We are a thinking, welcoming people worshiping God through a traditional liturgy that connects us back to centuries of Christian practice. Looking forwards and back, St. Francis’ provides the best of both worlds. Everyone is welcome at God’s table: no application form required.
The Lenten Season Begins
Lent is a season in the life of the Church that has a two fold focus: deep reflection and action. It is a season of letting go of old patterns and sins, embracing the new and the life giving, and allowing that newness to turn our hearts towards deeper service. A rich and deep Lent prepares us for the joy of Easter. It is a season well worth embracing and diving into. The Rev. Beth Sherman has prepared a printable one-page guide, “Ways to Deepen Your Lent”. See it here.
Shrove Tuesday this week, February 13th at 6pm
Our traditional pancake dinner! We need help with set up and clean up. $5/person or $15/family.
Ash Wednesday this week, February 14th
Services at noon without music and at 6pm with choir and hymns.
Compline on Wednesdays during Lent at 6:00 pm
Beginning February 21st, Compline in church, followed by a simple dinner of soup, salad, and bread in the kitchen, then a 7 pm book group led by Keith Smith. The book group will be reading “The Gospel According to Jesus” by Stephen Mitchell. They will not meet on March 7th. Come for all or part of the evening.
Lenten Parish Project
During this season of Lent, we put our minds and hearts more determinedly towards service. We will hold our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico even closer. Each Sunday, we will invite you to bring a specific item and we will box up everything on Sunday, March 25th to be sent to a contact we have in Puerto Rico.
February 18th: lightweight, new, LED flashlights
February 25th: batteries
March 4th: baby wipes
March 11th: power bars
On Saturday, March 17th, we will gather in the Guild Hall from 1 to 4 pm to continue our commitment to Puerto Rico. We will sew and decorate bags which will be stuffed with the items we are collecting on Sundays. We will make special St. Francis’ dog and cat tags to share with our Puerto Rican canine and feline friends. We will write messages of love and compassion to be included in our handmade bags. For those who do not sew, there will be ample opportunities to decorate bags, handwrite messages to go in the bags, and make dog and cat tags. All ages welcome!
March 18th: toothbrushes and toothpaste, and we box up everything during coffee hour!
Special Visitors on March 11th
The Rev. Davidson Bidwell-Waite, a deacon in our diocese and periodic preacher and speaker here at St. Francis, will be preaching on March 11th, and will lead a discussion during Coffee Hour around the idea of churches providing Sanctuary. There are many ways to understand what it means for a church to be a place of sanctuary. Join us as we explore this timely subject.
There will also be a concert that evening by the McNair High School Choir, led by Choir Director Susanna Peeples. More details soon!
Lenten Coffee Hours
During the five Sundays in Lent and on Palm Sunday, the church will provide a simple savory coffee hour, so there is no need for people to bring additional food items.
Daily Lenten Meditations
For those who enjoy having a hard copy of a Lenten daily meditation book, we will have available a booklet put out by Episcopal Relief and Development. Look in the back of the church starting on Ash Wednesday. If you would like to receive a daily meditation via email, go to episcopalrelief.org and proceed to the LENT page, where you will find directions for signing up.
Holy Week and Easter
Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10 am on Sunday, March 25th
Reading of the Dorothy Sayers’ teleplay about The Last Supper, 7pm in the Guild Hall on Wednesday, March 28th
Maundy Thursday Liturgy at 6pm with foot washing, followed by All Night Watch at Gethsemane on Thursday, March 29th
Good Friday Liturgies at noon with communion from the Reserve Sacrament and at 6pm with choir on Friday, March 30th
Easter Vigil at 7pm on Saturday, March 31st
Sunday, April 1st: Easter! Services at 8 and 10 am, with an Easter Egg Hunt following the 10 am service
The February PAX is Here!
Annual Meeting 2018
Ongoing at St. Francis
Children and Youth Programs
Our Godly Play group meets at 10 am on Sundays in the courtyard classroom. For ages K-5th grade, this gathering uses a Montessori-style method to bring the biblical stories to life. A new Tween and Teen Youth Group is also meeting at the same time in the Guild Hall for games, food, and discussions about real-life stuff. This group will also learn about the Bible and how its principles affect our lives. Topics include parents, social media, friendships, Jesus, trusting God, and dealing with doubt, fear, and stress. Contact the office if you have questions.
Adult Bible Study
Meets at 9am on Sundays in The Guild Hall.
Yoga with Mara
Saturdays: Level II Active and Awake at 8am; Level I at 9:15am; Gentle Yoga at 10:30am.
Gift Card Fundraiser
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Amazon Smile Fundraiser
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Spiritual but not religious? Come see what you are missing. We look forward to welcoming you!
We choose to follow Jesus and his teachings. We embrace community and action, informed by the life of St. Francis.