St. Francis of Assisi
Notes and Reminders
September 5, 2019
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Sunday, September 8

Bishop Hanley’s visit to St. Francis
The Sacrament of Confirmation, including reaffirmation of one’s baptismal vows and reception into the Episcopal Church, will be offered at St. Francis during the visit of Bishop Hanley. Confirmation is a traditional rite of passage welcoming teens, adults, and those newly baptized into a mature membership in the Christian community. Reaffirmation of baptismal vows is for those who would like to make a formal declaration of spiritual renewal. Reception into the Church is to formally welcome newcomers into the Church.

The Bishop will be blessing backpacks provided by MDE for the students going back to school. Several of the families will be attending the service. We invite all our students to bring their backpacks for a blessing.

Envelopes will be available in the Narthex for the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund. This offering is taken when the Bishop visits the parish.
Parish Cycle of Prayer
In our Parish Cycle of Prayer, we pray for our clergy: Brendan, Christine, and Ken. We pray for our Altar Guild and for the households of Dale Yost, Jim and Jean Atwell, Pat Auxier and Gale
Gieseke and Jan Baird.
Adult Formation will begin again on Sunday, September 15.
Sunday School will resume on Sunday, September 15.
Announcements  ~ Activities ~  Ministries
Pat Simmons’ Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 pm.
Organ Update
The Rodgers organ console has been dismantled and removed from the church thanks to Ed Burnside and Gary Thompson . Gary is taking selected parts from the console to create a collage. Part of the console may also be used in a temporary altar to be used while we worship in the Parish Hall for three weeks in October.
Jon Holland
All Parish Survey!
As we begin our fifth decade as a parish, our third decade in the 21st century, and our first decade with Fr. Brendan, please complete a short survey that will help us zero in on our parish goals for 2020. We hope that every member of the parish will complete the survey, so we’re making it available three ways: in an email sent to every email address in our directory, in a link to Survey Monkey, and in hard copy available from the office for those without internet access. Our goal is your input toward 20/20 Vision!
Here is the link to the survey:
The Backpack Buddies
Last year many parishioners stepped up to help us provide weekend food for some Wilsonville children. We meet once a month to sort and pack food (in the parish hall) beginning Monday, September 9 and Tuesday, September 10 . Other volunteers deliver the food to the schools once a week (usually Thursday morning). If you can help during the month of September, please sign up on the clipboard in the Narthex. Thank you, Linda Tasker

Noon Eucharist to begin Wednesday, September 25

St. Francis Day, Sunday, O ctober 6
St. Francis will be celebrating the feast day of our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis saw in all creation--animals, plants, stars, people—the beautiful evidence of God’s handiwork. We are so honored to share in the name of this beloved saint, and we all continually strive to be worthy of his name. On this day people are invited to bring their animals to church for a personal blessing during the service. It is both a fun, and yet very moving experience to have your little dog, cat, turtle or parakeet blessed and honored.
Calling Cookie Makers!
October 6 , St. Francis Day, it is our tradition during the coffee hours to serve animal shaped cookies as the treats of the day. Actually, they could also be stars, trees or flowers too! We have had wonderful varieties of cookies, some frosted, some not; some gingerbread, some chocolate. We have wonderful bakers, and they take this on enthusiastically!! Contact Jane Domagalski , and let her know as soon as possible if you are able to make a couple dozen treats or sign up at the Information Center.

Memorial Garden Committee seeking new members to maintain the East Memorial Garden. Contact Judy Bruce at

St. Francis Safety Plan
The Vestry is looking for members to be on a committee to develop a “Safety Plan’ for St. Francis. This would include what is to be done in case of an earthquake, fire, active shooter, etc. The Diocese has examples, so it would not have to be created from scratch. If you be would be interested in serving on the Safety Plan Committee, please contact Bruce Schroeder, Senior Warden or any vestry member.
On September 29 , St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will be celebrating its 40th Birthday.
Our parish began with a small gathering of dedicated people, and has grown into a lovely, lively church where we find both spiritual comfort and a deep sense of loving family.
On Sundays, September 8 and 15 , Apryl Garmon and Susy Mekarski will be in the narthex with colorful ribbons that will be later on hung from the chandeliers for the birthday. On these you are invited to write an accomplishment, and there are many, that this amazing church has done in its 40 years. It could be last week, last year, 40 years ago. Please think on this, and please add. Thank you.
The 40th Anniversary Committee
As we remember our history of 40 years, we will revisit and reflect at three of the locations where we have met over our 40 years. That morning, for both services, we will gather as a church family at Wisdom House (our second home) for prayer and song; proceed to the Parish Hall (our third home) with prayer and song; and end up at our present sanctuary, again rejoicing!
There will be a reception in the parish hall following each service, with birthday cake.
There will be an interactive timeline on the bulletin board in the parish hall for each of you to place a note card on significant dates in your church life at St. Francis--as when you came here, when your child was baptized; when your children were married, and all other memorable times. Let’s fill it with our memories!!
We have been, and are, richly blessed at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church!

