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Nov. 27, 2019
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DECORATE THE CHRISMON TREE THIS SATURDAY!
Kick off your Advent season by helping to decorate the Chrismon Tree THIS Saturday, Nov. 30 , at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. It will already be set up, we just need to get it “dressed.” If we have several people, it should not take long. Contact is Susan Thompson (336 273 7276) .
THANK YOU ANGEL TREE ANGELS!
Thank you St. Francis Parishioners for giving foster children at Children's Home Society a brighter and happier holiday by fulfilling their wish list through the Angel Tree program!

Please bring your donations to St. Francis no later than THIS Sunday, Dec. 1 . Leslie will deliver your gifts. If you would like a receipt from Children's Home Society, please see or call Leslie at 336-509-4475 .
SIGN UP FOR THE ADVENT BOOK STUDY: 'LIGHT OF THE WORLD'
Our Advent Book Study, led by The Rev. Dr. Paul Crowell, will meet Dec. 8, 15, and 22 (the Second, Third, and Fourth Sundays in Advent). Copies of the book and a discussion guide will be available after the Annual Meeting this Sunday or in the Church Office. A donation of $15 is requested to offset the cost of the book. Click here to find out more about the book and sign up.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ASG BAGS
Please do NOT drop off A Simple Gesture bags in the church office. They can be picked up at your homes on Tuesday by ASG if you forget or are out of town. That way, you will get your next bag. Whoever has to deliver them from the church to ASG has no way to provide you a replacement bag.

Questions? Call A Simple Gesture ( 336-547-7000).
Check out these excellent participating vendors!

And click HERE to preview the baskets up for raffle!

New Outreach Christmas cards , blank inside, will also be a vailable at the Holiday Market! Prices are $3 each and sets of five for $10.
HOLIDAY GATHERINGS

LADIES' GATHERING DEC. 4
(No RSVP Needed!)
All ladies of the church are invited to the home of Susan Tysinger at 801 Blanton Place, Dec. 4 , 6:00 p.m., for an Annual Christmas Gathering. Bring a plated, ready-to-serve appetizer and your beverage of choice. We will visit, make merry, and maybe even sing a Christmas carol or two! Feel free to bring a friend! Questions? Email Susan .

HOLIDAY SING-ALONG AND POTLUCK DEC. 8
On Sunday, Dec. 8 , 5:30 p.m., join us in the Parish Hall for some pre-Christmas singing and eating festivities. Members of our Heaven Help Us band will lead a Seasonal Sing-Along. Wear your finest holiday outfit as our youth will be judging a Christmas Outfit Contest during the sing-along. Just bring a main dish and a side to share that can feed 8-10 people, along with a serving utensil. The Fellowship Committee will provide dessert, paper products and beverages. 
   MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

MARY MAGS IS BACK!
Mary Mags is a social group that will meet once on month in the evening. All women over 18 are welcome to be involved and join us each month for some fellowship and fun!

We will have a short interest session at Susan Tysinger’s Holiday Gathering on Dec. 4 to get ideas on what the group would like to do each month, and what evenings of the week work well for many of the participants. Our first gathering will be sometime in January.

If you can’t make it to Susan’s house and are interested in being included, call or email Pat Russell ( 336-420-2804) with your ideas.
 
NEW PICS FOR PHOTO DIRECTORY
Need or want a new photo for a fresh St. Francis Directory? Photo dates are set for Friday, Dec. 13 , (2 p.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 14 , (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Click here to sign up online. Offline sign up is available by calling the office. However, signing up online guarantees availability and signing up offline may require rescheduling depending on any conflicts with the online scheduling.

ST. CLARE WOMEN MEET DEC. 18
Join the St. Clare Women Wednesday, Dec. 18 , for lunch and a program. Meeting begins at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

FRIDAY MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Our men’s bible study meets Friday mornings from 7 a.m.-8 a.m. at A Special Blend coffee shop ( 3900 W. Market St .). We are now studying the book of Acts. Men of all ages are welcome—no preparation or previous experience necessary!

PEOPLE POWER NEEDED!
Tuesday Morning Episcopal Breakfast needs helping hands. Come between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. to give our homeless friends a warm meal. Call Anna Clare Allen at (336) 632-0800 , or contact the Church Office for details.
CHAPTERS IN OUR LIVES
Florine Stephens Crutchlow , mother of Claudia Clarke, died Tuesday, Nov. 19. We send our love and condolences to Claudia, Ken, and the rest of Florine's family.

A funeral service for Florine is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, at St. Francis.

"Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace. . ." -- BCP
Dr. Randolph B. Huff , father of John Huff, died Sunday, Nov. 24, in Clinton, S.C. We send our love and condolences to John, Kathie, and the rest of Randolph's family.

"Father of all, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: Grant them your peace. . ." -- BCP
WARM CLOTHING DRIVE
FOR HOLY SPIRIT
Collection dates are Sundays, Dec. 8 and 15 , following the 10:30 a.m. services.
Help us collect adult sizes of new or gently worn: sweatshirts, warm leggings, coats, thick socks, hats, gloves, scarves, sleeping bags/blankets. Questions? Contact Jenna Danis .