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Worship at St. Edward’s – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23 – October 10, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

Father Rick and all of us at St. Edward’s welcome you to our Sunday worship, tomorrow, the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 23.  Whether you will be joining us in-person, or via our live stream on our St. Edward’s YouTube Channel, please know we are glad to be worshipping with you!  All of the important links you need to our YouTube channel and our Sunday service bulletins are listed below.  For this Sunday we welcome our Bishop, The Right Reverend Dr. Audrey Cady Scanlan.  Bishop Scanlan will be the Celebrant, Officiant, and Preacher at our 8 AM Rite I, and our 10 AM Rite II.  The 10 AM service will include the Sacramental Rites of Confirmation and Reception.  A wonderful day to be with us at St. Edward’s! 

If you are joining us for in-person worship and fellowship, we prayerfully ask that you wear your mask as we gather together in community.

Let us enter our afternoon, on this last day of the week, with two prayers, for peace, community, and better understanding:

For the Parish
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From Earth Gospel, A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation
Tonight and tomorrow
let me stand beside you, O God;
let me sit beneath your branches.
Let your life grow within me
so that my faith may bear fruit
for those who hunger
and my hope provide shade
for those who despair.
As leaves transform sunlight into food,
may Christ’s love transform
everything I say and do,
giving life to others.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the service for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23, October 10th, which will be live streamed at 10:00 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 10:00 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 23 service

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23 service

*If you enjoy the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube channel, and you have a Gmail or YouTube account, the next time you tune in, please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the home page to be included as a subscriber to St. Edward’s!  We would welcome the support and we will not generate any unwanted notifications to you.  Become a part of our St. Edward’s community!   Thank you to those who have subscribed!

We are now in WEEK TWO of the St. Edward’s Basket Raffle Fundraiser with ticket sales are tomorrow between services, and for 15 minutes after the 10 AM service, in the parish hall. It truly is a wonderful event this year with 33 curated baskets and fun surprises with special drawings each week.  Join us in supporting what has become our MAJOR fundraising event of the year to support the mission and ministry of St. Edward’s!  Tell your friends and family.  Our catalog is also available to download by clicking HERE.

Last evening we announced that in our first week we raised $1,440 and we also announced the winners of our first week’s drawing!


Faith In Action Initiatives:

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update:
Requested items for October:  Cereal; Large jelly; Egg noodles; Penne pasta; Canned carrots; Canned yams; Canned green beans; Canned corn; Canned mixed vegetables; Canned kidney beans; Canned garbanzo beans; Canned black beans

Spiritual Formation and Evening Prayer Offerings:
We have so much going on during our fall season, don’t miss out on the many opportunities available, in-person, and via Zoom. Our link, below, to our Adult Spiritual Formation page has detailed information regarding our upcoming Lunch & Learn, commencing Friday, October 1st.  If you click here, you can download our Fall Adult Spiritual Formation pdf.

Adult Spiritual Formation at St. Edward’s – click here.


Sunday Evening Prayer – October 10th at 7:00 PM:  We use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the readings for the Sunday Lectionary.  It is a quiet service and a good way to end the weekend and prepare for the week to come.  Anyone interested can send me an email to be put on an email distribution list:  drutledge1225@gmail.com

Sunday Evening Prayer @ 7:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/95355083080
Meeting ID: 953 5508 3080

Opportunities to gather in community in spirituality and fellowship:

Here you will find news of gatherings outside of St. Edward’s that we offer in community with our sister parishes and other spiritual resources.

A fun family event at the Oregon Dairy Corn Maze.  Click here for details.

Spiritual Retreat Opportunity:
Anticipating Winter:  Silent Retreat at The Wittel Farm
https://parishresourcecenter.org/events/silent-retreat-at-the-wittel-farm/
November 6, 2021
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $90
Location: 1753 Mill Road, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 17022
Questions?  Please contact Joyce Kamm

Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution.  Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page, as well as a “Donate” button on our YouTube Channel home page.

To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.


We are providing links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you:

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH

Worship at St. Edward’s: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9 – July 4, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

Father Rick and all of us at St. Edward’s welcome you to our Sunday worship, tomorrow, the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 9.  Whether you will be joining us in-person, or via our live stream on our St. Edward’s YouTube Channel, please know we are glad to be worshipping with you!  All of the important links you need to our YouTube channel and our Sunday service bulletins are listed below.

