St. Francis Weekly                          
 September 24 - October 1, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .

Food for Thought. . .
What follows is the brief reflection of Deborah Meyers during a brief prayer service prior to our monthly vestry meeting.  I love these moments when vestry members offer their stories, experiences, insights, and wisdom for us all to reflect upon.  There is no unanimity in the style or story of these meditations.  Rather, the wonderful diversity that is represented by each person overflows in the monthly ruminations.  What is consistent, however, is the depth of thought, the commitment to community, the search for meaning, and the inclination for kindness, mercy, love, and grace.  

I raise this because I believe that we are blessed with such wonderfully mindful individuals who make up the St. Francis community, and I'm am reminded of this on an ongoing basis.  I see it in these monthly reflections, in the wonderful work that so many do on numerous committees in the parish, and, recently, in the amazing work of the group that is making the Miles for a Mission road race possible this Sunday, September 24.  Their work has been amazing, and the proceeds from the race cannot go to a more deserving organization--Building One Community--and a more important cause at this point in our collective history.  If you can run, please sign up here .  If you cannot run, please donate here .  Interestingly, Deborah's reflection makes clear why we should support this race and continue to work for what our Jewish brothers and sisters reflect upon at this time of year, Tikkun Olam, repairing and restoring the world.  Join us!  And enjoy Deborah's reflection by reading it here.
Link of the Week
Not the link of the week, but the thought of the year. . . 

Jewish New Year Prayer by Rabbi John L Rosove

May we hold lovingly in our thoughts / those who suffer from tyranny, subjection, cruelty, and injustice, / and work every day towards the alleviation of their suffering.

May we recognize our solidarity / with the stranger, outcast, downtrodden, abused, and deprived, / that no human being be treated as "other," / that our common humanity weaves us together / in one fabric of mutuality, / one garment of destiny.
May we pursue the Biblical prophet's vision of peace, / that we might live harmoniously with each other / and side by side, / respecting differences, / cherishing diversity, / with no one exploiting the weak, / each living without fear of the other, / each revering Divinity in every human soul.

May we struggle against institutional injustice, / free those from oppression and contempt, / act with purity of heart and mind, / despising none, defrauding none, hating none, / cherishing all, honoring every child of God, every creature of the earth.

May the Jewish people, the state of Israel, and all peoples / know peace in this New Year, / And may we nurture kindness and love everywhere.
For Further Reflection. . .  

Apropos for this weekend.  
From On Being. . .
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, September 23
9:00 AM    Prison Ministry
11:00 AM  Kitty Cooper Memorial Service (Church)
5:00 PM    St. Francis Saturday Night (Historic Church)

Sunday, September 24--MILES FOR A MISSION ROAD RACE!
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich

9:00 AM       Miles for a Mission Road Race & Dogapalooza (Church)

No 10AM Service this Sunday

This Week at a Glance

Monday (25)
4:30 PM  Building One Community Board Meeting

Tuesday (26)
7:00 PM  Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement Committee Meeting

Thursday (28)
6:30 PM  Outreach Committee Meeting (Meeting Room)

Saturday (30)
 Yom Kippur
9:00 AM  Altar Guild Breakfast (Meeting Room)
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist Begins  (Historic Church)

Sunday (1)  Pentecost 17A--Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Pet Blessing at 8AM & 10AM
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
9:00 AM  Miles for a Mission Road Race (Church)
Save the Date

Tuesday, October 2 @ 7:00 PM (Building One Community)
IFC/B1C program on Welcoming the Stranger

Wednesday, October 4 @ Noon
Rectors of SW CT Meeting

Thursday, October 5 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday, October 7 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, October 7 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Saturday, October 14 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Sunday, October 15 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, October 15 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Hillbilly Elegy

Sunday, October 15 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Wednesday, October 18 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, October 21 @ 9:00 AM
Prison Ministry

Saturday, October 21 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Sunday, October 22 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Sounds Good Concert:   Gunsmoke

Saturday, October 21 @ 10:00 AM (Fairfield, CT)
Southwest Region of the Episcopal Church in CT Convocation

Saturday, October 21 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night  Eucharist 

Saturday, October 28 @ 9:00 AM (Tully Center)
Compassion Fatigue Symposium

Saturday, October 28 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Eucharist 

Saturday, October 28 @ 6:00PM  (315 Mill Road, New Canaan)
Home Eucharist

Friday, November 3 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Midnight Run

Saturday, November 4 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, November 4 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Eucharist