Welcome to St. Francis Episcopal Church

We welcome all in Christ's love and fellowship to our neighborhood church. We embrace traditional, innovative, and lively approaches to worship and service. We strive each day to be God's hands and to show God's love around the corner and across the globe.

  • Christmas Pageant
  • Christmas Eve
  • SSP Youth
  • Walk for Water
  • Acolytes
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Youth Cookie Baking
  • Walk for Water
  • Blessing of the Animals
  • Vacation Bible School
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  • St. Francis Day
Christmas Pageant  1 Christmas Eve2 SSP Youth3 Walk for Water4 Acolytes5 Vacation Bible School6 Youth Cookie Baking7 Walk for Water 8 Blessing of the Animals9 Vacation Bible School10 Palm Sunday11 St. Francis Day12
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Sunday Services

  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the Chapel (no music)
  • 10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Church (with music)
  • Childcare available 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m

      Faith Formation

  • 9:15 a.m. Adult Formation (Adults), (meets in the Wickham room)
  • 10:00 a.m. Faith Formation (Children), (meets in the Undercroft classrooms)


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Preparing for Sunday
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What's Happening at St. Francis

The Next 75 Years - A Capital campaign

The Episcopal Presence in Willow Glen For the past 75 years, this church has welcomed generations of families and friends to the corner of Pine and Newport Avenues— to be inspired, comforted, enlightened and strengthened in Christ.

Generations have been called to meet the demands of what it means to be a Christian witness in this place. Listening to the Spirit once more, we have
Capital Campaign
engaged the congregation in conversation and examined what repairs and renovations our facility needs to take us through the next 75 years. In doing this, the members of St. Francis Episcopal Church have had the opportunity to express a shared vision for renovating our buildings and making our church and bathrooms more accessible. Considering all of your input over the last 18 months, the vestry is moving forward with several projects, through The Next 75 Years capital campaign. Our generation now stands at the threshold of a new era: we see clearly what we must do—improve and create—as we plan for and welcome the next generation to St. Francis. For more information please visit www.givingsites.com/Next75

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 a.m. - Nov 12 and 19

Join us in the Wickham room for our Adult Faith Formation series A Christian Response to Gun Violence led by The Rev. Maly Hughes. (Childcare available).

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Faith Formation

Sunday Church School for children


10:00 a.m. (in Undercroft classrooms)
  • Godly Play - for young children (preschool - 3rd grd)A Montessori style profoundly deep way to nurture the spiritual lives of children
  • Connect Faith - for tweens (4th-5th)The Bible in two years for our active goofy tweens
  • Recognize Faith - for Middle School Youth (6th-8th)A place for our early adolescents to bring their questions of faith
  • Elevate Faith - for High School Youth (9th-12th)Teens wrestling with real life issues together
The children will join their parents in the church for Holy Communion at 11:00 am.

4th annual Holiday Bake-Off and Bake Sale

Sunday, November 19th, 11:30 a.m.

We have something for everyone! Let's see if you are St. Francis' TOP CHEF!!

  • ENTER your baked treats in the Bake Off Contest.
  • Bake extra to sell at the Bake Sale & help raise money for SMUM.
  • BUY delicious homemade treats for your Thanksgiving holiday table!
  • PRIZES for our category winners
Interested in being a judge? Email Michelle Peacock   for more information. We require one person from the church administration, one adult and one youth for the judging portion of the contest. Bake-off and Bake Sale will occur during coffee hour immediately following the service. Register your entry HERE.

Announcing the 2017 Pageant -
Waiting for Love

Sunday, December 17th, 10:15 a.m.
Sign Ups: Nov. 3 - Nov. 26

This year's pageant tells the story of God's love for us in the sending of Jesus through words and music. Plenty of parts - small and large for preschool-high school. Narrators, chorus and non-speaking - everyone can participate. Plenty of opportunities for parent volunteers too - stage assistants, costume & prop coordinators, and the rehearsal lunch.  Music will be introduced on Nov 26th. Contact Mother Katherine or Kristina Nakagawa for more details.
Sign up HERE

  • November 28, during coffee hour
  • December 10, 11:30 - 2 p.m
  • December 16, 10 - 11 a.m.

Get into the holiday spirit with Resounding Achord!

Sunday, December 3rd, 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a festive concert of music for choir and pipe organ, featuring many of our own including: Kristina Nakagawa, director, Michael Burroughs organist, and several of our St. Francis choir and clergy.

The program includes Kim André Arnesen's transcendent "Magnificat" with soprano soloist Danielle Marie, along with inventive arrangements of holiday favorites by Healey Willan, David Willcocks, and John Rutter.

First Congregational Church
1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto, CA.
Adults - $15 online/presale; $20 at the door
College Students - $10 online/presale; $20 at the door
High school age and younger - Always free
Tickets at: ResoundingJoy
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Attention All Singers!

The St. Francis Adult Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7:30 in the Chapel. All skill levels are welcome, ages high school through adult.

Children ages 4 and up, are invited to join the Junior Choir Rehearsals are scheduled immediately following the Sunday 10:15 service - dates TBA. If you have any questions, please contact Kristina Nakagawa, our new choir director,
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Handbell Choir

Mondays at 7:00 p.m.

Rehearsals will be held Mondays at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. We are looking for two more members. Anyone is welcome, no experience needed, children younger than middle school age need to be accompanied by parent. Please contact Mary Mackenzie for information.


Village House:

An Interfaith Shelter of Hope

https://www.villagehousesccca.com/ Dozens of St. Francis parishioners have volunteered for this rotating shelter ministry that provides accommodations and other crucial services for 15 medically fragile women. The shelter, which St. Francis hosted in partnership with Willow Glen United Methodist, has just completed another rotation.

The shelter has now moved to St. Paul's United Methodist Church for the overnight shelter. Please consider volunteering at this location. We were blessed to have volunteers from other faith communities during our rotation at St. Francis. So this is an opportunity to help others provide this ministry. Our guests have told us how much they appreciate seeing familiar faces. Here's how to volunteer: St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 405 S. 10th Street San Jose, CA 95112 : St. Paul's Parish/ Read more, volunteer, and donate --->

Inter-Parish Adult Bible Study

Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Reading Between the Lines meets Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Wickham Rm. We believe in stories. Stories are how we make sense of our own experience and learn about the experience of others. We are surrounded by stories in conversations and through the media. The Bible is full of stories too. They speak to us of what is best and worst, hopeful and despairing, creative and destructive about human life and the experience of the sacred in its midst. Join us as we discover ourselves in the Bible Story.

Fee is $10/quarter for printing and curriculum subscription.

Mission Work with Diocese of El Camino and Cristosal

April 22-29, 2018

The Partnership Commission of the Diocese of El Camino Real is sponsoring a Global School course trip with Cristosal. We hope this learning experience will bring new perspectives to our missional work, no matter where that work may be.

Note: Cost does not include airfare, but does include support for Salvadoran participants in the course. Partial scholarships may be available through the Diocesan Partnership Commission.

For diocesan-related questions, contact Kathy Veit For course & travel questions or to register, contact globalschool@cristosal.org or visit www.cristosal.org/global-school
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Altar Flowers

We invite you to have flowers dedicated to loved ones. The dedication might be for a birthday, anniversary, in memory of someone, or in thanksgiving for blessings. The suggested donation is $35. You may sign up on the flower chart in the church Narthex (please remember to clearly indicate "Flowers" on the memo line of your check), or give instructions if you pay online. Please email the dedication name(s) and purpose to the office.

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Prayer List

If you have someone you would like to have on the church prayer list, please send their name(s) to the office. Their name will remain on the list for two weeks but you may add it again.

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Church Office

The Church Office is staffed Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Phone: 408-292-7090 / Fax: 408-292-7091 / Email: office@stfranciswillowglen.org