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Young Virtuoso Pianist Xinyue Zhang to Play at St. Edward’s in Free August Concert

Xinyue “Sissi” Zhang, a talented virtuoso pianist, returns to St. Edward’s Episcopal Church to present a free concert featuring music by Chopin, Brahms, Bach and more on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 2453 Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster, and, although the event is free, an offering will be taken.

At the August 2 concert, Zhang will play Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Minor, Chopin’s Etude Op. 1, No. 1 in C Major, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1, and works by Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

Zhang first performed at St. Edward’s in 2015 when she was a student at Lancaster Mennonite School. She is now a junior at United World College in Changshu, China, but continues to take lessons from Lititz resident Xun Pan, head of the Lancaster International Piano Festival and faculty member at Millersville University, through FaceTime and other video apps.

“We meet once a week,” says Pan, “and normally it’s very early—7:00 a.m. here—since we have a 12-hour time difference. I also see her in person when I travel to China or she is in the U.S. for short periods.”

Born in 2002, Zhang gave her premiere solo piano concert at the age of ten. She made history as the youngest pianist who performed professionally in her native city, Suzhou, China. Since then, she has performed various concerts in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Turkey, and the United States. Judges from international piano competitions have said of her: “ She is born for music and the stage.” 

 The concert is part of the Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. 

St. Edward’s Episcopal Church is a community of faith, giving to God, giving to each other, giving to the world. On the web at: www.Sainteds.org. For more information, call the church at 717.898.6276

St. Edward’s Weekly Email: July 12 – July 19, 2019

 Welcoming Group:  Don’t forget we will meet between the services at 9:15 AM in the Parish Hall to continue discussions on how to make the most of our Welcoming ministry.  We have made some wonderful discoveries in these meetings each month and very much appreciate all who have committed themselves to enhancing St. Edward’s Welcoming. All parishioners are invited to join the group anytime!  Father David has shepherded us to better understandings about Welcoming at St. Edward’s which can only help us in this time of transition and in every way within our church community and the wider community.

Young Virtuoso Pianist Xinyue Zhang to Play at St. Edward’s in Free August Concert

Xinyue “Sissi” Zhang, a talented virtuoso pianist, returns to St. Edward’s Episcopal Church to present a free concert featuring music by Chopin, Brahms, Bach and more on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

At the August 2 concert, Zhang will play Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in B-flat Minor, Chopin’s Etude Op. 1, No. 1 in C Major, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1, and works by Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

Zhang first performed at St. Edward’s in 2015 when she was a student at Lancaster Mennonite School. She is now a junior at United World College in Changshu, China, but continues to take lessons from Lititz resident Xun Pan, head of the Lancaster International Piano Festival and faculty member at Millersville University, through FaceTime and other video apps.

Zhang has performed various concerts in China, Hong Kong, Korea, Turkey, and the United States. Judges from international piano competitions have said of her: “ She is born for music and the stage.” 

The concert is part of the Rev. Canon Stephen C. Casey Cultural Events Series at St. Edward’s showcasing the church’s fellowship outreach. 

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Embrace Open House at St. Edward’s – July 21st

As we follow in the steps of “What We Believe” as Episcopalians, St. Edward’s is taking the opportunity to invite people who may have abandoned their faith because of prejudice they may have faced in other congregations, and to offer a local “safe space” for people of any identity and/or orientation by opening our doors to welcome and affirm the LGBTQ community members. 

On Sunday, July 21st we will be part of the Pride Week Open Houses in partnership with Embrace, a local organization supporting Lancaster’s LGBTQ people of faith.  We will be joining many other churches in the Lancaster County faith community in the hopes that we can connect members of the LGBTQ community with open and affirming worship and fellowship, especially at St. Edward’s.

As is highlighted on our The Episcopal Church website:

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

On June 12, 2019, during Pride Month, our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offered his statement that honors LGBTQ Episcopalians, which you can read by clicking this link below or visiting the St. Edward’s website on the “What We Believe” page.

Presiding Bishop’s Pride Month statement honors LGBTQ Episcopalians

We hope you will join us on July 21st at your worship service of choice – 8 AM or 10:15 AM and coffee/fellowship hours, and show our brothers and sisters of the LGBTQ community what a welcoming and faith-affirming parish St. Edward’s is and will always be.

SOCIAL OUTREACH COMMITTEE SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE  – DONATION FINAL COLLECTION DAYS ARE THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH

Our annual Back-to-School backpacks and school supplies drive needs your help!  Below is a list of the items we will be collecting:

Backpacks               #2 Pencils               Crayons – 24 packs

Notebooks               Glue Sticks              3-hole Paper Punch

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                 Target Gift Cards

Please look for our collection box in the narthex. We will also have a box to collect any monetary 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.”  

LEM/LEV TRAINING AT ST. EDWARD’S

Lay Eucharistic Minister Training – July 28, 2019 @ 9-10am

The LEM training for all of us – even those who have been doing it for decades is July 28, 2019 at 9-10am between the services.  I understand there are many of us who have been serving for years and year. We have served under four different Bishops, many of us, but our current Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Audrey Scanlan has chosen to take on the task of bringing the ministries of the laity into focus.  With many of our parishes unable to afford full time rectors or even half-time rectors, the laity is rising to the occasion and leading more and more ministry in parishes throughout the Diocese, especially where there may be a priest serving a parish once a month.

Currently our Bishop is following the Canons, and also updating/revising the Ordination Process, of which Lay Leadership is an important part.  It is not called “Ordination Process” anymore, the new term is, “Path to Leadership”.  This process now places more emphasis on and lifts the ministry of the laity.  For years and years, the ministry of the laity has taken a backseat to the ministry of the ordained and Bishop Audrey is acknowledging the past while lifting up the laity with training, support and continued education to enhance and bring further meaning to each person’s ministry.

