Practicing Love: Reminders and Tips for Healthy Church GatheringsDecember 31, 2022
Welcome and ConnectFebruary 1, 2023
Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)
The tax laws can be confusing, but there is one rule that should definitely be understood by anyone age 70 ½ and 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. This can save a considerable amount of federal tax, and it is especially useful when you turn 73, and must begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). To learn more please ask your investment advisor, or see Mike Quinn with any questions.
Pre-Marital and Marital Coaching
Fr. Kevin is now a certified Facilitator for the Prepare/Enrich pre-marital and marriage assessment program. For over 35 years, the Prepare/Enrich assessment tool has been used by Facilitators to help couples strengthen and enrich their relationships. If your relationship or that of someone you know could benefit from a short-term program of assessment and conversation, please reach out to Fr. Kevin for more details.
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.
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. 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.
Sacred Bread Guild
Baking bread for Holy Eucharist was, for many centuries, a craft undertaken by members of the local church. The bread that was offered truly represented the “life and labor” of the parish. St. Francis is now using parishioner-baked bread. If you would like to become part of the new Sacred Bread Guild, please contact Fr. Kevin. Gluten-free wafers will continue to be available.
Safety and Security Reminder
The Safety and Security Committee has completed all the work outlined under the Non-Profit Security Grant Program, and St. Francis has been fully reimbursed. A complete list of accomplishments is in the Fieldnotes.
As a reminder, all three Exterior Entry doors (#1, 4, and 8) can be prescheduled to auto-unlock and lock at specified times. So if you have upcoming meetings, events, activities, etc., please get in touch with the Parish Office at 610-647-0130 to schedule the door(s) as appropriate. Please do not hesitate to contact Shirley or Everett Warren with any questions.
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.