FATHER MARK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
1) To Vaccine or Not to Vaccine? Honestly, I don’t tell folks what to do on most of these controversial issues — everybody makes their own decisions. I personally believe the vaccines are safe and effective and my choice was to get both shots as soon as they were available to me, and as a consequence I feel very safe and protected. You may be in the same position, or you may feel safe without the vaccine. Or you may have been vaccinated but still want to take extra precautions — no worries about any of that. I do want to say that at some not-too-distant future date we will decide that everyone who wants to be vaccinated will have been able to do so, and everyone who doesn’t won’t, and we will begin to relax some of our safety measures around gathering together. Not quite yet, but please be aware this is the conversation we are having with the Vestry and the Bishop.
2) Speaking of which, I spoke with the Bishop yesterday and here is the schedule for his upcoming visitation to St. Francis on Wednesday, May 19th:
3) We are getting ready to resume our Laundry Love Ministry, which we began in 2019 in cooperation with our friends at First Presbyterian Church and in which we bring quarters and supplies and offer free laundry to anyone coming to one of a designated local laundromat at the announced day and time. This ministry has been extremely popular with everyone involved and as we begin again, we are interested in your thoughts. Please use this link to give us your thoughts: https://saintf.breezechms.com/form/7c1eec
Lorrie Joplin April 23 Suzi Calder April 28
Christian Moreno April 23 Christie Shaver April 28
Erik Peterson April 24
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St. Francis Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 1201
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Forward Day by Day Booklets
We just received the Forward Day by Day’s for May, June and July in regular and large print.
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April 22nd, 2021 National Days
National Jelly Bean Day
Who can resist a handful of sweet jelly beans on National Jelly Bean Day? Well on April 22nd each year, you really don’t have to resist at all. As a celebration, enjoying them is a must!
While candies made in a similar manner existed before the jelly bean, Boston confectioner William Schrafft made them popular during the Civil War. With their firm exterior, jelly beans were the first candies sold by the pound. Schrafft encouraged his customers to send them to Union soldiers.
In the 1930s, jelly beans became closely associated with the Easter holiday thanks to their egg-like shape. However, confectioners make jelly beans available all year long now. So, there’s no excuse not to enjoy them if you have a craving at any time of the year.
The 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, enjoyed jelly beans so much that they were present at his inauguration. He started eating them when he quit smoking years before. The Herman Goelitz Candy Company supplied red, white and blue jelly beans for the 1980 event. At the time, the company didn’t produce blue jelly beans. They created a blueberry jelly bean for the first time, especially for the inauguration.
National Jelly Bean Day History
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this sweet treat holiday.
National Teach Children to Save Day
Each year in April, National Teach Children to Save Day encourages children to develop good saving habits.
Bankers across the country volunteer every year to teach children to save. Developing these habits at a young age creates a foundation for a lifetime of saving. Involving our children with a savings plan, and money management skills prepare them for a solid future. Parents should teach children about financial matters so that when they head out into the world they avoid pitfalls that can be financially devastating. With an early start on saving and an understanding of budgeting their money, children will have solid habits as they head into adulthood.
The day offers tools and resources through events across the country.
How to observe Teach Children to Save Day
Find an event near you. You can also start projects at home that encourage your children to save. Help your children develop the skills they will need for a lifetime. Try these tips to get started.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a fun project to celebrate the day
National Teach Children to Save Day History
Sponsored by the American Bankers Association, National Teach Children To Save Day has been helping young people since 1997 when the program started.
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