The Weekly Word
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O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen..

Prayer During this Time of Transition
As we continue the work of listening to God to discover His desires for St. Francis, let us pray:

Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth, with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer Page 816)
Sunday Service Time 
  •  9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
See our Christian Formation page for more information on programs for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults.


Prayer Requests 

You are invited to submit your prayer requests here. Submission of your prayer request will be received by a member of our office staff and in the included in the parish prayer list. If received after 5:00pm on Wednesdays, or you indicate that you would prefer to keep your prayer confidential, a member of our clergy will address your prayer privately.

A Note From Deacon Tamara
February 11, 2018

Lent is a time of spiritual new growth. We take time to reflect. It is a time of introspection. Just like a seed in the ground germinates in preparation for new life, so do our spirits. Lent is often associated with fasting. To give up something also means adding something. What to add in place of chocolate or any of the other myriad of items that are associated with a Lenten fast? How about adding 10-15 minutes of daily Bible reading?
Please consider joining me, Presiding Bishop Curry, and thousands of other Episcopalians around the world in The Good Book Club (GBC). We will read the Gospel according to Luke during Lent and the Book of Acts during Eastertide. Our readings will take us through the story of Jesus' life and the earliest Christians encounters with the Holy Spirit and sharing the Good News. There will be an insert in your Sunday bulletin this week that gives the schedule of readings. The readings begin on Sunday, February 11th with Luke 1:1-56. More information can be found at GoodBookClub.org .

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Lent is also a time of preparation for Holy Baptism on Easter Sunday (4/1). Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body (Book of Common Prayer page 858). If you or a family member are consider ing baptism or would like to learn more about baptism, then please contact me to set up a time of instruction during the Lenten season.


It is my desire to take communion to as many of our homebound as possible during
Lent and then again during Eastertide. St. Francis has a small cadre of diligent and dedicated Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs). I am grateful for their ministry as it lets me concentrate on hospital visits or other pastoral care activities during this time of transition. If you are interested in serving as a LEV, then please see me for the requirements. If you are homebound would like receive communion, then please contact Frances in the office and she will assist in setting up a date and time.

I praise my God this day. I give myself to God this day. I ask God to help me this day.
- St. Augustine's Prayer Book, page 39

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Congratulations!
Congratulations to Barry and Sara Cregan on the arrival of their son, Rory Andrew born January 31, 2018, weight 7 lbs 5 oz.   He is welcomed home by sisters Rose and Molly. Proud grandparents are Frank & Jan Pugliese.
What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Last Sunday after the Epiphany
  • 9:30am
    :
      Holy Eucharist Rite II 
Feed My Sheep Sunday
After the service we will gather in the parish hall to make sandwiches and sack meals for Feed My Sheep! 
 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
  • Shrove Tuesday. Our traditional Pancake Supper/Mardi Gras Cajun Cuisine. Festivities will begin at 5:30pm.
 
 
 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
  •  Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Imposition of ashes will take place at 12:30PM and 6:00PM. All are welcome. There will be no choir or Eucharist.
THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY 15
  • Garden Work Day: Join us every Thursday!
     
  • Lent Madness, The Saintly Smackdown Begins! Lent Madness is an online Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful. For more info and this year's bracket, check out lentmadness.org  

 

FRIDAY,  FEBRUARY 16
 

 

SATURDAY,  FEBRUARY 17
Upcoming Events

February Events
Please make note of the following events happening in February.

February 24 : Mulch Day! 8am-12pm
Need your help and hope you can join us!  We plan to spread mulch at the church Saturday morning, Feb 24 from 8 until 12. Stay an hour or 4, and bring your garden rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows. Water, donuts, and great companionship will be provided.

March Events
Please make note of the following events happening in March.

March 3: Lenten Retreat, 8:30am-3:00pm, Parish Hall
The theme for the retreat will be on Loving with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.  Lunch and all materials will be provided, without charge. I hope you plan to attend. Please sign up with Frances so that I have accurate count for lunches. Also let her know if you have any special dietary restrictions. I will do my best to accommodate them.

March 10 : Altar Guild workday, meeting and brunch is scheduled for 9:00am.

March 16-18 : Annual Recovery Retreat sponsored by the EDOT's Recovery Commission. Scholarships are available. For details see flyer below.

March 17: Pre-Easter workday is scheduled.

Ongoing Ministries
 
TUESDAY SOLACE: Tuesday Solace is a free service supporting families affected by Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia and takes place from 1:00 -4:00pm at the Parish Hall. Allowing caregivers respite time, the program provides music and singing, fun, social activities, and loving care to the participants. 

FEED MY SHEEP SACK MEALS (FMS):  On the 2nd Sunday of each month, all are invited to gather in the Parish at 9:30 to prepare 200 sack lunches for our neighbors who have limited access to food. The lunches are delivered to Feed My Sheep. Our next scheduled sack meal preparation is Sunday, February 11 .
 
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for February 2018 will be Hot Drink Mix (Chocolate, Apple Cider, etc.) Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

ST. FRANCIS GIFT SHOP: As most of you know, the gift shop must have two workers at all times.  We are in desperate need of volunteers.  This is a great time to ask your best friend to sit with you and a great time to socialize and catch up. Please consider, just 3 1/2 hours a month and we will put you on the schedule.

ST. FRANCIS CHOIR: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!" Notice the passage does NOT say we have to have a beautiful voice to praise God! We are looking for new choir members. We practice at 9:30am before we sing at the 10:30am service. So come join us!

Ministers in the Lord's Service
Sunday February 4
 
Altar Guild
Karen Fredenburg & Sharon Hughes
Ushers:
Philip Okeson & Jana Deakins
Acolyte(s): 
Noelle Dieter

Vestry Greeter:
Ruth Henry
Lay Readers
John Dieter

Organist: 
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Shelley Smith & Peggy Hughes

Hospitality:
Len & Ruth Henry
 

This Month's Birthdays & Anniversaries 
If your birthday or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Frances!

FEBRUARY
February 5 Birthday
Lee Lewis

February 6 Anniversary
Ron & Barbara Lockwood

February 8 Birthday
Tammy Schaefer

February 9 Anniversary
Jeff & Kay Callin

February 12 Birthday
Ann Booze

February 17 Anniversary
Chip & Tammy Schaefer

February 20 Birthday
David Chastang

February 20 Anniversary
Bill & Linda Frick

February 20 Anniversary
Glen & Heidi Couchman

February 21 Birthday
Jean Sykes

February 22 Birthday
Barbara Walsh

February 23 Birthday
Lysiane Giles

February 25 Birthday
Lawson Grant






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