Upcoming EventsBook Group: September 20 at 7:30
High School Youth Group: September 22 at 5 pm
Middle School Youth Group: September 22 at 5:30
Brown Bag Lunch: October 1 at noon
Finance Committee meeting: October 1 at 7 pm
Circle of Friends: October 2 at 6 pm
St. Francis Day and Blessing of the Animals: October 6 at 10 am service
Ongoing EventsThe Rector's Study: Sundays following 10 am service
Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10 am
Garden Time: Wednesdays at 4 pm (bring your gloves)
Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays at 7 pm
The next Book Group meeting will be on Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm. The book for September is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
This is a Chester County Library “Book Club in a Bag” book. If you would like to borrow a book (one copy is large print), please contact Elizabeth Pitt. The books will be available in mid-August.
A synopsis: Ruth Jefferson, a widow with a teenage son, is a labor and delivery nurse and the only African American in her department. When the infant son of two white supremacists, Turk and Brittany Baur, who have specifically asked that Ruth not handle their child, dies suddenly, Ruth is blamed for the child’s death by both the hospital and the child’s parents. Ruth loses her license, is dragged from her home by the police in the middle of the night, and is charged with murder. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white female public defender, takes Ruth’s case, but her refusal to bring up race in Ruth’s defense doesn’t sit right with Ruth, given that race is ingrained in the case’s DNA. Picoult’s gripping tale is told from three points of view, that of Ruth, Kennedy, and Turk, and offers a thought-provoking examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle.
The Rector's Study
Christian Discipleship - "Not of This World"
On September 15 and September 22, Fr. Kevin will conclude his spring study with two lectures on Jesus' statement in John 18:36: "My kingdom is not of this world".
On September 29 and October 13, Dr. Mike Burke will explore this theme in the modern context on Liberation Theology.
Liberation is a major theme of Scripture, from the Exodus to the Lord's prayer. In this two-part exploration Dr. Burke will present this controversial movement that was at once a theology, a social justice agenda, and an alternative vision of responsibility in God's Kingdom. Appointed Sundays in the Parish Hall, following the 10 am service.
Circle of Friends
You are invited to share in a new Pastoral Care initiative of St. Francis that we are calling Circle of Friends. On the first Wednesday of every month at 6 pm, 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.
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.
A Fellowship Dinner is a great way to get to know new and existing members of St. Francis while having dinner in a small friendly setting at someone's home.
This year the Fall Fellowship Dinner will be on Saturday, November 9. You can sign up as a guest or a host for a dinner. The Host will set the time, coordinate the dinner in their home and provide the main dish. The other guests will bring a salad, side dish, dessert, or wine. The host can invite a guest or two to join them - a new member or anyone they would like to know better - however many the host would like.
A sign-up sheet will be in the Narthex at the end of September. If you need further information on the Fellowship Dinner, email Sharon Fernandes.
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.