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Krist Kindling 2017

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 26th 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.


Click here to download the sign up form.

Saint Edward’s Church Picnic – September 9th

Where:  Ironville Park, 786 Prospect Road, Columbia

When:  Saturday, September 9th – 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Who:  Everyone is encouraged to come, rain or shine!

At the park:  The park comes equipped with pavilion, picnic tables, two charcoal grills (charcoal will be provided), restrooms, lots of room to play lawn games, etc. and a sand volleyball court.

Here is how it works:  Grill at the park or bring your own picnic lunch.   WE WILL PROVIDE:  HOT DOGS, HAMBURGERS, ROLLS, CONDIMENTS, DRINKS AND CHARCOAL.  You will need to bring your own place settings and a table cloth if you like.  A folding chair is optional.  There will also be a table where you may place a salad or dessert to share if you so choose.

Activities:  There will be trivia and guessing games for EVERYONE!  Also, if you would like to bring a board game or lawn game to share, please do!

Please, come join your church family for a fun and relaxing afternoon together.  We hope to see you there!


Directions to Ironville Park

From Lancaster:  Take 30W to the Prospect Rd. exit.  Make a right on to Prospect Rd. and continue to first stop sign.  *Go straight.  Continue on Prospect Rd.  Prospect Rd. makes a hard right turn at the Fairview Tavern where you will see the sign for the Ironville Park on the right.  Go up the hill.  You have arrived!  (Directions from York: Take 30 E to Prospect Rd. exit and turn left.  Follow above directions from *)

Please make note:  This is where we had our picnic in 2015 (the park on the hill).

Episcopal Church Women Claggett Center Retreat 2017

“Sacred Ceremonies of Everyday Life: Exploring the Divine through Food, Song, Poetry, Nature and Meditation”

Presented by Reverend Rowena Gibbons

St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield, PA

Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Episcopal Church Women

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Episcopal Churchwomen invite women to come together in fellowship as the Body of Christ, The Church, at the Claggett Center – 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD  21710 on September 15th – 17th, 2017.

Retreat Program for 2017:

Sacred Ceremonies of Everyday Life: Exploring the Divine through Food, Song, Poetry, Nature and Meditation”, presented by Rev. Rowena Gibbons.  This retreat will explore the importance of ceremony in our everyday lives to root us in living out a gospel of love that seeks to do no less than transform the world.  We will connect ceremony to a recovery of the sacred wonder of the cosmos and how this is expressed in Episcopal liturgy, hymns, Christian mystics and biblical texts. Participants will be encouraged to develop spiritual practices around food, body, song, word, mysticism, nature, and meditation.

The Rev. Rowena Gibbons has been the rector of St. James Episcopal Church since 2005. She is bi-vocational and has been practicing holistic health coaching since 2014. Rowena has particular interest in the healing and transformation of Christian communities through the recovery of the sacred, which is intrinsically holistic, and expressed through individual and communal practices.

Recommended reading: Participants are encouraged to chose a Christian mystic to study over the summer, and bring a sampling of the author’s works to the retreat.

All lodging will be in the Christiane Inn, which is a two story hotel featuring 60 guest rooms with queen size beds and private bathrooms in both single and double rooms. This facility is fully accessible, with centrally located microwaves and full size fridges on each floor as well as gathering space with fireplaces for socializing. All lodging will be on a first come, first served basis.

Register Online at:

You will be able to choose your lodging type, request special needs such as: dietary restrictions, mobility and/or allergy concerns.  If you are requesting more than one person in a room, you must indicate your roommates during registration. Retreat committee members are not responsible for finding any participant a roommate.

Click here for brochure

Lodging Options and Pricing:

42 Single rooms w/1 queen bed – 1 person = $225.00,

If sharing the room with 2nd person = $195 per person.

18 Double rooms w/2 queen beds – 2 people = $195 each,

May have up to 4 people in room = $195 per person.

Registration fee includes: Retreat fee, 2 nights’ accommodations, 4 meals (3 Saturday and Sunday breakfast plus snacks) and all supplies for activities.

The retreat starts with Registration between 4:30 – 6:30 pm on Friday and runs through Sunday morning 11:00 am.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at


Amy Swiernik

Retreat Chairperson

Diocese of Central PA

St. Edward’s Basket and Silent Auctions – Donations Request

We are off to a great start in collecting items for our basket and silent auction events, which go on display on Sunday, October 1st for the four Sunday’s leading up to our annual Fundraising Event Evening on Saturday, October 28th.

In the upcoming weeks you will hear more about our exciting event we have planned!  Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM to join us.  Tickets for the event will go on sales on October 1st.

As you know, the Fundraising Committee has two major events each year to raise funds for St. Edward’s:  The Silent/Basket Auction & evening event, and the Annual Holiday Cookie Sale.  Both events have been great successes for St. Edward’s and are such enjoyable times to share fellowship all in the name of FUNdraising.

But neither of these events can happen without YOU, our parishioners.  By joining us in this ministry with your donations and participation, we all share in the fruits of our labor, by enabling our fundraising ministry to add to the overall ministry of St. Edward’s, via these two events.

So, with that in mind, we would like to ask that everyone prayerfully consider joining us in creating the 18 baskets we have on our list for our Basket Auction this year.  There are many ways that you can participate in this parish-wide ministry:

  • Donate funds towards a basket:  Make a check payable to St. Edward’s and mark in memo line “Basket Auction” (or if it is cash, please place in a sealed envelope with your name and mark “Basket Auction”).  Your funds will help create a basket or buy supplies for putting the baskets together.
  • Specify a basket you would like to create on our sign up sheet in the narthex:  There is a sign up sheet and handouts that detail the baskets we are seeking.  While we welcome new ideas for baskets, we have found from the past two basket auctions that the listing we developed reflect baskets that people seem to like and receive great bids, allowing us to raise more funds!
  • Maybe you would like to go in with a friend or you would like us to create the basket for you!  Talk to your fellow parish community members!  Have fun with it!  And, if you have an idea but just don’t have the time or ability to get around to make the basket. . . let us know!  We will be happy to accept your monetary donation and create the basket for you.

Our goal is that between August 6th and August 27th we have all of the 18 baskets for our Fundraising event accounted for in sign-ups and/or donations.  We look forward to being able to report that we reached that goal and can present a successful fall Fundraising event for all to enjoy and have fun with!

If you have any questions, please contact Bev Hess or Michelle Bentley.

Also, if you have been a Silent Auction donor in the past and would like to submit a Silent Auction item for this year’s event, please contact us so we can add you to our list.  We have had some wonderful items in past years and they are an important part to our event success!

Thank you.

Bev Hess & Michelle Bentley

Fundraising Co-Chairs