First of all, welcome to our website!   My prayer is that, when you finish viewing the site, you will have found what you’re looking for. But before you look further, let me tell you a little about me and about our community of faith.   St. Francis has been my home for almost twenty years and each year has brought new blessings.   The Spirit has been a mighty presence in this place and the fruit of that Spirit can be seen and felt when you visit us.  

As you approach the entrance,  you will notice two things in particular.  First, there is a large cedar cross in the memorial garden.   My husband Joel made this cross and gave it to the church as a sign of the Jesus we worship.  Second, over the door there is a sign that reads, “Enter a stranger but once.”  Those words need no explanation. When the Spirit is present, you will feel it.  You will sense that you have come home, perhaps for the first time, and the warmth of this church family will add to what you feel when you enter the sanctuary.

                               The blessing that you will hear at the end of every service says it all: 

May the Lord who walks on wounded feet, walk with you to the end of your road;
May the Lord who serves with wounded hands, teach you to serve others;
May the Lord who loves with a wounded heart, help you to love each other;
When you go out, may you see the face of Jesus in everyone you meet, and may everyone you meet see the face of Jesus in you. Amen.


Retirement Announcement

Given at the Annual Meeting of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

January 27, 2019


Today is a very important day for me—and for you!  Today I get to talk about the worst-kept secret in our church that many of you already know.  But today I make it official.  For those among you who are new to the Episcopal Church, there is a mandate regarding clergy retirement age.  I will reach that mandate on January 1, 2020, which means my last Sunday as your Rector will be December 29, 2019.  My wish for that day is perhaps a noontime lunch, followed by some memories, and having our Sunday worship in the late afternoon instead of in the morning.  The highlight of our relationship together is our worship of Almighty God.  My relationship with the people of St. Francis began over 20 years ago with worship, and my desire is that worship will be the final experience we have together.  Now, I’m sure we’ll talk more about that later, but right now we have something more important to think about.  In this year of transition, the most important thing for us is our mission.  And it starts with disciples.




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The Collect

          O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our

prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Old Testament Lesson (Jeremiah 17:5-10)

Psalm 1

The Second Lesson (1 Corinthians 15:12-20)

The Holy Gospel  (Luke 6:17-26)

Jesus came down with the twelve apostles, and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.  They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.  And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.  Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.  Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.  Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.  Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.  But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.  Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.  Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.  Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.”







Vestry Retreat – In the library



ECW-sponsored Soup / Salad / Dessert Event, 4pm—6pm



An Afternoon of Music w/Graeme Arbuckle, 2pm, followed by coffee & dessert



Pancake Supper



ASH WEDNESDAY, 9am and 6pm



ECW-sponsored Quiet Day, 8am—2pm,

Retreat Leader: Fr. Deke Miller



Special 5th Sunday, one service at 10am w/pot luck and amazing documentary on St. Francis filmed in Assisi, Italy!








Church Services:

 Sunday February 24th



Holy Communion w/Healing - 9:00 am



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As the Light of Christ, we strive to bring the Love of Christ into every heart through worship, mission and the building of relationships.



This week at St. Francis…



TODAY is February 17, 2019 – 6 Epiphany

Blood pressure screening

If you would like to help with the baby shower on 3/16,

 please see Chris McQuigg after both services TODAY!



           Wed. 2/20          4:30pm       Bible Study (the Book of Isaiah)

                                             6pm        Evening Prayer


Thu.  2/21                9am        Holy Communion (chapel)

                                1pm        ALPHA class  (library)

                           6:45pm        Choir rehearsal   

           B A N N E R   A R T I C L E S   D U E   T H I S   W E E K !

 Fri.   2/22               3pm        DOK bible study

 Sat.   2/23      9:30am—2p   Vestry Retreat (library)

                          4pm—6pm   Soup, Salad, Dessert, Auction Event

                          Tickets:  $5 – For more information, see Gillian Shaffer 



February 24, 2019 – 7 Epiphany

ONE SERVICE at 10am – Instructed Eucharist, Pot Luck

to welcome newcomers


.......and always remember the homeless, the hungry, the lost, those who are being persecuted for their faith, and those in the military, especially those recognized on our military display… thanking God for his many blessings.






                  St. Francis Veterans Table...



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