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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 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20 – September 19, 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 20.  Please note our NEW TIME for Rite II which is 10 AM.  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 bulletin are listed below.

After the 8 AM Rite I service, at 9:30 AM, during our coffee hour, we will be burying the time capsule, led by Father Rick, adjacent to our Memorial Garden.  If you would like to be a part of this moment in the life of St. Edward’s, please stay a bit late, or come a bit early to participate!  Also, if you have not added your “mark” to our Tree of Life, please take a moment on Sunday to do so.  You will find it set up in the parish hall.

At the 10 AM service, we will be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Baptism for Quinn Arthur Landin, son of John and Lindsay Landin and grandson of John and Susan Landin.  The image above gently reminds us of 5 very important words we carry in our hearts and in our minds throughout our spiritual journey, giving us strength and purpose for all we promise to be, as faithful servants.

As we look forward to Sunday, let us pray, on this last day of the week For the Care of Children  (BCP, page 829)

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.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the service for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20, September 19th, 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 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 20 service

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20 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! 

Our New Member Ministry group, along with Father Rick and our vestry, will be hosting our booth at the Amos Herr Community Festival tomorrow from 11 AM – 4 PM.  Tell your friends and family to stop by and see what St. Edward’s is all about!! Fun crafts and good conversation!!!   We are booth #C-18.

Articles, pictures, and announcements for the October Scepter are due TOMORROW, Monday September 20th. All pictures from Sunday’s anniversary party are welcome. Also, any story about a little act of kindness that you have experienced would be welcome for the “Ripples of Kindness” page. Please send items to HJ_Miller@outlook.com

For the entire month of October, we will be holding our major fundraising event. . .Our famous Annual Basket Raffle.  A friendly reminder for those who are building a basket to raffle off:  Please drop them by the parish by Tuesday, September 21st.  Stay tuned in the weeks leading up to October 3rd for information on where to buy tickets and how to view the baskets.  As this will be our main fundraising event this year, we prayerfully invite your support.

Faith In Action Initiatives:

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update:
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).

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 School for youth begins TOMORROW, September 19th!  Children will join classes on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, just after the Collect for Purity Rite II service time changes to 10:00 AM starting on 09/19 so mark your calendars with this new service time!  Click here for the Christian Formation page.


Sunday Evening Prayer – September 19th 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.

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.

Blessing of the Animals:  Friday, October 1st starting at 6 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 321 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster.  In partnership with St. Edward’s and St. Thomas, St. John’s will be hosting the Blessing of the Animals service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment and animals. The service will be outside, in their courtyard.  For more information, please visit the St. John’s website. We are also seeking 2-3 volunteers to help at St. John’s that evening to help set up and direct people.  If you wish to volunteer, please call St. John’s and let them know!!  Their phone number is: 717.299.1188

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: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 15 – August 15, 2021

The Meaning of Faith

Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 15.  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.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 15 service, August 15th, 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 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 15 service

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

We prayerfully request all who will worship with us,  in-person on Sunday, to wear your masks.  We have included links at the bottom of this email message, for those who may be looking for informative County resources.

*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 via direct links noted below.  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!

Faith In Action Initiatives:

Backpack Drive
It’s Back-to-School time again!  As in the past, we will be helping Hempfield students be prepared for school; but, this year will be a little different.  Instead of collecting crayons, pencils, etc., we will be collecting backpacks!  Specifically, we are looking for backpacks for older students.  Think plain colors and large sized.  If you’re not sure of what to buy, you may donate by writing a check to St. Ed’s with ‘backpack drive’ on the memo line and Faith in Action will buy the backpack.  All backpacks will be donated to Hempfield Student Services.  School social workers will gift the backpacks to the students that they work with and help in other ways.  Any additional funds will go toward replacement ipad charging cords.  We have experienced such generosity, gathering 40 backpacks and over $550 in monetary donations! We will be accepting donations through August 22nd and will be blessing the back packs next Sunday.  If you are still considering donating to this important Faith in Action initiative, please prayerfully consider making a monetary donation, as there is a need for replacement cords and calculators that we could fulfill by supplementing our backpack donations with a monetary gift.

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update:
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).

Parish News:
Confirmation/Reception Classes:  If you would like to be a candidate for Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church, during our Bishop Visitation on Sunday, October 10th, please contact the parish office by Friday, August 20th.  Once we have a list gathered, we will send out an email to choose dates/times for 3 weeks of classes + make-up session, aligned with the schedule Father Rick mentioned on Sunday. If you have questions about this sacramental rite you would like answered, as you discern becoming a candidate, this fall, please contact Father Rick.  You may also click HERE to read about this sacramental right from The Episcopal Church website.


Stephen Ministry Training: 
Father Rick and Dina Ishler will be commencing training of Stephen Ministers in September.  If you feel you may be called to explore this pastoral ministry, please contact Father Rick with your questions.  You may also contact the parish office to sign up.  Once we have participants, we will put forth a training schedule.

We want to express our deep gratitude for the generosity of our parish family in participating in The Reverend Canon Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund.  Through your donations, we will embark on the beautification projects outlined in the booklet presented earlier this summer, with anticipated completion dates throughout the fall.  Please stay posted to our weekly emails for progress updates.

St. Edward’s Annual Basket Auction:  With an incredible amount of enthusiasm and generosity from our parish, we have met our commitment to feature 25 baskets for our fall fundraiser!  We look forward to the wonderful creations that will be available for our raffle.  Stay tuned starting September 13th for information on how our raffle will proceed this year and how you can purchase tickets to our October Trivia Night event.

SCEPTER REMINDER:  There will be no Scepter in August, but looking forward to September, Michelle will be on vacation August 30-September 10, consequently  the September Issue will need to be completed by August 29th.  Therefore articles, pictures and announcements for the September Scepter will have to be submitted no later than Friday, August 20th.  Pictures from your summer travels, family get togethers, celebrations, warm weather activities, etc. would all be welcome. Please send items to: HJ_Miller@outlook.com

Reminder:  If you are not coming to church for in-person worship and would like to receive your directory (or any other materials!) please contact the parish office.


We are very excited at the robust response we have received for this very special event!  We look forward to gathering in faith and fellowship on September 12th!!!

COFFEE HOUR IS TOMORROW BETWEEN 9-10 AM.  You will have the opportunity to pick up an FAQ sheet on coffee hour hosting.  If you are interested in signing up for any Sunday, except the first Sunday of each month, through the fall, click the link below for sign-up and information!

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

Spiritual Formation and Evening Prayer Offerings:
The Book of Joy – Summer Lunch & Learn

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.

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

Sunday Evening Prayer – August 15th 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

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: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 14 – August 8, 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 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 14.  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.

Most people experience the beauty of our spiritual home on Sundays.  But, suppose, on a day when you are out for a drive, running an errand, coming to the Wednesday service, or need a moment for prayer, reflection, or just some quiet time, you could go to a beautiful garden and find a sliver of a peaceful moment? You can!  We invite you to stop by, anytime, and visit our Memorial Garden space.  Sit on the benches, listen to the water in the fountain, take in some deep breathes and enjoy the beauty and solitude.  This space is not only in reverence for our loved ones who have gone before us, but a meditative space for all to find that peace in a busy day.


I leave you with a prayer, as we journey through this last day of the week, with the possibility in our minds and in our hearts, that everyday is the right day to begin, again.

“The Millennium Resolution” from Churches Together in England

Let there be
respect for the earth
peace for its people
love in our lives
delight in the good
forgiveness for past wrongs
and from now on a new start.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 14 service, August 8th, 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 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 14 service

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 14 service

As Father Rick mentioned in our Thursday message, we prayerfully request all who will worship with us, tomorrow, to wear your masks.  We have included links at the bottom of this email message, for those who may be looking for helpful and informative County resources.

*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 via direct links noted below.  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!


Faith In Action Initiatives:


Backpack Drive
It’s Back-to-School time again!  As in the past, we will be helping Hempfield students be prepared for school; but, this year will be a little different.  Instead of collecting crayons, pencils, etc., we will be collecting backpacks!  Specifically, we are looking for backpacks for older students.  Think plain colors and large sized.  If you’re not sure of what to buy, you may donate by writing a check to St. Ed’s with ‘backpack drive’ on the memo line and Faith in Action will buy the backpack.  All backpacks will be donated to Hempfield Student Services.  School social workers will gift the backpacks to the students that they work with and help in other ways.  Any additional funds will go toward replacement ipad charging cords.  We are off to a fantastic start – more than 10 backpacks have been donated to date.  Keep them coming and thank you!!

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update:
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).

Parish News:
Grocery cards are in your parish mailboxes
.

Please keep Carl and Carol Cotnoir in your thoughts and prayers as Carl continues to heal from his ankle injury.  A friendly phone call and a card are wonderful ways to stay connected and will keep their spirts bright!!! !  We are a family!

SCEPTER REMINDER:  There will be no Scepter in August, but looking forward to September, Michelle will be on vacation August 30-September 10, consequently  the September Issue will need to be completed by August 29th.  Therefore articles, pictures and announcements for the September Scepter will have to be submitted no later than Friday, August 20th.  Pictures from your summer travels, family get togethers, celebrations, warm weather activities, etc. would all be welcome. Please send items to: HJ_Miller@outlook.com

Reminder:  If you are not coming to church for in-person worship and would like to receive your directory (or any other materials!) please contact the parish office.

Please remember that we need your RSVP by THIS FRIDAY, August 13th for this wonderful event!  Please join your parish family for an important moment in the history of St. Edward’s!

40th Anniversary – September 12th INVITATION
**If you have special dietary needs, please let the parish office know.

St. Edward’s Annual Basket Raffle – Seeking volunteers to create baskets – We only need 4 more baskets!!!

Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund booklet Our parish family and friends are invited to prayerfully consider participating in this set of beautification projects.  We will be finalizing all contract details by next Sunday, August 15th, with the completion target date for projects of December 2021. The beautification projects welcome donations of any size.

The Book of Joy – Summer Lunch & Learn

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/September 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.

Spiritual Formation and Evening Prayer Offerings:
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.

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


Sunday Evening Prayer – August 8th 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

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: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13 – August 1, 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 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 13.  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 prepare for a new week and our day of simplicity, it is amazing to witness God’s eternal creation in the rising sun and the blue sky.  As I put together packets of consecrated wafers for those who cannot attend in-person worship but would like to receive communion in one kind as they watch our Sunday service, I meditate on the Invitation we place on each packet:  “Feed on Him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.” And it is this very Invitation that reminds us, we walk by faith, not by sight, and we walk in love, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessing, on this beautiful day, from Earth Gospel

May you go out today in peace,
believing in God’s power to transform all creation,
including you.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13 service, August 1st, 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 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 13 service

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 13 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 via direct links noted below.  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!

Faith In Action Initiatives:


Backpack Drive
It’s Back-to-School time again!  As in the past, we will be helping Hempfield students be prepared for school; but, this year will be a little different.  Instead of collecting crayons, pencils, etc., we will be collecting backpacks!  Specifically, we are looking for backpacks for older students.  Think plain colors and large sized.  If you’re not sure of what to buy, you may donate by writing a check to St. Ed’s with ‘backpack drive’ on the memo line and Faith in Action will buy the backpack.  All backpacks will be donated to Hempfield Student Services.  School social workers will gift the backpacks to the students that they work with and help in other ways.  Any additional funds will go toward replacement ipad charging cords.  We are off to a fantastic start – more than 10 backpacks have been donated to date.  Keep them coming and thank you!!

Hempfield Area Food Pantry Update:
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).

Parish News:
Grocery cards 
will be available after Tuesday of next week.  We did not receive our Giant card order this week.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Please keep Carl and Carol Cotnoir in your thoughts and prayers as Carl continues to heal from his ankle injury.  We are certain they would love a visit, a call, or a funny card to keep their spirits brightened!!!!  We are a family!

SCEPTER REMINDER:  There will be no Scepter in August, but looking forward to September, Michelle will be on vacation August 30-September 10, consequently  the September Issue will need to be completed by August 29th.  Therefore articles, pictures and announcements for the September Scepter will have to be submitted no later than Friday, August 20th.  Pictures from your summer travels, family get togethers, celebrations, warm weather activities, etc. would all be welcome. Please send items to: HJ_Miller@outlook.com

Reminder:  Parish directories are in your parish mailboxes.  They will include your invitation (with a required RSVP by August 13th) for our 40th Anniversary worship and celebration as well as an information flyer regarding creating baskets for our fall fundraiser.  If you are not coming to church for in-person worship and would like to receive your directory (or any other materials!) please contact the parish office.


40th Anniversary – September 12th INVITATION
**If you have special dietary needs, please let the parish office know.

St. Edward’s Annual Basket Raffle – Seeking volunteers to create baskets – We only need 5 more baskets!!!

Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund booklet Our parish family and friends are invited to prayerfully consider participating in this set of beautification projects.  We will be finalizing all contract details by August 15th, with the completion target date for projects of December 2021. The beautification projects welcome donations of any size.

The Book of Joy – Summer Lunch & Learn

Widow’s Group Meeting Announcement

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.

Spiritual Formation and Evening Prayer Offerings:
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.

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


Sunday Evening Prayer – August 1st 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

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: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 11 – July 18, 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 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 11.  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 drift into this mid-summer afternoon, taking care to shield ourselves from the heat, while giving thanks for the relief that this much-needed rain is providing for us all, we especially pray for humanity, and all creatures, great and small, in parts of the world who are experiencing fires, severe drought, and unbearable conditions that do not allow for food to grow.  Let us pray,

A Collect for Saturday
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 11 service, July 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 the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 11 service

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 11 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 via direct links noted below.  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!

Parish News:

SCEPTER REMINDER:  There will be no Scepter in August, but looking forward to September, Michelle will be on vacation August 30-September 10, consequently  the September Issue will need to be completed by August 29th.  Therefore articles, pictures and announcements for the September Scepter will have to be submitted no later than Friday, August 20th.  Pictures from your summer travels, family get togethers, celebrations, warm weather activities, etc. would all be welcome. Please send items to: HJ_Miller@outlook.com

Youth Summer Event:  Our parish youth have the opportunity to participate in a diocesan event at Camp Mount Luther, which you will find on our Youth page – please scroll down on the page.  Click here to connect to our Youth page on our web site to learn more about this great event.  

Reminder:  Parish directories will be in your parish mailboxes by Sunday, July 25th.  They will include your invitation (with a required RSVP) for our 40th Anniversary worship and celebration.

40th Anniversary – September 12th

St. Edward’s Annual Basket Raffle – Seeking volunteers to create baskets

Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund booklet (Our parish family and friends are invited to prayerfully consider participating in), as we will be finalizing all contract details by August 15th, with the completion target date for projects of December 2021. The beautification projects welcome donations of any size.

The Book of Joy – Summer Lunch & Learn

Widow’s Group Meeting Announcement

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 – July 18th 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

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: 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.

 

Worship at St. Edward’s: Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 9, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, tomorrow, we honor all mothers, and all the loving and mothering hearts and souls in our world, who give their love and compassion so freely, every day, and in the times in our lives that require us to turn to them, at any given moment, to help see us through. We offer this blessing from the book, Earth Gospel, based on Hosea 14:7.

May you rest beneath God’s shade,
flourish like a garden,
blossom like a vine;
and your soul become as fragrant
as the finest wine.

This Sunday is also known as Rogation Sunday, on the Episcopal calendar, which is followed by Rogation Days – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, leading to the feast of the Ascension, which is on Thursday.  The word Rogation is from the Latin noun, rogatio, meaning “asking” (the verb is rogare, “to ask”). These are days of fasting and prayer in which we are asking for God’s blessing on agriculture and industry.  We will read the collect for Rogation Sunday, tomorrow, in our services.  And, we offer this collect to you, For Rogation Days, to pray with, next week:

For fruitful seasons
Almighty God, Lord of heaven and earth: We humbly pray that your gracious providence may give and preserve to our use the harvests of the land and of the seas, and may prosper all who labor to gather them, that we, who are constantly receiving good things from your hand, may always give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

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 for the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

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

Be well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Sixth Sunday of Easter service, May 9th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

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

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for Sixth 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!

We are providing four 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



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.


St. Edward’s continues to invite people to join our 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 (they include passwords for registration). It is never to late to register to participate with us on May 15th!  We are so grateful for the support!  We have 22 participants signed up!

St. Edward’s Registration Information Flier

YWCA Race Against Racism brochure

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.

Worship at St. Edward’s: Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 2, 2021

Dear St. Edward’s Family,

I cannot adequately express my sense of deep gratitude for the thoughtfulness and the generosity of our community around the events of last week’s Celebration of a New Ministry.  In addition to the blessing of our bishop and the beautiful liturgy that accompanied the Installation, I was completely blown away by the virtual reception that we enjoyed together this past Sunday.  Without knowing what would be happening or who would be participating, the incredible efforts of our Installation Committee (Julie Hoff, Meredith Westgate, Nancy Mannion, Christina McLaughlin, Herb Johnston, and Mike Freshwater) facilitated a gathering that touched my heart and stirred my spirit.  Please know that Trina, Ricky, Christian, and I have been truly moved by the cards and the well wishes.  I’ve spent time this week breathing in an awareness of gratitude, reading every card, and praying for each of you.

