St. Francis Weekly                      
April 14 - April 21, 2019
Quote of the Week. . .

Food for Thought. . .

Blessings on you all as we enter Holy Week.  The upcoming week that begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Day is the most sacred time within the Christian calendar.  It is also the most evocative, rich, and moving, filled as it is with the full range of human emotion and experience: hope and despair, love and betrayal, power and weakness, death and life.  The services that exist on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are parts of a whole. While I recognize the difficulty in attending all these services, I encourage you to attend what you can.  Your experience of Easter will be enhanced because of it. And, if we take a cue from those around Jesus that last week, you will most likely be surprised.  To read more, click here. . .
Link of the Week. . .
Well, Holy Week is upon us.  The following is what some in the parish know through Debra's Prison Ministry.  The following is a longer clip of Brandi Carlile at the Washington Correctional Center for Women.  Worth the listen.  
Killer quote: 
I think if I could let people know anything about who these women are is I would just implore all of us to really really think about the trajectory in the arc of our lives and ask ourselves in any given situation could we have done something that would have landed us in that place and that really opens the door I think for forgiveness.

Brandi Carlile at The Washington Correction Center For Women
Brandi Carlile at The Washington Correction Center For Women
For Further Reflection. . .  

A reflection on silence by Rowan Williams that is apt for Holy Week. . .

Weekly Schedule

Saturday, April 13
9:00 AM       Choir Rehearsal (Church)
11:00 AM      Memorial Service for Alan Elwell (Church)
5:00 PM       St. Francis Saturday Night Worship Service (Historic Church)

Sunday, April 14--Palm Sunday
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher: Debra Slade

10:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
                        Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                        Preacher: Debra Slade
                        Godly Play:  Jesus--the last Passover

11:15 AM       Rearrange the Sanctuary for Easter (Church)

This Week at a Glance

Tuesday (16)
6:30 PM  Interfaith Seder (Grace Farms)

Wednesday (17)  
7:00 PM  Labyrinth Meditation Program (Church)

Thursday (18)
7:00 PM  Maundy Thursday Service (Historic Church)

Friday (19)
3:00 PM  Good Friday Service (Church)
7:00 PM  Good Friday Service (Union Baptist Church)

Saturday (20)
10:00 AM  Easter Egg Event (Church)
5:00 PM  St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)
7:30 PM  Easter Vigil (St. John's Episcopal Church)

Sunday (21)  Easter Sunday
7:00 AM  Easter Sunrise Worship with Eucharist (Historic Church)
8:00 AM  Easter Breakfast (Meeting Room)
9:00 AM Festive Easter Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:00 AM   Festive Easter Service with Eucharist 
4:00 PM  Service for Pets and Their People (Church)
Save the Date

Monday, April 22 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
Easter Contemplative Prayer

Wednesday, April 24 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)

Monday, April 29 @ 6:00 PM (Church)
Easter Contemplative Prayer

Saturday, May 4 @ 8:00 AM - Noon (Church)
Breathing Space Retreat

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