October 16 - October 23
Pentecost 22C
Reflection 
 The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden found in Genesis 3 is one of the classics in all of literature.  Or more correctly, it is the basis for so much great literature that has drawn on its richness.  We know the events of the fruit of the tree, the serpent's tempting, and Eve and Adam's acquiescing by the foreboding name "The Fall".  Reading the Genesis narrative sequentially, many throughout the ages have interpreted that a state of original grace or utopia was the beginning of all things, and then trouble came to River City in a BIG WAY but in such a small form.  Regardless, life was never the same.  

I raise this scenario, in part, to invite you to four weeks of a brief study on the archetypal narratives in the beginning of what is the beginning:  Genesis.  Creation, Fall, Flood, and the Call of Abraham will be analyzed with our brothers and sisters from Church of the Archangels Greek Orthodox, First Presbyterian Church, and St. John's Lutheran.  We begin in just less than a week-Thursday, October 20-and we will continue for the following three Thursdays-October 27, November 3, November 10.  Each evening begins at 7:00 PM, and we rotate among the churches, beginning at St. Francis, moving to the Greek Orthodox Church, then First Presbyterian, and finish up at St. John's.  If you can make one or all of them, you will be pleased you did.  My colleagues-Harry Pappas, David Van Dyke, and Duane Pederson-are top notch theologians and fine students of the human condition.   To read more, click here. . .

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Link/Pic of the Week 
It's a little early, but why not.  The Christmas lottery . . .


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Perceptum 
This is fascinating and critically important.  Wolves change the ecosystem in Yellowstone.  Creation care on a whole new level.  Worth watching just for the views of Yellowstone. . .


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Calendar

Sunday, October 16--Pentecost 22C
8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Edrice Viechweg
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich
                     
10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                     Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                     Preacher: Edrice Viechweg
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

4:00 PM  Service for Pets and their People (Church)

4:00 PM Confirmation (Meeting Room)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (17)
        Clergy Day Off
        4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Board Meeting
        7:00 PM  Reception for Sidney Elmore at Pacific House

 Wednesday (19)  
  Noon Stamford Clergy Meeting 
  7:30 PM  Vestry Meeting (Meeting Room)

 Thursday (20)
 9:00 AM  Safe Church Training
 6:30 PM  Neighbors Link Stamford Program:  Immigration and Global Trends (Stamford Yacth Club) 7:00 PM  Ecumenical Bible Study:  The Fall (Church)
 
 Saturday (22)
 9:00 AM  Landscape Morning (Church)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (23)  Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
 8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
 10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 4:00 PM  Sounds Good Concert:  Organ Recital (Church)

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Upcoming

Tuesday, October 25 @ 8:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Road Race Follow Up Meeting

Thursday, October 27 @ 6:30 PM
 Prayer Shawl Ministry

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

Friday, November 4 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Midnight Run

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
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 Exhibit

Sunday, November 13 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
First 70--Happy 70th Anniversary St. Francis!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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