St. Francis Weekly                         December 3 - December 10, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .

Food for Thought. . .
The flyer to the left is for Friday, December 8, and Sunday, December 10.  I hope that you will try to make one or both of the discussions.  Friday we meet at pray with the congregation at Beth-El.  Rabbi Josh Hammerman and I will discuss the differences in Jewish and Christian understandings of the Messiah.  On Sunday, Rabbi Hammerman will talk about the meaning of Messiah in the Jewish tradition.  This will be a great learning opportunity in this season of waiting for Messiah.  To read a bit more about the Messiah,   click here.
Link of the Week. . .
A nice way to enter into Advent. . . O come, O come is our prayer now more than ever.                                                                           Also. . . 

For Further Reflection. . .  
David Lose is a former homiletics professor, seminary president, and now pastor of a church in Minneapolis.  His weekly reflections are wonderful food for the soul.  Here is this week's Advent opener:

I sometimes think Norman Rockwell is one of the most dangerous artists of the past century. I know that may initially sound a bit absurd, as Rockwell's overly cheerful, even sentimental style led many to dismiss him as a serious artist and, indeed, often to refer to him instead as a mere illustrator. Moreover, I say this as one who enjoys Rockwell's endearing style and portrait of what feels like a bygone era. Yet it is precisely Rockwell's sentimentality that poses certain hazards, particularly when it is viewed it not as sentimental but as ideal.  Click here to read more. . .
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, December 2
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night (Historic Church)

Sunday, December 3--Advent 1B
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Debra Slade
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich

10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Debra Slade
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich     
11:15 AM  Book Club:  Falling Upward  (Church)

This Week at a Glance

Thursday (7)
8:30 AM  Stamford Cradle to Career Event
2:00 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting
3:00 PM   Grace Farms Meeting

Friday (8)
7:30 PM  What is the Meaning of Messiah Event (Temple Beth-El)

Saturday (9)
9:00 AM   Silver Polishing (Church)
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist Begins  (Historic Church)

Sunday (10)  Advent 2B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Rabbi Josh Hammerman Guest Speaker at 10:00 AM
Save the Date

Wednesday, December 13 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, December 13 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, December 16 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Prison Ministry

Saturday, December 16 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Sunday, December 17 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
 Service for Pets and Their People

Sunday, December 17 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
Lessons and Carols Service

Sunday, December 17 @ 5:45 PM (Rectory)
Parish Christmas Party

Thursday, December 21 @ 6:00 PM (First Congregational Church)
Homeless Persons' Memorial Service

Saturday, December 23 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

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

Sunday, December 24 @ 8:30 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Pre-Service Concert

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

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

Thursday, December 28 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Saturday, December 30 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Service

Sunday, January 7 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Marketing Committee

Sunday, January 14 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Bishop Ian Douglas Visitation

Wednesday, January 17 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)

Thursday, January 18 @ 7:30 PM
Interfaith Prophets Study

Saturday, January 20 @ 5:30 PM (Rectory)
Parish Midwinter Party

Sunday, January 21 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 21 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and their People

Thursday, January 25 @ 7:30 PM
Interfaith  Prophets Study

Thursday, February 1 @ 7:30 PM
Interfaith  Prophets Study

Thursday, February 8 @ 7:30 PM
Interfaith  Prophets Study