St. Francis Weekly                      
April 28 - May 5, 2019
Quote of the Week. . .

Food for Thought. . .
Two items.  The first is this amazing letter from the head of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York (Stamford):
It is with immense sorrow that we awoke to the senseless horror of coordinated suicide attacks on several churches and 5 star hotels in Sri Lanka. On this important religious holiday for Christians, it is very concerning to see this tragedy targeting a faith community and taking the lives of so many innocent people while praying at their places of worship.   To read more, click here. . .

The sermon from Easter Sunday. . .

Under the heading, less is more there is a wonderful exchange between an Inuit hunter and a missionary priest in one of Annie Dillard's writings. The Inuit asks the local missionary priest, "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" "No," says the priest, "not if you did not know." "Then why," asks the Inuit earnestly, "did you tell me?"   To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
In this season of new life, a bit of life at Kew.

Spring at Kew - see the gardens come alive
Spring at Kew - see the gardens come alive
For Further Reflection. . .  
 From long distance parishioner, Ed Happ:


It was a surprise party,
the guests were stunned;
Here for a wake
they missed the double meaning
All the bewildered running
back and forth,
where was the end?
Mistaken identity
into deja vu.
Wasn't something said,
written down
on parchment years ago?
Hindsight sees anew;
broken pieces
all fall into place,
a jigsaw smooth
and framed.
Hope dashed
is dashing
as we follow
tripping from the tomb.

20 Apr 19
Weekly Schedule

Saturday, April 27
11:00 AM     Pre-Marriage Meeting (Church)
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, April 28--Easter 2C
8:00 AM       Worship with  Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Mark Lingle

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

This Week at a Glance

Monday (29)
6:00 PM Easter Contemplative Prayer 

Tuesday (30)
Higher Education Ministry meeting with ECCT

Wednesday (1)  
7:00 PM  Interfaith Council Executive Committee Meeting

Saturday (4)
8 AM - 4 PM Breathing Space Retreat (Church)
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (5)  Easter 3C
8:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship with Eucharist (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, May 6
Ramadan Begins

Monday, May 6 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
Easter Contemplative Prayer

Tuesday, May 7 @ 1:30 PM
Ecumenical Youth Group Planning Meeting

Wednesday, May 8 @ 11:00 AM
Eucharist at The Villa

Wednesday, May 8 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Thursday, May 9 @ 7:00 PM (St. Andrews)
Faithful Futures Meeting

Saturday, May 11 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Day

Sunday, May 12
Mother's Day

Monday, May 13 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
Easter Contemplative Prayer

Tuesday, May 14 @ 5:30 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Fundraising Committee Meeting

Wednesday, May 15 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Friday, May 17 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
Stamford Choral Rehearsal

Saturday, May 18 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, May 18 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Broadway Concert

Saturday, May 18 @ 7:00 PM (First Presbyterian Church)
 Interfaith Iftar
Sunday, May 19 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Evicted

Sunday, May 19 @ 2:00 PM (Church)
Stamford Chorale Concert

Monday, May 20 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
Easter Contemplative Prayer

Wednesday, May 22 @ 7:00 PM
Interfaith Council Meeting

Sunday, June 9 @ 8 and 11AM
Feast of Pentecost

Sunday, June 9 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Parish Picnic