COMING SOON!  UPDATED PARISH DIRECTORY 
An update to the St, Francis Parish Directory will be published in early September.  
Please review the current directory  here  and contact Cathy Ostuw at  cathy.ostuw@gmail.com  
i f there are any corrections or updates to your family's listing.

Please consider sending an updated family photo!!    

If you are not in the current directory, please contact Cathy so you can be included in the update.
In addition, please send Cathy a list of all family birthdays and anniversaries, so we can recognize your family on those special dates during  Sunday worship.

Thank you!!
July 31 - August 7
Pentecost 11C
Reflection 
                               From Brandon Ashcraft's recent sermon. . .
Since I last saw you all in May, I've been spending most of my days completing my Clinical Pastoral Education requirement. A standard part of ministry formation across many denominations and traditions, CPE is essentially an internship in which seminarians serve for a time as hospital chaplains. It was my good fortune to have met Debra at St. Francis and so I've been completing my CPE under her care at Norwalk Hospital. I went into CPE feeling nervous and overwhelmed and, truthfully, woefully unprepared for the work. Walking unannounced into a hospital patient's room and introducing yourself as a chaplain can yield a wide range of reactions: some are terrified (thinking that chaplains only come when there is bad news), others are grateful; many think that because they don't identify as "religious" in the traditional sense of the word then there's nothing a chaplain can do for them. I just desperately wanted a script; some sort of playbook. In a throwback to last week's Gospel...my inner-Martha would rear her head and I would become worried and anxious about finding the perfect words that could ease the patient's pain and assure her that God was present, even in her suffering.  To read more, click here. . .
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Quote                                                                                                                   
 

The invariable mark of wisdom 
i s to see the miraculous in the common." 
                                            --Ralph Waldo Emerson






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Link/Pic of the Week 
 

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Perceptum 
A review in The Christian Century by Charles Hefling on two books dealing with the cross and atonement.  It is a bit dense, but a good encapsulation of the problems that are part of an understanding of the cross summed up in this praise song lyric, " . . . on that cross as Jesus died
                    The wrath of God was satisfied."

Hefling notes:   God saves in spite of Christ's death, not because of it.

Here is the link:   Speaking of the Cross

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Calendar

Sunday, July 31--Pentecost 11C

8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Mark Lingle
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     
10:00 AM    Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Mark Lingle
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg

11:15 AM   Miles for a Mission Road Race Meeting (Church)

     This Week at a Glance 

        Thursday (4)
          11:15 AM  Edgehill Eucharist

         Friday (5)
          10:00 AM  Education program

         Saturday (6)
          9:00 AM  Landscape Morning (Church)
         5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service with Wine and Cheese to follow

         Sunday (7)  Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 
  8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
  10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)  
  11:15 AM  Moving Furniture from the Sanctuary (Church)
  2:30 PM  Southbury Lutheran Home Eucharist
 
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Upcoming

Monday, August 8 - Saturday, August 20 (Church)
CHURCH CLOSED FOR REFINISHING FLOORS

Saturday, August 13
First 70--Extraordinary Dinner with Asian Flair

Sunday, August 14 at 9:00 AM (Historic Church)
One service at the Historic Church as Church's floors are refinished

Saturday, August 20
First 70--Powerboat Cruising on the Sound

Sunday, August 21 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Saturday, August 27 @ 4:00 PM
Ryder/Small Wedding

Monday, September 5--LABOR DAY

Thursday, September 8 @ 4:30 PM
Neighbors Link Governance Meeting

Saturday, September 10 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscape Morning

Saturday, September 10 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service begins

Sunday, September 11 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Rally Sunday, Beginning of Christian Education, Choir Returns

Saturday, September 17 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Saturday, September 17
First 70--Margie's Pig Roast

Sunday, September 18 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Finance Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Sunday, September 25 @ 8:00 AM (Historic Church)
Joint Eucharistic Service

Sunday, September 25 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
4th Annual Miles for a Mission Road Race

Saturday, October 2 @ 8 & 10 AM
Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals in Worship

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

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

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

Saturday, November 12 (Historic Church and Meeting Room)
First 70--John Dugdale Exhibition

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

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

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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