Dear Family of St Francis,

Next week is the annual Diocesan Convention. It will be a Zoom gathering of all the clergy and congregational delegates of the diocese led by the Bishop and his staff inspired by the theme, “Servants of the Spirit.” All of the convention work of polity, diocesan budget review and presentations will take place on Saturday, November 14. The Diocesan Convention will end with a Eucharistic liturgy at 10am on Sunday the 15th, with Bishop John Harvey Taylor the Presider. Therefore, on November 15 we will not be offering our online10am pre-recorded service. See below for the details to access the service.

Given that Bishop John will be leading the entire diocese in worship on the 15th, the clergy and production staffs of all the individual congregations have an off Sunday. Therefore, I will be taking next week off for a retreat from Nov. 9 through the 13th. I am especially grateful that Susan and Peter Marshall, the music team and choir do not have to edit and produce a service for the 15th. They have been working for us “above and beyond”. 

Since we will not be pre-recording Thursday, the 12th, I chose this time out to allow for some uplifting of my “mind, heart and strength” energies. I will begin the week meeting with a spiritual director on Zoom, listening together for the scriptural and spiritual themes that will inspire my week off alone with God.

Speaking of spiritually, each week we have the opportunity to gather in person for worship outdoors on Sunday morning at 9am. But see the announcement below about the pilot launch of livestreaming. Also, more outdoor radiant heaters have arrived for use for this service! Holy Communion only is at 11:15am to allow those who watch online at 10am enough time to get to church.

Please text - 310-995-6519 - or email Paula+ to register for the 9am outdoor worship or 11:15am communion only. We need your reservation for a CONTACT TRACING LIST.

Lastly, the lights are still on!  Everyone is working but you just don’t see most of us. So a big faith thank you to all who have sent in their pledges for 2021! Thank you for supporting our ministries and the staff of St Francis. May the stewardship theme, “faith-filled generosity”, help us face all the new pandemic challenges of worship and ministry, the challenges we face personally, and inspire us to be people of faith, love and beacons of hope.
Remember - when you attend, you must wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose, and be mindful of physical distancing. If you have a cough or do not feel well then take care of yourself and stay at home.
May God bless each of us as we most need!
With love and care,

Please text - 310-995-6519 - or email Paula+ to register for the 9am outdoor worship or 11:15am communion only in front of our church because we need your reservation for an accurate CONTACT TRACING LIST.
New! Outdoor Worship Livestreaming!
This Sunday, we will running a test of livestreaming the 9am worship. You can tune in via our usual Facebook page. This is a pilot, so please be patient! Technology doesn't always play nice! The full pre-recorded service will also be broadcast at 10am as usual.

Sunday November 15 we will not be livestreaming, and there will be no St. Francis pre-recorded service since Bishop Taylor is holding a service to address the entire Diocese, so please tune in via the diocesan Facebook page, Bishop Taylor's Facebook page, or the diocesan YouTube channel, http://ow.ly/bVXa50BvHNq.
There will, however, still be outdoor worship at St. Francis at 9am as usual. PLUS - see our drive-in food drive and fellowship fun for that day!!

Sunday November 22 - if our test this Sunday goes well, we may consider moving our in-person worship to 10am, which will be livestreamed, and which will replace the pre-recorded services which we've been producing until now. Discussions are ongoing - more details to come.
Military Outreach - Outdoor Packing!
This Sunday, November 8, noon - 2pm, 2 driveways on Milne Drive and Ellinwood

You must make an appointment and text when you arrive, and wear masks covering your nose and mouth. Hand sanitizer will be on all the tables.
Call Susie Zimmerman for more information! 310 316-5941

Donations of $18.00 covers the cost of mailing a box.
You may also make cards at home and bring in your car. It is the In and Out of packing!!
Packing with no wait, no lines, as a family, waiting in your car!

We wish to remember our troops as they keep us safe from year to year. The pandemic does not stop our troops from being deployed.

And thank you!!!
HEY!! How About a Sunday Outing….???
Sunday, November 15th, 11:00a.m. - 12:30
To bring food for the hungry at Harbor Interfaith
To give thanks for what we have
To share it with others
Here’s the Plan:
Worship!: 9am outdoors at St. Francis OR watch the bishop close the diocesan convention at 10am in an online service - see above.

Then:
11am: Go to the store … take the family!!! Buy some of this:
  • Frozen turkeys
  • Canned Vegetables (corn or beans)
  • Mashed potatoes (boxes)
  • Stuffing or dressing mix
  • Canned yams or sweet potatoes
  • Cake mixes and frosting
  • Grocery store gift cards also welcome!
11:30: Drive the food to St. Francis
11:45: Drop off food in front of the Church
12:00: Park your car and stay awhile for some safe socializing!
1:00: Go home and enjoy the rest of your day, knowing you did a really good thing!
All Thanksgiving donations will go to Harbor Interfaith Services - helping the homeless help themselves. Their goal is to help feed 700 families on Thanksgiving Day

PS: If you’d like to drop off food on another day, click here to contact Gayle Taylor
Be together - 5 days a week, as well as Sundays.
Morning prayer twice-weekly, led by Paula+, and Compline three times per week, led by Jude+ and a team of lay leaders. Each service includes the traditional service, plus words from the leader, and explanations of the readings. They are prayerful and quiet, a far cry from the turmoil of the world, and medicine to help us heal and be comforted and inspired.
Watch Our Services via Facebook
You do not need to have a Facebook page to view our content. Just click here to view our page. If you don't have a facebook account, or have forgotten how to log into it, just ignore any prompts to log in etc. The page should be visible to anyone. Still having trouble? Email Susan Marshall, for help.

Weekly Worship - all via our Facebook page
  • Sunday Readings, Music, Sermon, words from Paula+, and Spiritual Communion – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Worship bulletins are here.
  • Morning Prayer - Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m.
  • Compline (prayer for the evening) - Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evenings, 7:00 p.m.
  • Taizé - 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Livestreams are also saved to our Facebook page, so you can watch again at any time if you miss one. Plus our sermons are also available as separate audio recordings here.

Other Offerings and Meetings
Zoom groups -
Zoom meetings -
  • Staff
  • Finance
  • Vestry
  • Endowments
  • Miscellaneous
The Bellringer
At the current time, we're not creating issues of this, but we'd still love to hear from you. If you have any updates or items you would have submitted for publication in normal times, send them along to Susan and we will publish them in this enews instead!
Do you need help of any kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, Material?
We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances are difficult for many at this time. For help of any kind, or just for a Zoom or Facetime or phone call, please email or call Paula+ or Jude+ at any time.

If you are in a position to do so, (only if - no guilt), you may also donate to Paula+'s Discretionary Fund to help those at St. Francis in financial need. Send checks to 2200 Via Rosa, PVE 90274, made out to St. Francis Church, with 'Rector's Discretionary Fund' in the memo line. Thank you!

Email Paula+, 310-995-6519
Email Jude+, 310-701-5966.
View or download our bulletins - bulletins will be posted in time for livestreaming.

Sunday's Sermon

Contacts:
Paula+, 310-375 4617 x223.
Jude+, 310-375 4617 x225.
You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!