St. Francis Weekly                      
March 31 - April 7, 2019
Quote of the Week. . .


Food for Thought. . .
The following is from this past Wednesday's Lenten Reflection:

In thinking about my spiritual journey, pretty much the heart of what I believe is summed up in the words of my favorite writer, Frederick Buechner:

If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this:   Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and
pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way  to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

There it is.  All moments. Key moments.  Life itself is grace. Need I say more?  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
An oldie from Rob Bell, but it is a good reminder:  Love Wins!

Love Wins. by Rob Bell
Love Wins. by Rob Bell
For Further Reflection. . .  

A wonderful reflection on the Sunday text by Pastor Brandon Pierce (Stamford Church of Christ) as a part of the ongoing Holy Nemesis podcast that we are involved in.  Well worth the listen. . .
                   
Weekly Schedule

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

Sunday, March 31--Lent 4C
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
                        Godly Play:  The Story of Belonging and Holy Communion

11:15 AM        Book Group:  Beyond Belief  Chapters 8-9 (Church)

2:00 PM           Memorial Service for Lori Blythe (Church)

4:00 PM           Pre-marriage Meeting (Church)


This Week at a Glance

Tuesday (2)
5:30 PM Fundraising Committee Meeting (Margery Irish's Home)

Wednesday (3)  
Noon  Clergy Meeting
6:15 PM  Lenten Soup and Bread Meal (St. John's Lutheran)
7:00 PM  Lenten Compline Prayer Service (St. John's Lutheran)

Saturday (6)
9:00 AM  Prison Ministry
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (7)  Lent 5C
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Godly Play:  Jesus the King
11:15 AM  Book Club:  Beyond Religion, Chap. 10-11 (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, April 8 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, April 10 @ 11:00 AM
Eucharist at the Villa

Wednesday, April 10 @ Noon 
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, April 10 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Soup and Bread Meal

Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Prayer Service

Saturday, April 13 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Memorial Service for Alan Elwell

Sunday, April 14 @ 8AM & 10AM
Palm Sunday 

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6:30 PM (Grace Farms)
Interfaith Seder

Wednesday, April 17 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Holy Week Labyrinth Meditation

Thursday, April 18 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Maundy Thursday Service

Friday, April 19 @ 3:00 PM (Church)
Good Friday Service

Friday, April 19 @ 7:00 PM (Union Baptist Church)
Good Friday Service

Saturday, April 20 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Easter Egg Event

Saturday, April 20 @ 7:30 PM (St. John's Episcopal Church)
Easter Vigil

Sunday, April 21 @ 7:00 AM (Historic Church)
Easter Eucharist

Sunday, April 21 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Easter Eucharist

Sunday, April 21 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Easter Eucharist

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

Saturday, May 4 @ 8:00 AM - Noon (Church)
Breathing Space Retreat

Wednesday, May 15 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Saturday, May 18 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Broadway Concert
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