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The Canticle The newsletter of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church

Fall 2019

Dear friends,  

What difference a year makes! When I was at my junior boarding school (what in England we refer to as a Prep School and not to be confused with our senior prep schools which are called Public schools which of course are not public!) we had a school motto in Latin which translated into the words ‘Not to go forwards is to go backwards’. St. Francis is certainly moving forwards…and at a pace! I consider it both a privilege and a joy to serve and lead St. Francis though this time of transition in preparation for the arrival of the new Rector. As Tim Root and the Search Committee begin to receive applications, we all need to be in prayer for them, asking God’s guidance and discernment for the entire committee so that ultimately God’s will for this church is lived out in the person ultimately called.  It is the hope and expectation that a new Rector will be chosen and called before Christmas and then we wait to see how long it will be before they can take up the reigns, six weeks, Easter, August we wait to see. In the meantime, we continue to move forward, growing in confidence, love and Christian maturity a Church committed to making the love of Jesus known to all.  Build-A-Bed, Alpha, a new Saturday evening service, guest preachers, retreats, a full panoply of children’s, youth and adult education programs and lots more besides and all whilst the church buildings and grounds continue to get a facelift. The energy, positivity and hope for the future is tangible and no more so than on Sunday mornings. Every weekend we are seeing new faces, visitors, and seekers and some old faces who have not crossed the threshold of St. Francis for some while. My sincere desire is that they not only receive a warm and heartfelt welcome, but they discern the presence of Jesus by his Holy Spirit in this place and in His people. At the end of the day all programs, buildings, projects, outreach etc. need to all point to one person, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior whom we seek make know and serve.  We

have

Good

News

to

share

and

as

you

read

through

this

Canticle, I

trust

that

you

will

be

encouraged, challenged to get involved more and excited for all that lies ahead for St. Francis this fall and for us as His church. Paul puts it best when in Philippians chapter three he writes, “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.

I pray that it may be so.

In Christs service    

The Rev. Simon Barnes Interim Rector


This Fall at St. Francis NEW MEMBERS GATHERING By Bishop Russ Jacobus

IMPORTANT DATES Fall Service Schedule begins September 15

If you have started to attend St. Francis in the Fields in the last 6 months or so, or you have returned after some

Holy Eucharist: Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 8, 9,

time away, let’s get together and talk about how St.

and 11:15 a.m.  

Francis can be of significant support for your spiritual

Adult Education at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School for all

growth and development, and how you can become a

ages at 10:15 a.m.

more involved member of our Christian community.   I

Tuesday Bible Study begins September 10,

will also take this opportunity to answer any questions

9:30—11:30 a.m.  

you might have about the Christian faith, the Episcopal

Wednesday Night Schedule

Church, or St. Francis in particular.   We will gather during the adult education time at 10:15 on Sunday,

Alpha begins September 11, 5:45—7:45 p.m. 

September 29th in Room 201 and 202.

Optional Dinner at 5:45 p.m. Classes & Small Groups at 6:30 p.m.  Children & Youth Classes at 6:30 p.m. 

St. Francis Day Celebration

GARDENING GROUP FORMING

Sunday, October 6. 10 a.m. We will celebrate

In the fall, new plantings are being installed to refurbish

St. Francis Day with a special service at 10 a.m. and 

the beds around the church building. A group is forming

a celebration to follow in Graves Hall.  

to care for areas on the grounds that need weeding,

Recital and Choral Evensong 

pruning, and general tending. We will meet on Saturday morning, periodically, in the fall, spring, and summer. If

The first Sunday of each month beginning Sunday,

you would like to join us  please call Betsy and John

October 6 at 5 p.m.

Penta at (502) 896-4697.

encouraging

messages

and

Bible

verses

on

the

bed

slats!

Treasure:

Donations are needed! Our children raised

over $200  during Vacation Bible School, but we still need to raise $2,800 for the raw materials. 

We also

need donations of bedding – pillows, twin bed sheet There are children in Jefferson County that do not have

sets, pillow cases, teddy bears and books. All donated

a place to sleep. During our annual Build-a-Bed event,

bedding must be brand new and gender neutral.   You

we will build 30 beds for school-aged children in our

can sponsor a bed (see below). Sign up in the Narthex

community who are in need.

or contact Alison Kemper or Jennifer Grady for more

There is something for

everyone to do! We will need time, talent and treasure!

information.

Time:

Sponsorship levels:

Right after the 10 a.m. service on September 8,

we will meet in Graves Hall to share a meal and then

King Bed: $500

we will build 30 beds!

Twin Bed: $300

Talent:

This

people

who

mission are

outreach

good

with

project

is

not

just

for

tools.

There

will

be

Snooze: $100 Teddy Bear: $50

something for everyone to do! We will have a need for

Donations can be made online, or checks can be made

people

out to St. Francis with Build-A-Bed in the memo line.

to

organize,

work

with

tools,

help

with

hospitality, and we will need children to come and write


Ruth begins with a famine and ends with the birth of a child, while Esther begins with a feast and ends with the death of seventy-five thousand people.   God is mentioned 25 times in Ruth but not once in Esther.  Yet, in both books we will witness God’s will being fulfilled as His hand is clearly in control. Why do we study these two women? Because,  in spite

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 10, 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. IN GRAVES HALL A Study of the Books of Ruth and Esther Ruth

and

Esther

are

the

only

women

in

the

Old

Testament who have entire books devoted to them. The book of Ruth tells the story of a Gentile woman who marries a Jew which leads to Ruth becoming part

of their different backgrounds and experiences, both Ruth

and

Esther

were

committed

to

do

the

will

of

God. Come join in the fun on Tuesday mornings   It will be exciting this fall as we watch God use these two women to bring glory to him in their totally different lives.  This is a wonderful study because it shows us how God moves in our lives as well and how we can see the blessings that He brings to our faith.

of the lineage of Jesus Christ.    The

book

of

Esther

introduces

us

to

a

Jewess

who

marries a Gentile king and was used by God to save the Jewish nation from destruction so that the Messiah could be born.  

New Testament Study starts september 18

SEPTEMBER 13-15 AT ST. MEINRAD SEMINARY Speaker: The Very Rev. John Irvine.

This fall on Wednesday evenings starting

Cost: to be announced. Accommodations include two

September

nights stay plus meals ($240 for single occupancy and

18,

we

will

offer

a

class

taught by Dr. Duanne Garrett on Paul’s

$185 for double occupancy).

epistle to the Colossians as well as a few other Old Testament readings. begins

at

Chapel. Annex menu

6:30

p.m.

in

the

The class Davenport

Dinner starts at 5:45 p.m. in the

and will

is be

$8/adult the

same

Dinner of the week.

per as

week. the

The

In addition to the sessions, there will be opportunity for sporting activities or free time.

Registration

is

now

open

at

sfitf.org/upcoming-

events/2019-mens-retreat.

