Together - we are the church of St. Francis

Last Sunday I was walking to my car following worship and a man was sitting on the bench near the fountain enjoying the view from St Francis. We spoke for a few moments about how our church is aptly named because of the beauty that surrounds us here in California and St Francis’ association with the wonders of creation. But did you know that, judged by Francis’ writings, the Eucharist was one of his chief concerns?

A Franciscan Friar wrote: “For Francis, the whole world is a sacrament, a sacred thing, a gift; and the sacramental character of the world reminds us of the central sacrament, the Incarnation, continued among us in the Eucharist.” As we celebrate St. Francis Sunday, we rejoice that we belong to a church that so greatly values the beauty of creation AND the opportunity to receive Holy Communion each Sunday. I hope you will join us this week!

Celebrate our Patronal Festival this weekend - the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

  • Saturday 4:30 p.m. - Blessing of the Animals, outside in the St. Francis Garden
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. - ONE service only - a visit from Bishop John Harvey Taylor, with Confirmation. Followed by FREE Italian lunch (please rsvp if you can, to give us an idea of numbers, but it's not required), and an open discussion with the Bishop with our transition in mind.

See below for full details.

"Hopes for St. Francis" - a Vital Parish-Wide Discussion
This Sunday after 10:00 a.m. worship (one service only)
Followed by Italian lunch.
Outside under the Arches - live-streamed for our online community.

Bishop John Harvey Taylor is joining us for worship on Sunday, and will be leading an open, Parish-wide discussion on the future of our faith community, as we move through transition.

Be there on Sunday to ask your questions and hear answers from our Diocesan Bishop. If possible we will try to take questions from our online participants also!

Free lunch!? Yes!
Our friars will be serving Italian Sausage sandwiches, vegetarian options, some delicious sides and Italian Ice pops for dessert. If you have any questions or would like to help, please email Mary Deley.
Please rsvp to Mary Sanchez in the church office via email or phone - 310 375 4617, to give us an idea of numbers.
Can't wait to see you all.
And if it's St. Francis Weekend - that means...
...our annual Blessing of Pets! 
St. Francis Garden - Saturday October 2, 4:30pm
Please bring your beloved animal companions - securely leashed, or caged or crated to receive a blessing on this special weekend. If it is easier, simply bring a photo of your pet to be blessed, including of any that you have lost in the last year.
So Many Ministries to Choose From...

Did you miss Get Connected Sunday? Don't be left out - make sure you're in the know about all our Ministries and who to contact for information on any of them.
Come to Bible Study on Zoom!
Tuesdays through November 9, 7:00-8:30 pm
Join us - be part of the conversation, or just listen.

Register to attend:

Based on the book Long Story Short: The Bible in Six Simple Movements by Joshua McNall, plus enrichment from other sources. Buying the book is optional since relevant information will be provided in-class handouts. Each class is stand-alone so come for any or all sessions.

Contact Jack Hailwood or Suellen Eslinger for more info.
Photo - Bible students on zoom!
It's Baaaaaaack!!!
The Rummage Sale!!!

After a two year wait the St. Francis' rummage sale is promising to be bigger and better than ever.

We are accepting donations now through October 12th. Please bring your items to the Parish Hall, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Mondays thru Fridays. As always we can use lots of helpers. If you can work for one hour (or two or four!), please come join us.

We need to sort, price, and display the thousands of items that we collect. BONUS - workers can buy things after they have been priced. Due to continuing Covid guidelines we ask that all helpers please bring a mask, a water bottle with your name on it and your own sandwich or snack. Sale dates are Friday Oct. 15th and Sat. Oct. 16th 8 am till 2 pm.
Any questions call Gloria Jones 310-375-8916
Sunday Worship

8:00 a.m. - Rite I in-person worship in the Chapel.
(spoken service, not live-streamed).
Note - this Sunday, October 3, one service only. Please come to the Bishop's service with us at 10am.

10:00 a.m. - Rite II in-person worship in the main church with music.

Masks required: LA County mandate requires masks worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.

10:00 am Sunday worship will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and available for watching later.

Please contact Kristina Pelá to arrange for a Lay Eucharistic Minister to safely bring you communion.
Farewell to Compline - For Everything there is a Season.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3.1)

When we started offering Compline, back in the early days of the pandemic, we were locked in our homes, sheltering in place, not knowing where things were going. Compline provided a peaceful place to come together, center ourselves, and find God at the end of a fraught and fearful day. Compline is still a place to ask that we be granted 'a peaceful night, and a perfect end', but the season has changed. As we've come out of the pandemic, at least partially, and many of us are coming back into church and into community together, attendance has significantly faded away.

With that in mind, we have decided to discontinue Compline, at least for now. Our last Facebook broadcast, after something like one hundred and eighty offerings, will be tomorrow - Friday, October 1st.

Our thanks should go to the mighty 'Compline Crew' who have held down the fort over the months: Christine Bukowski, Sue Egan, Mark Duley, Jude+ Lyons, Holly Henebry, Robin Pano, Alex Sams, and Gayle Taylor (and anyone else, with my sincerest apologies, I may have missed).

Peter Marshall
Need Help of Any Kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, or Material?

We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances can be difficult at any time. For help of any kind, or just for a Zoom or Facetime or phone call, please email or call Jerry+ .

Enews Submission Deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesday

Enews is sent weekly on Thursday afternoon: email Susan with your requests.
Our staff all now have their own direct lines.
You can still reach them by calling the office on 310 375 4617, but the direct lines are as follows:
The Rev. Jerry Sather 310-594-7984
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268
Mary Sanchez 310-375-4617

You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!