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Fall Clean-Up – Saturday, December 3 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Fall has come and all the leaves are down, it’s time to clear them off the grounds. Join me (Doug Rayworth, Property Committee) for a few hours December 3, 2016, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. to clear the leaves off our properties. I will be at the church at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts. Please bring your fall yard tools…rakes, leaf blowers, sturdy gloves, etc. Thanks.
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STEWARDSHIP Thank you to all who have made a financial pledge and for your continued commitment and support of the mission and ministry of St. Francis.  If you have not received a pledge card, they are available on the table in the narthex.

LETTER TO THE EPHESIANS: A Tuesday morning Bible Study during Advent! Please join us in the Library during the Tuesdays of Advent, from 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m., as we make our way through the Letter to the Ephesians. This early church letter was meant to give people hope and instruction on living life as a Christian in a divided and rapidly changing world…sound familiar! We will read and reflect on the letter’s assurance that Christ’s death and resurrection brings redemption and creates a new and unified community. We will gather on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. on November 29, and December 6, 13, and 20. Please join us for one, two or all of our gatherings! A sign-up may be found in the narthex…any questions, please contact Patrick.

ADVENT MIDWEEK GATHERINGSThe Redemption Of Scrooge: This Advent please set aside some time during the middle of your busy week 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 & salad. After our time of dinner and conversation, we will begin our seasonal study at 6:00 p.m., watching short videos and discussing readings from Matt Rawle’s series, “The Redemption of Scrooge.” Each evening will conclude with a contemplative celebration of Holy Eucharist in the church. Please sign up to join us on November 30, and December 7, 14, and 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. A separate sign-up to bring food will also be located in the narthex.

CASSANDRA CLEMENTE’S SUMMER SCHOOL PROJECT IN HAITI Last summer, our very own Cassandra Clemente received a grant by the Mission Committee to partially fund a summer school program she designed for Tree of Hope, in Haiti.  Tree of Hope develops community, educational, and job opportunities with the people of Haiti.  We invite you to the First Sunday Conversations on Sunday, December 4th at 9:00 a.m. and listen to a presentation about her summer service experience and an update about her most recent trip to Haiti in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew.

ANNUAL HEIFER LIVING GIFT MARKET will be held on the weekend of December 3rd/4th following all worship services with live animals after the 10:00 a.m. service. Offered by Heifer Project, Rutland, MA. Take this opportunity to ‘purchase’ animals like pigs, chickens, or goat as a great alternative to commercial gifts. Give a gift that keeps on giving!

MILITARY CHRISTMAS CARDS:  Christmas cards for those serving in the military will be in the library after all services the weekend of December 10 -11. There will be a card for each military person for whom we have an address.  Each card will be in a box with the individual’s name on the front. Please stop by the library to sign the cards. When you sign each card, kindly place it back into the same box from which it was taken. This insures that family members of that military service person can add personal notes & know that they are in the correct card. Your time and thoughtfulness will go a long way to letting these folks know they are remembered and appreciated.  If you have placed a name on the prayer list, and have not been contacted for updated military address information, please let Ruth Webb know: ruthpwebb@aol.com. Thank you for your care and support.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING AND POT-LUCK – Sunday, December 18th. We’ll meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. and travel to Holden Nursing Home for caroling. Then we’ll return to the church for a pot-luck supper. Please sign-up on the sheet on the table in the narthex if you would like to contribute to the pot-luck.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24th

3:00 & 4:30 p.m. Family Eucharist with Pageant

9:00 p.m. Candlelight Eucharist with Choir

Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25th

10:00 a.m. Christmas Day Spoken Eucharist

THE MUSTARD SEED MINISTRY is seeking anyone who would like to join the St. Francis Team 2017. Volunteers are needed:

  • to grocery shop for a hot meal that is cooked at the church. A list is provided. The commitment is 2-3 times per year.
  • for cooking at St. Francis, on the second Wednesday of each month. A hearty chicken casserole is prepared for 200 plus quests. Commitment is 2-2.5 hrs. 2-3 times a year.
  • to pick up the cooked food at St. Francis at 4:45, deliver to the Mustard Seed in Worcester and help serve the dinner. No clean up needed! Commitment 1.5 hrs 2-3 times per year.

The Mustard Seed is a soup kitchen that St. Francis has served for over 35 years. It is rewarding ministry , and the need is great.

Please contact Nancy Pope with any questions, npope194@gmail.com or (508)829-5564.

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