YOUTH MINISTRY – T-Shirt Sales Continue for Youth Ministry The Church Mouse Fair kicked off the sale of Saint Francis “swag” – snazzy t-shirts. These items will be on sale throughout the holiday season, on the first and 3rd Sundays following each 10:00 Sunday service. Cost is $15 (2 for $25)
Proceeds from your purchase will benefit Youth Ministry activities here at Saint Francis. Thanks for your support!
HOPE FOR HOUSING “The Holidays are quickly approaching and Hope for Housing cards would make great gifts. Have a college student? What about a Panera gift card? A family member on a fixed income? A Big Y gift card might be a thoughtful present. What about an elderly neighbor or a veteran or a friend who is out of work? The best thing about a Hope for Housing card is that not only do they make great gifts but you are benefiting the homeless here in Worcester. Bring your checkbooks or cash the weekend of December 12-13 and purchase some great gift cards for some special people in your lives.”
1ST SUNDAY CONVERSATIONS: Please join us between the Sunday morning services at 9:00 a.m. on December 6, 2015, in Fellowship Hall. We will gather for an intergenerational experience to learn about the real St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6th! Join us for fun, food and interesting conversations!!
ADVENT MIDWEEK GATHERINGS This Advent take some time out of the busyness of the season to join us for a time of food, fellowship, reflection on the meaning of the season, and worship. We will gather each Wednesday evening of Advent, beginning at 5:30 p.m. for soup and salad; and at 6:00 p.m. we will watch and discuss short videos from the series “Interrupted by Hope.” The series is produced by the Work of the People and includes videos from Richard Rohr (Franciscan priest and theologian), Glennon Doyle Melton (author and blogger at Monastery), and Barbara Brown Taylor (Episcopal priest and author). Each evening will conclude with Holy Eucharist, as celebrated by the community of Iona, a Christian ecumenical community in Scotland. Please sign up to join us on December 2, 9, 16, and 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m. A separate sign up to bring food will also be located in the narthex.
SENIOR MINISTRY PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION: Wednesday, December 10th from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Library. The Meaning of Gifts: Christian Giving and Receiving – A Discussion facilitated by Ted and Deborah Harris. Refreshments will be served
Although the “season of giving” is not limited to Christmas, many of us think about the meaning of giving and receiving at this time of year. When commercialism abounds, where do spiritual gifts come in? “Gifts have many meanings, deep and subtle, both for those who give and for those who receive. The significance is no less for those who hope for, but do not receive; nor is it less for those who do not give or do not receive the gifts proffered to them. When we give something to someone, we enter into a many-sided relationship for in return we hope for the gift of love.”
Paul Tournier’s book, The Meaning of Gifts, will form the basis and springboard of a discussion in the next Senior Ministry program. Topics will include: motivations for giving, gifts to children vs. adults, when “gifts” are really not gifts, what is meant by being “gifted” (talented), gifts as Grace vs. gifts as entitlement, what the Bible says about gifts, the magic of gifts, and refusing gifts. Those who wish to have a personal copy: Amazon has choices from $.01 plus postage. Please sign up in the Narthex.
STEWARDSHIP Thank you for your continued commitment and support of the mission and ministry of St. Francis. If you have not yet made your pledge, pledge cards are available on the table in the narthex. To make a pledge via email please send your name, total annual amount pledged for the year, and amount and frequency of payment (weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WANTED – MISSION HELPERS Over the course of the year, there are many outreach activities that require ad hoc volunteers. The Mission Committee is seeking to refresh our list of people who are willing to help if available. If you would like to be on the list, please email Dick Welch at email@example.com or Kathy Diehl at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information (email and/or phone number) or sign up on the sheet in the Narthex.