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Neighbors in Our Community Need Our Help!

At 11:53pm on 2/22/20, a family in our community who lived on Marietta Avenue, the LaBarriere’s, had a devastatingly life changing fire. Their 18- year-old daughter made it out but she has been transported to Crozer burn center in Chester. The 12-year-old twins (boy and girl) made it out ok. Sadly, their loving mother and grandmother did not make it out of the fire. The house is a complete loss, therefore the kids and Dad need anything and everything.

This community is absolutely amazing and has shown such support in such a short time! Please drop off donations at the West Hempfield Fire Department at 3476 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA. Drop off at doors around back. There will be a big Tupperware container there that you can place any gift cards in (just put lid back on top), if nobody is there.

At St. Edward’s, we are asking for anyone that finds it in their heart to help, to please donate what you can to this cause. In addition to the Fire Department drop-off location, you can also drop items off at the parish office and we will deliver them to the drop-off locations.

There is also a GoFundMe page set up to make monetary donations:

Size 7 girls shoes
Size 10/12 girls clothing
Size 8 boys shoes
Size 10/12 boys clothing
Size Large clothing for Dad

18-year old clothing size – Medium

And please, please PRAY so hard for this family. They are completely devastated!


St. Edward’s Annual Cookie Sale – Saturday, December 7th


2019 cookie sale was a fantastic success!  Thank you to all the volunteers, bakers, crafters who take on this ministry every year and do such a fantastic job.  We raised a total of $3,085.80!  And, of course, thank you to all who come each year and buy these delicious cookies, baked goods and our *NEW* crafts.  Without the community support, we would not have such great fundraising success!

It’s that time of year when St. Edward’s holds their Annual Christmas Cookie Sale.  Renowned for the awesome variety of cookies, it has become a Lancaster favorite as the line forms early before doors open at 8 AM.  Come early for the best selection!

This year, we will be adding Christmas crafts to our sale with a lovely variety of handmade crafts for you to purchase.

As part of our fundraiser, we will also be offering a continental breakfast of coffee/tea, juice, fresh fruit, muffins or bagels for $5.00.  Come and take a break or take it with you (we will have coffee to-go cups!)

Mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing everyone and sharing this St. Edward’s “tradition” with our wider community!

Opioid Epidemic – The Episcopal Church Communique to Parishes

As a follow-up to our Adult Forum on October 20th, the parish office received the communique posted below from The Episcopal Church Task Force.  We feel it is important information to share. 

The Episcopal Church Responds to the Opioid Epidemic

Members invited to participate in survey

Responses requested by: November 27, 2019

[October 30, 2019] The Task Force to Respond to the Opioid Epidemic, created by legislation at the 79th General Convention, is seeking input from lay and ordained leaders throughout the church about the local response to the opioid epidemic through the short survey linked in English here, in Spanish here, and in French here.

Resolution 2018-C037 Call to Respond to Opioid Epidemic calls on all dioceses and parishes in The Episcopal Church to respond to the opioid epidemic with training, pastoral care, advocacy, and liturgy. Central to this response are partnerships with local responders and others in the medical community, other faith communities and local recovery programs to offer pastoral care to those affected by this epidemic, and with other faith leaders to advocate with local and state government regarding policies and laws to promote healing and wholeness for those affected by this epidemic.

This brief survey is designed to gather information in two areas: what is currently working in local contexts, as well as what kind of resources are still needed. There are eight survey questions and an open-ended space for sharing additional resource needs. Survey questions include:

Have you offered pastoral support or guidance to an individual or family facing substance use disorder involving opioids/heroin?

For those who preach: Have you addressed addiction, substance use disorder, opioid/heroin epidemic, social stigma and discrimination of persons with substance use disorders from the pulpit?

The information collected will help the Task Force to shape their work as they curate and create resources for real-life, church-based opioid response ministry for use by churches, organizations, and others in the communities we live, work, and worship in.

