September 25 - October 2
Pentecost 19C
The race goes off at 9:00 AM this Sunday, September 25.  

We have over 180 people already signed up!

If you can, please park on Echo Hill Road to allow for more visitors new to St. Francis to use the Church parking lot!

Thank you to all who have made the race possible!

It will be an amazing race!!
Reflection       
REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE ONLY 1 SERVICE AT 8:00 AM THIS SUNDAY, AS WE WILL START THE MILES FOR A MISSION ROAD RACE AT 9:00 AM!  
Here's your sermon if you can't make worship:

One of my favorite descriptions of heaven and hell is that of a banquet feast.  The participants gather around a massive table overflowing with all sorts of amazing foods.  However, they only have bizarrely oversized wooden utensils with which to feed themselves.  In hell, those gathered around the banquet feast writhe in hunger as they endlessly try to feed themselves but to no avail.  The utensils make it impossible for each person to serve him or her self.  Meanwhile, those in heaven revel at the variety and richness of the food set before them.  They too use the same oversized utensils, except rather than trying to serve themselves, they serve each other.   To read more, click here. . .

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Link/Pic of the Week 
Learning from a six year old (thanks, Cathy Ostuw) . . .


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Perceptum 
This is a bit late in coming, but it is well worth the read.  Thank you, Ed Galloway, for passing it along.  From the Episcopal Cafe. . .

Lifting Up Our Hearts: Communion and Springsteen at Ground Zero

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Calendar

Sunday, September 25--Pentecost 19C--MILES FOR A MISSION ROAD RACE!!

8:00 AM      Joint Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Mark Lingle
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich
                     
9:00 AM       Miles for a Mission Road Race Start (Church)

4:00 PM      Confirmation (Meeting Room)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (26)
        Clergy Day Off

Tuesday (27)
 6:30 PM  Prayer Shawl Meeting (Margery Irish's Home)

 Wednesday (28)
  Noon  Meeting at Grace Farms

 Saturday (1)
 2:00 PM  Pre-marriage Meeting (Church)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (2)  Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost--Observe the Feast of St. Francis
                                            Pets Welcome at 8 & 10
 8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
 10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 11:00 AM  Book Club:   Elephant Company (Church)
 3:00 PM   Families with young children BBQ (Tyler and Uli Stevens' Home)
 4:00 PM  Confirmation Class (Meeting Room)

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Upcoming

Saturday, October 8 @ 9:00 AM (Meeting Room)
Altar Guild Breakfast

Saturday, October 8 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Saturday, October 15 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, October 16 @ 4:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Confirmation Class

Tuesday, October 18 @ 7:30 PM (Stamford High School)
InterFaith Council Program:  Unity in the Season of Division

Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Saturday, October 22 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscpaing/Fall Clean up Morning

Saturday, October 22 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, October 23 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:  Organ Recital

Thursday, October 27 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Saturday, October 29 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, October 30 @ 8 & 10 AM
Observance of Reformation Sunday

Sunday, October 30 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Meeting between St. Francis parishioners and members of 
the American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies

Thursday, November 3 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Thursday, November 10 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Sunday, November 6 @ 8 & 10 AM
Observance of All Saints' Sunday

Sunday, November 6 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:   "On Being"  Interview with  Parker Palmer:  The Place Where   We are Right
Saturday, November 12 (Historic Church and Meeting Room)
First 70--John Dugdale Exhibition

Sunday, November 13 (Church)
First 70--Happy 70th Anniversary St. Francis!!!

Sunday, November 13 @ 4:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Confirmation Class

Thursday, November 24 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Thanksgiving Service 

Sunday, November 27 @ 4:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Confirmation Class

Sunday, December 11 @ 4:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Confirmation Class

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St. Francis
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there
is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is d
oubt, faith;
where there i
s despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 

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Contact Info
Rev. Mark Lingle
493 Old Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
203.570.6226
marklingle.pastor@gmail.com