St. Francis Weekly                          
 September 10 - September 17, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .


Food for Thought. . .
There, but for the grace of God, go I.  The statement is a familiar one to many, dealing with the sense of our connection to those less fortunate than ourselves.   The saying is often attributed to  the English evangelical preacher and martyr, John Bradford (circa 1510-1555). He is said to have uttered the variant of the expression, "There but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford," when seeing criminals being led to the scaffold.  I don't like the statement for the cosmology that it presents.  Basically, I'm okay because of some divine intervention--grace.  Meanwhile, those with whom I recognize a profound connection are in such a conundrum because, we must assume, the divine has not intervened--god forsakenness as it were.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week
Many of you may have seen this already, but we can all use an extra dose of  Lean on Me  at this time. . . 

For Further Reflection. . .  
To get a better understanding of what DACA has meant to innocent individuals and to the larger society the following is an excellent place to start: 

Speaking of There, but for the grace of God, go I, a piece from Lisa Kelly: A Change of Preposition 
                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, September 9
9:00 AM    Landscaping Morning (Church)
10:00 AM  Choir Rehearsal (Church)
5:00 PM   St. Francis Saturday Night (HC)

Sunday, September 10--Pentecost 13A--Rally Sunday
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Co-Ministers of Music:  Jim Fredericks and Richard Weidlich

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

This Week at a Glance

Monday (11)
1:00 PM  Community Task Force Meeting
6:00 PM Hymn Selecting Group (Meeting Room)

Tuesday (5)
ECCT Clergy Day
2:00 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

Wednesday (13)
Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting

Thursday (14)
4:30 PM  Building One Community Governance Committee
6:30 PM  Prayer Shawl Ministry (Margery Irish's Home)
7:00 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

Saturday (16)
 5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist Begins  (Historic Church)

Sunday (17)  Pentecost 15A
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
2:00 PM Long Ridge Cemetery Memorial Service
4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People
4:00 PM  Interfaith Choir Concert (Union Baptist Church)
Save the Date

Wednesday, September 20 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Thursday, September 21
Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, September 21 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Saturday, September 23 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Kitty Cooper Memorial Service

Saturday, September 23 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Sunday, September 24 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Miles for a Mission Road Race

Saturday, September 30
Yom Kippur

Saturday, September 30 @ 9:00 AM (Meeting Room)
Altar Guild Breakfast

Saturday, September 30 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Sunday, October 1 @ 8AM & 10AM
Feast of St. Francis Pet Blessing

Sunday, October 1 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:   Hillbilly Elegy 

Wednesday, October 4 @ Noon
Rectors of SW CT Meeting

Thursday, October 5 @ 6:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday, October 7 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Saturday, October 14 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Sunday, October 15 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, October 15 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Saturday, October 21 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Sunday, October 22 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Sounds Good Concert:   Gunsmoke

Saturday, October 21 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Saturday, October 28 @ 6:00PM  (315 Mill Road, New Canaan)
Home Eucharist
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