July 24 - July 31
Pentecost 10C
Reflection 

As you have no doubt noticed, I have taken the last two weeks off from writing in this spot.  Sabbaths of many sorts are important, and I took a little sabbatical from writing.  Of course, one doesn't stop thinking about the various issues that are bombarding us daily, and the past few weeks have been a bit exhausting if you are paying any attention to the news.  The pain and grief of innocent lives struck down in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, Dallas, and Nice among other places is deeply depressing and raises the sense of powerlessness in the face of violence that careens from one encounter to the next.  A well-known theologian of the past century, Joseph Sittler, coined the apt phrase for the malaise of this context.  Compassion Fatigue was the term he used to describe the exhaustion from knowing so much of the pain and suffering and violence that exists within our world.  To read more, click here. . .

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At its Greek root, "to believe" simply means "to give one's heart to." 
Thus, if we can determine what it is we give our heart to, 
then we will know what it is we believe.
                                        --Kathleen Norris






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Link/Pic of the Week 
 
A little midsummer mindlessness. . .dogs and stairs. . . thank you, Claudia Bilotti. . .


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Perceptum 
A piece from parishioner Joe Mygatt's nephew, Toby Nitschke, who works in the Colorado prison in Boulder.  Well worth the read. . .  

Open letter to my adult students who are also inmates at the Boulder County jail:

You have all heard about the shootings in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge, and Dallas.
Here is a quick summary, a few basic facts. Two of these situations involved police
officers shooting and killing a black man. Both men who were killed had guns on
their person, though there is no proven evidence in either case that the victims were
pulling or attempting to use those guns. The man in Minneapolis had a license for his
gun and had explained that to the officer, presumably so that the officer wouldn't be
surprised and react in an aggressive or hostile manner. (The third case in Dallas was
different in many ways as it involved a sniper shooting police... though the three cases
are all certainly connected by the thread of violence and death due to guns-either in
the hands of police or civilians.)    To read more, click here. . .

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Calendar

Sunday, July 24--Pentecost 10C

8:00 AM      Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                     Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                     Preacher: Brandon Ashcraft
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                     
10:00 AM    Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                     Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                     Preacher: Brandon Ashcraft
                     Vicar:  Debra Slade
                     Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg

     This Week at a Glance 

         Tuesday (26)
          2:00 PM  Meeting with Episcopal leadership
         4:30 PM  Neighbors Link Stamford Board Meeting 

        Thursday (28)
          11:15 AM  Edgehill Eucharist
        
         Friday (29)
          9:30 AM  Meeting with Ferguson Library 

         Saturday (30)
          9:00 AM  Columbarium Committee Meeting

         Sunday (31)  Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 
  8:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church) 
  10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)  
 
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Upcoming

Saturday, August 6 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscape Morning

Saturday, August 6 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship

Sunday, August 7 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Moving chairs and Organ/Piano out of the sanctuary

Monday, August 8 - Saturday, August 20 (Church)
CHURCH CLOSED FOR REFINISHING FLOORS

Saturday, August 13
First 70--Extraordinary Dinner with Asian Flair

Sunday, August 14 at 9:00 AM (Historic Church)
One service at the Historic Church as Church's floors are refinished

Saturday, August 20
First 70--Powerboat Cruising on the Sound

Sunday, August 21 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Saturday, August 27 @ 4:00 PM
Ryder/Small Wedding

Monday, September 5--LABOR DAY

Thursday, September 8 @ 4:30 PM
Neighbors Link Governance Meeting

Saturday, September 10 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscape Morning

Saturday, September 10 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service begins

Sunday, September 11 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Rally Sunday, Beginning of Christian Education, Choir Returns

Saturday, September 17 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Saturday, September 17
First 70--Margie's Pig Roast

Sunday, September 18 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Finance Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Sunday, September 25 @ 8:00 AM (Historic Church)
Joint Eucharistic Service

Sunday, September 25 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
4th Annual Miles for a Mission Road Race

Saturday, October 2 @ 8 & 10 AM
Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals in Worship

Thursday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

Sunday, October 23 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:  Organ Recital

Thursday, October 27 @ 7:00 PM
Ecumenical Bible Study with St. John's, First Presbyterian, and Archangels Greek Orthodox

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

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 Exhibition

Sunday, November 13 (Church)
First 70--Happy 70th Anniversary St. Francis!!!

Thursday, November 24 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Thanksgiving 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