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Save the Date! Saturday, October 13th

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St. Edward’s Annual Fundraiser is sure to be another great event.  Our theme for 2018 is “Oktoberfest” and we are looking forward to an evening of fun, fellowship and frivolity as we celebrate community with parishioners, family, friends and Father Casey in one of this fall’s “must attend” events.  Come and enjoy great food, entertainment, and the excitement of the Basket & Silent Auction.

In the coming weeks of July, we will be asking volunteers to sign up to make (or donate towards) our baskets for the auction.  Our goal is to have 15-20 baskets and for this year we would like to focus on a food and beverage theme.  Think out-of-the-box. . . coffee baskets, tea baskets, snack baskets, wine & cheese baskets, ice cream, foods from other countries, varieties of seasonings and sauces for cooking, baking baskets, craft beverage baskets, sweets and treats, entertainment baskets (with napkins, plates, cups, etc. for your guests’ visits) . . the list is endless, fun  (and delicious!)

Our timeline for donations, ticket sales and the event will be earlier this year.  Baskets will be due by Sunday, September 16th.

Ticket sales for baskets and the event, as well as bids for Silent Auction items, begin Sunday, September 23rd and run through the event evening of Saturday, October 13th.

Tickets for the event are $10/each.  Children are free.

Basket tickets are 6/$5

Help us meet our goal of $5,000 this year!

 

Back-To-School Backpack and Supplies Drive – Donations Due by Sunday, August 5th

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.”  

– Philippians 2:4

It’s that time of year to start thinking about our annual Back-to-School backpacks and school supplies drive.  The supplies will be distributed through the Landisville Food Pantry to families in need. Below is a list of the items we will be collecting:

Backpacks                     #2 Pencils                    Crayons – 24 packs

Notebooks                   Glue Sticks                   Safety Scissors 

3-Ring Binders              Colored Pencils            Highlighters – packs 

Hand Sanitizer-individual or travel size              Large Block Erasers

Expo Dry Erase Markers       Plastic Pencil Box        3 x 3 Post-it Notes

Pens               Fine Tip Sharpies   Dividers               3 x 5 Index Cards

Ear Buds/Headphones                 Rulers                 3-hole Paper Punch

Please look for our collection box in the narthex. We will also have a box to collect any donations you might wish to make so that additional supplies, especially backpacks, can be purchased. If you would like to donate money, please make check payable to:  St. Edward’s Episcopal Church and note in memo line “School Supplies.” Our goal is to collect enough for fifty packets of supplies. DONATION FINAL COLLECTION DAY IS SUNDAY, AUGUST 5th, so that the children may receive their supplies well in advance of the August 23rd first day of school. If you have questions, please ask any committee member- the Milligan’s, the Lynch’s, the Ishler’s. We are so grateful for your generosity.

Weekly Parish Email July 20-July 26, 2018

Dear members of St. Edward’s:

In the opening lines from the Gospel of Mark for this Sunday, Jesus invites his disciples to “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” Long before we left for the General Convention in Austin, Texas, Rayelenn and I decided to take a couple of days for rest and recreation after the convention ended. There is a common misconception that General Convention is a bit of a holiday – it is not. Two weeks of early morning meetings and late night conversations involving intense listening take their toll. We were ready for a break. But as I observed in some of my Facebook posts and Bishop Scanlan has written in her open letter to the diocese, we were about holy work. Now we have returned this Sunday I invite you to join me, and Amy Swiernik and Rayelenn Casey if they are able, as we share our observations of the recent General Convention.

Sitting down with Michelle, I am reminded that we have a number of important ministries coming up to celebrate. So keep in touch with the parish announcements for news on the Parish Picnic; the Back Pack Project for the Hempfield Food Pantry; the Episcopal Home Ingathering on 5th August.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Blessings,

Fr. Stephen+

HEMPFIELD AREA FOOD BANK:  Requested items for July are:
18 oz strawberry jelly
16 oz crunchy peanut butter
15 oz canned pears

15 oz canned peaches
Canned pineapple
Cereal

LOST & FOUND: THERE IS A TRAY WITH THESE ITEMS IN THE NARTHEX.

We found a gold and gemstone heart-shaped necklace in the parish hall.  Please contact parish office if it belongs to you.

We also found a pair of sunglasses in a pink Lilly Pulitzer hard glass case.  Please contact the parish office if these belong to you!

A nice white linen blouse was left in the narthex.

A small BCP with blue leather cover.

PLEASE check your announcement bulletins and the web site for NEWS on our Back-to-School Backpack & School Supplies Drive which benefits families in need in our own community!  This is the 2nd year of this important ministry event and we ask that you prayerfully consider participating!  DONATIONS NEED TO BE IN THE CHURCH BY SUNDAY, AUGUST 5TH IN THE NARTHEX.

https://sainteds.org/back-to-school-backpack-and-supplies-drive/

Visit the St. Edward’s website as it is updated weekly with news of upcoming events, service, and ministry.  This is a very important piece to the St. Edward’s communication network (along with The Scepter, Facebook, Announcement Bulletin and Weekly Email).  We strive to reach out with as many touch points as possible so that parishioners can stay in touch, and participate with all that is happening.

https://sainteds.org/

SAVE THE DATES:

Saturday, September 8th – Parish Picnic

Sunday, September 23rd – Saturday, October 13th:  St. Edward’s Silent Auction and Basket Auction and event ticket sales.