As we pray for Father Rick, Katrina, Ricky, and Christian for safe travels (and joy!) during their vacation, we welcome The Reverend Tim Small, as he returns to St. Edward’s to celebrate and preach, this Sunday.  For those who may not know Tim+, he was installed as vicar of St. Edward’s in 1984, when we were a mission church worshipping at the Union Hall on Nissley Road, and shepherded us to our groundbreaking of where we worship today! It is a blessing to have Tim+, and his wife Betsy, back at St. Edward’s this weekend!

While we will celebrate the Fourth of July, with our family gatherings, cookouts, fireworks, or perhaps some quietude in nature, let us take a moment and say a prayer for our human family, all God’s creation, and a prayer:

For our Country – The Book of Common Prayer, pg 820
Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9 service, July 4th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9 service

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 9 service

*If you enjoy the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube channel, and you have a Gmail or YouTube account, the next time you tune in, please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the home page to be included as a subscriber to St. Edward’s!  We would welcome the support and we will not generate any unwanted notifications to you.  Become a part of our St. Edward’s community!   Thank you to those who have subscribed! 


We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important announcements regarding upcoming events, as well as prayer and Adult Spiritual Formation opportunities.  If you click on the bulletin links above, you will get a complete list of our weekly announcements on the last page of the bulletin.  Stay tuned to our weekly emails and web site posts for updates on specific details. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!

We are providing links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you.

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH

Parish News:
Grocery cards will be in your parish mailboxes.

Scepters in print will be in the narthex.  Pick up a copy as it has incredible articles, stories and photos as well as important pull-out sheets to upcoming events for our 40th Anniversary, basket auction, and fall fundraiser.  You can also view online by clicking here.

Speaking of 40th Anniversary. . .Save the date!  It promises to be an event not to miss in the life of our parish (You will be seeing a lot of this logo in the next 2 months!!!)


Click here to view the wonderful booklet that details the beautification projects St. Edward’s is embarking on (and our parish family and friends are invited to prayerfully consider participating in) under the Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund. 


If there is someone from the 8 o’clock service who has started the coffee pots before, could you please help out by coming to church a bit early on Sundays to “prime the coffee pots.”  Thank you!

COFFEE HOUR IS TOMORROW BETWEEN 9-10 AM.  You will have the opportunity to pick up an FAQ sheet on coffee hour hosting and there will also be a sign-up sheet for August coffee hours.  You can also click the link below for sign-up and information!

Click here to connect to Google docs sign-up sheet and coffee hour information.


Please visit our Christian Formation page to explore the wonderful weekly lesson and activity postings for youth, from Leslie Arnold, Christian Formation ministry leader. Click here for the Christian Formation page.



Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  Requested items:  Canned fruit; Canned mixed vegetables; Canned garbanzo beans; 1 lb. packages of rice; 2 lb. packages of rice; Noodles; Boxed pasta; Pasta sauce; Cereal; Oatmeal (regular or quick NOT instant)


St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation during the summer months!  Click here for more information about our summer offerings.


Sunday Evening Prayer is taking a one week hiatus and will be back next Sunday, July 11th.

Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution.  Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page, as well as a “Donate” button on our YouTube Channel home page.

To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

Worship at St. Edward’s: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7 – June 20, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

Father Rick and all of us at St. Edward’s welcome you to our Sunday worship, tomorrow, the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 7.  Whether you will be joining us in-person, or via our live stream on our St. Edward’s YouTube Channel, please know we are glad to be worshipping with you!  All of the important links you need to our YouTube channel and our Sunday service bulletins are listed below.

At the Rite II 10:15 AM service, we will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Baptism of Sadie Raye Casey Stauffer and Emma Michele Casey Stauffer, twin daughters of Elizabeth Clare Casey and Kevin Michael Casey Stauffer and granddaughters of Rayelenn Sparks Casey and our beloved, dearly departed Stephen+. Please join us, in-person, or via live stream, for the service.

If you are attending our in-person worship, be sure to join us for the 9-10 AM coffee hour where we can be in fellowship with the family to celebrate Sadie and Emma!

We leave you this afternoon with a prayer For the Care of Children as we embrace our human family and a blessing from Earth Gospel in honor of all the Fathers, whom we love so dearly and remember, on this Father’s Day, tomorrow, and every day of our lives!

