Sunday, October 10, 2021

Parish Cycle of Prayer
In our Parish Cycle of Prayer, we pray for our clergy: Brendan, Tony, Christine, Carolynne and Ken. We pray for our Vestry members and officers: Terri, Susy, Linda, Betsy, Jim, Steve, Doug, Jason, Brian, Kelly, Mary, Dale and Sandi. We also pray for our Intercessors, and the households of John and Gaby Vaught, Victoria vonTagan, Rachael Wilcox and Sondra Wilson.

Sunday School for ages 4-10
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
Adult Formation
Our adult formation series is focused on the Gospel of Mark. It will accompany our readings from Mark through Pentecost. Sessions begin at 9:00 am on Sundays. They start with prayer, follwed by introductions, the Gospel reading, teaching, questions and reflection.
Please join us in person or on Zoom (link is sent in the Sunday message from father Brendan.).
Serving at 8:00 am
Lector: Christopher Onsted
Lector: Tom Over
LEM: Linda Nash
Intercessor: Dale Rushton
Usher/Greeter: Rebecc Engen
Usher/Greeter: Paula Robke
Altar Guild: Gay Kuykendall, Paul Morgan 
Serving at 10:30 am
Lector: Terri Hoffmann
Lector: Marcia Burdon
LEM: Doug Horton
Intercessor: Terri Hoffmann
Usher/Videographer: Jim Munyon
Usher/Greeter:
Altar Guild: Nancy Stephenson, Carole Biskar
Flower Guild: Carolynne Fairweather
This week at St. Francis

Sunday, October 10 - Cancer Support Sunday
8:00 am - Spoken Eucharist
9:00 am - Adult Formation: The Gospel of Mark
10:30 am - Sunday School
10:30 am - Eucharist, Live Eucharist on YouTube/Facebook
 
Monday, October 11
7:30 pm - Evening Compline, with Bible Study on Zoom
7:30 pm - AA
 
Tuesday, October12
7:00 pm - RA
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom
 
Wednesday, October 13
12:00 pm - Noon Eucharist
1:00 pm - Staff Meeting 
3:00 pm - Finance Committee on Zoom
7:00 pm - Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom
7:30 pm - AA
 
Thursday, October 14
10:00 am - Book Group on Zoom
7:00 pm - AA Men’s Group
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom
 
Friday, October 15
10:00 am - Al Anon
7:30 pm - Evening Compline on Zoom
 
Saturday, October 16
Parish Activities
St. Francis Day
Blessing of the Animals
October 3, 2021
All Souls Day - Tuesday, November 2
All Souls Day will be celebrated at St. Francis with a quiet and reflective service, which will include Eucharist and the lighting of candles by which our loved ones, the saints in our lives, are remembered. The service is at 5:00 pm.
The names of the departed to be listed in the All Souls bulletin can be submitted through pink forms in your bulletin and in the narthex.
Deadline for names is Thursday, October 28.
Susan Cheever’s Retirement
Susan Cheever has decided to retire. After 45 years of serving the Church, she has certainly earned it. She has served St. Francis amazingly well for the last 5.5 years. Her last day at St. Francis will be October 15th. She has asked that we not make a big deal out of this, even though she has been so special to all of us.
 
We will be collecting a retirement “purse” for her, just like we did for Bishop Michael. If you would like to contribute to the purse, please put Susan’s name in the memo line of your check, and you can place it in the collection plate or mail it to us. Susan has truly been a blessing to this community and she will be sorely missed.

Octoberfest
Saturday, October 23 - 4:00pm

Signup sheets are at the Information Center.
This event is hosted by the Hospitality and Stewardship Committees and will be held outdoors.
Dear Friends in Christ,
After several months of review, the vestry has been updating the bylaws of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church. The changes are in the marked version of the bylaws which can be accessed from the link below, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1eAjbklPiD_cd77vJ7PrniOCsW78W3S9I/view?usp=sharing

Generally, you will see that there are three areas of proposed change.
  • First, we have revised the Junior Warden role. Because the Junior Warden role requires specialized knowledge, it can be challenging to find a new vestry member to take over those responsibilities. So, we are proposing to change the bylaws to make the Junior Warden a position that one person could hold for six years, and that would be appointed by the Rector and approved by the Vestry. The Junior Warden would also chair a Building and Grounds committee, in hopes that several people would know the detailed operations of St. Francis.
  • Second, the bylaws would prohibit two people from the same household sitting on the vestry or serving as officers of St. Francis. This rule would avoid potential conflicts of interest.
  • Third, all vestry nominations would come through the nominating committee.
Under our bylaws, the vestry can make changes to the bylaws after it has given notice to the congregation of the proposed changes. Feel free to share your thoughts about these changes with any vestry member by October 20, 2021. The vestry will be voting on these changes at its next meeting on October 21, 2021.
Blessings

Susy Mekarski,
Senior Warden
"Wellness" - Our 2022 Stewardship Campaign
You can submit your pledge with the Estimate of Giving Card sent to you in the mail using the enclosed envelope or placing it in the offering. Pick one up at the Information Center or go online.


