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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.

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.

https://episcopalhome.com/our-mis…/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: https://unitedthankoffering.com/ingathering

“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: https://unitedthankoffering.com/granting/1883-2018-grant-list/  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 www.episcopalchurch.org/uto.

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 doc4kids.1@netzero.com.

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

Thank you for your support in the worthy project.