Alpha

Please sign up for

this class in the Narthex and let us know if you plan to join us for the meal.

SEPTEMBER 21 AT  ST. FRANCIS IN GRAVES HALL, 9:30 A.M. TO 2:30 P.M. Theme: “Discovering Our Gifts”

Speaker:

Jane

Chilton.

Cost

is

$15/person

and

includes materials and lunch.

Register retreat.

now

at sfitf.org/upcoming-events/womens-


Done with small talk? Try Alpha.

? Alpha

ALPHA STARTS SEPTEMBER 11, WEDNESDAYS FROM 5:45-7:45 P.M. We are excited to announce the return of the Alpha Course fall 

to

St

starting

November

Francis

on

September

13th.

The

Wednesday

11th

Alpha

and

Course

nights

going is an

this

through

encounter

with the Christian faith amid the ever-changing and

Halfway through Alpha Course  the small groups will experience Saturday,

October

this

day

is

study

was

developed

to

be

a

more

casual approach  to inviting  those who may have never

Day.

12th at

This event  happens a

place

away

from

on St.

one

of

the

highlights

of

their Alpha

adventure. There will be childcare.    The cost of the Course

family. This The

Spirit

Francis. Most people who have experienced Alpha say

Alpha

tumultuous pace of the modern world.

Holy

is

$100

covers

per

person

the 10  meals

or

$200

and

the

per

course

materials.   This is  to be  paid  by  the first night of the Alpha Course.

been engaged with the formal church, and to do it in a non-threatening and conversational way. The

message

of

Jesus

At its heart, Alpha seeks to engage your friends, family Christ

has

and

neighbors

who

have

never

had

a

personal

remained constant  over the centuries, but the way it

relationship

reaches out to each generation challenges boundaries

dimension of Alpha is inviting people you know to join

and circumstances. Alpha  is a profound experience  of learning what it means to be a believer for each person involved.  The Course is a personal adventure taken in a small group atmosphere  over  ten  weeks. It seeks to

with

God.

Therefore,

an

important

with you in this great experience. Alpha is a wonderful opportunity to

invite those

people to

experience

Christianity with you in a non-threatening environment.

introduce the heart of the Christian faith through a We all know people we have thought about inviting. 

series of talks and small group discussions.

Pray about reaching out to them and then invite them WHY DO THE ALPHA COURSE?  It is an opportunity to

to participate in this important course.

explore the real meaning of life.  We are living in a time when change is happening at a faster pace than ever

Mark your calendars beginning September  11  and join

before.

us for a truly life-changing event.

reality

More new things are being brought into our

than

at

any

time

in

history.

We

cry

out

for

something constant in our life. That constant is God. Alpha gives us that pause in our hectic life to get a grip on how we can not only be at peace but find joy and meaning.

Whether it is your

first time  or  you have already experienced Alpha, you will find a  safe  place to explore those questions of life and have fun doing it.


BUILDING COMMITTEE UPDATE By Bill Receveur Chairman, Property Committee ‘Boundless energy’ is a phrase that has stuck in the minds

of

Rector.

many

No

building

this

more

year

so

than

committee.

with

Simon

with

Week

the

one

as

our

interim

members and

of

the

the

fence

was gone  and we have been on a roll since then! We have had over five years of deferred maintenance here at

St

Francis

and

with

the

tremendous

sacrificial

financial support of the congregation we have been able to attend to a wide variety of projects in the past year, some obvious and some more mechanical and therefore not so easy to spot.

New lighting in the sanctuary was critical as we were spending

a

huge

sum

every

year

replacing

hard-to-

reach old technology light bulbs. The new system allows for

greater

lighting

flexibility

and

much

longer

bulb

lifetime.

Of course, there is always more we would like to do. The

Additionally, the kitchen has had a complete overhaul, the two steeples have been painted and repaired, the Rectory

has

refurbishment,

had

a

the

complete

front

exterior

parking

lots

paint have

and been

main

bathrooms

need

new

flooring

and

an

updating, the Martin Courtyard needs relaying, there is more carpet to replace and the back-parking lot needs resurfacing. As funds allow,

we hope to tackle these in

the first quarter of next year.

resurfaced, a new security system has been installed, new signage has been put up, significant tree work has

We have the tremendous privilege of worshipping in a

been undertaken, a new freezer and printer purchased.

wonderful environment both externally and internally, a

All this alongside regular carpet cleaning, repairs and maintenance. But there is more! By the year end we will have

installed

landscaping

new in

downstairs

various

carpet,

parts

of

renewed the

the

property,

refurbished the game room in the Vicarage, replaced our ten-year-old computer server (that is about to die), refurbished

and

repurposed

the

downstairs

window

room for adult education and finished the new signage project.

facility that is in constant use. It is a joy to see it come alive in a new way and to welcome new and old friends across our threshold. I am grateful for the tremendous hard work of every member of the committee not least our Sexton Scott Calvert. We are in increasingly good shape physically as a church which I believe reflects our own spiritual fitness.


FINANCE COMMITTEE UPDATE By George Vieth, Treasurer and Chairman, Finance Committee A time of transition can prove financially challenging for

variety

many

are informational rather than fundraising events. During

institutions

not

least

a

church.

I

am,

however,

pleased to report that due to the generosity of so many of

our

congregation

we

are

in

a

stronger

financial

position than we have been for quite some time; and this even with the considerable expenditure on a whole series of building and grounds projects that we have undertaken

in

the

last

nine

months.

The

finance

of

parishioners.

I

need

to

stress that    these

a brief presentation we will review    in some detail the upcoming objective

budget of

these

and

answer

events

will

any

be

questions. One

to

underscore

the

importance of pledged giving to our fiscal well-being.  While ad hoc giving is appreciated, it does not as richly support

the

development

infrastructure,

of parish  programs  nor

maintenance,

and

committee (John Jennings, Powell Starks, Dave Eager,

enhancements.

Tom Dieruf, myself and Simon) always walk a fine line

Christian community,  we need to return pledged giving

between trusting God for His provision but budgeting

to its historical levels. I am always happy to answer

and monitoring carefully throughout the year. In this we

questions

are

ably

assisted

accountant,

who

by

Kelly

manages

Stengel,

to

keep

all

our the

parish numbers

finances

that and

To

reach

our

parishioners how

we

full

may

steward

potential

have

about

them

We have just concluded our six-month budgetary review adjustments

to the

final

six-month

budget for this year to reflect some minor shifts in our income and expenditures. We are also working hard to streamline

our

investments

and

restricted

fund

balances.

A church can never be complacent when it comes to finances and we are very aware that as a committee we are

still

in

a

period

of

transition.

Critical

to our

continued progress   will be  this    year’s Every Member Canvass

which

will

launch

on

St.

