St. Francis Weekly                      
March 11 - March 18, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .

Food for Thought. . .
The sentiments of the great 20th century theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, are apt for what follows.  Bonhoeffer was a part of the Confessing Church in Germany during the Nazi regime, and he actively worked for the removal of Hitler.  For his actions, he was executed prior to the liberation of Europe.  While we live in a democracy, we continue to live in times where we need to speak and act as a part of our citizenship.  The following was passed on from Claudia Bilotti's daughter, Alyssa. It is a piece by a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Posted by Annalea Ricci
My grandniece, Madison, wrote about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shootings in Parkland Florida. She and her twin sister are students there.  It is something I will share at the Larchmont /Mamaroneck Summit Board in a few days. It brought me to tears. We must put an end to assault rifles in our country!

You know, some people say, "don't worry... it'll never happen to us." The odd thing is, I heard this two days before the shooting. We had just been discussing drills. Our school is required to have a false shooting drill at some point in the year, to practice what we would do in the real thing. The sad thing is, we never even got a practice one. I know I'm supposed to be sharing my reaction with you, but I think it's important to know what we went through before any thoughts or assumptions occur.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
A sad exchange and a modest proposal for peace. . .
For Further Reflection. . .  
An interesting TED Talk by Jonathan Haidt on Religion, Evolution and Self-Transcendence.  All you science types will appreciate his perspective.
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, March 10
10:30 AM   Brandon Ashcraft's Ordination to the Diaconate (St. John the Divine)
2:00 PM      Building and Grounds Committee Meeting (Church)
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, March 11--Lent 4B
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich
                      Intern:  Brandon Ashcraft
10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Michael Christie
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich      
Intern:  Brandon Ashcraft

11:15 AM      Book Club:  The Givenness of Things, pages 124 - 146 (Church)

This Week at a Glance

Pastor Mark on Vacation from March 12 - March 21.  In an emergency, please call Rev. Duane Pederson at St. John's Lutheran (203.308.6404)

Monday (12)
1:30 PM  Community Task Force

Wednesday (14)
6:15 PM  Lenten Soup and Bread Meal (St. John's Lutheran Church)
7:00 PM  Lenten Holden Evening Prayer Service (St. John's Lutheran Church)

Saturday (17)
9:00 AM   Outside Group using the Church
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist (Historic Church)

Sunday (18)  Lent 5B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Book Club:  The Givenness of Things, pages 273 - 286 (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, March 19 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, March 21 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, March 21 @ 6:15 PM (St. John's Lutheran Church)
Midweek Lenten Soup & Bread Meal and Evening Prayer at 7PM 

Wednesday, March 21 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)

Thursday, March 22 @ 6:00 PM (Grace Farms)
Interfaith Seder

Friday, March 23 @ 3:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Hymn Selection Group

Saturday, March 24 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Altar Guild Silver Polishing

Saturday, March 24 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, March 24 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis Saturday Night Worship

Sunday, March 25 @ 8 AM & 10 AM 
Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Return the Sanctuary to Easter Setting

Wednesday, March 28 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Labyrinth Meditation

Thursday, March 29 @ 11:00 AM (Edgehill)
Edgehill Eucharist

Thursday, March 29 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Maundy Thursday Worship Service

Friday, March 30 @ 7:00 PM (Historic Church)
Good Friday Worship Service

Saturday, March 31 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Easter Egg Event

Saturday, March 31 @ 8:00 PM (Church)
Easter Vigil Worship Service

Sunday, April 1 @ 7:00 AM (Historic Church)
Festive Easter Worship

Sunday, April 1 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Festive Easter Worship

Sunday, April 1 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Festive Easter Worship

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

Monday, April 16 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22 (Holy Cross Monastery)
Parish Retreat

Saturday, April 28@ 9:00 AM
Prison Ministry

Friday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM
Midnight Run

Saturday, May 19 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:  Broadway Revue

Sunday, June 3 @ 8AM and 10AM 
Load-A-Truck Sunday