St. Francis Weekly                      
June 24 - June 30, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul 
than the way in which it treats its children. 
                                     - Nelson Mandela

Food for Thought. . .
For many, the practice of religion involves an aspect of life that moves us beyond the rational.  Faith is the term that people bandy about to capture this sense of that which lies beyond reason, rationality, and the senses.  One cannot prove the existence of God.  Indeed, trust in God is the proverbial leap of faith .  

However, faith does not necessarily mean that we cease to utilize our mental faculties or that we traffic in illogic, irrationality, and wishful thinking.  Faith, as it has been understood throughout the centuries, is not that which takes away from all of our problems. An elixir for all that ails you. Rather, faith is the very trust, hope, and belief that allows us to engage more fully in the world, because we have the strength and courage--borne out of faith--to meet the various issues that face us in life clearly, confidently, and utilizing our full cognition.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
The trailer for the new documentary on Fred Rogers.  Well worth the look.  
Money quote:  The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.

For Further Reflection. . .  
This is sooo Franciscan.  It will make you smile and cry at the same time.  The comments are as good to read as the piece itself.  Thank you, Cathy Ostuw, for passing this along. . .

The author's dog, Emma. Credit Susan Bryant
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, June 23
8:00 AM      Breathing Space Contemplative Prayer Morning (Church)
9:00 AM      Albanian Youth Program (Church)

Sunday, June 24  Pentecost 5B
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

11:15 AM     Liturgy Committee (Church)

This Week at a Glance

Wednesday (27)
10:30 AM  Permit Meeting for Road Race
11:00 AM  Emergency Food and Shelter Program Meeting

Thursday (28)
11:00 AM  Edgehill Eucharist

Sunday (1)  Pentecost 6B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

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

Wednesday, July 11 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

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

Pastor Mark on Vacation from Monday, July 16 - Tuesday, July 24 

Thursday, July 26 @ 7:00 PM 
Interfaith Council

Sunday, August 5 @ 2:30 PM
Southbury Lutheran Home Eucharist

Saturday, August 11 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscape Morning

Wednesday, August 15 @ 6:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Sunday, August 19 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

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

Sunday, September 9 @ 8 and 10 AM
Rally Sunday

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

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