From Fr. Mark
1) OK, I know last week I announced that our Annual Parish Meeting would be at 11:30 a.m. as in years past, but then I was reminded that at last year's Annual Meeting, we voted to try something different this year. That's where the eggs come in. We voted last year to hold a single worship service at 9:00 a.m. on January 27th, followed by a potluck brunch. So grab your casserole dish, your crockpot, your bread maker, and/or your fruit slicer and bring something to share with what will be a big and raucous crowd on Jan 27th. We estimate there is oven space to cook or warm 5-6 dishes while the service is happening, so please plan accordingly. REMEMBER -- ONE SERVICE AT 9:00 FOLLOWED BY A BRUNCH POTLUCK SUNDAY, JAN 27TH!! The whole format is changing for the better, and I promise you it will be both different and fun. Don't miss it!
2) Volunteer Training Scheduled -- on Saturday, Jan 26th at 9 a.m. we will hold a short training for our worship volunteers -- Ushers, Lectors, Intercessors, and LEM's (Eucharistic Ministers). Everyone currently serving in any of these ministries, or anyone interested in serving, should plan to be present. Coffee provided. One hour tops.
3) BIG CHANGES to our north entrance this week! Rick and Steve and their crew have started the construction of our Narthex Expansion, and estimate this phase of the project will take 2-3 weeks to complete. During that time, we hope to keep the front doors open and usable on Sundays, but if that changes I will send everyone a heads-up. You may need to walk through some framing but the path will be clear and safe. If you typically park and enter from the south, you won't be affected.
Lisa’s Thursday Announcements:
Additionally, church events will be added to our WEBSITE calendar, including Youth Group, church meetings, baby and bridal showers, Bible studies, and more. If ever you need to know what is scheduled or whether the Parish Hall is available for your event, (beginning in February), look here: http://www.saintf.org/calendar1.html
To include your event, you will need to email the following information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by the STRICT deadline of Friday, Jan. 25.
When you do, please include the following information:
Host Name and phone number
Location (Parish Hall, Swimming Pool, Bowling Alley, etc.)
Start and End Time
List whether this is a private or church wide event
My new office hours are:
Tuesdays 10:15 am -1:15 pm
Wednesdays 8 am-1 pm
Thursdays 10:15 am -1:15 pm
Here’s to a joyous and fruitful 2019!
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.