Dear Family of St Francis,

In this quieter and cooler season, the leaves of trees give way to letting go. We have had to let go in the moments when loved ones leave this world for eternal life. As All Saints Day, November 1, approaches, I invite you to remember those you love but see no longer by thinking about them in the communion of saints that surrounds us. See below for how we shall honor them on November 1.

Thank you to all who have sent in their pledges for 2021! We are in this together! We share in the ministry of Jesus and support that ministry through our operating budget. May the stewardship theme this year, “faith-filled generosity”, move us to pray especially for those who are suffering from the consequences of the pandemic.

To support us spiritually, we have the opportunity to gather in person for worship outdoors on Sunday morning at 9am. David Knight, our organist, fills the space with music and the beauty of nature inspires our souls to be calm. AND, we have outdoor radiant heaters to help with the chill and 4 more heaters on their way!  We have changed the time for Communion only to 11:15 to allow for those who watch online at 10am so they have enough time to get to church.

Please text - 310-995-6519 - or email Paula+ to register for the 9am outdoor worship or 11:15am communion only in front of our church.
With the help of our ushers and altar guild, and many behind the scenes volunteers, the following protocols will help us stay safe at 9am for the outdoor worship:

  • You may bring your own lounge chairs, but we shall have available, clean, sanitized chairs also.
  • You must wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose.
  • The seating area will be marked with mandatory 6 foot distancing strips and signage.
  • The 4 stone benches on the perimeter of the patio will be marked for household units.
  • Signage will facilitate where to stand for Holy Communion.
  • At this time, Holy Communion will be wafers only in paper cups.
  • Hand sanitizer stations and extra masks will be available.
  • If you have a cough or do not feel well then take care of yourself and stay at home.
  • The parish hall restrooms will be open. Please use the spray sanitizer after use.

May we never forget we are in this together.

With love and care,

To our Online Community
And finally - for all of you in our community who can't be in-person at this time, please know that you are still vitally important members of our church family. We are so very sorry that the situation means that many of you will need to continue worshiping remotely. We know that must hurt. We'll be continuing our full online worship well into the future, and of course please know you can contact Paula+ or Jude+ at any time if you need some support, or prayer, or just a chat!
Remember Your Loved Ones
All Saints Day, November 1
On this day we remember our loved ones who have died. Please submit to Paula+ the names of any member of your family who has died since All Saints Day 2019. Please submit their names by 5 p.m. October 26. Their names will be read out loud on Sunday, All Saints Day, Nov. 1. May God’s strength and peace be with us as we remember parishioners and family members who surround us in the communion of saints those we shall always love but see no longer
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
Taizé Service of Wholeness and Healing
This Tuesday - October 27, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook
David and Femi Knight bring you their thoughtful and beautiful music and harmonies to give you half an hour of gentle meditation. Rev. Paula introduces our service and leads us with Scripture and prayers for healing. You have nothing to do except perhaps light a candle for the healing of the world, and then sit back and let God be God. Peace to all!
copyright 1979 Bob Hurd, published by OCP
From Rev. Jude+ And the Ministry Council

Even though the grounds of St. Francis might seem quiet, behind the scenes there is a flurry of activity!!

Here is just some of what’s going on:

Hospitality: a TEAM brought you: Parking Lot Fellowship & Blessing of the Animals drive-by; with more to come!

Worship: dozens of people - clergy, altar guild, ushers, musicians, readers,
        the production team, and more…..

Bring You
  1. Outdoor Worship (9am) and On-line Worship (10am) on Sundays
  2. Morning Prayer with Paula Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30am
  3. A team of 9 leads Compline MWF evenings at 7:00pm
  4. Taize on the 4th Tuesday evening at 7:00pm
  5. A team of 5 lead our newly designed Sunday School and Family Program!!!!

Study and Practice: 
  •    Tuesday night Bible Study Class
  •    Thursday Morning Meditation Group
  •    Planning for Advent Prayer, Study, and Devotionals

Outreach:
   10 families make bag lunches monthly for St. Luke’s Lunch and Shower program;
   Others sort the Blue Bin; still others gather up Donations

And there’s more: money counters, gardening angels, LEMs and card ministers, Investment and Finance committees, the Vestry, and even MORE I’ve forgotten to mention. (oh dear)

You see…we are very much alive and active serving and loving our community!

If you are feeling adrift - come join us. The more the merrier.
Let Jude+ know what kind of ministries might interest you to join … or start!!
Dear Families of St Francis!
Let's see each other on Sunday
October 25, 11:00 a.m.
Come one, come all to our very own fun Sunday School Zoom call. Please join us to share about what you like to create. We will also sing and dance! We can't wait to see everyone's smiling faces!

Last time we and the kids had a lot of fun - and Nero the kitten enjoyed himself too!

Or call in on your phone by dialing 1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 848 9235 5202
Passcode: 177743

Military Outreach - Outdoor Packing!
Sunday, November 8, noon - 2pm, 2 driveways on Milne Drive and Ellinwood

You must make an appointment and text when you arrive, and wear masks covering your nose and mouth. Hand sanitizer will be on all the tables.
Call Susie Zimmerman for more information! 310 316-5941

Donations of $18.00 covers the cost of mailing a box.
You may also make cards at home and bring in your car. It is the In and Out of packing!!
Packing with no wait, no lines, as a family, waiting in your car!

We wish to remember our troops as they keep us safe from year to year. The pandemic does not stop our troops from being deployed.

And thank you!!!
The Bellringer
At the current time, we're not creating issues of this, but we'd still love to hear from you. If you have any updates or items you would have submitted for publication in normal times, send them along to Susan and we will publish them in this enews instead!
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!