COVID-19 Protocols, Information and ResourcesMarch 9, 2021
What's Happening at St. Francis-in-the-Fields
Virtual CPR Training
Most Americans feel helpless during a cardiac emergency. Would you, a family member or friend know what to do if you saw some suddenly collapse? Increase your confidence and reduce your fears and hesitation during an emergency by being trained in Hands-Only CPR.
The next FREE training session is scheduled for January 19, 2022 from 1-2:15 pm
. Registration is required either by phone at 610 738-2300 or you can register online. The link to register online is listed below.
PLEASE NOTE: This will be a virtual, online presentation offered through Zoom.
Once registered, the hospital will send you a Zoom link with instructions on how to join. Please contact Shirley Warren at 610-850-2498 with any questions.
To register, click HERE
Annual Meeting and Vestry Election
Mark your calendars: the Annual Meeting of St. Francis-in-the-Fields will be held on January 30, 2022. The 2022 Budget will be presented and election of new Vestry members will be held. The slate of Vestry candidates will be Anne Crowley (2nd term), Ed Damerau,
and Roberta Torian. A brief biography for Ed and Roberta was included in the December Fieldnotes.
Due to the recent increase in Covid-19 in the area, the Annual Meeting will be virtual only. Information on how to participate in the Annual Meeting will be sent out to the parish later in the month.
The Rector’s Study
Beginning Sunday, January 16, Fr. Kevin will offer a multi-week introduction to the Gospel of Luke. The class is streamed on YouTube and Facebook each Sunday from 9 to 9:30 am. Luke’s Gospel will be the primary Gospel for Sunday readings throughout 2022.
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 only via Zoom. Links to Zoom are sent out weekly via email.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends is a pastoral care ministry of note writing (birthday, get well, thank you, encouragement, etc.)
Circle of Friends was scheduled to resume in person meetings on Wednesday, January 26 but given our current COVID19 protocols, packets will be available for pick-up. If you would like to write cards this month, please email the church office so that we know how many packets to prepare. We will let you know when "in person" meetings will resume. For any questions, contact Sherri Lewis.
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 next Book Group meeting is on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm
. The book for January is I'll Mature When I'm Dead
by Dave Barry.
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.
Pickleball has stopped scheduling weekly gatherings for the fall/winter. But the St. Francis community is free to set up and use the pickleball set, which is stored in the shed. Contact Suzanne Steinberg for more information.
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.
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.
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.