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                          St. Francis Weekly                          
March 12 - March 19, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .
Food for Thought. . .
From our first mid-week Lenten Worship. . .
Welcome to Lent, and may your Lenten journey be one that is filled with blessings and grace. Given the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther starting the Reformation, we thought it would be good to look at the small catechism during our Lenten gatherings. The catechism includes instruction for the Apostles' Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, Baptism, and Eucharist.  It may seem a bit outdated to some, and, perhaps for others, there is a good deal of motivated forgetting inspired by a less than inspiring confirmation experience.  However, the catechism may be, as they say, just what the doctor ordered.  Indeed, the very reason that Martin Luther developed the catechism was for a guide to parents in raising their children in the 16th century.  (When we think that there was some golden age of belief, these artifacts from our history remind us that communities have always struggled with belief, practice, and living together.)   To read more, click here. . .
    Link of the Week

Apropos on many levels.  Thank you, BBC. . .

For Further Reflection. . .
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Weekly Schedule

Saturday, March 11
9:00 AM     Prison Ministry
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)
8:00 PM       Curtain Call Inc. is proud to present,  for the 8th consecutive                   year:   An evening with Frank Mastrone!
                    Featuring musical director/pianist  Frank Spitznagel  with   Soprano  Krista                         Adams-Santilli,  Violinist   Darwin Shen  &  Gabe Nappi   on Drums
                    @  The Kweskin Theatre   @ Sterling Farms

Sunday, March 12--Lent 2A
8:00 AM       Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Edrice Viechweg
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
                      Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

10:00 AM    Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher: Edrice Viechweg
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
                      Deacon:  Edrice Viechweg
                      Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

11:15 AM    Book Club:   The Intimate Merton-- Pursuing the Monks True Life 
                                                                              (pp. 102- 154) (Church)

4:00 PM       Cross and Crescent Conversation with Am. Institute of Islamic & Arabic                       Studies  (Church)
  
This Week at a Glance

Monday (13)
Clergy Day Off

Wednesday (15)
10:15 AM Presentation at DOMUS on Spirituality
Noon Stamford Clergy Meeting
6:30 PM  Midweek Lenten Soup and Bread Meal (St. John's Lutheran)
7:00 PM  Midweek Lenten Evening Prayer and Reflection on The Ten Commandments  (St. John's Lutheran)
7:30 PM Vestry (Meeting Room)

 Friday (17)
Evening   Parish Lenten Retreat Begins (Holy Cross Monastery)

Saturday (18)
Parish Lenten Retreat  (Holy Cross Monastery)
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Church)

 Sunday (19)  Lent 3A
Parish Lenten Retreat  (Holy Cross Monastery)
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist 
(Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:00 AM  Book Club:   The Intimate Merton-- Pursuing the Monks True Life 
(pp. 102- 154) (Church)
4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)

Save the Date

Wednesday, March 22 @ 2:00 PM
Building and Grounds Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 22 @ 6:30 PM
Midweek Lenten Program --  The Lord's Prayer 
(St. John's Lutheran Church)

Thursday, March 23 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Hymn Selection Group

Sunday, March 26 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Lenten Book Club:  The Intimate Merton--The Pivotal Years (pp. 155 - 210) 

Wednesday, March 29 @ 6:30 PM
Midweek Lenten Program-- Baptism  
(St. John's Lutheran Church)

Thursday, March 30 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Sunday, April 2 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Lenten Book Club:   The Intimate Merton--
Exploring Solitude and Freedom (pp. 269 - 313) 

Monday, April 3  @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)  
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, April 5 @ 6:30 PM
Interfaith Council Program:  Interfaith Seder (Grace Farms)

Sunday, April 9 @ 8 & 10 AM  Palm Sunday

Saturday, April 8 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting

Sunday, April 9 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Lenten Book Club:   The Intimate Merton
Exploring Solitude and Freedom (pp. 269 - 313) 

Wednesday, April 12 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Labyrinth Guided Meditation

Thursday, April 13 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 14 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Good Friday Service

Saturday, April 15 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Easter Egg Event

Saturday, April 15 @ 8:00 PM (Church)
Easter Vigil

Sunday, April 16 @ 7:00 AM (Historic Church)
Easter Service

Sunday, April 16 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Festive Easter Eucharist

Sunday, April 16 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Festive Easter Eucharist

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