June 2021

 The Monthly Newsletter of 
St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church
689 Sugartown Road, Malvern, PA 19355
The Rev. Kevin Dellaria, Rector
The Rev. Diane E. Faison, Deacon 
Mr. Joe Perry, Music Director
Our Vision:  
We aspire to be a growing community, worshiping together, celebrating our diversity & lay ministries, and offering God's healing love to all people.
Our Mission: 
We seek to foster spiritual growth & renewal while spreading God's message of love, healing and peace.
A Deep Breath and a Long Summer

The month of June is sweeping in with a lot of excitement and anticipation. For the first time in over a year we are starting to take big steps toward post-virus life. People are feeling safe again. I won't say there is a sense of "normalcy" returning, but rather a sense of liberation. Many of us feel like we can take a good, deep breath again. Thanks be to God!

At St. Francis, we are sharing in that palpable sense of "opening up". This Sunday, June 6, we will finally be fully open again. We'll be able to sing together again; to fellowship again; to feel the full sense of Christian community. There is a feeling of "spaciousness" that's coming with the sense of safety, and that space is meant to be filled with the people of God. And while there will still be some guidelines to protect the unvaccinated, and changes to the way we have done things in the past, the main thing is that we can return to full purpose as a congregation: to worship, learn, and encourage one another in the faith.

I realize that some people will remain cautious for a while, and others will be taking vacations, going to the shore, etc. I'll be out for a while myself, coming up later this month. But I hope as many people as possible will "test the waters" this summer by coming to worship when they can. We will be experimenting with a shorter, outside service at 9:00 am on Sundays (weather permitting), as well as our usual 10:00 am. We will also be continuing to stream our 10 am services each and every Sunday. Although w e have learned and continue to learn to use technology effectively, Holy Eucharist as a gathered community is still the center of our life as Episcopalians, so I hope to see each and every one of you at least once this summer.

One more note: It's bittersweet to share with you that Grace and Ted Wingfield are leaving St. Francis, as Grace pursues a wonderful career opportunity in South Carolina. Ted and Grace have been active members, visionary leaders, and good friends to me and many of you. For the last few months, Grace has been serving as the Rector's Warden for St. Francis, and she has done an excellent job. (As I knew she would!) We wish Grace and Ted every blessing in God!

As of June 1st, Grace is stepping down as Rector's Warden, and I am pleased to announce that Dan Goff has graciously agreed to step up as interim Rector's Warden, effective immediately. Dan has been an active member of St. Francis for many years, and is currently in the 3rd year of consecutive Vestry service. He will finish out Grace's term.

I will be on vacation June 14 to July 3, with a week of continuing education following. I will be back at St. Francis on July 10. During my absence, the Rector's Warden (Dan) is in charge of the parish. Our Deacon and Parish Administrator, the Rev. Diane Faison, will also be available.

Blessings to all. Have great summer!

Fr. Kevin+

For the calendar of events, please click the link below to the website.

Our Graduates!

Jason Fernandes, son of Tony and Sharon Fernandes, will receive his JD with High Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School on June 12th. Jason is a 2011 graduate of Great Valley High School, and a 2015 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to attending law school, he worked for a start-up in New York City, and the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. After taking the bar exam, he will return to DC in the fall to work for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency under the Treasury Department.

Ryan Lenkaitis, son of Mike and Susan Lenkaitis, is graduating from Unionville High School and attending Temple University in the fall. He will be majoring in Environmental Studies and Policy.

Scott and Sherri Lewis proudly announce the graduation of their son, Connor Lewis, from Great Valley High School on June 4th, 2021.

Nate Comfort, son of Bert Comfort and Amy Duling, is graduating from Great Valley HS & will attend Temple University’s Klein College of Media & Communications in the Fall.

Jayden Richards, son of Ashley Podracky, is excited about graduating from Great Valley High School. His favorite activities included playing on the lacrosse team and participating in two church youth groups. During the summer, he plans to travel with his family and relax on the beach. He will be attending Penn State in the fall majoring in Physics. 
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Phase 2 Renovations Update
Our Warful construction team is moving along according to schedule and remains on target for completion by the end of June.  Hopefully many of you have had a chance to take a peek inside at the progress!  Much of the HVAC work and lower-level renovations are completed, with the exception of our new flooring. Over the next few weeks, focus will shift to the upper level. As a reminder, the existing library and nursery will be switched, and the bathroom reconfigured to face the hallway. All these areas include new flooring and paint, as well as upgrades to the bathroom fixtures.

We are both pleased and grateful to report that 51% of expected 2021 Capital Campaign pledge payments have been received so far.  That said, payments do tend to drop off during the summer months, which will coincide with hefty invoices as construction wraps up. We appreciate your staying as current as possible with your pledges.
Garden News

We took 40 pounds of spinach, white salad turnips and two types of radishes to the West Chester Food Cupboard. All the produce was picked and packaged so it may be given to people immediately. The spinach is in individual bags and all the other produce is rinsed and bundled. Total so far this year is 49.5 pounds. 
The spinach will soon come to an end. Don Huggins planted some summer squash and jalapeno peppers. The Chester County Food Bank will make another distribution of seedlings for late spring planting. The key is watering by many volunteers. Thank you.

Mahala Renkey

Pickleball is Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 in the parking lot at St. Francis.

“Friends and Fellowship”, Friday, June 4th, 6-8pm outside in the courtyard at St Francis. Raindate: Saturday June 5th. All adults are invited to join our first fellowship event in over a year.

Bring your own beverage, bottled water will be provided. Please bring an appetizer or sweet treat for sharing. Because of health and safety concerns please ensure that all food is prepared in individual portions to avoid cross contamination. Sign up is preferred.

A link to SignUp Genius has been sent out via Constant Contact.
Ushers & Greeters

Indoor at 10 am and Outdoor at 9 am in person services are ongoing and Ushers and Greeters are needed. This is a distinguished and important ministry.

If you are interested and feel safe in this calling as an usher or greeter please contact John Stearns at, Tony Fernandes at or Mike Quinn at

Please indicate if you would be an usher or greeter for outside services and/or indoor services.
Lectionary Bible Study

Lectionary Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10 am on Zoom to pray and discuss the readings for the following Sunday. The Zoom link is on the website, and is also sent out on a Constant Contact email to the congregation.   All are welcome.
Vestry Meeting

The next Vestry meeting is Tuesday, June 8 at 7 pm.

The HS Youth Group will meet Sunday,June 6 from 5 till 6:30 p.m. The High School Youth Group will meet in the narthex.

Deacon Diane
Altar Flowers

Did you know that you can dedicate the Sunday Altar Flowers in honor of a friend or family member, in remembrance of a loved one, or for some other special recognition?

Altar Flower dedications are just $50.00, and helps provide a fresh arrangement each week.

The form for dedicating Altar Flowers can be found on our parish website,
Want to know more about us?

St. Francis-in-the-Fields is an active parish, even during COVID-19. For more information about our worship, outreach, and other ministries, visit our parish website, Our monthly parish newsletter, Fieldnotes, may be found by clicking HERE. Stay current on events by following our parish on Facebook.

Our Global Communion

St. Francis-in-the-Fields is a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, a member of The Episcopal Church, and part of the worldwide Anglican Communion