Pancakes This 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.
You’re Invited - Share Your Ideas!
This Sunday, Library, 11:30 - after your pancakes!
The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) are starting the new decade with a refresher. If you are involved with any parish organization (kitchen, child care, coffee hour, youth, etc.) come and share your plans for the coming year. That way, as we plan our annual giving, we will have a better sense of what is needed and how the ECW can help. Thank you, Anna Eakins, ECW co-President.
Girl Scout Cookies for Military Outreach
Packing Day is Sun, Feb 23, noon to 3:00 p.m. St Lawrence Martyr Parish Hall
It is that time again! Last date to donate is this Sunday. 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.
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!
Download Your Lenten Devotional Booklet
The Lenten Devotional is in its fourth year, and contains reflections written by members and clergy of St Francis. Each day in Lent has a reflection based on the daily readings assigned by the Common Lectionary for the Lenten Season. The thoughtful reflections published in these booklets have been at the center of a Lenten practice for many in our community, and we hope that this year these writings will continue to challenge and inspire.
Click here to download your copy (a number of printed copies will also be available at church).
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..
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.
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!
Come To The Lenten Supper Series!
Four Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, And April 1 - 6:00 p.m. Supper; 7:00 p.m. Session; 8:15 p.m. Compline
“how the church branches of the one true vine became so twisted?”
“where we are now: visions of the future”
Rev. Canon Hartshorn Murphy, noted historian and teacher, will take us through our winding history, ending each session with some rousing table talk!
1: Palestine, Paul and Beyond;
2: The Desert and Celtic Christianity
3: Rome and England;
4: The New World and Today.
Feed Your Soul With Duruflé’s Requiem
Combined Choirs—Sunday, March 22, 3:30 p.m.,
& Sunday, March 29, 4:00 p.m.
The exquisite Requiem by French composer Maurice Durufl é was written in 1947, at the end of World War II. Msr Durufle chose not to follow the dramatic renditions as written by Mozart, Berlioz, Verdi, and others, but instead bases his melodies on Gregorian chant. The effect is at times ethereal, and at other times full of power. The St Francis Choir will join forces with the choir from St Peter's By The Sea Presbyterian Church to bring this beautiful music to life. We will be accompanied by strings, harp, brass, and organ. Don't miss it!
March 22, at St Peter's By The Sea Presbyterian Church, 6410 Palos Verdes Drive South, RPV - requiem in concert with other music.
March 29, at St Francis - the requiem will be included in the music for a deeply spiritual evensong service.
Diocesan Program to Reduce Carbon Impact
Sunday, March 1, after both services.
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.
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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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