Congregational Meeting: December 12
Vocal Confluence proudly presents our annual holiday show, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” on Saturday, December 12, 2021 at 3:00pm in the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood sanctuary. This is our first performance since our last holiday show in December 2019, and we are thrilled to be performing our music for you in-person again.
We will not be requiring the purchase of tickets to attend but we suggest a $10 donation at the door.
Following the lead of choruses in our area and across the country, we will be requiring masks for all audience members, as well as proof of COVID-19 vaccination for those ages 12 and up. Masks must cover the nose and mouth at all times. Please have your physical CDC card, or a photo of it, ready at the front door prior to entering the church. If you are not feeling well, we ask that you stay home to prevent the spread of any illness at our event. Pews will be blocked to allow for social distancing - therefore capacity will be roughly 150 guests on a first come, first served basis. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate in-person performances in a post-pandemic world.
Shady Side Academy Delivers Food Donations
Second graders at Shady Side Academy Junior School collected more than 1,000 non-perishable food items in the annual Second Grade Food Drive.
On Thursday, Nov. 18, the class took a field trip to deliver the busload of donations to the Deacons' food pantry at the FPCE, in time to be distributed to local families in need for Thanksgiving. The Junior School has partnered with the church on the annual food drive for more than 20 years.
Each year as an interdisciplinary service project, the second grade spearheads a school-wide food drive during the month prior to Thanksgiving. Collection boxes are placed around the Junior School, and second graders take on the task of educating their schoolmates about hunger and encouraging them to support the drive. Students use their art skills to create posters and flyers promoting the drive; practice their public speaking skills by making announcements at assembly; and use their math skills to count the items they collect each week.
Mars Home for Youth Holiday Drive
For the past several years, FPCE has partnered with Mars Home for Youth when collecting donations for the annual Manger Tree drive.
MHY Family Services is a non-profit organization serving youth with intensive behavioral needs and social challenges, and providing them a safe environment on their journey to wellness. Each year, MHY supports over 300 children through our residential program, and over 1,000 boys, girls and families in our community through our specialized trauma-based treatment. Our own Jim and Lisa Segedy are active with MHY as volunteers and members of the board of directors.
Here is the 2021 Christmas Wish List sent to us from MHY:
Critical Needs: Twin Size Comforters & Sheets, Big Bath Towels & Washcloths, Body Wash & Deodorant,
Shampoo/Conditioner/2 in 1 Shampoo, Multicultural Hair Products
Personal Care Needs: New Duffle Bags & Backpacks, Large Reusable Shopping Bags (from TJ Maxx & Marshalls), Plastic Reusable Water Bottles, (new) Batteries (AA & AAA), Feminine Products, Hair Brushes & Hair Picks, Body Spray/Cologne Gift Sets, Athletic Shoes (Men sizes 6-13, Women sizes 6-11), Sports Bras (Adult sizes), Boxer Briefs (Men & Women sizes), Socks & Underwear (Adult sizes)
Gift Cards: Amazon, Walmart, Giant Eagle, Target, Aldi, Chick-fil-A, Dollar Tree, Five Below, Kohl's, Michaels
Arts & Crafts: Tie Dye & Jewelry Making Kits, Gem Art & Paint by Number Kits, Art Canvas without staples,
Acrylic & Pastel Paints and Brushes, Kinetic Sand & Molding Clay, Poster Boards & Markers, Origami Books & Paper
Electronics: MP3 Players, Small Portable Speakers, Alarm Clocks with Radios, DVD's & 3D movies - G/PG/PG13, Nintendo Switch & E games (all ages), Noise-cancelling Headphones & Earbuds
Games & Other Fun: Legos (all types), New Stuffed Animals, Squishies & Squishmallows, Stress Balls & Fidget Spinners, Push Pop Bubble Toys, Thinking Putty & Play-Doh, Young Adult Books, Wall Stickers for Décor, Puzzles, Board & Card Games, Magic: The Gathering Cards, Word Search & Crossword Games, Candy & Holiday Treats
Monetary Donations: To ensure MHY youth have all they need to support their individual, personal care and therapeutic needs, please consider a monetary gift. Giving is easy! Simply visit mhyfamilyservices.org
*All Donations Need to be Received by December 6th* Shop online and ship gifts directly to:
MHY Family Services "HOLIDAY PROGRAM" 521 Route 228 Mars, PA 16046
ESO "Back Home for the Holidays"
The Edgewood Symphony Orchestra will be Back Home for the Holidays on Saturday December 4th at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood. This concert will again feature performances by each of the sections of our orchestra — winds, brass, and strings! Repertoire includes Bach Brandenburg No. 3, Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel Overture, Handel’s Royal Fireworks music, and many holiday favorites including fun with the Toy Symphony! Tickets are free of charge but reservations required, please click here to order. Suggested $15 donation greatly appreciated.
Light Up Edgewood Community Carol Sing!
Help us usher in the holiday season in the Edgewood community by joining our pick-up caroling choir! Light Up Edgewood is scheduled for 7:00-9:00PM on Saturday, December 11 and includes the tree lighting at Memorial Park, a walking tour, Santa’s arrival, live performances, Christmas movies, vendors for last-minute gifts, horse & carriage rides, refreshments, and more. We have extended invitations to members of our own Sanctuary Choir, Vocal Confluence, East Shore Chorale, and Voces Solis, but anyone who would like to join is welcome!
Our Caroling Choir will meet in the church sanctuary at 6:30PM to run through 4 or 5 well-known carols in 4-part harmony, then walk across the street to sing them for the tree lighting at 7:00PM. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available after for those participating, and there is also an opportunity for interested singers to be strolling carolers during the walking tour along Maple Avenue. Join us!
New Wednesday Zoom Bible Study
Join Elder Tim Hoffman for a weekly one-hour bible study on the life of Joseph held on Zoom at 7:00pm Wednesday nights. No password is needed. Just click the button below to load the page. You will be automatically placed into a waiting room then brought into the main room by the host and moderator, Tim Hoffman. Email HoffmanTL@gmail.com with questions.
Hanging of the Greens: 11/21
Mark your calendar – Sunday, November 21, following worship. We will meet after worship to pull out the decorations to “deck the hall” (or in our case, the sanctuary!). If you feel safe, healthy, and comfortable enough to join us, you are welcome. Judy has everything well-organized, with directions and photos of where items should be placed. We can make sure to socially distance ourselves with masks on while serving as the worker bees of the church.