What's Happening at St. Francis
Halloween Movie Night!
Fr. Kevin will host a Halloween-themed movie night on Saturday, October 23 at 6:30 pm. Join Fr. Kevin for an indoor screening of the classic James Whale monster movie, Frankenstein (1931) starring Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster. The movie will be shown in the Parish Hall.
Men's Fellowship Breakfast
Calling all men of St. Francis!
Our next Men's Fellowship Breakfast will be at 9 am on Saturday, October 30th, at the West Chester Diner (1147 West Chester Pike). The gathering is BYOB ("Bring Your Own Bucks").
While we're eating, we will organize the Advent collection drive for The Bethesda Project's My Brother's House (a.k.a., "The Backpack Project"). For over 25 years, St. Francis has supported this outreach program for adults experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia.
This year, we invite our men to work as a team in planning and implementing this incredible ministry. Hope to see you there!
To celebrate the end of our annual stewardship campaign on November 7, we plan to resume holding our Ingathering Brunch. The brunch follows the 10 am service.
The event will feature catered food, servers will wear masks and gloves, we will call up tables one at a time, and ensure tables are spaced apart. Weather permitting, we may also open windows and doors or you may take your food outside.
If you are comfortable with this setting, please use Sign-Up Genius to let us know you are attending. The link for Sign-Up Genius is in your email. And as a reminder, please return your pledge cards by Sunday, November 7, if you have not done so already, and thank you if you have!!
The Rector’s Study
The Rector's Study returns with a new time and format. On Sunday mornings from 9 to 9:30 am, Fr. Kevin will lead “Bible 101,” presented on Facebook and YouTube, with an in-person option in the classroom section of the lower level. This course will be familiar to those who took Fr. Kevin's "Introduction to the Bible" class in 2018. We hope you'll attend, virtually or in-person.
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. Bible Study is currently meeting in person and via Zoom. Links to Zoom are sent out weekly via email.
During October, pickleball will be set up in the back parking lot from 5 - 6:30 pm every Tuesday
(weather permitting) for anyone interested in learning to play or sharpening their skills! All are welcome to join in the fun! Sign-up is through SignUp Genius and is limited to 8. Click HERE
to sign up! Please contact Suzanne Steinberg for more information.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends is a pastoral care ministry of note writing (birthday, get well, thank you, encouragement, etc.) Our next “Circle” will be Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 pm in the Narthex. Everyone is invited to attend.
Circle of Friends meets in the Narthex the last Wednesday of each month. Cards, pens, stamps, etc., are provided. This is a time of pastoral sharing and action - an easy way to get involved in the ministry of Pastoral Care. Please join us.
Enneagram Growth Groups
Monthly small-group meetings for experienced Enneagram students resumed in August, led by Kevin & Donna Dellaria. Continuing on the third Monday of each month, through April 2022, group members will engage and discuss Enneagram principles and practices using The Essential Enneagram, by David Daniels and Virginia Price as our guide.
Currently, we are offering two options: an in-person (or hybrid) group from 10am to 11:30am, and a virtual group from 6:30pm to 8pm. For more information, or to register for the group, please contact Fr. Kevin.
Book Group meets monthly on the third Friday of the month
. The book for October is Murder in an English Village
by Jessica Ellicott. For more information on Book Group, click here
or contact Elizabeth Pitt.
Letters for Rose
Letters for Rose is a volunteer opportunity to bring cheer to residents in retirement communities, and a special project of Sophia Schnackenberg, one of our St. Francis youth. The opportunity is for people of all ages at St. Francis in-the-fields to write letters, cards, notes, or draw pictures that will be delivered to residents at Daylesford Crossing.
Volunteers have the freedom to draw and write about whatever topics they want, as long as it is appropriate, and bring them to a collection box for delivery. Volunteers are encouraged to ask questions which will engage the recipient in active thinking. Please refrain from asking/writing anything about religion, politics, or negative ideas. All letters will be proof-read to ensure nothing inappropriate is sent out.
A collection box is near the Letters for Rose poster in the Narthex, and collections will continue through spring 2022. More information can be found at https://www.lettersforrose.org/
. If you have suggestions for additional retirement communities to receive our creations or have questions, please contact Sophia, who is collecting Letters for Rose at St. Francis-in-the-Fields.
The Great DIOPA Bluejeans Drive
As part of an outreach drive, the Deacons of the Diocese will be collecting new or gently worn jeans. All sizes for men, women, and children, clearly labeled with size and gender. The collected jeans will be brought to the cathedral during the Diocesan Convention and then be distributed to those in need. The deadline for this collection is Thursday, October 21 and a bin will be in the Narthex for your donation. Please contact Diane at the church office with any questions.
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.
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.
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.