Welcome To St Francis’ Episcopal Church

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.

 

Advent Season Begins December 3rd

The days are getting shorter and Advent time is near, a time of watching and waiting for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

 

Calling All Children!  Be a Part of This Year’s Christmas Eve Pageant!

On Christmas Eve, St. Francis will be presenting a very special Christmas program featuring a retelling of the story of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. This will be a festive and theatrical event with sing-a-long carols and hymns for all to enjoy. However, it will be the children of St. Francis and their friends who will be bringing this holy story to life! The child does not have to be a member of St Francis’ Church to participate!  For more details look here.

 

This Sunday, November 26th

The Giving Tree is Back!  Choose an ornament from The Giving Tree to pick out a gift for a specific client of a local homeless shelter.  Then return the gift to church, where it will be gift wrapped and delivered!

 

Sunday, December 3rd

The Bishop is coming! Join us during the 10 am service for a visit by Bishop Marc Andrus, followed by a possible Q and A during coffee hour.

Advent Wreath Making Workshop during coffee hour. Please join us as we use natural materials to make one-of-a-kind table top advent wreaths. Your $20.00 will pay for the materials, candles, and special advent celebration brochure describing the days and scripture readings of Advent. Let Wendy Dwyer know if you plan to participate, or if you would like to donate a wreath to one of our St Francis’ parishioners who are unable to make it to church.

 

Sunday, December 10th

Please join us in the Parish Hall for our annual Santa Lucia celebration following the 10 am service.  Support our young ladies as we enjoy beautiful music and delicious refreshments. This is the official fundraiser for our St. Francis’ Food Pantry, which distributes grocery items and fresh produce to 150 clients each Wednesday.

 

Wednesday, December 13th at 7:30 pm

Holiday cookie decorating at Safe Harbor, a shelter in San Mateo providing emergency and short-term housing options for the homeless.  Contact Frances Kriegh for more information at franceskriegh@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, December 17th

Christmas Caroling after church at Kindred Nursing Care on 19th Avenue.

 

Sunday, December 24th

Advent 4 Service at 9am with music (no choir)

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, Carols, and Pageant at 5:30 pm

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist at 11 pm with special music beginning at 10:30 pm

 

Monday, December 25th

Christmas 1 Holy Eucharist at 8am, Lessons and Carols with Eucharist at 10am

 

The November PAX is Here!

 

Special Event: Saturday, December 2nd from 7:30-9:00 pm

The Sound Bath Experience is a magical and meditative exploration of the power of sound for healing and well-being. Join Loriel Starr and Matt Levine for an evening of bathing in the sounds of a unique and extraordinary ensemble of 7 gongs, over 30 Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, an assortment of sound meditation instruments, and beautifully-textured soundscapes. See the November PAX for more information and a link for purchasing tickets.

 

A Spooky Halloween Coffee Hour

A monster came out on October 29th for a special coffee hour hosted by Melinda Lee.  Kids chose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and then enjoyed carving their designs. Everyone enjoyed the Halloween-themed refreshments.  Thanks Melinda!

 

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.  They are currently studying Jeremiah.

Saturdays

Yoga with Mara. Level II Active and Awake at 8am; Level I at 9:15am; Gentle Yoga at 10:30am.

Food Pantry

A weekly outreach serving local residents.  For more information, look here.

To learn about the many other outreach projects at St. Francis’ Episcopal, look here.

Gift Card Fundraiser

Support St. Francis’ Episcopal and do your shopping at the same time.  Look here.

Amazon Smile Fundraiser

Help support St. Francis while shopping at Amazon through the AmazonSmile program.  You still use your usual password and still get all the benefits of Amazon Prime.  Click here for detailed directions.

 

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.