November 6 - November 13
All Saints' Sunday
Reflection 
As we approach our First 70 Celebration on Sunday, November 13, please remember that we will have only ONE service on that Sunday at 10:00 AM at the Church.  A lunch and program will follow.  Join us as we celebrate 70 years of God's grace in this blessed corner of God's creation, and help us to recommit ourselves to being God's hands in the world for 70 more.  
The following is an expansion of some thoughts offered in the recent newsletter. . .
 
Seventy is an interesting number in the world of religion.  In certain ancient traditions, the idea of seven was a sign of perfection.  Thus, seven times ten-70-is perfection multiplied. 
 
There is also the reference in the gospels where Jesus is asked about how often one should forgive someone who has wronged them.  Seventy times?  Or Seventy times seven?  (Clearly, either one would challenge our understanding of what is fair and just, and, perhaps, that is part of what Jesus is up to in his teaching and in his ministry:  he not only pushes our personal sensibilities regarding forgiveness; he also shatters the expectations that people have held throughout the ages regarding the mercy of God.  Rather than a curmudgeonly bean counting task master, the God Jesus often portrays is one possessing infinite patience, mercy, and grace.  I often wonder what the world would look like if we practiced even a smidgen of this type of compassion?  To twist the words of one writer, "Grace is not cheap; it's free."  To read more, click here. . .

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Link/Pic of the Week 
A little late for Halloween, but a good one.  From a former seminary friend. . .



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Perceptum 

The following link will take you to the session 
t hat Father Harry Pappas led on
Creation  in our 
Ecumenical Bibles Study last week.  He is a 
wonderful teacher.   Father Pappas on Creation






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Calendar

Sunday, November 6--All Saints' Sunday
8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Debra Slade
                     Preacher: Mark Lingle
                     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: Mark Lingle
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

11:15 AM  Marketing Committee (Church)

2:00 PM  Executive Committee (Meeting Room)

4:00 PM   Cross & Crescent Meeting with American Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies (Church)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (7)
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (8)--ELECTION DAY!  GET OUT THE VOTE!
 6:30 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

 Thursday (10)
 4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Governance Committee
 7:30 PM  Ecumenical Bible Study:   The Call of Abraham  (St. John's Lutheran Church)

 Saturday (12)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)
 5:30 PM  First 70 Event:  John Dugdale Exhibit (Historic Church)

         Sunday (13)  Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost  
                                CELEBRATION OF ST. FRANCIS' 70th YEAR
 8:30 AM  Finance Committee Meeting (Church)
 10:00 AM Joint Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 11:15 AM First 70 Luncheon and Program
 4:00 PM   Confirmation (Meeting Room)

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Upcoming

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

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

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

Saturday, December 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service

Saturday, December 24 @ 8:30 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Pre-Service Concert

Saturday, December 24 @ 9:00 PM (Church)
Festive Christmas Eve Service

Sunday, December 25 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Christmas Day 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