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St. Edward’s Weekly Email: February 21, 2020 – February 28, 2020

Dear parishioners,

It seems hard to believe but Ash Wednesday comes this week. We do our best to make this special service available to everyone no matter what their schedule. Here at St. Edward’s we have two Ash Wednesday liturgies, one at 7:00 a.m. and one at noon. And if neither of those works for you there is a very nice evening service shared by the four Lancaster churches; this year it is at St. John’s at 7:30 p.m.

Not sure how best to keep Lent in your personal life this year? There will be some printed suggestions in this Sunday’s bulletins for you to take home as well as some additional meditation booklets in the narthex from Episcopal Relief and Development.

And don’t forget we have our own little version of Mardi Gras: we call it Shrove Tuesday and celebrate it with a pancake supper beginning at 5:30 pm. See you there.

David +

I would like to thank my St. Edward’s family for the outpouring of love and support following the sudden death of Larry. The kindness and offers of help from everyone warmed me to the bottom of my heart. What a special place this St. Edward’s.      Love to all of you  Bev Hess

Interested in a Bible Study program?  You are in luck!  St. Edward’s is starting Bible Study on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 PM in the Christian Education lounge area.  We will be holding it every Wednesday through Lent and our study will be the Blackaby study of the book of James.  We have ordered the books and they will be available at the first gathering. We are very excited about this new Bible study program, which will be led by Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti, and we look forward to those who are interested in joining us!  

“At Soles4Souls, we turn unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs, and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty.”  St. Edward’s will be participating in a shoe drive with St. John’s during the 2020 Lenten Season.  Starting Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, parishioners are invited to donate used shoes.  There will be a collection center in the church under the social outreach bulletin board in the narthex.  Any shoes with laces should be tied together before placing in the collection box.

2020 cultural events: 

Sunday, April 26th at 3:00 PM  valleyphonics – Mix of classical and contemporary program

Saturday, June 20th at 7 PM  Servant Stage – A Broadway Review style “revue” show

Sunday September 20th at 3 PM – QuintEssentially Brass – Baroque to Jazz, Sacred to Secular

Sunday, December 13th at 3 PM  Fire in the Glen – A Celtic Christmas program

Giving Statements will be in your parish mailboxes no later than Thursday, February 27th.  If you would like yours sent via email as a pdf, please email the office.

Thank you and apologies for the delay this year.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 25th 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM         Free-will offering

**We will be in need of volunteers to set up, cook, serve, and clean-up.  A sign-up sheet is in the Parish Hall and we NEED people to help with this annual event!

Altar Guild: Gail Irons, Karen Grant, Barbara Schultz, Dorris Smith

Coffee Hour:  8:00 AM – Bev Hess      10:15 AM – Buddy & Liz Yeager, Sally Lederer, Mary Snyder

SUNDAY, February 23rd

8:00 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite I

LEM/Reader:  Matthew Sternberg

Ushers: Bob Mutari

Greeters:  June Klemm

9:15 AM Adult Forum with Father David – “Racing through the Book of Common Prayer” – Part Two (PH)

10:15 AM – Holy Eucharist Rite II

LEM: Kiki Davis-Brugmann

Acolytes:    Server: Amy Swiernik        Crucifer:  Piper Brugmann

Readers:  1stDottie Gschwend      2ndPeg Hanzelman

Ushers:  Camille Horine and Carl Cotnoir

Greeter: Carl Cotnoir


6:30 PM – N/A (PH)


5:30 PM – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

6:30 PM – Lancaster Chamber Singers (Sanctuary)

7:00 PM – Knit Wits (Lounge)


7:00 AM – Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)

12 Noon – Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)

6:30 PM – Praise Band Practice

7:30 PM – Ash Wednesday Service – St. John’s Lancaster


7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal