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Worship at St. Edward’s – The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 24 – October 17, 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 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 24.  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.   Please note Sunday School classes are tomorrow during the 10 AM service.

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.

Our New Member Ministry will be meeting tomorrow at 9:15 AM in the library area.  Please join us!

Scepter articles, announcements, and photos, are due Wednesday, October 20th for the November Scepter.  Please submit your items to Mac Miller at:

We were immersed in creation care this week, at St. Edward’s, with the completion of our parish landscaping.  It truly is a beautiful transformation of our front-of-church space and our first project completed with the generous donations to the Stephen C. Casey Memorial Fund.  Stay tuned in the weeks ahead as we anticipate the installation of our new monument sign, to complete our exterior projects.  We will also be beautifying our sanctuary space with the Slabbinck tapestries – arriving, next week, from Belgium; our new Baptismal font – arriving in early November; and our Allen Organ, which is in the final stages of being built.

As we wind down the week, we work to be “light” on announcements in Saturday’s emails.  All that being said, there is A LOT happening at St. Edward’s for the balance of October and throughout November.  We will be messaging important news and events starting Monday, October 18th, so please, keep “tuned in” to your 3x/week emails so you don’t miss out!!  I will “tease out” one event to mark on your calendars – October 31st:  Lots of special happenings during our 9 AM coffee hour with the kick-off of our “coffee house” live music.  Details to follow on Monday!    

So much to be thankful for in our community as we lovingly embrace our spiritual home.  For this and all things in life, we end this last day of the week with a Blessing from Earth Gospel – A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation.

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

Rest well.  Keep the faith. Journey in peace.


Click here to connect to the service for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 24, October 17th, 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 Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 24 service

Click here to download our 8:00 AM Rite I service bulletin for the Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 24 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 THREE of the St. Edward’s Basket Raffle Fundraiser!  Ticket sales are tomorrow, at coffee hour, from 9 AM – 10 AM, in the parish hall. You can also buy tickets during the week:  Tuesday- Friday, from 11 AM – 4 PM, in the parish office. We have 33 curated baskets, lovingly created by our parishioners, in support of this major fundraising event where our fundraising goal is $5,000++.  At the end of WEEK TWO, we have raised $2,800 which is fantastic!  Let’s keep it going to meet our goal. Tell your friends and family!  Our catalog is also available to download by clicking HERE.

Our lucky winners from our WEEK TWO drawing are:
Jerry and Julie Hoff
Beth Lynch
Stephen and Catherine Donohue
David Rutledge

Your prizes are in your parish mailboxes!

There are some amazing prizes for the WEEK THREE drawing, which include a packet of 40 tickets!

Thank you, to all, for your generous spirit and support!

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

Sunday Evening Prayer – October 17th 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:

Sunday Evening Prayer @ 7:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting
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.  This event is TOMMOROW.

Here is a great way to support members of our parish family, Aaron and Angela Breneman, AND give your self a night off from cooking!  NEXT SATURDAY, October 23rd, from 12 Noon – 6 PM, in the St. Edward’s parking lot, there will be a Benefit BBQ for the Aaron & Angela Breneman Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Fund.  Pork or Chicken Dinners – $10/meal – Rain or Shine.  Stop by  St. Edward’s!

Spiritual Retreat Opportunity:
Anticipating Winter:  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