Undie Sunday
It’s Undie Sunday this week before St Luke’s Outreach, which is next Saturday, January 20 from 7:30am - 10:30am. Please bring whatever you can (new or ‘as new’ please), and place them in the donation baskets at church. Thank you! In homeless shelters underwear is the most needed, but least donated, item.

Food and Friends Groups Forming
Food & Friends Groups Forming
Sign-ups next week - Sunday January 21, at both coffee hours.
Whether you are new to St. Francis or have been a long-time member, if you are interested in getting to know others in our faith community over sharing meals together, please consider joining a "Food & Friends" group. We will organize groups of 6-10 for various life stages and schedule availability. Groups will meet once a month in people's homes or at St. Francis (potlucks), or restaurants. Please contact Rev. Peter if you are interested.
Thank you for your pledges! 
It is not too late to turn them in if you haven’t already done so. The pledges are the basis for our operating budget to support our mission and ministries. Need a pledge card?
And remember, you can 'set it and forget it' by paying your pledge electronically via credit card or checking account, weekly or monthly, or give at any time via our secure electronic giving system .
Last Call for Writers!
Lenten Devotional Booklet for 2018
Due to overwhelmingly positive responses, Peter Huang & Kristina Pelá a re heading up the creation of a Lenten Devotional Booklet for 2018 and we ask that YOU consider writing a submission.  No writing experience necessary!  All you need is a willing heart to try something new.... Please email Kristina Pelá or text (310-941-2498) or call home phone (310-375-9823) with your interest or any questions you may have.
Monday, January 15
Office will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Look Ahead!
Homeless count
Wednesday, 24 January 2018, from 8:00-11:00pm
St. Francis will take part in the Annual South Bay Homeless Count for the Redondo Beach Area on Wednesday, 24 January 2018, from 8:00-11:00pm. If interested in helping along with other parishioners, and if aged 18 or over, please contact Hank Gatlin and sign up by clicking here. This count is important in tracking the homeless trend in the South Bay and is used to obtain vital funding, services, and housing to assist the homeless. We will meet at 8PM on January 24th at the Anderson Park Senior Center at 3007 Vail Avenue, Redondo Beach for a brief training session before canvassing our assigned areas via car. Thanks for considering to join us.
Career Transition Workshop
Wednesday, January 24, 7pm-9pm, Board Room
Transitions in one's career, whether pursuing a new direction, returning to work, starting a new business, or even retiring, can often involve significant change, reflection and planning. Mike Schoettle, professor and executive coach at Loyola Marymount University's Executive MBA program, is offering this free workshop to help parishioners better understand how to consider and navigate through career transitions. Whether this is your first workshop or if you've attended the previous workshop, you are welcome to attend! Advance registration is required. Please email Rev. Peter to register, or for additional information.
Annual Meeting and Potluck Sunday Jan 28
Annual Meeting And Pot Luck—Sunday, Jan 28, after 10am worship
Each year we gather as one big church family to hear reports from the lay and clergy leadership, to thank the outgoing Vestry members, to vote for four new Vestry members, to hear the announcement of a new Senior Warden, to vote for the delegates for the Diocesan Convention, to engage any new business and to appreciate the fellowship of one another. 
Please bring your favorite dish and join us for our one of a kind Annual Meeting Pot Luck Lunch.  Sue and Jack Ferme are coordinating the lunch and are counting on our special foods and willingness to help set up, serve, and of course clean up! Thank you very much Sue and Jack, and thank each of you in advance for making this pot luck a big success!
Chinese New Year!
Auction and Fundraiser for the Mission And Ministries of St Francis - Friday, February 2, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Celebrate the year of the Dog with wine, food and fun. White Elephant Auction and surprise raffle! $10.00 for advance admission, $15.00 at the door. Kids under 4 are free! Sponsored by St Teresa’s Guild.
Designs For Dining 2018
Friday March 2
With the holidays behind us, our annual, "Designs for Dining" event is less than 2 months away. This is our once a year fundraiser for our outreach college scholarships. We have helped so many students obtain a college degree.
We have a new applicant from West High School in Torrance, an excellent student. She is a foster child. We hope to continue our mission but help is needed.

You can also help from home by either calling or emailing. Also, some computer assistance is needed. Help for even 1 hour a week would be greatly appreciated.
If you could help in any way, please email or call Cheryl Gutierrez , (310) 791-7038.
2018 is the year to join the choir!
One of our goals this year is to increase each section in the choir by 3 people. This would help us stay strong when members are out sick or traveling. Could your voice be one God is calling? The choir is a wonderful circle of hearts and voices that supports one another while we help lead worship and use our gifts to the glory of God. Not everyone reads music, not everyone has a solo-quality voice. What we do have is a love of music and a willingness to learn. We help each other!
There are two levels for singers:
 - The regular choir, which meets on Thursday nights from 7:15-9:00, and Sunday mornings from 9:00 through the end of the 10:00 service. The beauty they bring to proclaiming God’s story and leading us in prayer is tremendous.
 - Our “Super Singers,” who join us for special events. Our next special event will be a Palm Sunday evening presentation of Karl Jenkins’  Stabat Mater,  a beautifully dramatic work that tells the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she stands at the foot of the cross. Super Singers join the choir for the first 45 minutes of the Thursday rehearsal beginning this Thursday. A second option, beginning in Lent, will be a Wednesday evening rehearsal from 7:15-8:45 when we will invite singers from the community to join us. Please consider adding your voice to this extraordinary expression.
Call or email Jeannie Cobb with any questions.  310 375-4617  ext 228.
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