St. Francis Weekly                          
October 22 - October 29, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .

Food for Thought. . .
Another month, another wonderful reflection at our periodic vestry meeting.  Eilish Main helps us consider coincidence, signs, and the Cosmic Christ. . . 

I want to share a moment with you that, when I looked to find what I had written about the incident, I realized happen exactly a year ago tomorrow. October 19th of 2016. Coincidence? Or a Sign?

That day I had an important business meeting in NYC in an office building near Battery Park at 3pm. I boarded a train in Stamford at 12:25 pm, giving myself a good hour cushion to be there on time and prepared. The conductor announced, at about Greenwich, that the train had a technical failure, and they were going to take the train out of service. This turned out NOT to be the kind of "take the train out of service" that is to park the train at the Greenwich station, and put all the passengers on a working train. Oh no. This meant we limped along at about 10 mph for the duration of the trip. The planned arrival for 1:15 became 2:05 pm.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
If you've been or not, this is worth seeing.  An amazing architectural feat.  The 3300 people buried or memorialized in Westminster Abbey is impressive. . .
For Further Reflection. . .  
In another week, Protestant Churches will celebrate Reformation Sunday and Lutherans around the world will observe the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 95 theses on the Church door in Wittenberg that sparked the Reformation.  Here's a very good PBS documentary about the Reformer, the Reformation, and what it means today. . .
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, October 21
9:00 AM      Prison Ministry
10:00 AM    SW CT Regional Ministry Conference
10:00 AM    Choir Rehearsal (Church)
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night (Historic Church)

Sunday, October 22--Pentecost 20A
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich

10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich     

4:00 PM        Sounds Good Concert:  Gunsmoke (Church)                                                

This Week at a Glance

Monday (23)
4:30 PM  Building One Community Board Meeting

Tuesday (24) 
9:30 AM Building and Grounds Committee (Church)
Noon Clergy Meeting
7:00 PM  Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement Meeting

Wednesday (25)
Noon  Clergy Meeting

Saturday (28)
9:00 AM  Spirituality Symposium on Compassion Fatigue at Tully Center
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist Begins  (Historic Church)
6:00 PM Home Eucharist at Niall McMorrow's Home (315 Mill Road, New Canaan)

Sunday (29)  Pentecost 21A--Observe Reformation Sunday
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

Tuesday, October 31

Friday, November 3 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Midnight Run

Saturday, November 4 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, November 4 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Eucharist 

Sunday, November 5 @ 4:00 PM (Assisi Hall)
Presentation to AIIAS

Tuesday, November 7 @ 6:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Outreach Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 8 @ 2:00 PM
Rectors of SW CT Meeting

Thursday, November 9 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Saturday, November 11 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis S aturday Night Eucharist 

Sunday, November 12 @11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Falling Upward

Sunday, November 12 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Marketing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 15 @ Noon 
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, November 15 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Friday, November 17 & Saturday, November 18
Episcopal Church in Connecticut Annual Convention

Saturday, November 18 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Eucharist 

Sunday, November 19 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Sunday, November 19 @ 5:00 PM (Union Baptist Church)
Multifaith Thanksgiving Choir Concert

Thursday, November 23 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Thanksgiving Day Service

Saturday, November 25 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Eucharist 

Sunday, December 3 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  TED Talk