St. Francis Weekly                      
September 9 - September 16, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .

Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.
                                           --Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bells Toll

Food for Thought. . .
The following is a reflection from Claudia Bilotti's daughter, Alyssa.  It is very moving and profound.  I thought it well worth sharing, and I am thankful to Alyssa for her permission to share it with you.

A wise man once told me that change begets change. I didn't understand it at the time, and sometimes I still need to remind myself that change is how we grow and move forward, but boy was he right!  

In the last year and half, I have experienced more change than I thought possible. In May of 2017, I came to the realization that my marriage wasn't going to work. It was something that took me a long to time to fully realize and accept, but when I make a decision I tend to go full steam ahead and so I did.  Within a month of making this decision, I had a new job lined up in another state, a new apartment, and a fresh start. I wanted to get to know people in my community, so I joined a dating/friend finder app.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
This is just sublime.  The end is the best.  Connection!

Debussy "Clair de Lune" on Piano for 80 Year Old Elephant
For Further Reflection. . .  

A beautiful eulogy for John McCain, but what former President Obama does with this speech is also an important reminder for us all about the "better angels of our nature" and what citizenship calls us to. . .

Former President Barack Obama honors Sen. John McCain
Former President Barack Obama honors Sen. John McCain

Weekly Schedule

Sunday, Sunday 9,  Pentecost 16B--RALLY SUNDAY!!
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Debra Slade

10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                       Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Debra Slade

This Week at a Glance

Monday (10)
1:30 PM  Community Task Force Meeting
4:00 PM  Meeting with Americares

Wednesday (12)
2:00 PM  Rector's Meeting

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

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

Sunday (16)  Pentecost 17B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
9:00 AM  Historic Church Coffee Hour (Meeting Room)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Music Committee Meeting (Church)
11:15 AM  Miles for a Mission Road Race Meeting (Meeting Room)
2:30 PM  Long Ridge Cemetery Memorial Service
4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)
Save the Date

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 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Facing Racism in Stamford

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

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

Wednesday, October 10 @ 2:00 PM
Rector's Meeting

Wednesday, October 10 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Facing Racism in Stamford

Saturday, October 13 @ 8:30 AM (Church)
Karen Pacent Retreat

Tuesday, October 16 @ 2:00 PM
Southwestern Region of the Episcopal Church in CT Meeting

Wednesday, October 17 @ Noon 
 Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Facing Racism in Stamford 

Wednesday, October 17 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)

Thursday, October 18  @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Episcopal)
Faithful Futures Meeting

Saturday, October 20 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
 Landscaping Morning

Wednesday, October 24 @ 6:30 PM (Ferguson Library)
Facing Racism in Stamford