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Weekly Parish Email June 22-June 28, 2018

Dear Parishioners,

I grew up in the port city of Kingston upon Hull on the north bank of the Humber Estuary in England. The river Humber forms a natural boundary between the counties of Yorkshire on the north bank and Lincolnshire on the south. At its widest point the Humber is about 8 miles from shore to shore, and as a boy the quickest way to cross the Humber was by paddle steamer. In good conditions the ferry crossing would take about 30 minutes, but depending on the shifting sand banks or the weather, it could take much longer. I remember making the ferry crossing in a storm when the sea conditions were so bad it took some hours; for a small boy it was very frightening.

 In the lesson from the Gospel of Mark for this coming Sunday, Jesus and his disciples are crossing the Sea of Galilee when a storm arises. The disciples become frightened and awake Jesus who is asleep in the stern. Jesus says to the sea: Peace! Be still! and the sea becomes calm. It is a story which describes Jesus’ divine power to control the forces of nature. But we can also read it as a parable of our own lives, where on many occasions, such as that when I was a small boy, we have to face the storms of life, and we long for Jesus to say to us Peace! Be Still!

Sweaty Sunday

Occasionally, when I am asked to describe St. Edward’s, I’m apt to refer to it as the “city church in the country.” Well, here is your opportunity to help the church live up to that name. The Vestry of St. Edward’s have declared this Sunday as “Sweaty Sunday” when we invite people at both services to stay behind after the service and help clear the gardens around the church campus. According to the weather forecast, we should not be troubled by storms, so I look forward to seeing you.


Fr. Stephen+

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

SUNDAY – JUNE 24, 2018  (Rain Date:  Sunday July 1st)

After the 10:15 service – 3:30 PM

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.

PLEASE BRING:  Rakes, shovels, weeding instruments, trimmers, extension cords, wheelbarrows, tarps, clippers and any other yard tool you feel would be useful.  The more we have the more we can get done in good stead!!

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!

PLENTY OF FOOD AND DRINK WILL BE PROVIDED!  **If you signed up to donate food, this is what we are in need of:  Iced Tea – 2 gallons, Lemonade – 1 gallon, Healthy snacks, chip-type snacks, fruit, cookies or sweet treat.  When purchasing food, plan for 25-30 people.  Thank you.

Pizza will be the main food item, which we will order.

Hempfield Area Food Bank – Monthly Report

168 pounds delivered for the month of May

Requested items for June/July are:
18 oz strawberry jelly
16 oz crunchy peanut butter
15 oz canned pears
15 oz canned peaches
Canned pineapple

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

Articles and pictures for the July/August issue of the Scepter are due next Wednesday, June 27th! (The July/August Scepter will be published on SUNDAY, JULY 8th – not the first Sunday of July.  Any announcements for the summer please submit as the next issue is not until September 2nd! Please send items to Mac at: or to Michelle at:

Commencing July 8th, we will have a new florist supplying our weekly Altar Flowers.  With this new florist will come a price increase to $100 per week (versus $50/week).  In order to accommodate this price increase and still keep the remembrances at $50/week, we will now allow for 2 remembrances each week, at $50/each.  Details are in the Sunday announcement bulletin and if you have any questions, please contact the parish office.

Altar Guild: Mary Snyder, Barb Jakiel, Karen Grant

Coffee Hours: 8:00 AM – Larry and Bev Hess   10:15 AM – Food Donations for the “Sweaty Sunday” event will be available


8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I 

LEM/Reader:  Mark Jakiel

Ushers: Roger Kloepping and Jerry Hoff

Greeter: Janet Rumer


10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II 

LEM:  Dina Ishler

Acolytes:  Server:  Rayelenn Casey   Crucifer:  Braden Newsome

Readers: 1stElaine Radcliffe  2ndMatthew Sternberg

Ushers:  Mary Snyder and Bill Swiernik

Greeters:  Arch and Dolly Cross


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


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


12 Noon – Holy Eucharist with Healing