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Sunday Service Online – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 23 – October 11, 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 11th.

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.

If you would like to reserve your tickets for our October 24th fundraiser, in person, at church, TOMORROW, we will have a table in the library area, after each service, to enable people to reserve ticket bundles for the raffle as well as reserve their boxed dinner.  Once you leave church, you can re-enter through the office wing door, and please have your checks made out in advance so that we can keep social distancing in place.  The fundraiser details can be found by clicking the link below. Here is a quick rundown of pricing:
$75/55 tickets
$55/40 tickets
$25/15 tickets
Boxed dinners $10/each

Checks made payable to St. Edward’s with memo line “October 24th fundraiser.” We will note this on a sheet to give to you to complete at home (after you review catalog selections) and then you can email your ticket selections, we will fill them out for you, and place them in the boxes of your choosing.  We have surpassed our 50% goal and are looking to raise an additional $1,850 to reach 100%.  Help us make this ONLY FUNDRAISER, for 2020, at St. Edward’s a success!

LINK TO INFORMATION ABOUT THE ST. EDWARD’S FALL FUNDRAISER BY CLICKING HERE



Welcome to our new feature, Congregational Care!  Each Saturday, we will include in our messages any submissions we receive from our parish community, in your willingness to share prayer requests or news about yourselves or your family.  At the wonderful suggestion of Libby Sternberg, we believe this outreach to be incredibly important to keep our spiritual connections to our Lord, and to each other, alive!  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.

“Dear Father of all, make me a human channel through which, as far as I am able, your divine love and pity may reach the hearts and lives of some of those who are nearest to me.  Amen.”

– A Diary of Private Prayer, John Baillie

 

For this week, Matthew & Libby Sternberg share the following news:  The Sternbergs are happy to report that their one-year-old granddaughter had successful cleft palate surgery recently and is now home with her parents and siblings in Spokane, WA doing well.  She can eat baby food and has said “Daddy” for the first time, due to the repair.

Thought for today, and every day:



If you would like to take a survey to help us determine how we may move forward with our Jesse Tree initiative this year, please click here.


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.

We have an additional course offering from our friends at St. Luke’s, Mount Joy that may be of interest to people.  The details are below.  Please email stlukesmountjoy@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

What if you could defuse tension and create accord in even the most volatile situations—just by changing the way you spoke?

Course details:  Wed October 14, 21, 28  @ 12 noon.
There are four sessions of  60-90 minutes each, via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87241283345

The session will be recorded, in case you cannot attend live. Please contact the office for the link to the recording.

Course objectives:

  • Identify the four steps of the Nonviolent Communication process
  • Employ the four-step process in every dialogue you engage in
  • Utilize empathy to safely confront anger, fear, and other powerful emotions
  • Discover how to overcome the blocks to compassion and open to our natural desire to enrich the lives of those around us
  • Observations, feelings, needs, and requests—how to apply the four-step process of Nonviolent Communication to every dialogue we engage in
  • Overcoming the blocks to compassion—and opening to our natural desire to enrich the lives of those around us
  • How to use empathy to safely confront anger, fear, and other powerful emotions

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 Thursday Message – October 8th

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.


 

Our virtual fundraiser is starting to kick into high gear.  With the excitement and generosity of many, to date, we have surpassed our 50% mark towards our fundraising goal. Can we see if we can make it to the “finish line” by October 19th?  Share the catalog link with your friends and family or have them contact the parish office and we can send the catalog link to them. We are $1,900 away from our goal towards what will be our ONLY fundraising event at St. Edward’s for 2020!

Click this link:

2020 ST. EDWARD’S FUNDRAISER CATALOG


The Giant grocery cards are in your parish mailboxes.  Stauffers cards are in your mailboxes, as well, for anyone who has not picked their cards up.

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.


Please take the time to click the link below and complete a brief survey regarding our Jesse Tree Project this year.  We thank Leslie Arnold for compiling this survey so that we may continue this very important social outreach initiative for our wider community.

JESSE TREE SURVEY 2020


Father Rick will be officiating the funeral service for Jerry Burkhardt, which is at 11AM on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Tent on the south lawn of the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Interment will follow in Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster. Family and friends will be received under the tent from 5-7 PM on Friday, October 9, 2020 and again from 10-11 AM on Saturday.

The Memorial Garden is nearing completion this week and you will see an amazing transformation at church on Sunday.  It is all very exciting and is a continuation of the beautification of this sacred space.  We will be installing the monument shortly, with the name plaques of loved ones.  Stay tuned for plans for the consecration of this newly beautified space once it is complete, with our sights set on November.

