Christmas Caroling Round the Fire!
This Sunday, December 8, 4:30 p.m. 
Caroling, hot chocolate, s’mores, cider, etc. Gather around our fire pit in front of the church for an evening of singing Christmas carols, fun and fellowship! Dress warmly! 
Come learn about "fair trade" with Ten Thousand Villages
This Sunday, December 8, after both services
Ten Thousand Villages, an organization promoting a "fair trade" economy with a store in the Riviera Village, will feature their items for sale as well as offer a presentation on fair trade after both services. Please visit their table to browse through their fabulous selection of jewelry, clothing, chocolate, coffee and tea for Christmas shopping. Fair trade practices offer sustainable and equitable wages to those in developing countries to help promote well-being and economic development.
You Are Invited! St. Anne’s Guild Annual Christmas Auction
Monday, December 9, 6:30 p.m., Board Room
Fundraiser for St. Anne’s Outreach Giving. All Welcome - enjoy a fun evening!
Bible Study For Today
Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m. Tacos; Bible Study 7:00-8:30 p.m.— Board Room
Join me, Rev. Jude, for our second Tuesday of the month encounter with the Bible - our exploration of Exodus will continue. We’ll study it. We’ll ask hard questions. And we’ll explore how it is a living document for us today. Since Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays, and since Bible Study requires nourishment, Tacos will accompany our Bible Study!
Christmas A Men's Corner: Connecting With Other Men at St. Francis
Next Wednesday, December 11, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. at The Corner Bakery, 1868 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach.
Canon Hank Gatlin hosts this monthly fellowship time for men. Come connect with other men at St. Francis, join in each other's spiritual journey over a meal or cup of coffee. Let us know if you can join us—or just stop by!
Meeting the Episcopal Church for the First Time - Jesus more than a Christmas Baby
Sunday 15 December, after both services, Board Room
led by Paula+, Jude, and Hank
Come to this timely Adult Christian Formation session to deepen your Advent journey and remember what is truly at the heart of the Christmas message.
Remember to Return Your Pledge Cards
It's that time of year! In order to plan our ministries and programs for 2020, it's very important that we have an accurate idea of our pledge income, so you can really help by returning your pledge cards - or even by becoming a new pledger - which means you pledge to give a certain amount in the coming year. Pledging can be adjusted during the year if circumstances necessitate, and you can give electronically either weekly or monthly. Click here to find out more.
Download a card here, and return it to the church office as soon as you can. Your generosity matters - it's what enables St Francis to proclaim the Good News, within and beyond our walls.
Celebrate and Honor Family and Friends This Christmas
Contribute to the Christmas flowers and/or music which make St Francis an extra-special place at Christmas-time, and have your dedication printed in our Christmas bulletins! Give thanks, remember, and be glad!
Other News, and Coming Up!
Sages On The Move For Christmas
Come celebrate Christmas with the Sages on Thursday, December 12th. 
We will meet at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center (5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes/Tel: 310-377–4867) for an 11:30 a.m. Docent led tour of their crèche sets from around the world followed by lunch at the retreat center. Every year the tour focuses on some aspect of the Christmas story which gives insight into the narrative. This year the focus will be on Joseph, an often overlooked character. Joseph was the reason the Holy Family was in Bethlehem and, in his role as protector, helped navigate the perilous early years. The reduced cost for the docent tour and lunch will be $10 per person. Please sign up in the church office and contact Hank if you have any questions.
Pottery Barn Christmas Shopping Fun Trip
Friday, December 13, 9:00 am (one hour before store opens)
Support the St Francis Scholarship Outreach Fund
Come along to a private hour in the store, with refreshments and discounts. A perfect prelude to all the Christmas festivities. Questions? Contact Cheryl Gutierrez.
Invite, Welcome & Connect invites YOU to be a part of this hospitable and special parish ministry.
We are looking for engaging, welcoming, friendly people (which means everyone at St. Francis is eligible) to gather on the patio, the boardroom, or under the arches on Sunday mornings to welcome and engage newcomers to St. Francis. We will plan to meet quarterly, as needed, and we will have Welcome Conversations in the board room twice a year. 
Part of what makes St Francis parish so special is the warm welcome, Christian fellowship and our “Big Family” atmosphere. To be “Welcomed” as part of this fun ministry, contact Hank Gatlin. Thank you and Godspeed!
You Are Invited to the Ordination to the Priesthood, of Judith Forman Lyons
Saturday, January 11, 10:00 a.m.
Your prayers and presence are requested for the above. Reception to follow.
Bring Joy to Harbor Interfaith - Christmas Food and Toy Drive
Click here for full details. All food and toys for Christmas can be dropped off in the office. Thank you all for your generosity and support of this annual holiday collection effort! 
Vestry Nomination Time!
Please pray about nominating yourself or someone else to be on our Vestry, the governing board of our parish.We share in the mission and leadership of our parish through our variety of gifts. Please talk to one of the Vestry members or Paula+ about this rewarding service.
(The Vestry meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and is a 3 year commitment. Election of 4 new Vestry members will take place at our January Annual Meeting.) Gratefully, Paula+
Ongoing Spiritual Groups
Meditation Group - Thursday Mornings, 9:30—10:30 a.m. in the main sanctuary. No charge. Come and sit quietly with God for half an hour—however you choose to do that—followed by half an hour of bite-sized Bible Study and great conversation. All are welcome! No experience necessary! Drop-in when you can!
Yoga - Monday and Wednesday mornings 9-10:30am. All Levels Hatha (open to the public, free will offering). Contact Jill Lynch for more info.
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