St. Francis of Assisi
Notes and Reminders
December 5, 2019
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We are saddened by the passing of Barry Phelps on December 1.
Service is pending and will be announced.
We are also saddened by the passing of John Chandler on December 4.
Service will be Saturday, December 21, time to be announced.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 ~ Second Sunday of Advent
Parish Cycle of Prayer
In our Parish Cycle of Prayer, we pray for our clergy: Brendan, Christine and Ken. We also pray for the households of Kathy Gartner, Jeff Gilchrist, Dorothy Gray and Steve Hall.
  
Sunday School, 10:30 am in the Parish Hall

Advent Poetry & Music Series
For our Adult Formation for Advent , Ken Ballard will be leading us in a series on Advent poetry and music. Ken has lead similar formation series at St. Stephen’s in Portland. He is a tremendous resource, and the series has been very popular. So, take a little time out of the busyness of this season to see Advent and Christmas in a new light with poetry and song.

Clergy Bear Ornaments will be on sale Sunday, December 8
They have original collars from clergy, past and present. $5.00 each. Funds to benefit the St. Francis Altar Guild.
Traci Cronkrite, Dale Rushton
Announcements  ~ Activities ~  Ministries
Music Notes

The St. Francis Ringers (Bell Choir) are playing in our services this morning. We would like to extend an invitation to you to join us in January as we prepare our next set of pieces. The techniques are easy to learn, and while it is helpful to be able to read music, it is not entirely necessary. We rehearse on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm . If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please speak to Jon Holland.

The St. Francis Choir is busy preparing for our annual Lessons and Carols services which will be held on December 22. We could use a few more voices, particularly TENORS and BASSES. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with a special rehearsal on Saturday, December 21. If you would like to join with the choir for these special services, please speak to Jon Holland.
 
Organ Update
Our new organ console arrived on October 28 and was partially installed on November 1. We have been using it at services since then. While the organ sounds wonderful, you may have noticed boxes of speakers stacked at the back of the church, and the pipes from our former organ have not returned. We had hoped that the organ would be completed by Christmas. So why the delay?
 
Michael Ruppert is the principal pipe organ builder, cabinet maker, and mechanical design specialist at Rose City Organ Builders. He is the person building our new wind chests and will be building the cabinets that will be mounted on the back wall of the church. Three days before the organ console arrived, Michael was injured in a traffic accident while riding his motorcycle. He faces a long recovery from his injuries and is currently going through extensive physical therapy. We need to keep Michael in our prayers.
 
Work on our organ has come to a temporary halt and it will likely be several months before it resumes. I ask your patience as we await work to resume. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask Jon Holland.
Adult Formation offers some peace and stillness for Advent, both in Sunday conversations at 9:15 am and also in booklets available in the communications center. Choose what you like, leave your contribution in the offering when you can! We wish you a holy and meaningful Advent.

Operation Snuggle
On Saturday, December 7, 9:00 am join others at Baker Prairie Middle School to make fleece blankets for Canby’s homelss youth. You need to bring scissors and a smile. For more information, Contact Tiffanie Clifford.

Backpack Buddies
There has bee a significant decrease in the need for food for our Wilsonville school children. Thus, we have not been delivering everything that we prepared in September. We will, however, be having a “packing party” on Tuesday, December 10 at 9:00 am for January’s needs. Please sign up to help if your are able.
Linda Tasker

Bible Study, Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 pm
Join Deacon Ken and Jeanette Munyon on the second Wednesday of each month for a conversation about the following Sunday’s lessons. We meet in the conference hall.

Religious services in Spanish will begin in our Church
Starting on Sunday, December 15, 12:30 pm , St. Francis will be celebrating religious services in Spanish. All are invited to these celebrations, that will be offered the first, third and fifth Sundays at 12:30 pm.
 
On this first service we will be also enacting Las Posadas , a beautiful Advent tradition which originated in the 16 th century in Latin America ─ when Christian missionaries used drama to explain the story of Jesus to Native Americans. Las Posadas (Spanish for inn or shelter ) is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s long and frustrating search for a place where Our Lord Jesus could be born. A traditional fiesta with piñata will follow our Las Posadas celebration.

Lessons and Carols
The St. Francis Choir will present its annual Lessons and Carols within the service on Sunday, December 22, at both services, 8:00 am and 10:30 am which is the Last Sunday of Advent. Invite your friends and neighbors to attend church with you on that day.
Jon Holland

End of Year Process
Please turn in all reimbursement requests for 2019 by December 29, 2019.
If you plan to prepay any portion of your 2020 pledge, please make sure that payment is in the office by December 30, 2019.
 
Epiphany Sunday, January 5
On Epiphany, St Francis celebrates the visitation of the Magi to the Christ Child. We honor this day, in our own time, by our gifts of clothing, diapers, and baby hats to the babies of Salud Medical Center in Woodburn. As you shop for gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, please remember also the little babies in our neighboring community. Thanks!!!
Jane Domagalski (503-266-9440)
 
St. Francis Knitters
This is a time to get the knitting needles out in preparation for the intake of baby hats on January 5, Epiphany Sunday. These hats are our gift to Salud Medical Clinic in Woodburn in support of their work and ministry. Patterns, sample caps, and yarns are on the bulletin board, and by the Information Center. If you would like to learn to knit, these are great little projects for anyone. Please contact me for any questions. Thank you all so much!
Jane Domagalski (503-266-9440)
  
Save the date for the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26, 2020 , after the 10:30 am service.
Christmas Flower Contributions
The Altar Guild Flower Team invites you to spread more cheer during this Christmas season by contributing towards the elegant greenery and flower decorations for the Christmas services. These contributions can be given in thanksgiving, in memory, or to the Glory of God. This loving gesture will be greatly appreciated by all and will receive mention in the bulletins for the Christmas services.
 