On Saturdays, each week, we will be commencing a “Congregational Care” feature 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.  Please look this Saturday for the start of this new weekly segment, thanks to the suggestion of Libby Sternberg, and details on how to submit your “news and prayers” as we seek ways to stay spiritually connected and in prayer with and for each other.

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

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

Michelle


Friday Lunch & Learn:  October 9th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together.  This week, we will finish our discussion about our Book of Common Prayer (Chapter 2 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 9th 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 if you  would like 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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Sunday Service Online – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 21 – September 27, 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, September 27th.

A new feature on our YouTube Channel:  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.

Blessing of the Animals is happening on October 2nd!  Click here to download the flier with details.

OUR FALL FUNDRAISER EVENT IS LAUNCHING THIS WEEKEND STARTING WITH OUR RAFFLE.  CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO FIND OUT ALL OF THE DETAILS OF THE MANY EVENT ITEMS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER, CULMINATING IN OUR VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW FEATURED ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH AT 4:30 PM.

LINK TO INFORMATION ABOUT THE ST. EDWARD’S FALL FUNDRAISER BY CLICKING HERE


Parishioners Helping Parishioners

St. Edward’s is a community that has always shown their generosity by helping those in need in Lancaster and the World.  On October 3rd we will have an opportunity to help each other in our own parish.  The Social Outreach Committee will be hosting a day of giving. The purpose of this day is to assist parishioners that need help with yard work, small house repairs and/or cleaning projects.

We are asking that anyone in need of these services reach out to the committee chair, Beth Lynch or fill out the form in the bulletin and leave it in the box in the narthex this Sunday.

Please contact Beth Lynch at bethlynchgggators@gmail.com with your name and phone number if you would like to volunteer or if you could use some help with a chore.


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.

We have an additional course offering from our friends at St. Luke’s, Mount Joy that may be of interest to people.  The details are below.  Please email stlukesmountjoy@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

What if you could defuse tension and create accord in even the most volatile situations—just by changing the way you spoke?

Course details:  Wed October 7, 14, 21, 28  @ 12 noon.
There are four sessions of  60-90 minutes each, via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87241283345

The session will be recorded, in case you cannot attend live. Please contact the office for the link to the recording.

Course objectives:

  • Identify the four steps of the Nonviolent Communication process
  • Employ the four-step process in every dialogue you engage in
  • Utilize empathy to safely confront anger, fear, and other powerful emotions
  • Discover how to overcome the blocks to compassion and open to our natural desire to enrich the lives of those around us
  • Observations, feelings, needs, and requests—how to apply the four-step process of Nonviolent Communication to every dialogue we engage in
  • Overcoming the blocks to compassion—and opening to our natural desire to enrich the lives of those around us
  • How to use empathy to safely confront anger, fear, and other powerful emotions

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 Thursday Message – September 24th

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.

Our theme, this year, for the St. Edward’s Talent Show, Boxed Take-Out Dinner & Basket Raffle is:

Our catalog will be launched on our website in a variety of easy-to-use formats by Sunday, so you can start planning  your basket ticket purchases (complete with instructions).  It may be virtual, this year, but we guarantee it will embody fun, funny, talented, interesting, and wonderful community spirit and energy.  Do not miss out on what will be our ONE MAJOR FUNDRAISER for St. Edward’s for 2020!  Tell your friends & invite your family to participate!

Don’t forget the incredible Blessing of the Animals that will happen at St. Thomas NEXT FRIDAY, October 2nd at 6:00 PM. Click here for details.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:  We are so thankful for all of the monetary (and food) donations that continue to come into our office through the generosity of our parishioners for our local Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  As always, the need continues.  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.

Parishioners-helping-Parishioners:  Sign up this week to volunteer or to have a chore that you need done taken care of by one of our volunteers on Saturday, October 3rd! St. Edward’s is a community that has always shown their generosity by helping those in need in Lancaster and the wider community.  The purpose of this day is to assist parishioners that need help with yard work, small house repairs and/or cleaning projects.  Contact Beth Lynch at bethlynchgggators@gmail.com

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

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

 

Michelle

 

Friday Lunch & Learn:  September 25th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom

Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together.  This week, we will start our Chapter Two session.  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, September 25th 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.

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

Join Zoom Meeting

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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.

 

Join us on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082

Join Code:  863 2710 5082

Join us for our Virtual Saturday Social from 9 AM – 9:40 AM Saturday morning on Zoom.  It will be hosted by Christina McLaughlin. It’s a great time to get together and say “hello” to your fellow parishioners. We look forward to sharing some time of fellowship THIS SATURDAY, September 26th at 9:00 AM.

