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Friday Message from St. Edward’s for June 26, 2020 Including our Sunday Online Service Information

Dear friends,

Let us start by inviting you to Evening Prayer this evening at 7:00 PM.  This is a wonderful way to peacefully end our week and is led by Patrick Ishler.  

Join us on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082

Join Code:  863 2710 5082


Join us for our Virtual Saturday Social from 9 AM – 9:40 AM tomorrow on Zoom.  It will be hosted by Michelle Bentley.  The parish office will be introducing some great new ministries and fellowship activities that the parish has started to plan for the summer into the fall. So join us!  Ask questions, give us your feedback and enjoy some fellowship THIS SATURDAY at 9:00 AM.  The link and details will be in Friday’s email.

And now, on to Sunday news!

We welcome you to St. Edward’s!  As we continue to work with the phased re-opening of Lancaster County, for this Sunday, we are able to accommodate more people at our worship services at 8 AM for Rite I and 10:15 AM for Rite II.  Whatever your choice may be, or if you would like to worship with us via our YouTube Livestream service at 10:15 AM, which is our service inclusive of wonderful music, we are ready to welcome you!

As you feel comfortable, please consider joining us on future Sundays in-person.  We do not need to take “reservations” but should you have any questions as to our protocols or capacity, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.  We want you to feel safe, relaxed and make certain we maintain all safe social distancing protocols.

Here is all you need for this Sunday’s worship:

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 8 – June 28th

Click here to connect to our YouTube Channel to enjoy our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist Rite II LIVE at 10:15 AM on Sunday, June 28th.

Click here to download the Sunday Service bulletin for 10:15 service.

If you prefer the more meditative said service of Rite I, we have provided our service bulletin for you to download and enjoy the service.

If you would like to read our said service for Rite I, please click here to download that bulletin.

Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s during this time. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution. Even though we must keep our doors closed for a period of time, we also must continue to pay our fixed expenses such as electricity, insurance, and salaries. We will continue to pick up our mail, so you can easily mail your contributions to the office and we will see that they are properly credited.  We have also been blessed to discover that the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find “St. Edward’s” under “Lancaster”. The portal is a secure giving site.


Leslie Arnold has created a wonderful program of Christian Formation lessons for our youth, which can be found on our Christian Education page on our web site (link below).  For youth, and the youthful at heart, take a look.  They are quite wonderful and actually may be exactly what some of us “older youth” may actually like to engage in as well!

Christian Education


What would a week at St. Edward’s be without another project, right?!?!?

So, not only did Father Rick and I do some outside work in the Memorial Garden (well, we’ll give that one to Father Rick. . .I just brought the water bottles!) but we also reorganized the Parish Hall and created a new contemplative chapel area for our Wednesday Noonday service, which will commence on Wednesday July 8th at 12 Noon. In doing so, we unearthed some wonderful St. Edward’s artifacts, like our church crest and we also cleared up much of the tables and chairs that had been cluttering the wall space. (Click on the gallery images to enlarge).

We wish you a peaceful evening and hope that we see you in-person, virtually, or that you are with us in spirit as we journey through this weekend.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

Michelle