Service ScheduleJanuary 3, 2018
Art & Music Festival – February 21-23, 2020November 27, 2019
Upcoming EventsBook Group: January 17 at 7:30 pm
MLK Day of Service: January 20
Annual Parish Meeting: January 26 at 10 am (one service only at 9 am)
Youth Group bake sale: February 2 at 11:15 am
Brown Bag Lunch: February 4 at noon
Circle of Friends: February 5 at 6 pm
Ongoing EventsBible Study: Wednesdays at 10 am
Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays at 7 pm
The next Book Group meeting will be held on Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm in the church library. The book is The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham.
The Soul of America is Jon Meacham's declaration of his faith in America. By chronicling the nation's struggles from revolutionary times to current day, he makes the argument that America has faced division before - and not only survived it but thrived. This book stands as a testament to our choice - a reminder that the country has a history of returning to its core values of freedom and equality after enduring periods of distraction and turmoil. Meacham tells us we've been here before and can find our way out, urging readers to enter the arena, avoid tribalism, respect facts and listen to history.
Lectionary Bible Study
Lectionary Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 10 am to pray and discuss the readings for the following Sunday. Holy Eucharist follows the study.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Martin Luther King Day of Service
For over 20 years, churches and civic organizations in Chester County have come together to do community service on the Martin Luther King Day of Service holiday.
The Chester County coordinator for the Day of Service is St. Paul's Baptist Church in West Chester, which is a member of Global Citizen of Philadelphia, an umbrella organization for the MLK Day of Service in New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Other Chester County church partners include the Unitarian Church of West Chester and Holy Trinity (Episcopal) Church in West Chester.
If you would like to participate, registration for the upcoming interfaith MLK Day of Service can be done online. The web site is: stpaulsbaptist.org
This year's activities for children under 6 with parents include arts and crafts for veterans and first responders, and early childhood activities focused on health. Activities for people over age 7 include: learning to knit baby caps, visiting nursing homes, storytelling for children, preparing meal packets for seniors and first responders, fixing up nurseries and possibly a school (painting, clean up, etc.), and a food drive, among others. Other projects are being organized as well. Lunch is provided to volunteers.
This is an exciting activity that only requires us to show up, no pre-work is involved, and we'll get to meet people from other churches in the area such as the Unitarians. Please join the Outreach Committee and consider joining our neighbors (and making new friends) for this activity and help make a positive impact on our county.
Brown Bag Lunch
The Brown Bag Lunch series will resume on Tuesday, February 4 at noon with a very important safety topic - “Fall Prevention." Jim Herlihey from Chester County Hospital will be our presenter. Feel free to share with others who may benefit from this presentation.
At the October BBL, Amy Amer from Chester County Emergency Department spoke about the Importance of Smart911 Registration. During the session, several parishioners expressed an interest in touring the 9-1-1 Emergency Center, which is located on Westtown Road, West Chester. The tour is scheduled for Thursday, February 6 from noon to 1:30 pm.. A signup sheet will be posted in the Narthex in January. Thank you. Shirley Warren, BBL Chair
Circle of Friends
The first Wednesday of each month we will gather in the Narthex to write notes of encouragement, get well cards, thank you notes, "missing you" notes, and even birthday cards. Cards, pens, stamps, etc., will be provided.
This will be a time of pastoral sharing and action - an easy way to get involved in the ministry of Pastoral Care. The evening will conclude with the service of Compline from the Book of Common Prayer.
The next Circle of Friends is Wednesday, February 5 at 6 pm.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Prayer shawls are available in the library for pastoral use. Each one has a cross sewn on the bottom and a card with information about St. Francis on one side and a prayer on the other side: "May you who receives this shawl be cradled in hope, kept in joy, graced with peace and wrapped in love. Blessed Be!"
If you want to give a shawl to someone in need, please let Barbara Pearse or the church office know to help them keep track of the number of shawls available. We can always use more shawls. If you have one to donate, please contact Barbara for the cross and card to attach to the shawl.
The clear benefit of wearing your name tag on Sunday morning is that it helps us all learn to know each other better. In spite of knowing this, many of us simply forget. So, as the new year begins, the I-W-C Committee is going to help you develop the habit of wearing your name tag. Here's how it will work:
1. Pick up your name tag as you enter the building Sunday morning.
2. Wear it to the worship service and coffee hour.
3. When you're getting ready to leave coffee hour, take off your name tag and put it in the basket, which will be available at coffee hour on the table near the coffee pots. Name tags from 8 am and 10 am worshippers will go into the same basket - everyone has a chance to win!
4. Repeat steps 1-3 weekly. Diane will retrieve the basket and replace the name tags on the board in the narthex before the following Sunday.
Building new habits is hard. To encourage you to work on this one, we're creating a Name Tag Game. Every week when you wear your name tag and place it in the basket at the end of coffee hour, you are automatically entering yourself in a contest to win one of the new St. Francis mugs. Diane will randomly draw a winner each week as she replaces the name tags on the board in the Narthex. You have to play (i.e., Steps 1-4, above) to win a mug. And if you play, our St. Francis community wins, too.
If you do not have a name tag or you cannot find yours, please contact the church office.
Donation to West Chester Food Cupboard
In addition to donations from our vegetable garden, St. Francis collects on-going donations of non-perishable food items for the West Chester Food Cupboard. The collection box is in the corner of the Narthex (foyer) under the coat rack. As the donation box fills up, Michelle Samet and other volunteers take donations to the Food Cupboard. Donations are welcome any time.
How can you CONNECT with St. Francis?
by Cindy Claffey, IWC Committee
The Invite-Welcome-Connect Committee encourages you to consider how you can connect with St. Francis by joining a ministry or group. Opportunities abound for members, new and old, to get involved with the social, spiritual and service activities of our parish.
The IWC Committee has published a directory of ministries, which includes short descriptions of many groups within the parish, along with time commitments, contact information, and any training or background expectations. Look for this publication on the Welcome Table and the information table at the top of the steps in the Narthex. Or click here for Easy Opportunities To Get Involved
Flowers on the Altar at St. Francis
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. After the 10 am Sunday service, we break down the altar flowers into bouquets that are delivered 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. For more information, please contact Sheila Rees.
Are you receiving the weekly Parish News that gets emailed to all parishioners each Friday? Do you receive the Fieldnotes newsletter each month? Are you receiving all the Special Anouncement emails? All these emails come via Constant Contact from St. Francis. If you are not receiving these emails, please contact Diane in the Parish Office at 610-647-0130. If you use Gmail, you may find the Constant Contact emails in your Promotions folder.
Have you had your picture taken for the online pictorial directory? Having your picture in the directory is a great help for old and new members alike. It connects names and faces, increases involvement, and helps avoid some awkward and embarrassing moments!
If you have not had your picture taken for the online directory, please see David Brooks or Fr. Kevin. If you do not have access to the directory, please contact the parish office.