St. Francis Weekly                      
November 9 - December 16, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .

Food for Thought. . .
"There is a crack in everything.  That is how the light gets in." This quote is famously attributed to Leonard Cohen.  If you do a little digging, you realize that it is a variation of a quote from the 13th century Muslim mystic, Rumi.  Rumi, writing 800 hundred years before Cohen, noted, "The wound is the place where the light enters you." Ah, originality.  It is so elusive! However, cracks and wounds are not. They exist everywhere.  To read more, click here. . .
Caroling at Bruce and Alice Smith_s home

Link of the Week. . .
In memory of 41, President George H.W. Bush, and his connection to the animal world.  (Thank you, Jane Lazgin). . .

President Bush's service dog Sully guards his casket
President Bush's service dog Sully guards his casket
For Further Reflection. . .  

The Book Club discussed The Sun Does Shine this past weekend.  The following is a brief synopsis of his story and then his speech to Google.  His story is chilling and inspiring.
Anthony Ray Hinton:
Anthony Ray Hinton: "The Sun Does Shine" | Talks at Google

I cannot hate, because my Bible teaches me not to hate.
                                                --Anthony Ray Hinton
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, December 8
9:00 AM      Altar Guild Silver Polishing (Church)
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, December 9--Advent 2C
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher: Mark Lingle

10:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                        Celebrant: Debra Slade
                        Preacher: Mark Lingle

11:15 AM      Music Committee (Church)

This Week at a Glance

Monday (10)
Mitchell Oil servicing the Church Boiler
1:30 PM  Community Task Force Meeting
6:00 PM  Advent Contemplative Prayer (Church)

Tuesday (11)
6:00 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry (Margery Irish's Home)

Wednesday (12)
2:00 PM  Rector's Meeting
7:00 PM Vestry Meeting (Meeting Room)

Thursday (13)
7:00 PM  Faithful Futures Meeting (St. Andrew's Episcopal)

Saturday (15)
9:00 AM  Prison Ministry
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (16)  Advent 3C--Michael Hyman, Guest Preacher
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)
5:00 PM  Lessons and Carols Service (Historic Church)
5:45 PM  Parish Christmas Party (Historic Church)
Save the Date

Monday, December 17 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
A dvent Contemplative Prayer

Thursday, December 20 @ 6:00 PM (First Congregational Church) 
Homeless Persons' Memorial Service

Sunday, December 23
Advent IV

Monday, December 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Eucharist

Monday, December 24 @ 8:30 PM (Church)
Pre-Service Concert

Monday, December 24 @ 9:00 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Festive Eucharist

Tuesday, December 25 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Christmas Day Eucharist

Thursday, December 27 @ 11:00 AM 
Edgehill Eucharist

Tuesday, January 1

Sunday, January 27 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Parish Annual Meeting