June 19 - June 26
Pentecost 5C
Reflection 
 
The pictures above are the bookends to my week that have surrounded the tragic loss of life and heinous acts of violence in Orlando.  The light and life that they exude stand in such stark contrast to the evil and death that were at the heart of the murders by Omar Mateen.  The evening before the shootings, the American Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies invited the St. Francis community to their Iftar meal-the breaking of the fast for that day of Ramadan.  It was a wonderful event with such good will, graciousness, and wonderful food!  The Sunni, Shia, and Sufi Muslims who are a part of this community modeled blessed hospitality.  Peace was in the air.  The other event occurred last night.  It was a candlelight vigil in Norwalk standing with the victims of the shootings in Orlando and standing for acts that bring us together rather than divide us.  Love was in the air.  To read more, click here. . .

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Link/Pic of the Week 
An important clip from the week past. . .


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Perceptum 
Ending Extreme Poverty (from The Christian Century)
Inscribed in stone at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C., are these words: "Our Dream Is a World Free of Poverty." In recent years the world has made remarkable progress toward realizing that dream. Last fall the World Bank projected that for the first time in history less than 10 percent of the world's population was living in extreme poverty-down from 37 percent in 1990 and 44 percent in 1981. The World Bank defines "extreme poverty" as living on less than $1.90 per person per day. Ana Revenga, senior director of the Poverty and Equity Group at the World Bank, believes that the goal of ending extreme poverty can be achieved. In her 20-year career at the World Bank, she has worked in many regions of the world, especially on issues of gender equality. Before joining the World Bank, she worked at the Central Bank of Spain.  To read more, click here. . .

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Calendar

Sunday, June 19--Pentecost 5C

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

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

     This Week at a Glance 

                       Pastor Mark away from Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24

Tuesday, June (21)
4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Board Meeting

        Saturday (25)   
        9:00 AM  Prison Ministry
        10:00 AM   Miles for a Mission Road Race Meeting (Church)
        6:30 PM   First 70 Celebration Event:  Hoe Down! at Lillian Kraemer's Home
   
         Sunday (26)  Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 
  8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
  10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)  
  
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Upcoming

Sunday, July 3 @ 2:30 PM
Southbury Lutheran Home Service

Saturday, July 9 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, July 9
First 70--Dinner Sail on the Sound

Wednesday, July 13 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday, July 16 @ 5:00 PM
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship

Sunday, July 17 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Tuesday, July 19 @ 4:30 PM
Neighbors Link Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 27 @ 7:30 PM
Vestry (Meeting Room)

Thursday, July 28 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Saturday, August 6 @ 5:00 PM
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
First 70--John Dugdale Exhibition

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

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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