The Weekly News
December 26, 2019

Feast of the Holy Family
Readings: SIR 3:2- 6 ; COL 3:12-21 ; MT 2:13- 15
Saturday, December 28, 2019
5:00 pm
Presider: Frank Krebs
Homilist: Frank Krebs
Reader: Sue Self
Eucharistic Ministers: Art Maines, Karen Diehl, Mallory Rusch
Sacristan: Marci Welby, Diane Cummings
Location: 204 East Lockwood, 63119
Sunday, December 29, 2019
9:00 am
Presider: Frank Krebs
Homilist: Frank Krebs
Sacristan: Kathy Krishon
Location: Mead Center, 17 Selma Avenue, 63119
Coming Events
20/20 Vision Port of Call #1 -  Make Your Mark

Saturday, January 18 th       3:00-4:30pm in the Fireside Room

Make your mark on the history of Sts. Clare and Francis. Our first vision gathering will include the launch an exploration of the history of Sts. Clare and Francis and an overview of  20/20 Vision , a 6-month project aimed at uncovering Sts. Clare and Francis’ communal identity and envisioning a creative and intentional path forward into the future.

Sacristans Needed - Great Benefits!

If you are interested in serving as a sacristan on either Saturday or Sunday, we'd love for you to join us!
  • Free training by a current sacristan!
  • Helpers for putting things away!
  • NO "heavy lifting"!!!!

Please contact Mallory Rusch at  .
You will be sincerely appreciated!
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...
Month of Grace + Prayer: An Ecumenical Retreat in Everyday Life

Meet one-on-one with a spiritual companion one hour each week for four consecutive weeks. Morning, afternoon and evening meeting times available (on Wednesdays). Starts January 12. Meetings will be held at Kirkwood United Church of Christ. This is the same retreat in everyday life that was co-hosted by SCF, Emmanuel Episcopal Church and Christ Lutheran Church several years ago. For more information, or to register, visit or contact Clarence Heller at 314-258-9066 or .
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)

Fred Andres, 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.
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
All are welcome!!
Metro East Mission Church
Sundays, 9:30am, lower level of Trinity UCC
Trinity United Church of Christ
47 North Douglas Avenue
Belleville, IL 62220  
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:
Rev. Frank Krebs (314.740.1160) or Rev. Kay Schmitt (314.620.9511). Contact Kay if you wish to ride with her.
General Info
Get connected and involved! Check out our website:

Parish Office: Sts. Clare & Francis
Eden Theological Seminary
483 East Lockwood, Suite 3
St. Louis, MO 63119
Frank   and Jim Our clergy are are available for appointments. You can Email Frank   or reach him at 314.740.1160
Email Jim or reach him at 314.896.0125
To Schedule Meetings at Peace UCC:
Contact Jen Einspahr -- 314.968.1727 or 
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 remember our Schnucks E-Scrip fund raiser when you shop. 
Need an E-Scrip card?? Call Marilyn Tenholder (314.323.1467) There is no charge and all you have to do is activate it by either a phone call or by going online. Show the card when you check out and a percentage of your purchase will be donated 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.
Sts. Clare & Francis ECC
Church : 204 East Lockwood Avenue | St. Louis | MO|63119
Office : 483 East Lockwood Ave. | Suite 3 | St. Louis | MO | 63119