The Weekly Word
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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.

Sympathy is extended to Jana Deakins on
the loss of her mother, Dolores
Squyers.  

A Note From Deacon Tamara

In less than two weeks we will be in the season of Lent. It starts with Ash Wednesday on February 14 th . There will be two services for the imposition of ashes: one at 12:30pm and the second at 6:00pm. There will be no music or Eucharist.

I was asked by the Vestry to provide a Lenten program. I reviewed several options and after a time of prayer and discernment, I decided to have a one-day Lenten Retreat as opposed to a weekly Lenten program. We recently went to one service on Sundays, so we could all be together during this time of transition. A one-day Lenten retreat, on a Saturday, gives us the same opportunity for unity and togetherness.
I have chosen a seasonal resource developed by Living Compass. Living Compass is an organization created by an Episcopal Priest, Scott Stoner, whose focus is on wellness and wholeness. The theme for the retreat will be on Loving with All Our Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind . There is, as their booklet states, "nothing more central to life than loving." During this time of transition and season of introspection we are called to "radically incarnate love in how we relate to God, our neighbor, and ourselves." We are called "to both give and receive love with our whole being."

The day of the retreat is Saturday, March 3rd. The location is the St. Francis Parish Hall. It will begin at 8:30am and end at 3:00pm. 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.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. - Luke 10:27, Deuteronomy 6:5
What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II  
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am
Upcoming Events

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

February 13 : Shrove Tuesday. Our traditional Pancake Supper/Mardi Gras Cajun Cuisine festivities will begin at 5:30pm.

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.

February 15: 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 http://www.lentmadness.org/ 


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

March 3: Lenten Retreat, 8:30am-3:00pm, Parish Hall

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

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
Judy Ludlow & Gail Avots
Ushers:
Bill Frick & Len Henry
Acolyte(s): 
John & Noelle Dieter

Vestry Greeter:
Cindy Allen
Lay Readers
9:30am: Lawson Grant & Pete Fredenburg

Organist: 
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Gail & Andre Avots

Hospitality:
Jerry & Cindy Allen
 

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

FEBRUARY
February 2 Birthday
Jason Culp

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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