 

 

Sunday Service Online – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20 – September 20, 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, September 20th.

A new feature on our YouTube Channel:  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.

We ask that you keep all of the people of our far Western states in your prayers as they battle the horrendous wildfires.  Click here to read more about how we can help.

Blessing of the Animals is happening on October 2nd!  Click here to download the flier with details.

There is still time to submit your articles, photos, announcements to Mac Miller for our October Scepter.  Please send to Mac at:  hj_miller@outlook.com by Sunday, September 20th.


Parishioners Helping Parishioners

St. Edward’s is a community that has always shown their generosity by helping those in need in Lancaster and the World.  On October 3rd we will have an opportunity to help each other in our own parish.  The Social Outreach Committee will be hosting a day of giving. The purpose of this day is to assist parishioners that need help with yard work, small house repairs and/or cleaning projects.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the work.  We are also asking that anyone in need of these services reach out to the committee chair, Beth Lynch or fill out the form in the bulletin and leave it in the box in the narthex.

Here are a few ideas that we are able to help with:

Yard Work:  Leaf raking, pulling weeds, mulching, planting

House Repairs:  Sticking doors, dripping faucet, clog drain, filter changes

Cleaning Projects: Dusting high shelves, decorating for Fall, rearranging kitchen cabinets

Please contact Beth Lynch at bethlynchgggators@gmail.com with your name and phone number if you would like to volunteer or if you could use some help with a chore.


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.

We have an additional course offering from our friends at St. Luke’s, Mount Joy that may be of interest to people.  The details are below.  Please email stlukesmountjoy@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

What if you could defuse tension and create accord in even the most volatile situations—just by changing the way you spoke?

Course details:  Wed October 7, 14, 21, 28  @ 12 noon.
There are four sessions of  60-90 minutes each, via Zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87241283345

The session will be recorded, in case you cannot attend live. Please contact the office for the link to the recording.

Course objectives:

  • Identify the four steps of the Nonviolent Communication process
  • Employ the four-step process in every dialogue you engage in
  • Utilize empathy to safely confront anger, fear, and other powerful emotions
  • Discover how to overcome the blocks to compassion and open to our natural desire to enrich the lives of those around us
  • Observations, feelings, needs, and requests—how to apply the four-step process of Nonviolent Communication to every dialogue we engage in
  • Overcoming the blocks to compassion—and opening to our natural desire to enrich the lives of those around us
  • How to use empathy to safely confront anger, fear, and other powerful emotions

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 Thursday Message – September 17th

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.


Exciting news about our St. Edward’s Memorial Garden!  We have some amazing news to share about our Memorial Garden project:

– Our monument foundation has been poured and we will be meeting with the granite artisan on Monday to secure the installation of the base and the center piece of the monument within the next several weeks, with the engraved “wing” pieces installed shortly thereafter.  The perpetual plaques for mounting the name plaques will be picked up from the foundry in 2 weeks and installed onto the granite.

– We will also be dropping off the “St. Edward’s Memorial Garden” plaque on Monday to be installed on the flat piece of granite that will serve as the marker to the entrance of the garden.

– The outside-the-fence landscaping will begin TOMORROW! Very exciting.  With the paver pathway and interior garden landscaping scheduled for the first week in October.

– The water feature and benches will also be installed the first week in October.

– The cross will be completed this weekend with the installation of the cross beam and circle on Saturday.  Followed up by staining and oiling of the wood.

It is all coming together, thanks to our Memorial Garden committee, with the pastoral guidance and shepherding of the beautification of this very sacred space by Father Rick.  To that end, it is not too late to make a donation to this important project! We have some essential elements yet to be secured, and with your help, we can bring this project to its completion.  We most heartily thank those who have given so generously to this project and we look forward to the upcoming weeks where you will see the transformation come to life!

St. Edward’s Talent Show, Boxed Take-Out Dinner & Basket Raffle:  Get ready folks!! The talent has been secured.  The boxed dinner menu has been set. The baskets have been gathered and are absolutely beautiful and by next weekend you will see a full program and basket catalog to start planning your basket ticket purchases (complete with instructions for this year).  It may be virtual, this year, but we guarantee it will be out of this world, fun, funny, & interesting with lots of laughs, wonderful community spirit and energy.  Do not miss out on what will be our ONE MAJOR FUNDRAISER for St. Edward’s for 2020!  Tell your friends & invite your family to participate!

