Meeting the Episcopal Church for the First Time - "Jesus - more than a Christmas Baby?"
This 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.
Pottery Barn Christmas Shopping Fun Trip
TOMORROW - 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.
Free Workshop for Mothers of Anxious Young Women ages 16-29
Overcoming Anxiety - 3 tools to build your girl’s courage and resilience.
Monday, December 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Board Room
In this workshop you will learn how to tame the harsh inner critic, explore how to be more joyful and brave and discover anxiety-busting lifestyle choices. The workshop is interactive with games and fun to help you learn. Refreshments served. Daughters are welcome but NOT required. RSVP required as space is limited. Alison Houghton, 310-218-8431
Taize - Tapers lit before Icon
Avent Taizé
Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for our beautiful Advent Taizé service full of seasonal music. This service, filled with music and candlelight, also provides 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.
Next Sunday—December 22 - Lessons and Carols
Next Sunday is the last Sunday of Advent. We light the last of the outer candles on our Christmas wreaths. Then enter into the full spirit of Christmas with services of lessons and carols at both 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m..
Christmas Cookie Sunday!
And if that’s not enough—after 10:00 a.m. worship enjoy a feast of Christmas cookies for all the family!
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 - Last Chance!
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!
Last Chance to Donate to Harbor Interfaith - Christmas Food and Toy Drive
Please donate by next Thursday December 19.
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! 
Other News, and Coming Up!
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.
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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Email Paula+, 310-375 4617 x223
Email Rev. Jude, 310-375 4617 x225.
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