hope eternal.  While we continue to honor the guidance delivered by our Bishop, as well as our love of God in Christ, to care for one another, by remaining socially distanced, and refrain from in-person worship and gathering, 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 celebrate, this Sunday, The Baptism of our Lord, and say The Baptismal Covenant, let us remember, from our Book of Common Prayer (p. 819) a prayer For those about to be Baptized or to renew their Baptismal Covenant

O God, you prepared your disciples for the coming of the Spirit through the teaching of your Son Jesus Christ: Make the hearts and minds of your servants ready to receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit, that they may be filled with the strength of his presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Virtual Coffee Hour this Sunday, January 10th, 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 message.


We prayerfully request you consider signing up for the Altar Flowers for a Sunday of your choice in 2021.  The Altar Flowers beautify our sanctuary each week and are made possible through the generous donations of parishioners. The cost is $100 and your donation is recognized in our Sunday bulletin in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, your loved ones, a remembrance, or celebratory event in your life.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:  We continue to request monetary, and food, donations, from our parish family, that are so needed at HAFP.  We may be in a “new year” but the need remains strong.  The UPDATED HAFP Food Wish List for January: Spaghetti; Spaghetti sauce; Mac and cheese; Jelly; Peanut butter; Canned pears; Canned peaches; Instant oatmeal; Regular oatmeal

Sunday Krist Kindling “Reveal” Event – January 10th 7 PM Join us for our traditional “reveal” of Krist Kindling adventures from December. You do not have to be a Krist Kindling participant to join us in an evening of fellowship. Please contact Meredith Westgate for the Zoom invitation link.

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.


Our fervent prayer is requested, as Father Stephen elongates his stay, for his care for COVID-19, at Lancaster General Hospital.  Please hold Rayelenn, Emily, Elizabeth, Kevin, Sadie, and Emma in your deep prayers.  Rayelenn is so grateful to the “good, good people at St. Edward’s who are praying for Stephen.”  We continue to be mindful of their space for health and healing, and it has been requested that cards and prayers are most in need right now.  Please refrain from calls and texts.

Cards can be sent to:
The Rev. Canon and Mrs. Stephen C. Casey
429 Camp Meeting Road
Landisville, PA 17538

For Recovery from Sickness
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servant Stephen the help of your power, that his sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


(Book of Common Prayer, p. 458)

Be well. Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

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.

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.

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
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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 Thursday Message – December 17th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

Tonight, we offer a prayer For Joy in God’s Creation, in this Third Week of Advent:

O heavenly Father, who hast filled the world with beauty: Open our eyes to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works; that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, we may learn to serve thee with gladness; for the sake of him through whom all things were made, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(BCP, pg. 814)

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Scepter articles, photos, submissions are due to Mac Miller by Sunday, December 20th.  Submit to Mac at hj_miller@outlook.com.

Please remember the Hempfield Area Food Pantry in your holiday “gift” giving.  They are so thankful for our robust support throughout this year. But, as we enter the 2 week holiday season there are so many families in need of food that any monetary gift we can continue to give to them would be received with immense gratitude.  Thank you!

Looking for a way to brighten someone’s day during the holidays? 
We can all participate in our own personal “social outreach.”  Click on the link below to find a list of Retirement Homes in our area that are accepting cards for their residents.  What a nice way for us to reach out to the wider community to let them know that we care!

Retirement Home List for Christmas Cards

Look for our Virtual Holiday Card to be revealed this weekend!  I have had a sneak preview and it is just lovely!  Thank you to Christina McLaughlin and Ellen Milligan for putting this special Christmas sentiment together for our St. Edward’s parish family!

Be a part of a St. Edward’s tradition by contributing to our Christmas Altar Flowers.   We will continue with our tradition of offering people the opportunity to donate to our Christmas Flowers for our Christmas Eve service, live streamed at 8:00 PM, with the names of your loved ones remembered in the service bulletin.  Flower entries are at a suggested donation of $20.  Please email the parish office by December 21st with your names and amount donated.  When sending in your check, please make it payable to St. Edward’s and mark in the memo line “Christmas Flowers.”  Click here for more information.

We have 2021 Episcopal Church calendars in.  If you would like to pick one up next week when you stop by to pick up your consecrated wafers for Christmas Eve services, we will have them available.  The wafers may be picked up Monday, December 21st – Wednesday, December 23rd from 11 AM – 3 PM.  The office is closed on Thursday, December 24th.

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!

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MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK VIA ZOOM
Friday, December 18th,  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 note the Zoom meeting join information.


