The Weekly News
May 10, 2018
The Ascension
Saturday, May 12, 2018
5:00 pm
 Pres ider: Frank Krebs
Homilist:  Frank Krebs
Readers: Sue Self, Karen Diehl
Eucharistic Ministers: Cecelia Ann Loomer, Andy Lenzen, Kristie Lenzen
Sacristan: Mary Vonderheide
Location: 204 East Lockwood, 63119
Sunday, May 13, 2018
9:00 am
Presider:  Frank Krebs
Homilist:  Frank Krebs
Sacristan: Elizabeth Seitz
Location:  Mead Center, 1 7 Selma Avenue, 63119
Save the Date
Social Justice, Pizza
and a Movie
 
Mark your calendars for June 9 (after Mass) for viewing of The Brainwashing of My Dad (2015), snacks and pizza, discussion and fellowship. Filmmaker Jen Senko explores the radical change of her once Democratic father to an angry right-wing fanatic. The transformation occurs over years after his immersion in talk radio in his car and the constant blare of FOX News at home. Senko chronicles with facts and respected media observers how an extreme right wing ideology and media has clandestinely developed and implemented for decades a phenomenon which has divided families and America with a narrative not in their own best interest.
Derby Hats

The Derby Hat competition went on as scheduled last weekend. Marty, Barbara, Mary Ellen and Charlie were all in the running. The competition was fierce, but in the end, Mary Ellen won by a nose.
Tithing Grants Awarded
 
As a parish, we donate 10% of our collections to worthy causes. We do this as an act of faith, trusting that, in doing this, we will still be able to meet our financial needs.
 
Over the past several months, nominations for grant recipients were submitted and voted upon by our SCF Community, and as a result the following grants will be awarded:
 
  • Food Outreach - $1,000
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged - $1,000
  • Microfinancing Partners in Africa - $300
  • Missouri Interfaith Power and Light - $250
  • Peace Tree Spirituality Center - $900
  • Peter & Paul Community Services - $1,000
  • Women in Charge - $900
 
We will receive nominations again during July, vote during September and award grants in October.
 
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the process for awarding tithing grants, please contact Marilyn Tenholder ( tithing@stsclareandfrancis.org , 314.323.1467 or 314.842.5089) or Clarence Heller ( clarenceheller@gmail.com , 314.258.9066).
Alternative Liturgy Experiment

The Greek translation of the word liturgy is “work of the people.” The work of the liturgy experiment is to engage sources of the traditional Mass with those of Sts. Clare & Francis today. The culmination of this process could be an additional Eucharistic liturgy held one time per month.

If you feel called to be a part of this experiment or want to talk further, please call/text Kristie Lenzen at 314.691.5051.
Book Club

Kay Schmitt is offering a book club opportunity to all our members. If you are interested, please contact Kay by email ( kayschmitt105@gmail.com ) or while visiting at church.
Sacristans Assistance Needed

The Sacristan ministry is in need of assistance in two areas:

If you are interested in serving as a sacristan on Sundays at Mead Center, we would love for you to join us! The work is not difficult and one of the current sacristans would train you. Plus, there are always people at Mass who are willing to assist in putting things away.

We could also use help on Saturdays from people who are able to move furniture needed to set up the sanctuary at Peace for SCF's liturgy. If you could arrive about ten minutes early or stay about ten minutes after Mass to assist in this effort, it would be sincerely appreciated by those who dedicate their time each week ensuring that everything is ready for our community to worship together.

If you can assist in either of these areas, please contact Kathy Grewe at  dlbklg8075@sbcglobal.net  or 314.894.7101 or Mary Vonderheide at mary.vonderheide@sbcglobal.net or 314.805.2087.
Homilies

Hear Jim Schratz' homily from May 5:


The text of archived homilies can be found here .
  random sightings
 wisdom...reflection...insight...amusement
Telescope
Sponsored by Friends...
Tree House
Bioenergetics Workshop: Healthy Anger
June 2, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Registration required by May 28, 2018
For a flyer, click here .


Prayer Circles  
 
First Wednesday of the month
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Sts. Clare & Francis Ecumenical Catholic Community
204 E. Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, 63119

Third Wednesday of the month
1:00 - 2:30 pm
Library Headquarters
East Room
St. Louis County Library
1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard
Frontenac, MO 63131

Mercy Center

JUST Listening: Listening as the Ultimate Act of Justice
Saturday, May 12, 2018

We live at a time where civil discourse is necessary for peacemaking and community building. Come learn new skills for the type of listening- deep listening- which is required for effective discourse. Mercy Conference and Retreat Center, 2039 N. Geyer Rd., 9:00am-1:00pm. This workshop is free of charge thanks to sponsorship from the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, South Central Community Justice Office. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information/registration:  mercycenterstl.org.


