Lisa’s Thursday Announcements:
Join us this Sunday as the church will be decorated for Christmas at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome and appreciated.
This month’s choir practice schedule is as follows:
Dec 9 - Adult Choir 9 a.m., Little Angels 9:30 a.m.
Dec 16 – No Choir (this is a change)
Dec 23- Adult Choir 9 a.m., Little Angels Choir at 9:30 a.m.
We are seeking two family groups at the 8 o’clock service and one family group at the 10 o’clock service to sign up for special prayer readings during the Sundays in Advent. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.
The 2018 Flower Chart is in the Narthex. Please take a look and add or cross out any changes you need to make for 2019.
The ECW will host its Christmas Cookie Exchange on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. to fill tins for our shut-ins. Participants will leave with their own variety of two dozen cookies. Please bring fourdozen cookies to share and an additional container to take home. Tins for the shut-ins are provided. Call Barb Manasek at (308) 436-7767 with questions.
Barn Anew invites parishioners of St Francis to a celebration of Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Cookies and punch will be served. I if you would like to bring a plate of your favorites to share, please do. Adults only please. RSVP to (308) 632-8647. Come spend an afternoon in the country, surrounded with the Christmas spirit, good friends, good food, music and cheer. If you need a ride please let us know. Barn Anew Bed and Breakfast off of Old Oregon Trail Road west of Scottsbluff.
The Big Sing is coming up on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Scottsbluff. Be sure to plan for this annual holiday treat.
Here is a downloadable Powerpoint version of the 2018 Parish Annual Meeting Presentation. Click to download and view this presentation.
It was another great Thanksgiving Celebration with our sister church Holy Apostles in Mitchell, NE. Approximately 60 gathered for a feast of turkey, ham, stuffing, potatoes & gravy, and about a thousand other dishes and desserts! It was a fantastic time. Thanks to everyone who cooked, served, cleaned, and participated in any way!
1) We had some great conversations about music last Sunday, and the goals going forward are:
2) Check out our new portable room dividers in the Parish Hall! As we grow, there will be increasing demands for meeting and educational space. Dividers are one way to use the space we have in creative ways. They are easy to use, and I encourage you to use them any time the Parish Hall has multiple groups gathered.
3) School starts today, which means Sunday School is right around the corner. The schedule will be:
1) Looking for a ministry? We would love to have you volunteer on Sundays and serve as an Usher (greet people and take collection), Lector (read the lessons), Intercessor (say the prayers), Choir (sing!), or Eucharistic Minister (pass out communion). No experience necessary. Pay commensurate with experience :) To get enlisted and trained, contact Rosemary and Fr. Mark at email@example.com
2) Calling all youth! If you are entering grades 4-12 next year you are invited to attend the amazing DioNeb Camp Canterbury July 24-28. We are providing transportation to and from, and everyone can get at least a partial scholarship. I am telling you, Church Camp changes lives and builds lifelong friendships, and I strongly encourage our kids to attend. Here's a link to register or for more information http://campcanterbury.episcopal-ne.org
3) The next Deanery Meeting if Wednesday, May 31st in Alliance. We carpool and leave from St. Francis at 5:00PM. Deanery meetings are clergy and laity together for food, conversation, and teaching. This month's program is The Restoration Project, with speaker Fr. Christopher Martin of San Francisco. Should be fun. All are welcome, just RSVP to the office, or let Fr. Mark or Sr. Warden Jane Hunter know so we make sure we have enough cars going.
4) So many people to thank! First, thanks for everyone who showed by and participated in our work day! We got TONS done and had a blast doing it! Second, thanks to everyone who helped with Rae's wonderful birthday party? I heard so many great comments and everyone had such a fun time!
1) Youth & Compassion Sunday! This year, Youth Sunday and Compassion Sunday fall on the same week, and so we will enjoy the ministry gifts of our own middle and high school students during both services, and have a word or two from Peggy about joining with Compassion International to assist needy children around the world. This will be a fun and energetic and deeply meaningful worship.
2) Barb tells me there are 75 signed up for Saturday's Mother-Daughter Brunch! This is an amazing number for our parish, and I know the moms and daughters are looking forward to a super fun morning together!
3) Mark your calendars for May 13th, our Parish Work Day 9AM-noon. Everyone can help with something, and our building folks have plenty of tasks. This is always a great chance to spruce things up and, just as importantly, share some time working with others who love this parish.