1) On Sunday we collected right at $2,000 for flood relief, which we forwarded to the Bishop this morning. My sincere thanks to everyone who donated. Just one more example of how generous and loving this parish is!
2) As our Enchilada Sale heads into the home stretch, here's what you can do. If you don't already have a sales sheet, you can pick one up at church or download one using the link below. Next, purchase several dozens for yourself and family members, and sell more dozens to your friends and co-workers. Then, when you have sold as many as you can, turn in your sales sheet along with the money to the church office. We will be producing the enchiladas on Saturday, April 13th, and you can pick up your packaged dozens for delivery that day or Sunday. Our refrigerator/freezer space is a little tight, so the sooner you pick them up the better. Thanks to Sara and all who are making this a fun and successful fundraiser!
A message from Collette
Palm Cross Workshop will be held on Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please bring scissors, a small cutting board and a paring knife.
A message from Nancy:
The United Thank Offering is a way for each person to express tangible thanks to God. United with the prayers and offerings of Episcopalians, its ministry reaches around the world to meet compelling human need and to expand the mission and ministry of the church. Prayer and offering are our response to God's love as experienced in our lives.
A message from Jen Baird, our Treasurer
Did you know that you can create auto payments online for your pledge? Visit www.saintf.org and choose "give" at the top right. Follow the prompts to enroll.
Useful info for Lectors:
Did you know that you can go to the homepage of our church website to see the readings for Sunday? What a handy way to prepare for ministry duties when serving as Lector and Intercessor!
To the left of Fr. Mark’s video of his sermon, you will see a little icon that says “preparing for Sunday.” Click on it and it will take you to the readings. The church pays $1 a week for this service, so be sure to take advantage of it. http://www.saintf.org
Holy Week Schedule of Services
Sunday of the Passion - Palm Sunday, April 14, at 8 a.m.
Sunday of the Passion - Palm Sunday, April 14, at 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m.
Good Friday, April 19, at noon
Good Friday, April 19, at 6 p.m.
The Great Vigil, April 20, at 8 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 21, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunt, April 21, at 9 a.m.
Lisa’s Office Schedule
Mondays 8 am - 1:15 pm
Tuesdays 3-5 pm
Thursdays 10 am -1:15 pm
Fridays 11 am -12:30 pm
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.