Get Connected Sunday!
This Sunday, September 16.  
It's time to kick-off our Fall season after the summer by getting re-connected with old friends, and meeting some new ones!
After the 10 a.m. service, the Friars (men's group) will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, with coleslaw, chips, dessert and all the trimmings!
  • Jumping Castle for the kids,
  • Ministry Council table with information on our ministries
  • Candy guessing jar,
  • Photos (get your update for our photo board and directory), and much more. 
  • Fun! Fun! Fun!
Set-up Help for This Sunday?
We need help setting up tables and chairs before the 10:00 a.m. service, and taking down tables and chairs after the event. If you can help set up, please come at 9:00 a.m. - items will be in the Narthex and we will set up on the patio under the arches. Take down will occur when the event is over, likely around 1:30 p.m.  
Youth are welcome to help and I can sign volunteer forms if that is an incentive! 
Please email me if you can help, or just show up! Thank you!
Mary Deley , Ministry Council Shepherd for Fellowship
“Many hands make light work!”
“Graceful Gratitude - A Book of Holiday Graces”
by Parishioner Elizabeth (Liz) Cantine
On Get Connected Sunday – September 16, Liz will have copies of her book available to buy.
The book includes graces for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter plus a week of any day graces. Thoughtful and meaningful – perfect for gifts! Buy from Amazon, or contact Liz or cell phone 310-874-9940 to order one for you. Liz thanks the St. Francis Church Family for their faith, devotion, and motivation.
St Luke’s Breakfast and Shower Ministry
This Saturday, September 15, 7:30 to approx 9:30 a.m.
The St. Luke's Breakfast and Shower Ministry always loves new volunteers. This fall we will serve breakfast on Saturday, September 15, and again on Saturday, November. 17, starting at 7:30 a.m. This activity is appropriate for families with children of middle-school age or older. St. Luke's is located at 525 East. 7th Street, Long Beach . Email Gayle Taylor at with any questions.
The Great Egg Boil
Friday, September 14 from 6-9:00 p.m. in the kitchen and parish hall.
We'll begin with pizza, salad, and some snacks, followed by boiling 400 eggs for St. Luke's Homeless Feeding Program -- and of course, there will be some time to hang out with friends.
Amanda and Rev. Laurel will look forward to seeing you all on Friday!
Sunday School and Youth Groups Registration Forms
Remember to complete a registration form for each student in our Sunday School and Youth programs:
For questions on content, email Suzanne Gatlin or Rev. Laurel .
Please let Susan Marshall know if you have any technical issues with the form.
Paper registration forms are also be available in the office and at Sunday School and Youth meetings.
Rummage Sale Thank You
Thank you so much to all who helped with the rummage sale. If you donated items, bought something or worked before during or after the sale I send you my thanks. We had our best year so far, we brought in over $12,000 this year. Can we top it next year? Gloria.
Calling All Singers!
The St Francis choir is beginning to work on music for our next Evensong on October 28. Any singers who would like to join in this special music can join the choir from 7:15-8:00 p.m. on Thursdays beginning this week. Call (310) 375 4617 Ext 228, or email Jeannie Cobb with any questions.
Other News, and Coming Up!
Family Dinner & Movie Night!
Friday September 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Ratatouille, chicken cacciatore & mac and cheese for dinner. We will even have some chefs’ hats to wear during the movie! For this one Please sign up in the church office! Everyone welcome to join in on the fun!!
Prayer Workshop
Sunday September 30, Board Room after both services
Do you ever wonder why Deacon Celeste stands in the baptistry during the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist? Or what goes on in the Nason Chapel (i.e., the step-up space to the right of the communion rail) during the 10:00 a.m. service)? (Answer:  Intercessory Prayer!). 
Are you curious about prayer? How we pray? Why we do it? What is the goal? If so, then come join Paula+ and Pastoral Care Shepherd, Kristina Pelá, in the Board Room, for a workshop to be held after both services on Sunday, September 30, to learn more about connecting with God in this way.
Habitat For Humanity
Saturday, November 10, 8:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Once again, God’s people are in need of a good carpenter. St. Francis is very excited to be joining together again with Habitat For Humanity to help build a home for a family in need. Please come be a part of this wonderful event or make a donation to support our Build Day. No construction experience is necessary. The only requirement is a desire to help make a difference in the lives of others.
The house we will be helping to build will be in Los Angeles. We need 15 volunteers from St. Francis for this day. You will be fed, not just spiritually, but physically.Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
To fund our Build Day, the St. Francis community is pledging $2,500 to Habitat For Humanity. Please consider making a donation to this very worthy cause. To help fund raise, the St. Francis community will present the family that will live in the house with an artistic "brick wall". Each brick in this wall will contain the name of a St. Francis donor. Br icks can be purchased for $50. Checks should be made payable to “St. Francis Church” with Habitat for Humanity in the memo section. Please contact Mike Spalding to sign up, or with any questions at (310) 897-3097.
Support Our Seminarians Through the Bishop's Guild
Bishop's Tea here at St Francis Saturday, October 13, 3 – 5 p.m.
It is through prayers and gifts that we support our seminarians today, and provide for the church’s priests and bishops of tomorrow. Some of the seminarians are married, with families, and some are older and have left business positions. Some are young people without sufficient means to complete their studies. Traditionally, the annual Tea and Garden Party is the major fundraising event of the year. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Seminarians as guests of the Bishop’s Guild.St. Francis Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is pleased to host the event this year in partnership with the diocesan ECW Board.
Cost for the Tea is $25 per person paid before October 8, $30 at the door.
Meditation Group Thursday Mornings
Continues - Every Thursday morning 9-10:00 a.m.
Our seminarian, Jude, will lead a weekly meditation group in the Nason Chapel in the church for any and all who have an interest in prayer, and the time, on Thursday mornings! The morning will begin with prayer and a reading, followed by a time for meditation, and will conclude with a brief scripture passage reflection. No experience necessary and all are welcome!
Contact : Jude Lyons.
St Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund
Time to sign up, or re-register, for Ralphs community rewards program.
The fund receives $1000 yearly from parishioners who sign up their Ralphs card. If you haven't yet done so, please consider it. There's no cost to you!!!
Even if you're already registered, you must re-register each year starting September 1. From this year, there is no option to register by phone - you must go online.
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