Francis

Day

and

conclude at the Harvest Festival. A series of cocktail parties prior to St. Francis Day will  be  hosted by a wide

a

our

carefully

throughout the year.

straight.

and have  made

as

To learn more about ways to contribute financially to St. Francis, visit sfitf.org/give.


THE ARBOR SOCIETY UPDATE By The Rev. Simon Barnes, Interim Rector

The current endowment is just over $3.6 million with a further

It was my third month in the job as interim Rector when Ted Strange walked into my study and asked if I knew about  the  Arbor  Society. I was aware of the plaque and nothing more. Over the next hour, Ted provided me with some of the history and how nothing had been

$3.3

committee

million

known

recognized

that

to

a

be

parish

pledged. like

St.

The

Francis

would normally have an endowment in the $10M range to cover some of the ongoing operational needs. So they

have

set

about

the

task,

asking

individual

parishioners if they would consider leaving a gift to St. Francis in their estate planning.

done about it for the past 18 years. Ted was soon off to Florida for the winter but I promised I would look into it

The committee also recognized that people need to be

and we would talk more upon his return. Kelly Stengel,

informed as to the most recent vehicles available for

our accountant, dug up an old box of files which were

tax

stuffed full of notes, policies and a whole jumble of

presentation is being planned in the fall for all those

materials and we began to try to piece it all together.

who are part of the society and/or interested in finding

Who was still living, who had made a pledge, etc. After a

lot

of

detective

work

we

finally

had

some

solid

came to see what we had found out. Before long, we agreed to reform a committee co-opting Morton Boyd, Chenault Conway, Sloane Graff, Allen Kannapell, Ted and Margie Strange and Carter  Ruml  to give advice and counsel. We have subsequently added Tom Kelley. What a team!

to

work

identifying

parishioners

who

had

pledged, might have pledged or who should be asked. There were lots of loose ends to tie up and plenty of issues to straighten out.

Originally, the Arbor Society was dedicated on January 1st, 2000  with recognition to its members through a “Tree

of

Life”

plaque

mounted

in

the

Narthex

recognizing those who have made a planned gift to the endowment fund of St. Francis. The overall aim is to create an endowment of at least  $10 million to ensure the long term maintenance of  St. Francis. Designated bequests youth,

can

music

properties purposes.

planning.

To

that

end,

a

lunch

out more about estate planning options. To find out more about the Arbor Society, pick up a brochure in

website.

Ted was back in the spring and good to his word, he

set

estate

the Narthex or see the Arbor Society section on our

information.

We

efficient

be

made

and

and

for

worship,

Christian outreach,

scholarships

as

education pastoral

well

as

and care,

general

Please call the parish office and speak to

Kelly Stengel with any questions.


PASTORAL CARE GETS NEW LIFE!

Notes/Card of Encouragement Ministry

Thank you to those who have faithfully carried on the

who will send notes to lift the spirits of those who are ill

Pastoral Care Ministries during this transition time at St

or have suffered the loss of a loved one. This note

Francis in the Fields. Some of our members would have

is a group

ministry extends to joyous occasions as well.

been lost without your dedicated ministry of caring and love.

The

As you heard in recent weeks our new Pastoral Care Team hosted a meeting on August 17th to bolster our ministry

volunteers

so

that

more

people

can

get

involved and more members can be served. In the past we have not had the organizational structure to track what

pastoral

care

was

being

done

and

which

members were not being served. Thanks to our team, we are beginning to get a handle on that. In

addition

to

a

vibrant

Prayer Ministry

provides

contact

and

support during the year following the loss of a loved one.

Funeral Daughters

Coordination of

the

King

is

an

Ministry

extension to

help

as

of

the

greeters,

ushers, etc. at funerals at St. Francis.

The

Holding Cross Ministry

provides

hand-held

wooden crosses which fit in the palm of the hand to our

other

Pastoral Care Ministries include:

Lay Eucharistic Visitors who

Grief Support Ministry

those who are experiencing life’s trials and challenges. The gift is undergirded with a prayer commitment by the giver.

are trained lay members

who take the reserved Sacrament of Christ’s Body and

St. Francis would love to bless and serve you through

Blood to parishioners in the hospital, to the homebound

any of these ministries. Or, if you would like to serve as

or to those in retirement and care facilities. The Lay Eucharistic Visitors need to be licensed by the Bishop of Kentucky through the parish.

Pastoral Care Visitors

a volunteer, please call the church office at 502-2281176 and ask one of the staff to take your request to the appropriate Pastoral Care Ministry. Also, if you know of

visit fellow members who are

a member who is ill, home bound, in a care facility or is

home bound and in care facilities. They bring to them

in need of outreach by one of our ministries, please call

prayer, socialization and conversation.

and let us know.

Lay Visitors

make a “friendship call” to just check in

with the homebound and see how they are doing. The

Meal Ministry

is for parishioners who are ill, have

recently been released from the hospital, have lost a loved one or have had a new baby. The

Flower Ministry is made up of volunteers willing to

take bouquets from the Sunday flowers to the ill, the home bound or those celebrating a special occasion.


MINISTRY Attendance Increase average Sunday attendance by 15% to 352 based on current average Sunday attendance of 306.

Programing Adult Education: Have 175 unique individuals participating in Adult Education programing, of which 20% (35) should be younger than 45 years old and 20% (35) should be non-Parish members; and 

Youth:

Increase participation in Youth & Children

programming by 25%.

Music Include a monthly performance by the Youth Choir during Sunday services. Increase participation in the Junior Choir by 35%. Transition responsibility for the Junior Choir to Campbell Bego.

Service Offerings Continue Saturday evening contemporary services; continue our 3 service schedule on Sunday mornings beginning September 15 with a monthly family service at 10:00 a.m. each month. (October 6, St. Francis Day; November 17, Harvest Sunday; December 1, Advent)

OPERATIONS Finance Increase pledges to the 2019/2020 Every Member Canvas to $1,350,000.

Staffing Retain existing Staff (including Communications Director).

PLANT Maintenance Improve curb appeal.

Capital Needs Purchase AV equipment for Davenport Chapel.

PARISH LIFE Number of Events Add one more major event on the Parish grounds.

Pastoral Care Make all aspects of Pastoral Care known to all members of the Parish Communications: Increase social engagement by 25%. A fully functional and updated website.

OUTREACH Expand young adult involvement in Guatemala Mission to include at least 25% who are 45 years old or younger. Institute a Parish Life Committee.

The Work of the Parish is rooted and grounded in fervent prayer.


Children in 1st and 2nd  grade meet once a week in Younger Children’s Choir, which meets on Wednesdays from 5 to 5:45  p.m., during the school year.  Children 3rd  through

8th graders

receive

the

most

intensive

training, with training on Wednesdays (5 to 7 p.m.) as well as participation in the 9 a.m. Sunday liturgy.  High school singers meet with the adults (Wednesdays  6:30

FREE MUSIC LESSONS: THE BEST KEPT SECRET

to 8:30 p.m.) in the fully professional Senior Choir

Did you know that St. Francis offers free music lessons to

children

reading,

age

theory,

six through and

singing,

18? not

Lessons to

in

mention

music

general

The

choirs

at

St.