As part of our stewardship campaign, we will create a stewardship quilt that will include a quilting square for every pledge card. 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 quilt. Our quilt will be a beautiful physical manifestation of our spiritual and social unity.
The St. Francis Choir and the St. Francis Ringers (Bell Choir)
New members are always welcome to these ensembles.
If you are interested in joining either of these ensembles, please speak to Jon Holland, Music Director, or email him: DrJonBHolland@gmail.com. 
St. Francis Book Group on Zoom
The book group will be meeting 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00 am on Zoom.
(no in person meetings at this time.)
We will be reading Crazy Christians by Michael Curry.
Weekday Evenings Compline
7:30 pm, on Zoom

Bible Study Monday nights
Parish Outreach
Backpack Buddies
We will have our first sorting day on Tuesday, November 9, at 4:00 pm and packing day on Wednesday, November 10, at 10:00 am.
I will need volunteers to help both days.
Thank you, Linda Tasker
Clothing for St. Timothy, Brookings
 
First, a huge “Thank You” to everyone who donated clothing and other items for the homeless folks in Brookings. Your response was overwhelming! Thanks to Kent Lloyd, Ed Burnside, Barbara Bridge and Tiffanie Clifford, who helped sort and pack; to Lance and Nyla Emory for loaning their Suburban to transport your gifts to Brookings; to Lance and Nyla, Tiffanie, Ed and Bill Frazier for packing everything into the SUV. We were truly amazed that it all fit!
                                           
Bill and Ann Frazier drove to Brookings last Friday, and on Saturday morning, delivered the boxes and bins to St. Timothy’s Church. The Vicar, Deacon and several homeless people stacked everything in a storage room, which was filled to the ceiling. Afterwards, Vicar Bernie Lindley gave us a tour of the church and all their many outreach activities: the clothes closet, food pantry, meals five days a week, showers, plus Covid testing and vaccinations for everyone in Brookings, and their most recent project – a community garden that involves several other churches and groups in town. It was truly amazing to see how much this small congregation is achieving, and it has not gone unnoticed by Bishop Akiyama. She will visiting St Timothy’s this coming weekend to help with Covid testing and vaccinations.
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!
Threads of Love Sewing Ministry - Come Join Us!
During this Stewardship season we are focusing on wellness, which includes getting involved, contributing to our community, sharing our talents and skills, cultivating healthy relationships and communicating our thoughts, feelings and ideas.
 
If you are interested in a ministry that “checks all of these boxes,” please consider joining the Threads of Love Sewing Ministry. We are a very collaborative group and meet in person twice each month, but have options for ministry members to participate from home as well.
 
Current Projects

Baby Blanket Ensembles - We are busy making baby blanket ensembles for the Salud Medical Center in Woodburn. Each ensemble is unique and includes a double weight flannel receiving blanket, burp cloth and knitted cap - a perfect welcome for a new baby! In January 2021, we gifted Salud with almost 100 ensembles and are striving for 125 to present to them in January 2022. If you can cut fabric, iron, sew straight seams or knit, we welcome your help. Pre-cut kits are available for members to sew at home, which makes completing an ensemble a quick and fun project!
 
Stewardship Quilt - When the Stewardship Campaign is complete, our ministry will help with the preparation of the quilt top and backing for professional quilting and then add the binding after it is quilted. If you would like to help with this effort or would like to learn more about the process, please join us.
 
Our meeting dates are listed in the weekly parish email blast and also in the Sunday bulletins. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting!
 
Jean Atwell, Mary Kirk, Dale Rushton, Betsy Yacob
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 ingathering the baby hats, blankets, baby clothes and diapers when we celebrate Epiphany in January.
Covid 19 Update
Bishop Akiyama has issued guidelines regarding worship in diocesan churches.
 
Masks are required for indoor gatherings and for outdoor gatherings where distance cannot be kept between households.
 
We will no longer be using wine. We will only distribute wafers. (Just a reminder: receiving both the wine and the bread is not necessary. Taking either the bread or the wine constitutes complete communion.) We invite you to come to the altar rail to receive the consecrated bread. If you want only a blessing, please come to the altar rail and cross your arms across your chest and Fr. Brendan will bless you.
Exchanging The Peace should be done from a distance rather than in the form of a hug or handshake.
 
All indoor fellowship activities (coffee hour, bible study, Sunday School, etc.) will be moved outdoors, eliminated, or moved online. If these activities do remain indoors, individuals should be masked and maintain a safe distance from others, regardless of vaccination status. If moved outdoors, individuals also should remain masked unless proper distance is provided between households.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.