St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church
Weekly E-Blast
January 13, 2022
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday, January 16, 2022
COVID Protocols
In response to the recent spike in Covid cases, we will refrain from congregational singing until the current surge subsides.
If there is severe weather this winter and Brendan cannot make it to church, he will send out an email to alert everyone. However, services will still continue on YouTube, and Brendan will broadcast from home.
Sunday School for ages 4-10 at the 10:30 service
The young people will have class and then return to church during the Peace for the latter part of the church service. We will follow Covid precautions by asking all to wear a mask. We look forward to special times together.
Linda Tasker, Jane Domagalski

Participants in this Week's Services
Serving at 8 am
LEM: Susy Mekarski
Intercessor: Deb Fritts
Lector: Jim Kirk
Lector: Mary Kirk
Ushers/Greeters: Ron and Sue Coleman
Altar Guild: Dale Rushton and Peggy Danford
Serving at 10:30 am
LEM: Doug Horton
Intercessor: Mark Stewart
Lector: Cindy Russell
Lector: Jeanette Munyon
Usher/Greeter: Rob Campbell
Usher/Videographer: Mark Stewart
Altar Guild: Manya Frazier and Kathy Miller
Flower Guild: Jeanette Munyon
This Week at St. Francis

Thursday, January 13
10:00 am - Book Group on Zoom
1:00 pm - Threads of Love
7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom

Friday, January 14
10:00 am - Al Anon
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom

Sunday, January 16
8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist
10:30 am - Sunday School
10:30 am - Eucharist, Live Eucharist on YouTube/Facebook
12:30 pm - Misa

Monday, January 17

Tuesday, January 18
7:00 pm - RA
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom

Wednesday, January 19
12:00 pm - Noon Eucharist
1:00 pm - Staff Meeting
7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom
7:30 pm - AA

Thursday, January 20
1:00 pm - Threads of Love
7:00 pm - Vestry
7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom

Friday, January 21
10:00 am - Al Anon
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom

Sunday, January 23
8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist
10:30 am - Sunday School
10:30 am - Eucharist, Live Eucharist on YouTube/Facebook
12:00 pm - Catechumenate 2022
12:30 pm - Misa
Parish Activities
If you would like your announcements to be included in this newsletter, or in the Sunday bulletin, please email them to the office at by Tuesday evening (7:30 pm). Please include a contact person within the announcement in case there are questions. Announcements will run for two weeks or until the event takes place.
Our Stewardship Quilt is hanging in the Narthex. Each piece represents a pledge to St Francis for 2022. A drawing for the quilt will be held at the Annual Meeting on January 23rd. Any one in the congregation can enter the drawing. If you have submitted a pledge card, then we have your name for the drawing. If you have not submitted a pledge card, simply email the office and we will include you. If you would not like to be included in the drawing, also email the office and we will remove your name.
Ushers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to usher at the 10:30 am services. Please contact Richard Martens if you are interested in helping as an usher. Thank you.
Catechumenate 2022
An ancient tradition of preparation for baptism, catechumenate at St. Francis is a relaxed, comfortable community. If you are new to the Episcopal tradition, new to St. Francis, have never been baptized or baptized as an infant, or just want to get to know some other good folks, join us! We will meet on Sundays from noon-2:00 pm, share lunch, stories, prayers, and reflections, and get to know a little of what God hopes for each of us. We meet through the winter and into early Easter season - a long time that goes by quickly. For information, you can go to the parish website or find a hard copy in the Communications Center at St. Francis by mid-November. To enroll or get information in person, contact Christopher Onstad or Terri Hoffmann.

St. Francis prayer chain invites you to join us in praying for others, a gift that blesses them and us. Deacon Ken emails us prayer requests; we pray as we can in our own time and place. Sometimes miracles happen, and there is always comfort. If you have a few minutes in your day, you have all the tools you need. Email or call Dcn. Ken (, 503-887-5587) to be added to the Prayer Chain at St. Francis or to request prayers for yourself or others.
St. Francis Book Group on Zoom
The book group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00 am on Zoom. (No in person meetings at this time.) We are currently reading On the Brink of Everything by Parker Palmer.

