St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

Weekly E-Blast

November 9, 2023

PO Box 445 (mailing address)
8818 SW Miley Road (physical address)
Wilsonville, OR 97070 
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Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Veterans Day Celebration

Sunday, November 12, 2023

The Lesssons

Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25

Psalm 78:1-7

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13

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: Marilyn Morgan

Lector: Linda Nash

Lector: Ron Coleman

Ushers/Greeters: Rebecca Engen and Paula Robke

Altar Guild: Gay Kuykendall and Paul Morgan

Serving at 10:30 am

LEMs: Susy Mekarski and Kevin Tucker

Intercessor: Mary Stewart

Lector: Gaby Vaught

Lector: Ann Frazier

Ushers: Richard Martens and Rob Campbell

Usher/Videographer: Joe Clifford

Welcome Table: Rich and Phyllis Clark

Altar Guild: Bob and Kay Sharp

Flower Guild: Carolynne Fairweather

Coffee Hour Hosts: Jane Domagalski and Claire Nail

Click here for the Full Church Calendar

This Week at St. Francis

Thursday, November 9 - Office Closed

10:00 am - Book Group

1:00 pm - Threads of Love

5:30 pm - Guys and Gals Nite Out at Parkway Grill at the Hilton

7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group

November 12

8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist

9:00 am - Adult Formation

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

12:30 pm - Misa

Monday, Novmember 13

7:00 pm - Bell Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm - AA

Tuesday, November 14

11:45 am - Ladies Lunch at Oswego Grill

TBD - Movie Tuesday at Canby Cinema

Wednesday, November 15

12:00 pm - Noon Eucharist

1:00 pm - Staff Meeting

7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm - AA

Thursday, November 16

7:00 pm - Vestry

7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group

Saturday, November 18

9:00 am - Thanksgiving Box Packing

November 19 - Deliver Thanksgiving Boxes

8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist

9:00 am - Adult Formation

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

12:30 pm - Misa

4:00 pm - Dinner Church

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 [email protected] 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.

St. Francis Directory

New to St. Francis? Please send your contact information to Jodi in the office so that you can be added to both our online and print directories. Additionally, if you have recently moved and need to update your contact information, let Jodi know.

Dinner Church

We will gather for “Friendsgiving” Dinner Church on Sunday, November 19, at 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Father Brendan will make chicken thighs and we will have a potluck for sides, salads, and desserts. There is a sign up sheet in the Information Center. We will have dinner, break bread, and celebrate the Eucharist.

Adult Formation

Adult Formation resumes our conversations about enneagram and spirituality this Sunday at 9:15 in the conference room. Each of us has an enneagram type that we developed as toddlers and keep for life; our individual types are good to understand for their gifts as well as their demons. If you don’t know your type, you can take one of several online tests or use ‘the essential enneagram’, a small book by David Daniels, MD and Virginia Price, PhD (available from Amazon). If you’d like links to online tests, you can search or email [email protected] for links.

Calling All Knitters

The weather is turning cooler, and a ball of yarn will feel good in your hands! It is time to begin knitting baby hats for Salud Medical Clinic in Woodburn. These will be paired with little blankets made by Threads of Love Ministry and collected during our celebration on Epiphany Sunday, January 7th. We will need a lot of little hats to keep up with the busy people in this ministry, so we welcome all knitters. Any pattern and any color would be wonderful! Some yarn and patterns are available in the Information Center.

The Threads of Love ministry has already made many baby blankets for Salud Medical Clinic, and they wish to pair them each with a baby hat. Please consider making a few baby hats, and bringing them to church when finished. If you have a huge stockpile of hats that you have been making, bring them in. The Threads of Love Ministry would be so happy, and so will the babies. 

Jane Domagalski

Ladies Lunch

Our next Ladies Lunch will be on Tuesday, November 14, at 11:45 at Oswego Grill. A sign up sheet is in the Information Center.

Questions? Contact Peggy Danford or Sandi Thompson.

Movie Tuesday

Our next Movie Tuesday will be on November 14 at Canby Cinema. Movie and time are TBD when the theater releases the schedule, but it will be in the afternoon. We will come back to the Parish Hall for pizza following the movie. Join us!

Guys and Gals Nite Out

GALS NITE OUT - inviting all St. Francis Women

GUYS NITE OUT - inviting all St. Francis Men.

Second Thursday, November 9

New Place: Parkway Grille at the Hilton in Wilsonville

We'll start gathering at 5:00 for Happy Hour.  

We'll order food around 5:30 or so.  

Arrive as traffic allows between 5:00 & 5:30.

Agenda:  Get to know one another better. Go home happy having had a good time.

Facilitators: Doug Horton & Gary Thompson.  

Co-Sponsors: Don Nash & John Wisecaver


a documentary by Margo Guernsey and Nikki Bramley


November 12, 2023 | 4 PM 

Location:  Parish of St John the Baptist, Portland, OR 


This 90-minute documentary film is the story of eleven women who succeeded in building a movement that opened the doors to women's ordination to the priesthood, challenging the very essence of a church that had been patriarchal from the beginning of Christendom.


It begins in 1974 with an act of civil disobedience, in which a group of women and their supporters arranged their ordination to Episcopal priesthood. They are welcomed at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, but face resistance, harassment, and the loss of friendships; some are banned from church property. 


The event is free.

We will collect a love offering to support Wisdom House in Sandy OR, which houses the ongoing ministries of The Rev. Alla Bozarth-Campbell, the youngest of the eleven ordained.

Cookies and coffee will follow the screening.


For more about the film, go to: 


Hosted by Parish of St John the Baptist 

on the campus of Oregon Episcopal School

6300 SW Nicol Road

Portland OR 97223



The film screening is underwritten by churches of the Sunset Convocation

Episcopal Church in Western Oregon


For more about the film, go to: 

Treasurer’s Report

Pledge income for October 2023 alone was $1,280 over budget. However, Pledge income for the first 10 months through October 31 was $13,075 under budget.   

January 1 – October 31 Income from all sources:

Budgeted: $289,517

Actual: $292,532

Difference: over budget by $3,016 


January 1 – October 31 Expenses:

Budgeted: $291,035

Actual: $294,093

Difference: over budget by $3,058

The bottom line: Through October 31, our Income from all sources was under Expenses in the amount of $1,561.

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.

Ministry Prayers – Children’s Ministry

Each week, in our Prayers of the People, we pray for a ministry here at St. Francis. This week, we pray for our Children’s Ministry. We at St. Francis are blessed by the lovely presence of our young people, and by their joy, curiosity, and energy. The Children's Ministry involves: Nursey Care for ages 0-4, Sunday School for ages 5-11, and participation in the Sunday services as readers and acolytes. The young people also have participated in the All Saints' Day service, the Palm Sunday Passion Play, the Christmas Eve pageant, the Veteran's Day service, and the annual Easter Egg hunt. The support and encouragement of Fr. Brendan and the congregation is very much appreciated.


Are you interested in joining this Ministry? Contact Jane Domagalski for more information. 

Did You Know? – Wrought Iron Gate

The wrought iron gate to the entrance of the Tower Garden was a gift from Dick and Lois Parker.

Parish Outreach

Wilsonville Food Bank

The food bank is in need of CEREAL AND PEANUT BUTTER. They normally do not need cereal, but at this time they do. They also need storable fresh fruit – apples and oranges only. Any other fruit is hard to keep fresh long enough. They do not want the giant size containers of peanut butter, and please only non-stir varieties. They also do not need rice or pasta. Please put any donations in the cart in the Narthex. A volunteer takes the food to the Food Bank every Tuesday.