Francis

September.   These

resume

programs

their

prepare

schedules

children

for

in a

Christian education, liturgy, and Biblical studies  are all

lifelong understanding and appreciation of music and

offered in the choir program at St. Francis.  

its use in worship. And they’re free!

The choirs pursue instruction using the guidelines set forth by the Royal School of Church Music in America,

If you're interested, please contact Jim Rightmyer at jimr@sfitf.org or (502) 228-1176, ext. 5925.

which is itself rooted in the English choral tradition. A graded program of specific musical and liturgical skills promote a thorough understanding of the art of music and its function as an offering to God through worship.

Quite simply, the music education offered at St. Francis is as good as can be found anywhere around. And it’s free!

We are looking forward to a fun filled fall with more events for young adults and families. Watch for more announcements October

and

on a  young

the Family

adult

cocktail

party

Fall Festival  day  at

in the

Bickel’s in November. How we define ‘young adult’: you are young at heart and would like to get to know other younger members of St. Francis or non-members and maybe considering We had a great summer filled with young adult and family activities. In June we had a meet-up at the zoo where

children

were

able

to

re-connect

with

new

friends they made during VBS while learning about the animals at the zoo. In July we gathered after church on Sunday for lunch and playing in the pool at the Bickel’s. We were even treated to live music by some of our Saturday everybody

night who

service made

musicians. this

event

Thank such

a

you

to

success,

especially our hosts, Kate & Andrew Booker and Jackie & Paul Bickel. Finally, we had our monthly meet-ups at Gravely Brewing Co. where we were always treated to a beautiful sunset while getting to know our St. Francis community a little better.

coming to St. Francis. You may be college age and single, or married, or married with children or none of the above. Our gatherings are open to all interested! If you

are

young

interested

adult

in

helping

events, please

Garfield at libby@sfitf.org or (502) 228-1176, ext. 3431

to

get

lead in

and

touch

plan

with

our

Libby


2019 mission trips On Wednesday we had some special guests join in on the fun—a group of 11 St. Francis parishioners who, for the first time in our missions to David, were able to come spend the morning with us,  splitting  up into the different age groups and experiencing  firsthand what we

do and

the

relationships

made

with

the

David

children. Afterwards, Jessica, the principal of the David School, shared a bit about the students of the school,

ALL BY GOD’S GRACE: DAVID MISSION 2019   By Ellie Kemper & Alex Gerrish

the community, and their dreams for the future. It was wonderful to

witness

the

team

of

parishioners

fully

Thanks be to God for 21 missions in David, Kentucky!

participate in our crazy morning at VBS (we may have

This summer, 24 youth and adults were sent forth by

even seen Father Simon bust a move during our ‘holy

our loving body to share the good news of Jesus once

motions’). We

more in David. We always look forward to reuniting with

Vacation

our friends and spending an action-packed, meaningful

welcomed an average of 50 children a day!

were

Bible

greatly

School,

blessed

and

by

by

the

our

week

grace

of

of

God

week with them. The daily schedule hasn’t changed much over the years but each mission is unique in the ways that the Lord works and we hope this provides a little more insight into our week there this year.   Our

theme

for

Vacation

Bible

School

was Life

is

Wild...God is Good! The lessons  were centered  on  the story of the Exodus:  from slavery  in Egypt,  through the wilderness and to the Promised Land, a story that shows how God rescues his people (us!) and how He  is good throughout different life circumstances. In our VBS, the children

and

youth

are

divided

into

three

age

groups and then rotate through our four interest areas. In

snack

discovery,

Cathy

Gerrish

came

up

with creative snacks to  match the daily themes and

The David mission team

applied the message of Christ in simple, practical ways for the children to understand. In In

games, led  by

Libby

Garfield

and

crafts

led

by

the

leader

afternoons, Jamie in

our

Jennifer Chapman, the children were able to express

communicates

themselves,

needs.

get

a

little

messy, and  most

importantly

Our

work

Gerrish

project

endeavors.

with Jessica  to

main

work

was

identify

projects

this

our

fearless

He the

year

always school’s

included

have some quality time building  relationships with our

landscaping,

missioners.

shrubbery, weeding, mulching, and cooking. As always,

In drama, Alex Gerrish delved into the story of the day with

the

youngest

and

middle

groups,

and

with

the

oldest group shared the truth of the Gospel: who God is, our need for Him, our sinful nature, what Jesus did on the cross, and how we receive His grace. We ended the week by giving the oldest group Bibles of their own. We ask that you would join us in continuing to pray for  the children as a whole, but specifically the hearts of these youth and the message they have received.

painting

the

school’s

deck,

trimming

we top off the work week by cleaning the entire school on Thursday. The highlight of work projects this year would have to be  witnessing Raleigh’s second calling of being a farmer. Jessica allowed Reverend Raleigh Langley to mow the David School campus using their large riding “tractor”.  We were also very blessed by a few of our David friends who joined us in work projects throughout the week. (continued on next page)


(David mission, continued)

accurate. In a relationship, you know names, you build a

Our mission in David is never all work and no play. Every

foundation

year, we partake in fun outings and activities throughout

importantly, you come back. After 20 years of returning

the week. This mission, we went to Dairy Queen one

to the same Dominican communities, St. Francis has

night

helped

and

birthday

on

another

at Jenny

celebrated

Wiley State

Libby

Garfield’s

Park (complete

with

in

build

love

a

rather

beautiful

than

obligation,

relationship,

and,

and

most

after

only

three years as a team member, I have begun to build

surprise noise makers and singing).

some of my own.

Our mission team also bonded throughout the week,

I

sharing laughs and spending late nights telling stories.

wholehearted, open, and devoted attitude toward this

Another highlight was our  closing Eucharist  on Thursday

ongoing mission. Now, let me tell you about it.

am

thankful

for

the

St.

Francis

youth

group’s

night. After an inspired sermon by Raleigh, we wrote down our blessings from the week and laid them at the

This year rather than staying at the beloved Baní, our mission team set up camp closer to San Cristóbal and

foot of the cross, giving glory and praise to Jesus.

our Dominican friends in a complex with enough space God has blessed us with another incredible mission to

for us to gather for nightly devotions and group meals.

David, Kentucky. God is good, and we know that He is

The extra space also allowed St. Francis to host a pool

good because of Jesus. By God’s grace, we have been

party with the San Cristóbal youth as well as the annual

able

to

Him

Despedida, or farewell party, near the end of the week.

David.

