Church Office Closed Monday, September 3
The church office will be closed Monday, September 3, for Labor Day.
Your September Bellringer!
Everything you need to kick-off the new program year.
Plus the latest from Rev. Laurel on our Youth Groups program.
Sunday School - Starts September 9
  • No Sunday School this week - Labor Day Weekend
  • Godly Play resumes on Sunday September 9, and registration forms will be available in the office and at Sunday School rooms.

Godspeed, Suzanne Gatlin .
Sunday School and Family Ministries’ Coordinator
Youth Groups also Start September 9
CRASH! (6th-8th grades) & eMERGE! (9th-12th grades)
  • Parent & Youth Meeting - next Sunday, Sep 9, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • also next Sunday, Sep 9, CRASH! and eMERGE Youth Group - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m
Contact Rev. Laurel for questions. See you there!
Next Week is Undie Sunday
Sunday, September 9.  
Please consider donating a package of underwear to help the homeless at St. Luke's. For women, gently used bras are always appreciated. Both men and women need briefs, socks, and undershirts or camisoles. You can leave donations in a basket outside the church at either service or drop them off in the office.
New! Meditation Group Thursday Mornings
Starting Next Thursday, September 6, from 9-10:00 a.m.
Our seminarian, Jude, will lead a weekly meditation group in the Nason Chapel in the church for any and all who have an interest in prayer, and the time, on Thursday mornings! The morning will begin with prayer and a reading, followed by a time for meditation, and will conclude with a brief scripture passage reflection.
No experience necessary and all are welcome!
Contact : Jude Lyons.
V olunteer at Harbor Interfaith with St. Francis Parishioners
Next Thursday, September 6, and every 1 st Thursday of every month, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Did you know that St. Francis volunteers as a group in the food pantry at Harbor Interfaith, in San Pedro? We kicked off the summer on June 7th, and again on July 5th and August 2nd bagging and stocking groceries for the working poor and homeless families and individuals Harbor Interfaith serves. Some have also helped in their clothes closet. During this past year, St. Francis has donated over 1,600 bags of clothes, etc. and over 6,000 pieces of fruit to Harbor Interfaith. The opportunity to help this impactful organization further is a great opportunity and a blessing.
Upcoming volunteer dates for the fall season:
Thursdays, September 6th, October 4th, November 1st, and December 6th.
If interested, please contact Hank and/or sign up in the church office. Thanks and Godspeed!
Choir Re-Starts—Come For Fun, Health, Spirit, and Fellowship!
Choir rehearsals begin again Next Thursday, September 6, 7:15 p.m.
Parish Photo Board Update!
It's been a while since we created our parish photo board. It was a great resource when we held Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall, but now we’re outside most weeks, we will be creating a new display on the rolling bulletin boards. But we need to hear from you...

Other News, and Coming Up!
Calling All Acolytes...New Ones And Veterans!
Sunday, September 9, at 8:45 a.m. between services
Join us under the Arches outside the main church, for doughnuts and juice before our training/refresher session for all youth interested in serving as acolytes. Our veterans are encouraged to come and help show our new acolytes the ropes and to gather a few refresher tips as well. This is a very special ministry and all youth interested in serving are encouraged to attend this training.  Questions? Please contact Hank , or just show up on the day. Thank you for serving!
A-men’s Corner “Continues Down the Road”
Wednesday, September 12, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
After a fun summer of three monthly conversations with the men of our parish, there was strong support for continuing these valuable informal discussions. Come join Peter+ and Canon Hank and connect with other men at St. Francis over a meal or cup of coffee. Let us know if you can join us – or just stop by!
St Luke’s Breakfast and Shower Ministry
Saturday, September 15, 7:30 to approx 9:30 a.m.
The St. Luke's Breakfast and Shower Ministry always loves new volunteers. This fall we will serve breakfast on Saturday, September 15, and again on Saturday, November. 17, starting at 7:30 a.m. This activity is appropriate for families with children of middle-school age or older. St. Luke's is located at 525 East. 7th Street, Long Beach . Email Gayle Taylor at with any questions.
Get Connected Sunday!
Sunday, September 16.  
Yes, it's almost here! Time to kick-off our Fall season after the summer by getting re-connected with old friends, and meeting some new ones!
After the 10 a.m. service, the Friars (men's group) will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, with coleslaw, chips, dessert and all the trimmings!
  • Jumping Castle for the kids,
  • Ministry Council table with information on our ministries
  • Candy guessing jar,
  • Photos (get your update for our photo board and directory), and much more. 
  • Fun! Fun! Fun!
St Francis Outreach Scholarship Fund
Time to sign up, or re-register, for Ralphs community rewards program.
The fund receives $1000 yearly from parishioners who sign up their Ralphs card. If you haven't yet done so, please consider it. There's no cost to you!!!
Even if you're already registered, you must re-register each year starting September 1. From this year, there is no option to register by phone - you must go online.
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Email Rev. Laurel , 310-375 4616 x229
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