St. Francis Weekly                      
June 30 - July 7, 2019
Quote of the Week. . .

The holy person does not give donations to the poor; she becomes the voice of the poor.  The holy person does not make just deals; he makes fair deals.  The holy person does not give a just wage; he gives a living wage.  Or, as the rabbis teach, "The righteous always give a little more than the scales indicate."
--Joan Chittister

Food for Thought. . . 

The pictures above express radically different experiences of the world by the most innocent and vulnerable among us:  children. The picture on the left is a child migrant in custody at the border. The picture on the right is a sweet scene that I captured as two King faculty children chatted away the evening in the peace and quiet of the rectory's backyard.  The recent deplorable news about the abuses toward migrant children at detention facilities makes me sick and ashamed of what is happening in the name of our country. These are not the values of our country, nor are they the values of our humanity.  We can disagree on what to do with immigration policy. We cannot disagree on care for the innocent children caught up in a world that they have no agency in or protection from. All children deserve the experience of the two faculty children. No one deserves the unnecessary cruelty visited upon the children at the border.   As we prepare to celebrate our country's birthday, we need to reflect on what is the true greatness and goodness of this land and work to recapture it.   What follows is a letter to the editor I drafted this past week.   To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .

These are pictures are from amazing  French photographer Laurent Schwebel.  Well worth looking at.  (Thank you, Claudia Bilotti.)  You can access the full file by clicking  here.

For Further Reflection. . .

Reporting on detention centers in the southwest in the recent The New Yorker.  We can have differing views on how to address the multifaceted immigration issue.  I would hope that we do not differ on what is the abominable and horrific treatment of young people.

Weekly Schedule

Saturday, June 29   
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, June 30  Pentecost 3C
8:00 AM       Worship with  Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Debra Slade
                      Preacher: Mark Lingle

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

This Week at a Glance

Pastor Mark away on vacation from July 1 - July 20.  In an emergency, please contact The Rev. Debra Slade (203-512-0215) or the The Rev. Duane Pederson (203-308-6404)

Thursday (4)
Happy Fourth of July!!

Saturday (6)
5:00 PM    St. Francis Saturday Night  Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (7)  Pentecost 4C
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

Saturday, July 13 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Sunday, July 21 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Saturday, August 10 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Wednesday, August 14 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
Vestry Meeting

Sunday, August 18 @ 4:00 PM (Church)
Service for Pets and Their People

Saturday, September 14 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Sunday, September 15 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Rally Sunday

Sunday, September 22 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Miles for a Mission Road Race

Saturday, October 5 TBD (Church)
Milestones Fundraiser

Sunday, October 6 @ 8AM & 10AM (HC & Church)
Feast of St. Francis (Bring Pets to Worship)

Saturday, October 12 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping and Parish Clean Up Morning