St. Francis Weekly                      
May 27 - June 3, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
We do not step out of the world when we pray; we merely see the world in a different setting.  The self is not the hub, but the spoke of the revolving wheel.  In prayer we shift the center of living from self-consciousness to self-surrender.  God is the center, the Source, toward which all forces tend, and we are the flowing, the ebb and flow of God's tides.  Prayer takes the mind out of the narrowness of self-interest, and enables us to see the world in the mirror of the holy.
                                                  --from I Asked for Wonder by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Food for Thought. . .

This week has been a tough week at St. Francis.  The unexpected deaths of Diane Faxon and Russ Davis in our community have left many shocked, heartbroken, and deeply saddened.  Powerless is also an experience that many feel at a time like this.  What can we do?  What could we have done?  There is so much that we want to do, and, often, so little that we can do in ultimate terms.  However, the strength of community and the heart of hospitality is something that continues to find expression, especially in difficult times.  I am deeply appreciative of the selflessness and willingness of so many to offer support and help with yesterday's reception and logistics for both families and services in a number of ways.  While the loss is still painfully fresh, your gift in these moments is what we are called to do in life.  Thank you! 
Link of the Week. . .
You knew it was coming.  Pretty fascinating.  Google Assistant makes a phone call for you. . .

For Further Reflection. . .  

Passed on from Julia Wade.  Brief, but this is well worth the look.  

And many of you have seen it, but the sermon by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry at the recent royal wedding is worth a look
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, May 26
11:00 AM     Funeral for Diane Faxon (St. Paul's, Fairfield)
9:00 AM       Albanian Education Program (Parish Hall)
5:00 PM        St. Francis Saturday Night Worship (Historic Church)

Sunday, May 27--Trinity Sunday
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

11:00 AM      Book Club:  Building a Strong Church Community (Church)

This Week at a Glance

Monday (28)
Memorial Day

Tuesday (29)
10:00 AM  AIDS Interfaith Service Planning Meeting

Thursday (31)
7:30 AM  Building One Community Breakfast

Friday (1)
5:00 PM  King Graduation Invocation

Saturday (2)--Last Saturday Night Service for the Summer
5:00 PM   St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (3)  Pentecost 3B
LOAD-A-TRUCK SUNDAY--Bring in Canned Goods
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:00 AM  Parish Meeting (Church)
11:15 AM  Parish Picnic (Church)
Save the Date

Tuesday, June 5 @ 7:00 PM
Stamford Interfaith Refugee Settlement Committee Meeting

Saturday, June 9 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Prison Ministry

Saturday, June 9 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Betsy Rich Memorial Service

Saturday, June 9 @ 7:30 PM (Union Baptist Church)
Interfaith Iftar

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

Saturday, June 16 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, June 16 @ Noon (Church)
Satya Sai Baba Prsentation

Sunday, June 17 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Wednesday, June 20 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, June 20 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, June 23 @ 8:00 AM (Church)
Breathing Space Meditation

Thursday, June 28 @ 11:00 AM 
Edgehill Eucharist

Saturday, July 7 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Sunday, July 15 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

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