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Joyfully Join Us on the Journey!

It’s Stewardship Season... one of Carole/Rick/Chris' favorite seasons of the Church year! This time of year we are particularly reminded of all the blessings we have in our lives as we are sure you are aware of yours. How can one think of blessings and St Francis not be at the top of your list?

Good Stewardship is necessary for us as a community of faith to be healthy, as well as to accomplish all that God has called us to do. When we practice stewardship we are being good shepherds of all we are called to care for. As we know, loving Jesus is much more about doing the work of ministry – making sure we are taking care of our neighbors, who are less fortunate than we are, and people in our Parish who find themselves in the midst of a crisis – than long pious testimonies.

We are mission focused, this Stewardship season, looking at the "SHIPS" (ie: worship, leadership, discipleship, fellowship and, of course, stewardship) and what integral components they are to life at St. Francis. Join us on the journey as we seek to keep on rollin' into a new season for St. Francis.

Please look for pledge cards to be arriving at your house, or in the pew rack, which you can fill out & return via email, in the collection or on In-gathering Sunday, November 5th. You may also pledge online.

The Stewardship Committee, Carole Fisher, Rick Saunders & Chris Relos


Have you signed up to be included in our New Pictorial Directory?

DirectoryPlans are under way for the publication of a new pictorial directory! We would like every parishioner & regularly attending guest of St. Francis to have a professional Lifetouch portrait included in our new directory. We ask that you please take the opportunity to be part of this important connection tool for our church.

Photographs will be taken in the Parish Hall
October 17th-21st and October 26th-28th
2:00pm-8:40pm weekdays and 10:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays

Please go online at Pictorial Directory Online Scheduling to sign up or see the person making appointments after Church on Sundays at the courtyard entrance to the Church.

We encourage you to sign up early so that you can choose a
convenient time for your family.

Every family photographed will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait and a directory. Note: Only families who are photographed and in the directory will receive a copy. You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits at the same time.

***Special Note: Bring any non-perishable food item with you to your photography appointment and receive $5 off your portrait order.

Ongoing Events


Adult Christian Formation

Sunday Mornings at 9:15am in the Parish Hall

September:
24th The Rev. Earnest Graham, Canon for Regional Ministry in the Diocese of N.C.
We are one in Christ, Stronger Together
One of the extraordinary blessings of the Episcopal Church is that no church is alone. We are part of a larger body of Christ, and are able to do things together that we cannot on our own. Join Canon Graham as we discuss the ministry of St. Francis since calling Fr. Milton to serve and ask, ' how can the Diocese support and strengthen St. Francis in your mission as a church? And how can the Diocese connect you with others who share your passions for ministry?'

October:
1st Contemporary Worship Service
8th Vestry Town Hall Meeting
The Vestry will hold 'listening sessions', on Sunday October 8th, as their Town Hall Meeting format. It will occur during as the Adult Christian Formation hour, 9:15 a.m. Please go directly to the room that correlates to the first letter of your last name, for example: A-E will meet in the Parish Hall; F-J will meet in the Red Room; K-O will meet in the back of Cornerstone; P-S will meet in the Gold Room; and T-Z in the conference room of the office. Please come be a part, we need your input to continue to grow the life of St. Francis.
15th Steve Hayes, Director of Guilford Nonprofit Consortium
As we continue our conversation about making a greater impact through outreach in our community, Steve Hayes guides us through the maze of over 260 nonprofits in our county. As the director of the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, Steve has deep knowledge of all the agencies we currently support, and some we don’t— but should. He is also aware of St. Francis’ quest to make an impact in one of the areas that has resonated within our parish: housing, food, education, and health. Steve will talk about the state of nonprofits in Guilford County and specific ways that the community can support nonprofits in carrying out their vital missions. Join Steve for an informative session on where we can best spend our energy, and bring all your questions for a lively discussion!
22nd The Rev. Audra Abt, Greensboro Area Missioner for Intercultural Ministries
Immigration – Hearing the Stories
In her ministry as Greensboro Area Missioner, The Rev. Audra Abt has been invited into the lives of immigrants, refugees, and those who serve them in a close way. What she has learned is that beyond the political rhetoric and contentious debates about immigration policies are people, who in some ways visibly take part in our common life and in other ways may be invisible to many of us. As they strive to live faithfully with God and their neighbors and struggle to support their families, their stories take us beyond immigration as an issue and illuminate aspects of life in our region that may point us toward opportunities to respond with shared mission and ministry.
29th One City One Book Program – Hidden Figures Greensboro Public Library
Hidden Figures is the chosen selection from the first time voting for the One City, One Book selections. It is the untold story of a group of Black women mathematicians that helped with the space race and paved the way for other in the STEM fields. The film was hugely popular and the book provides more glimpses in the lives and accomplishments of these women.

***Be sure to stop by the Greensboro Public Library and pick up a book or audio book copy of Hidden Figures for our Adult Christian Formation book study and discussion of the state of racial issues in Greensboro and our response to this timely topic

November:
5th Contemporary Worship Service
12th The Rev. Audra Abt, Greensboro Area Missioner for Intercultural Ministries
19th Annual Meeting
26th Advent Wreath Making

December:
3rd Contemporary Worship Service
10th Max Carter - Retired Chaplain Guilford College
17th The Reverend Milton C. Williams, Jr.
24th Christmas Pageant - Sanctuary
31st No Christian Formation

Youth Christian Formation

Godly Play
Godly Play will be continuing in the Fall, beginning September 10th at 9:15am. During Godly Play each week, children aged PreK-5th Grade are invited to experience this Montessori-style faith formation program. This formation hour will also include a Chapel experience, so that children will know the lectionary readings for the day, and the flow of the church service. Godly Play will meet in Classroom #2. Children will go directly from Godly Play into Sunday School.

Sunday School
Sunday School also begins SOON, on Sunday, September 10th! For preschoolers-5th graders, Sunday School will be during the 10:30 worship service. The classes are split into two groups, PreK-2nd grade, and 3rd-5th grade. The PreK-2nd Grade class meets in Classroom #7/9, while the 3rd-5th Grade class meets just across the hall in Classroom #10. The goal of our Sunday School curriculum is to teach children the way of Christ in the church and in the world, and to give them a solid grounding for their lifelong faith journey. Children begin in class and join their parents in the congregation for the celebration of Holy Eucharist at the Peace.

Our Middle School Sunday School and Cornerstone class (High School) meet at 9:15am. The Middle Schoolers meet in St. Mike's, and Cornerstone meets in the Cornerstone classroom, room #14/16. These classes continue on the faith foundations and journeys of our students, and foster spiritual leadership in our students--and usually include snacks!

Confirmation Class
Our Confirmation program will begin January 14th, and is open to all students in at least the 8th grade! We will meet right after the 10:30 worship service each week in St. Mike's, with lunch to be provided. If you would like to sign your student up for Confirmation, please email Amanda Owens at amanda@stfrancisgreensboro.org.

 
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