September 18 - September 25
Pentecost 18C
Reflection       
It was nice to know that the public radio announcer didn't quite know how to pronounce the last name of the San Francisco quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.  He clearly had other issues that were of more importance than a back up quarterback in the NFL.  Kaepernick's name is pronounced with a short a rather than a long a the radio announcer used.. (If you don't know Kaepernick's name, you have done a wonderful job of evading the tsunami that is sports reporting in general and football reporting in particular.)  Kaepernick has created a controversy in the mind of some and a national conversation in the mind of others by refusing to stand during the national anthem prior to the NFL games that he plays in.  The San Francisco quarterback has used his player status to draw attention to the inequalities that exist in the United States and has noted that in the land of the free and the home of the brave, not everyone is truly free.  To read more, click here. . .

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Quote            Extended Quote today.  Thank you, Betsy Adams. . .  
                           
                                                                          
  ...What does it mean to do something "in the name of" something else? I once had a bridegroom who balked vehemently at repeating his wedding vows "in the name of God" -- let alone the Trinity -- because he said he was marrying in his own name and was offended at the idea that he should need to invoke anyone else's certification of his intent. While I thought we were being a little sensitive, I know what it is to be young and working hard on building up a potent and workable sense of self. That's what a young person does: he builds a self. Then he spends the second half of his life learning how to take it down again, how to take it apart and examine the pieces of it, when to surrender a part of it that no longer makes sense. Each of these is a sacred vocation. All of us must do both. One is preparation for life. The other is preparation for the survival of meaning in the face of death.  -Barbara Crafton from her 2008 essay In Nomine             

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Link/Pic of the Week 
Thank you to Jane Lazgin.  An wonderful video by Starbucks (of all corporations) on faiths coming together. . . 


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Perceptum 
An excellent TED talk by Bryan Stevenson.  He will be speaking at Christ Church in Greenwich on Saturday, September 24, at 7:00 PM.  Thank you, Julia Wade.


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Calendar

Sunday, September 18--Pentecost 18C

8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                     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: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Edrice Veichweg
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

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

11:15 AM   Music Committee Meeting (Church)

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

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (19)
        Clergy Day Off

Tuesday (20)
  1:00 PM  Education Meeting 
 2:00 PM  Emergency Food and Shelter Program Meeting 
 4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Stamford Board Meeting

 Wednesday (21)
  Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting
 7:30 PM  Vestry (Meeting Room)

 Thursday (22)
 Noon  Connecticut Against Gun Violence Luncheon

 Saturday (24)
 2:00 PM  Funeral (Church)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (25)  Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost-- Miles for a Mission Road Race
 8:00 AM  Joint Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
 9:00 AM  Start for the  Miles for a Mission Road Race (Church)
 4:00 PM  Confirmation Class (Meeting Room)

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Upcoming

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

Tuesday, September 27 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday, October 1 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

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

Sunday, October 2 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:   Elephant Company

Sunday, October 2 @ 3:00 PM (Stevens' Home)
Parents with Young Children BBQ

Sunday, October 2 @ 4:00 PM  (Meeting Room)
Confirmation Class

Saturday, October 8 @ 9:00 AM (Meeting Room)
Altar Guild Breakfast

Saturday, October 8 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Saturday, October 15 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, October 16 @ 4:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Confirmation Class

Tuesday, October 18 @ 7:30 PM (Stamford High School)
InterFaith Council Program:  Unity in the Season of Division

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

Saturday, October 22 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscpaing/Fall Clean up Morning

Saturday, October 22 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

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

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

Thursday, November 10 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

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

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

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

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

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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