November 13 - November 20
Pentecost 26C
Reflection 
As I texted with my brother in Montana on Wednesday morning following the recent presidential election, he wryly responded to the query of how he was doing with, "So, the Canadian Immigration Website has crashed. . ."  In response to the same question, my sister living in St. Paul, MN, offered, "Well, Minnesota elected Jesse Ventura as governor and we survived."  While these exchanges clearly betray my siblings' political leanings--and they may not play well with my other brother in Fargo and others who voted for the president-elect, Donald J. Trump--a little levity was welcome.  

Clearly, there was far too little levity throughout the whole campaign.  And with the election result another odd recurring theme of a split electoral college vote and a popular vote, it is equally clear that we  seem more and more divided in this country.  The threads that connect us continue to fray.  However, what I want to say in this piece is that precisely at this divisive moment, we need to actively engage the work of binding together the fraying of our public discourse, interchange, and action.  For those who opposed the election of Donald J. Trump, this is not the end of the world.  And for those who voted for him to be the 45th president of the United States, there is much work that remains so that what Martin Luther recognized as the fundamental task of government-the care of its citizenry-may thrive.    To read more, click here. . .
   
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A helpful reflection 
by David Lose.







(   Ambrogio Lorenzetti,  Allegory of Good and Bad Government,  c. 1337-40,  fresco, Sala della Pace (Hall of Peace))

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Calendar

Sunday, November 13--Pentecost 26C--Celebration of St. Francis' 70th Year!!
        
                    Joint Worship Service at 10:00 AM
                     
10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Mark Lingle
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

11:00 AM  70th Anniversary Lunch (Church)

4:00 PM  Confirmation (Meeting Room)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (14)
        Stewardship Letters are sent out (Please consider a pledge for our collective ministry 
                                                             at St. Francis for 2017)
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (15)
 Noon  Clergy Lunch Meeting
 4:30 PM Neighbors Link Board Meeting
 6:30 PM  Outreach Meeting (Meeting Room)

 Wednesday (16)
 Noon Stamford Clergy Meeting 
 7:30 PM  Vestry (Meeting Room)

 Saturday (19)
All Day  Diocesan Convention
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (20)  Reign of Christ Sunday (End of the Liturgical Year)
                                DOVE BOXES Available for Pick Up!!!
 Morning Eucharist at Diocesan Convention
 8:00 AM   Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
 10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 11:00 AM   Book Club:  Parker Palmer Discussion--See:  http://bit.ly/1kvbhQT   (Church)
 4:00 PM    Service for Pets and Their People (Church)

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Upcoming

Sunday, November 20 at 10 AM (Church)
Dove Boxes Available for Pick Up

Sunday, November 20 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  
"On Being" Interview with Parker Palmer: The Place Where We are Right

Sunday, November 20 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Sunday, November 20 @ 5:00 PM (Union Baptist Church)
Multifaith Thanksgiving Service

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

Sunday, November 27 at 10 AM (Church)
Dove Boxes Available for Pick Up

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

Sunday, December 4 at 10 AM (Church)
Dove Boxes Available for Pick Up

Tuesday, December 6 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Sunday, December 11 by 10:00 AM (Church)
Dove Boxes due at the Church so that they can be distributed

Sunday, December 11 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting

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

Sunday, December 18 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
Service of Lessons and Carols 

Sunday, December 18 @ 5:45 PM (Rectory)
Parish Christmas Party/Reception

Wednesday, December 21 @ 5:30 PM (First Congregational Church)
Interfaith Homeless Memorial Service

Saturday, December 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service

Saturday, December 24 @ 8:30 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Pre-Service Concert

Saturday, December 24 @ 9:00 PM (Church)
Festive Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 25 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Christmas Day Service

Sunday, January 8 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Sounds Good Concert:  Simpatico

Sunday, January 22 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
St. Francis Annual Parish Meeting

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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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493 Old Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
203.570.6226
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