October 30 - November 6
Reformation Sunday
Reflection 
NOTICE:  The meeting with the Muslim Community at St. Francis will be held 
NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, at 4:00 PM.  

"Muslims are out to kill us all," opined the man with whom I was speaking.  It was a strange statement to me within a conversation that was stranger still on a day that was truly bizarre.  "All Muslims?" I asked.  "Yes," came the swift reply.  Then, "Well, maybe not all of them, but the majority, and they all support overthrowing us."  (I'm always intrigued by what the us truly stands for in many conversations.)  "Do you know any Muslims?" I asked.  "No," he shot back.  "Perhaps it would be good to get to know some to see what they really think and desire," was my final statement on the matter.  
Perhaps, it would be good to get to know a Muslim to see what he or she really thinks and desires.  What a novel thought.  And what a difficult thing to do if we do not find ourselves in circles where meeting a Muslim and having that conversation is very easy.   To read more, click here. . .

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Link/Pic of the Week 
World Series time. . . thought this was appropriate. . . Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. . .


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Perceptum 
The following link is to a reflection by theologian and seminary president, David Lose.  He is a wonderful voice for articulating the meaning of the Reformation and its implications for our lives today.  Worth the read. . .

Also, an excellent piece on the Pope speaking about the need for changes in the church.  Very appropriate in this season of Reformation.   Semper Reformandum

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Calendar

Sunday, October 30--Reformation Sunday
8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                     Preacher: Debra Slade
                     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: Debra Slade
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (31)
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (1)
  6:30 PM  Prayer Shawl Ministry (Margery Irish's Home)
  7:00 PM  Grace Farms Book Event

 Thursday (3)
  7:30 PM  Ecumenical Bible Study:   The Flood  (First Presbyterian Church)
 
 Friday (4)
 7:00 PM  Midnight Run (Church)

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

 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS--FALL BACK ONE HOUR!!!

         Sunday (6)  Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
 8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
 10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 11:15 AM Marketing Committee Meeting (Church)
 4:00 PM   Cross and Crescent Interfaith Conversation with the American Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies (Church)

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Upcoming

Sunday, November 6 @ 8 & 10 AM
Observance of All Saints' Sunday

Sunday, November 6 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Marketing Committee

Thursday, November 10 @ 7:30 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 @ 8:30 PM (Church)
Finance Committee Meeting

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

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

Wednesday, November 16, @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

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 @ 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

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

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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