September 15, 2022
FROM REV. ERIN
Dear People of Saint Francis,
Earlier this week, we held our first vestry meeting since my arrival. Among the topics of discussion was the possibility of resuming two worship services. I've heard voices on both sides of the issue. Many expressed appreciation for the opportunity to connect with others they wouldn't normally see on a Sunday morning. Others expressed a desire to return to old patterns and practices.
In order to reflect more fully on questions related to worship, I plan to take a two-fold approach over the course of several months. The first component will be a written survey. The second component will be a series of discussion questions. My hope is that these two approaches will give every voice the opportunity to be heard and every heart the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of worship. The survey and discussion questions will be developed this month. The survey will be available beginning in early October and discussion sessions will be held later that month. Our discussions will likely take place during coffee hour following Sunday worship; however, if there is enough interest I'm willing to host an evening session as well. All information will be thoughtfully reviewed. I hope to share the results, as well as any scheduling changes, by early November. This will give us time to communicate those changes to different constituencies and allow groups impacted by those changes to plan for their program needs.
As in all things, I commend our parish family and this discernment process to your prayers.
From the office--Ann’s Announcements
Bill Mann September 19
Margaret Pepper September 20
Jeane Anderson September 21
Amy Wisniewski September 23
Greg Suhr September 24
Please take a moment to fill out a name tag in the Narthax
Let’s help Rev. Erin get to know us!!
Name tag holders and their inserts are available for you now, in the basket in the Narthax. You may leave the tags here on the bulletin board or bring them back for continued use over the next few months.
Sunday School classes have started as of Sunday, September 11th.
Our “Godly Play” class includes 5-10 yrs. Our preteen/early Teen Bible Study will include 11-15 year olds. If your family is new to the church or has not be in church for the past year, please call the church office at 632-4626 Ext. 3, to help us place your child in the right class. Parents are welcome at anytime to attend your child’s Sunday School class and observe.
Attention all Acolytes:
For the next several Sundays, we will be taking measurements for new acolyte robes, immediately after the service. Measurements will be done in the acolyte robing room.
If you are currently an acolyte or interested in becoming an acolyte—please come and get measured for a new robe!
Prayer Requests * Please make sure your request is received by Wednesday of each week.
You may call (308) 632-4626 (leave a message), email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
St. Francis Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 1201
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Forward Day by Day Booklets
We have the Forward Day by Day’s for August-September in regular and large print. If you’d like one of these mailed to you, please email or call the church.
Rev. Erin Rath
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