St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

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January 19, 2023

PO Box 445 (mailing address)
8818 SW Miley Road (physical address)
Wilsonville, OR 97070 
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Third Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday, January 22, 2023

The Lesssons

Isaiah 9:1-4

Psalm 27:1, 5-13

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Matthew 4:12-23

Preparing for Sunday
St. Francis subscribes to a weekly service called Preparing for Sunday, which provides some brief commentary on the bible readings for the upcoming weeks. It can be found on the Sermons & Services page on the St. Francis website ( I encourage all of you to consider looking at it prior to Sunday, particularly if you are a lector for the week.
Father Brendan
Participants in this Week's Services

Serving at 8 am

LEM: Susy Mekarski

Intercessor: Peggy Danford

Lector: Susy Mekarski

Lector: Dale Rushton

Ushers/Greeters: Peggy Danford and Don Nash

Altar Guild: Ron and Sue Coleman

Serving at 10:30 am

LEMs: Doug Horton and Joe Schiwek, Jr.

Intercessor: Mary Ann Schroeder

Lector: Pam Gorder

Lector: Oliver Meskell

Ushers/Greeters: Ed and Marianne Burnside

Usher/Videographer: Jason Olson

Altar Guild: Bob and Kay Sharp and Shirley Treadwell

Flower Guild: Carolynne Fairweather

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This Week at St. Francis

Thursday, January 19

1:00 pm - Threads of Love

7:00 pm - Vestry

7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group

Friday, January 20

10:00 am - Al Anon

Sunday, January 22

8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist

9:00 am - Adult Formation

10:30 am - Sunday School

10:30 am - Eucharist, Live Eucharist on YouTube/Facebook

12:30 pm - Misa

Monday, January 23

3:00 pm - Contemplative Prayer Group

7:30 pm - AA

Tuesday, January 24

4:00 pm - Caring Ministry Meeting

7:00 pm - RA

Wednesday, January 25

12:00 pm - Noon Eucharist

1:00 pm - Staff Meeting

7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm - AA

Thursday, January 26

10:00 am - Book Group

1:00 pm - Threads of Love

7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group

Friday, January 27

10:00 am - Al Anon

Sunday, January 29

8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist

9:00 am - Adult Formation

10:30 am - Sunday School

10:30 am - Eucharist, Live Eucharist on YouTube/Facebook

12:00 pm - Annual Meeting

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.

Annual Meeting & Lunch

The St. Francis Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, January 29th at noon. Lunch will be served. Help us to know how much lunch to prepare by signing up in the Narthex. Also, feel free to bring your own lunch, if you would prefer. We look forward to gathering together.

Threads of Love

Blanket Sets for Salud Medical Center

Our mighty ministry team completed 122 blanket ensembles for Salud Medical Center in Woodburn. Give yourselves a big pat on the back! We are thrilled that our collective efforts will bring additional joy to the families of 122 newborns in 2023. These were delivered on Wednesday, January 11th.


Post-Surgery Bags

Last Thursday we also began cutting and sewing post-surgery bags for Medical Missionaries International. We will meet every Thursday in January from 1 pm – 3 pm in the Parish Hall to produce as many of these as possible. Our Outreach Ministry will supply washcloths, toothbrushes, and other personal hygiene supplies. This Thursday, we will share some tips and tricks on making these bags for your consideration.


Please mark your calendars:

Thursday, January 19th

Thursday, January 26th


We hope to see many of you on Thursday!

Contemplative Prayer Group

A contemplative prayer group meets twice per month on Monday at 3 pm in the Parish Hall library. We do Lectio Divina and sit for Centering Prayer, among other devotions. Our next meeting will be on January 23rd at 3 pm. If you are interested in Silent Prayer or Contemplation and want to join the prayer group or ask for more information, please contact Lucia Jorge-Nebert (call or text: 971-341-2068, email: or Marcia Burdon (text only: 503-380-7820, email:

Ladies Lunch

Let’s do lunch! We hope you can join us on Tuesday, February 7th at 11:45 am. We will meet at Langdon Farms. A head count is helpful so there is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Questions? Contact Peggy Danford or Sandi Thompson

Lenten Booklets

St. Francis will produce a Lenten booklet again this year. Please send your submissions to Jodi at 

Walk the Camino

Brendan and Spitzi will be walking the Camino from May 2 to May 12. They are walking a shortened version that is only 85 miles. All are welcome to join them. They will be flying to Santiago de Compostella in Northern Spain on May 1 and taking a shuttle out to their starting point. While Brendan will not make travel arrangements, he will be in Spain as a resource for all. Interested parties can contact Brendan, and a meeting will be held later this month.

Memorial Gardens Update

Calling all garden lovers with pruning tools! On March 10, our teacher of fine pruning, Masa Mijuno, will be at St. Francis to work with us. He is a gifted gardener and master fine pruner. We’ll be working in the memorial gardens from 8:30 am until about 2:30 pm (depending on how awful the weather is) and we’ll take about an hour for hot soup and bread at about 11:30 (bring some if you can!). You are welcome to come for all or any part of the day. The gardens will be beautiful (we’ll likely be drenched) and we will learn great techniques from Masa. Bring your best pruning tools and dress for the weather! Questions? Contact Terri Hoffmann.

Treasurer’s Report

Pledge income for December 2022 alone was $18,662 over budget.  

Pledge income for the year was $15,150 over budget.   

January 1 – December 31 Income from all sources:

Budgeted: $376,635

Actual: $397,360

Difference: over budget $20,725


January 1 – December 31 Expenses:

Budgeted: $362,396

Actual: $332,891

Difference: under budget $29,505

The bottom line: Through December our Income from all sources was over our Expenses in the amount of $64,469.

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

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!