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St. Edward’s Thursday Message – October 22nd

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.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.


Our Variety Show is happening THIS SATURDAY, October 24th, at 4:30 PM

Click here for more information.

You can also access our YouTube Channel for the show, by clicking here.

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:   Thank you to St. Edward’s for your continued support to the HAFP.  In September, you contributed 110 pounds of food items to the pantry.

During the month of September….we served 145 families which included 148 children, 305 adults, 104 seniors for a total 557 people served…9 new families were registered. 34 volunteers donated 517 hours to the pantry.

The pantry is currently requesting the following items: Spam, prune juice, chicken and beef broth, large peanut butter, large jelly, 2 lb. packs of rice, canned pears, instant and regular oatmeal, cream of celery soup, cream of chicken soup, boxed pastas (ziti, rotini, etc.), canned tomatoes, pancake syrup, canned fruit cocktail.

The Community Aid bin is scheduled to be removed in the next 10 days.  Please continue to support this passive form of fundraising by bringing your soft goods to the donation center on Good Drive (near Columbia Avenue) and when you drop off your items reference St. Edward’s partner #40036.  We will earn money towards our social outreach! Every penny counts.

The funeral for Boyer Veitch will be held at St. Edward’s on Saturday, October 24th at 11:00 AM.  While it is a private family service, there will be a public visitation from 10:00 AM – 11:AM at St. Edward’s.  We will be following all health and safety protocols for social distancing and we ask that all visitors please wear a mask.  We encourage all to join us for the service, via live stream, to honor the memory of our brother and dear friend, Boyer.  Connect to the service via our  YouTube Channel .

Click here to download the service bulletin.

We are pleased to announce that through the generous donation of Mary Veitch, in memory of Boyer Veitch, we will be replacing our sanctuary carpet in the upcoming month. The new color is called “Rest Assured” and you can view a sample of it above.  While this was not the first color choice of the rector and parish office, we consulted a professional designer, with further consultation and support from our vestry and altar guild members – Meredith Westgate, Julie Hoff, and Bev Hess, to assist us in choosing the best color for this most sacred space.  This choice was made with extensive discernment as to what is best in complementing all surfaces: from the black flooring, to the woodwork of our pews and altar, to the stonework of our glorious altar wall, as well as our seasonal altar hangings, and the transition into the narthex. We also considered the durability and appropriateness to the missional context of our space into the future. Please know that should anyone in the parish have concerns or feelings about this choice I will make myself available to you, to walk through such concerns.

With humble appreciation,

Father Rick+

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

Friday Lunch & Learn:  October 23rd 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom

Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together.  This week, we will begin Chapter 4 in Walk in Love – The Wonderful Sacrament| Eucharistic Beliefs. 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 23rd 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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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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