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Mission Film Series

The final film in the Instruments of Change – A Journey in Search of One’s Identity series on Friday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall will be Abrazos (Embraces) (2015) Director: Luis Argueta - Admission is free. A discussion will follow.

ST. FRANCIS VISITS LAUNDRY LOVE ON MAY 12 What would it be like not to be able to afford to do your laundry? Unfortunately, for many in our society that is a harsh reality. Through the Laundry Love ministry of the Rev. Meredyth Ward on the second Thursday of every month between 100 and 150 loads of laundry get done at no charge for those in need. In addition to paying for loads of laundry, fragrance free detergent and dryer sheets are provided, pizza and juice are served, and there are fun activities for children in attendance. St. Francis will be helping to support the May Laundry Love event that will take place on Thursday, May 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Suds Up Laundromat, 540 Southbridge Street in Worcester. Volunteers are welcome to attend. Also, leading up to the date we will be collecting FRAGRANCE FREE detergent and FRAGRANCE FREE fabric softener sheets, juice boxes, and money to cover the cost of the loads of laundry and the pizza. Donations of detergent, fabric softener sheets, and juice boxes can be placed in the collection containers in the narthex and monetary donations can either be sent to the church office with a notation that it is intended for Laundry Love or they can be placed in the water jug marked “Laundry Love Donations” in the narthex. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of this important ministry in the Worcester Corridor of the Diocese.

SECOND ANNUAL HANDBELL CONCERT OF CELEBRATION AND THANKSGIVING OF MINISTRY AND OUTREACH  The Wachusett Regional High School Mountaintinabuleers and the St. Francis Episcopal Church Episcopeals Handbell Choirs present our second annual joint concert. This will be a Concert of Varied Music…from Sacred, to Show and Popular Tunes on Friday, May 13, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Holden. A free will offering will be accepted, and will be split between TEMPO (To Encourage Music Performance Opportunities – the WRHS Music Department support organization) and St Francis Music Ministries. Refreshments will follow.

HOPE FOR HOUSING GIFT CARDS Available for purchase after each service on 2nd and 4th weekends of every month.  May dates are 14/15 & 28/29.

THE ANNUAL GUESS WHO’S COMING FOR DINNER will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m.  Don’t miss out on a fun night of surprises and good company!  Sign-up sheets are in the narthex. Please sign up by May 11th. We are also in need of Host-Homes for those who might live within a 5 mile radius of the church.  Please contact Luanne Westerling at lvwesterling@gmail.com.

SENIOR LUNCHEON Seniors are cordially invited to attend a luncheon in honor of you on Wednesday, May 18th from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Please watch for your invitations this week either by mail or email.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD DAY – MAY 21st is our annual Habitat for Humanity build day. This year we will build a child’s playhouse for the family of a veteran with a child 6 years old or under. We will be working in two shifts. The first shift is 7:30 a.m. to lunchtime and the second shift is lunchtime to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served to both groups and there will be an unveiling at the end of the day. We are seeking 10 volunteers, age 16 or older, for each shift. If you are interested, please sign up in the Narthex or contact Kathy Diehl (khdiehl@charter.net), Dick Welch (welch96@charter.net) or Esteban Loustaunau (eloustaunau@assumption.edu) for more information.

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Children

Church School (September to June) Pre-K (age 3 by Sept 1) through grade 5 Sundays at 9:45 a.m.

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Youth

September to June Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Clare House

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Adults

Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.