October 23 - October 30
Pentecost 23C
Reflection 
 I love the vestry reflections during our pre-meeting Compline service.  The following is the latest from Claudia Bilotti.  It is a wonderful reflection piece:

Mindfulness . . . Stay in the Present . . . Take it slow . . . Put one foot in front of the other . . . Certainly good advice to achieve a calm & peaceful life.   Yet, God gave us a wonderful gift: our memory. Too often, we use it to relive negative things that have happened to us, to our family members, or to the world. But, this memory would be blank except for being fed by 5 other incredible gifts from God: our senses.   Tonight, let's use our memories to show our gratitude to God by reliving some good times. For each sense, I will describe my #1 memory. Then, I will have you briefly close your eyes & remember your memory.
 
SIGHT:
My memory: About 15 years ago, Joe & I spent our anniversary at a Bed & Breakfast in Lyme, CT. We brought our bikes so that we could enjoy the fall colors. The proprietors suggested that we go to a particular park. Directions in hand, we rode off. We were not prepared for the rocky, dirt road that wove into the park. Considering we had road & not mountain bikes, we struggled to walk down this path. It was such a long path - we talked about turning back. But, it seemed a shame, so we pressed on. We rounded a bend & knew that we were witnessing God's handiwork! There was a lake that was so still, it looked like a mirror. The surrounding trees were a color pallet of fall - a rainbow of oranges, reds, yellows - all perfectly reflected in the lake. We were the only ones there at that moment - total silence. It was a truly holy experience.
Your memory: Now, close your eyes for a moment. What's an amazing sight that is imprinted in your memory? Your mind has the details - relive it & let the happiness wash over you again.  To read more, click here. . .

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Link/Pic of the Week 
Too nice.  Canada tells America it is great. . . 


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Perceptum 
From The Atlantic on effective altruism.  Interesting. . .

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Calendar

Sunday, October 23--Pentecost 23C
8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                     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: Mark Lingle
                     Preacher: Mark Lingle
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

4:00 PM   Sounds Good Concert:  Organ Recital with Alistair Reid (Church)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (24)
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (25)
  8:00 PM  Road Race Meeting (Meeting Room)

 Wednesday (26)  
  2:00 PM  Building and Grounds Meeting

 Thursday (27)
  7:30 PM  Ecumenical Bible Study:   Creation (Archangels Greek Orthodox Church)
 
 Saturday (29)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (30)  Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
 8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
 10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 4:00 PM  Congregational Meeting with the American Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies (Church)

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Upcoming

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

Friday, November 4 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Midnight Run

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

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

Thursday, November 10 @ 7:00 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

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

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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