Lessons & Carols – Virtual Convocation Event, which will go LIVE at 9:00 AM on Friday, December 18th.
Click here to go directly to the service.

Click here to download the service bulletin.

 

Friday Evening Prayer – December 18th
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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Blue Christmas Service at St. Luke’s Mt. Joy via Zoom – December 19th at 7 PM 
Please do follow the link to the RSVP, at https://forms.gle/qvMd9A43TidGcG9z6 so that we know to welcome you into the service. This is to ensure that the Zoom meeting is secure.

Friday Lunch & Learn:  December 18th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Our conversation continues, this week, with Chapter Six, in our text.  We have had engaging and enlivening discussions each week! Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer, this week?  There are many wonderful Prayers and Collects in our BCP!  We  would welcome your participation. Attendance at every session is not required.

Chapter Six Handout, click here to download.

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 Online Worship at St. Edward’s – Second Advent – December 6, 2020

Dear friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to our online worship this weekend as we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent.

Due to the alarming rise in cases within Lancaster County and here in our own township, as your rector, I prayerfully request that we 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

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Please note the NEW TIME of 10 AM for our one Sunday Service via our YouTube Channel, which will be followed by a virtual coffee hour (detailed below).

Click here to connect to our YouTube Channel to enjoy the Second Sunday of Advent Rite II service, with a Prayer for Spiritual Communion, at 10:00 AM, on Sunday, December 6th.

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 Second Sunday of Advent Rite II service bulletin, with a Prayer for Spiritual Communion, for Sunday, December 6th.


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.

The season of Advent is upon us, and 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! We are all in this together and we are all connected as we walk in hope, peace, joy, and love, during this season of Advent, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Rose Dixon Memorial Service:  In case you missed watching the service for Rose Dixon today, click here to view.

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

Our virtual cultural event, Fire in the Glen, scheduled for December 13th has been postponed, due to the Coronavirus. Stay tuned for any rescheduling. It reminds us that 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.

Christmas Flowers at St. Edward’s: We will be offering our traditional Christmas Flower sign-up with your “In Memory of” or “In Thanksgiving for” names to be placed in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Please prayerfully consider signing up for Christmas flowers this year. Flowers are $20 and can be submitted, via email, with your check mailed into the parish office, made payable to St. Edward’s and marked “Christmas Flowers” in the memo line. Deadline is December 20th.

December 18th: Lessons & Carols Virtual Convocation Event – Stay tuned for details.

Drive-In Christmas Worship: Our December Bishop Out of the Box event will be Drive-in Worship services. We will have two options of free, outdoor, socially distanced services to help us all celebrate the Christmas season. From your car, enjoy a Christmas message, live worship, and carols. The first will be on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 6:30 PM at The Point Drive-in, Northumberland. The second will be on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM EST at The Cumberland Valley Drive-in, Newville. We welcome fellow St. Edward’s parishioners to join us at either of these events (Carlisle is the closer drive-in event) as Father Rick, Randy Westgate, Jamie Alton, and Mike Freshwater will be providing wonderful music for these services.

Christmas Eve at St. Edward’s: December 24th 8 PM virtual Rite II service live streamed on the St. Edward’s YouTube Channel. Please stay tuned for details regarding how we will distribute consecrated wafers for Christmas Holy Communion at home.

Our December Scepter is posted on our web site. Click here. Color copies will be in the front entry and available for pick up Monday – Friday 11 AM – 3 PM.

Our monthly grocery cards can be picked up starting Monday, December 7th and will be in your parish mailboxes, or can be mailed to you. Please let the parish office know if you would like your cards mailed.


Annual Jesse Tree Project was such a beautiful example of the love and generosity that abounds this year!  Thank you to all who so graciously contributed to this St. Edward’s Social Outreach ministry, and a holiday tradition at St. Edward’s.  Because of your faithful commitment to this project, we raised over $2,100 this year!!

Join us for our Virtual Coffee Hour, right after the 10 AM service, each Sunday,  from 11:00 AM – 11:40 AM, on Zoom.  It will be hosted by Christina McLaughlin. During these holidays, and because we cannot gather in-person through the end of this calendar year, sharing fellowship with our community is not only a connective thread for the fabric of our parish life, but it is wonderful “social outreach.”  We invite you to join us! Join code and pass code were in your weekly emails.



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 pray for Robert Carter, father of Dina Ishler, who is battling Covid-19.  Please offer your prayers, love, and support to the Ishler family and keep all of them in our deepest hearts and prayers as they support each other.

