St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

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September 21, 2023

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

Sunday, September 24, 2023

The Lesssons

Exodus 16:2-15

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Philippians 1:21-30

Matthew 20:1-16

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: Mary Kirk

Lector: Marilyn Morgan

Lector: Jean Atwell

Ushers/Greeters: Rebecca Engen and Paula Robke

Altar Guild: Jan Baird and Jan Shaver

Serving at 10:30 am

LEMs: Kevin Tucker and John Wisecaver

Intercessor: Terri Hoffmann

Lector: Bruce Schroeder

Lector: Mary Ann Schroeder

Ushers: Ed and Marianne Burnside

Usher/Videographer: Richard Martens

Welcome Table: Nyla Emory and Ann Frazier

Altar Guild: Apryl Garmon

Flower Guild: Linda Hammersley and Sandi Wilson

Coffee Hour Hosts: Marianne Burnside, Clair Nail, and Phyllis Clark

Click here for the Full Church Calendar

This Week at St. Francis

Thursday, September 21

7:00 pm - Vestry

7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group

Sunday, September 24

8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist

9:00 am - Adult Formation

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

12:30 pm - Misa

Monday, September 25

7:00 pm - Bell Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm - AA

Wednesday, September 27

12:00 pm - Noon Euchartist

1:00 pm - Staff Meeting

7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal

7:30 pm - AA

Thursday, September 28

10:00 am - Book Group

1:00 pm - Threads of Love

7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group

Saturday, September 30

4:00 pm - Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 1

8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist

9:00 am - Adult Formation

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.

Our 2024 Stewardship Campaign

You can submit your pledge with the estimate of giving card sent to you in the mail, by mailing it back to our PO box, or by placing it in the offering; pick one up at the Information Center or go online to our Give page on our website,

As part of our stewardship campaign, we will be creating a puzzle. Pledges can be in the form of time, talent, or treasure. You simply need to return a pledge card, and you will be included in our puzzleThis puzzle will be a beautiful physical manifestation of our spiritual and social unity. 

Oktoberfest, Sept 30th

Join St. Francis for our annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 30th, at 4pm. We will be celebrating the gift of community at St. Francis and the joy of giving. Please bring your pledge cards.

Dinner Church

Join us on October 29 for a Halloween-themed Dinner Church at 4:30 pm in the Parish Hall. We will have dinner, break bread, and celebrate the Eucharist.

St. Francis Ringers

Handbell Choirs offer a great opportunity to be part of a musical group with very little musical knowledge or ability, and can also offer significant challenge and growth for an experienced musician. This is a great way to meet people, develop camaraderie, and learn or develop new musical skills.

Our St Francis Ringers handbells choir is forming now for the new year. The director, Wendy Shrumm, began playing handbells over 35 years ago and has found it to be a fun way to participate in music, as well as inspiring new musical knowledge and abilities She has directed several handbell and chimes choirs over the past 20+ years, and developed lasting friendships with each one. Wendy is new to the St. Francis Ringers but looks forward to developing new friendships, sharing her knowledge of ringing skills and techniques with the group, as well as providing inspirational music for the church services. If you are interested in joining, please contact Wendy.

Adult Formation: "There is a Time"

This month, the Adult formation hour will feature "There is a Time," a series of discussions to help prepare and support us amid some of the very challenging experiences and decisions we face in our adult lives. Together, we'll explore living with grief, caring for aging loved ones, facing difficult health care decisions near the end of life, and conveying to our loved ones our own wishes for such care. Discussion leader will be the Rev. Norman Shrumm, a former Presbyterian pastor who recently retired after many years in hospital and hospice chaplaincy. 

Adult Formation - October

Beginning October 8, Adult Formation will focus on the enneagram, an ancient and useful way of better understanding ourselves and spiritual practices most helpful for each of us. 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 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 on 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.

Jane Domagalski

St. Francis Day

On October 8, St. Francis will be celebrating the feast day of our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis saw in all creation - animals, plants, stars, people - the evidence of God's handiwork. We are honored to share in the name of this beloved saint, and we continually strive to be worthy of his name. On this day, people are invited to bring their animals to church for a personal blessing. Our pets will be welcomed and blessed at both the 8 am and the 10:30 am services. It is a sweet moment, and a moving experience, to have our dog, cat, turtle, canary, etc. blessed and honored.

Pictures will be taken, and after a time on the bulletin board, they will be yours to keep. Animals also receive treats during the coffee hour. Enjoy this day with all its spirit and joy. We hope to see you and your 4-legged and 2-legged friends!

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild at St. Francis has the fun of offering bouquets of flowers to parishioners after the 10:30 service on Sundays. Each team works once a month (no work in Advent or Lent!). We are currently in need of volunteers to join our team on the second and third Sundays of each month. If you would like to share in the fun, please contact Debbi Kapp to volunteer! 

Ministry Prayers - Welcoming Committee

Each week, in our Prayers of the People, we pray for a ministry here at St. Francis. This week, we pray for our Welcoming Committee. This ministry serves the church by ensuring new members are welcomed and feel accepted here at St. Francis. They have created welcome packets for new members full of information about our church, and they follow up with a card to guests to encourage them to come again.

Are you interested in joining this Ministry? Contact Father Brendan for more information.

Did You Know? Celebrant and Sanctuary Chairs

The chairs in the sanctuary were gifts of David Lister in memory of his wife Jackie. Also given in memory of her husband Gerry by Pauline Beech. Also in memory of Barbara Montfort by Richard Montfort and others.

Parish Outreach


Through your immense generosity, we are blessed with a burgeoning pile of donations for St Timothy’s homeless outreach program. Thank you so much! We have moved much of it to the Parish Hall wing so that the hallway is navigable.

We have plenty of towels and sleeping bags. We are still looking for shoes and boots (wellingtons would be great!) and gloves and hats and blue jeans — any adult sizes. (We do not need socks.)

We will continue to collect items until the end of September. Thank you again for your many contributions.

Please bring your donations and leave them in the hallway outside Fr. Brendan’s office. We will be transporting everything to Brookings in early October. Donations of money are also very welcome; it will be used to buy needed items. If you have questions, please contact Ann Frazier at 503-657-0739 or

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.