St. Francis of Assisi
Notes and Reminders
March 14, 2019
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A Sterry Sterry Night
Saturday, March 16, 2019 we’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend with an Irish dinner and entertainment in the Parish Hall. Irish Beef Stew, Mulligatawny Soup, Potato Leek Soup, Irish Soda Bread and Dessert, followed by entertainment by Sterry & Sterry. Mark your calendars – Saturday, March 16 - 6:00 pm, Wine and Cheese, 6:20 pm dinner. Entertainment begins at 7:00 pm. Bring your friends!
Proceeds will benefit the Organ Restoration. 

Cycle of Prayer
In our Parish Cycle of Prayer, we pray for our clergy: Canon Linda, Ken, Jim, and the members of our Catechumenate Class, and the households of Richard and Kim Fink, John and Sue Foley, Michael Franzwa, and Manya Frazier. We also pray for our Search Committee members, Richard Martens, Chair, Tiffanie Clifford, Jane Domagalski, Doug Horton, Terry Kester, Cindy Russell, Mary Ann Schroeder, and Steve Shaw.
Adult Forum - 9:15 am
LIFE TRANSFORMED: THE WAY OF LOVE IN LENT
3/17   Session Three / LEARN: Learn Wisdom and Live
(Proverbs 8:1-8, 19-21; 9:4b-6)
3/24   Session Four / BLESS: A New Heart and a New Spirit
(Ezekiel 36:24-28)
3/31    Session Five / REST: The Valley of Dry Bones
(Ezekiel 37:1-14)
4/7      Session Six / WORSHIP: The Gathering of God’s People
(Zephaniah 3:12-20)
Skip Palm Sunday and Easter
4/28     Session Seven / GO: The Empty Tomb
 (Luke 24:1-12)
Lent
As we enter the season of Lent we will notice a difference in our worship. During this Lenten season, we will begin each worship service in silence. There will be no prelude or opening hymn. The congregation will be invited to stand when they hear the chime of the bell indicating the service is to begin. We will continue our Lenten practice of silence throughout the service, after the lessons, the sermon, and Holy Eucharist. I invite you to engage these moments of stillness to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your mind and heart.
 
Reconciliation of a Penitent will be offered on Holy Saturday, April 20 between 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and by appointment during the Lenten season. The rite of Reconciliation of Penitent may be found in the Book of Common Prayer, page 446. Please contact me at: lpotter333@gmail.com
Canon Linda
 
7 at 7
Come to the parish hall for Morning Prayer at 7:00 am, Monday through Friday mornings during Lent and Holy Week . In Morning Prayer, the Scripture stories are continuous, and our shared leadership helps us become aware of the richness and blessings of that daily liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer. We are few, we meet in the library in Cummins Hall, we’ll be praying for you and hoping you’ll join us.
Terri Hoffman, thoffmann@web-ster.com
 
Adult Formation: through April 28
Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent
Terri Hoffman, thoffmann@web-ster.com or Ken Russell, kenrus60@gmail.com
 
Devotions (available at the Information Center)
1) Forward Day by Day
2) Two different selected Lenten Readings booklets
3) Join the journey through Lent 2019 map
 
Mt. Angel Stations of the Cross
Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 pm, meet in the St. Francis Parking Lot
Lucia Jorge-Nebert , 503-694-8482; lnebert@yahoo.com
See additional information below.
 
Sunday School: Mite boxes
Many people remember the Lenten practice of having a little mite box during Lent in which to put a daily offering-in thanksgiving, in reverence, in penitence, in affirmation, in joy - all the things that brought us closer to a godly life and to God. As a child I was usually repenting, but there are countless ways and reasons to approach God.
The children in Sunday School will each have a little mite box during Lent. If an adult would also like one there will be some in the information center. They will be offered up on Easter Sunday in the offertory. The main idea is the daily walk with God, and trying to do his will, the best we all can do.
Jane Domagalski, seydom@canby.com
Announcements  ~ Activities ~  Ministries
Canon Linda will be out of town the week of March 18 attending a Church Pension Group
event in Woodinville, Washington.
The Patio Sale Committee is meeting on Wednesday, March 20 at 3:00 pm to discuss our progress. Please join us. This is a large undertaking and everyone’s help is truly appreciated and needed. Call Carole Biskar at 503.680.1213 or Apryl Garmon, 503-704-2934 if you have any questions. 

Wilsonville Community Food Bank
The Wilsonville Food Bank has asked us to donate food and has requested that we concentrate on selected food items: cereal, peanut butter and fresh fruit. Please bring your donated food items and place them in the small grocery cart is in the narthex near the new information desk. A cash donation box will also be in the grocery cart for those who would like to donate money or write a check. The Wilsonville Food Bank really appreciates our weekly food donations!
Marianne Schroeder (503-682-1589)
Search Committee Update:
I'm sure you are curious where we are at in our search for our New Rector. The Committee has reviewed all 15 applications and decided to conduct phone interviews on 8. At this time, the Search Committee is absorbing all of the information and will debrief on next steps on March 18. Thank you all for your prayers as we discern our future together!
The Search Committee
Arts Ministry
The beautiful artwork on display in the narthex is by the husband-wife team, Tina Hospers and John Koster. The works are inspired by Northwest wildlife and scenery. Tina and John utilize computer technology and laser-cutting tools to create exciting 3-D wood creations. Tina studied art and photography in college and John brings 35 years of woodcraft and construction experience to the partnership. More on the couple and their work can viewed at their website: www.cuttingedgewoodcreations.com  
Stations of the Cross: Brief History

The Stations of the Cross are graphic representations of the events that happened to Jesus, in his way from Pilate’s house to Golgotha. They comprise an ancient Christian devotion that enables us to walk in the footsteps of Christ, during His path of suffering and death ( Via Crucis , Via Dolorosa or Way of the Cross ), for our Redemption. The devotion was started by early Christian pilgrims in Jerusalem, who took the practice to their lands of origin and spread it in different forms and under different traditions.
 
Current forms of the Stations of the Cross consist of 14 Stations—this number was established in 1731. The “ Traditional ” form of the Stations consists of nine scriptural Stations based on events described in the Gospels, and an additional five based on Christian tradition, legend and folklore. As the devotion has become more ecumenical - and within Christian churches there has been a manifest desire to become more biblical—the “ Scriptural ” form of the Stations has emerged, with Stations entirely based on the life of Jesus, as described in the Bible. The Scriptural form of the Stations of the Cross was introduced by Pope John Paul II in 1991.
 
Most artistic representations of the Stations of the Cross follow the Traditional Form, because it has been within Christian tradition for centuries, whereas the Scriptural Form has been present for just over 25 years. In St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, the beautiful copies of prints representing the Stations follow the Traditional Form. The readings and meditations we use for the Stations on Good Friday, though, refer to the Scriptural Form ; therefore, when practicing this devotion in our Sanctuary ( Good Friday , April 19 at 1:00 pm ), the prints will not correspond to our readings.
 
This Lenten season we will have the additional opportunity of carrying on this devotion at the Stations of the Cross located along the wooded hillside that leads to Mt. Angel Benedictine Abbey ( Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 pm ). The finished Stations, and the statuary and paintings contained within, date back to 1889 and they are a beautiful example of 19th-century German sacred art. We will stop at each Station with readings and meditations that follow the Traditional Form, so that our readings will be in concordance with the events shown at each Station.
 
For more information on the visit to the Stations of the Cross at Mount Angel Abbey, please contact Lucia Jorge-Nebert at lnebert@yahoo.com or tel: 503 694 8482.
An Episcopal Cursillo weekend will be held Thursday evening, April 4 - Sunday afternoon, April 7 at the Oregon Christian Convention Center in Turner (just outside Salem). Cursillo is ministry in the Episcopal Church, designed to give participants a lived experience of the love of God and the love of the Christian community. Many report that Cursillo wonderfully deepens their faith, empowers their ministry to others, and continues to nourish their spiritual lives. There is no charge to attend. Ask your clergy about Cursillo and see www.oregon-cursillo.org .

John Dominic Crossan -  April 5-6, 2019  
The Contemporary Challenge of Easter
Renowned Biblical scholar, author and lecturer, Dr. John Dominic Crossan is coming to Beaverton, Oregon. Hosted and presented by Southminster Presbyterian Church.
Session #1     Friday 7:30 9:00 pm
Lecture: Jesus Execution in the Gospel of Mark
Session #2    Saturday 9:00 10:30 am       
Lecture: Six Questions on Jesus Resurrection
Session #3    Saturday 11:00 am 12:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Putting Easter into Action (Dr. Crossan with local religious leaders)
Session #4     Saturday 2:00 3:30 pm
Lecture: The Evolutionary Challenge of Jesus Universal Resurrection
Southminster: http://www.southmin.org/
Book Group
Thursday, March 28
The Book Group is reading the book, Devotional Classics. We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month where we read a selection from a different spiritual leader. Check the Information Center to see the spiritual leader for that week. No homework is required as we read each selection in our time together. Come join us on the second and fourth Thursday mornings at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall Conference Room.
Questions: Sandi Thompson, GSJayhawk@Frontier.com
Ladies Lunch Out
Third Mondays
Monday, March 18, 11:45 am
Location: The Turn (Charbonneau Golf Club Pro Shop)
New members, visitors, and friends are all welcome. There is a signup sheet in information center.
Coordinator: Peggy Danford, peggydanford@gmail.com
Guys Nite Out
April 11, 5:45 pm
 First Thursday of the month (usually)
Langdon Farms - just in time to enjoy happy hour pricing which ends at 6:00 pm. What we are about: Fellowship, Great conversation and Good food – a social group for the men of St. Francis. All men welcome!
Coordinator: Gary Thompson : GSJayhawk@Frontier.com
Ministry Assignments for Sunday, March 17, 2019

CELEBRANT AND PREACHER
Reverend Canon Linda Potter
 
Deacon:
Reverend Kenneth P. Russell
 
LECTORS:
  8:00 am: Cindy Russell, Debbie Fritts
10:30 am: Terri Hoffman, John Wisecaver
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
  8:00 am: Peggy Danford
10:30 am: Judy Hurst, Doug Horton

INTERCESSORS:
  8:00 am: Cindy Russell
10:30 am: Terry Kester

GREETERS:
 8:00 am: Rebecca Engen, Liz Dixon
10:30 am: Andy and Kathy Miller
 
USHERS:
10:30 am: Richard Martens, Diane Smith
 
ALTAR GUILD: Team #1
Carolyn Carey, Jan Baird, Dale Rushton, Judy Bruce
 
BREADBAKER:
Dale Rushton

NEWCOMERS DESK:
Linda Hammersley
 
COFFEE HOUR:
 8:00 am:
10:30 am: 
Prayer attributed to St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.



Please direct any pastoral care questions or emergencies to either Deacon Ken Russell or Canon Linda Potter.
They can be reached at the Church office 503-678-5422 or after hours:
Deacon Ken (503-887-5587) Canon Linda (630-779-7980).
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