St. Francis Weekly                      
January 13 - January 20, 2019
Quote of the Week. . .


Food for Thought. . .
Stolperstein isn't a very familiar term.  Indeed, it is not English but German. It is the term that literally means stumbling stone or stumbling block.  The term describes 4"x4" concrete cubes that rise up off the ground in various cities within Germany. Brass plates are affixed to the cubes with the names of Jewish individuals with their birth dates and dates of death inscribed upon them.  The locations of the Stolperstein are the places where Nazis arrested Jewish individuals and sent them to the concentration camps. Literally, people in Germany stumble over these memorials on a daily basis. The Stolperstein exist as a critical--and unavoidable--reminders of this very tragic part of German history.  Communities in Germany elected to use the cubes as one way to keep the legacy of Nazism squarely in front of them. And by doing so, even the most mundane location becomes not only a teaching opportunity but a memorial so that the innocent will not be forgotten.  To read more, click here. . .
Pic of the Week. . .
Apropos for the Baptism of our Lord?  Thank you, Joseph Cornacchia. . .


For Further Reflection. . .  
As we observe the Baptism of Our Lord this Sunday, the following are some thoughts by Rev. David Lose about one of the more subtle questions that arise from this observance:  If baptism is for forgiveness, and Jesus is sinless, why is Jesus baptized?



                   
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, January 12
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, January 13--Baptism of Our Lord
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


This Week at a Glance

Monday (14)
1:30 PM  Community Task Force Meeting

Wednesday (16)
Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting
6:00 PM Facing Racism in Stamford Program (First United Methodist Church)

Thursday (17)
2:00 PM  Edgehill Bible Study
5:30 PM  Building One Community Support Program

Saturday (19)
9:00 AM  Prison Ministry
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (20)  Second Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Finance Committee Meeting (Church)
4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)
Save the Date

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

Wednesday, January 23 @ 7:00 PM
Interfaith Council Board Meeting 

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

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

Saturday, January 26 @ 6:00 PM (Rectory)
Parish Midwinter Party

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

Sunday, February 3 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Evicted

Tuesday, February 5 @ 10:00 AM
Clericus Meeting

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

Thursday, February 7 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study

Thursday, February 7@ 7:00 PM (St. Francis)
Interfaith Wisdom Literature Study

Saturday, February 9 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Wednesday, February 13 @ 11:00 AM 
Eucharistic Service at Smith House

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

Wednesday, February 13 @ 6:00 PM (First United Methodist)
Facing Racism in Stamford Program

Thursday, February 14 @ 2:00 PM 
Edgehill Bible Study

Thursday, February 14 @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Interfaith Wisdom Literature Study

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

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