From Fr. Mark
1) Camp Canterbury! Parents of youth grades 4-12, don't forget to sign your child up for Camp here (http://campcanterbury.episcopal-ne.org). Scholarships are available. If you don't have a child going, but would like to donate to help send kids, you can do so at church on Sunday, or make a secure donation here (https://saintf.breezechms.com/give/online). Just make a note "Camp" and our treasurer will know what to do. As always, I give thanks for the great generosity of this parish. It is truly unique in my experience.
2) I'm back in the pulpit this week as LaClaire is traveling to Sidney and Harrisburg with Mo. Karen. I have heard many compliments on LaClaire's sermon last week, and I agree. She has a bright future in the church and will no doubt be a fine priest and rector.
3) Don't forget to send us any updated contact info and a new picture if you like. We will be printing new Parish Directories in July.
4) Also, because many have requested it, in July you will receive a Quarterly Giving Statement. If we have a working email for you, we will send it that way. If not, we will send out a hard copy. When you receive it, please look it over and call the office with any mistakes or questions. We work hard to keep accurate and timely records.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.