St. Francis Weekly                      
October 14 - October 21, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .

We are all more than the worst thing we have done.
                                                  --Bryan Stevenson

Food for Thought. . .

At times we get disenfranchised, dissatisfied, or downright disgruntled with the world around us.  The pressures that exist in the world, the preponderance of negative and depressing news, and the uncertainty of life itself weigh heavy upon us.  There are moments, however, where we see a bit more clearly the wonder and mystery and promise of the world. The recent PBS Nature program on Animal Reunions is nothing short of inspired.  While it may be poo pooed by some as hyperbole and wishful thinking, it offers a powerful glimpse at the connection that humans have with the other creatures of the creation.  We are definitely not alone in our emotional make-up and the need for love and security.  If you did not see it, this episode is well worth the viewing. You can see it here.  
Link of the Week. . .
This is a little longer than normal, but it is worth the look.  Bryan Stevenson was interviewed for That Moment When.  The final section on mercy should be replayed weekly.  Key quote:  We are all more than the worst thing we have done.

For Further Reflection. . .  
An interesting review of what some might refer to theodicy.  The article from Fleming Rutledge is entitled, Divine Absence and the Light Inaccessible.  Worth reflection. . .

Listen to Rutledge read the piece  here
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, October 13
8:00 AM      Karen Pacent Retreat (Church)
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, October 14,  Pentecost 21B
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Debra Slade

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

This Week at a Glance

Monday (15)
9:00 AM  Homeless Persons' Memorial Planning Meeting
12:30 PM  Opening Doors Fairfield County Meeting
1:30 PM  Community Task Force Meeting

Tuesday (16)
2:00 PM  Western Clericus Meeting

Wednesday (17)
9:00 AM  Interfaith AIDS Planning Meeting
Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting
6:30 PM  Facing Racism in Stamford Program (Ferguson Library)
7:00 PM  Vestry Meeting (Meeting Room)

Thursday (18)
7:00 PM  Faithful Futures Meeting

Saturday (20)
9:00 AM  Clean Up and Landscaping Morning (Church)
9:00 AM  Prison Ministry
10:00 AM   Funeral at St. Andrews
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (21)  Pentecost 22B
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Book Club:  The Soul of America (Church)
4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)
Save the Date

Wednesday, October 24 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Facing Racism in Stamford 

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27
Episcopal Church in Connecticut Convention

Saturday, October 27@ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service 

Sunday, October 28 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 31

Thursday, November 1
All Saints' Day

Sunday, November 4 @ 2:00 AM
End of Daylight Savings Time--FALL BACK ONE HOUR!!

Sunday, November 4 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club: 100 Years of Solitude 

Sunday, November 4 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Finance Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 7 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Facing Racism in Stamford

Thursday, November 8 @ 11:00 AM
Edgehill Eucharist

Friday, November 9 @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Midnight Run

Sunday, November 11
Veteran's Day

Monday, November 12 @ 1:30 PM
Community Task Force Meeting

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

Wednesday, November 14 @ Noon 
Stamford Clergy Group

Wednesday, November 14 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)

Saturday, November 17 @ 9:00 AM
Prison Ministry

Sunday, November 18 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Sunday, November 18 @ 5:00 PM (Temple Beth-El)
Community Thanksgiving Concert

Thursday, November 22 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Thanksgiving Service 

Thursday, November 29 @ 7:00 PM 
World AIDS Day Service