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St. Edward’s Monday Message – July 20, 2020

Dear friends and parishioners,

Our summer heat wave has arrived!  And we hope all of you will stay safe, hydrated, and cool during these next few days of extreme weather.  If you missed the Sunday online service, you can enjoy our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist Rite II for Sunday, July 19th right here.

We leave you on this hot day with a prayer and. . .

Click this link below for a virtual tour of the cool, calm, serenity of Finland in a time lapse Winter Wonderland.

A Prayer for Peace
St. Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Your Peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle


Our Phase One fundraising has received such generous support from all of you!  And we continue on with raising funds.  We hope you will prayerfully consider donating to this phase of this most important and sacred space.  Please know that there are other very important elements of Phase One that would benefit from your gift.

We have commitments for 14 baskets!  We are seeking 6 more for our fall auction.   Contact the parish office if you would like to donate or create a basket.  Don’t want to go out to shop for your basket?  We will do that for you!  As always, we can arrange the basket, & we wrap, bow, and tag each basket for you!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the Landisville Primary Center 
Collections had a wonderful start this past Sunday. We continue to collect supplies over the next week, with a box set up in the narthex. The list is as follows:
Pencils                       Colored pencils                         Crayons
Erasers                      Notebook paper                        Colored paper
Glue sticks                 Tissues                                      Hand Sanitizer
Dry Erase Markers, fine pt., black            Dry Erase Markers, fine pt., red
Folders without clasps
Let’s help our neighborhood children be ready to learn!

We are starting to hear that people are gathering their favorite recipes and any creative writing, drawing, music, photography, and creative musings they would like to share for our cookbook! But it is more than a cookbook.  It is an expression of who we are at St. Edward’s!

A ministry we are launching today is a greeting card ministry.  With great good fortune and some very heavy lifting, Thomas Ishler was able to secure quite a bounty of greeting cards from a pharmacy that was closing its doors in Lancaster County.  Thousands of cards were to be tossed away and Thomas had a wonderful idea to bring them to St. Edward’s so that we could open the opportunity for people to come in, safely “shop” for greeting cards, and donate a free-will offering for their selection.  We have set them up in the Christian Ed wing in safe and healthy spaces for people to, take a drive, get out of the house, browse the cards and make their selections.  Bring your own “green” shopping bag to fill up.  In our season of Covidtide, card writing is a great way to reach out to those who you miss so dearly.  So, stop by and stock up!  Zoom, Facetime, text, and email are great, but everyone loves to get a card in the mail from people in their life.  We also encourage people to reach out to others they know and perhaps put together packets of cards to give away.  Maybe the residents of retirement communities or nursing homes would love a supply of cards to send.  What a great way to reach out to our wider community in ministry and love!  If you feel comfortable, give an organization a call and see if you can put together a bag of cards to drop off for their residents!  Everyone has an extra shopping bag to bring in and fill up.  We hope to see you soon!  Please come in any day, Monday – Friday between 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM.  We have in place healthy practices for your comfort and safety.

Vestry Meeting – Tuesday, July 21st
Our vestry, led by Father Rick, will hold their monthly meeting, via Zoom, at 6:30 PM.  Please keep Father Rick, and the vestry, in your prayers as they work together to steward our parish, not just through this Covidtide, but every day in ways that keep St. Edward’s vibrant and fulfill our mission in ministry.

Wednesday Noonday Service of Healing – July 22nd
Please enter through the parish hall doors. Masks are required. We have put in place healthy practices for your comfort and safety. May we ask that you please let the parish office know if you are planning on attending (if you have not already done so).

Friday Evening Prayer
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.
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