What's Going On


 

There is so much going on at St. Francis, it’s hard to know where to begin!   We gather together as Jesus did with his followers; there is often food for the body and always food for the soul!  You can be as involved or uninvolved as you wish, but your presence is always desired.  And be assured that you will receive much more than you give. So to understand where you might better use your gifts and talents, we’ve broken down the life of our community of faith into three categories: 


The Work of Ministry, Fellowship, Prayer and Learning, and Mission Opportunities.

 

 

 

THE WORK OF MINISTRY

 


  



  Sunday Morning WorshipJesus Himself commanded us to do what he had done at the Last Supper. He said: “Do this in remembrance of Me.”  And that is what we do every Sunday; we worship, pray, and share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion or Holy Eucharist.   But such worship doesn’t just happen; it takes many dedicated persons to present our best to God and his people. 

So there are many places where you can help:




Altar Guild.  A simple desire to serve God at His altar is all that is needed for this ministry.  These dedicated ladies (and a few men) are responsible for setting the holy table, caring for the linens and sacred vessels, filling the candles and making sure the visual necessities for worship are in their proper order.


Acolytes, Eucharist Ministers, Lectors.  It takes many to assist with a service of Holy Communion.  The acolyte carries the cross in procession and helps at the altar.  A Eucharist Minister serves the cup of sacramental wine during the service.  And the lector reads the lessons from the pulpit.  Anyone with a heart for the Lord may serve in any of these positions.

 

Music Ministry Music is an integral part of our 10:30 worship service here at St. Francis, and we can always use more choir members.  They rehearse on Thursdays at 6:45pm and briefly on Sundays at 9:45am. 

 

Child Care.  We have a comfortable youth room available for children whose parents would prefer to have them in a setting outside the sanctuary.  But always know that your children are more than welcome during our worship.   The sound of a child’s voice breaking into a time of prayer reminds us that St. Francis will go on…

 

 

“Pray and Stay”.  Something new to St. Francis this year is our “Pray and Stay” Sunday.  Born out of the Pentecost experience, we do the same on the 5th Sunday of the month.  The congregation has the opportunity to be anointed and to be prayed for individually.  It’s a powerful testimony to faith and belief in the power of the Holy Spirit.  And following the 10:30am service, there is a potluck luncheon.  So, come…pray…and stay…

 

Healing Prayer Ministry.  Jesus told us that we as Christian would do greater things than he if we believed, and the people of St. Francis believe in the power of healing.  Every Wednesday evening at 6pm and every Thursday morning at 9am, a healing service with Holy Communion is available.  We also have trained individuals in our midst who help persons with issues surrounding the need for inner healing.  Finally, there is an opportunity every Sunday morning to pray for healing or anything else needed.  A team of two are available in the chapel during communion to pray for and with anyone who has a need. 

 



FELLOWSHIP, PRAYER, AND LEARNING 

Men's Club. The men's club meets every month on the fourth Monday at 7 pm. We meet in the parish hall for fellowship and for business. The men's club provides a parish breakfast six times a year and we use the funds raised to support the parish youth ministries, the Sunday school, scholarships to Camp WingMann and special youth events. Other activities include the Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper, the Thanksgiving Dinner, Parish clean ups and the occasional picnic. Membership is open to all of the men in the parish and we welcome newcomers. Come join us for fun, fellowship and service.

 


 


ECW.  The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 11am in the parish hall.  This group, active in this parish since 1961, gathers for fellowship, study programs and event planning.  They sponsor dinners, the largest being the Thanksgiving Dinner with the Men’s Club, tasting luncheons, garage sales, and prayer days.  Proceeds from these events are donated to various worthy causes.  Each parish ECW is part of the National ECW.



 

 



Daughters of the King (DOK).  The Daughters of the King meet on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 9am in the library.  Besides gathering in support of each other, their main purpose is to pray for the needs of the parish, the clergy and the church, and to be of support whenever needed. They too are part of the National Organization of Daughters.  




Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BStA).   The Brotherhood of St. Andrew meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the  month at 7pm in the library.  Started by an Act of the U.S. Congress, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt as an international ministry of Christian men, the Brotherhood is the male counterpart of the Daughters of the King.  Like the Daughters of the King, the Brotherhood is connected to the National Organization of Brothers. These devoted men meet for prayer, Bible study and dessert! 

 

 

MISSION OPPORTUNITIES


When we think of “mission,” we think of helping people in far away lands.  Well, recently I come to understand mission in a whole new light.  While mission is indeed helping those in other lands, mission can be right next door.   In broad terms, “mission” is any opportunity to help someone, somewhere whether near or far.  To see our “mission” opportunities, please click on the button that says “Mission.”