Please take a few minutes to help with the important work of loving our neighbors that this Task Force has been called to address. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

For more information on the General Convention mandate “2018-C037 Call to Respond to Opioid Epidemic,” click here.

Task Force resource materials will be posted in the coming months.

Task Force members include:

The Rev. Dina van Klaveren, Chair, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

The Rev. Amanda Kotval, Vice Chair, Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

The Rev. Jan M. Brown, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia

Ms. Twyla Wilson, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina

The Rt. Rev. William Klusmeyer, Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia

Dr. Donna Barten, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

The Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby, Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana

Mr. Merrick Williams, Episcopal Diocese of Long Island

The Rev. Debra Bennett, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

The Rev. Canon Katharine Harrigan, Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Ms. Amy Cochran, Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Nelson, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president, The Episcopal Church House of Deputies, ex officio

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop, The Episcopal Church, ex officio.

October 20th Adult Forum – The Opioid Crisis in Our Community

On Sunday morning, October 20, 2019 at 9:10 AM, St. Edward’s Episcopal Church will be holding a very informative and relevant presentation by Doug Cwienk, a Certified Family Recovery Specialist, on the Opioid Crisis.  The event will take place in the parish hall at St. Edward’s.

Doug is a co-founder of a support group for families dealing with addiction called, “Storm Riders.”  Doug will speak about the chemistry of addiction and its effects on the brain, and also about the effects of addiction on the family and loved ones of an addicted person.  Doug brings to the table his strong background in science, his expertise as a trained recovery specialist, and his experience with addiction in his own family.  His son, Nate, died of an overdose in 2017.

Amos Herr Community Festival – Sunday, September 15th 11 AM-4 PM

St. Edward’s will be a participant in the 40th annual Amos Herr Community Festival Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date 9/22).

Look for our booth in the “D” row next to the Kid Zone.  Click here to download a program with map.  It promises to be a great day!

Produced in cooperation with East Hempfield Township, Landisville Lions Club, and the Amos Herr House Foundation and Historical Society     The award-winning community event features the Landisville Lions Club Car Show, Kid Zone, crafts, food, entertainment and Amos Herr Homestead free tours. Another highlight of the day is always the Lancaster Kennel Club’s events.

​ Encourage your friends and family to come and enjoy the day!  Admission is free. Parking donations benefit the Landisville Lions Club service projects.

St. Edward’s is looking forward to participating for the first time in this community event and we are so pleased to have a combination of New Member Ministry, vestry, and social outreach ministry members coming together to have a wonderful booth representing St. Edward’s.  Stop by to say hello or volunteer to help!  Contact Mike Patrone or the parish office with any questions.

Episcopal Home Sunday – August 4, 2019

Remember, this Sunday, August 4th is Episcopal Home Sunday. With special prayers for the residents of The Episcopal Home and an ingathering of personal care items for the residents – don’t forget to bring your donation! St. Edward’s supports this non-profit mission in our diocese. Here is a link to inform you of specific personal care items they need & other ways to help.…/volunteering/how-to-help/


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

Feed My Starving Children Social Outreach Opportunity

It’s that time of year again – time when you can make a difference in the life of a child. Feed My Starving Children will host its annual Mobile Pack Event March 29-31 at Willow Street Mennonite Church.

Once again, St. Edward’s has the opportunity to participate in this special event. Over the last 3 years, St. Ed’s has had a group of nearly 20 folks who participate in this event. We are hoping to have at least that many volunteers this year.

By volunteering, donating, or fundraising, your generosity makes a huge difference in the lives of thousands of children in need around the world.  At least 6,200 children die each day from hunger-related causes (UNICEF). 

The Lancaster County Mobile Pack event puts together over 300,000 meals and needs 1,500 volunteers with a fundraising goal of $66,718.

St. Edward’s will be participating on Sat., March 30 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Please see the sign up sheet in the narthex. As is the past, we can arrange carpool from St. Ed’s.

If you have any question please see Peg Reiley or contact her at 717-940-2856 or

For more information about Feed My Starving Children please click on the links below:

Thank you for your support in the worthy project.