We are forever grateful to our kitchen staff and sisters

financial

in Christ who cooked dinner each night (I am really

support; we recognize this parish is a vital part of our

missing their chicken and vegetable stew), giving us the

mission and we are so grateful. We truly are one body

energy

and one mission team whom, we pray, have proclaimed

during the day. It was particularly special that Julia, the

and continue to proclaim the One who has brought us

pastor of the church in the Hatian  village of La  Jagua,

out of darkness and into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).

was

Thanks be to God!

Francis’ third year traveling to do Vacation Bible School

through Thank

share our

you

His

love

and

relationships

for

your

better

and

understand

experiences

continuous

prayers

in

and

and

a

(VBS)

loving

part

in

brought

of

prayers

our

kitchen

La Jagua, us

closer

and

to

we

needed

team.

the

This

to

was

connection

function

only

with

the Hatian  church,

St.

Julia

helping

to

cultivate a more deep and lasting relationship with this vibrant, loving community. Speaking

of

VBS,

we

did

it

almost

every

day!

Depending on our work project and team schedules, we traveled to San Rafael, Samangola, or La  Jagua  to get up,  dance around, and sing with the children in the community.

We

even

had

the

opportunity

to

visit

a

satellite preaching point in San Rafael, a place where there

are

plans

to

construct

a

new

church

in

the

coming years. It was great to interact with the children here whom we had never seen before and get excited

Dear St. Francis Parishioners,  

about serving this smaller  community in the future with Your

youth

is

work projects and more VBS. Franklín, San Cristóbal

important to me to stress how easy it is to do mission

youth leader extraordinaire, taught Bible stories and led

work incorrectly but how for a third year I have been a

each activity with gusto! And whether us St. Francis

part of this church’s Dominican Republic mission team,

youth

watching

receiving Jesus’ miracles, the skits we strung together in

our

relationship important

group

to

work

that us

does

grow

makes and

missions

us

our

into

differently.

the

give-and-take

Dominican

important

to

It

friends

our

truly

Dominican

friends. Raleigh Langley was intent on us using that word — relationship — in every conversation, devotion, prayer during this year in the DR, because it is so

were

between

the

crafts

animals

and

on

songs

pleaser. (continued on next page)

Noah’s

were

Ark

or

definitely

villagers

a

crowd


The most moving moments, though, were those when our St. Francis group and Dominican friends got to be together just to be together and worship the Lord. Our first day in San Rafael we all participated in a classic Dominican church service: lots of drums, lots of singing, lots of amens. The Despedida near the end of our stay was

also

full

of

voices

and

music

it

is

always

a

blessing to spend this social  time together dancing, eating, and saying our goodbyes.

Over the course of our time in the Dominican Republic, the St. Francis youth group worked a little bit on the physical church. I expect that when we return next year

VBS, led by the mission team

there will be a lot of physical changes, though, that we do

(Dominican Republic mission, continued)

our

St.

Francis

recognize:

changes

that

the

church

in

San

Rafael, other mission groups, and the skilled Dominican

Outside of this time with the younger children in the communities,

not

youth

were

construction workers have executed on their own.

making

connections with the San Cristóbal and San Rafael youth (close in age to our own youth) as we worked together each day on the San Rafael church. his year, walking into the San Rafael church, one that St. Francis has been working on since the very beginning, was breathtaking.

More importantly, in June the St. Francis team grew a lot in our own love for God and the church, on our spiritual noticing

connection the

few

with

the

differences

Dominican and

many

people,

on

similarities

between our congregations. I am proud to be one of the St. Francis youth that our Dominican friends are so

What began as a one-room sanctuary has become a

excited to see. I am happy to have made so many new

three-story

became

friends and to have built on existing friendships. I am

impossible to continue building up, we have begun to

glad for this church, to be so involved in the ways that

build out, but after leaving the DR last summer the work

matter.

was

not

building,

complete.

twice

As

as

our

wide.

team

As

it

walked

up

to

the

church this year, our Dominican friends led us into a sanctuary

double

the

size

that

it

had

been.

Where

there had previously been only two rows of pews, five now

faced

a

stage

where

drums, a

piano,

and

a

podium stood with plenty of space. Seeing the larger space still fill up with worshippers on our first day in San Rafael for church made it clear that as St. Francis helps increase the size of the church, the church is able to increase the size of the parish and its reach into the community. Over the course of our week we mixed cement (“sopa,” or soup) on the ground in front of the church, slopped it into buckets, passed it up the outside stair brigade, and laid blocks up top in order to expand the second story like we had the first. St. Francis youth also worked each day in the basement of the church where Doctor Cristina,

Pastor

Nelson’s

wife,

runs

her

own

dental

clinic. While most youth helped give the children in San Rafael directly cavities.

routine with

fluoride

Cristina,

treatments, extracting

others

teeth

and

worked filling

Thank you so much,   Alice Deters


YOUTH MINISTRY PARENTING WHILE ON THE MOVE By The Rev. Raleigh Langley  

Yes, we  know

your teenager(s). You probably feel like an Uber driver (ready to pick them up/drop them off when they call), coach (helping them perfect their sport), tutor (working them

(preparing

on them

homework), for

the

guidance

future)

and,

life

is full.

But

it

would

be unfortunate  if our teenagers graduated from high

Parents, thank you  for all you do to invest in the life of

with

that a  teen

counselor

sometimes,

a

school

and

were

catapulted

into the

“real

world" without being given  every opportunity to know, live, share and own their faith.

At the end of the day, our teenagers embracing and embodying the Christian faith is a critical piece of their development.

jockey (pushing them to cross the finish line...without a

Where

whip of course!) all wrapped up in one!

to sports and  academics?  Getting them involved in a

do

healthy, With all the insane busyness of parenting a teen, it's

we

find

its

vibrant Church

importance

and youth

when

compared

ministry

is

worth

fitting into a crazy, full schedule.   

easy to let attending  church, Sunday School and  youth group 

slide

off

the

grid.

It's

tempting to

There really

is

much

at

stake

during

these

teenage

think, "My child’s just too busy for a night of hanging out

years.

with other teenagers, playing some goofy games and

parents place for our teens to go to live out their faith

hearing another

with passion and truth.

Christ."

devotion

Believe

me

that

when

points I

say

the I

way

to

I’m

grateful

that this

church provides

us, as

understand

that temptation.

As a parent of a teenager (who has homework, cross

IMPORTANT YOUTH DATES

country &  track  and is  almost old enough to drive) my

Messy Games Night, September 22

wife and I are constantly under pressure to measure

Join us on Sunday, September 22, from 6:00 to

every

matters

8:00 p.m. at the Vicarage for an evening of fun,

spiritual

disgusting, and downright dirty games! Dinner

growth must be a priority today  for her to navigate the

will be served outside and friends are welcome!

event

through

most. We  have

the

decided

lenses

that our

of

what

daughter’s

rough terrain that tomorrow is sure to bring. Although we view ourselves as the primary spiritual influence of our 

child,

we

also

believe

ministry community  plays

a

that

vital

a

role

strong in

her

youth overall

spiritual development.  

