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St. Edward’s Thursday Message – October 15th

Dear friends,

Look for all links related to Sunday worship on our usual Saturday afternoon posting.

Many happenings at St. Edward’s, all listed below with easy-to-click links for reading and downloading of materials.

We have just 4 days left until the basket raffle portion of our October 24th event closes.  With such an outpouring of generosity, we are a mere $625 away from reaching our goal!  Can we do it?  I think we can!!

Also, please note:  If you have not indicated what tickets you want in which basket boxes, please get those to the parish office, no later than Monday morning. This year is a bit more labor intensive as we need to write out all of the tickets, place them in boxes, and arrange our baskets on Monday for filming the drawing on Tuesday.  Thank you for helping us make this part go smoothly!

Also, if you want to participate in the boxed dinner, please contact the parish office by tomorrow, as we will be ordering the food Monday morning.

Please share the link to the catalog (below) with your friends and family.

Click this link:


Please note these important dates on your calendar so you do not miss out! 

Ticket sales for catalog items end Monday October 19th.

Boxed dinners must be reserved by Friday, October 16th.

Event will be featured on our YouTube Channel on Saturday, October 24th at 4:30 PM

All Saints’ Day is Sunday, November 1st.  We have placed clipboards in the narthex for people to write the name(s) of loved ones they would like remembered at both the 8 AM Rite I and 10:15 Rite II service(s).   You may also email the parish office the names to be placed on the list, if that is more comfortable and easy for you to do.  Please note:  The parish office will be closed from October 28th – November 2nd, so it is important that you get your names in prior to that date.  Please write clearly, if you complete the form at church, so that we take care in the pronunciation of your loved ones names.  Father Rick will be reading the names, at each service, following communion.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:   Here is a wish list of current food items for October:

Cereal, spam, prune juice, chicken and beef broth, large peanut butter, large jelly, 2 pound packages of rice, canned pears, instant oatmeal, boxed pasta, cream of celery soup, and cream of chicken soup

The Memorial Garden is complete, except for the monument, and I have to say. . .it is a sight to behold.  We invite ALL to stop by and meander up the garden path and take a look at the beautification of our sacred space.  We will be assembling the benches tomorrow and will keep you informed of when the monument and special service to consecrate the garden will take place.   It has been with good spirit, generosity, love, and the wonderful shepherding by Father Rick, of what was in our hearts, that this garden has transformed into a glorious space of contemplation, meditation, worship, and honor to all of our loved ones who are interred in this loveliest of gardens.

Please do not forget that on Saturdays, each week, we will feature a “Congregational Care” snippet in our emails.  The focus will be on those who would like to share what may be happening in their family or prayers they would like us to keep in our hearts and minds for their family members.  If you have something that you would like to share about yourself, your family, or a prayer for your loved ones, please submit it to the parish office by tomorrow (and by each Friday) so that we may include it.  This is a wonderful way for us to stay connected to each other during this Covidtide.

Continue reading below for the details for our Friday and Saturday worship and fellowship activities.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.


Friday Lunch & Learn:  October 16th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together.  This week, we will finish our discussion  of The Baptismal Covenant in our Book of Common Prayer, as well as Chapter 3 of Walk in Love.  Attendance at every session is not required.  If you would like to join and need a copy of Walk In Love, please contact the parish office.

Handout for this Friday, October 16th Session click here.

We encourage you to have your Book of Common Prayer for each session and the text, Walk In Love is optional.   If you do not have a copy of the BCP on hand, this link will give you the downloadable pdf.

Remember to take some time to devote to exploring and making notations on the handout that Bob has supplied so that we may engage in our spiritual formation together, sharing our insights, thoughts, and questions, and please know that we look for those in the group to offer the closing prayer for any week!

Each week, we will provide a hand out in the Monday emails that you can download and review prior to the Friday session.

With Peace,
Father Rick, Bob Mosebach, and Wanda Stoltzfus

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