St. Francis Weekly                      
April 15 - April 22, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .

Food for Thought. . .
Brandon Ashcraft preached this past Sunday, and his sermon is worth a look. . .

"We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete."  
1 John 1:3-4

This morning we heard the opening chapter of the First Letter of John, which is really more like an extended sermon than a letter. We'll hear a passage from First John each Sunday for the next five weeks so that by the end of Easter, we'll have read almost the entire Epistle. The author's primary aim in First John is to remind his audience of the central claims and teachings of the Gospel and, in the process, shield them from misleading claims and falsehoods being spread by certain members of the community. Leaving no room for doubt as to the danger posed by these false prophets, he refers to them later in the letter as "antichrists." While the exact identity of these "antichrists" isn't clear, their teachings have resonances with a heresy that came to be known as Docetism, which was a belief that Jesus was only divine and not human.   To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .

Pretty cool.   Light moving through the stained glass of the National Cathedral.  A little Gregorian chant thrown in for good measure.  Click on the picture to view.
For Further Reflection. . .  

Always getting us to think.  The latest from Barbara Ehrenreich.  

Weekly Schedule

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

Sunday, April 15--Easter 3B
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

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

This Week at a Glance

Monday (16)
12:30 AM Open Door Fairfield County Meeting
6:00 PM  Prayer Shawl Meeting (Margery Irish's Home)

Tuesday (17)
10:00 AM  Clergy Meeting
7:00 PM  Interfaith Council Meeting

Wednesday (18)
Noon   Stamford Clergy Meeting
7:00 PM  Vestry Meeting (Meeting Room)

Friday (20)
Parish Easter Retreat Begins at Holy Cross Monastery 
(Runs from Friday to Sunday)

Saturday (21)
9:00 AM   Landscaping Morning (Church)
Afternoon   Sanctuary used by Stamford Chorale
5:00 PM   St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (22)  Easter 4B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
4:00 PM   Stamford Chorale Concert:  Mozart Requiem (Church)

Save the Date

Saturday, April 28@ 9:00 AM
Prison Ministry

Sunday, April 29 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Music Committee

Sunday, April 29 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Undocumented

Thursday, May 3 @ 6:30 PM
Episcopal Church in Connecticut Visioning Meeting

Friday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM
Midnight Run

Wednesday, May 16 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, May 16 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, May 16 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, May 19 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, May 19 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, May 19 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:  
From 42nd Street to Hollywood:  100 Years of Song

Sunday, May 20 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Reception for Brandon Ashcraft

Sunday, June 3 @ 8AM and 10AM 
Load-A-Truck Sunday

Sunday, June 3 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Parish Picnic

Wednesday, June 20 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting