St. Francis Weekly                      
December 30 - January 6, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

(Little Gidding
                                                     -- T.S. Eliot


Food for Thought. . .
From the Christmas sermon.  The Patty Griffin musical piece can be accessed here

Perhaps you are familiar with folk singer Patty Griffin's musical reflection on the mother of Jesus, Mary.  Perhaps the song is something new. Regardless, the language that Griffin uses to paint a vocal picture of the Mother of our Lord is rather evocative.  Covered in roses. Covered in ashes. Covered in babies. Covered in slashes. Covered in wilderness. Covered in stains. Such poetry probably isn't the stuff of many Christmas Eve sermons.  However, the phrasing seems powerfully apt, given how the music and the myriad images around this season domesticate and airbrush the nativity. And while it is obvious to say, Mary is key.   To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
Don't try this at home. . . People are Awesome Best of 2018. . .

Best of the Year 2018 | People Are Awesome | Feat Tiësto
Best of the Year 2018 | People Are Awesome | Feat Tiësto
For Further Reflection. . .  

From Andrew Sullivan. . .  
A very interesting take on the place of religion in society today. . . 
As the caption under the picture notes:
Political cults are filling the space left by the decline of organized faiths.
                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, December 29
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, December 30--Christmas 1C
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

This Week at a Glance

Tuesday (1)
Happy New Year!!

Thursday (3)
3:00 PM  Clergy Meeting
7:00 PM  Faithful Futures Meeting

Saturday (5)
9:00 AM  Prison Re-Entry Program (Bethel AME Church)
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)
6:00 PM  Choir Party (Margery Irish's Home)

Sunday (6)  Feast of the Epiphany
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Music Committee (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, January 7 @ 9:00 AM
Homeless Persons Memorial Service Meeting

Wednesday, January 9 @ 9:00 AM
Interfaith Planning Meeting

Wednesday, January 9 @ 11:00 AM
Smith House Eucharist

Wednesday, January 9 @ 6:00 PM
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Thursday, January 10 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study

Wednesday, January 16 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, January 16 @ 6:00 PM (First United Methodist)
Facing Racism in Stamford Program

Thursday, January 17 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study
 
Sunday, January 20 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Finance Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 20 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Monday, January 21 @ 10:00 AM (Bethel AME Church)
Martin Luther King Day Rally and March

Wednesday, January 23 @ 6:00 PM (First United Methodist)
Facing Racism in Stamford Program

Thursday, January 24 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study

Thursday, January 24 @ 7:00 PM (First Presbyterian Church)
Interfaith Wisdom Literature Study

Sunday, January 27 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Parish Annual Meeting  AIDS 

Wednesday, January 30 @ 6:00 PM (First United Methodist)
Facing Racism in Stamford Program

Thursday, January 31 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study

Thursday, January 31 @ 7:00 PM (Temple Beth-El)
Interfaith Wisdom Literature Study

Saturday, February 2 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Sounds Good Concert:  Cinderella
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