For the Care of Children
Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children:  Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Blessing
In your sleeping, in your waking,
you are cherished by the God who made you.
May you arise tomorrow
ready to live the love you have received
and to cherish the life of creation.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7 service, June 20th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7 service

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 7 service

*If you enjoy the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube channel, and you have a Gmail or YouTube account, the next time you tune in, please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the home page to be included as a subscriber to St. Edward’s!  We would welcome the support and we will not generate any unwanted notifications to you.  Become a part of our St. Edward’s community!   Thank you to those who have subscribed! 

We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important announcements regarding upcoming events, as well as prayer and Adult Spiritual Formation opportunities.  If you click on the bulletin links above, you will get a complete list of our weekly announcements on the last page of the bulletin.  Stay tuned to our weekly emails and web site posts for updates on specific details. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!

We are providing links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you.

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH

Parish News:


COFFEE HOUR IS TOMORROW BETWEEN 9-10 AM.  Come early, stay late, but don’t miss out on our Coffee Hour fellowship. This week, you will have the opportunity to pick up an FAQ sheet on coffee hour hosting and there will also be a sign-up sheet for July and August coffee hours.  You can also click the link below for sign-up and information!

Click here to connect to Google docs sign-up sheet and coffee hour information.

Please visit our Christian Formation page to explore the wonderful weekly lesson and activity postings for youth, from Leslie Arnold, Christian Formation ministry leader. Click here for the Christian Formation page.



Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  Requested items for the month of June:  Canned fruit; Canned mixed vegetables; Canned garbanzo beans; 1 lb. packages of rice; 2 lb. packages of rice; Noodles; Boxed pasta; Pasta sauce; Cereal; Oatmeal (regular or quick NOT instant)

The Faith in Action committee asks for your help collecting some books for prisoners in Lancaster. An Episcopalian prison chaplain, Deacon Stacey Catigano, keeps a library for prisoners, and she could use some Bibles and other devotional or inspirational titles to circulate among prisoners. You can either donate books or money to buy them. Just drop off your donations in the narthex or make out a check to St. Edward’s with “books for prisoners” in the memo line.  To learn more about this project, stop by the bookcase in the narthex and pick up a flyer and browse some of the books we have already collected.  Let us show our love for our incarcerated brothers and sisters.   You can also click here to see what kinds of books are needed.


St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation.  Click here for our Spring information sheet. Please check your weekly emails which will have all the study details & Zoom invitation details.

Sunday Evening Prayer: Each Sunday at 7:00 PM. Anyone interested can send Br. David Rutledge an email to be put on an email distribution list: drutledge1225@gmail.com Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95355083080 Meeting ID: 953 5508 3080

Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution.  Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page, as well as a “Donate” button on our YouTube Channel home page.

To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

 

Worship at St. Edward’s: Seventh Sunday of Easter – May 16, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

With the CDC guidance that came out on Thursday afternoon suggesting that those who are vaccinated can now go without a mask in most circumstances, the bishop has communicated with clergy and lay leaders, via email, regarding “what to do in church this weekend.” (If you have not seen the new guidelines, you can find them here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html).

For now, until the bishop’s Task Force meets next week, we would encourage you for this Sunday to continue under the current recommended protocols that include mask wearing, social distancing, communion in one kind and no singing. There are still those among us who are not vaccinated, and, in Christian community, we must care for those who are most vulnerable, including our children who cannot yet get the vaccine and those who for health reasons, have not yet been vaccinated.

We thank you as we honor our love for God in Christ and continue to care for one another.

Let us pray this Collect for Guidance
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

As we gather for this Seventh Sunday of Easter, below you will find all the necessary links to connect to our 10:15 AM Sunday service on the St. Edward’s YouTube channel, as well as the service bulletins.

And, as always, we welcome you for in-person worship!

Be well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Seventh Sunday of Easter service, May 16th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for Seventh Sunday of Easter

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for Seventh Sunday of Easter

*If you enjoy the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube channel, and you have a Gmail or YouTube account, the next time you tune in, please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the home page to be included as a subscriber to St. Edward’s!  We would welcome the support and we will not generate any unwanted notifications to you.  Become a part of our St. Edward’s community!   Thank you to those who have subscribed! 


