December 4 - December 11
Advent 2A
Reflection 
This past Sunday, Edrice Viechweg offered the second "What St. Francis means to me."  In her inimitable way, Edrice captures well the spirit here.  It's well worth the read. . . 

Today, like every Sunday, as I pull up in front of the church, I am overcome by a sense of calm and thankfulness.  It is as if I am leaving the hustle and bustle of the world behind for a few hours, and I am entering a space where I can truly be at peace with myself. 
 
A few weeks ago when Mark asked me to say a few words about St.Francis, I agreed to do so, but didn't think about what I would say until a few days later.  That was actually the day when I emailed Mark to ask him if he would baptize the baby who became a part of our church family two weeks ago at our 70th anniversary celebrations.  I was a bit reluctant to ask knowing what a special day it was for us and knowing that a baptism meant that the order of the service would be a little different and that it would take more time out of an otherwise hectic day.  To read more, click here. . .
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Link/Pic of the Week 
This is the updated version of, "If 100 people lived on the earth. . ."  A helpful perspective.


And this is too fun not to include. . .


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Perceptum 
Bishop Ian Douglas's TED talk at the recent Diocesan Convention.  
He invited all to try on a Sabbatical Year, to rest in the grace and love of God.  Bishop Ian explained this new idea imagined for ECCT:   [This Sabbatical Year] is not a call to complacency, inaction, or passivity. It is a call to present-ness before God and present-ness with one another in the goodness and fullness of God's grace and love in service to God's mission. It is  a call to go deeper into the heart of God, a call to trust in God, to discover anew what God desires for us. What it is not, is a call to nihilism, depression, sadness, or making peace with evil...during this year of waiting on God, resting in God, we need to be ever present to the love of God and our invitation and our commission to make that love known and real in this world and in this country."


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Calendar

Sunday, December 4--Advent 2A

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

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (5)
        Clergy Day Off

 Wednesday (7)
 9:00 AM  Legislative Meeting at UConn Stamford

 Thursday (8)
 4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Stamford Governance Meeting
 6:30 PM  Prayer Shawl Ministry (Margery Irish's Home)

 Friday (9)
 8:00 AM  Neighbors Link Stamford Planning Meeting
 Noon  Clergy Lunch

Saturday (10)
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (11)  Advent 3A--DOVE BOXES DUE AT THE CHURCH!
 8:00 AM   Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
 10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 11:15 AM  Music Committee Meeting (Church)
 4:00 PM   Confirmation (Meeting Room)

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Upcoming

Sunday, December 11 by 10:00 AM (Church)
Dove Boxes due at the Church so that they can be distributed

Sunday, December 18 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

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

Sunday, January 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!  Blessings in 2017!!

Sunday, January 8 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Sounds Good Concert:  Simpatico

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 @ 5:30 PM (Rectory)
Parish Mid-winter Party

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

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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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