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Updated: 15 April 2021

Virtual Visit with Abby’s House: Please join us for a visit via zoom with Kelly Whalen, Director of
Development at Abby’s House, on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Kelly asked to meet with our
parish in order to express heartfelt thanks for our ongoing mission partnership. She will also give us a
“Virtual Tour” of the largest of four buildings, discuss Abby’s mission and values and plans for the future,
and answer our questions. The zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89815650663?pwd=VlQ5ajVBYUsrd0dpWXZpS29kRmU3UT09

Meeting ID: 898 1565 0663
Passcode: 522395
Dial by your location  +1 646 558 8656


ST. FRANCIS FOOD DRIVE: A great big thank you to everyone who dropped off donations last Saturday. Once again, your donations were overwhelming and greatly appreciated by the service organizations receiving them. The next Food Drive will be on Saturday, April 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Church Parking lot. The following are a list of Suggested Donations:

Mustard Seed: fresh potatoes, onions, tomatoes and broccoli

Abby’s House: chicken, vegetable or beef broth, low sodium, 32 oz or 64 oz sizes, 5lbs granulated sugar, quinoa

Food Pantry: instant coffee, instant tea, cereal, snacks and sides

Dismas Farm: canned chicken or tuna, pickles any type, Pam, black or kidney beans.

HOPE FOR HOUSING CARDS: The deadline for ordering cards in May is May 9th. Pick up will be on May 15th or 22nd at the Food Drives. Cards can be ordered by clicking here for the order form or contacting Julie Russell at 508-981-2866 or mrussell159@charter.net. The following cards are available for purchase: Big Y, Shaws, CVS, Stop & Shop, Dunkin’, and Panera’s.

CHANGE FOR MAMPONG BABIES: We continue to collect loose change to help the orphan babies at the MAMPONG orphanage in Ghana. We have rolled over $125 in change and have more to do. Please keep your donations coming. You can drop them off at the Food Drive or give to Elena when she is in the office.

SUPPORT TWO ORGANIZATIONS WITH ONE PURCHASE: Hope for Housing cards are still used by Mustard Seed and Abby’s House to supplement food donations. Mustard Seed uses Big Y cards and Abby’s uses Big Y or Shaws cards.



Senior Ministry: Daytime Fellowship on Wednesday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m. will be held outside in the Memorial Garden, weather permitting. Please bring a seat (there are some bench seats there) and something to drink. Snacks will be provided! We have permission to do this providing we keep appropriate distance and wear a mask. Should weather not permit, we will revert to Zoom. Information for Zoom will be provided on Tues, April 20, but it will not activate if we are able to meet outside. 


New project by Senior Ministry: Members of Senior Ministry invite anyone at St. Francis who wishes to join us in setting up a process for an outdoor Little Free Library. As soon as weather permits, a wooden "library" structure will be placed at a site under discussion at present. Plans are for it to be available to all at St. Francis as well as residents in the neighborhood. We encourage your input and help in setting up a plan for selecting books, maintaining the library, etc. If you are interested in assisting, please contact one of following:

Deacon Jane:  jane.griesbach@gmail.com

Anita Collins:  anita@anitacollins.com

Marge Tremblay:  mbtremb@charter.net




FILM SERIES: The Third presentation in our Film Series, “Let’s Talk About Hope...” will be entitled, “ENDING POVERTY ONCE AND FOR ALL” by Teva Sienicki. Discussion will be facilitated by Michael Boover of the Mustard Seed and Nancy Pope. It will take place on Friday May 14th from 7 to 8 PM.  Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/StFrancisFriFilmSeries. Hope to see you all there.

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