Why Do We Worship The Way We Do?
This Sunday, February 16, after both services, led by Jude+
Do you ever wonder why some cross themselves, or kneel, or sit or stand during worship? Do you ever wonder why the service is organized the way it is or why certain people say certain things? Do you wonder what happened to using the prayer book and the hymnal? Or, more importantly, are you curious about how the theology of worship has shifted over the last 30 years? Come along to Jude+'s meetings to find out!
Office Closed Monday February 17 for Presidents' Day
Pancakes Next Sunday!
February 25 is “Shrove Tuesday”, so join us on Sunday 23, after both services, when the Youth Group will be making and serving pancakes, sausages and toppings. The Mardis Gras atmosphere will clue us in that Ash Wednesday is February 26.
Girl Scout Cookies for Military Outreach
Collection Dates - now through February 23; Packing Day is Sun, Feb 23, noon to 3:00 p.m. St Lawrence Martyr Parish Hall
It is that time again! As well as Girl Scout cookies, please donate items from this list! Or sponsor a box mailing for $18.00 per box.
Questions? Contact Susie Zimmerman.
A Men's Corner: Connecting With Other Men at St. Francis
Wednesday, Feb 19, 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! Contact Hank.
Meet Judge Elizabeth Allen White!
Next Thursday, Feb 20th at 11:30 a.m., Parish Hall—light lunch followed by talk
The SAGES Speaker Series is pleased to announce that Judge Elizabeth Allen White will address all interested parishioners and those from our community. Judge White, who lives across the street from St. Francis, will speak about her career and about her work with the National Association of Women Judges.
A heartfelt thank you to parishioner and lawyer Dick Briggs for arranging for Judge White to speak to our community! To RSVP please sign up in the church office or email Hank.
A Need:
Do you have a spare room to rent or to offer for in-kind help for someone who needs a place to live? If so, please let Paula+ know and she will share the details..
Free Workshop for parents of anxious young adults ages 16-29
Releasing Anxiety - 3 tools to help young adults be more courageous, engaged and calm - Tuesday February 18, 7-9 p.m., board room
In this workshop you will learn how to unhook from the inner critic, explore how to be more joyful and brave and engage in activities that matter. The workshop is interactive with activities designed to help you learn. Refreshments served.
RSVP required - Alison Houghton 310-218-8431
Taize candles
The Night Before Ash Wednesday - Taizé Service of Healing & Wholeness
Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.
Join us again for our Taizé service of healing, filled with music and candlelight. You also have the option for intercessory prayer with a Prayer team leader. We pray that the time will be a healing comfort for whatever you face or hold in your heart.
Camp Stevens - Registration Is Now Open...
...for summer camp, family camp, and wilderness trips!
Go to http://campstevens.org/summer/ for everything you need to know.
Other News, and Coming Up!
Lent Begins February 26
Ash Wednesday Services Are:
  • 12:10 p.m. Chapel—Holy Eucharist - Rite II
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.—Ashes to Go, Malaga Cove Market
  • 7:00 p.m. Chapel—Holy Eucharist - Rite II with Choir
What Is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is a central part of the season of Lent among many Christian groups. Lent is a religious time period of 40 days before Easter. The purpose of Lent is to draw people’s focus to prayer, repentance, and renewal of faith. The 40 days are representative of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted. We are marked with ashes on Ash Wednesday because ashes symbolize that humans were created from dust, and will return to dust and ash when they die. This belief, however, is offset by the belief that the death of Christ allowed for people to be more than simply dust; it allowed for an eternal life in heaven, outside the body!
Laugh Zone - Karaoke - Magic
Saturday Feb. 22nd 6:00- 9:00 p.m., Parish Hall
Your LAUGH ZONE TEAM is gearing up for another fun event featuring Karaoke with “ Good Vibrayshuns ” & Magic with Brandon Achers! Calling all high school & young adults with special needs! Enjoy a night of food n’ fun with old & new friends! No pressure– no obligation, just a cool opportunity to spice up a typical Saturday night. Get inspired...join us! It’s going to be the best time you’ve had this year…no Joke!! Please RSVP to laughzone@yahoo.com to secure your seat. $1.00 donation at door. Download a flyer here.
Diocesan Program to Reduce Carbon Impact
To learn more about reducing carbon impact, conserving energy and saving money, go to www.sustainislandhome.org. You can sign up as a member of St Francis, and then choose from a great selection of easy actions you can take to help preserve and repair a safe and clean planet. On March 1 we will talk about this in the boardroom - watch for more details.
Scholarship Outreach - Designs for Dining
Friday, March 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Our Designs for Dining invitations are available for you to pick up at church after services, or in the church office. We don't mail invitations to the parishioners in order to save postage. If you can't make it to church and need one mailed to you, call the church office and we mail one to you. Also, think of friends and neighbors that you might want to give an invitation to - the committee is planning a very fun day, with speakers, boutiques, silent auction (including a 6 days, 6 night photo safari to South Africa - with 2 game drives a day included). Delicious food is included throughout the day, including a light lunch, all as part of the ticket price, $45 in advance and $50 at the door.
Last Chance – Chez Melange
Chez Melange restaurant in Redondo Beach will be closing at the end of this month after 37 years in business. Chef Robert Bell has supported our St. Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund and our annual event, Designs for Dining, for 13 years by speaking at our fundraiser and donating sensational dinners for 12 at Chez Melange with accompanying wines. Some of our parishioners have been lucky winners.

Anyone interested in going to a St. Francis night at Chez Melange to show our support, please email Cheryl Gutierrez or call 310 621-3532. Thinking of Friday night, February 21 or 28 - pending availability in the restaurant.

Chef Bell will be speaking at Designs For Dining again this year on March 6, 2020 regarding his 37 years at the restaurant. This year his donation is dinner for 12 with accompanying wines at his other restaurant, Mama Terano. Chef Bell has a new restaurant opening on March 1 in Redondo Beach called Pacific Standard Prime.
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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