January 15 - January 22
Baptism of Jesus
Reflection 

I watch our rescue golden retriever, Bader, and our newest puppy, Francis, 
wrestle on the kitchen floor as I write.  As one who is new to the rescue field, 
I marvel at what Bader's and Francis' engagement means.  It is not just that 
young  Francis is practicing how to fight, nor is it that young Francis 
is developing muscles that will enhance his growth, nor is it that young 
Francis is learning how to socialize in a pack.  While all of these 
things are certainly true, young Francis is not the beneficiary 
of this "play".  Bader is.  To read more, click here. . .




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Blessings!
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But, I have learned that life is transformed when I slow down to pause with my eyes open, and simply breathe in the wonder of what I am experiencing through my senses.  I experience a "showing," that is, I see the deeper realities of the moment, the holiness of the other, and the wonder even in challenging situations.  I behold God's hazelnut in the challenges of every day and the unexpected interruptions which come in the course of my work as a pastor, writer, teacher, and householder.  The interruptions become calls to prayer and not inconveniences.  They become ways to experience God in the flesh in this Holy Here and Holy Now.  Blessed be the hazelnut and the mustard seed, for of such is God's realm of Shalom and Beauty. 
                                                                  --Julian of Norwich    


 
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Link/Pic of the Week 
Worth watching to 1:36.  A little levity (thank you, Maryann Kann). . .


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Perceptum 
From former president, Jimmy Carter.  Thank you, Ed Happ. . .


Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long 
in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.
Calendar

Saturday, January 14
              11:00 AM      Memorial Service for Ada Valenti
              5:00 PM        St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

Sunday, January 15--Baptism of Our Lord

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

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

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

     This Week at a Glance

        Monday (16)--Martin Luther King Jr. Day
        Clergy Day Off

 Tuesday (17)
 9:00 AM    Building One Community Meeting
 Noon  Interfaith Council Meeting

Wednesday (18)
 Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting
 7:30 PM  Vestry (Meeting Room)

 Saturday (21)
 9:00 AM  Prison Ministry 
 9:00 AM  Ecumenical Mid-Winter Seminar:  Julian of Norwich (St. John's Lutheran)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)
 5:30 PM  Parish Midwinter Party (Rectory)

         Sunday (22)  Epiphany 3A
 8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
 10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
 11:00 AM  Parish Annual Meeting (Church)

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Upcoming

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

Saturday, January 28 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship Service

Sunday, January 29 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club: The Wounded Healer

Saturday, February 4 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service

Wednesday, February 8  @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday, February 11 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service

Sunday, February 12 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Cross & Crescent Conversation with American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting 

Saturday, February 18 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service

Sunday, March 19 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People 

Saturday, February 25 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, February 25 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service

Wednesday, March 1 @ Noon (Historic Church)
Ash Wednesday Service with Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:00 PM (Zion Lutheran)
Ash Wednesday Service with Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

Wednesday, March 8  @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday, March 11 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 19 
Parish Lenten Retreat at Holy Cross Monastery

Wednesday, March 22 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Hymn Selection Group

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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