Service Schedule
January 3, 2018

News and Notes – what’s happening at St. Francis

News and Notes

Upcoming Events

  • Brown Bag Lunch: November 5 at noon

  • Finance Committee meeting November 5 at 7 pm

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: November 6 from 2 to 7 pm

  • Circle of Friends: November 6 at 6 pm

  • Fall Fellowship Dinners: November 9

  • Vestry meeting: November 12 at 7 pm

  • Book Group: November 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Ongoing Events

  • "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!": Sundays at 11:15 am (through December 8)

  • Acolyte training: Sundays following 10 am service (through December 8)

  • Bible Study: Wednesdays at 10 am

  • Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays at 7 pm (no rehearsal October 7)

  • "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!"

    From November 3 to December 8, 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.

    Brown Bag Lunch

    Nancy and Earl Needhammer will join us on Tuesday, November 5 at noon for a presentation on their trip to the Holy Land. They joined Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez on a pilgrimage through Israel and Palestine, retracing the footsteps of Jesus. Highlights of their trip include prayerful encounters in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Nazareth, the Galilee, Nablus, and Emmaus with several intimate Eucharists at key holy sites. They look forward to sharing their experiences with you so please join us on November 5. Bring your lunch - beverages, snacks and dessert will be provided.
    Blood Drive

    St. Francis is sponsoring a blood drive through the American Red Cross on Wednesday, November 6 from 2 to 7 pm. The donation process itself takes about 10 minutes. The public is invited to donate. There is a critical need for blood and blood products. Individuals over the age of 17 who meet the Red Cross criteria for participation may donate blood every 56 days. The blood collected from this drive will be used at area hospitals.

    Pre-event registration is strongly encouraged. You can register by either using: this direct link or go to and type in the specific sponsor code, StFrancis Malvern.
    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, November 6 at 6 pm.
    Fellowship Dinners

    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.
    Book Group

    On Friday, November 15 at 7:30 pm, we will discuss Who Let the Dog Out? by David Rosenfelt. This is an Andy Carpenter Mystery. Andy and his friend Willie Miller run a dog rescue organization, the Tara Foundation. When a rescued dog, named Cheyenne is stolen, they find her in downtown Paterson, New Jersey, next to a recently murdered man. Andy takes Cheyenne back to the foundation building, but then begins to wonder if the theft and murder might be connected. Andy, a lawyer, takes the man accused by the police, as a client and things begin to get ever more interesting, and terrifying.
    Harvest Home Sunday

    Harvest Home Sunday is November 17. The church is collecting items for the West Chester Food Cupboard. The Food Cupboard is in particular need of personal products: toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and feminine products. On the food side, they always need cereal, particularly name brands. Snacks are also welcome. The Food Cupboard never buys snacks, so folks are especially appreciative if they are donated.

    Everyone is asked to bring a bag or two of these items on November 17 and place them in front of the Altar before the service.
    Cookie Walk

    Calling all bakers! St. Francis's annual Cookie Walk will be held Saturday, December 7 alongside the St. Clares Wreath and Poinsettia Sale in the Parish Hall. Please look for the sign up sheet in the Narthex soon.

    Thanks to your generosity last year, we were able to donate an astounding $1,600 to the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County! We hope to make a similar impact this year as well. Please contact Michelle Samet with any questions.
    Name Tags

    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.