Upcoming EventsVestry Meeting: October 15 at 7 pm
Altar Guild meeting: October 19 at 9 am
New Member & Visitor Orientation: October 20 following 10 am service
Book Group: October 25 at 7:30 pm
Ingathering Brunch: October 27 at 11:15 am
American Red Cross Blood Drive: November 6 from 2 to 7 pm
Brown Bag Lunch: November 5 at noon
Circle of Friends: November 6 at 6 pm
Fall Fellowship Dinners: November 9
Ongoing EventsAcolyte training: 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
St. Francis Welcomes You!
Want to know more about membership at St. Francis? Fr. Kevin will host a one-hour New Member & Visitor Orientation to our parish on October 20 following the 10 am service. Class will be held downstairs in the classroom area (the tables near the Grange Altar). This brief overview will cover the following:
• The Episcopal Church
• The History of St. Francis
• The Mission & Ministry of our Parish
• Membership at St. Francis & How to Join
Time will also be given for questions and answers about our parish. Recent visitors, aspiring members, and all those curious about our parish are especially encouraged to be present for this short class.
Then, from November 3 to December 9, Fr. Kevin will lead a 6-part Introduction to the Episcopal Church. Classes will cover history, liturgy, the "BCP", theology and sacraments, polity, and other distinctives of the being Episcopalian. These will be held on Sunday mornings, after 10:am Holy Eucharist. Again, everyone is invited to attend, even life-long Episcopalians.
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.
Acolyte training for all new and current acolytes will take place in the church right after the 10 am service on all Sundays from October 13 through December 8 (there will be no training on December 1). Training will last for about 45 minutes each Sunday. Training is not just for new acolytes. We want current acolytes of all ages and experience to attend training sessions to brush up on their skills, take on new duties, and to help train the new and younger acolytes. This is a great opportunity to serve!
Leaves of Remembrance
Throughout the month of October, you are invited to write the names of loved ones who have died on the multi-colored leaves near the tree in the Narthex (one name per leaf). On November 3, these names will be read during the All Saints Sunday service. A memorial prayer service will also be held in the cemetery at 12 noon on November 1.
Outreach Event: Feeding Thousands
Working together with other churches in our area, we can feed thousands. St. Francis has formed two teams of 12 people each to pack dry meals for the hungry, that will then be distributed through local food banks. This one-hour event is on Saturday, October 19 from 10 to 11 am at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 203 N.Valley Forge Road, Devon. Participants need to arrive at St. Luke no later than 9:40 am for registration and training.
The next Book Group meeting will be on Friday, October 25, at 7:30 pm. The book for October is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie. When his mother passed away at the age of 78, Sherman Alexie wrote 78 poems and 78 essays. In them, he shares raw, angry, funny, profane, tender memories of a childhood few can imagine-growing up dirt poor on an Indian reservation, one of four children raised by alcoholic parents. Throughout, a portrait emerges of his mother as a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated woman.
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.
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.
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 www.redcrossblood.org
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.
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.