We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important announcements regarding upcoming events, as well as prayer and Adult Spiritual Formation opportunities.  If you click on the bulletin links above, you will get a complete list of our weekly announcements on the last page of the bulletin.  Stay tuned to our weekly emails and web site posts for updates on specific details. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!

We are providing links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you.


vaccinateLancaster.org

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH


Parish News:

Scepter  Stories Wanted!
Pictures, articles, updates, and announcements for the June Scepter are due by Thursday, May 20th. If you have any graduates in your family, anything from pre-school to PHD we would love to include pictures and information. Please send it to:  HJ_Miller@outlook.com

Needle Arts Ministry to meet again!!!!
Commencing Tuesday evening, May 25th at 7 pm this group will meet in the lounge area of the Christian Education wing at St. Edward’s.  PLEASE JOIN US in this time of fellowship, learning, and listening to one another as we engage in all needle arts. . . from knitting, to crochet, cross stitch, to mending clothing.  Whatever needle arts you engage in, you are WELCOME!

Do you know that 1 pint of blood can save three lives?  The precious resource of blood is in constant need by  area medical facilities, and St. Edward’s is offering an opportunity for our parishioners to donate a pint. Mark Saturday, June 5, on your calendar and then watch for the soon-to-be-announced sign-up link to complete the required registration.  The event will be held in our parish hall.  Questions? Contact Leslie Arnold.


What a great day with team St. Edward’s as we walked together, prayed together, and shared stories during our “walk your way” Race Against Racism in downtown Lancaster.  It was a beautiful day both in weather and in being in fellowship!  Thank you to all who participated in this invitational opportunity to be in solidarity for naming the need to create change and showing that working together can make a difference.   If you took photos and would like to share them on social media, please tag them: #rarlancaster

For Social Justice (BCP p. 823)
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart [and especially the hearts of the people of this land], that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. Current food list:  Canned green beans; canned corn; canned peas; canned applesauce; cereal; pancake mix; pancake syrup; large grape jelly; bagged noodles.

The Faith in Action committee asks for your help collecting some books for prisoners in Lancaster. An Episcopalian prison chaplain, Deacon Stacey Catigano, keeps a library for prisoners, and she could use some Bibles and other devotional or inspirational titles to circulate among prisoners. You can either donate books or money to buy them. Just drop off your donations in the narthex or make out a check to St. Edward’s with “books for prisoners” in the memo line.  To learn more about this project, stop by the bookcase in the narthex and pick up a flyer and browse some of the books we have already collected.  Let us show our love for our incarcerated brothers and sisters.   You can also click here to see what kinds of books are needed.

Curious about becoming a prison ministry volunteer?  If you feel God is calling you to prison ministry, please join a Zoom Q&A Meeting on Sunday, June 6th at 1 PM to learn more.  The Rev. Stacey Catigano, Deacon, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster will be the host.  Please contact Deacon Stacey (717) 799 -9764 or email: Scatigano@gmail.com to sign up. There are information flyers in our narthex, and by clicking here.

St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation.  Click here for our Spring information sheet. Please check your weekly emails which will have all the study details & Zoom invitation details.

Sunday Evening Prayer: Each Sunday at 7:00 PM. Anyone interested can send Br. David Rutledge an email to be put on an email distribution list: drutledge1225@gmail.com Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95355083080 Meeting ID: 953 5508 3080

Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution.  Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page, as well as a “Donate” button on our YouTube Channel home page.

To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

 

Father Rick Installation

A Celebration of a New Ministry: the Reverend Dr. Rick Bauer and the People of St. Edward’s

We thought the people and friends of St. Edward’s would enjoy this gallery of photos from our service on April 21, 2021 of a Celebration of a New Ministry at St. Edward’s.  Please click here if you would like to read the service bulletin while viewing the gallery.

Click here to read about Father Rick and a Celebration of a New Ministry at St. Edward’s, featured in our area newspapers.

LNP Online

(Note:  You may need a subscription or to sign up for a free article viewing to view the LNP article).

Townlively – Hempfield 

Third Sunday of Easter Worship at St. Edward’s – April 18th

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to worship with us as we celebrate this Third Sunday of Easter.  All essential information and links for our Sunday services are noted below

I prayerfully request that we continue to refrain from gathering, with other parishioners, in public groups, without masks. In Lancaster County, we continue to move towards wider distribution of vaccines, and within our diocese, we are adhering to the same safety protocols we submitted in 2020 for our in-person worship.  We are all in this together, and honoring our parish community, by continuing to comply with the recommendations set forth during this time, conveys our love for God in Christ, the members of our parish family, and the wider community.

