Prayer Workshop
Sunday September 30, Board Room after both services
Do you ever wonder why Deacon Celeste stands in the baptistry during the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist? Or what goes on in the Nason Chapel (i.e., the step-up space to the right of the communion rail) during the 10:00 a.m. service)? (Answer:  Intercessory Prayer!). 
Are you curious about prayer? How we pray? Why we do it? What is the goal? If so, then come join Paula+ and Pastoral Care Shepherd, Kristina Pelá, in the Board Room, for a workshop to be held after both services on Sunday, September 30, to learn more about connecting with God in this way.
St Francis feeds the birds...
Celebrate St Francis Next Weekend!
Saturday, October 6 – Blessing of The Animals, 4:30 p.m.
Bless or remember your beloved companions in our beautiful St. Francis garden. Make sure they are safely caged or on leashes for safety!
Sunday, October 7 - Our Patron Saint’s Day!
Join us for bouncy castle, and games; and pizza and Italian ice on the patio, under the arches, after the 10:00am service!
plus directory photo op!
another chance to have your photo taken for our photo board and directory.
If you missed having your photo taken on Get Connected Sunday, here’s a second chance. David Gerhardt will be back for more photo fun!
(Middle and High School Youth)
Sunday September 30, Sandcastles on Rat Beach!
This Sunday afternoon Club YG 4-6 will gather at Rat Beach in Torrance at 4pm for a Sand Castle Building Competition! Drop off at 4pm, Pick up at 6pm. Bring a snack, Bottled water and a towel to sit on - and your creative thinking cap!
Calling All Singers!
The St Francis choir is beginning to work on music for our next Evensong on October 28. Any singers who would like to join in this special music can join the choir from 7:15-8:00 p.m. on Thursdays beginning this week. Call (310) 375 4617 Ext 228, or email Jeannie Cobb with any questions.
Clergy and Staff Notices
Rev. Laurel is currently leading a pilgrimage in Ireland. She returns September 29.
Rev. Peter is presenting at an Asian Ministry conference in Hawaii from September 26—through October 1.
Mary Sanchez is on vacation until October 8
Hyunju Huang is playing at St. John's Cathedral for the Fundraising Concert of Asian American Episcopal Ministries in the Diocese of Los Angeles—Saturday, October 13, 6:30pm-7:30pm - see below.
Other News, and Coming Up!
Habitat For Humanity
Saturday, November 10, 8:00 to 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch provided.
15 volunteers needed, plus donations for donor brick wall
Once again, God’s people are in need of a good carpenter. St. Francis is very excited to be joining together again with Habitat For Humanity to help build a home for a family in need. Please come be a part of this wonderful event or make a donation to support our Build Day. No construction experience is necessary. The only requirement is a desire to help make a difference in the lives of others.
To fund our Build Day, the St. Francis community is pledging $2,500 to Habitat For Humanity. Please consider making a donation to this very worthy cause. To help fund raise, the St. Francis community will present the family that will live in the house with an artistic "brick wall". Each brick in this wall will contain the name of a St. Francis donor. Br icks can be purchased for $50. Checks should be made payable to “St. Francis Church” with Habitat for Humanity in the memo section. Please contact Mike Spalding to sign up, or with any questions at (310) 897-3097.
Volunteer at harbor interfaith—
Next Thursday, October 4 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Volunteer as a group in the food pantry at Harbor Interfaith, in San Pedro. To find out more, contact— Hank Gatlin ,
Crafters and Wanna-Be's
Next Saturday, October 6 - 9am - noon
Do you work with yarn, paper, fabric or paint? Do you want to be able to come together with others who do the same or to expand your knowledge?
Join us to meet in the board room and take advantage of the long tables, good lighting and quiet setting. See what projects others have and share yours. Contact - Anna Eakins (310 297-0701).
Support Our Seminarians Through the Bishop's Guild
Bishop's Tea here at St Francis Saturday, October 13, 3 – 5 p.m.
It is through prayers and gifts that we support our seminarians today, and provide for the church’s priests and bishops of tomorrow. Some of the seminarians are married, with families, and some are older and have left business positions. Some are young people without sufficient means to complete their studies. Traditionally, the annual Tea and Garden Party is the major fundraising event of the year. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Seminarians as guests of the Bishop’s Guild.St. Francis Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is pleased to host the event this year in partnership with the diocesan ECW Board.
Cost for the Tea is $25 per person paid before October 8, $30 at the door.
Gathering the Music and Story of Our Hearts
Saturday October 13, 2018 6:30 p.m.
St. John's Cathedral
(Flyer attached and link below)
The Gathering, a Diocesan ministry to Asian Americans, will host an evening of music performance. This fundraising event will feature our very own organist, Hyunju Hwang, and two other Asian musicians who are active in our Diocese. Come hear the musicians perform amazing music as well as speak about the role of music in their spirituality and identity. Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door. For more information, please contact Rev. Peter or click here...

Bishop Michael Curry on the "Way of Love"
Sunday October 14, 2018 after both services, Board Room
At the General Convention this past July, our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry spoke eloquently on the "Way of Love" as our call as Christians and followers of Jesus. We will be showing the video of his sermon and engaging each other in how we might grow together in this Way of Love.
Art and Wine is Back This Year!
Fun, Fellowship, & Excitement.
Saturday, October 20, 6-9 p.m.
Tickets are $40 pre-sale. $50 at the door.
Once again, St. Francis Episcopal Church is proud to bring you the Art and Wine Event!
There will be food stations, new and past wineries to enjoy, craft breweries, Molly Miller Jazz Band, art to purchase from our own church family, a wine grab, and of course a silent auction. We really hope that you can attend. Please consider buying a ticket for you and a friend.
Any help and donations are welcome. We can always use wine for our wine grab and any silent auction items you would like to donate such as trips, tickets, restaurant gift cards, etc.
You are what will make this event a success to benefit St. Francis! Please feel free to contact the church office or Jennifer and Alex Sams, (310) 375-2962.
Ongoing Spiritual Groups
Meditation Group - Thursday Mornings, 9-10:00 a.m. Nason Chapel, main church. No charge.
Yoga - Monday mornings 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday mornings 8:45 a.m. Free-will offering.
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