Drummers Drumming

Today is January 5th, the Twelfth Day of Christmas. Unlike our secular brothers and sisters, we Episcopalians like to keep Christmas going for the full twelve days. I put my normal diet on hold, and I have enjoyed seasonal treats like eggnog and fudge in abundance. Traditionally, the decorations come down on Epiphany, but I like to keep my tree up a bit longer until Candlemas Day (2 February) – I love the lights on these dark winter evenings.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas was often celebrated in times past with feasting and frivolity. That is the origin of the famous Twelve Days of Christmas song – it is a gathering of food (swans a-swimming in sauce, dancers (lords a-leaping), and musicians (drummers drumming). I think drums are a good way to close out the Christmas season.

Today we associate drums primarily with music, but historically, the drum was also used to send signals and communicate orders to armies on a battlefield. All of us should be drummers in our lives – announcing the good news expressed in the Christmas antiphon to all the world: Alleluia. To us a child is born: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.

Let us beat out the rhythm of God’s grace, peace, and love in our daily words and actions. Let us be drummers drumming the Good News of Christ, not only at Christmas, but all the days of our life. As the Psalmist says (Ps 150:4-6):

Praise him with timbrel and dance; 
  praise him with strings and pipe.
Praise him with resounding cymbals; 
  praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

PS - reminder re email phishing fraud. Once again several people have reported receiving emails purporting to be from Jerry+. Jerry's email address is jerry.sather@stfrancispalosverdes.org. All staff email have the same format. If you receive a fraudulent email, simply mark it as spam and delete it. If you do open the email don't panic - just do NOT do anything the email requests, like sending money or gift cards etc. If in doubt, call the church office 310 375 4617.
Appreciation Celebration for Jerry+ and Annette
THIS Saturday, January 7th,
5:00pm - 8:00pm Parish Hall

We could not be more grateful for the love, leadership and spiritual gifts we have received from Jerry+ and Annette over the past two years at St. Francis!  

Please come out this Saturday, to celebrate their journey with us and wish them well as they move on to their next adventure. There will be food, fellowship and fun! (no charge).

Please RSVP to Mary Deley as soon as possible with how many in your group will attend (so we know how much food to prepare), or call the church office at 310-375-4617.  

Let's make this a celebration to remember for Jerry+ and Annette!
Our New Rector - The Reverend Jason Shelby
Sunday February 5 will be his first time leading our worship.
Please welcome him!
In case you missed the news, we have a new Rector joining us very soon. The Reverend Jason Shelby will be arriving from Mississippi, with his family, at the end of January. Just 4 weeks away!

His very first service at St. Francis will be on Sunday February 5.
We hope as many as possible will be there on that day to welcome the Shelby family, and start the process of getting to know each other.

In the meantime, please hold them in your prayers as they negotiate the challenges of a long distance move and transition to a new Parish.
Are you ready to get together with the SAGES*?!?
Tuesday January 17, 11:30 am, Parish Hall
Kick off your new year with some fun and friendship. Enjoy social time, a simple lunch and a guest speaker. We are pleased to be able to have Monique Sugimoto, from the PV library district. She will speak to us about “Doors Open Peninsula”, a program coming up in the spring. Come hear what it will include and how you might become part of it. To help with preparing the lunch, please email or call Claire in the church office (310 375 4617), if you can attend. All welcome - bring a friend. :)
Thank you and can't wait to see you!
*(Senior Adult Group of Episcopalians)
Taizé - Service of Healing and Wholeness
Tuesday January 24, 7:00 p.m.
Join us in the Chapel for a peaceful time filled with music and candlelight. If you're not familiar with this tradition, the community of Taizé, in France, is the location of a teaching and contemplative retreat center that attracts thousands of believers from all over the world.

Our service of Wholeness and Healing emulates the style of the chant services at Taizé, with music from Taizé and other contemplative sources. We sing short phrases repeatedly to quiet our minds and hearts and open our souls to being in the presence of God. Join in as you wish. You also have the option for confidential 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.
Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday January 29, 11:15, Parish Hall
ONE service only.
Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held at the end of this month, on Rev. Jerry's last Sunday. We will review the state of the Parish, our activities from 2022, and elect new Vestry members. We hope you can be there.
Save the Date! St. Teresa's Chinese New Year!
Saturday, Feb 4, 6 - 8pm, Parish Hall
This is the year you are once again invited to the St Teresa’s Chinese New Year Event! Chinese Food, Beverages, Auction (multiple formats), Fun!
More details to follow...

Sundays - Holy Communion
8:00 a.m. - Rite I in-person worship in the Chapel, with hymns. This service is not live-streamed.

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

Yoga with Jill!
A spiritual mind and body practice!
  • Mondays 11:15am - 1:00pm - Level 1/2 Hatha Yoga
  • Wednesdays 9:00-10:30am Level 1 Gentle Yoga
Parish Hall. No set fees - classes are free-will offering. Questions? Jill Fenske

Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am in our church sanctuary has re-started; masks optional. Please join us for meditation, followed by a time of conversation.
Note: Meditation is on hiatus over Christmas - we'll be back on January 12.
Contact - Susie Zimmerman
Coffee Hour Ministry
It's quick and easy to sign up - just pick a day. More than one person or household can sign up on the same day, so you don't have to be on your own.
  • We'll show you what to do.
  • We reimburse expenses.
Sunday School

Bring your children to Sunday School for our wonderful Montessori-based, Godly Play curriculum.
Godly Play makes meaning through story, wonder, and play. Nurturing spiritual lives by honoring the centrality, competency, and capacity of children. You and your children will be blessed by these teachings.
Remember - the Parish Directory is Online
Need someone's email, or even map directions to their home?
The password is Romans12:4-5
Bookmark the link on your phone or computer and let your browser save the password and you will always be up to date with information!
In a later email we will tell you how to access the Member Portal so you can edit details of your own listing.
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 a phone call, please email or call Jerry+ .

Enews Submission Deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesdays
Enews is sent weekly on Thursday afternoons: email Susan with your requests.
Staff Directory
Office main line - 310 375 4617
The Rev. Jerry Sather 310-594-7984 - Priest in Charge (Interim)
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416 - Director of Music
Claire Erbeznik 310-375-4617 - Office Administrator & Receptionist
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427 - Communications Specialist
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268 - Business Manager

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