St. Francis Weekly                         November 12 - November 19, 2017
Quote of the Week. . .
One does not offer prayers in lieu of demonstrating political courage, but rather in preparation.
                                                  --Bishops United Against Gun Violence

Food for Thought. . .
As we consider pledging for the 2018 budget year and our ministry together, Cathy Ostuw helped us reflect on what St. Francis means with her presentation on Sunday, November 5.  Thank you, Cathy, and thank you all for considering to support our life together.

If you're sitting here this morning you are part of a very clear minority population ---that is, people who are attending church this Sunday. There are lots of statistics about church affiliation and attendance, and some of them are conflicting, but without a doubt the number of people who attend a church service on any given Sunday is definitely a minority.  I've seen the number 20% but I suspect it may even be lower than that.
So, WE  are all people who, for whatever reason, think that a connection to a church is important, and we each have different reasons for that. I'd like to tell you a little bit this morning about why church is important to me, and in particular, why St. Francis church is important to me.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
Great for any time, and important for this time:  "I love you," in 100 languages!
For Further Reflection. . .  

Christian Century article by 
Tisa Wenger entitled,
Americans Have Never Agreed on What Religious Freedom Means.  You can read it
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, November 11
5:00 PM      St. Francis Saturday Night (Historic Church)

Sunday, November 12--Pentecost 23A
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Debra Slade
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich

10:00 AM     Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Debra Slade
                      Vicar:  Debra Slade
Minister of Music:  Richard Weidlich                                            

11:15 AM   Marketing Committee Meeting (Church)                                  

This Week at a Glance

Monday (13)
9:30 AM  Homeless Memorial Service Planning Meeting
1:00 PM  Community Task Force

Wednesday (15)
Noon  Stamford Clergy Meeting
7:30 PM  Vestry Meeting

Friday (17)
Afternoon  Episcopal Church in CT Annual Convention

Saturday (18)
All Day  Episcopal Church in CT Annual Convention
5:00 PM  St. Francis  Saturday Night  Eucharist Begins  (Historic Church)

Sunday (19)  Pentecost 24A
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)
5:00 PM  Multifaith Thanksgiving Service (Union Baptist Church)
Save the Date

Thursday, November 23 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Thanksgiving Day Service

Saturday, November 25 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
St. Francis  Saturday Night Eucharist 

Sunday, December 3 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Falling Upward 

Thursday, November 30 @ 7:00 PM
World AIDS Day Service

Friday, December 8 @ 7:30 PM (Temple Beth-El)
Joint service between St. Francis and Temple Beth-El

Sunday, December 9 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Joint service between St. Francis and Temple Beth-El

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

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

Sunday, December 17 @ 5:00 PM (Historic Church)
Lessons and Carols Service

Sunday, December 17 @ 5:45 PM (Rectory)
Parish Christmas Party

Thursday, December 21 @ 6:00 PM (First Congregational Church)
Homeless Persons' Memorial Service

Sunday, December 24 @ 5:00 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Eucharist

Sunday, December 24 @ 8:30 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Pre-Service Concert

Sunday, December 24 @ 9:00 PM (Church)
Christmas Eve Eucharist

Monday, December 25 @ 10:00 AM (Historic Church)
Christmas Day Eucharist

Sunday, January 14 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Bishop Ian Douglas Visitation

Sunday, January 21 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Annual Meeting