We are providing four links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you.


vaccinateLancaster.org
**If you need assistance in registering/navigating this website, please contact me, or the parish office, and we will assist you.

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH

Father Rick+



At St. Edward’s today, it was glorious to see so many people stop by to view our Memorial Garden monument that was installed this past week. We will be adding the final touches to the monument in the next 10 days. 

To see people meander up the garden path and be able to sit and pay respects to their loved ones and touch the name plaques on the monument brought tears to my eyes.  As I was out in the garden, sitting next to St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology and animals, and as we approach Earth Day, this week, as well as make wonderful preparations for the most important event in the life of our parish and for Father Rick+ – a Celebration of a New Ministry,  it seems like a wonderful opportunity to pray these words by St. Francis:

A Song of Praise by St. Francis

You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good, Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and you suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, great and wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, merciful Savior.

Source: St. Francis, d. 1226

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Third Sunday of Easter service, April 18th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday.

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for Third Sunday of Easter

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for Third Sunday of Easter

A few friendly reminders for those returning to in-person worship and for those new to our in-person worship:

– We will have ushers/greeters inside the narthex and they will have the service bulletins for you. We will also continue to take your name and contact information.

– Please do not forget to wear your mask.

– Ushers will direct you to pew locations to maintain social distancing and will also guide you during communion.

– As we will not pass the offering plate, it will be located on the pedestal at the back of the church for you to place your Sunday offerings.

– On the shelf in the narthex are materials that you may find of interest to take home with you.

*If you enjoy the St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster, PA YouTube channel, and you have a Gmail or YouTube account, the next time you tune in, please click the red SUBSCRIBE button on the home page to be included as a subscriber to St. Edward’s!  We would welcome the support and we will not generate any unwanted notifications to you.  Become a part of our St. Edward’s community!   Thank you to those who have subscribed! 


We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important announcements regarding upcoming events, as well as prayer and Adult Spiritual Formation opportunities.  If you click on the bulletin links above, you will get a complete list of our weekly announcements on the last page of the bulletin.

We continue to honor the guidance delivered by our bishop, as well as our love for God in Christ, to care for one another, by remaining socially distanced, and refrain from in-person fellowship gathering.  There are many opportunities for us to worship, and perform ministry, in community, in ways that are of comfort to us, during this continued Covidtide. Please see a listing below and stay tuned to our weekly emails, web site posts, and Sunday bulletins for updates on specific details. We invite you to celebrate with us, as a community of faith!

Click here to view all of the important details for the Celebration of a New Ministry events for Father Rick+


We will participate in ALL events virtually.  For the Wednesday, April 21st 7 PM service, via our YouTube Channel, and for our April 25th 12 Noon reception, via Zoom. 


St. Edward’s is forming a team to “walk our way” in the YWCA 2021 Race Against Racism.  For more information on this event and to learn how to join us, please click the links below. Thank you to all who signed up by April 7th to receive the race “swag.”  We would encourage others to join us and you can register up to the race date to participate.  All of the registration details are in the links below.

St. Edward’s Registration Information Flier

YWCA Race Against Racism brochure

Please continue your support of the Hempfield Area Food Pantry. April food list:  Canned green beans; canned corn; canned peas; canned applesauce; cereal; pancake mix; pancake syrup; large grape jelly; bagged noodles.

St. Edward’s is offering a full complement of Adult Spiritual Formation.  Click here for our Spring information sheet. Please check your weekly emails which will have all the study details & Zoom invitation details.

Sunday Evening Prayer: Each Sunday at 7:00 PM. Anyone interested can send Br. David Rutledge an email to be put on an email distribution list: drutledge1225@gmail.com Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/95355083080 Meeting ID: 953 5508 3080

Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution.  Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page, as well as a “Donate” button on our YouTube Channel home page.

To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

 

Sunday Service Online – Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 25 – Sunday, October 25, 2020

Dear friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to online worship this weekend.

For those who feel comfortable with coming to church, we are fortunate to be able to hold in-person worship on Sundays at 8 AM – Rite I and 10:15 AM – Rite II. We hope that you will join us!  We continue to follow healthy practices for your comfort and safety and we are mindfully complying with mitigation efforts through the governor’s office, as well as our diocesan office.

