The Ordination of the Rev. Dr. Andrew Harmon
Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 14th at 7:00pm. On behalf of the Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller (Diocese of Milwaukee), the Rt. Rev. Samuel S. Rodman (Diocese of North Carolina) will ordain our Assistant Rector, the Rev. Dr. Andrew Harmon, to the priesthood here at St. Francis! Join us for a time of joyful celebration. A light reception will follow the Eucharist.
Deck the Halls
Join fellow Franciscans in the greening of the Church on Saturday, December 23rd beginning at 9:00am when we will hang wreaths, drape garlands and polish pews until the church gleams and smells like a pine forest. This is a wonderful tradition that transforms the church from Advent to Christmas. It’s a big task and there’s something for everyone to do – families, oldsters, youngsters & teens can all have a part. Bring rags and furniture polish, old garden gloves, small hammers and wire cutters. We’ll celebrate our efforts with cider and cookies. See you there!
Our Christmas Pageant will be on Sunday, December 24th during the 9:15am service. ALL CHILDREN are welcome to participate! While a few key roles will be assigned, all other children are invited to come at 8:45am, choose their role, put on their costumes, and be a part of this pageant!
Adult Education and Formation
Sunday Mornings at 9:15am in the Parish Hall
||The Reverend Milton C. Williams, Jr.
Life of St. Francis
||Christmas Pageant - Sanctuary
||No Christian Formation
On January 7 we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lord’s Epiphany. "Epiphany" comes from the Greek word meaning "appearance" or "manifestation." It is during this church season that we recognize the appearance of the Christ child to the Magi and to the broader Gentile world. According to Matthew’s gospel, the Magi journeyed from far-off lands, guided only by a star, to see where the newborn Jesus lay. Throughout this season, I invite us to journey with the Magi to Bethlehem, to reimagine that scene of straw and smiles and infant cries. Ultimately, I pray the Epiphany season will be a time for us to gaze upon our Lord, our God, and our faith, with new eyes. Our Adult Education and Formation during Epiphany will offer three distinct opportunities for spiritual nourishment.
|Sundays in the Parish Hall from 9:15am–10:15am. As we journey alongside the Magi to the Christ child, our Adult Forums will focus on what it looks like to walk the ways of the faithful. We will watch a cinematic depiction of our patron saint; we will think together about saintly ideals and virtues; and we will learn new ways to pray and consider scripture in light of those who have come before.
||No forum this Sunday.
||Viewing of The Flowers of Saint Francis (1950). This film, from director by Roberto Rosellini, affords a picturesque portrayal of the life and ministry of Saint Francis. After each viewing we will have time for brief conversation to consider how we, as those who bear the saint’s name, might embody our faith in a spirit of Saint Francis. This week will cover the first portion of the film.
||Completion of The Flowers of Saint Francis (1950).
||"The Origins of Christian Monasticism", Dr. Derek Krueger, Professor of Religious Studies, UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Krueger will offer us some historical examples of Christian piety and devotion leading up to the person of Francis of Assisi.
||No forum this Sunday.
||"Can the saints still speak?", The Rev. Dr. Andrew Harmon. Fr. Drew will conclude our Adult Forum time in Epiphanytide by facilitating a conversation on the relevance of the lives of the saints for our 21st-century context.
Small-Group Book Study
||Sundays in the Gold Room from 9:15am–10:15am. Co-led by Fr. Drew and Participants. What does it look like follow after God? If you’ve ever felt frustrated, apathetic, or ambivalent about the ways in which your faith shapes your life, join us. Together we will look at Rowan Williams’s recent book, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life, and think through issues of forgiveness, holiness, and faith in society. Copies of the book will be made available on our first Sunday (January 7). This group will meet every Sunday during Epiphany.
Lectionary at Lunch
|Wednesdays in the Gold Room from 12:00pm–12:45pm. Led by Fr. Drew. One of the distinctive beauties of our Episcopal spirituality is our use of the lectionary—a collection of scripture texts appointed for worship. But sometimes our preferences creep in, causing us to wonder what one text has to do with another. At other times, our given readings might strike us as curious, even offensive. You are invited to bring your lunch as we explore each week’s readings in more depth. This group will meet every Wednesday during Epiphany.
|Personal Prayer. With the desire to live more into the spirit of St. Francis, the church is making available The St. Francis Prayer Book for your personal devotion throughout Epiphany. A limited number of these prayer books are available in the church office. Donations appreciated.
Youth Christian Formation
Sunday School is 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!
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 contact our Director of Children's and Youth Ministry, at email@example.com.