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Happenings at St. Francis in the Fields
The December Canticle is Here
There are copies available at the church or click HERE to access it online
The Louisville Chamber Choir
at St. Francis on Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 7 pm
Order your ticket online and it will be waiting for you at the door on
the night of the concert. The tickets are $10 each.
Purchase tickets from Louisville Chamber Choir HERE .
Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event.
This Sunday, December 9
The Second Sunday in Advent

Holy Eucharist at 8:00, 9:00 & 11:15 a.m.
The nursery opens at 8:45 a.m.
The Rt. Rev. Russell E. Jacobus will preach at the 8:00 service
The Rt. Rev. Terry Allen White, Bishop of Kentucky, will preach
at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

We will celebrate Holy Baptism at the 9:00 service for
Samuel Joseph Dagher, son of Emily and Joseph

Rector's Forum ... Q & A with The Rev. Simon Barnes
In Graves Hall at 10:15 a.m.

Advent Bible Study for Young Professionals & Parents
In the Window Room on the lower level at 10:15 a.m.
Led by Tom Noland and Vivian Ruth Sawyer
YPPs (20s, 30s & young-ish 40s) are invited to join us for this special 2 week Advent Bible Study. Deepen your appreciation of pre-Christmas worship by joining us in the Window Room (downstairs on the left just after coming in the back door) for a group discussion of Advent lectionary readings. We'll have coffee, continental breakfast, Advent candles, and a little pre-holiday music to set the mood. Invite friends – it’s not exclusive to St. Francis members! Hope to see you!
Sunday School for Youth and Children
The youth will meet at the Vicarage and the children meet on the lower level
at 10:15 a.m.

Women's Epiphany Dinner ... Sign up this Sunday!
Women will be in the Narthex this Sunday to take your registration for the annual Women's Epiphany Dinner that will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Visit our website HERE for more information and to sign up and pay online!

Youth Christmas Wrapping Party and Games …    
Sunday 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Vicarage for our first ever Youth Wrapping Party! We will spend some time wrapping gifts for our family members and friends, then move on to play some wild and crazy games that celebrate the season! Make sure to bring plenty of presents to wrap, along with your wrapping paper of choice and tape. Dinner will be served and friends are welcome to join. Merry Christmas!
Advent Liturgies & Speakers

Join us this Season of Advent, as we prepare  ourselves spiritually to celebrate the first coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and as we look ahead in preparation for His second coming, the Ministry Team at St. Francis in the Fields will be offering several options for prayer and reflection. All of these services will be held in the Chapel. You may enter the Chapel through the handicap ramp entrance which opens into the small hall between the Church and the Chapel. Everyone is urged to add one or more of these offerings to your Advent discipline. The Offerings include:
  • Mondays & Fridays ... Morning Prayer, one of the Daily Offices from the Book of Common Prayer (page 75), is offered on Monday and Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. 
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays ... Compline, an ancient liturgy of the church, which may include meditative music and candlelight, is offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays ... A mid-week Holy Eucharist is offered on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday Nights - Advent Speakers Join us for dinner at 6 p.m. and lecture at 6:30 p.m. in Graves Hall followed by dessert and coffee reception. Childcare, children's activities and youth Bible study is provided.
On the menu this Wednesday ... Salad, Meat Lasagna, Veggie Primavera, Chicken Parmesan, Bread, and Dessert. Dinner is $8/adults, $5/youth and children. $20 family max.
Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Speaker: Martha Kaster
What role does or should patriotism have within our Christian identity.
After receiving her BA from Franklin & Marshal College in 1990, Rev. Kaster worked for the Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools (FOCUS) for 8 years before going into the discernment process with the Diocese of Central Florida. She was the lay chaplain at St. Edward's Episcopal School for 2 years before attending Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (TESM). She received a MDiv from TESM in 2006 and was hired as the Assistant Priest at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Des Moines, and was also direct commissioned into the US Army in order to become a Chaplain and fully accessioned as a Chaplain in the Iowa Army National Guard in January 2009. She was deployed to Afghanistan as a Battalion Chaplain for the Infantry from 2010-11 and later installed as the Rector of St. Luke's. Rev. Kaster continues to serve in the parish as well as the Brigade Chaplain for the 2/34th Infantry Brigade Combat Team within the Iowa National Guard.

Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. ~ Speaker: Richard Gwathmey

Mark your calendars …

The Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ Sunday, December 23
  • Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m.
  • Festival Service of Lessons & Carols at 10:00 a.m.

Christmas Eve ~ Monday, December 24
  • Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant at 4:00 p.m.
  • Family Candlelight Service with Holy Eucharist (Rite II) at 8:00 p.m.
  • St. Francis Christmas party between the two evening services in Graves Hall. Bring an appetizer and join us for a glass of wine, a cup of eggnog or cider and some Christmas music and Christmas fun … more information coming soon!
  • Choral Concert and Candlelight Festival Eucharist (Rite I), 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Day ~ Tuesday, December 25
  • Christmas Day Holy Eucharist (Rite II) at 10:00 a.m.
St. Francis News

Christmas Flower and Music Offerings for our Christmas Services
If you would like to contribute to the flowers to be used in decorating the church for Christmas or contribute to the beautiful instrumental music for our Christmas services, please find an offering envelope in this Sunday's leaflet or in the narthex. You may place it in the offering plate, place it in the box that can be found in the narthex or return it to the church office no later than December 15 so that names may be listed in the Christmas leaflets. Please be sure to print your loved ones names clearly!

Prayer Ministry. St. Francis is a praying church! God has blessed us with a team of clergy and prayer warriors who stand ready to support you in your time of need—or just to join you in giving thanks to God for specific joys in your life! In addition to healing prayer in the chapel after communion each Sunday, we also have a clergy-led team of  faithful and discreet people ready to visit in hospitals, in homes, to hear confession, to anoint with oil, to bring communion, or just to offer a prayer, a smile, and a word of encouragement. Please call the church office at 228-1176 and let us know how we can help to bring the light of Christ and the healing of the Holy Spirit to you or someone you love. If you would like to be a regular part of the St. Francis’ pastoral care and prayer ministry, contact Rev. Bob Coon at 502-909-2313 or Vivian Ruth Sawyer at 502-314-9637.