The Weekly News
August 22, 2019
21st Week of Ordinary Time
Saturday, August 24, 2019
5:00 pm

Pres ider: Jim Schratz
Homilist:  Frank Krebs
Reader: Suzanne Schloemann
Eucharistic Ministers: Karen Diehl, Barbara Harris, Mary Jordan
Sacristan: Diane Cummings
Location: 204 East Lockwood, 63119

Sunday, August 25, 2019
9:00 am

Presider: Jim Schratz
Homilist: Frank Krebs
Sacristan: Kathy Krishon
Location: Mead Center, 17 Selma Avenue, 63119
SCF Annual Mouse Races

Our annual fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, October 11, 2019 in the Peace UCC Fellowship Hall. We will be accepting reservations before and after Mass on weekends beginning with August 17, 2019.

The price is $20 per person (or $160 per table of eight) for reservations paid through September 29. Thereafter, the price will be $25 per person, or $200 per table of eight. If you would like to pay by credit card, please speak with or email Mary Vonderheide (314.805.2087 or .) The price covers your admission and beer/wine/soda.

The Development Committee is seeking companies who will sponsor our event. If you know of a company that we can ask to be a sponsor, please let Mary know and we will arrange for a committee member to make the request on your behalf.
Wednesday Mass

6:30 pm
We are offering a mid-week Mass at 6:30 pm in the church sanctuary.

We will have Mass in a simple and very early church model, to break bread as a small and intentional community, reflect quietly, and to experience a sense of beauty in a meditative expression of prayer and ritual with each other. I would expect our time together to last thirty to forty minutes, understanding that we have busy lives and it takes time and commitment to travel to and from the church. I will be available afterwards for any needs you may have individually. Thank you all for the support you have given me in the past.


Bob Crecelius
Contemplative Prayer Hour

Every Thursday
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Fireside Room

If you are a new to silent prayer or a seasoned practitioner, you are welcome!

Come when you can, no need to sign up. 
Includes silent prayer, reflection and sharing (as desired). 

Contact Kristie Lenzen 314.691.5051 (phone/text) or Ceci Paul (314.952.1328) with any questions you might have.
Sacristans Assistance Needed - Update

If you are interested in serving as a sacristan on either Saturday or Sunday, we would love for you to join us! The work is not difficult and one of the current sacristans would train you. Plus, there are always people at Mass who are willing to assist in putting things away. 

Peace has offered to facilitate the movement of furniture on Saturdays, so the "heavy lifting" for that date has been significantly reduced. If that was holding you back from volunteering in this ministry, then it is no longer an issue!

Please contact Mallory Rusch at  if you would like to serve as a sacristan on either day. Your assistance would be sincerely appreciated.

Hear the homily by George von Stamwitz from August 17:

Video of past homilies can be found on the parish Facebook page, here.

Audio recordings of some older homilies can be found here .

Texts of even older homilies on stone and papyrus can be found here .
  random sightings
Sponsored by Friends...

Tree House
Tree House is closed for the month of August. They will return in September.
Parish Council

To see Parish Council meeting minutes or the Parish Constitution and Bylaws, click the appropriate link.

(click name to contact by e-mail)

Sue Self , Chair
Claire Bruner Wiltse,, Vice-Chair

The monthly meetings of the Parish Council are open to all SCF members. The Council meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:45 pm in one of the Peace UCC classrooms. If you have a question for the Parish Council or just want to learn how it operates, you are encouraged to attend a meeting.
Finance Committee

(click name to contact by e-mail) :

Jim Schneider Chair
Prayer List
The Sts. Clare & Francis Prayer list is available for you to share prayer requests from you to your sisters and brothers who are walking this faith journey with you. Praying for one another when there are specific needs is one of the greatest ministries we can provide to one another. But, we cannot pray for events and happenings that we do not know about. Please share your prayers requests with the community. You can be as specific or general as you would like. Contact Jim Schratz with all prayer requests.
Caring Ministry
The Caring Ministry at Sts. Clare & Francis brings the loving presence of God, through a caring companion on the journey, when life is difficult. When we find ourselves struggling with illness, grief, depression, relationships, stress, the Caring Ministry is a supportive and listening presence - not counseling or problem solving. Don't go it alone; contact Sue Self or one of our priests to find out more, and see if it's a fit for you. We want to care for you.
  All Saints ECC
Our Mission Church
We meet at:
Trinity United Church of Christ
47 North Douglas Avenue
Belleville, IL 62220
Our Metro East ECC Mission Church meets every Sunday at 9:30 am. 
Our chapel is in the lower level of Trinity UCC.
Directions from St. Louis: 
Hwy. 64 East to Exit 12; 
RIGHT onto #159/IL St. Continue 5 miles to Douglas Ave.
(railroad crossing)
LEFT on Douglas Ave. to church.
For information, contact:
Rev. Frank Krebs (314.740.1160) or Rev. Kay Schmitt (314.620.9511). Contact Kay if you wish to ride with her.
All are welcome.
General Info

Want to get connected and involved? Check out our website at
The Parish Office  is located at Eden Theological Seminary, 483 East Lockwood, Suite 3, St. Louis, MO 63119.  
Frank  or Jim are available for appointments. You can also reach Frank at 314.740.1160 or Jim at 314.896.0125.
To Schedule Meetings at Peace UCC:
Contact Kelly, the church secretary, to get it on their calendar.   
Matthew 25
The Matthew 25 Fund helps members in our community who need financial assistance. All information concerning the people with whom we work is held in the strictest confidence. If you would like to contribute to this fund, make your check payable to Matthew 25, and place it in the collection basket. If you need assistance from the fund, contact  Robyn Guempel or Charlie Shoenherr
We have a SafeChurch Policy to protect our children and other vulnerable populations .
The Sts. Clare & Francis
Lands’ End Store
In partnership with Lands’ End, you can now purchase clothing and other items embroidered with the Sts. Clare & Francis logo (below). Just follow the link above. If you have any questions, please contact .  

Please keep our Schnucks E-Scrip fund raiser in mind when you shop. If you don't already have an E-Scrip card, please call Marilyn Tenholder (314.323.1467) and she will get one to you. There is no charge and all you have to do is activate it by either a phone call or by going online. Simply show the card when you check out and a percentage of your purchase cost will be rebated back to Sts. Clare & Francis. Thank you!!
Sts. Clare & Francis offers information about other organizations and activities that we feel is useful or relevant to our members and to the public. As an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) organization, Sts. Clare & Francis is required to abide by certain rules. Sts. Clare & Francis is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Sts. Clare & Francis is also prohibited from devoting a substantial part of its activities to attempting to influence legislation. As a result of these rules, we do not specifically endorse these organizations or activities nor do they specifically represent the views of Sts. Clare & Francis, to the extent that doing so would jeopardize Sts. Clare & Francis' standing as a Section 501(c)(3) organization.
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Sts. Clare & Francis ECC
Church : 204 East Lockwood Avenue | St. Louis | MO|63119
Office : 483 East Lockwood Ave. | Suite 3 | St. Louis | MO | 63119