St. Francis Weekly                      
October 7 - October 14, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .




Food for Thought. . .

In an old interview with the Dalai Lama, the topic of discussion moved to the issue of compassion.  Central to many of the world's religious traditions, and certainly a major component of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama used an experience that he had to try and express the importance--as well as the challenge--of showing compassion.  He met with a Tibetan monk who had been imprisoned by the Chinese government for a number of years. In the meeting, the Dalai Lama asked the monk what was the hardest part of his confinement. The monk responded immediately. "The hardest part," he said, "was that I feared that I would lose compassion for my captors."  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
A wonderful little promo from the Episcopal Church.  It captures well the rhythm we are invited into. . .

Way of Love promo
Way of Love promo
For Further Reflection. . .  
So, Rick Steve's makes it into the weekly.  His travelogue of Assisi is apropos for this week. . .

Assisi, Italy: Basilica of St. Francis
Assisi, Italy: Basilica of St. Francis


Also, the following is a great interview with Jean Vanier the founder of the L'Arche  community.  His insights reflect the spirit of Francis as well as the treasure of the Christian tradition. . .
                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, October 6
9:00 AM      Altar Guild Breakfast (Meeting Room)
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, October 7,  Observe the Feast of St. Francis
            Pets Welcome in Worship for a Blessing
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Mark Lingle

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

11:15 AM        Special Parish Meeting (Church)

1:00 PM          Diane Faxon Retrospective at the Bartlett Arboretum

4:00 PM          St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:  Cynthia Sayer (Church)


This Week at a Glance

Tuesday (9)
6:00 PM  Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday (10)
2:00 PM   Rectors' Meeting
6:30 PM  Facing Racism in Stamford Program (Ferguson Library)

Thursday (11)
6:00 PM Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement showing Soufra 
(Ferguson Library)

Saturday (13)
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM  Karen Pacent Retreat (Church)
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (14)  Pentecost 21B
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, October 15 @ 9:00 AM 
Homeless Persons' Memorial Service Planning Meeting

Monday, October 15 @ 1:30 PM
Community Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, October 16 @ 2:00 PM
Southwestern Region of the Episcopal Church in CT Meeting

Wednesday, October 17 @ 9:00 AM
World AIDS Day Service Planning Meeting

Wednesday, October 17 @ Noon 
 Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Facing Racism in Stamford 

Wednesday, October 17 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry

Thursday, October 18  @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Episcopal)
Faithful Futures Meeting

Saturday, October 20 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
 Landscaping Morning

Saturday, October 20 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, October 20 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service 

Sunday, October 21 @ 11:15 A (Church)
Book Club:  The Soul of America

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

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
Halloween

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 

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
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