For the 40th Anniversary, Gary Thompson has graciously agreed to make small crosses from our previous organ and pipes surroundings for each of us to have a small memento of the day, and the organ.
We all can help Gary by finishing with light sanding on the corners of the crosses.
We will do this on Sunday, September 22 between services , so both 8 and 10 o’clockers can help. We will provide the emery boards. Many hands will make this go quickly! Thank you! Apryl and Jane

Decorating help Needed!
In addition to the beautiful ribbons hanging from the chandeliers on which people have written accomplishments of our church, we will be decorating the church with colorful dahlias, red, orange, yellow. We would love, and need, some helpers, maybe ten of you, to come on Saturday, September 28 at 9:30 am for the decorating party. It should not take too long, but whatever time you can give would be very appreciated.
Many thanks. Apryl and Jane

40th Anniversary Timeline Tidbits
On April 17, 1982, the Moose Lodge using the schoolhouse moved out. The building was spruced up, and St. Francis began holding services there. Plans continued for a permanent building.
On October 3, 1982 a church Founding service was held in which Bishop Bigliardi led an outside service where markers were placed for each corner of the church to be (our present day parish hall).
Calling All Knitters!!
St. Francis knitters (and crocheters) have been asked to take part in the program known as “Period of Purple Crying” sponsored by the Legacy
Hospitals in Oregon, and actually nationwide. This program seeks to reduce or even eliminate the tragedy of Shaken Baby Syndrome. As part of this program babies are given a little purple cap, and new parents take a class on ways to deal with the frustration of infant crying. The hats for this program should be at least 50% purple, soft and sized for a newborn.
We will collect these on September 29th.
Then we can begin the hats for Salud Medical Center in Woodburn, which can be any color, and not collected until January 6th.
There are purple yarns and patterns in the Information Center, and additional information on the Bulletin Board.
Thank you to all our talented knitters for sharing time and talent for these sweet causes.
For questions, please contact me, or 503-266-9440.
Jane Domagalski
Arts Ministry
The stunning artwork on display in our narthex is by Oregon City artist Cherilyn SunRidge. Her works are deeply influenced by growing up in Southeast Colorado, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Particularly in the beautiful “Deer Tracks Beckon,” Cherilyn’s Commanche ancestry is apparent.
Cherilyn studied art at Stephens College in Missouri and at the University of California. Water colors became her favorite art form despite having studied interior design and portraiture. The works on display are acrylic on canvas.
Cherilyn says, “I love to walk Earth, feel deep into the sustenance which is our daily provider.”
Her “walks” have taken her to California, Colorado, Alaska and now Oregon. She was honored in 2012 with the INDIE Excellence Book Award among many other honors.
Read more about Cherilyn SunRidge at:
Book Group
We will meet next on September 12
The Book Group is reading the Book of Joy - Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams. Come join us on the second and fourth Thursday mornings at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall Conference Room.
Questions: Sandi Thompson,
Ladies Lunch Out
Third Mondays
 Monday, September 16
11:45 am
Location this month:
Haydens on the Lake, Tualatin
Coordinator: Peggy Danford
Guys Nite Out
Thursday, September 5, 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 are welcome!
Coordinator: Gary Thompson :
Wilsonville Community Food Bank
The Wilsonville Food Bank 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 information center. A cash donation box will also be in the grocery cart for those who would like to donate money or write a check.
Mary Ann Schroeder, 503-682-1589
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.
Ministry Assignments for Sunday, September 8

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley
The Rev. Brendan Barnicle
The Ven. Canon Carter Hawley

 8:00 am: James Kirk, Mary Kirk
10:30 am: Terri Hoffman, John Wisecaver
 8:00 am: Peggy Danford
10:30 am: Terry Kester, Judy Hurst
 8:00 am: Mary Kirk
10:30 am: Mary Anne Schroeder
 8:00 am: Paula Robke, Steve Shaw
10:30 am: Candice Barnick, Andy and Kathy Miller
Tom Councell, Judy Saenz
Ron and Sue Coleman, Apryl Garmon, Jan Kester
Marianne Burnside, Heather Holland
Linda Hammersley, Janice Parker
Dr. Jon B. Holland
 8:00 am: Hospitality
10:30 am: Hospitality
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