What's Happening at St. Francis
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 via Zoom. Links to Zoom are sent out weekly via email.
During the months of September and October, Pickleball will be set up in the 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. Please contact Suzanne Steinberg for more information.
New Service Schedule
Effective September 12, St. Francis will return to two in-person services of Holy Eucharist at 8 am and 10 am each Sunday. Time between the services will be expanded to allow for fellowship and Christian education opportunities. The 10 am service will continue to be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.
September 19: The Rector’s Study
The Rector's Study returns this September with a new time and format. Beginning Sunday morning, September 19th from 9 to 9:30, Fr. Kevin will lead “Bible 101,” presented on Facebook and YouTube, with an in-person option in the Conference Room (limited seating). 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. Watch for information about web links, etc., coming soon!
Welcome Back Sunday
Welcome Back Sunday will be a "SWEET" treat as we gather together to worship on September 12. Join us immediately following the 10 am service when the Scoops & Smiles Ice Cream truck will be serving their delicious ice cream! We can't wait to see you!
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, September 29 at 6:30 pm in the Narthex. Everyone is invited to attend.
Circle of Friends will meet in the Narthex the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Cards, pens, stamps, etc., will be provided. This will be 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 will resume in August, led by Kevin & Donna Dellaria. Beginning August 16th, and continuing on the 3rd 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 planning to offer 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.
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.
Support Ministry Volunteers Needed!
Ushers, Greets and Altar Guild are vital and important ministries that provide hospitality to regulars and guests alike, and oversee important preparations for worship. Over the last 15 months, these ministries have operated, as needed, with minimal staffing and support.
Now that St. Francis is re-opening, we need to expand these critical ministries again, and we are asking for your help. If you would be willing to serve in any of these three areas, please contact the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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.
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.
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.