Phase 2 Renovations Information
September 1, 2020

What’s happening at St. Francis

What's Happening at St. Francis

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, January 15, 2021
    7:30 pm: virtual Book Group meeting

  • Sunday, January 17, 2021
    10 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II livestreamed on Facebook Live and YouTube
    5 pm: Drive-in Eucharist in church parking lot

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021
    7 pm: Vestry meeting via Zoom

  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    10 am: Lectionary Bible Study via Zoom
    12 noon: Drive-in Eucharist in church parking lot

  • Sunday, January 24, 2021
    10 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II livestreamed on Facebook Live and YouTube
    5 pm: Drive-in Eucharist in church parking lot


  • Drive-in Eucharist

    Drive-In Eucharist will be Wednesdays at noon and Sundays 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.
    Parables: Stories for Life in God's World: Virtual Study, Led by Fr. Kevin

    What is a parable? How do parables teach us about God and God's kingdom? Jesus' parables are some of the most memorable moments in the Gospels, and Jesus used parables for many of his most important teachings. Learning the key ideas of parables, and knowing how they are constructed, can open up their meaning in powerful, life-changing ways.

    Please join Fr. Kevin as he leads a study and discussion of the parables of Jesus in seven, one-hour, virtual sessions, beginning February 14th. A workbook with short, weekly readings will be used in the study. To sign up, email the parish office at stfrancisfields@stfrancisfields.org. Sign-ups are due by January 31st, so workbooks can be ordered in time for class.

    Sundays, February 14 - March 28 (7 sessions)
    11:45 to 12:45 on Zoom
    $20 donations accepted to cover workbook expenses

    Virtual Annual Meeting and Nominees for Office

    The Annual Parish Meeting of St. Francis will be held on Sunday, January 31st, beginning at 11:00 am. The meeting will be held virtually using Zoom to allow for participant interaction. To provide security for the meeting, registration will be required. Please watch for an email from the parish with a link to Sign-Up Genius. Use that to register yourself and any members of your household who will be attending. You may also call or email the church to register. A few days prior to the meeting, a Zoom link will be sent out to those who have registered. A YouTube stream of the meeting will also be available. However, those watching via YouTube will not be able to interact in the meeting. It is important that as many people as possible attend via Zoom.

    Our slate of nominees for Vestry is as follows: Jill Quinn (for a 2nd, 3-year term), Don Jenkins, Sue Lenkaitis, and Mike Burke. Our nominee to serve a new, 3-year term as Representative and Delegate is Ted Wingfield. Blessings and praise to God for all the wonderful leaders in our parish!
    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 (November 2020)

    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/covid-update-11-14-20.
    St. Francis-in-the-Fields Library

    Need something to read? With the libraries closed due to the pandemic, please remember that the church has a wonderful library with many books to choose from. Please feel free to come over and check out a book. Call Diane in the church office at 610-647-0130 or email at stfrancisfields@stfrancisfields.org to schedule a time to come over.

    Office hours are Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    We look forward to having you come over to choose a book or two! Happy Reading!!
    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.