With all of this in mind, Bishop Audrey is asking each parish to have their ministry teams properly licensed and trained according to the Leadership standards set forth.  Please try and make the training on July 28 between the services.  Another can be scheduled later in the fall, but it would be wonderful to have us all done in one session.

Thank you all for the ministry you have been performing for so many years in the name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions or would like more information on some of the other leadership ministries, give me a call or email.

Blessings to you all,

Amy Swiernik

717-682-1827

Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training – Lancaster Convocation FOR ALL CURRENT LEVs – August 11, 2019 @ 11:30am, St. Edward’s Episcopal Church.

Search Committee

The group discussions to review the survey results have concluded for now.  The Search Committee is completing their discussions with various ministry groups through the end of July.  Survey results will remain available on our web site.  And, of course, if anyone has any thoughts, concerns, or questions, please reach out to the members of the search committee.  Your voice is valued!

Search Committee Prayer

Dear God, Heavenly Father,

You have blessed the St. Edward’s faith community ever since you formed it in 1981. We give thanks to those who started this faith community, including some who are faithful even now. During this transition, lead us by the Holy Spirit as we follow the true path to a new rector. Bless all those who serve as leaders during this interim period. Provide our congregation with avenues to participate in the search process, since we are one body in Christ.  May the peace of the Lord nourish us in our faith journey as we deepen our appreciation of each other and our calling to be in community. Amen.

Your St. Edward’s Search Committee,

Dottie Gschwend, co-chair

Matthew Sternberg, co-chair

Seth Hake

Susan Landin

Beth Lynch

Bill Swiernik

Peter Weber

FOOD BANK NEWS:  St. Edward’s donated 101 pounds of food in June!  Thank you to all who support this important ministry to our wider community.

Requested items for July:

Boxed penne pasta

18 oz jelly

Canned green beans

Canned corn

Canned peas

Cream of chicken soup

Beef broth

Canned chicken broth

Canned sweet potatoes

Altar Guild: Nancy Doyle, Julie Hoff, Beth Hake, Wendy Hallowell

Coffee Hour:  8 AM – Tony and Sue Bianco  10:15 AM – Dottie Gschwend and Bob Young

SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader: Matthew Sternberg

Ushers:  Herb Johnston and Bob Mutari

Greeter: Mike Patrone

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Camille Horine

Server:  Seth Hake      Crucifer:  Braden Newsome

Readers:  1stRosie Westgate     2ndPeter Weber

Ushers:  Thomas Ishler and Buddy Yeager

Greeter:  Dorris Smith

MONDAY, JULY 15th

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)

TUESDAY, JULY 16th

No evening Knit Wits in July

7:00 PM – ALERT (PH)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17th

12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

7:00 PM – Vestry Meeting (PH)

Community Fellowship Dinner

COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP – JULY 10, 2019

WHAT:  Community Fellowship “PICNIC SUPPER”

WHEN: Wednesday, July 10th at 6:00 PM

WHERE:  St. Edward’s Parish Hall – or outside – weather permitting

BRING: Your own table setting and a hot and cold dish to share – “picnic” food

QUESTIONS? Contact Amy Swiernik at 717-682-1827 or Meredith Westgate at 717-575-2119

Our Community Fellowship dinners are a great time to get together and enjoy good food and conversation.

Come and dine and enjoy catching up  with old friends and getting to know some new ones.

Discernment Prayer – June 2019

Dear God, Heavenly Father,

You have blessed the St. Edward’s faith community ever since you formed it in 1981. We give thanks to those who started this faith community, including some who are faithful even now. During this transition, lead us by the Holy Spirit as we follow the true path to a new rector. Bless all those who serve as leaders during this interim period. Provide our congregation with avenues to participate in the search process, since we are one body in Christ.  May the peace of the Lord nourish us in our faith journey as we deepen our appreciation of each other and our calling to be in community. Amen.

Your St. Edward’s Search Committee,

Dottie Gschwend, co-chair

Matthew Sternberg, co-chair

Seth Hake

Susan Landin

Beth Lynch

Bill Swiernik

Peter Weber

St. Edward’s Spring Clean Up – Sunday, May 5th

Sweaty Sunday:  MAY 5TH after the 8 am & 10:15 am services. 

Wear your sweats and jeans to church and stay awhile to help with some spring clean-up outdoors & indoors. We will be holding the event Rain or shine!  Our plan is to be finished by 2:00 – 2:30 PM.

We will be raking, filing in a pothole, weeding, trimming, painting, window washing and whatever else needs to be done to spruce up our parish and beautify our grounds. 

JOIN US AS WE COME TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY OF FAITH!  Many hands make light work and we will have a nice meal to share in keeping with the Cinco de Mayo tradition of the day! 

 

 

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.

Easter Egg Hunt at St. Edward’s

Grab your Easter basket and get ready for our annual Easter Egg Hunt after the 10:15 service on Easter Sunday.

A fun time (and lots of great egg hunting) is had by all the children and helpful parents!

If you would like to donate to the goodies for the Easter eggs, please bring in your donations and place in the bin in the narthex by Palm Sunday.

Thank you.

Earth Day – April 22, 2019

Episcopal Creation Care Pledge

As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we long to grow loving, liberating, life-giving relationship with the whole of God’s Creation. Together, we pledge to protect and renew the Earth and all who call it home. Together, we are living the Way of Love and make this commitment to specific actions. Learn more about our shared call at www.episcopalchurch.org/creation.

 

For more information on the Episcopal Vision for Care of Creation click on the following documents.  

Creation Care Pledge and Vision

Creation Care Pledge Reflection Guide

 

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.