Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,
We wish you Great Joy during this Christmastide as we journey towards our New Year! We will not be sending out a Thursday email, as the office is closed this week and there is very light news to share. Our next email will be Saturday, January 2nd with details for Sunday worship and fellowship offerings. Then, stay tuned for many happenings starting in January, 2021! For now, let us be at peace and in contemplative prayerful moments, as we bask in the Good News and Glory of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:2
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
In case you missed it, we invite you to view our Sunday worship offering from the Diocese:
Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.
As we reflect on this past year, you may wish to visit the St. Edward’s YouTube Channel,
by clicking here.
It is a wonderful way to reflect on all that St. Edward’s, as a community of faith, has accomplished in 2020, weathering this Covidtide with a resilience that is found when we confront challenges together, lean on each other, and put our faith in God.
Not only do we say, “Thanks be to God,” but we also give thanks to and for Father Rick – for his pastoral guidance, faithful spirit, and strong leadership in shepherding our parish every day, and to Katrina, Ricky, and Christian; to each and every parishioner, ministry leader, ministry participants; and to friends and visitors of St. Edward’s, all of whom have made our community stronger and who have helped serve our wider community in generous ways that show our commitment to loving and serving God.
Noteworthy Items: The January Scepter, January grocery cards, and 2021 giving envelopes will be available starting Monday, January 4th. Please do not forget to sign up for altar flowers in 2021 by contacting the parish office. There will be announcements in our Sunday bulletin regarding this very important ministry that pays tribute to your loved ones and serves to beautify our altar each Sunday.
Hempfield Area Food Pantry: We continue to receive monetary donations, from our parish family and friends, that are so needed at HAFP. The new year, 2021, is only days away and it is a crucial time for many families as they await the continuation of their lapsed benefits. Let us continue to show our support for those in need in our wider community. Please keep these families in your prayers. Thank you for your dedicated and continued support.
WORSHIP DURING THIS CHRISTMASTIDE WEEK
Friday Evening Prayer – January 1st
We invite you to Evening Prayer this Friday 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:
Join Code: 863 2710 5082
Saturday Taize Service – January 2nd 5:00 PM – Members of St. Edwards are cordially invited to join St. Luke’s for our Zoom Taize service. A service of deep prayer and worship, sacred darkness, and the singing of chants in candlelight. We cannot meet in person at present, so the services will be held on Zoom, to create a greater sense of community. Prepare by lighting some candles. Connect to the service:
Please contact St. Luke’s to let us know you will attend – at firstname.lastname@example.org Secure services – waiting room enabled.