Upcoming EventsLas Posadas: December 15 at 6 pm
Christmas Eve services: December 24 at 5 and 10 pm
Christmas Day service: December 25 at 10 am
Lessons and Carols: December 29 at 10 am (only one service on December 29)
Brown Bag Lunch: January 7 at noon
Circle of Friends: January 8 at 6 pm
Vestry meeting: January 14 at 7 pm
Book Group: January 17 at 7:30 pm
Ongoing Events"The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!": Sundays at 11:15 am (through December 15)
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10 am
Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays at 7 pm
"The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!"
From November 3 to December 15, Fr. Kevin will lead a six-part introductory class on The Episcopal Church. "The Episcoal Church Welcomes You" will cover our history, liturgy, the Book of Common Prayer, theology, sacraments, polity, "episco-speak," and other characteristics of Episcopal faith and practice. New and long-time members alike are encouraged to attend. This class will also serve to meet the requirement for adults seeking Confirmation.
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.
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, January 8 at 6 pm.
The next Book Group meeting will be held on Friday, January 17 at 7:30 pm. The book is The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham.
Backpack Project Gifts Needed - Our Brother's Place
Members of the St. Francis parish family are again being asked to remember the homeless people who seek shelter and a way to improve their lives at
Our Brother's Place, a unit of the Bethesda Project in Philadelphia, as you do your Christmas shopping. St. Francis has supported this very important outreach program for over 25 years, and the needs of those who are helped are as great as they have ever been.
Personal articles most needed include: backpacks or duffel bags, winter jackets and rain ponchos (all size large or extra-large), flannel shirts, sweaters, sweat pants and sweat shirts, underwear (especially long-johns), warm socks, knit caps, scarves, gloves or mittens, and sneakers (size 9 to 12). Also needed are towels, deodorant, anti-bacterial soap, canned coffee and sugar packets, as well as cleaning supplies such as liquid dishwashing detergent, Pine Sol with lemon, bleach and liquid toilet bowl cleaner.
PLEASE DO NOT WRAP GIFTS. A collection bin has been placed in the Narthex. The deadline for bringing your Backpack Project gifts to the Church is Sunday, December 15. If you would like more information regarding this very meaningful Christmas outreach project, please contact Jim Borum. Many thanks!
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.
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.
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.