upcoming community activities
Updated: 14 January 2021
Call to Annual Meeting of St. Francis Episcopal Church, Holden, Massachusetts, to be held in the church parking lot on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Participation via teleconference (Zoom link) will be available.
All parishioners attending via Zoom (including those in the parking lot, but using your smart device) will be asked to RSVP, using this link: https://tinyurl.com/StFrancis2021AnnualMeeting
After registering for the meeting, via the link, you will be sent an email with additional information. The email you receive will contain your personal link to the meeting. Please save this email to attend the meeting! Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Dawn Rooke or Patrick Perkins.
FINANCIAL UPDATE - PLEDGING & BUDGET FOR 2021: The Stewardship Committee would like to thank all those who have made a pledge of financial commitment to our St. Francis community for the coming year, 2021. Our financial goals to achieve a “fully funded budget” are approximately 120 pledges and about $290,000. To date we have received 96 pledges, representing $256,271. If you have not yet pledged and would like to do so, we ask that you make your commitment as soon as possible so your generous donation may be included in our budget planning process. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact a member of the vestry, or members of the Finance or Stewardship Committees. Thank you!
JANUARY GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
1) ST. FRANCIS FOOD DRIVE: During the month of February the food drive will be held on the second Saturday of the month. When the weather gets better in April, we will resume bimonthly collections. The next Food Drive will be on Saturday February 13th from 9:30 to 11:30. (Please note the time change). The Food Pantries’ stock of food and supplies is very low. This includes Mustard Seed, Abby’s House and the Wachusett Food Pantry. Dismas Farm and Walking Together continue to need donations. Donations of money can be made by making a check directly to the service organization that you wish to support and send it to St. Francis to the attention of Julie Russell. If anyone would like their donations picked up, contact Julie at email@example.com or 508-981-2866 or Jane Griesbach at Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) HOPE FOR HOUSING CARDS: Mission Ministries has resumed the sale of these cards which benefit the Central Mass Housing Alliance. Purchasing these cards COSTS YOU NOTHING. You get the full value of the card with the vendor contributing between 2% and 10% of the value of the card to CMHA. Orders can be placed by filling out the order form, available here or emailing Julie Russell with your order. The January order deadline has passed. Thank you to those who ordered. The February deadline is Sunday February 7th. Payment is due on pick up of the cards by check made payable to “CMHA” or cash. Pick up will be on Saturday Feb. 13th in the church parking lot between 9:30 and 11:00. Alternate pick up arrangements can be made by contacting Julie Russell at the above.
3) SUPPORT TWO SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS WITH ONE PURCHASE: We are very pleased to announce that Hope for Housing Cards to Big Y, Shaws, Stop and Shop or CVS can be purchased for donation to Abby’s House and the Mustard Seed. The cards will be used by the staff of these organizations to purchase items to stock the food pantries and a percentage of the value of the card will be donated to CMHA! We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. There is a line on the form to purchase HFHC to designate cards that are being purchased for this purpose.
4) Change the Babies – Mampong Babies Home, Ghana: Mission Ministries is offering another opportunity if you choose to participate. Turn your spare change into help for the Change the Babies program. You may pick up a donation jar at Donation Days and our Annual Meeting. Just add your spare change and when full, return to the parish. The program supports the Mampong Babies Home in Ghana. The Anglican Church takes in babies who have lost their mother in childbirth. These precious children are living their first four or five years of life at the Babies Home. At that time their fathers are able to receive them back into the family. Cloth diapers are used and washed every day for approximately 25 children! Deacon Jane has worked at this home in past years and can attest to how wonderfully it is run. Our diocese supports this initiative along with several parishes.
Senior Ministry: Daytime Fellowship via Zoom will meet twice per month on Wed. from 10-11 a.m. (meeting Wed. Jan. 20th, Feb. 3 and 17th, March 3 and 17th) Updates will follow. Join us for conversation and to find out how we are anticipating a more positive 2021. Information for joining us is sent out on the Tuesday prior to Zoom gathering date.
Indoor Worship (Live Streaming): We have started worshiping indoors by live-streaming. We are hoping our experiences in live-streaming will assist us as we prepare to welcome folks back into the worship space in the coming weeks; seating will be limited based on state and diocesan guidelines. We will keep everyone up to date in the days ahead. To view the live streaming worship on Facebook, please follow the link: https://tinyurl.com/StFrancis-FaceBookLive
Outdoor Morning Prayer: Saturday mornings at 9:00 in the church parking lot. In the event of severe weather, the service will be cancelled. Donation drives (every other week) will be held rain or shine.