Dear Friends,

In this COVID-19 era you never know if what you email or say in the morning will hold true in the afternoon, especially as some parts of the economy open with restrictions. Does that mean that Los Angeles County is around the corner for allowing indoor in-person worship? Probably not…so…on Friday morning we are asking you to respond to a 5 question survey as we gauge interest in attending an in-person OUTDOOR Sunday Eucharistic worship in front of the church on the patio, under the arches. Stay tuned and please take the survey.

Onward! Let’s celebrate on September 13th with the creative start of a new ministry program year! Yes, every year in September we enjoy a focused day in church and outside of church, our “Get Connected Sunday”, and enjoy a barbecue or chili cook off or something as we embrace the ministries and community of Jesus together. This year we are naming it “Get Re-connected Sunday” and since we will not be at church in the morning, our Fellowship Ministry is planning an outdoor gathering in the afternoon at 5pm. Please read details below. Yay!!!

Families!
On September 13 our new Sunday School program will commence and the Youth Group launches its online Zoom meetings from 4-6 carrying on the same way the school year and youth group ended in June…a Zoom online experience. YAY!!

And…of course, we continue every Sunday, gathering in the St Francis Garden, after the 10am online Sunday worship, and receive the Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven.

Please email or text me your reservation for 11, 11:15, 11:30 or 11:45…see below.

310-995-6519
310-375 4617 x223.
Receive the Body of Christ
You are invited to receive the Body of Christ on Sundays in our St Francis Garden in a reserved spot for Holy Communion under Special Circumstances at 11, 11:15, 11:30, 11:45. Social distancing markers are in place and we ask you wear a mask. The wafer is in a paper cup on a tray, distanced from everyone.
To receive this Sunday - September 6, Please reserve a spot with Paula+ by email or text (310-995-6519).
Be together - 5 days a week, as well as Sundays.
Morning prayer twice-weekly, led by Paula+, and Compline three times per week, led by Jude+ and a team of lay leaders. Each service includes the traditional service, plus words from the leader, and explanations of the readings. They are prayerful and quiet, a far cry from the turmoil of the world, and medicine to help us heal and be comforted and inspired.
Watch Our Services via Facebook
You do not need to have a Facebook page to view our content. Just click here to view our page. If you don't have a facebook account, or have forgotten how to log into it, just ignore any prompts to log in etc. The page should be visible to anyone. Still having trouble? Email Susan Marshall, for help.

Weekly Worship - all via our Facebook page
  • Sunday Readings, Music, Sermon, words from Paula+, and Spiritual Communion – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Worship bulletins are here.
  • Morning Prayer - Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m.
  • Compline (prayer for the evening) - Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evenings, 7:00 p.m.
  • Taizé - 4th Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m.
Livestreams are also saved to our Facebook page, so you can watch again at any time if you miss one. Plus our sermons are also available as separate audio recordings here.

Other Offerings and Meetings
Zoom groups -
Zoom meetings -
  • Staff
  • Finance
  • Vestry
  • Endowments
  • Miscellaneous
Meet Your Sunday School Team!
We are so excited for a new school year and can't wait to share fun Bible stories with each of you!!! Please click on the image, or the link below for a 2 minute video to meet the team.

We will be sending out weekly video readings/lessons given by one of our great team members. It will be a great way to learn and be involved as a family. The lessons are self-paced and will include
  • a Parent Page (in pdf format)
  • a craft (pick-up times coming soon)
  • recipes to make,
  • music (singing and dancing are encouraged)
  • and monthly Zoom gatherings (dates and times coming soon)
For questions or more information, contact Alyce Metzroth.
See you soon!!!
Get Re-Connected! Sunday Social Hour
September 13th, 5:00 - 6:00pm, Lower Parking Lot

Like everything else in this Covid-19 pandemic time, our Get Connected Sunday will be a bit different this year! For those that want to connect in person, you are invited to come as described above. We will have tables and chairs, properly spaced, where you can sit with your family or a couple of close friends. Reservations and masks are required and there will be sanitizer on each table. We will have 12 tables available with up to four chairs per table. Feel free to bring your own appetizer and beverage if you would like!

If you would like to join the Get Re-Connected Sunday Social Hour, please make your reservation by sending your RSVP to Kathy Compton.

Please include your name and who you would like to include at your table;
For example, "This is Susie Smith and I would like to be seated with my husband and two children." Or, "This is Bob Brown - my wife and I would like to be seated with Sam and Sally Jones." 

Due to pandemic restrictions we must limit the number of people that can attend, so reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Also, we will need a couple of volunteers to help set up the tables and chairs before the event at 4:30pm. Please email Kathy if you can help with this! Thank you.
ISAIAH … in (only) 5 Sessions !!!!! 
A Week on Tuesday, September 15th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, our Bible study of ISAIAH continues! Hooray!

Isaiah is quoted more times in the New Testament than any other book in the Hebrew Bible. Jesus reads from Isaiah (Isa 61:1-2) as he begins his ministry and then declares that,
“Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Lk 4:21)

Why Isaiah?
Isaiah is a beautiful, powerful, poetic, disturbing, wild, inspiring, important book,
and I invite you to join in the fun of engaging with this text!!
There are five sessions:

  • Sept. 15, 7:00-8:30pm - Second Isaiah 40-55; The Suffering Servant and Jesus; Servant Songs; Poetry and Music

  • Sept. 29, 7:00-8:30pm - Second Isaiah 40-55; Suffering then and now; More Servant Songs; Quotes to remember

  • Oct. 6, 7:00-8:30pm - Third Isaiah 56-66; Hope; A Restored Covenant; Leadership Gone Awry; Restoration of the Faithful

  • Oct. 20, 7:00-8:30pm - Back to the Beginning: First Isaiah 1-39; Who did they say God is? Who do we say God is?

Note from Rev Jude: I am not an expert, at all, on Isaiah. This class will need your questions, insights, former knowledge, or first-time observations to make the experience meaningful.

No experience necessary; all brains welcome.  Please email me before Tuesday and I will send you the zoom link.

Jude+
310-701-5966
Urgent!! St Luke's
Donations of men’s clothes urgently needed at St. Luke’s.

  • In addition to the belts and baseball caps mentioned last week, they need
  • men’s pants size 32-38 (no 40+)
  • men’s shoes size 10-14.
  • Also needed are towels and wash cloths. They ran out at last week’s Shower program!!

Email Gayle Taylor to arrange for pick up. THANKS!!!
The Bellringer
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Do you need help of any kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, Material?
We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances are difficult for many at this time. For help of any kind, or just for a Zoom or Facetime or phone call, please email or call Paula+ or Jude+ at any time.

If you are in a position to do so, (only if - no guilt), you may also donate to Paula+'s Discretionary Fund to help those at St. Francis in financial need. Send checks to 2200 Via Rosa, PVE 90274, made out to St. Francis Church, with 'Rector's Discretionary Fund' in the memo line. Thank you!

Email Paula+, 310-995-6519
Email Jude+, 310-701-5966.
View or download our bulletins - bulletins will be posted in time for livestreaming.

Sunday's Sermon




Contacts:
Paula+, 310-375 4617 x223.
Jude+, 310-375 4617 x225.
You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!