November 20 - November 27
Reign of Christ Year C
Reflection 
As we enter the pledge season at St. Francis, we ask individuals to reflect on What St. Francis Means to Me.  Jim Quinn offered these remarks during our 70th Anniversary celebration last Sunday, November 13.  His words are very compelling, particularly in the environment we find ourselves today.  Thank you, Jim. . .

Mark asked me to kick off Stewardship season by saying a few words about What St. Francis means to me, and I'd like to state it as simply as I can.  St. Francis is my bedrock foundation - this community, you.  This is where I turn when I feel weak and frustrated and beaten down.  You may not know it, but you restore my faith in humanity.  You nurture me back to sanity and give me confidence to walk back out into the world and try to do just a little bit better every day.  


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Link/Pic of the Week 
I'm sure many of you have seen this, but it is worth showing.  Shea Glover, a high school student at the time, filmed people in her school for an experiment.  She told them she was filming things she found beautiful.  Their reactions are telling. We need to do this more often. . .


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Perceptum 

It is hard to believe that Advent is almost here.  In this season of anticipation and waiting for the fullness of God to be manifest in our midst, the following links may enrich your observance.  I hope that these help. . .






























Y ou can access an app on iTunes that offers daily reflections in Advent.  
It is Journey Through Advent 2016






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Calendar

Sunday, November 20--Reign of Christ Sunday (End of the Liturgical Year)
                 Morning Eucharist at Diocesan Convention

                  8:00 AM    Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     
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

11:15 AM  Book Club:   Parker Palmer Discussion--See:   http://bit.ly/1kvbhQT    (Church)

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

5:00 PM    Interfaith Thanksgiving Service (Union Baptist Church)

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (21)
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (22)
 6:00 PM  Interfaith Council Prayer Service (Government Center)

 Wednesday (23)
 Noon Clergy Lunch

 Thursday (24)
 10:00 AM  Thanksgiving Service (Historic Church)

 Saturday (26)
All Day  Diocesan Convention
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

         Sunday (27)  Advent 1A
                                DOVE BOXES Available for Pick Up!!!
 8:00 AM   Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
 10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Church)
 4:00 PM    Confirmation (Church)

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Upcoming

Sunday, November 27 at 10 AM (Church)
Dove Boxes Available for Pick Up

Sunday, November 27 @ 4:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Confirmation Class

Thursday, December 1 @ 7:00 PM (First United Methodist Church)
World AIDS Day Service

Sunday, December 4 at 10 AM (Church)
Dove Boxes Available for Pick Up

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

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

Sunday, December 11 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting

Sunday, December 11 @ 4:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Confirmation Class

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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Rev. Mark Lingle
493 Old Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06903
203.570.6226
marklingle.pastor@gmail.com