January 8 - January 15
Observe Epiphany
Reflection 
One of the primary metaphors for life that resonates with me is stumbling.  As in, we stumble into the various events and activities of life.  Afterward, we make sense of whatever it was that happened.  Such a perspective challenges mightily the notion that we are in charge and the agency with which we believe we live our lives.  While control and agency are clearly important-and Lord knows there are so many things that we are responsible to and for-there seems an element of grace-or divine humor-embedded in the stumbling metaphor.  We didn't manufacture or produce so many of the aspects that make up life as we know it.  We stumbled into them.  
A recent anecdote offered by a colleague drove this home.  She relayed the true story of a young minister who was so excited at occupying his first call to a parish.  He loved the people.  He loved the community.  He felt that ministry together was really taking off.  About six months into his pastorate, he visited a woman in the hospital who was about to die.  She whispered to the minister that she couldn't help herself, but she needed to be honest with him.  As he leaned into hear her confession, she continued.   To read more, click here. . .
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Link/Pic of the Week 
An eye-opening perspective on poverty from the Tipping Point Community. . .

Poverty Line Prices
Poverty Line Prices

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Perceptum 
20 Rules That Everyone Can Live By
Good things to reflect on as we begin the new year. . .

1. Bring your sense of humor with you at all times. Bring your friends with a sense of humor. If their friends have a sense of humor, invite them, too. Remember this when going to hospitals, weight-loss centers, and funerals, as well as when going to work, coming home, waking up, and going to sleep.
 
2. If it's worth crying over, it's probably worth laughing at. Cultivate a sense of perspective that permits you to see the wider and longer view of the situation; this will help you realize that although your situation is upsetting, it might also one day become a terrific story.
 
3. Other people don't care what you're wearing.   To read more, click here.
Calendar

Saturday, January 7
              5:00 PM        St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

Sunday, January 8, 2017--Observe Epiphany

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

10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
              Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
                      Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                      Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

4:00 PM  St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:   Simpatico Chamber Ensemble (Church)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (9)
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (10)
 9:00 AM  Taking Down the Christmas Tree (Church)
 11:30 AM  Homeless Persons' Memorial Planning Meeting
 7:00 PM  Music Committee Hymn Selection Meeting (Meeting Room)

Wednesday (11)
 11:00 AM  Community Task Force Meeting
 3:00 PM  Interfaith Seder Planning Meeting
 7:00 PM  Community Catalyst Event at Ferguson Library

Thursday (12)
  11:00 AM Edgehill Eucharist
 4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Governance Committee

 Saturday (14)
 11:00 AM  Ada Valenti Memorial Service (Church)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (15)  Baptism of our Lord
 8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
 10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
 4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)

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Upcoming

Wednesday, January 18 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, January 21 @ 9:00 AM (St. John's Lutheran)
Ecumenical Mid-Winter Quiet Morning on Julian of Norwich by Elaine Ramshaw

Saturday, January 21 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship Service

Saturday, January 21 @ 5:30 PM (Rectory)
Parish Mid-winter Party

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

Saturday, January 28 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship Service

Sunday, January 29 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club: The Wounded Healer

Thursday, February 9 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Sunday, February 12 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Cross & Crescent Conversation with American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies

Sunday, March 19 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People 

Wednesday, March 1 @ Noon (Historic Church)
Ash Wednesday Service with Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:00 PM
Ash Wednesday Service with Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

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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