Though we haven’t been able to spend very much time together physically in our first year together, the support and the prayers of our parish family have provided me with a palpable feeling of acceptance and of home here at St. Edward’s.  I am so very excited for what the future holds for us, and it is an honor to be serving as your rector.  With humble appreciation,

Father Rick+


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

For this Saturday, the first day of a new month, as you enter the evening hours of this gorgeous day, may we reflect on the beauty of this life with:

A Collect for the Presence of Christ
Lord Jesus, stay with us, for evening is at hand and the day is past; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture and the breaking of bread. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.
(BCP, p.124)

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Fifth Sunday of Easter service, May 2nd, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

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

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for Fifth 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!

Father Rick Installation

Click here to read a wonderful article from our local newspaper – TownLively – on Father Rick’s+ Installation and  St. Edward’s.


We are providing four links, below, that may be helpful and informative to you as they detail COVID19 vaccination site information and department of health information.

vaccinateLancaster.org

Lancaster County, PA COVID-19 Hub

PA Department of Health

Vaccine Distribution Information PA DOH

The May Scepter is online and in print.  Click here to view the online version.

Leslie Arnold has done amazing ministry keeping our youth engaged in Christian Formation Click here to view the lessons and activities that are posted each week. 

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 (they include passwords for registration). It is never to late to register to participate with us on May 15th!  We are so grateful for the support!  We have 22 participants signed up!

St. Edward’s Registration Information Flier

YWCA Race Against Racism brochure

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.  You can also go to this link to see what kinds of books are needed.

Let’s show our love for our human family and strive to fill our bookcase, as we collect books throughout the summer months.

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.

Second Sunday of Easter Worship at St. Edward’s – April 11, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Edward’s,

We welcome you to worship with us as we celebrate this Second Sunday of Easter, with joy, and praises of Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!  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+


A wonderful weekend with many things happening at St. Edward’s.  Always great work being accomplished “behind the scenes” on campus!  As our Installation Committee so lovingly is making plans for Father Rick’s+ installation service – A Celebration of New Ministry, on April 21st at 7:00 pm, followed by a wonderful reception, via Zoom, on Sunday, April 25th, at 12 Noon. Our “Sweaty Saturday” clean-up event, organized by Mike Freshwater, on Saturday, April 24th, is taking shape; and ministries are continuing to meet and plan, via Zoom – from Faith In Action, to vestry, and the finance committee.  Wait. . . there’s more:  The weekly Adult Spiritual Formation from Bible Study, to Friday Lunch and Learn, and two opportunities for Evening Prayer each week, feed us in ways that are transformative.

It reminds us to Walk in Love, every day, and to make this day a day of spiritual joy and peace as we take comfort in the knowledge of God’s steadfast love for us all.

Be well.  Stay safe.  Keep the faith.

Michelle

Click here to connect to the Second Sunday of Easter service, April 11th, which will be live streamed at 10:15 AM on Sunday. 

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

Click here to download our 10:15 AM Rite II service bulletin for Second 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.

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!

We would like to encourage people in our parish to represent St. Edward’s at a FAITH & JUSTICE ASSEMBLY, next Sunday, April 18th at 4:00 PM, via Zoom.  We are seeking 15 people to represent our parish at this event.  To participate, you will need to register ahead of time.  Once you are registered, you will receive the proper Zoom Webinar link. Because they are utilizing the Webinar function, the precise Zoom link may change. With registrations, the organizers can keep people abreast of what is going on.

Lancaster Mayor Darene Sorace will speak. Mayor Sorace will commit publicly to helping POWER Lancaster County with our campaign to support Governor Wolf’s plan for 100% Fair Funding for Education utilizing the PA Fair Funding Formula. More information will follow.

The Registration link is:
tinyurl.com/Enough4ALLPA


Please let the parish office know that you have registered so that we can be informed as to who will be representing St. Edward’s, by attending the webinar.

Let us reflect on a prayer from The Book of Common Prayer, page 823

Prayer For Social Justice

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.

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. Let us continue our tradition of generosity for those less fortunate than ourselves.

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.

Bible Study: Wednesday Evenings from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM: For questions, please contact Bob Mosebach at rcmosebach@comcast.net or Leslie Arnold at larnold897@aol.com.

Lunch & Learn: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices: Fridays from 12 Noon – 1 PM led by Bob Mosebach

Friday Evening Prayer: Each Friday at 7:00 PM hosted by Patrick and Dina Ishler
Join us on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86327105082
Join Code:  863 2710 5082

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.