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St. Edward’s Monday Message – July 27, 2020

Dear friends and parishioners,

Our summer heat wave continues, but we hear that perhaps by week’s end we will get a reprieve!  And we hope all of you will stay safe, hydrated, and cool during these days of extreme weather.  If you missed the Sunday online service, you can watch it here:

It was a wonderfully fulfilling day of Rite I worship; a baptism of Lucy Louise Tilley in between services in our Chapel; a wonderful Rite II service at 10:15; a Zoom meeting of our Shaped by Faith team with other parishes; and finally the Sunday Zoom meeting of our discernment committee with Dina Ishler.  Such celebration, grace, and ministry all the day through! For that, we are so grateful.

We offer to you a wonderful meditation today from Forward Day by Day to start your week:

MONDAY, July 27                           William R. Huntington

Romans 16:16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

This last section of Romans reads like the toast at a wedding being attended by a bunch of people who don’t know each other very well. Uncle Paul starts knitting up the story of this family, reminding them of who belongs to which parents, who married into the family, who brought the nice dinner rolls, etc. By the end of the toast, no one seems like a stranger. Everyone dances to “We are Family” and takes home two pieces of cake.

Paul’s salutation to his family of faith is so dear and kind, so earnest in the way he wants everyone to know and love everyone else—women, men, children, old people. This family Paul loves is big and broad and beautiful. He reminds us that even when we don’t all know each other as well as we would like, we can come to the table and celebrate the One who knows each of us and makes us one—with love.

MOVING FORWARD: Write a note or email to a relative you’ve been missing.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Maseno South (Kenya)Uyo (Nigeria), and Hong Kong Island

Today the Church remembers William Reed Huntington, Priest, 1909.

Ps 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65 | Joshua 24:16-33 | Romans 16:1-16 | Matthew 27:24-31

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

MINISTRY HAPPENINGS AT ST. EDWARD’S

PLANT-A-TREE MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT
As Father Rick mentioned during services yesterday, we have put into motion significant aspects of Phase One, thanks to the generous support from all of you!  And we continue to raise funds so that our obelisk, walkway, and other essential elements can be achieved.  We hope you will prayerfully consider donating to this phase of this most important and sacred space.  Please know that many of these important elements of Phase One would benefit from your gift.

BASKET AUCTION:  As we have come to know, the St. Edwardians are of a generous and giving spirit.  Not only have we achieved our goal of 20 baskets, but we are 1-2 to the plus side, and we are so grateful.  There are some fantastic ideas this year, and certainly something for everyone.  Our auction will be a bit different this year, but please know it will be fun, funny, and interesting!  And, so that everyone can participate “where they are” we will be creating a catalog for people to browse, in advance, as well as a YouTube video describing the baskets.  All baskets are due by September 13th, giving us a week to prepare them.  Stay tuned in early September for auction details!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the Landisville Primary Center:  We will be collecting for the next 2 weekends.  If it is easier to order online through Target and Amazon and have your supplies delivered to St. Edward’s we will accept them here for you.  You can also donate funds and we will shop for you.  Thank you!  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!

COOKBOOK MINISTRY
The recipes are starting to roll in! Don’t forget to submit any creative writing, drawing, music, photography, and creative musings you would like to share!

GREETING CARD MINISTRY
We have launched 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. Come in to St. Edward’s, 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 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 (as noted in our meditation for today!We also encourage people to reach out to others they know and perhaps put together packets of cards to give away.  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.

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP THIS WEEK
Bible Study – Wednesday, July 29th
Led by Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti.  For more information about upcoming Bible Study sessions, please contact Bill at bgasperetti@att.net or Yvonne at ygasperetti@gmail.com.

Wednesday Noonday Service of Healing – July 29th
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.
Join us on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082
Join Code:  863 2710 5082

The baptism of Lucy Louise Tilley took place at St. Edward’s on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:30 AM in our chapel.  A wonderful celebration for her parents, Ryan and Megan Tilley, and their family members.