Service ScheduleJanuary 3, 2018
2019 Art & Music FestivalNovember 1, 2018
Upcoming EventsYouth-led Christmas Caroling: December 23 at 5 pm
Family Christmas Eve Service: December 24 at 5 pm
Traditional Choral Eucharist: December 24 at 10 pm
Christmas Day Service: December 25 at 9 am
Brown Bag Lunch: January 8 from noon to 1 pm
Vestry Meeting: January 8 at 7 pm
Book Group: January 18 at 7:30 pm
Ongoing EventsThe Rector's Study: Introduction to the Spiritual Journey: Tuesdays at 3:30 pm
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10 am followed by Holy Eucharist (no Bible Study 12.26.18 and 1.2.19)
Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays at 7 pm (no rehearsal 12.27.18)
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!
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.
The Youth Group will be leading Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 23. Carolers will meet at the church at 5 pm and then caravan to visit parishioners' homes for caroling and fun. Everyone is welcome - please join us!
Brown Bag Lunch
Please join us on January 8 from noon to 1 pm for the next Brown Bag Lunch. The speaker for the January Brown Bag Lunch is Sallie Dixon of the Thorncroft Equestrian Center.
In 1969 farmer Saunders Dixon pioneered a therapeutic horseback riding program. Today Thorncroft has evolved into a multi faceted 70 acre community which servers over 350 children and adults weekly.
Bring your lunch and join us. Drinks, snacks and dessert will be provided.
FPU is coming to St. Francis!
Financial Peace University
(FPU) is a popular, life-changing 9-week course on personal financial management. It will take place on February 10 to April 7
from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm
at St. Francis. Contact Fr. Kevin for more information, or visit our FPU class page here
Child care will be provided.
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 check out the "Easy Opportunities To Get Involved" section on the Home Page.
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.
The Invite-Welcome-Connect Ministry would like to remind everyone to wear their name tags. There were many important 'takeaways' from last year's I-W-C workshop and one of them was the value to visiting guests and members of wearing our name tags. This not only helps all of us identify guests who visit our church, but it also helps parishioners identify others we may not know very well. Wearing our name tags is just one of the many easy things we can do to increase the warmth and friendliness of our church, so please remember to wear yours.
If you do not have a name tag or you cannot find yours, please contact the church office. Diane will order yours free of charge.
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.