St. Francis Weekly                      
February 17 - February 24, 2019
Quote of the Week. . .

There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can't otherwise see; you hear things you can't otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us." 
--Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption


Food for Thought. . .
Off for the weekend. . . Here is an apt piece by Rumi:

Let us fall in love again
and scatter gold dust all over the world.
Let us become a new spring
and feel the breeze drift in the heavens' scent.
 
Let us dress the earth in green,
and like the sap of a young tree
let the grace from within sustain us.
 
Let us carve gems out of our stony hearts and let them light our path to Love.
 
The glance of Love is crystal clear
and we are blessed by its light.
 
~ Rumi
                translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi from Rumi: Hidden Music
                Harper Collins Publishers Ltd 2001
Link of the Week. . .
It ended on Tuesday, but who doesn't love a little Westminister Dog Show...

Scenes from the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club dog show
Scenes from the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club dog show
Verb captures 2019 WKC Masters Agility Grand Champion title | FOX SPORTS
Verb captures 2019 WKC Masters Agility Grand Champion title | FOX SPORTS

For Further Reflection. . .  
Recent op-ed regarding religion on death row in the New York Times. . .


                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, February 16
10:00 AM    Eagle Honor Court for John Coleman (Church)
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, January 17--Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (C)
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher: Debra Slade

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

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

This Week at a Glance

Monday (18)
Presidents' Day

Wednesday (20)  
Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting  
6:00 PM Facing Racism in Stamford Program(First United Methodist)
7:00 PM  Vestry Meeting (Meeting Room)

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

Sunday (24)  Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Music Committee Meeting (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, February 25 @ 7:00 PM (Stamford JCC)
Active Assailant Program

Wednesday, February 27 @ 11:30 AM
Greenwich High School Interfaith Presentation

Wednesday, February 27 @ 7:00 PM
 IFC Executive Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 28 @ 7:00 PM(Grace Farms)
InterfaithWisdomLiterature Panel Discussion 

Sunday, March 3 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Rearrange the Sanctuary for Lent

Wednesday, March 6 @ Noon (Historic Church)
Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, March 6 @ 7:00 PM (Zion Lutheran Church)
Ash Wednesday Service

Sunday, March 10 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Beyond Religion (Chapters 1-3)

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

Wednesday, March 13 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Soup and Bread Meal

Wednesday, March 13 @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Prayer Service  

Sunday, March 17 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:
  Beyond Religion   
(Chapters 4-5)

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

Wednesday, March 20 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, March 20 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Soup and Bread Meal

Wednesday, March 20 @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Prayer Service 

Sunday, March 24 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:
  Beyond Religion (Chapters 6-7)

Monday, March 25 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Interfaith Council Program:  Women in Ministry

Wednesday, March 27 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Soup and Bread Meal

Wednesday, March 27 @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Prayer Service  

Thursday, March 28 @ 11:00 AM 
Edgehill Eucharist  

Sunday, March 31 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club: 
 Beyond Religion (Chapters 8-9)

Sunday, March 31 @ 2:00 PM (Church)
Memorial Service for Lori Blythe

Wednesday, April 3 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Soup and Bread Meal

Wednesday, April 3 @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midweek Lenten Prayer Service

Sunday, April 7 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club
:  Beyond Religion (Chapters 10-11)

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
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