With this as a backdrop here are 5 short reasons you should encourage your child to come to church:  1. For Christian role models and mentors.  2. To build a Christian community.  3. To find a mission and purpose beyond themselves.  4. To wrestle honestly with theology.   5. To have a safe place to confess and confide.  

(Hint to parents: bring a towel and trash bags for your child to sit on during the ride home.)

Fall Retreat, November 1-3 Join us for  our  30th  Annual Fall Retreat, which will

be

held November

1-3

at

Country

Lake

Christian Retreat in Underwood, Indiana. To be guaranteed a spot, you must sign up and pay by October 20th    at  the very latest!  The cost  for this

weekend is

needed, Please

please

$115.

If

speak

contact Raleigh

scholarship to or

Raleigh Libby

money is Langley.

Garfield to

reserve your spot today, as space is limited!


If you are interested in any of the following activities,

Young Mother’s Bible Study starts September 19

please contact Children's Minister, Jennifer Grady at

We are starting a new Young Mother’s  Bible study this

UPCOMING EVENTS

fall. We will meet once a month on the third Thursdays

jenniferg@sfitf.org or 228-1176, ext. 5098

in the Window Room, at 9:30 a.m.   In  this Bible Study,

Mother’s Day Out starts September 3 We

will

continue

offering

our

Mother’s

program at St. Francis this fall!

we will  share Day

Out

If you need a few

hours a week to yourself, our wonderful, experienced teachers

will

watch

your

children

for

you!

We

offer

MDO on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon beginning

September 12. 

The cost is $25 per

morning. We accept children 8 weeks old through

Gospel

based

bible

lesson

and

discussion unpack what it takes to be a friend. 

Free

Childcare provided!

Kids Cooking Club starts September 29, reserve a spot by September 27 We’re Club.

back

for

another

great

fall

for

Kids’

Cooking

We will meet several times this fall and winter

and learn how to cook and bake! September 29th from

pre-k.

6-7:30 p.m. is our first cooking club! We will meet in the

Crossroads starts September 11 night program for children ages preschool through 6th grade! Please join us as we begin the evening with a catered meal starting at  5:45  pm. 

We will start our

Crossroads program at 6:30 downstairs. Each week we singing,

an

interactive

kitchen

and

learn

how

to

make

something

delicious.

We are looking forward to beginning our Wednesday

have

a

Bible

Lesson,

prayer

time, and fun activities and games!

Parenting Class starts September 29 On Sunday, September 29, at 10:15 a.m., we will begin a Parenting Class with Lee Baucom. 

Lee will look at

different techniques that will equip parents with loving, yet powerful tools for parenting children and youth. This will be in five sessions: Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, and Nov. 24.

Sunday School starts September 15

Make a Difference in the Life of a Child! with

If you are interested in volunteering for our Children’s

Jesus” each Sunday in the lower level. Sunday School

Ministry – we are looking for people who could help our

meets each week in room Room 101 at 10:15. What does

children

We

invite

your

children

to

come

and

“Journey

it look like to “Journey with Jesus?” Each week children will be greeted and invited to enjoy a snack while we gather.

We

will

hear

a

story,

share

our

prayer

concerns, and then break out into activity centers for each age group. “Journey with Jesus” is for children for ages 4 through 6th grade.

during

Sunday

School

hour

teacher and in our nursery program.

as

a

substitute


Children’s Chapel What exactly do we do in Children’s Chapel?     Every Sunday we meet during the 9 and 11:15 a.m. worship service for Children’s Chapel! The 9 a.m. service meets in the Davenport Chapel and we have a great time learning about God’s word, learning the Lord’s Prayer and singing!  Children 3 and up are always welcome to join us!    During the 11:15 service, we follow Ms. Jennifer downstairs and learn about the week’s lesson, enjoy a snack and work on a coloring sheet.

Nursery News Each Sunday our experienced teachers and volunteers will love and nurture your child while you get to enjoy the

worship

service

and

adult

education

hour.

Our

nursery opens 15 minutes before the 9:00 a.m. worship service and remains open until after the 11:15 service.

Artwork from this year's VBS

St. Francis Feast Day October 6, 10:00 a.m.

Activities

Join us as we come together for the Feast Day of

During Children’s Chapel we will have a special lesson

St.

on the life of St. Francis, and there will be a “Blessing

Francis!

service

at

We 10:00

fellowship and a be

provided

share. Hall.

by

will

have

a

combined

in

the

church,

a.m.

celebratory followed

by

potluck picnic. Meat and drinks will the

church,

please

bring

a

dish

Dress is

casual.

See

below for items to bring for the picnic. Please bring a dish to share – see the list below for what to bring. If your last name begins with: A-G – bring a vegetable or side dish (casserole, mac n cheese, beans, etc) H-P – bring a salad Q-Z – bring a dessert

their favorite stuffed animal toy to church.

to

The picnic and activities will be held in Graves

We hope to see you there!

of the Stuffed Animals.” Please have your child bring

After

church

we

will

have

a

variety

activities for children of all ages!

of

games

and

There will be crafts,

games and a bouncy castle.

Ministry Fair Our outreach ministries will also be on display this day. Come and find out about all of our many outreach ministries that we have here at St. Francis. 

Blessing of the Pets 4:00 p.m. We will have a Blessing of the Pets in the front bowl. Bring your animals for this special time! 

Recital & Choral Evensong 5:00 p.m. This will be our first organ Recital and Choral Evensong of the season.


A letter from our Senior warden LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF By Powell Starks, Senior Warden

the hands of the of the robbers?” To which the lawyer answered, “The one who had mercy on him” and Jesus

In a recent sermon on the parable

of

Samaritan, that

the

the

Good

Simon

greatest

noted evil

in

the world today is a lack of

love

and

indifference

charity

and

toward

our

neighbors. In this regard, he

referenced

Theresa’s the

Mother

statement

greatest

that

disease

confronting us is not cancer, but a feeling of being uncared for, of being unwanted and of being deserted and alone. Each of us is confronted by this reality daily on the exit ramps of our highways and the streets of our hometown and in the

nightly

news.

