Service ScheduleJanuary 3, 2018
Financial Peace University at St. FrancisOctober 1, 2018
Upcoming EventsBook Group: CANCELLED for February 15 (will be rescheduled)
Board Game Night: February 16 at 5:30 pm
Vestry meeting: February 19 at 7 pm (rescheduled from February 12)
Art & Music Festival: February 22-24
Ongoing EventsFinancial Peace University: Sundays at 11:45 am (through April 7)
The Rector's Study: Introduction to the Spiritual Journey: Tuesdays at 3:30 pm
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10 am followed by Holy Eucharist
Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays at 7 pm
Book Group for Friday, February 15 has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
The Rector's Study: Introduction to the Spiritual Journey
The Rector's Study on spirituality continues on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm
. All are welcome at any time. The current topic is "The Way of Love," a 7-step spiritual practice initiative of the Episcopal Church. For addtional information, click here
Board Game Night at St. Francis
On Saturday, February 16 from 5:30 pm to whenever, Fr. Kevin will be hosting an evening of board games in the Parish Hall. We'll order some pizza, relax, and throw down with Settlers of Cataan, Legendary, Dominion, or some other ludic entertainment.
The Church School area will be open for kids. Child care will be provided.
Lectionary Bible Study
Lectionary Bible Study is held each Wednesday at 10 am. The group typically reads and discusses the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday,
followed by Holy Eucharist. All are welcome!
Financial Peace University at St. Francis
Financial Peace University
(FPU) is a popular, life-changing 9-week course on personal financial management that has helped thousands of individuals and families live less stressful and more abudant lives. Participants learn biblical wisdom and practical skills for saving, paying down debt, and spending and investing wisely. The average FPU graduate pays off $5300 in debt and puts $2700 in savings over just the first 90 days. For more information, click here
Fr. Kevin is currently facilitating FPU at St. Francis. If you would like to attend a future offering of the course, please notify the Parish Office by sending an email to email@example.com.
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.