Weekday Evenings Compline
7:30 pm on Zoom
Bible Study Monday nights

The zoom link is sent out each weekday.
Adult Formation on Trauma
Beginning this Sunday, Brendan will lead a multi-week series on trauma and God’s grace.
Lenten Booklet
Over the past several years, during the season of Lent, we were all given a charming little booklet with meditations for each day of Lent. The entries consisted of original prose and poems, as well as submissions of favorite poems, psalms, Bible passages, uplifting thoughts, points to ponder, and children’s artwork. The entries came from us, our wonderful, talented St. Francis parishioners, from young and old, and drew us closer together for our Lenten journey.
We need your submissions in order to do this. If possible, please submit your entries digitally to the church office. Ash Wednesday is March 2nd, 2022 but the entries must be in by Wednesday, February 23rd. 
Threads of Love Ministry - Come join us
We are approaching completion of our 2021 Baby Blanket project for Salud Medical Center and Pacific Pediatrics in Woodburn. Thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in this ministry, we will provide close to 120 blanket ensembles (flannel baby blanket, burp cloth, and knitted cap) to families in celebration of the births of their new children! 

New Project
We are happy to announce a new project and invite anyone interested to join us. During the month of January, we will be sewing cloth bags for Medical Ministries International (, a team of doctors and nurses who will travel to Mexico in February 2022, performing much needed surgeries. The bags will be sent home with patients and contain post-surgery prescriptions and personal hygiene supplies.  

We will meet in person in the Parish Hall each Thursday in January from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm to cut, iron, and sew together. Covid protocols will be observed. Please join us on as many of these days as you are able.

If you would prefer to participate by sewing at home, we are happy to provide you with instructions and/or a pre-cut kit that only requires assembly.

Carole Biskar, Mary Kirk, Dale Rushton
GNI = Guys Nite Out!
Inviting: All St. Francis men to a “nite out” every second Thursday when the current Covid situation allows us to meet in person.
Next GNI: Due to Covid, this could be a while. Keep an eye out for announcements.
Agenda: Good conversation, getting to know each other better, and maybe solving all of the world’s problems.
Goal: Have a great time and leave happy.
Sponsors:   Doug Horton, Fr. Brendan, John Wisecaver, Gary Thompson
Treasurer’s Report
Pledge income for December alone was $2,327 under budget. However, pledge income for the first 12 months through December was $22,895 over budget due to some Parishioners prepaying their annual pledge in full earlier in the year.    
January 1 – December 31 Income from all sources:
Budgeted: $339,824
Actual: $373,806
Difference: over $33,982
January 1 – December 31 Expenses:
Budgeted: $337,179
Actual: $316,282
Difference: under $20,897

The bottom line: Through December 31, our income from all sources exceeded our expenses in the amount of $57,523.
The monthly financial report is posted on the Bulletin Board at the church.
We thank you for your gracious contributions that help us to care well for ourselves and the communities we serve.
Parish Outreach
Many thanks to the lovely generous people of St. Francis! As we celebrated Epiphany, our members came forth with an amazing amount of gifts - diapers, onesies, sleepers - for the children in our midst at Salud Medical Center in Woodburn. Talented knitters in our church and neighborhood came forth with beautiful baby hats, and the Threads of Love Ministry added blankets and burp cloths to make 127 sweet bundles for our Woodburn friends. Epiphany brings light into our lives, and becomes more beautiful as we share with others.

Thank you for your generosity and love.
Wilsonville Food Bank
They need peanut butter and storable fresh fruit such as apples and oranges. NO CEREAL, please. You can drop off your donations to the church. A volunteer takes the food to the Food Bank every Tuesday.
Thank you all for helping with this important need!
Knitters Alert!
We will again be knitting baby hats for the Salud Medical Clinic in Woodburn, to be given to newborns there (and to their older siblings)! The members of our Sewing Ministry have offered to make matching receiving blankets to go with some of the hats, so they could be given as a set. As you all knit the hats, please bring them to the church so the stitchers can make a matching little quilt. This is a lovely new idea. We have generous and talented folks in our knitting and sewing ministries!
We will be gathering the baby hats, blankets, baby clothes and diapers when we celebrate Epiphany in January.