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Nov. 6, 2019
ANNUAL MEETING SUNDAY, NOV. 17 !
St. Francis' Annual Meeting is set for Sunday, Nov. 17 . The meeting will begin immediately following the 9:30 a.m. service that morning. Please note that the 10:30 service has been rolled back an hour (to 9:30 a.m.) to accommodate the Annual Meeting! We will have only 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. services on Nov. 17!

The meeting includes a vote on new Vestry nominees. Currently, four candidates have been nominated: Kris Cooke, Andrew Gaunt, Frank Nash, and Sandra Shields . You may nominate additional candidates from the floor, but please be sure your nominee is willing to serve. 
THE HOLIDAYS ARE ALMOST HERE!
MORE NEWS & EVENTS
THIS SUNDAY, NOV. 10

JOIN OUR VBS COMMITTEE
Our new VBS Committee meets THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 10 , in the Red Room immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service. We're building this year's VBS program from the ground up, and we would love for you to be a part of it. Between volunteer recruitment, decorating, curriculum creating, and more, there's a job for everyone! Please contact Felicia Cole with any questions.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

ST. CLARE WOMEN MEET NOV. 20
Please join us in the Parish Hall at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 , to welcome Greensboro’s own Rosie the Riveter, Ruth Edwards. Hear how she and other women worked to ensure freedom during WWII. If not on our contact list, please RSVP to maryplybon1@gmail.com or (336) 207-7192.
Bring your friends and stay for lunch.

FRIARS MEET NOV. 20
The Friars meet Wednesday, Nov. 20 , at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francis. Please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 18 , to David Schickedantz (preferred), or contact the church office , (336) 288-472 1.

WOMEN'S EVENING PRAYER NOV. 14
When : 6 p.m, Thursday, Nov. 14
Where: St. Francis Sanctuary

Back by popular demand! With The Rev. Ginny Bain Inman, officer for adult formation and lifelong learning with the N.C. Diocese, and Dr. Carole Ott Coelho, parishioner and associate professor of music at UNCG. Women of all ages are welcome and encouraged to join us for Evening Prayer followed by refreshments and fellowship in the Parish Hall. Bring a friend!

We will provide childcare with a pizza dinner in the nursery. Please call the office at (336) 288-4721 to register your child(ren) by Nov. 11.

Transportation needed? The Women’s Ministry is happy to give anyone a ride if they need one. Please let the office know at (336) 288-472 1 by Nov. 11 .

SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 6
What: Women’s Mini Retreat
When: Friday, March 6, 2020, in the evening
You don’t want to miss meeting The Reverend Sally Johnson. Stay tuned for more information.

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.

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!
REGISTER FOR THE 2020 ISRAEL TRIP!

WAYS TO HELP

BUY GIFTS FOR THE ST. FRANCIS ANGEL TREE
Can you imagine not celebrating the holidays with your family? Many of the more than 500 children living in foster care with Children’s Home Society of N.C. are not able to celebrate the holidays with their families. CHS is working hard to ensure that all children in their care have a reason to celebrate and they need our help. Over the past 25-plus years, the parishioners of St. Francis have graciously sponsored ALL of the wishes for 8 to 15 foster children. Your generosity makes a child’s Christmas morning MAGICAL! 

This year, the Angels (individual gift wishes) will be going up a week earlier. Look for the rolling bulletin board beginning Sunday, Nov. 10 . Gifts will range in cost from $20 and up. Don’t have time to shop? No problem. You can still help by making any monetary donation to help purchase some of the more expensive or hard-to-find gift items.

PLEASE purchase early and bring your wrapped or unwrapped gifts back to church no later than  Sunday, Dec. 1.  You can also drop gifts off at the church office during the week. Specific instructions will be posted on the Angel Tree. Call Leslie Leland at 336-509-4475 with questions about this Christmas giving opportunity. Thank you on behalf of the children!

  JOIN THE ST. FRANCIS PIECEMAKERS!
Join the Piecemakers as we make quilts for foster children, hopefully transferring warmth and hugs to them. We also make pillow cases for these children, which are sometimes used as a suitcase alternative. Piecemakers also help provide goods for St. Francis' Angel Tree and for our sister parish, the Church of the Holy Spirit.

We meet at St. Mike’s Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. Sewing machines and fabrics are provided for projects. Please consider joining us or making an item at your home and dropping it off at the church. Contact Karen Langdon .
GIVING IDEAS FROM OUTREACH

Got Stuff? As 2019 winds down and you cull your possessions to donate, consider these options:

Cars – Wheels 4 HOPE will take your donated car and refurbish it for someone in need. Go to wheels4hope.org to learn more.

Furniture – The Barnabas Network will make your donated furniture available at no cost to qualified families who are transitioning from homelessness fleeing abuse, recovering from flood or fire, or resettling as refugees. Learn more at thebarnabasnetwork.org .

Clothing and home goods – Hannah’s Bridge Thrift Store, 2166 Lawndale Dr. in Greensboro will welcome your gently worn clothing for men, women, and children, as well as household goods and furniture. Hannah’s Bridge benefits Hannah’s Haven, a faith-based nonprofit residential center that helps women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Visit hannahshaven.net to find out more. Store hours are 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
NEW LITTLE LIBRARY IS A BLESSING ... AND BLESSED
Last Sunday, Father Drew offered a blessing for the new Little Library that stands near St. Mike's House. Jamie Danis built the Little Library, which is designed to improve access to books and increase literacy. It operates on a 'take one, leave one' model. Thank you to Jamie for his hard work.