Saturday, October 13th – St. Edward’s Annual Fundraising Event

Altar Guild: Karen Grant, Michelle Bentley, Rose Dixon

Coffee Hours: 8:00 AM – Jerry and Julie Hoff  10:15 AM – We need a volunteer

SUNDAY, JULY 22nd

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I 

LEM/Reader:  Matthew Sternberg and Bradley Mattson

Usher: Jerry Hoff

 

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II 

LEM:  Bradley Mattson

Acolytes:  Server: Kiki Davis-Brugmann    Crucifer:  Piper Brugmann

Readers: 1stAmy Swiernik       2ndSeth Hake

Ushers:  Carter Ishler and Arch Cross

Greeter:  Dorris Smith

MONDAY, JULY 23rd

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)

TUESDAY, JULY 24th

7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Christian Education Wing)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25th

12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

 

 

 

St. Edward’s First Annual “Sweaty Sunday” – June 24, 2018

The members of St. Edward’s Vestry invite all parishioners to participate in our First Annual

SWEATY SUNDAY

SUNDAY – JUNE 24, 2018

After the 10:15 service – 3:30 PM

(Rain Date:  Sunday July 1st)

Join us for an afternoon of yard work to spruce up the planted bedding areas of St. Edward’s.  Tasks will include:  weeding, trimming, spreading mulch, removing old/dead plantings, raking up leaves around building perimeter.

 Folks could contribute in a variety of ways:

– Through donations to cover the cost of mulch.

– Through signing up to provide food and beverages at an extended coffee “hour.”

– Through labor on the grounds. Individuals in this category should bring rakes, shovels, weeding instruments, trimmers, extension cords, wheelbarrows, etc.

The Vestry will be attending the Sunday service, dressed in outside work clothes and we invite parishioners to do the same!

We look forward to the members of St. Edward’s coming together on this day to celebrate our community, share fellowship, and work together in ministry in tending to this special place that is St. Edward’s!

Donations can be made payable to St. Edward’s and in the memo line write: “Sweaty Sunday.”  A sign up sheet will be in the narthex for food & drink items.

 

Bishop Scanlan’s Easter Message – March 26, 2018

HOLY WEEK 2018

Dear members of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania,

Grace and peace in the name of Jesus Christ.

As Holy Week gets underway, I find myself grateful for the traditions and the timeless liturgies of the Church that allow us to access all that God has to offer us in the Passion of our Lord. Through this week we are invited to walk with Jesus through the glory of his triumphal entry, into the temple to hear his final teaching, and to join him for the quiet of an evening where he will model servant leadership and break bread with us in the Upper Room. We are invited to accompany him to the Garden and to do our best to stay awake, as he prays, deeply, and bears his soul to his Father. We have the opportunity to follow him as he is carried away by the authorities, betrayed by a kiss, and to wait and watch in the courtyard. Stand, if you can, on the edge of the crowd as Jesus is taunted and questioned and mocked, and see how he bears his stripes. On Friday, join at the foot of the cross to keep vigil as Jesus draws his last breath and hear the Centurion’s cry of faith: “Truly, this man was God’s Son.” Watch as Joseph takes Jesus’ body and lovingly prepares it for burial, and, once shrouded and placed in the tomb, see the stone rolled in front, sealing tight the opening. Gather with the disciples as they grieve in the Upper Room and wonder, fearfully, what is next.

On the third day, wake early, and join Mary Magdalene; mother of James, and Salome on the footpath to the tomb. As the sun comes up, join these women in their pilgrimage to care for the one whom they loved and… be surprised, all over again, to find the stone rolled away and a young man delivering amazing news of new life.

Share in the wonder, the passion, the mystery and the glory of this story as Jesus, son of God, follows with faithfulness the call of his Father to create, for us, a new way — a way of eternal life.

I hope that you participate fully this week in the movements that, together, make up the grand gesture of Holy Week, and that can nourish your soul and lift your hearts. Step into each day with thanksgiving for the life and ministry of Jesus and for the might act that God accomplished on the cross, for our salvation.

I invite you to bring someone along with you who may need to hear the story of Jesus anew, or, maybe, for the first time. Share the gift of eternal life, given to us, and give someone else the beauty of a life lived in faith.

May God bless you this day and always.

The Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan

XI Bishop

Easter 2018

Feed My Starving Children – Social Outreach Activity

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 on April 6, 7 and 8. Once again, St. Edward’s has the opportunity to participate in this special event. Over the last 2 years, St. Ed’s has had a group of nearly 20 folks who participated in this event. We are hoping to have at least that many volunteers this year.

Last year’s event hosted 927 volunteers over 5 shifts in 2 days. The event raised over $51,000! And 217,728 meals were packaged – this was enough to feed 596 children a healthy meal every day for an entire year!! The meals were distributed to hungry children in Haiti. It’s hard to believe that this is possible with only 2 hours of your time.

St. Edward’s will be participating on Sat., April 7 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:

https://youtu.be/ech5XOryipM

https://youtu.be/DphtI9QoEH0

Thank you for your support in the worthy project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Edward’s Annual Report 2017

If you were unable to attend the St. Edward’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 25, 2017, you don’t have to “miss out” on what was covered at this very important yearly event in the life of our parish.  Click here to get our Annual Report.  

This is chock full of reports from the Rector, Senior Warden of the Vestry, as well as our various ministries, giving parishioners and those interested in our parish a wonderful “snapshot” of our faith community.

 

 

St. Edward’s Annual Meeting: February 25, 2018

Please mark your calendar to attend the St. Edward’s Annual Meeting this Sunday

It will immediately follow our ONE SERVICE of Holy Eucharist at 9:00 AM.  The Annual Meeting is required by Canon Law, for it is the time when the Priest and officers of the church offer their reports, the budget is received, and new officers elected for vestry and Diocesan Convention. 

A light breakfast will be served.