What's Happening at St. Francis-in-the-Fields
March 10: Outreach Meeting
There will be an Outreach Meeting on Sunday, March 10 following the 10 am service in the library. All are welcome to attend! Grab a cup of coffee and a snack from Coffee Hour and join us!
March 10: Fellowship Meeting
The Fellowship Committee is looking for volunteers to plan this year’s events. Please join us for a planning meeting in the church school area after the 10 am service on March 10!
Services for Holy Week and Easter
Please mark your calendars now to participate in the events of Holy Week:
March 24: Palm Sunday - Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist at 8am and 10am
March 28: Maundy Thursday - Agape Feast and Stripping of the Altar at 7pm
March 29: Good Friday - Solemn Vigil at 12 noon
March 30: Holy Saturday - Great Vigil of Easter at 7pm
March 31: Easter Sunday - Holy Eucharist at 8am and 10am
Small Group Study – April 15 to May 20
You are invited to join with John & Nina Whitnah and Meridith & Tom Ridington as they journey through the Lord's Prayer. "Lord, teach us to Pray: a Study of the Lord's Prayer" will take place on six successive Monday evenings from April 15 until May 20. We will meet at 7-8:30 pm at the Ridingtons' home in Malvern. Space is limited to 16 participants. Please reach out to Tom Ridington or John Whitnah to register your interest in attending.
April 14: Organ Dedication Concert
The Organ Dedication Concert is set for Sunday, April 14th at 4 pm. This concert will feature both solo pieces and pieces for organ and choir. The choir would like to invite any one who is interested in singing to join the 2024 St. Francis Festival Choir. We will be singing three very fun anthems for the choir and organ to perform together. If you are interested in joining the choir for this opportunity, please contact Joe Perry during church or by e-mail.
April 17: Tour of Chester County 911 Center
Did you know that the first call to 911 was placed in February of 1968? Are you curious to learn about what happens when someone calls 911? If yes, please save Wednesday, April 17 on your calendar for a tour of the Chester County 911 Emergency Center from noon to 1 pm. There is no better way to understand the important role that 911 plays in the public safety system than to spend an hour watching the dedicated people who answer the calls for help from your community 24 hours a day.
More information to come as we get closer to April and a signup sheet will be posted in the Narthex in March.
June 15: National Anthem at the Reading Fightin' Phils!
Once again, St. Francis has been invited to sing the National Anthem at the home of the Fightin' Phils in Reading. Our date is Saturday, June 15, first pitch at 6:45 pm. Mark your calendars and plan to have a great time. Tickets will go on sale later in the year. You do NOT have to sing in order to attend . . . but it is a lot of fun!
September 15: Episcopal Visit
The Bishop is coming! The Bishop is coming! Our first in-person Episcopal visit in over six years is scheduled for Sunday, September 15, 2024. Over the coming months, we will be gathering a list of people who are seeking Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation. A
Confirmation class for adults and for youth will be made available later in the year. If you seek any of these rites of the Church, please contact Fr. Kevin or Deacon Diane.
Practicing Theological Reflection
The practice of Theological Reflection opens us up to receiving God’s wisdom and guidance.
Starting on March 3, John Groch, an active parishioner and member of the St. Francis Vestry, will lead a three-Sunday series on Theological Reflection and medical ethics.
Lectionary Bible Study
Beginning February 21
for six Wednesdays at 10 am
, our Lenten Bible Study takes us to the foot of the Cross, to examine it from the perspective of each evangelist, and the people they portray in their Gospels. In Witness at the Cross
, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine shows how the people at the cross each have distinct roles to play. For more information, click HERE
Bible Study is held every Wednesday at 10 am
in the church library and virtually via Zoom. Holy Eucharist follows the study. Zoom links for the Wednesday Bible Study are sent weekly by email.
Study: Just War Theory
In 2003, the 74th General Convention of the Episcopal Church called on its members to study and understand the ancient Christian understanding of "Just War Theory". But what is Just War Theory? And what does it mean for followers of Jesus Christ? This year, at this
critical global moment and as part of our Lenten journey, St. Francis will partner with St. Peters to explore these important questions. Five Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm beginning February 21
, with alternating locations. Click HERE
The Enneagram Journey
Sundays from January 7 to March 24 (12 Sundays), 4 - 6 pm. Dinner is provided.
The Enneagram is a powerful tool with ancient roots that offers insight into personality, spiritual development, temptations, motivations, and most of all, relationships with others. Through the Enneagram you come to know yourself better, and learn to understand and connect with others in deeper and more meaningful ways. This is a great course for couples and individuals alike. Cost: $50. To register or more information, contact Fr. Kevin or Donna Dellaria. Class is limited to 15.
The next Book Group meeting is on March 15 at 7 pm in the church library. The Book Group selection for March is Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath by Bill Browder.
Browder recounts how he became Putin’s number one enemy by exposing Putin’s campaign to steal and launder hundreds of billions of dollars and kill anyone who stands in his way. When Browder’s Russian lawyer was beaten to death in a Moscow jail, Browder made it his mission to go after his killers and bring them to justice.
For any questions about Book Group, please contact Elizabeth Pitt.
Brown Bag Lunch
Our next Brown Bag Lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 at 12 noon. Our speaker is Lisa Eckenrode from Main Line Health. Lisa has been an emergency department nurse and paramedic for over 30 years and she is Paoli Hospital’s Trauma Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator. Lisa will present on the topic of Fall Prevention. Attendees will learn how to identify controllable risks, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, add a few basic exercises to their daily routines that support flexibility, and set goals for increasing activity.
Bring a sandwich, and we will provide beverages and snacks. We ask that you arrive around 11:45 so the program can start promptly at noon. Come join us!
Circle of Friends
The Circle of Friends will meet in person, in the library, on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30 pm. If you are unable to join us in person but would still like to participate, please contact Sue Lenkaitis. Packets can be prepared for pickup or delivery as needed.
Additionally, if you know someone who would benefit from a note of encouragement, well wishes or any other message from our ministry, please contact Sue and we will add them to our list. We want to ensure we're reaching those who need it most.
October 30: Pickleball Season Finale
Pickleball is over for the season. See you in the spring!
Walking with St. Francis & Friends
October 30 was the last "official" Walking with St. Francis & Friends until April 2024. Surely there will be many not-so cold winter days, so stay in shape. Take a walk! Hope to see you in the spring.