Embracing the Seasons of our Lives: A Quiet Spring Retreat 
Monday, May 21-Saturday, May 26

Carol Mucha, RSM will lead retreatants through a sacred and grace-filled opportunity to look back on their lives as a progression through the seasons of life.
For more information/registration:  mercycenterstl.org
Parish Council News

To see Parish Council meeting minutes or the Parish Constitution and Bylaws, click the appropriate link:




 
Members 
(click name to contact by e-mail)


The monthly meetings of the Parish Council are open to all SCF members. The Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:45 pm in one of the Peace UCC classrooms. If you have a question for the Parish Council or just want to learn how it operates, you are encouraged to attend a meeting.
Finance Committee






Members 
(click name to contact by e-mail) :

Jim Schneider Chair
Prayer List
The Sts. Clare & Francis Prayer list is available for you to share prayer requests from you to your sisters and brothers who are walking this faith journey with you. Praying for one another when there are specific needs is one of the greatest ministries we can provide to one another. But, we cannot pray for events and happenings that we do not know about. Please share your prayers requests with the community. You can be as specific or general as you would like. Contact Jim Schratz with all prayer requests.
Caring Ministry
The Caring Ministry at Sts. Clare & Francis brings the loving presence of God, through a caring companion on the journey, when life is difficult. When we find ourselves struggling with illness, grief, depression, relationships, stress, the Caring Ministry is a supportive and listening presence - not counseling or problem solving. Don't go it alone; contact Sue Self or one of our priests to find out more, and see if it's a fit for you. We want to care for you.
  All Saints ECC
Our Mission Church
 
We meet at:
Trinity United Church of Christ
47 North Douglas Avenue
Belleville, IL 62220
 
Our Metro East ECC Mission Church meets every Sunday at 9:30 am. 
Our chapel is in the lower level of Trinity UCC.
 
Directions from St. Louis: 
Hwy. 64 East to Exit 12; 
RIGHT onto #159/IL St. Continue 5 miles to Douglas Ave.
(railroad crossing)
LEFT on Douglas Ave. to church.
 
For information, contact:
Rev. Frank Krebs (314.740.1160) or Rev. Kay Schmitt (314.620.9511). Contact Kay if you wish to ride with her.
All are welcome.
General Info

Want to get connected and involved? Start by taking a look at our  Ministries Brochure  or check out our website at www.scfecc.org
  
The Parish Office  is located at Eden Theological Seminary, 483 East Lockwood, Suite 3, St. Louis, MO 63119.  
Frank  or Jim are available for appointments. You can also reach Frank at 314.740.1160 or Jim at 314.896.0125.
 
To Schedule Meetings at Peace UCC:
 
Contact Kelly, the church secretary, to get it on their calendar.   
314.968.1727
 
Matthew 25
The Matthew 25 Fund helps members in our community who need financial assistance. All information concerning the people with whom we work is held in the strictest confidence. If you would like to contribute to this fund, make your check payable to Matthew 25, and place it in the collection basket. If you need assistance from the fund, contact  Peggy Montgomery
 
We have a SafeChurch Policy to protect our children and other vulnerable populations .
The Sts. Clare & Francis
Lands’ End Store
In partnership with Lands’ End, you can now purchase clothing and other items embroidered with the Sts. Clare & Francis logo (below). Just follow the link above. If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne.schloemann@gmail.com .  
Fundraising

Please keep our Schnucks E-Scrip fund raiser in mind when you shop. If you don't already have an E-Scrip card, please call Marilyn Tenholder (314.323.1467) and she will get one to you. There is no charge and all you have to do is activate it by either a phone call or by going online. Simply show the card when you check out and a percentage of your purchase cost will be rebated back to Sts. Clare & Francis. Thank you!!
Sts. Clare & Francis offers information about other organizations and activities that we feel is useful or relevant to our members and to the public. As an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) organization, Sts. Clare & Francis is required to abide by certain rules. Sts. Clare & Francis is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Sts. Clare & Francis is also prohibited from devoting a substantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation. As a result of these rules, we do not specifically endorse these organizations or activities nor do they specifically represent the views of Sts. Clare & Francis, to the extent that doing so would jeopardize Sts. Clare & Francis' standing as a Section 501(c)(3) organization.
If you have an item that you wish to submit for publication in the Weekly News, please send it to Steve Campbell  no later than noon on Wednesday of the week you would like it to appear. If you cannot send an e-mail, you may call or text Steve at 314.603.9991.
Sts. Clare & Francis ECC
Church : 204 East Lockwood Avenue | St. Louis | MO|63119
Office : 483 East Lockwood Ave. | Suite 3 | St. Louis | MO | 63119