Articles, photos, news stories should be submitted to Mac Miller for the October Scepter no later than Sunday, September 20th.  Please send to Man at:  hj_miller@outlook.com

Hempfield Area Food Pantry:  We are so thankful for all of the monetary (and food) donations that continue to come into our office through the generosity of our parishioners for our local Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  As always, the need continues.

Parishioners-helping-Parishioners:  St. Edward’s is a community that has always shown their generosity by helping those in need in Lancaster and the World.  On October 3rd we will have an opportunity to help each other in our own parish.  The Social Outreach Committee will be hosting a day of giving.   The purpose of this day is to assist parishioners that need help with yard work, small house repairs and/or cleaning projects.

We are looking for volunteers to help with the work.  We are also asking that anyone in need of these services reach out to the committee chair, Beth Lynch, or fill out the form in the Sunday Announcement Bulletin and leave it in the box in the narthex.

Here are a few ideas that we are able to help with:

Yard Work:  Leaf raking, pulling weeds, mulching, planting
House Repairs:  Sticking doors, dripping faucet, clog drain, filter changes
Cleaning Projects: Dusting high shelves, decorating for Fall, rearranging kitchen cabinets


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

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

Michelle


Friday Lunch & Learn:  September 18th 12 Noon – 1 PM via Zoom
Please join us for this informative and spiritual time together.  This week, we will finish our discussion about our Book of Common Prayer (chapter 1 of Walk in Love), and, if time permits, start our Chapter Two session.  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, September 18th 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.

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 Mosbach, 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.

Join us on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082
Join Code:  863 2710 5082


Join us for our Virtual Saturday Social from 9 AM – 9:40 AM Saturday morning on Zoom.  It will be hosted by Christina McLaughlin. It’s a great time to get together and say “hello” to your fellow parishioners. We look forward to sharing some time of fellowship THIS SATURDAY, September 19th at 9:00 AM. Join Code and Pass Code are in your email.

St. Edward’s Monday Message – August 31, 2020

Dear friends and parishioners,

St. Edward’s is alive in our faith, our community, and our worship as we walk in love, together.   Many announcements were put forward in our Sunday worship bulletin yesterday and we would like to make them available to all of you to review, mark your calendars, and we hope you will participate during these upcoming months.

Click here to review our Prayer and Adult Spiritual Formation offerings.

Click here to review our upcoming Cultural Event on September 13th at 3:00 PM.

Click here to learn more about our Talent Show search.



This week we invite your participation in the Shaped by Faith initiative. We are asking each parishioner to participate in a brief Anglican Identity Assessment which is available online at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9G39Y5H

If more than one person needs to complete the assessment on the same computer, you will need to close the browser all the way bank to the beginning before starting the next one. Otherwise, you may get a message that says the assessment was already completed.

The assessments will be forwarded directly to the Diocese where they will be tabulated and returned to the parish minus any identifying data.  The Shaped by Faith team will use the data is we proceed through our work with our regional group of parishes.

We are asking you to please complete this assessment by September 15!

Thank you for your cooperation and support!

Shaped by Faith Team
Father Rick, Julie Hoff, and Herb Johnston


In case you missed it!  Our Sunday 10:15 AM Rite II service.

Such a wonderful prayer to keep tucked in your mind for the week from the booklet, For Starters, that was penned by The Rt. Rev. Michael W. Creighton, when he was rector of St. Stephens Church in Seattle:

Dear God, thank you for this morning’s forecast.  The Son is shining in my heart, and I expect Grace to be gently blowing in from the east at 10 mph.  The precipitation of the last few days is gone from my eyes, and due to the high pressure system of love, my anxiety level is down.  Tomorrow there is a chance of dark, patchy clouds over my life, but not enough to prevent the Son from rising and being with me every day.  Thank you for this most glorious day.  Amen.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle


MINISTRY HAPPENINGS AT ST. EDWARD’S
FOOD PANTRY:  We invite people to continue to donate funds to our Hempfield Area Food Pantry.  The need continues.   This is an amazing response to the needs of our wider community and we thank you all!

GROCERY CARDS: We have had a great response to the grocery card program and they will be ordered this week and available by Sunday, September 6th.   We will connect with you to make sure we get them to you, either via your parish mailbox or to arrange for you to pick them up when the church is open.

MINISTRY, WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP THIS WEEK
Wednesday Noonday Service of Healing – Wednesday, September 2nd

Please enter through the parish hall doors. Masks are required. We have put in place healthy practices for your comfort and safety.