In

the

cross,

the

symbol

of

God’s

grace extended to each of us, we are reminded to live out in our lives not only the first great commandment to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, with all of our soul and all of our strength but also the second great

commandment

to

love

our

neighbors

as

ourselves.

responded “Go and do likewise.” Each day, God challenges us to go and do likewise. However, like the priest and the Levite in Jesus’ story, we often find reasons not to stop and help. The priest was in a hurry to get home after a long day at the temple. The Levite feared he would defile himself if the man

in

the

road

was

dead

and

he

would

become

unclean. Do you find yourself relying on similar excuses? I know that I do. In his sermon, Simon noted that we often try to put God in a box so we do not have to go outside of our comfort zone. Our minds often lead is in the wrong direction. We think of the worst that could arise from stopping to help our neighbor. Will he or she abuse our hospitality? Is it a trap to rob me? Simon recounted how God had tested him that morning as he prepared to give his sermon. A homeless couple had arrived

on

efforts

our

to

doorstep

return

seeking

home

assistance

to

in

Michigan.

their

Simon

acknowledged that while we know in our minds what Jesus

wants

us

to

do,

we

wrestle

with

how

do

we

respond in our heart. Like the priest in the story, he might have passed on the other side with the excuse that he did not have time before his sermon to stop and provide assistance to this couple. Instead, he answered

In the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), a lawyer tests Jesus by asking him what we must do to

Jesus’ challenge and listened to his heart breaking for this couple. With the assistance of our Verger, Matt,

inherit eternal life? Jesus turns back the question on the

Simon

lawyer by asking him “what is written in the Law?” The

tickets for the couple to return home.

lawyer

responds

commandments

by

from

citing

the

Deuteronomy

6:5

two and

Leviticus

lawyer is not satisfied. As a lawyer, he believes the commandment to love your neighbor is too broad. How far does love your neighbor extend? He wants Jesus to justify his view that only through strict adherence to the laws set down by the Jewish religious leaders does one gain admittance to the Kingdom of God. So he asks Jesus “And who is my neighbor?” However, rather than justifying the lawyer’s desire to place limits on that love, recounts

the

story

of

the

Good

his

discretionary

fund

to

purchase

bus

great

19:18, which Jesus acknowledges to be correct. But the

Jesus

used

Samaritan.

In

conclusion, Jesus asks the lawyer “which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into

Through our Outreach Programs, our Parish seeks to live out that second great commandment. Each month we lift up one of our Outreach Programs and challenge the members of our Parish to support those efforts with their time, talent and treasure. In July, we lifted up our partnership with Metro Christian Legal Aid and Loaves and

Fishes,

which

hosts

a

legal

assistance

clinic

in

Smoketown on the third Saturday of each month. Metro Christian

Legal

Aid

was

founded

in

2014

by

Randy

Gibson with a mission to “Pursue Justice, Bring Hope, Restore Peace and Change Lives.” (continued on next page)


(Senior Warden's letter, continued) In

addition

weekly

and

to

the

Smoketown

monthly

legal

For more than twenty years, our Parish has sent mission clinic,

assistance

MCLA

clinics

at

hosts four

teams to David, Kentucky and the Dominican Republic to

help

our

neighbors

Parish participated in those missions. Over the years,

Randy

our mission teams have fostered a lasting relationship

problems

confronting

our

than

one

neighbors

in are

five

legal

addressed

with

those

communities

and

through

a

adults

This

Summer

fewer

youth

communities.

liberty and justice for all in our pledge of allegiance, that

forty-two

those

other locations in Louisville. While we pledge to provide

reports

over

in

from

our

combination

of

with the assistance of a private or legal aid lawyer.

hosting vacation bible schools and work projects. A

Many more do not realize that there may be a legal

summary of this year’s mission trips is covered in more

solution to the problems they face. Members of our

detail in separate articles by Ellie Kemper, Alex Gerrish

Parish, both lawyers and non-lawyers, help to staff that

and Alice Deters, which I encourage you to read. In

clinic each month to show mercy and compassion to

June, I joined Simon and nine other parishioners on a

our neighbors and to help administer justice for all. If

day trip to David Kentucky to get a glimpse of the work

you would like to learn more about this need, I would

being done by our mission teams. All of us left with a

encourage

greater

you

to

read

Gospel

Justice

by

Bruce

D.

appreciation

our

of

our

neighbors

Parish

having

Kentucky. Through your support of our annual Mission

Smoketown clinic, please contact either Mitch Rue or

Driven Car Show, our Parish raised over $21,000 this

me and we would be happy to discuss how you can

year

become involved.

support our mission work. I would encourage you to

in

volunteering

at

and

over

$170,000

over

the

past

in

is

the

interested

lives

impact

you

be

the

the

Strom, a copy of which can be obtained from MCLA. If would

on

for

17

Eastern

years

to

consider joining one of our Mission Teams or the next day trip to David so you can also experience the grace extended to our neighbors and the shared benefits of that relationship.

While I have only touched on a few of our Outreach Programs, I encourage you to learn more about the various

ways

our

Parish

honors

the

second

great

commandment. While your financial support of those Outreach

Programs

is

critical

to

their

continued

success, I encourage you to also get involved, reach outside

your

neighbors

the

comfort

zone

undeserved

and mercy

extend that

to God

extended to each of us.

Interested in learning more about outreach? Attend our ministry fair on St. Francis Day on October 6 beginning at 10 a.m. All outreach ministries will be on display that day. Outreach table in the Narthex

your has


MINISTRY STAFF

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Interim Rector: The Rev. Simon Barnes

Parish Administrator: Melodie Fridley

(502) 228-1176 (ext. 2874) | simonb@sfitf.org

(502) 228-1176 (ext. 1166) | melodief@sfitf.org

Interim Associate Rector for Pastoral Care: The Rt. Rev. Russell Jacobus

Administrative Assistant: Emily Fraiser

(502) 228-1176 (ext. 2981) | russj@sfitf.org

Associate for Adult Education: The Rev. Robert H. (Bob) Coon, Jr. 502) 228-1176 (ext. 5099) | bobc@sfitf.org

Minister with Youth: The Rev. W. Raleigh Langley, III (502) 228-1176 (ext. 3262) | raleighstf@aol.com

Associate Youth Minister: Libby Garfield

(502) 228-1176 (ext. 6484) | emilyf@sfitf.org

Parish Accountant: Kelly Stengel (502) 228-1176 (ext. 0340) | kellyd@sfitf.org

Communications Director: Amy Talbott (502) 228-1176 (ext. 0930) | amyt@sfitf.org

Verger: The Rev. Mathew Fenlon (502) 228-1176 | m.fenlon01@gmail.com

Sexton/Handyman: Scott Calvert (502) 228-1176 | scottcalvert@twc.com

(502) 228-1176 (ext. 3431) | libbyg@sfitf.org

Organist / Choirmaster: Dr. James Rightmyer (502) 228-1176 (ext. 5925) | jimr@sfitf.org

Associate Organist: Robert Lee mail@robertleemusic.com

Children's Minister: Jennifer Grady (502) 228-1176 (ext. 5098) | jenniferg@sfitf.org

Children's Ministry Assistant: Alison Kemper (502) 228-1176 (ext. 3438) | alisonk@sfitf.org

VESTRY Term ending 2019:

Term ending 2021:

Powell Starks, Senior Warden

Katie Booker

John Bush

Thomas Dieruf

David Eager

John Jennings

Barbara Tracy

Thomas Noland, Jr.

