upcoming community activities
Episcopal Church 101 (Sacrament of Confirmation/Reception training): anyone interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation/Reception in the Episcopal Church, or simply learning more about the Episcopal Church is welcome to join a group that will be meeting four to five times during the next few weeks. The meetings will be held after the 10:00am service on Sundays (11:30am-12:30pm) and will meet on the following days: February 25, March 3 & 24, and April 14, with April 21 reserved as a make-up meeting. Anyone interested in the class or seeking additional information should contact Pat Perkins.
First Sunday Conversations: Please join us next Sunday, (March 3, 2024) at 9:00 a.m. (between the services) as we welcome Bishop Mark Beckwith to lead us on a conversation of spirituality in our lives. Mark has visited nearly every church in the Diocese and shared his wisdom of spirituality and prayer, and we are excited to welcome him to St. Francis! He will be with us again on Sunday, March 17th for a follow-up visit with more information. Bishop Beckwith is the retired Bishop of Newark, and was previously the rector of All Saints’ Church, Worcester. We hope you can join us at 9:00 a.m. on March 3rd!
Lenten Book Study: the group study of Mark McIntosh’s book, “Mysteries of Faith” will meet during the season of Lent on Wednesday evenings in the library. We will meet from 6:30-8:00pm on the following Wednesdays: February 21 & 28, and March 6, 13, 20, & 27. For those unable to join the group on Wednesday evenings, there will be information and reflections shared on the rector’s web blog. For more information, please see the “Lenten Worship & Programs” booklet or contact Pat Perkins.
Women’s Retreat, Saturday March 2, 9:00-2:30. Please join us as we gather to share our stories, create, reflect, and envision ways to strengthen our bonds with Christ and one another. We have received an offer from someone who would like to make lunch for us! Dairy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, and vegan options will be available. A $10 donation is suggested to help cover the cost of lunch, snacks, drinks, and supplies. Please sign-up in the narthex and speak with Deacon Jane, Susan Bastardo, Elizabeth Carroll, Kathy Dixon, or Carolyn Schmidt if you have any questions.
Refreshment Sunday is Coming Up, March 10! Plan to stay after the 10 am service and enjoy breakfast, complete with eggs, homefries, pancakes, sausages, and more! Also known as Laetare Sunday (Laetare is Latin for rejoice,) this is a day to relax some of the penitential feel of Lent and look with joy toward Easter, only three weeks away. Signing up in the Narthex helps us to plan. Suggested donation is $5.
Children’s Holy Week Program: Saturday March 23rd (aka Palm Saturday), 10:00-1:00. This program for church school aged children (Pre-k to grade 5) will use music, crafts, and drama to focus on the events of Holy Week in a child-friendly way. Parents do not need to stay, but are welcome to join in! Kids should pack a (nut-free) lunch. Drinks and cookies will be provided. Please speak with Susan Bastardo, Jena DelCid, or Laurie Sanchez if you have any questions. A sign-up sheet is available in the narthex.
“WE ARE GIVERS, BEARING WITNESS TO CHRIST’S LOVE.”
FEBRUARY MISSION MATTERS:
SPRING TED TALK SERIES: Mission Ministries is happy to present the 2024 Spring TED Talk Series entitled, “ON FAITH, DOUBT, AND JOY”. Join the conversation on the relation between faith, doubt, and joy in our Christian life. Our first talk will take place on Friday,
March 8th at 7PM in Fellowship Hall where you will hear a (14) minute talk by Lesley Hazelton, who calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith ---- and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds. Hazelton is a British-American author whose work focuses on the intersection and interactions between politics and religion. A discussion with a guest speaker yet to be determined will follow. Feel free to bring your friends. Light refreshments will be served. Our second and third talks will take place on April 5th and May 3rd. A Pizza Party will precede the May 3rd talk. We hope that you will join us for these fellowship opportunities. Fliers are on the long table in the Narthex or can be found by clicking here.
SAVE THE DATE: Join us on Palm Sunday, March 24th for our Heifter Living Gift Market. More details to follow.
FOOD OF THE MONTH: Canned tuna or chicken.
THANK YOU! A big thank you from Catherine Nash and the clients of Aids Project Worcester for your donations of Dunkin Hope for Housing Cards and loose cash. These donations along with those of other supporters have provided coffee to the clients of APW every Thursday for the past year!