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March 3, 2022

What’s Happening at St. Francis-in-the-Fields

What's Happening at St. Francis-in-the-Fields

Special Events

Sunday, September 25 – Coffee Hour/Narrative Budget Presentation

Over the last several months, several key areas of our ministry have been meeting to dream and plan for 2023. As we kick off our 2023 Pledge Drive, we want to share this work with you, and see how we hope to Connect . . . and Reconnect, with Christ and one another in the coming year. Join us for a special presentation at 9am, and at Coffee Hour following the 10am service. A Zoom link to the 11 am presentation is in the weekly Friday email from the church.
September 25: Youth Group Begins!

The first meeting of the St. Francis Youth Group will be held on Sunday, September 25, from 5 to 6:30pm. The group will meet at Target in Malvern to shop for care package items for our young adults in college, and we will go out for pizza afterwards.
Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

The next Men’s Fellowship will meet at the West Chester Diner, 1147 W. Chester Pike, on Saturday, October 1st at 9am. This is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucks). It is helpful, but not required, to let Fr. Kevin or Jim Crowley know you will be attending.
October 2: St. Francis Day and Blessing of the Animals

The Feast of St. Francis will be celebrated on Sunday, October 2nd with indoor Eucharist at 8 am and outdoor Eucharist with the Blessing of the Animals at 10 am (weather permitting). Bring your pets to worship with you at 10 am! Dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, tarantulas (in a cage, please…). All are welcome. Invite your friends and their pets, too!

• At Eucharist: The names of pets and other animal friends who have died over the last 3 years will be read from the Altar. If you have a name you would like to be ready, please notify the office by Monday, September 26.

• After Eucharist: All pets in attendance are invited to receive a blessing. If the pet is unable to come, a stuffed animal is welcome to be blessed in its place. This service will be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Helpers will be needed for both setup and cleanup
Discipleship Classes Coming in October!

Mark your calendars for Christian Education offerings beginning in October.

Get Your House in Order: Each Sunday evening in October, 5:30 to 7 pm.
Interrupted by the COVID shut-down in 2020, this 5-week class will present information on end-of-life preparation. From preparing Wills and POAs to planning the details of your funeral, this program is designed to answer questions and remove some of the stress of planning for dying and death. A light supper will be provided. This program will be in-person only.

Inquirer’s Class: Sunday mornings from 9 to 9:30, October 9 to December 12 (10 weeks), a.k.a. “Episcopal 101”
A broad look at the history, practices, and polity of the Episcopal Church, and why the Episcopal approach to Christianity has something valuable to offer to the world. Newcomers to the Episcopal Church and/or St. Francis are strongly encouraged to attend. This class will meet the requirements for adults seeking Confirmation or Reception in the Episcopal Church at the next Episcopal visitation (date to be determined). This program will be presented in a hybrid and recorded format.

The Enneagram Journey

The Enneagram Journey: Sundays, 11:30am to 1:30pm, November 6 – February 12 (12 Sundays)
The Enneagram is a powerful tool with ancient roots that offers insight into personality, spiritual struggles, temptations and motivations, and most of all, relationships with others. This is a great course for couples and individuals alike. For more information, contact Fr. Kevin or Donna Dellaria. Class is limited to 15 participants. Lunch is provided.


Weekly Events


Pickleball

Come play pickleball! Pickleball games take place Mondays at 5 pm. Pickleball is played on our court in the back parking lot, weather permitting.

To sign up to play, please click here. For more information, contact Suzanne Steinberg.
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.


Monthly Events


Book Group

Book Group meets monthly, usually on the third Friday of the month, at 7:30 pm in the church library. The book for Friday, October 21 is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. For more information, click here or contact Elizabeth Pitt.
Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends is a pastoral care ministry of note writing (birthday, get well, thank you, encouragement, etc.) The Circle of Friends will meet in person on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 pm. We hope you will join us! For more information, please contact Sherri Lewis.
Brown Bag Lunch Ministry

After two years of hiatus, The Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) resumes in October with the following speakers:

Tuesday, October 4: West Chester Food Cupboard – Joseph Fratinardo
Tuesday, November 1: Volunteer English Program (VEP) – Terri Potrako
Tuesday, December 6: Chester County Hospital - Presenter to be announced

These will be in-person sessions with a Zoom option for those who are unable to attend in person. Attendees bring their own lunch/snack and beverages are provided.

The Committee will re-assess the program after the December session for any COVID related concerns or internal changes that need to be made. If no changes or concerns, sessions will continue in February through June 2023.

The BBL ministry was created in 2018 to allow members of St. Francis or outside speakers to present on an educational topic, a favorite hobby, or a vacation trip, etc. These sessions are scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month from noon to 1pm. Prior to COVID, we hosted 15 sessions with presenters from the congregation, local community, and the nonprofit sector.

We are looking for presenters for 2023 so if you are interested, please contact Shirley Warren, Meridith Ridington or Esther Underhill . We thank you and look forward to seeing you on October 4th.


Coffee Hour

It is that time of year again.... back to school and back to COFFEE HOUR! Beginning on Sunday September 18th, we will begin coffee hour once again. Please let me know if you can host on any Sunday and I will do my best to accommodate your request. I am grateful for your past service in this ministry or hope you will consider hosting coffee hour on a Sunday. I look forward to hearing from you. ~Sue Kelly
Bearing Oblations: An Easy and Important Ministry

The role of Oblation Bearer is brief, simple, and important: they bring the offerings of wine and bread to the Altar before Eucharist. A sign-up sheet to serve as OB is in the Narthex, along with printed instructions. When your Sunday comes, the Ushers will be glad to guide you in this quick, simple, but important moment in our worship service. Please consider signing up for an upcoming Sunday.
Serving Opportunity: Ministry of Signs

St. Francis needs a small team of volunteers who can help manage our new marquee sign out front. The work includes taking down old messages and putting up new ones (usually on a weekly basis), along with managing our inventory of letters. Fr. Kevin and Deacon Diane can help craft the messages, but we need volunteers who can change the message board in a timely fashion. This is an important, "behind-the-scenes" ministry of communication. Expect the work to take 30 to 45 minutes per message change. Knowing your ABC's is a plus! If interested, please contact Fr. Kevin or the Parish Office.
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.