Phase 2 Renovations Information
September 1, 2020

What’s happening at St. Francis

What's Happening at St. Francis

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, April 18, 2021
    10 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II livestreamed on Facebook Live and YouTube
    11:30 am: In-person Holy Eucharist Rite II (reservations required)

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    10 am: Lectionary Bible Study via Zoom
    12 noon: Drive-in Eucharist in church parking lot
    5 pm: Pickleball in back parking lot

  • Friday, April 2, 2021
    7:30 pm: Book Group via Zoom

  • Sunday, April 25, 2021
    10 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II livestreamed on Facebook Live and YouTube
    11:30 am: In-person Holy Eucharist Rite II (reservations required)
    5 pm: Drive-in Eucharist in church parking lot
    5 pm: High School Youth Group meeting


  • Drive-in Eucharist

    Drive-In Eucharist takes place on Wednesdays at noon and every other Sunday at 5 pm.

    To be part of this short service, simply park in the St. Francis parking lot, stay in your car, and tune your car radio to 92.7 FM. A bulletin will be provided to follow the service, and Fr. Kevin and/or Diane will bring communion to your car. All services are subject to weather.
    Lectionary Bible Study

    Lectionary Bible Study meets on Wednesdays mornings at 10 am to pray and discuss the readings for the following Sunday. Anyone is invited to attend.

    Currently, Bible Study is meeting remotely, using Zoom. Information about connecting to Zoom on Wednesday morning is sent to the parish a few days prior to the meeting and can also be found here. Dial-in is also available for those who wish to join without video.

    Pickleball is returning to St. Francis!

    During the month of April, pickleball will be set up in the parking lot from 5 to 6:30 every Wednesday (weather permitting) for anyone interested in learning to play or sharpening their skills! All are welcome to join in the fun as we gather safely outside!

    To learn more about pickleball, click here!
    Enneagram Growth Groups

    Continuing Enneagram studies are available for those who have completed the 12-week basic course The Enneagram Journey, as well as others who are certain of their Enneagram number and would like to learn more within the supportive community we have established through St. Francis.

    These Enneagram Growth Groups are offered virtually, and free of charge, on the last Monday of each month, January – April, from 10 to 11:30 am, and 6:30 to 8 pm. Our topic during this winter/spring study will be an exciting examination of the vices and virtues of our personality types. This will be a lively discussion of the strengths we all carry and how to tap into the best of ourselves, as well as acknowledging the slippery places we stumble into and how to better navigate these.

    To register, email the parish office, or Fr. Kevin and Donna Dellaria.
    Qualified Charitable Distribution

    Have you heard of the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)?

    The tax laws are confusing to most of us, but there is one rule that should definitely be understood by anyone age 70 ½ or older. The QCD rule allows an individual to make donations directly from their IRA accounts to the church, without having to pay tax on the distribution. A donation done this way can save a considerable amount of federal tax, and this is especially true under the new tax laws. To learn more please see Mike Quinn with any questions.
    Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Covid Update (January 2021)

    The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania (DIOPA) has issued guidance to all constituent parishes regarding Covid-19. To read the diocesan guidelines, go to https://www.diopa.org/news/coronavirus-covid-19-updates.
    St. Francis-in-the-Fields Library

    Books in the Narthex!

    Even though there is construction here at St. Francis and almost all of the library books are packed away, there are still books in the Narthex! Please feel free to stop by and borrow these books. There are books for both adults and children.

    Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 2 pm. If you can't stop by during those hours please call 610-647-0130 or email stfrancisfields@stfrancisfields.org and arrangements can be made!

    The books look forward to you reading them!
    Remote Giving

    St. Francis continues to function during the pandemic, offering livestream worship, conference call meetings, online Bible studies and (physically distant) pastoral care. Keeping our parish connected, and building community however we can, is a top priority. However, we also know that, during this crisis, many are facing unexpected financial challenges.

    If you can continue your pledge or regular giving during this period, it is much appreciated. If financial constraints make giving or maintaining your pledge a hardship for you or your family, that is completely understandable.

    For giving, personal checks and online bank transactions are still accepted. Also, for convenience, an online giving option is now on the front page of our website (stfrancisfields.org). Just look for the "Give" button toward the bottom of the page. Or you can go to tithe.ly, click on "give online" and search for St. Francis-in-the-Fields.

    Finally, if any individual or family finds themselves in a particular hardship, please contact Fr. Kevin. Assistance may be available through the Rector's Discretionary Fund.
    Circle of Friends

    Circle of Friends is a pastoral ministry of card-writing and encouragement that meets every 1st Wednesday of each month. All supplies are provided. Anyone is invited to participate.

    During this period of physical distancing, "The Circle" is meeting remotely, preparing notes from the safety of home. Thank you to everyone who shares in this ministry.
    Book Group

    For information on Book Group, please click here or contact Elizabeth Pitt.
    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 take one. Let Barbara Pearse or the church office know that you have done so 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.
    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.