Lift Every Voice and Sing   

Music is making a comeback at St Francis! Here are some highlights:

  • Our chapel organ is operational thanks to the generous donation of the Capitola (Cappie) Green Foundation and the expert artisanship of Sean O’Neal and his team. An additional donation given by Scott and Todd Ruston in memory of their mother, Marylen, will result in a more thorough restoration in the months to come.
  • Hymns return to the 8:00 service this Sunday. If you have a busy Sunday, consider joining us for this traditional Rite I service.
  • The St Francis Choir resumes in-person rehearsals this week and we look forward to welcoming them back to our 10:00 worship.

We praise God for the devoted efforts of Mark Bennett, David Knight, Susan Marshall, and our choir who sustained our souls with virtual hymns and anthems through these long months of the pandemic. Yes, we are still working through Covid restrictions, but it is a blessing to sing the praises of God once again.

"Hopes for St. Francis" - a Vital Parish-Wide Discussion
What a great time we had last Sunday.

I HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed in any way at all to our Worship, and to the St. Francis Day festivities - from early morning set up through to the final taking down and packing away. The Friars cooked up a storm and we were all fed and happy.

Thanks to Tina van der Velden who updated us all on the progress of the Profile Committee. The Committee of 12 (drawn from all parts of our congregation), will soon be issuing a Parish-wide survey to seek input from you about our Rector Search Process. And look out for Story Day (probably November 7) when we will look back on the history of St. Francis and wonder aloud as a community about who we are and where we hope to go in the future.

Two big takeaways from the Bishop
On the selection process - "Sense how curious your candidates are about other people, and how much they actually love other people. If they don't learn your names, if they don't seem that interested in you, if they're acting as though the interviews are something to be gotten through, a test to be passed, make a note in their file.

[For your next Rector] I know you think you want a good preacher, maybe a family with 2.3 children. Maybe you want them to be a good administrator, good with budgets. You want all that.

But you want somebody who loves the children of God whom God has made, and that is you. You want someone who is prime to fall in love with you."

On Stewardship - "My job is to help relieve the anxiety and worry about money. Let's see if we can take that away. If our institutions aren't worried about money, how to replace the roof, how to get the pledge drive in, how to make sure we have enough money to pay our staff and our clergy.

If we weren't constantly preoccupied with the budget, the people of God would be free to go about their business, which is to glorify God, and care for God's people. That's all we have to do. That's what our worship is about. That's what all of our ministry is about. It's our mission statement."

Sharing laughter with Bishop John Taylor
So good to see our faithful Friars back in action!
Elaine and Dick with delicious ice-cold lemonade.
Blessing of the Animals! 
We blessed and remembered our loved and loving animal companions.
So Many Ministries to Choose From...

Did you miss Get Connected Sunday? Don't be left out - make sure you're in the know about all our Ministries and who to contact for information on any of them.
Bible Study on Zoom Continues!
Tuesdays through November 9, 7:00-8:30 pm. Each class is stand-alone so come for any or all sessions.

Register to attend:

Based on the book Long Story Short: The Bible in Six Simple Movements by Joshua McNall, plus enrichment from other sources. Buying the book is optional since relevant information will be provided in-class handouts.

Contact Jack Hailwood or Suellen Eslinger for more info.
Photo - Bible students on zoom!
It's Baaaaaaack!!!
The Rummage Sale!!!

Who needs retail stores? We have it all for you right here! Halloween costumes; Thanksgiving and Holiday decorations!

We are accepting donations now through October 12th. Please bring your items to the Parish Hall, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Mondays thru Fridays. As always we can use lots of helpers. If you can work for one hour (or two or four!), please come join us.

We need to sort, price, and display the thousands of items that we collect. BONUS - workers can buy things after they have been priced. Due to continuing Covid guidelines we ask that all helpers please bring a mask, a water bottle with your name on it and your own sandwich or snack. Sale dates are Friday Oct. 15th and Sat. Oct. 16th 8 am till 2 pm.
Any questions call Gloria Jones 310-375-8916
Sunday Worship

8:00 a.m. - Rite I in-person worship in the Chapel. Music is back this week - David will be playing a pre and postlude and we will be singing two hymns (for those fully vaccinated). This service is not live-streamed.

10:00 a.m. - Rite II in-person worship in the main church with music.

Masks required: LA County mandate requires masks worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.

10:00 am Sunday worship will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and available for watching later.

Please contact Kristina Pelá to arrange for a Lay Eucharistic Minister to safely bring you communion.
Farewell to Compline - For Everything there is a Season.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3.1)

When we started offering Compline, back in the early days of the pandemic, we were locked in our homes, sheltering in place, not knowing where things were going. Compline provided a peaceful place to come together, center ourselves, and find God at the end of a fraught and fearful day. Compline is still a place to ask that we be granted 'a peaceful night, and a perfect end', but the season has changed. As we've come out of the pandemic, at least partially, and many of us are coming back into church and into community together, attendance has significantly faded away.

With that in mind, we have decided to discontinue Compline, at least for now. Our last Facebook broadcast, after something like one hundred and eighty offerings, will be tomorrow - Friday, October 1st.

Our thanks should go to the mighty 'Compline Crew' who have held down the fort over the months: Christine Bukowski, Sue Egan, Mark Duley, Jude+ Lyons, Holly Henebry, Robin Pano, Alex Sams, and Gayle Taylor (and anyone else, with my sincerest apologies, I may have missed).

Peter Marshall
Need Help of Any Kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, or Material?

We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances can be difficult at any time. For help of any kind, or just for a Zoom or Facetime or phone call, please email or call Jerry+ .

Enews Submission Deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesday

Enews is sent weekly on Thursday afternoon: email Susan with your requests.
Our staff all now have their own direct lines.
You can still reach them by calling the office on 310 375 4617, but the direct lines are as follows:
The Rev. Jerry Sather 310-594-7984
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268
Mary Sanchez 310-375-4617

You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!