Elise Whitman

Cassandra Zimmerman

Term ending 2020:

Appointees:

Tim Root, Junior Warden

George Vieth, Treasurer

John David Myles, Clerk

Bill Receveur, Properties

Bob Burdette Liz Cecil Marianne Reutlinger


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Youth Events at St. Francis September 2019 This night is designed for us all to get to know each other better while chillaxing and relaxing. The Deters have the perfect home for this event. They live at 12004 Hazelwood Road, 40223. As always, friends are more than welcome! We will return by 8:30 p.m.

There are few things more powerful than witnessing someone throw all of themselves after a cause or a commitment. When we as people get behind something with all our energy and focus, it’s remarkable what we can do. This is especially true when it comes to our faith. The Bible is clear: God expects our undivided affection and commitment. Anything less falls short of who we are called to be as Christ-followers. This year we are going to look at ways we can pursue Christ with single minded devotion, discovering that the only love worth giving God is an undivided one.

Sunday, September  8,

from

of

food

and

fun!

Scattergories,

There

during

which

us

6:00

to

8:00

will

be

the

a

for our  30th  Annual

p.m. in  the

big

Middlers

and

game high

schoolers will separate into groups. At the beginning of the evening, we will enjoy a delicious meal together and hear a devotion that points the way to Christ.

The youth will come together for ultimate games kickball and Ultimate Frisbee on Sunday, September 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Bowl! For those who would enjoy playing, please come dressed for play; for those who would like to cheer, please come ready to hoot and holler! Dinner will be served

packed weekend filled with Bible study, games, community building,

singing

Join us on Sunday, September 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Vicarage for an evening of fun, disgusting, and downright dirty games! Raleigh, Libby and the Youth Senate will lead us are

guaranteed

to

leave

participants sticky and stinky. Wear old clothes to this event for your protection! We will break up into smaller groups, which guarantees you'll get to know someone REALLY well. Dinner will be served outside and friends are welcome! (Hint to parents: bring a towel and trash bags for your child to sit on during the ride home.)

Youth Sunday Night Live on the Road at the Deters On Sunday, September 29, the Youth Group will meet at 6:00 p.m. at the Vicarage before heading to the Deter’s home for dinner and fellowship.

and

fun—all

based

on

our

theme

"Undivided." During this retreat we will explore what it looks to

be

united

in

Christ

and

to

each

other

games and discussions. We will be headed back to Country Lake Christian Retreat in Underwood, Indiana! This beautiful campus provides all the accommodations found at All Saints (our previous venue) and then some.  To be guaranteed a spot, you must sign up and

pay

by

October 20th    at  the

your

calendars! The

scholarship

very

latest! We

can’t

money is

cost for

this

needed,

weekend is

please

speak

$115.

If

to Raleigh

Langley. We will leave St.  Francis on Friday at 4:00 p.m.— some of you  might need a quick release form for school— and

will

return

on

Sunday

at

2:00

p.m.

Please

contact Raleigh  Langley  or Libby Garfield  to reserve your spot today, as space is limited!

Join

that

be

We hope that everyone will be able to join us for this action-

Messy Games Night

activities

will

form lasting, Christ-centered relationships with each other.

Sunday School

messy

which

It’s a time that we bond with others in the Youth Group and

and friends are always welcome.

some

Retreat,

accept anything submitted after this date, so please mark

Youth Sunday Night Live: Kickball and Ultimate Frisbee

in

Fall

held November 1-3. Our youth retreat is something amazing.

forever. Our very own Youth Senate will lead us in some fun

Vicarage, the  youth group  will come together  for an  evening of

Join

like

Youth Sunday Night Live: Scattergories On

Fall Retreat: “Undivided”

us

for

Sunday

School

starting

September 15  in

the

Vicarage at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School is a time when  we learn more about how we can be faithful in this world today. Join us as we learn how to love God with all our hearts and make a difference in our world.

Solid Rock: Alpha Youth Please join us Wednesday nights from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. for 7th through 12th grades. This is a great way for us to explore our

faith

activities.

in

a

We

fun will

way have

through lively

discussions,

discussions

as

movies we

and

journey

together through life. We will start in Graves Hall for dinner and

to

listen

to

the

Alpha

speaker

then

move

to

the

Vicarage for our discussion. Please bring money for your meal.


Youth Senate

ACOLYTE SCHEDULE

If you are interested in being on the Youth Senate for the 2019-2020  school year, please let Raleigh  or Libby  know. The Youth Senate is the governing body of the Youth Group. Members aid in making decisions  that  affect  the direction of

our

youth.   We

ask

that all

Senate

members

be

committed to growing in their life in Christ.

September 1 10 a.m.

September 15 1:15 a.m.

Kate Marquardt** Raphael Melo**

September 29 9 a.m. Kate Marquardt**

Olivia Melo

Maggie Battcher

Clara Juckett

Mac Boden

Clara Juckett

Maggie Battcher

Amanda Pipes

Pye Boden

Amanda Pipes

We are looking for serious and mature  youth who will lead

Max Brown

Ashby Howard

Nolan Battcher

by Christian example in and out of Youth Group, attend and

Nolan Battcher

Gillen Howard

Nate Zimmerman

September 8 10 a.m.

September 22 9 a.m.

September 29 11:15 a.m.

Henry Starks**

Stephen Root**

Henry Starks**

Cutter Jones**

Caroline Mercer

Cutter Jones**

Bennett Crain

Chris Paris

Bennett Crain

Emma Langley

Luke Russo

Emma Langley

engage in Youth Senate meetings, attend at least three youth

activities

a

responsibilities. If

month,

you

and

have

follow

prayerfully

through

with

considered

this

opportunity and feel as though God is calling you to be a part of it, please fill out a Youth Senate application and give it to Raleigh. Thanks!

Youth Purpose Statement

Brinly Hardy

Hattie Lavin

Brinly Hardy

The purpose of the St. Francis Youth Group is to develop

Adam Hutchens

Alex Kron

Adam Hutchens

strong bonds with each other while pursuing our journey

Paris Moon

with Christ. We fulfill this through outreach, Bible Study, and by simply having a good time.

Missions, St. Francis, and You!

September 15 9 a.m.

September 22 11:15 a.m. Caroline Brown**

Julia Deters**

Hollings Ruml

Thank you to St. Francis for support our summer missions to

Ellie Kemper

Max Brown

the

Clay Bockhorst

Quentin Proud

Republic. They were both very successful and the light of

Jackson Rue

Natalie Hernandez

Christ shined brightly. The Mission Team is truly blessed to

Emma Talbott

Anna Brodfuehrer

be a part of a parish that prays so diligently and gives so

Kate Talbott

David

School

in

David,

KY

and

to

the

Dominican

freely of its time and resources. Thank you again for making our call of having two missions this summer a reality.

**Team leaders

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