What's Happening at St. Francis-in-the-Fields
June 5 – Feast of Pentecost
The Feast of Pentecost is one of the Principal Feasts of the Christian calendar. It is the celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit, sometimes referred to as the "Birthday of the Church." Mark your calendars to join us this Pentecost for a very special Sunday indeed!
That day will include:
8 am - Acolyte Celebration Breakfast at the West Chester Diner
10 am - Holy Eucharist (one service) with youth-led Worship and senior sermon, acolyte recognition, and Holy Baptism
11 am - Family Picnic
Watch for more information in the days ahead. Hope to see you there!
June 6: Join Us To Help Cancer Patients!
Monday June 6th
is the second annual Jeff Quinn Memorial Golf Outing, benefiting HEADstrong Foundation. Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner and silent auction, but golf is for ladies only! Festivities begin at 5:30 pm at Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester PA. Dinner tickets are $65.00 and include appetizers, buffet and soft drinks (cash bar for beer and wine). We have several St. Francis ladies golfing, and have room for more at $185.00 (includes lunch, golf fees, and dinner). Use this link
to register or simply donate, clicking on the appropriate button on the page. For questions, contact Jill Quinn. Our family is grateful for your support and generosity over the past 6 years.
Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Francis is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive
on Tuesday, June 7 from 2 to 7 pm
in the Parish Hall. To register, click on the link and use the sponsor code "St Francis Malvern” on the Red Cross web site.
Outreach Narrative Budgeting meeting
St. Francis is beginning a Narrative Budgeting process for 2023 and beyond. This work allows us to discuss and strategically plan the ministries and events of our parish in advance of the pledging and budgeting process. Over the next several weeks, meetings will be held to consider seven important areas of parish life: Worship, Invite-Welcome-Connect, Fellowship, Christian Discipleship (all ages), Pastoral Care, Outreach, and Exterior Landscaping.
Outreach will have their meeting on Thursday, June 9 at 7 pm in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in being a part of this discussion, please contact Diane Faison in the church office, 610-647-0130 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your interest and participation does not obligate you to be part of a committee, but does allow you to share in the planning process. Please consider taking part in this important discussion.
St. Francis Night at the Reading Fightin’ Phils
On June 18th, St. Francis will return to sing the National Anthem before the start of the R-Phils home game against the Portland Sea Dogs. This year we will be joined by members of our sister parish, St. Peter’s in the Great Valley. You do not have to sing to join in the fun! Game time is 6:45 pm.
Tickets are $12.00. A sign-up sheet is now available in the Narthex. Please make checks payable to “St. Francis,” with the notation “Ballgame” on the memo line. If you pay cash, please put it in an envelope with your name, number of tickets, and contact information. The deadline to request tickets is May 15th.
Planning and Budgeting: We Need You!
St. Francis is beginning a Narrative Budgeting process for 2023 and beyond. This work allows us to discuss and strategically plan the ministries and events of our parish in advance of the pledging and budgeting process. Over the next several weeks, meetings will be held
to consider seven important areas of parish life: Worship, Invite-Welcome-Connect, Fellowship, Christian Discipleship (all ages), Pastoral Care, Outreach, and Exterior Landscaping. If you are interested in being a part of any of these discussions, please contact Fr. Kevin or Jill Quinn, Rector’s Warden. Your interest and participation does not obligate you to be part of a committee, but does allow you to share in the planning process. Please consider taking part in these important discussions, based on your interest.
With warmer weather returning, pickleball will now take place on Mondays at 5 pm beginning on May 2. Pickleball is played on our court in the back parking lot, weather permitting.
For more information, please 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.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends is a pastoral care ministry of note writing (birthday, get well, thank you, encouragement, etc.) The next Circle of Friends gathering is Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 pm in the church library. We hope you will join us! For more information please contact Sherri Lewis.
Book Group meets monthly, usually on the third Friday of the month. In May, Book Group will meet on Friday, May 20 at 7:30pm
in the church library. The book for May is The Giver of Stars
by Jojo Moyes.
For more information on Book Group, click here
or contact Elizabeth Pitt.
COFFEE HOUR Hosts Needed!
We are glad to announce that Coffee Hour is back, but we need people/families/couples to host and set up. Please consider being the host/hostess of a coffee hour. If you are interested, please contact Sue Kelly. See you in church and coffee hour!
Transportation Ministry Opportunity
St. Francis is in need of volunteers who can transport members who cannot or do not drive to and from worship on Sunday mornings. Typically, drivers work on a 4 or 6 week rotation, assisting members who live in communities such as Bellingham and Dunwoody.
If you are interested and able to assist, please contact Shirley Warren or Fr. Kevin.
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.
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 donation for altar flowers on a Sunday is $50.00. 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.
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.