St. Francis Weekly                      
March 4 - March 11, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
People who've had any genuine spiritual experience always know that they don't know. They are utterly humbled before mystery. They are in awe before the abyss of it all, in wonder at eternity and depth, and a Love, which is incomprehensible to the mind. 
                                                            -- Richard Rohr

Food for Thought. . .
Our midweek Lenten services offer reflections by parishioners.  The following is from Richard Leach a member at St. John's.  It's well worth the read. . .
How our faith strengthened us in difficult times is the theme for the speakers at these services. I take "difficult times" to mean times of trouble, times of crisis or hurt - times of trial, in the words of the Lord's prayer.
Have any of us not had those times? My life has had them. I remember one I will share.
It happened in 1983. I was in a terrible car accident and was in the hospital for several weeks. I was a pastor back then, and a number of my colleagues came to call on me. There was one in particular. I've forgotten his name. But I remember what he said to me. It was something like this - that this time of being bedridden, on an enforced, extended break from a pastor's normal busy days, would be a wonderful opportunity to read the Bible and pray and deepen my spiritual life.
I don't know how that sounds to all of you. I found it tremendously unhelpful! My prayer was that the next time this man came to see me I would be out of the room getting an x-ray or a CAT scan.   To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
A few pieces of good news for a change. . .
For Further Reflection. . .  

An interview with Father Richard Rohr on Krista Tippet's radio program
On Being.  Rohr is a contemporary prophet who does not predict the future but calls us back to 
God's presence in our world 
here and now. . .
(to access, click the picture)
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, March 3
8:30 AM - Noon  Breathing Space Contemplative Retreat (Church)
10:00 AM   St. Patrick's Day Parade Program
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, March 4--Lent 3B
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich
                      Intern:  Brandon Ashcraft
10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich      
Intern:  Brandon Ashcraft

11:15 AM      Book Club:  The Givenness of Things, pages 73 -91 (Church)

This Week at a Glance

Wednesday (7)
6:15 PM  Lenten Soup and Bread Meal (St. John's Lutheran Church)
7:00 PM  Lenten Holden Evening Prayer Service (St. John's Lutheran Church)

Saturday (10)
10:30 AM   Brandon Ashcraft's Ordination to the Diaconate
2:00 PM  Building and Grounds Committee Meeting (Church)
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist (Historic Church)

Sunday (11)  Lent 4B--Michael Christie Guest Preacher
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Book Club:  The Givenness of Things, pages 124-146 (Church)
Save the Date

Wednesday, March 14@ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Midweek Lenten Soup & Bread Meal and Evening Prayer at 7PM 

Sunday, March 18 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club Lenten Study:  The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson
( Realism, pages 273-286)

Monday, March 19 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, March 21 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Midweek Lenten Soup & Bread Meal and Evening Prayer at 7PM 

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:00 PM (Grace Farms)
Interfaith Seder

Saturday, March 24 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Altar Guild Silver Polishing

Saturday, March 24 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, March 24 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Worship

Sunday, March 25 @ 8 AM & 10 AM 
Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Return the Sanctuary to Easter Setting

Wednesday, March 28 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Labyrinth Meditation

Thursday, March 29 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Maundy Thursday Worship Service

Friday, March 30 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Good Friday Worship Service

Saturday, March 31 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Easter Egg Event

Saturday, March 31 @ 8:00 PM (Church)
Easter Vigil Worship Service

Sunday, April 1 @ 7:00 AM (Historic Church)
Festive Easter Worship

Sunday, April 1 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Festive Easter Worship

Sunday, April 1 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Festive Easter Worship