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March 9, 2021

What’s happening at St. Francis

What's Happening at St. Francis

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    5 pm: Pickleball in back parking lot

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    10 am: Lectionary Bible Study
    6:30 pm: Circle of Friends

  • Sunday, August 1, 2021
    9 am: Outdoor Holy Eucharist Rite II (weather permitting)
    10 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II - in person and livestreamed on Facebook Live and YouTube

  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021
    5 pm: Pickleball in back parking lot

  • Wednesday, August 4, 2021
    10 am: Lectionary Bible Study

  • Sunday, August 8, 2021
    9 am: Outdoor Holy Eucharist Rite II (weather permitting)
    10 am: Holy Eucharist Rite II - in person and livestreamed on Facebook Live and YouTube


  • 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 but should return to in-person meetings soon!
    Pickleball at St. Francis!

    During the months of July and August, 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! Please contact Suzanne Steinberg for more information.

    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: stfrancisfields@stfrancisfields.org. Thanks!
    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, July 28 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 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.
    Red Cross Blood Drive

    There will be a Red Cross blood drive at St Francis on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 2 pm to 7 pm. All donors will get a voucher for a FREE medium iced coffee and donut! To register, click here!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.