Please know that we extend our warm invitation of worship to those in the wider community and those parishioners who are still at home, via YouTube Live, with our live streaming service each Sunday. We are one community of faith and we are worshipping together!

Click here to connect to our YouTube Channel to enjoy our Sunday service of Holy Eucharist Rite II LIVE at 10:15 AM on Sunday, October 25th.

We offer an opportunity for those viewing our online service to Donate to St. Edward’s via our Paypal link directly from our YouTube Channel.  On the St. Edward’s Channel Home Page, in the lower right corner of the image of our church is a “Donate to St. Edward’s” link.  You can also find it in the “About” section, just scroll down to “links” in that section.  We have installed it, tested it, and it works securely and wonderfully!

Click here to download the Sunday Service 10:15 AM bulletin – Rite II

If you prefer the said service of Rite I, we have provided our service bulletin for you to download and enjoy the service.

Click here to download the Sunday Service 8 AM bulletin – Rite I


We also wanted to take this opportunity to share with you important announcements that are in our paper bulletin on Sundays, that may be of interest to you, at home, regarding upcoming events, as well as prayer and adult spiritual formation opportunities.

What an event our Fall Fundraiser 2020 was.  If you missed it, click the link below to view such an outpouring of faith, love, and community spirit at St. Edward’s.   If you did tune in, we encourage you to tune in again, especially if you missed the beginning, which had some very special welcoming from Father Rick.  Such incredible talent, beautiful scenery of our sanctuary and memorial garden, and undeniable community spirit!  It will lighten your day and remind you that we are all in this together!  THANK YOU TO ALL!!!

ST. EDWARD’S FALL FUNDRAISER DINNER AUCTION AND VAIRETY SHOW:  WATCH IT HERE



Welcome to Congregational Care!  Each Saturday, we will include in our messages any submissions we receive from our parish community, as we invite you to share prayer requests or news about yourselves or your family. We believe this outreach to be incredibly important to keep our spiritual community connected to each other and to Jesus Christ, our Lord, as we walk in love with one another in our daily journeys.  Please submit your “news” to the parish office by Friday of each week and we will feature it in the Saturday email, bringing it to our hearts and minds in our Sunday prayers.

For this week, Joyce Kamm would like us to pray for her son, Mike, who has been on lockdown for seven months, and all other persons who are incarcerated.  Pray for their strength to endure the isolation of 23.5 hours a day due to COVID.  For the love of Jesus to permeate throughout the prisons.

We also want to send our prayers to Rose Dixon and her entire family as she continues to be a strong fighter in battling her illness. News from her daughter, Cheryl, this week, that Rose had to be hospitalized and is quite weak.  Rose is now resting at home.  Please keep Rose in your prayers and we encourage you to send notes and cards this week.


Join us, at St. Edward’s, and with our convocation churches, for wonderful offerings, each week, of prayer and adult spiritual formation, via Zoom. Join in, anytime!  Click here to learn more.

 


Besides prayers, calls, cards and emails, there is one more thing you can do to support St. Edward’s during this time. Please keep up-to-date with your pledge or regular contribution.  Pledges/giving can be mailed to the church, and we also have an easy-to-use “Give to St. Edward’s” button on our website that links to our secure Paypal page.  We have had several people engage with this newly installed Paypal giving button with great success, so please consider that as an easy way to support St. Edward’s.

To assist parishes, the diocese has set up online giving for each parish.  If you feel comfortable making your weekly giving or pledge donation in this manner (it is a secure giving tool), simply go to the diocesan web site, click on the tab up top and it will take you to a page where you can scroll down, find St. Edward’s, and continue with making your contribution!  Thank you for maintaining your faithfulness through your financial stewardship!

Click here if you would like to donate online through the diocesan portal. You will scroll down to find St. Edward’s under Lancaster. The portal is a secure giving site.

To learn more about St. Edward’s, please click our website, YouTube, or Facebook icons at the bottom of this email.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle

St. Edward’s Fall Fundraiser: October 24, 2020 – We invite you to our St. Edward’s Community

What a wonderful event this was!  We are so pleased to offer you our 2020 Fall Fundaiser Dinner Auction & Variety Show!  It may have been 100% virtual this year, but it was an incredible outpouring of talent and fun!

