St. Francis Weekly                      
February 18 - February 25, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
                                                                          --Casey Gerald, Gospel of Doubt


Food for Thought. . .
The following is a statement from the Interfaith Council regarding the heinous killing of youth in Florida.  May we work to change our culture that continues to create such violence.

The Board of the Interfaith Council of Southwestern CT joins hearts and spirit with the families and community of Parkland, Florida in the face of such unspeakable evil.   Seventeen innocent lives have been stolen from us and at least 14 others wounded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  Our schools, which should be sanctuaries for our most prized possession- our children, clearly and sadly, are not.   Our hearts are broken with yours. The Council strongly condemns these violent acts with firearms available to those who should not have them.  Now is exactly the time to discuss mental health services AND responsible gun control.   Let us listen to the voices of the high school students who are insisting the time is now to address this issue and who are looking to adults -- families,  faith communities, and local, state, and national legislators  -- to take responsible and immediate action.  
Link of the Week. . .
An offbeat reflection on photography and Polaroids by Wim Wenders.  It is interesting.
For Further Reflection. . .  
The powerful and prophetic voice of Casey Gerald in, of all things, a TED Talk.  The Gospel of Doubt. . .
                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, February 17
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, February 18--Lent 1B
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: The Rev. Eddie Lopez
                      Preacher:  The Rev. Eddie Lopez
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich
                      Intern:  Brandon Ashcraft
10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                      Celebrant: The Rev. Eddie Lopez
                      Preacher:   The Rev. Eddie Lopez
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich      
Intern:  Brandon Ashcraft

11:15 AM      Marketing Committee (Church)

The Book Club will hold its first Lenten Meeting next week, February 25

No Service for Pets and Their People this Month

This Week at a Glance

Monday (19)
10:00 AM  Miles for a Mission Meeting (Meeting Room)
6:00 PM  Prayer Shawl Ministry (Margery Irish's Home)

Tuesday (20)
3:30 PM  Hymn Selection Group Meeting (Meeting Room)
6:00 PM  Vestry (Rectory)

Wednesday (21)
Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting 
6:15 PM  Soup and Bread Meal (St. John's Lutheran Church)
7:00 PM  Midweek Lenten Evening Prayer (St. John's Lutheran Church)
7:00 PM  Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement Meeting (First Congregational)

Saturday (17)
9:00 AM  Prison Ministry
10:00 AM  Southwest Region of Episcopal Church CT Gathering (Fairfield)
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist (Historic Church)

Sunday (18)  Lent 1B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Book Club:  The Givenness of Things, pages 17-49  (Church)
4:00 PM  Sounds Good Concert:  New York Polyphony (Church)
Save the Date

Wednesday, February 28 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Midweek Lenten Soup & Bread Meal and Evening Prayer at 7PM 

Saturday, March 3 @ 8:30 - Noon (Church)
Breathing Space:  A Morning Contemplative Practice

Saturday, March 3 @ 8:30 AM- 3 PM (St. John's in West Hartford) 
Companions in Mission Conference:  GO!

Saturday, March 3 @ 5:00 PM
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship (Historic Church)

Sunday, March 4 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club Lenten Study:  The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson
( Givenness, pages 73-91)

Wednesday, March 7 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Midweek Lenten Soup & Bread Meal and Evening Prayer at 7PM 

Saturday, March 10
Brandon Ashcraft Ordained to the Diaconate

Saturday, March 10 @ 5:00 PM
St. Francis  Saturday Night Worship (Historic Church)

Sunday, March 11 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
The Rev. Michael Christie Guest Preacher

Sunday, March 11 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club Lenten Study:  The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson
( Fear, pages 124-146)

Wednesday, March 14@ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Midweek Lenten Soup & Bread Meal and Evening Prayer at 7PM 

Sunday, March 18 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club Lenten Study:  The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson
( Realism, pages 273-286)

Wednesday, March 21 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Midweek Lenten Soup & Bread Meal and Evening Prayer at 7PM 

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:00 PM (Grace Farms)
Interfaith Seder
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