St. Francis Weekly                          
October 15 - October 22, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .
       Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. 
  For, indeed, that's all who ever have. 
                                                           --Margaret Mead                    

Food for Thought. . .
"What about detaining a nursing mother and removing a child from his or her mother seems like a good idea?"  This was a question posed by one of the presenters from Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project at a panel discussion last night sponsored by Building One Community.  It was in response to a question about trying to understand and engage with those who oppose immigration, asylum, and refugee status for individuals.  The question cuts to the heart of the debate on immigration in general and certainly regarding asylum and refugee status in particular.  We may disagree on exactly what is necessary for immigration reform.  We may hold differing views on how many asylum seekers and refugees should be allowed into the country.  We can debate the best ways to encourage sensible and meaningful change.  Hopefully, however, we can all agree that locking up a nursing mother seeking asylum and keeping her from her child are not one of the things that we should be doing.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week
Two tributes to Tom Petty.  A sweet rendition by Miley Cyrus of
Wildflower , and a powerful reminder of musics role in contemporary events on SNL and I Won't Back Down . . .
For Further Reflection. . .  
This is a recent article by Ta-Nehisi Coates in  The Atlantic. 
It is an important pairing with our Book Club study for this Sunday:  Hillbilly Elegy.  It adds more depth and nuance that must be understood. 
Coates is provocative and an important voice in the public square.
Weekly Schedule

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

Sunday, October 15--Pentecost 19A
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich

10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich     

11:15AM      Book Club:  Hillbilly Elegy (Church)

4:00 PM       Service for Pets and Their People (Church)                                                  

This Week at a Glance

Monday (16)
8:00 AM Building One Community Executive Committee
9:00 AM  Homeless Persons' Memorial Service Meeting
1:00 PM  Community Task Force Meeting

Tuesday (17)
Noon   Grace Farms Program:  Open Doors Event on Youth Homelessness

Wednesday (18)
7:30 PM  Vestry Meeting

Thursday (19)
11:00 AM   Edgehill Eucharist
Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting
7:00 PM  Interfaith Council Board Meeting

Saturday (21)
9:00 AM  Prison Ministry
9:00  AM  SW CT Regional Meeting
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist Begins  (Historic Church)

Sunday (22)  Pentecost 20A
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
4:00 PM   Sounds Good Concert:  Gunsmoke (Church)
Save the Date

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

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

Tuesday, October 31

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 

Sunday, November 5 @ 4:00 PM (Assisi Hall)
Presentation to AIIAS

Tuesday, November 7 @ 6:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Outreach Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 8 @ 2:00 PM
Rectors of SW CT Meeting

Thursday, November 9 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, November 15 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18
Episcopal Church in Connecticut Annual Convention

Sunday, November 19 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Sunday, November 19 @ 5:00 PM (Union Baptist Church)
Multifaith Thanksgiving Choir Concert

Thursday, November 23 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Thanksgiving Day Service