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Fall Fundraiser Time Is Here!

Time to gear up for our Annual Basket and Silent Auction and Fundraiser Dinner.  This year the theme is Trivia Night!  Get your teams together and have some fun.  Teams of eight are requested and the night will be general, generic trivia.  When you have your team. . get together and think of a great team name!  Let’s make this fun!  We will set up tables with your team name.   And. . . you do not have to play to attend the dinner.  Join us and support the trivia teams and enjoy the evening of fun, fellowship and raising funds for the ministry of St. Edward’s.  Join Us!

St. Edward’s Weekly Email: September 6 – September 13, 2019

 

Dear parishioners,

After a whole summer of exactly two services per Sunday, this is just a friendly reminder that this Sunday – being the second of the month – will be our first three-service Sunday of the season. So our Praise Band will be back at the contemporary service and everything will be back-to-back-to-back. I don’t even take off my vestments between those services! And be ready to hear a special message from our Bishop Audrey. See you Sunday.

David +

BASKET AUCTION & Trivia Night Fundraiser tickets go on sale starting NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH!  We are selling for 3 Sunday’s only!  Lots of great baskets and Silent Auction items.  The trivia Night promises to be fun and exciting and filled with fellowship, great food and beverages and Prizes!!!

FOOD BANK NEWS:  Thank you for the total of 139 pounds of food items donated to the pantry in July by St. Edward’s.

Items requested are:

Canned peas, canned corn, canned spinach, canned green beans, canned tomatoes, cereal, crunchy peanut butter, cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, chicken broth, beef broth, boxed rotini, rigatoni, ziti

Don’t forget about our 2 upcoming parish fellowship events this week: 

Community Fellowship Dinner, Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 PM

BRING:  Your own table setting and a hot and cold dish (enough for 5 people) to share.  Don’t want to cook?  Grab a quick take-out item!  We always have plenty of food so do not stress about how much or what. . .join us and enjoy!

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

We encourage all to attend!  It is a great relaxed way to get to know your fellow parishioners.  We are finished by 7:15 PM and home before dark!  Last month’s dinner brought 30+ St. Edwardians out for a nice evening of fellowship and food!

Parish Picnic, Saturday, September 14th at 11 AM with lunch starting at noon. Rain or shine!

BRING:  Favorite side dish or dessert to share. Hamburgers, hot dogs, rolls, drinks, condiments provided.

WHERE:  Silver Spring Park | 3800 Ironville Pike, Columbia, PA – just past Silver Spring off of Marietta Avenue

Search Committee Prayer

O God of patient and gentle strength, who knows our needs even before we ask, may your loving presence continue to be with us and guide us as we move forward in our search for the next rector of St. Edward’s. Give us an open spirit, discerning hearts and clear minds, that we may trust your will for us and become ever more united in your son our Savior, Jesus Christ. Inspire our conversation, deepen our prayer, and make us a community of humility and grace. Raise up for us, we pray, a priest and pastoral leader who will boldly proclaim your Gospel, faithfully administer your sacraments, and serve your people with love and compassion.

All this we ask through Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Your St. Edward’s Search Committee,

Dottie Gschwend, co-chair

Matthew Sternberg, co-chair

Seth Hake

Beth Lynch

Bill Swiernik

Peter Weber

UTO INGATHERING:  Our UTO Ingathering will be Sunday, September 29th so that we can celebrate this offering at our Combined Service Sunday!  Boxes will be available starting this Sunday and we have received word from the Diocese we have a “Challenge” this fall.  We need to “beat” our prior UTO Ingathering from this spring, which was $500!  All UTO funds go directly to fund grants for new ministries.  Check out this month’s Scepter on page 13 for great ways to gather “loose change” over the next few weeks to fill our boxes and show the Diocese St. Edward’s can rise to the challenge!

From Liberty to Captivity Film Screening at St. James Episcopal Church  – Saturday, September 21st 1:00 – 4:45 PM Parish House Forum Room
Hosted by the Harriet Lane Johnston Chapter of the Daughters of the King, this award-winning documentary film shines a light on human sex trafficking and its insidious presence right here in Pennsylvania.

Schedule 
1:00 PM: Gathering and meet and greet with area agencies/info tables 
1:45 PM: Introduction by Jen Sensenig, featured in the film 
2:00 – 4:15 PM: From Liberty to Captivity Film 
4:15 – 4:45: Discussion followed by optional 5:00 PM mass in the sanctuary

This event is free to the public; registration is required for planning purposes. Click here to register and/or learn more about the film.

Due to the sensitivity of the topic, you must be 18 or over to attend.

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

Coffee Hour:  8 AM – Roger and Ginny Kloepping   9:15 & 10:15 AM – We need a volunteer for both services

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader: Matthew Sternberg

Ushers:  Herb Johnston and Larry Hess

Greeter: June Klemm

9:15 AM Contemporary Service

LEM:  Camille Horine

Reader:  Patrick Ishler

Usher:  Bill Swiernik

Greeters:  Richard and Gail Irons

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM:  Beth Lynch

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

Readers:  1st:  Buddy Yeager      2nd:  Peter Weber

Ushers:  Thomas Ishler and Buddy Yeager

Greeter:  Carl Cotnoir

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th

6:30 PM – N/A (PH)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th

6:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (Sanctuary)

7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Lounge)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th

12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing

6:00 PM – Community Fellowship Dinner

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th

7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal

Community Fellowship Dinner

COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP – SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

WHAT:  Community Fellowship Dinner

WHEN: Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 PM

WHERE:  St. Edward’s Parish Hall

BRING: Your own table setting and a hot and cold dish to share for 4-6 people

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 – September 2019

O God of patient and gentle strength, who knows our needs even before we ask, may your loving presence continue to be with us and guide us as we move forward in our search for the next rector of St. Edward’s. Give us an open spirit, discerning hearts and clear minds, that we may trust your will for us and become ever more united in your son our Savior, Jesus Christ. Inspire our conversation, deepen our prayer, and make us a community of humility and grace. Raise up for us, we pray, a priest and pastoral leader who will boldly proclaim your Gospel, faithfully administer your sacraments, and serve your people with love and compassion.

All this we ask through Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Your St. Edward’s Search Committee,

Dottie Gschwend, co-chair

Matthew Sternberg, co-chair

Seth Hake

Beth Lynch

Bill Swiernik

Peter Weber

Basket Auction Volunteers Needed

The annual St. Edward’s Basket Auction will be starting on September 15th!

So. . . you know what that means!  We need basket makers!

Our goal is a variety of 17 food-themed baskets.  You get the ingredients & make the basket yourselves or let us know if you need a basket and we’ll help!  And. . .We wrap and tag! 

We have had great response but we are seeking 5 more baskets as of August 9th!

The most important thing is to pick something you can have fun making!

Ideas or thought-starters are with sign-up sheet in the parish hall on the coffee table.  Baskets are due 09/09/19!

Thank you for your ministry in helping make this year another fun & successful event!

 

St. Edward’s School Supply Drive

Thanks to all who donated funds and school supplies items.  With your generosity, we were able to supply 27 backpacks and ample supplies to fill them for children in a variety of grades.  Through the Hempfield Food Pantry, organizers put together wonderful backpacks to distribute to families in need.   

Thank you to our Social Outreach Ministry for their dedication in organizing our School Supply Drive each year.    

Ellen Milligan, Dina Ishler, Bruce Lynch, Beth Lynch, Patrick Ishler doing some awesome school supplies shopping at Target.

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/

 

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

Embrace Open House at St. Edward’s

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.