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January 3, 2018

News and Notes – what’s happening at St. Francis

News and Notes

what's happening at St. Francis

Upcoming Events

  • Spring Cleanup: March 24 at 10 am (rescheduled from March 18)

  • Brown Bag Lunch: April 3 at 12 noon

  • Finance Committee Meeting: April 3 at 7 pm

  • Vestry Meeting: April 10 at 7 pm

  • Buildings and Grounds Committee Meeting: April 12 at 7 pm

  • Ongoing Events

  • The Rector's Study: Tuesdays at 3:30 pm

  • Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10 am followed by Holy Eucharist

  • Choir rehearsal: Thursdays at 7 pm
  • Churchyard Cleanup - Postponed!

    Due to potentially uncooperative weather, the Churchyard work day has been changed from Sunday, March 18 to Saturday, March 24.

    Work will begin at 10 am for anyone who can spare an hour or two. Food will be provided. Bring your gloves and any tools that might be helpful. Contact Laura Peterson for more details.
    Palm Crosses

    On Saturday, March 24 at 10 am, you are invited to come to St. Francis to participate in the making of palm crosses. Everyone is welcome whether you have made them before or not. Come and help carry on this tradition. For more information, please call Barbara Partridge.
    Lectionary Bible Study

    On March 21 at 10 am, this Wednesday, March 21, the group will finish viewing the 1989 film "Romero," about the ministry and martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero in El Salvador in the late '70's and early '80's. Archbishop Romero was recently approved for canonization among Roman Catholic Saints. A service of Holy Eucharist honoring his life and ministry will be held by our own Bp. Gutierrez on March 23, 2018, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
    Flowers on the Altar at St. Francis

    Where do the flowers on the Altar come from every week? St. Francis has a dedicated group of 12 volunteers who go out, buy and bring flowers to the church and make creative beautiful bouquets to grace the Altar every week. They take into consideration the liturgical season with the accompanying colors for the frontal (the draping on the altar). For Lent with the beautiful purple frontal, our flowers are more subdued in keeping with our time of reflection. Flowers will change on Psalm Sunday with an abundance of palms and calla lilies. And at Easter, we celebrate the risen Christ with an abundance of spring flowers.

    On Easter, we plan to have large bouquets on the Altar and encourage everyone to have family photos in front of the Altar after the services. We will leave the flowers on the Altar after the service for that reason. On Easter Monday, we will take flower bunches to many people in the parish.

    Please help support the flower fund by remembering and celebrating people in your lives. It may be someone who is deceased or someone celebrating a special event. We deliver flowers to those who are sick or need the smiles that flowers bring. The flower donation is $50 for a week. Click here for the form to complete (or pick up a form at the back of the church) so we can acknowledge and celebrate your gift and people.
    Help Wanted - Getting Involved at St. Francis

    Our parish encourages new and not-so-new parishioners to connect with a ministry of interest. Many committee, study and prayer groups, and other ministries are open to new members. The Invite-Welcome-Connect Committee is developing an overview of all parish ministries, with detailed information on how interested members can get involved. Look for this information in the coming weeks.

    The following are some specific areas to consider right now:

    - Invite-Welcome-Connect (IWC) is looking for one or two new members to work specifically on event planning, such as Bark in the Park, Malvern Blooms and the Speaker Series.

    - IWC is also looking for an individual(s) to maintain a photo bank of digital pictures that could be used regularly on our website and possibly Facebook and other social media sites. The volunteer(s) would be asked to sort and tag images that accurately portray the variety of ministries and members at St. Francis.

    Contact Connie Scanga or Cindy Claffey for more information.