Friday Evening Prayer – September 4th
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.
Join us on Zoom:
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Join Code:  863 2710 5082

Sunday Service Online – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 17 – August 30, 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, August 30th.

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


A message from Amy Swiernik: Good News!! The cancer has not spread beyond the thyroid so the surgeries and the radiation has killed everything at the thyroid and I am cancer free!!! Now we will get my hormones stabilized and just watch and monitor the throat from here on out. Thanks be to God and thank you, all, for your prayers. I am beyond appreciative of everyone’s support.


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 starting in September.

Join us, at St. Edward’s, for wonderful offerings, each week, of prayer and adult spiritual formation, via Zoom, commencing in September. Click here to learn more.

First, click here to view our flier for our talent search for our upcoming Variety Show fundraiser on October 24th. In partnership with our Cultural Events ministry, the fundraising committee will be putting on a Variety Show/Basket Auction event for our BIG fall fundraiser, this year, along with offering a lovely casual boxed dinner (think: no cooking while you watch the live streamed event!) that can be purchased and picked up prior to the live streamed evening event. For this to be a success, we need YOUR TALENT!  It is all is the spirit of community, fun, and fundraising!

Second, we will be hosting a very special live streamed musical event featuring Maria Thompson Corley: pianist, soloist, collaborator, and composer on Sunday, September 13th at 3:00 PM. Click here for information on this exciting Cultural Event.

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 Thursday Message – August 20, 2020

Dear friends,

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

So many glorious things happening at St. Edward’s this week!  Here’s an update:

We are starting to receive our new Ordinary Time (green season) altar hangings and they will look beautiful.  We hope to be celebrating with these new altar hangings by Sunday, September 20th.

We have completed the new lighting project for the sanctuary in the choir and praise band area, as well as the lectern area on the altar, and it brings such wonderful lighting to these spaces.

We are also in full motion with our Phase One Memorial Garden project.  To learn about all of the specifics of our progress with the care and beautification of this sacred space, please click here to visit our web site page.

We have continued ministry support with small carpentry/housekeeping projects and the care and feeding of our landscaped spaces by faithful parishioners.

All of these projects would not happen without the strong support of you, our St. Edward’s parishioners, and our friends of St. Edward’s.  For these expressions of generosity and continued grace, we most heartily thank you all.


Giant and Stauffers Grocery Card Program

If you are interested in starting to order your SKH or Giant grocery cards, or are interested in being a new participant in our grocery card program, please contact the parish office by Monday, August 31st.  It is a great way for St. Edward’s to earn 5% in passive fundraising income and while we had suspended the program during this Covidtide, it has been expressed that people may be interested in having it go back in place.  Our first resumed order would be delivered on Sunday, September 6th if we have enough people willing to participate.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry

We are so thankful for all of the monetary (and food) donations that continue to come into our office through the generosity of our parishioners for our local Hempfield Area Food Pantry.

Current food requests are:
One or 2 pound packages of rice, canned fruit (no fruit cocktail no Mandarin oranges)
Canned tomatoes, canned peas, canned kidney beans, canned soup (no chicken noodle) and cereal.

If you would like to donate food, please bring on Sunday and drop in baskets in the narthex.  If you would like to donate food and do not come to services but would like a curbside drop-off, please call the parish office to make arrangements. We want to make certain we are here to accept your donation.

We leave you with a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer for In the Evening

O Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done.  Then in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at last.  Amen.

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

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

Michelle

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.

Join us on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082
Join Code:  863 2710 5082


Join us for our Virtual Saturday Social from 9 AM – 9:40 AM Saturday morning on Zoom.  It will be hosted by Christina McLaughlin. It’s a great time to get together and say hi to your fellow parishioners. We look forward to sharing some time of fellowship THIS SATURDAY, August 22nd at 9:00 AM.

We are considering alternative times for our coffee/social hour commencing after Labor Day weekend.  But, we want to hear from you!  If a coffee/social hour is something you would participate in, please email the parish office by September 1st and let us know the following:

(1)  Do you like the current Saturday 9 AM time and will you participate in the fall?
(2)  Do you like the Saturday option, but 10 AM would enable you to participate more fully?
(3)  Would you participate if the coffee/social time was moved to Sundays at 12:15?

Your pass code and join code are in the email from Thursday.

Sunday Service Online: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 15 – August 16, 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, August 16th.

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

As we end our week and approach our day of rest, let us say a prayer For Quiet Confidence from the Book of Common Prayer:

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee, to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou art God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

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.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

Be well. Stay safe. Keep the faith.

– Michelle