The Lord Bless You and Keep You

During the dark days of World War II as men went off to war, one song provided hope and encouragement to millions: Vera Lynn’s, "We’ll Meet Again".

"We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when
But I know we'll meet again some sunny day."

As Annette and I take our leave from St Francis, we depart with that same sense of sadness and joy. We are sad to leave you but also rejoice that we have finished our course believing that great days are coming for this community. Thank you for all the love and support you have given to me and my family. We say farewell but know that there is no such thing as a goodbye for a Christian, only “till we meet again.” As Vera Lynn’s song gave hope to soldiers and families, so this hymn speaks of our Christian hope:

God be with you till we meet again; by his counsels guide, uphold you,
with his sheep securely fold you; God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’ feet.
Till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again.

So, the Sather family says, “God bless you, we’ll see you later!” Glory be to God!

This Sunday - Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday January 29, 11:15, Parish Hall - ONE service only. ONE SERVICE ONLY - No 8am this week.
Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held at the end of this month, on Rev. Jerry's last Sunday. We will review the state of the Parish, our activities from 2022, and elect new Vestry members. We hope you can be there. FREE Childcare will be provided.

Potluck! We’re back in person this year (Hooray!) so please bring your favorite dish according to your last name: A - G dessert, H - P main dish, Q - Z salad or side dish. Questions? — contact Mary Deley or Kathy Compton.
Sunday February 5!!!
Our New Rector - The Reverend Jason Shelby
Sunday February 5 will be his first time leading our worship.
Please welcome him!
Our new Rector will be on his way to us very soon. The Reverend Jason Shelby will be arriving from Mississippi, with his family, at the end of January. Just 4 weeks away!

His very first service at St. Francis will be on Sunday February 5.
We hope as many as possible will be there on that day to welcome the Shelby family, and start the process of getting to know each other.

In the meantime, please hold them in your prayers as they negotiate the challenges of a long distance move and transition to a new Parish.
Prayer Vigil In San Gabriel
To Remember Victims Of Lunar New Year Shootings
This Sunday - Jan 29, 4pm
Church of Our Saviour, 535 W. Roses Road, San Gabriel, invites the community to a candlelight service of prayer and remembrance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 for victims of the Lunar New Year shooting incidents... Read more.
Save the Date! St. Teresa's Chinese New Year!
Next Saturday, Feb 4, 6 - 8pm, Parish Hall
This is the year you are once again invited to the St Teresa’s Chinese New Year Event! Chinese Food, wine and other beverages, plus LIVE and Chance Auctions! Fun! Tickets on sale at coffee hours. Contact for information: Robin Pano.

$10 Advance Purchase, $13 At the Door
Kids Under 4 are FREE!
Save the Date! The Antiques Show is back!
Information meeting Sunday Feb 19, 11:30am, library
After several cancellations, we are pleased to announce that St. Francis will host the 52nd Annual Palos Verdes Antiques Show and Sale June 1-3, with an Opening Night Party on Wednesday evening, May 31. Over the past 50 years, the annual Antiques Show has raised more than a half million dollars that has supported the Mission and Outreach Ministries of St. Francis Parish. This show is one of the longest-running charity antiques shows in California. Produced by the Episcopal Church Women of St. Francis Church, the Show is run and staffed by parishioners and volunteers. Come to the meeting to hear our ideas, share your own or just find out how you can help! 

Sundays - Holy Communion
8:00 a.m. - Rite I in-person worship in the Chapel, with hymns. This service is not live-streamed.

10:00 a.m. - Rite II in-person worship in the main church with music. Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and available for watching later.

Please contact Kristina Pelá to arrange for a Lay Eucharistic Minister to safely bring you communion.

Yoga with Jill!
A spiritual mind and body practice!
  • Mondays 11:15am - 1:00pm - Level 1/2 Hatha Yoga
  • Wednesdays 9:00-10:30am Level 1 Gentle Yoga
Parish Hall. No set fees - classes are free-will offering. Questions? Jill Fenske

Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am in our church sanctuary has re-started; masks optional. Please join us for meditation, followed by a time of conversation.
Note: Meditation is on hiatus over Christmas - we'll be back on January 12.
Contact - Susie Zimmerman
Coffee Hour Ministry
It's quick and easy to sign up - just pick a day. More than one person or household can sign up on the same day, so you don't have to be on your own.
  • We'll show you what to do.
  • We reimburse expenses.
Sunday School

Bring your children to Sunday School for our wonderful Montessori-based, Godly Play curriculum.
Godly Play makes meaning through story, wonder, and play. Nurturing spiritual lives by honoring the centrality, competency, and capacity of children. You and your children will be blessed by these teachings.
Remember - the Parish Directory is Online
Need someone's email, or even map directions to their home?
The password is Romans12:4-5
Bookmark the link on your phone or computer and let your browser save the password and you will always be up to date with information!
In a later email we will tell you how to access the Member Portal so you can edit details of your own listing.
Need Help of Any Kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, or Material?

We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances can be difficult at any time. For help of any kind, or just a phone call, please email or call Jerry+ .

Enews Submission Deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesdays
Enews is sent weekly on Thursday afternoons: email Susan with your requests.
Staff Directory
Office main line - 310 375 4617
The Rev. Jerry Sather 310-594-7984 - Priest in Charge (Interim)
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416 - Director of Music
Claire Erbeznik 310-375-4617 - Office Administrator & Receptionist
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427 - Communications Specialist
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268 - Business Manager

You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!