Christmas Flower donation envelopes are available in the Information Center, through the Fourth Sunday in Advent . Please make your contribution and drop the envelope, into the offertory plate.
Donations may also be mailed to St. Francis of Assisi, P.O. Box 445, Wilsonville OR 97070. Please make checks, in any amount, payable to ‘St. Francis of Assisi’ and write “ Christmas Flowers” on the memo line.
You may choose to donate or sponsor one of or part of one of the following decorations for Christmas:
2  Advent wreaths @ $30 each
20 Poinsettias @ $25 each
1  Large wreath @ $50 each
9  Christmas trees @ $25 each
6  Regular wreaths @ $30 each
Your generosity is greatly appreciated,
Altar Guild

“Greening” of the Church
All members of St. Francis are invited to participate in the “greening” and decorating of our church in preparation for Christmas services. We have wreaths to hang, trees to position, sconces to adorn, a manger to assemble, poinsettias to arrange and, of course, sweeping and tidying up after ourselves. There’s a job for everyone and working together makes it more fun and requires less time.
 
We will be “greening” the church with trees and wreaths on Wednesday, December 18 , at about 12:45 pm, following the noon service. There is something for everyone to do! Contact Ron and Sue Coleman at 503-694-6888 if you have questions.
 
We will be decorating the church with flowers on Sunday, December 22 , at about 12:00 noon , following the 10:30 am service. There is something for everyone to do! Contact Apryl Garmon at 503-704-2934 if you have questions.
People of St. Francis, I just want to let you know how great Thanksgiving food gathering and delivering went: The help many of you gave was a wonderful expression of your caring for the poor. People stepped up to help with every aspect: purchasing food; donating checks; packing boxes; helping load boxes into cars; and delivering food.
So now, Christmas is coming and we will eagerly reach out again to at least thirty five families. In their Christmas boxes there will also be a very special Christmas card from St. Francis.
 
Here are ways you can be a part of serving these families:
·  Donate food, checks to purchase food and gift cards for families
·  Take the names of one or more children to shop for
·  Volunteer to drive. We hope that if you drove at Thanksgiving, you can drive again.
Please let us know.
·  Sort food on Saturday, December 21, at 9:00 am
·  Volunteer to load up cars with boxes of food and gifts on Sunday, December 22.
The Mission, Discipleship, Evangelism Committee gives you thanks! God bless our efforts.
Mary Ann Schroeder, For MDE
 
By Thursday, December 19 , please bring food and gifts for Christmas
for over 30 local families! 
Please choose from the following list:
Canned corn or string beans
Oranges, Tangerines
Pickles and Olives
Low Sugar Peanut Butter
Cheese, Crackers
Cookies, Candies, Cocoa, or other Christmas treats
Peanuts, Walnuts or other nuts
Cornbread mix
Rice
Checks
Book Group, Thursday, December 12
We will be reading John Woolman: Breaking the Yoke of Oppression.
Next meeting will be January 9, 2020.
Questions: Sandi Thompson, GSJayhawk@Frontier.com
Ladies Lunch Out
Third Mondays
 Monday, December 16,
11:45 am
Location this month:
Backstop Bar and Grill, Canby
Coordinator: Peggy Danford
Guys Nite Out + Gals Nite Out + Rector's Nite Out
Thursday, December 5   
Arrive by 5:45 pm at Langdon Farms
Guys Nite Out -- Table One
Gals Nite Out -- Table Two
Rector's Nite Out -- Tables One and Two
We order beverages when we arrive; food at 5:59 pm just in time for Happy Hour pricing.
What we are about : two social groups for enjoying each other's company, great conversation and food cooked by someone else.
Bonus: Visit with our Rector.
Welcoming all St. Francis men and women.
Coordinators: Gary and Sandi T:
Please direct any pastoral care questions or emergencies to Father Brendan by calling the office at 503-678-5422 or Deacon Ken Russell at 503-887-5587.

Prayer Chain
Do you have an urgent need for prayer, or do you know someone who is in need of prayer? Simply call 503-263-1509 or go to www.stfranciswilsonville.org , PRAYER CHAIN, and give your first name and prayer concern. Your request will be kept confidential and will be passed on to a chain of parish intercessors who will pray on your behalf. You may also use the Welcome Card in the pews, stating your request.
Ministry Assignments for Sunday, December 8, 2019
 
ADVENT AND WREATH CANDLE LIGHTING:
Jimmy Meissner, Declan McGuffie
 
CELEBRANT AND PREACHER:
The Reverend Brendan Barnicle
 
DEACON:
The Reverend Kenneth P. Russell
 
LECTORS:
 8:00 am: Deborah Fritts, Cindy Russell
10:30 am: Rod Chandler, Marilyn Morgan
 
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
 8:00 am: Peggy Danford
10:30 am: Eric Bradford, Kathy Gartner
 
INTERCESSORS:
 8:00 am: Mary Kirk
10:30 am: Terri Hoffmann
 
GREETERS:
 8:00 am: Ron and Sue Coleman
10:30 am: Maxine Lehl, Jean Scrugham
 
USHERS:
Jim Munyon, Richard Martens
 
ALTAR GUILD: Team #3
Gay Kuykendall, Traci Cronkrite, Many Frazier
 
BREAD BAKER:
Joyce Skogen
 
NEWCOMERS DESK:
Linda Hammersley, Janice Parker
 
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC:
Dr. Jon B. Holland
 
COFFEE HOUR:
 8:00 am: Jim and Jean Atwell, Ron and Sue Coleman
10:30 am:
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