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A Scene from the Parish Life of St. Francis

Evensong - October 2014

Music Director Rob Kerman greets well wishers at the evensong celebrating his 18 years at St. Francis

Rector's Message Reports from the Senior and Junior Wardens

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Announcements

Welcome to the web site for St. Francis' Episcopal Church in San Francisco. We invite you to join us for Sunday worship at 8:00a Eucharist (without music) and 10:00a Eucharist with hymns and organ (during the summer). Visitors are always welcome, and we make a special effort to make your visit with us enjoyable.

The St. Francis Office is open Monday through Friday. Office hours are from 10-12 and 1-5, Monday through Thursday, and 10-12 and 1-3 on Friday.

Every second Wednesday of the month, a handful of us gather at Laguna Honda Hospital to celebrate the Eucharist with some of the residents. Our volunteers go onto the various patients' floors to bring residents down for the service, and afterwards, return them to their rooms. We would love to have a few more volunteers to help with this beautiful ministry. Ed Splichal, Bill and Fran Rounds, Anita Jackson, Mary Beth Paul, Christina Stephen, and Jim French are our active volunteers. If you would like to know more about this ministry, ask one of the volunteers, or speak with the Rector. We welcome your questions!

Please register your Safeway Club Card, ATM/VISA/MC, Macy's, or Chevron card with eSCRIP. When you use that card to pay for purchases, St. Francis will receive a rebate from the participating stores, which include Payless, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Carl's Jr., Eddie Bauer, Whole Foods Market, and Budget Rent-a-Car just to name a few. You can register for eSCRIP by visiting www.escrip.com Click "members/supporters", click "welcome", and click "sign up". St. Francis ID #3692332. Thank you for your support.

During the coldest months of the year – November, December, and January – Episcopal Community Services and The San Francisco Interfaith Council team up to provide extra shelter beds for San Francisco’s population who usually sleep on the streets. The shelter is hosted at a different venue each month (locations to be announced), and the past few years, the shelter has been extended into February. People from all over the city sign up to cook and serve dinner for the Winter Shelter, and St. Francis’ is teaming up with St. Aidan’s, Holy Innocents, and Trinity+St. Peter’s this year to cook and serve on November 28 and 29, December 27 and 28, and January 31. A sign up will be going out in the next week or two, so be on the look-out for it!

Donations for the "One Warm Coat Drive" are most welcome. Coats gently used of any size or color are appreciated by the good folks of the Bayview Mission. Please place your coat in the brown basket in the Narthex any Sunday in November and they will be distributed the Monday before Thanksgiving, November 24th. Thank you!

Mark your calendar now for the St. Francis Santa Lucia celebration, Sunday, December 14, 2014, during coffee hour (11:30 am). This is our annual fundraiser for the St. Francis Food Pantry. We look forward to your support for this important community outreach. Isobel Stephen will be this year’s Santa Lucia. We would like to invite all our young ladies from kindergarten through high school to take part in the celebration. Letters with details about participating will be mailed to the families of our girls. If you have questions please contact Carol Thollander.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 18 - Noon
Join the Rector and her canine associates for lunch and coversation in the Guild Hall.

Wednesday, November 26 - 5:30p
Join us for Evensong for Thanksgiving Eve. The service will feature oboist Kathy Conner and organist Rodney Gehrke. Please join us for this hour-long service, and bring your friends and family.

Wednesday, December 3, 10, 17 - 6:15p
During Advent, we will gather in the church at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday December 3rd, 10th, and 17th to share quiet prayer and say the service of Compline together. On Wednesday December 3rd, we will kick off our Wednesday evenings by sharing a pot luck meal after the service.

Tuesday, December 9 - Noon
Join the Rector and her canine associates for lunch and coversation in the Guild Hall.

Saturday, December 20 - 4:00p
Walking the labyrinth during the chaotic month of December is the perfect antidote to the chaos! Join us as we step, pray, and ground ourselves in this style of walking meditation on the church courtyard. Iris Clayter will provide the background music on her harp. What a perfect way to focus on finishing Advent and moving into Christmastide.

Sunday, December 21 - after the 10:00a service
We will head down to the 19th Avenue Nursing Home after church to sing Christmas carols while the residents eat lunch. This is a wonderful event in every way. The residents enjoy listening, and we are uplifted by the chance to sing songs that are familiar and comforting. All ages and abilities welcome!