In case you missed it earlier this afternoon, you have the opportunity to watch it here.  If you did join us earlier today, this is your opportunity to watch it, again (and we encourage you to do so!)  What an awesome outpouring of faith, love, and community spirit!

Thank you, all!

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.

Michelle

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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St. Edward’s Monday Message – October 19th

Dear parishioners & friends of St. Edward’s,

There is so much going on this week with the basket raffle officially closed, today!  Now, the preparations are in play for creating our virtual variety show, drawing for the basket winners, all of the filming and editing that Father Rick is so graciously giving of his time and talent, all to make this a special evening for us at St. Edward’s.  We offer this event to our friends, family, and the wider community, as well, in what promises to be an amazing night, on October 24th.  So many moving parts and volunteers to thank, as well as the awesome support from everyone, with their generous purchasing of raffle tickets, dinner tickets, and the basket donations that made this all possible!


We are pleased to report that we raised $5,100!  An extraordinary outpouring of love for our ministry, here, at St. Edward’s and so meaningful in every year, but, most especially, in this season that we are in, now, as we care for each other with our commitment to our faith, and our community.

It does make one stop for a moment to take a deep breath and take it all in as a sign of God’s grace in all the ways he guides us. And, reminds us, as we experience the serenity and beauty of our other major project, the beautification of our Memorial Garden, to take the time to honor those who came before us, or left us too soon, and remember them and keep them in our daily prayers, our hearts, and in our minds, always and everywhere.

So blessed by it all and we thank you!

Please look below for details regarding the Talent Show and dinner pick-up times for Saturday, October 24th.

Thank you to Father Rick, and our Diocesan Convention delegates, for representing St. Edward’s this year at our virtual Diocesan Convention, this past Saturday.  Your ministry in representing our parish is most appreciated.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle


In case you missed it!  Click here to view our Sunday service of Rite II from October 18th


As we approach All Saints’ Day, on November 1st, please remember to submit the names of your loved ones, to be read after communion, to the parish office NO LATER than Tuesday, October 27th.  The parish office will be closed from October 28th – November 2nd, and the bulletins for that Sunday will be completed and we do not want to miss acknowledging your remembrances.  Thank you.


The St. Edward’s Variety Show and Raffle Drawing will be happening, virtually, on our YouTube Channel, Saturday, October 24th at 4:30 PM.  You will most definitely NOT want to miss this event.

If you purchased a boxed dinner, the curbside pick-up will be Saturday afternoon from 2:00-3:30 PM. The evening’s program will be in your boxed dinner.

We will also post the program to print out in our Thursday email, and include it in a link the night of the event in the event description.

Here is the St. Edward’s YouTube Channel (Click here)


Please check the Thursday email for details on how to watch our live stream of the funeral service for Boyer Veitch on Saturday, October 24th at 11:00 AM.

Scepter articles, pictures, news, are due by October 20th.  Please submit your materials to Mac Miller at:
hj_miller@outlook.com

Hempfield Area Food Pantry “wish list” of 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.

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK

Vestry Meeting – Tuesday, October 20th via Zoom, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday Noonday Service of Healing – Wednesday, October 21st
Please enter through the parish hall doors. Masks are required. We have put in place healthy practices for your comfort and safety.

Wednesday Evening, October 21st – 6:30 PM Contemporary Bible Study
Led by Bill and Yvonne Gasperetti via Zoom.  Please email Bill or Yvonne if you would like to participate.

Friday, October 23rd,  Lunch & Learn Adult Spiritual Formation – 12 Noon – 1 PM
Join us for this series led by Father Rick, Bob Mosebach, and Wanda Stoltzfus.  Scroll down to download the handout for Friday’s session and to note the Zoom meeting join information.

Friday Evening Prayer – October 23rd

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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Friday Lunch & Learn:  October 23rd 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Our session this week will begin Chapter Four of our text. Our conversations have been a wonderful exploration of our faith & Episcopal identity and it is wonderful to engage each other in discussion and participation! Perhaps you would feel comfortable in delivering the closing prayer, this week?  We  would welcome your participation. Attendance at every session is not required.

Handout for this Friday Session Click here.

We encourage you to have your Book of Common Prayer for each session and the text, Walk In Love is optional, but can be ordered at forwardmovement.org or by contacting the parish office (we have copies on hand).  If you do not have a copy of the BCP on hand, this link will give you the downloadable pdf.

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

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