As Dina so graciously  expressed this week:  “I’d also like to lift up how hard it is for anyone in a residential facility in this era because of all the isolation and loneliness. . . let us all hold all such folks close in our souls.” 
 
In addition to the Prayer for the Aged, below, please pray for people, of all ages, who live in residential facilities.

Prayer For the Aged

Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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. 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 Thursday Message – December 3rd

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

As we journey within our first week of Advent, with hope in our hearts, we offer this prayer from page 827 in The Book of Common Prayer:

For Knowledge of God’s Creation

Almighty and everlasting God, you made the universe with all its marvelous order, its atoms, worlds, and galaxies, and the infinite complexity of living creatures: Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation, we may come to know you more truly, and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose; in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5th at 3:00 PM as we celebrate the life of our beloved parishioner, Rose Dixon.  While the in-person service is for immediate family only, we will be livestreaming our service, via our YouTube Channel.

Please tune in here for the Saturday service at 3 PM.

Click here to download our service bulletin.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

The December Scepter will be online this weekend.  We will print color copies and leave in the table in the front entry, if you would like to stop by during the week, from 11 AM – 3 PM, to pick up a copy.

Grocery cards will be available by Monday, December 7th.  If you would like yours mailed, please contact the parish office.

Advent Intergenerational Lesson

Since the season of Advent has arrived and continues for the next four weeks, the Christian education lesson for this week is intergenerational.  You are invited to listen to the recorded introduction, read through the lesson, and then complete one or both of the suggested activities as we are invited to enter the “waiting period” for the return of Jesus.  Though this lesson comes to you late in the day, the season of advent has arrived and continues for the next four weeks when we are invited to enter the “waiting period” for the return of Jesus. During each day, both youth and adults are encouraged to spend time listening and in prayer.

Leslie, Director of Christian Education

Click here to listen to the Advent introduction and download the Advent Wreath Instructions

Be a part of a St. Edward’s tradition by contributing to our Christmas Altar Flowers.   We will continue with our tradition of offering people the opportunity to donate to our Christmas Flowers for our Christmas Eve service, live streamed at 8:00 PM, with the names of your loved ones remembered in the service bulletin.  Flower entries are at a suggested donation of $20.  Please email the parish office by December 20th with your names and amount donated.  When sending in your check, please make it payable to St. Edward’s and mark in the memo line “Christmas Flowers.”  Click here for more information.

Many of you have expressed an interest in receiving a 2021 Episcopal Church calendar.  We have ordered 25.  Please let the office know if you would like to have us put aside one for you!  We are accepting donations for the calendars, with a suggested amount of $3-$5, to offset the cost of production.  Thank you.

Click here for service times and offerings during the seasons of Advent and Christmas, at St. Edward’s, as well as diocesan offerings (including the information for our Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour at 11 AM!)

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK VIA ZOOM
Friday, December 4th,  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 note the Zoom meeting join information.
Friday Evening Prayer – December 4th
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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Saturday Taize Service – December 5th 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.

 

December 13th at 3:00 PM:  Mark your calendars for a St. Edward’s Virtual Cultural Event, LIVE, on our YouTube Channel. 

The St. Edward’s Cultural Events Ministry invites you to a very special virtual event of music and dance!

Fire in the Glen has been performing in south-central Pennsylvania since 1999, and they’ve been sharing A Celtic Christmas over the holidays for the last decade. The holiday-themed show blends traditional Scottish and Irish music with familiar Christmas melodies and some more obscure holiday tunes from England and Ireland. The band features Tom Knapp on fiddle and bodhran (the traditional Irish drum), Megan Mullen on vocals and keyboard, and Mick Mullen on vocals and guitar. A varied set list includes: What Child is This, The Devonshire Carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Christmas in Killarney, The Snowflake Jig, Angels We Have Heard on High, Away in a Manger, Deck the Halls, Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake, Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Golden Carol of the Wisemen, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Joy to the World, Silent Night, O Holy Night and an assortment of traditional Celtic songs and tunes!

Along with Fire in the Glen, we will have a special performance of Irish dance by Faith Carter Ishler! A lifelong dancer, Faith has travelled the globe and has earned awards in many prestigious competitions. A 2020 graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a degree in journalism/social media, Faith trains at the Hooley School of Irish Dance.

