This Sunday we have a bit of a treat as we get to do something we ordinarily don’t get to do. As many of you know, both our Sacristy and Nursery have recently been remodeled and refurbished. The Sacristy suffered water damage some months ago due to a plumbing leak; it has been restored to its former condition with the welcome addition of a special sink, called a piscina, which makes it easier for us to reverently clean and dispose of consecrated elements. The Nursery had been in a dated condition and has received new furnishings, paint and decorations for a very updated and welcoming look designed with modern standards and to appeal to young children. Special thanks to Camille Horine for donating her time and professional services to the Nursery improvements and to the member of the Altar Guild who donated the sink/piscina fixture.
On Sunday, as part of our liturgies, we will rededicate each of these two spaces.
A meeting of the Cultural Events Ministry will be Sunday, December 15th after the 10:15 service. We welcome all interested people to attend to discuss future programs & ideas.
The flower chart for Christmas flowers and for 2020 altar flowers are in the narthex. Please sign up for Christmas flowers by Sunday, December 22nd!
There is a new sign-up for 9:15 and 10:15 coffee hours in the parish hall. Sign up for 2020!
If you would like an Episcopal calendar for 2020 they are on the table in the narthex. A $5.00 donation is appreciated.
Food Bank News: St. Edwards donated 235 pounds
Items requested for December: 18 oz jelly, Oatmeal ..regular and instant, Pancake mix, NO GREEN BEANS!!!!
We served 190 families that included 252 children, 396 adults, and 121 seniors for a total 769 people served. We received 2,693 pounds of free food through the Community Action Program. Thank you St. Edwards!!!!
2019 cookie sale was a fantastic success! Thank you to all the volunteers, bakers, crafters who take on this ministry every year and do such a fantastic job. We raised a total of $3,085.80! And, of course, thank you to all who come each year and buy these delicious cookies, baked goods and our *NEW* crafts. Without the community support, we would not have such great fundraising success!
Articles, pictures and announcements that you would like to include in the January Scepter are due next Friday, December 20, 2019. However Christmas Eve pictures can be sent as soon as possible after Christmas. Please send items to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone wants to help with Christmas bulletin folding, please contact Michelle – Monday, 12/23 from 2-4 PM & maybe 12/24 AM.
ONE USHER IS NEEDED FOR THE 8 AM AND ONE FOR THE 10:15 AM SERVICES. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN THIS MINISTRY, PLEASE CONTACT BUDDY YEAGER.
Search Committee Prayer
“Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (BCP 818)
This prayer from our Book of Common Prayer is full of grace and beauty. “Almighty God, giver of every good gift.” We begin with an acknowledgment that God is in charge and that one of God’s good gifts will be a successful search process.
“Look graciously on your Church” reminds us that the Church is the people, not the building. We are praying for every person at St. Edward’s – Vestry member, Rector Search Committee member, and all parishioners.
“Guide the minds” reminds us that this is a discernment process, seeking to determine who God would have serve as the next rector of St. Edward’s: a “faithful pastor who will care for your people and equip them for their ministries.” This is a brief but powerful summary of a rector’s responsibilities.
As we continue our journey of discernment for our new rector, let us remember that we are united by our faith and love in community as we look forward to the bright future of our parish.
Your St. Edward’s Search Committee,
Dottie Gschwend, co-chair
Matthew Sternberg, co-chair
Altar Guild: Susan Landin and Michelle Bentley
Coffee Hour: 8:00 AM – Stephen & Catherine Donohue 10:15 AM – The Lynch Family
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th – THIRD ADVENT
8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I
LEM: Mark Jakiel
Ushers: Karen Grant and John Meyer
Greeter: Mike Patrone
9:15 AM – Conversations with the Rector (Library)
10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II
LEM: Dina Ishler
Acolytes: Server: Amy Swiernik Crucifer: Barrett Newsome
Readers: 1st: Ted Cardwell 2nd: Carol Cotnoir
Ushers: Camille Horine and Carl Cotnoir
Greeter: Susan Campagnola
11:30 AM – Cultural Events Ministry Meeting (Library)
3:00 PM – The Lancaster Chamber Singers Christmas Concert (outside ticket sales)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16th
6:30 PM – N/A (PH)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th
6:00 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers
7:00 PM – Evening Knit Wits (Lounge)
7:00 PM – ALERT (PH)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH
12:00 Noon – Holy Eucharist with healing
6:30 PM – Outside Community Group Meeting (PH)
6:30 PM – Praise Band Practice
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19TH
7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal