St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals
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ST. FRANCIS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
- 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the Chapel
- 9:45 a.m. Children's Chapel, in the Chapel
- 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choir in the Church
- 10:00 a.m. Church School till 10:45 a.m.
- 12:00 noon Healing and Holy Communion in the Chapel
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What's Happening at St. Francis
First Annual Thanksgiving Bake Off and Bake Sale
Sunday, November 23, 11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour
St. Francis is kicking off a fun holiday baking contest and bake sale for the entire parish!
Love to bake? Or do you just enjoy the EATING part? We have something for everyone!
• Enter your baked treats in the Bake-Off Contest!
• Bake extra to sell at the Bake Sale where we will raise money for Santa Maria Urban Mission.
• Buy delicious homemade treats for your Thanksgiving holiday table!
Click HERE to sign up for the contest. Contact Mother Katherine
for more information.
SMUM Thanksgiving Food Drive
DROP OFF THIS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23RD
SMUM STILL NEEDS OUR HELP for one final weekend of collecting holiday food for their needy clients!! While doing your grocery shopping, please consider picking up extra: Cranberry Sauce, Stuffing, Mash
Potatoes, Pumpkin Pies etc.
Monetary donations to help
food and supplies are also
appreciated. Please make checks
payable to SMUM and note “Thanksgiving” in the memo.
Advent Study: A THRILL OF HOPE
beginning Sunday, November 30, 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
A Thrill of Hope is an Advent study for adults-
rejoice in the season with this fresh, creative
retelling of the good news!
Study with world-renowned biblical scholars
and an internationally known professor of
preaching in this six-session DVD study of the
wonder of Advent. A Thrill of Hope explores
the Christmas story from Matthew 2 and Luke 1 and 2. Each of the six sessions includes a 6-7 minute video commentary from persons such as Dr. Michael Joseph Brown, Dr. Thomas G. Long, Dr. Carol A. Newsom, and others, and features the masterful artwork of John August Swanson.
Living Well Through Advent 2014
by Church Publishing, Inc.
Living Well Through Advent 2014 is a daily Advent devotional suitable for all ages. Based on the Living Compass work by Scott Stoner, the app provides daily encouragement for the Advent journey incorporating “heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Living Well Through Advent provides daily reflections, weekly Scripture readings, and a built-in journal to record thoughts and experiences through the season. Readings, images, and thoughts from your journal can all be shared with your companions on the journey using the Share Panel.
Living Well Through Advent 2014 is brought to you by Church Publishing Incorporated. The Living Compass, The Living Well Through Advent booklet and companion poster can all be ordered from www.churchpublishing.org.
Click to view app details.
Youth Group December Event
Saturday, December 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Youth Group (6th-12th grades) will be setting up and decorating the Christmas tree in the Parish Hall and enjoying a delicious holiday meal. We will also have our traditional gift exchange. All youth attending, including any
guest you may bring,
are asked to bring a gift costing around $10.00. The Santinas will be
our host family for this event. This is a great time to show your
Christmas spirit and have
fun with friends. We hope you will attend!
Please RSVP to Debbi before November 30 if you plan to attend.
* Please contact Debbi Santina if participation in the gift exchange would preclude a youth member from attending. 408-267-7845. Thank you.
St. Nicholas Evensong and Party
Sunday, December 7, 4:30 p.m.
Bishop Mary is joining us to celebrate this saint who teaches us about Giving. This is an all ages service and event with a special visit from St. Nicholas.
Evensong (sung evening prayer),
Potluck, and Party. Please bring an appetizer to share.
St. Francis Book Club
Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 p.m.
November book - Between Shades of Gray
Ruta Sepetys' first novel offers a
harrowing and horrifying account of the
forcible relocation of countless Lithuanians
in the wake of the Russian invasion of
their country in 1939. In the case of
16-year-old Lina, her mother, and her
younger brother, this means deportation
to a forced-labor camp in Siberia, where
conditions are all too painfully similar to
those of Nazi concentration camps. A gifted artist, she begins secretly creating pictures that can--she hopes--be surreptitiously sent to her father (already arrested and
in a prison camp.) Whether or not this will be possible,
it is her art that will be her salvation, helping her to retain her identity, her dignity, and her increasingly tenuous hold on hope for the future.
BibleWorkBench comes to St. Francis'
Beginning Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 a.m.
the Rev. Jerry Drino will lead us in a weekly bible study, the BibleWorkBench. This curriculum follows the appointed readings for each Sunday. Participants are invited to explore the readings, read between the lines, read parallel readings, and learn of the critical background. We are delighted to host this series and welcome members of other parishes as we join together to learn more about the scriptures. Plan to join us each Wednesday morning. If you have any questions please contact the rector.
St. Francis Annual Holiday Giving
It’s that time again! Help us support SMUM’s clients by collecting toys for children ages 8 to 12. No wrapping needed. New or gently used warm coats, and sweaters; and new gloves and socks are needed as well. We will also collect money as we have a volunteer shopper this year. If you’d like
to help collect and organize our Christmas
donations, please contact Duon
Zeroun at 408 225-2131 or at
RZeroun@aol.com. Or speak
to Isabel Wright at church.
Thank you for your willingness to help with this very gratifying project.
Advent Pageant 2014 - STRANGER IN THE MANGER
Sunday, December 21, 10:00 a.m.
Join us as we prepare for the birth of Jesus in song and rhyme, complete with 1960s girl group angels, Seuss-like narrative and the ‘Rap Kings.’
All Children & Youth are invited to participate: Everyone will make up the chorus (pick up your practice cd and listen while you drive). Participants can also be narrators, featured singers/rappers (Mary & Joseph, Angels, three Magi) and costumed for the tableaux. For more info and to sign up, email Mother Katherine .
We need your help! We will need parent help costuming, organizing and feeding kids.
Sunday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. dress rehearsal
Plus one additional practice for featured singers TBD based on your schedule.
ST FRANCIS WELCOMES RESOUNDING ACHORD
FOR A HOLIDAY CONCERT
Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 p.m.
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.
Give money back to St. Francis while shopping
St. Francis is a part of the Amazon Smile program and we would love your support. Through this program 0.5% of your purchase will be given back to St. Francis Church! It's easy to participate. Just click the Amazon Get Started Button to the left. Then when you shop, remember to "smile" before you "amazon". www.smile.amazon.com first.
St. Francis Upcoming Events ... Mark your calendar
Save the Date for "St Francis in the Woods" at Camp Sylvester, near Sonora
March 13 - 15
This is a special parish-wide
event not to be missed!
Join the rector, clergy,
vestry members and more, for a weekend of cabin camping at this gem nestled between Pinecrest Lake and Dodge Ridge ski resort. All ages are welcome for fun and fellowship. Plenty of fun activities available to participate in (please see the Camp Sylvester website ).
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