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March 9, 2021

What’s happening at St. Francis

What's Happening at St. Francis

Special Events

Christmas Cocktail Party

Please join us for A Festive Christmas Cocktail Party. It will be held downstairs at St. Francis on Friday, December 10 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

We ask that you bring a bag of diapers or a box of baby wipes, which we will be donating to the Care Center Foundation in West Chester.

Please sign-up by clicking HERE using the SignUp Genius. Hope to see you all there!!
Backpack Project for Our Brother’s Place

Members of the St. Francis parish family are again being asked to remember the homeless people who seek shelter and a way to improve their lives at Our Brother’s Place, a unit of the Bethesda Project in Philadelphia, as you do your Christmas shopping. St. Francis has supported this very important outreach program for over 25 years, and the needs of those who are helped are as great as they have ever been.

Personal articles most needed include: backpacks or duffel bags, winter jackets and rain ponchos (all size large or extra-large), flannel shirts, sweaters, sweat pants and sweat shirts, underwear (especially long-johns), warm socks, knit caps, scarves, gloves or mittens, and sneakers (size 9 to 12). Also needed are towels, deodorant, anti-bacterial soap, canned coffee and sugar packets, as well as cleaning supplies such as liquid dishwashing detergent, Pine Sol with lemon, bleach and liquid toilet bowl cleaner.

PLEASE DO NOT WRAP GIFTS! Collection bins are in the Narthex. The deadline for bringing your Backpack Project gifts to the Church is Sunday, December 19, 2021. If you would like more information regarding this very meaningful Christmas outreach project, please contact Jim Crowley at crowleyjamesm@gmail.com. Many thanks!

Weekly Events


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.

Monthly Events



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

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.
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.