St. Francis Weekly                      
April 22 - April 29, 2018
Quote of the Week. . .
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. 
                                                                  --Swami Vivekananda

Food for Thought. . .
From Ralph Nazareth.  This is his speech at the recent Peace and Economic Justice Rally in Greenwich.  Well worth the read. 

My father was a coffee planter in India with over a hundred laborers. He inherited the plantation from his father who, in turn, did so from the British, who ran India as their private plantation for over two centuries. I grew up in independent and caste-ridden India where over fifteen percent of the population were untouchables and lived lives of abject misery and indignity. These people, now called the Dalits, number at present over 300 million. Many of my childhood memories are of the cruel mistreatment of these all-too-visible invisible people. The fact that they continue to be oppressed still, seventy years after independence, is a blight on the land of the Buddha and of Gandhi and Ambedker. I speak to you, then, as the guilt-ridden son of the Indian equivalent of a slave holder.
Link of the Week. . .
You know it's coming. . .

For Further Reflection. . .  
Click on the image to go to the Yale Institute of Sacred Music Review's webpage for its recent publication on Poverty.  There are a number of resources that are interesting.
Weekly Schedule

Fri, April 20 - Sun, April 22-- Parish Retreat (Holy Cross Monastery)

Saturday, April 21
9:00 AM     Landscaping Morning & Clean Up
Noon           Use of Sanctuary by Stamford Chorale
5:00 PM        St. Francis Saturday Night Worship (Historic Church)

Sunday, April 22--Easter 4B
8:00 AM        Worship Service with Eucharist (Historic Church)
                      Celebrant: Mark Lingle
                      Preacher:  Mark Lingle

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

4:00 PM        Stamford Chorale Concert:  Mozart Requiem  (Church)

This Week at a Glance

Saturday (28)
9:00 AM   Prison Ministry (Church)
5:00 PM   St. Francis Saturday Night Service (Historic Church)

Sunday (29)  Easter 5B
8:00 AM Worship Service with Eucharist  (Historic Church)
10:00 AM  Worship Service with Eucharist (Church)
11:15 AM  Music Committee (Church)
11:15 AM  Book Club:  Undocumented (Church)

Save the Date

Monday, April 30 @ 7:30 PM (Meeting Room)
St. Francis Outreach & Miles for a Mission Committee Review 

Thursday, May 3 @ 6:30 PM (St. Paul's, Riverside)
Episcopal Church in Connecticut Visioning Meeting

Friday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM (St. John's Lutheran)
Midnight Run

Wednesday, May 16 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Wednesday, May 16 @ 6:00 PM (Margery Irish's Home)
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Wednesday, May 16 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, May 19 @ 9:00 AM 
Prison Ministry

Saturday, May 19 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, May 19 @ 7:00 PM (Church)
St. Francis Sounds Good Concert:  
From 42nd Street to Hollywood:  100 Years of Song

Sunday, May 20 @ 8 & 10 AM
Feast of Pentecost (WEAR RED!!)

Sunday, May 20 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Reception for Brandon Ashcraft

Sunday, May 27 @ 8 & 10
Trinity Sunday

Sunday, May 27 @ 11:15 AM (Church)
Book Club:  Building a Strong Church Community

Sunday, June 3 @ 8AM and 10AM 
Load-A-Truck Sunday

Sunday, June 3 @ 11:00 AM (Church)
Parish Picnic

Saturday, June 9 @ 10:00 AM (Church)
Betsy Rich Memorial Service

Saturday, June 9 TBD (Union Baptist Church)
Interfaith Iftar

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

Wednesday, June 20 @ Noon
Stamford Clergy Meeting

Saturday, June 16 @ 9:00 AM (Church)
Landscaping Morning

Saturday, June 16 @ Noon (Church)
Satya Sai Baba Prsentation

Wednesday, June 20 @ 7:00 PM (Meeting Room)
Vestry Meeting

Saturday, June 23 @ 8:00 AM (Church)
Breathing Space Meditation

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