St. Francis Weekly                      
August 26 - September 2, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
It is not certain that everything is uncertain

                                                         --Blaise Pascal

Food for Thought. . .
While working as a chaplain at Wooster School in Danbury, a colleague lamented one day, "Why do we need to always be talking about sin?  Why can't we focus on more positive things? Sin is so depressing!" No truer words were spoken. Indeed, sin can certainly be a downer. The passion behind her question, however, reflected the feeling of many that the Church makes us focus on our faults, missteps, misdeeds, misconduct, transgressions, or, as the tradition would call them, sins of omission and commission.  Indeed, the introduction to the confession that the Lutheran Church used years ago did not paint a very upbeat picture of our humanity. It stated: We are by nature sinful and unclean. So much for I'm okay, you're okay.
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Link of the Week. . .
Colbert's introduction is apt.  Rest in peace, Queen of Soul.  The angel chorus raised its game when she joined.
A Late Show Tribute to Aretha Franklin
A Late Show Tribute to Aretha Franklin
For Further Reflection. . .  
"Silence in the Face of Mystery" is the title of the essay by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.  The subtitle is telling:  God is the encounter we cannot control.

Weekly Schedule

Sunday, August 26  Pentecost 14B
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

Wednesday (29)
2:00 PM  Visit to Americares Mobile Medical Clinic

Thursday (30)
Noon  Clergy Meeting

Sunday (2)  Pentecost 15B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, September 3

Tuesday, September 4 @ 3:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Liturgy Committee Meeting

Saturday, September 8 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, September 8 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Set Up for Rally Sunday 

Saturday, September 8 @ 1:00 PM (Rectory)
Choir Picnic

Saturday, September 8 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Eucharist Service Returns

Sunday, September 9 @ 8 and 10 AM
Rally Sunday

Sunday, September 9 @ 10 AM (Church)
Choir Returns

Wednesday, September 12 @ 2 PM
Rector's Meeting

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

Saturday, September 15 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Sunday, September 16 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Music Committee Meeting

Sunday, September 16 @2:30 PM (Long Ridge Cemetery)
Long Ridge Cemetery Memorial Service

Sunday, September 16 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People 

Monday, September 17 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Property Committee

Wednesday, September 19 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, September 22 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Service

Sunday, September 23 @ 8:00 AM  (Historic Church)

Sunday, September 23 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Miles for a Mission Road Race

Tuesday, September 25 @ 10:00 AM 
AIDS Interfaith Meeting

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

Wednesday, October 3 @ 7:00 PM (First Congregational Church)
Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement Committee Meeting

Saturday, October 6 @ 9:00 AM (Meeting Room)
Altar Guild Breakfast 

Sunday, October 7 @ 8 & 10 AM
Feast of St. Francis--Bring Your Pets to Worship!

Sunday, October 7 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  The Soul of America

Sunday, October 7 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:  Cynthia Sayer