Join us on Sunday, December 13th at 3:00 PM by tuning into the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube Channel and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music & dance! We welcome donations to our cultural events series, via Paypal, (our link is on the St. Edward’s YouTube home page) or by sending a check to St. Edward’s Episcopal Church. Your support allows us to continue our ministry of bringing cultural events to our wider community.


Friday Lunch & Learn:  December 4th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Our conversation continues, this week, with Chapter Five, in our text.  We have had engaging and enlivening discussions each week! Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer, this week?  We  would welcome your participation. Attendance at every session is not required.

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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St. Edward’s Monday Message – November 30th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

As we begin a new week, and are on the eve of entering a new month, tomorrow, we offer this Collect from Evening Prayer II:

A Collect for the Presence of Christ

Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.

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

Sunday, November 29th – Rite II – 10:00 AM

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5th at 3:00 PM as we celebrate the life of our beloved parishioner, Rose Dixon.  While the in-person service is for immediate family only, we will be livestreaming our service, via our YouTube Channel.  Please tune in here.  We will publish this link, again, in our Thursday email.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Krist Kindling has begun!  Please contact Meredith Westgate at week’s end if you have any questions after your first week!  Be safe in your travels and have fun!  Keep your Krist Kindling partner(s) in your prayers.

The December Scepter will be online this weekend.  We will print color copies and leave in the table in the front entry, if you would like to stop by, during the week, from 11 AM – 3 PM, to pick up a copy.

Grocery cards will be available by Monday, December 7th.  If you would like yours mailed, please contact the parish office.


Our 2021 Stewardship Campaign is coming to a close.  But, if you have not mailed in your pledge commitment as of November 30th, please prayerfully consider participating in the stewarding and ministry of St. Edward’s!  2021 promises to be a wonderful year filled with new ministry and continued care and feeding to our church campus and it is exciting to think we can all be an integral part of our parish community’s success!   Thank you, one and all, for your continued support of St. Edward’s.

Annual Jesse Tree Project 
What an amazing response to this important seasonal ministry, especially this year!  In speaking with Leslie Arnold, today, she reports we have exceeded the expectations of social outreach with our outpouring of support for these families in need and we will be providing a wonderful gift package to each of the children from COBYS we have committed to support.  Thank you!!!

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:  We continue to receive monetary donations, from our parish family, that are so needed at HAFP.  As we have been witness, in our news cycles, to the heartbreaking, and endless, lines at food pantries around the country, it is encouraging to know that the people of St. Edward’s are helping to support our local wider community with such love and generosity.  Thank you for your dedicated and continued support, as we enter this next holiday season.

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK VIA ZOOM
Wednesday Evening, December 2nd – 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, December 4th,  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 note the Zoom meeting join information.

Friday Evening Prayer – December 4th
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:
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December 13th at 3:00 PM:  Mark your calendars for a St. Edward’s Virtual Cultural Event, LIVE, on our YouTube Channel. 

Fire in the Glen has been performing in south-central Pennsylvania since 1999, and they’ve been sharing A Celtic Christmas over the holidays for the last decade. The holiday-themed show blends traditional Scottish and Irish music with familiar Christmas melodies and some more obscure holiday tunes from England and Ireland. The band features Tom Knapp on fiddle and bodhran (the traditional Irish drum), Megan Mullen on vocals and keyboard, and Mick Mullen on vocals and guitar.

Although their set list varies, the show will include a selection of the following: What Child is This, The Devonshire Carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Christmas in Killarney, The Snowflake Jig, Angels We Have Heard on High, Away in a Manger, Deck the Halls, Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake, Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Golden Carol of the Wisemen, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Joy to the World, Silent Night, O Holy Night and an assortment of traditional Celtic songs and tunes!

A special treat added to this Celtic Christmas event is a performance of Irish dance by our very own Faith Carter Ishler!  A dancer since the age of three years old, Faith has been competing at the Open Championship level, the highest level of Irish dance, since 2011. She has traveled extensively to pursue competition opportunities in both the United States and abroad, including British Columbia, Montreal, Dublin, Killarney, Belfast and Glasgow. She has earned awards at many prestigious competitions, including two recalls at the World Championships, ranking in the top twenty-five of all dancers in her age group. She also enjoys performing and achieved a successful audition for the international dance phenomenon “Lord of the Dance” in 2017. A 2020 graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a degree in journalism/social media, Faith trains at the Hooley School of Irish Dance.


Friday Lunch & Learn:  December 4th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Our conversation continues, this week, with Chapter Five, in our text.  We have had engaging and enlivening discussions each week! Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer, this week?  We  would welcome your participation. Attendance at every session is not required.

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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