St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

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November 17, 2022

PO Box 445 (mailing address)
8818 SW Miley Road (physical address)
Wilsonville, OR 97070 
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Christ the King

Outreach Sunday

Sunday, November 20, 2022

The Lesssons

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Psalm 46

Colossians 1:11-20

Luke 23:33-43

Forward Day by Day – Luke 14:26-27

"Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple."

I recently encountered my son’s former first-grade teacher. I hadn’t seen her in several years, but my son has never forgotten her. In the hearts and minds of her students, she has attained the status of a saint. On this occasion however, we didn’t talk about teaching but parenting. She told me that in all the difficulties of watching children grow into young adults, she had learned a valuable lesson: “We must be okay when they’re not okay.”

In today’s passage, Christ challenges the order of our priorities. Do we truly live for him or for those around us? Do we prioritize his desires for our lives, or are we living to please and protect others first? It can be painful to watch the missteps of those we love, but ultimately, when we place Christ’s expectations at the center of our choices, we choose the best for those around us.

Moving Forward: How can we truly make Christ’s desires our own?

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: Peggy Danford

Intercessor: Mary Kirk

Lector: Jean Atwell

Lector: Ron Coleman

Ushers/Greeters: Rebecca Engen and Paula Robke

Altar Guild: Dale Rushton and Peggy Danford

Serving at 10:30 am

LEM: Doug Horton and John Wisecaver

Intercessor: Mary Ann Schroeder

Lector: Mary Ann Schroeder

Lector: Marianne Burnside

Usher/Greeter: Ed and Marianne Burnside

Usher/Videographer: Jim Munyon

Altar Guild: Manya Frazier and Kathy Miller

Flower Guild: Debbi Kapp and Ann Frazier

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This Week at St. Francis

Thursday, November 17

1:00 pm - Threads of Love

7:00 pm - Vestry

7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group

Friday, November 18

10:00 am - Al Anon

Saturday, November 19

8:30 am - Outreach Committee meeting

10:00 am - Thanksgiving Box Packing

Sunday, November 20

Deliver Thanksgiving Boxes

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, November 21

2:00 pm - Contemplative Prayer Group

7:30 pm - AA

Tuesday, November 22

7:00 pm - RA

Wednesday, November 23

12:00 pm - Noon Eucharist

1:00 pm - Staff Meeting

7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm - AA

Thursday, November 24 - Thanksgiving Day

7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group

Friday, November 25 - Office Closed

10:00 am - Al Anon

Sunday, November 27

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

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.

Catechumenate 2023

You are cordially invited to join us for the 2023 Catechumenate (Cat23)! You will be welcomed and you will learn things if any of the following questions are yours: Were you baptized as a baby or not at all? Would you like to know more about the Episcopal tradition? Would you like to know more about St. Francis Wilsonville? Are you interested in getting to know some great folks? Would you like to get baptized?

Cat23 is a long, leisurely exploration of what God is calling each of us to be and do as members of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement. We meet on Sundays from noon - 2pm in the Parish Hall; we share lunch, stories, prayers, reflections, and some wisdom. We work to understand the scriptures and to learn what God hopes for each of us and the community of St. Francis. For more information or to enroll, email Terri Hoffmann


Advent Poetry

The Advent poetry discussion series will begin on November 27th at 9:00 am and continue through December 18th. Ken Ballard, who has facilitated this series for several years, has chosen 24 wonderful advent-themed poems for us to explore. Since Ken has moved out of state, Elisa Dale will be leading the discussions. We have plenty of booklets and hope to have a good turnout for these four Advent Sundays. 

Clergy Bears Return!

Clergy Bear ornaments will be on sale beginning Sunday, November 27th, before and after both services. They have original collars from clergy at St. Francis, past and present. Proceeds will be used to benefit the St. Francis Altar Guild. Thank you for your support!

Clara Woodridge, Jan Baird, and Dale Rushton

Ladies Lunch

Let’s do lunch! We hope you can join us on Tuesday, December 5th at 11:45 am. We will meet at Outback in Wilsonville. A head count is helpful so there is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. We will be heading to Carole Biskar’s after lunch for cookies. Questions? Contact Peggy Danford or Sandi Thompson.

Christmas Flowers

Christmas Flowers grace our worship space around the altar, around the walls, in the entry, the Narthex and in the windows. If you would like to honor loved ones or simply contribute funds for the beauty of the holiday, please look for contribution envelopes on Sundays in Advent, or request one from the office or Terri Hoffmann.

Collection for Newborn Babies

On Epiphany Sunday, January 8th, it has been our tradition to support the babies of Salud Medical Center in Woodburn with gifts of knitted baby hats and handmade baby blankets. Our gifts also include disposable diapers and baby clothes. As you shop during this season, be on the lookout for sales, and please remember these little ones. There will be a basket in the Narthex where you can drop off your donations. We will be collecting these items until Sunday, January 8th. Thanks! Jane Domagalski (503-266-9440)

Caring Ministry 

The Caring Ministry will be meeting on November 29th at noon. This is a new meeting time. 

Lent Booklets

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

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!