When Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. We are now in this glorious season of Eastertide, and for that alone, I am joyful. This season of Easter began here at Saint Francis as it began with countless other Christian communities around the world with the Great Vigil of Easter. At sundown the Saturday evening before Easter Sunday, over seventy members of our congregation along with several visitors, gathered in our memorial garden to kindle a fire. For well over a month I had been collecting twigs in our church yard and storing them in a dry place to ensure, as best I could, that we would have a big fire for the Vigil. And a big fire we had! It was from this fire that burned bright THE REV. MILTON C. and strong in the middle of our memorial garden that our Paschal Candle WILLIAMS, JR. was lit. Following its lighting, Fr. Drew bore the Paschal Candle into the pitch dark church where we followed behind in solemn procession. Stopping three times from the memorial garden to the chancel of the church, Fr. Drew, holding the Paschal Candle high, proclaimed, “The Light of Christ.” to which we all responded, “Thanks be to God.” As the Paschal Candle was processed down the center aisle of the church, each worshipper, holding their own little candle would light their little candle from the much larger Paschal Candle. Slowly but surely the deep darkness of the nave of the church was broken by the flickering light of the Paschal Candle and the collective lights we all held in our hands. From the moment we all stood around the fire in the memorial garden until we had all entered the church, without exception, each of us had stepped back into time and space to join those early forth century Christians who stood around a Great Fire in Jerusalem. In that fire those early Christians saw the Light of Christ and they knew then as we know now the power of God over death and the grave as witnessed by an empty tomb and the Resurrection. For this Eastertide, it is my prayer for our parish that we would all know the Light of Christ. May that light illumine our lives, radiate into the world and bear witness to Him who lives and reigns in glory everlasting. Amen. Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Faithfully, Fr. Milton
T h e
R e v.
D r. A nd re w ( Dre w +)
H ar mon
Dear faithful Franciscans, “He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him!” These words resonate throughout this Easter season, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Easter reminds us that sin and death do not have the final word—Christ has trampled death by death, as the ancient Paschal Troparion reminds us. This is a season dedicated to glimpsing the new life that we witness all around, the places and lives where new beginnings are breaking through. We have just begun our six-week parenting class, facilitated by Kathy Clayton, MSW. Kathy is leading us through a curriculum called “Love and Logic,” which uses varies techniques and strategies to set and hold limits within a loving parent-child relationship. Twenty adults, both from St. Francis Church and Day School in addition to friends and neighbors, will gather on six consecutive Tuesday evenings to seek new ways to nurture their children in new and life-giving ways.
THE REV. DR. ANDREW HARMON
On Sundays, our Adult Formation time throughout Easter will look a little differently. The Gold Room, just off the nave, has been transformed into a makeshift chapel. From 9:15-10:00am each Sunday, we will join in the historic rite of Morning Prayer, followed by a time of fellowship (complete with coffee and tea). I am excited to share this time with you in prayer and in conversation, as we hear and tell of the many resurrection stories in our midst. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the sixty-first annual book sale. For the better part of a week, this place is transformed: floor-to-ceiling books, bustling bodies, thousands of visitors. Last year was my first book sale, and I was not disappointed. It is remarkable to see all hands on deck, as this community of faith opens its doors in the name of hospitality and outreach. This is a beautiful and busy time to be a Franciscan! Peace, Drew+
Ms . Fe licia Col e Ch il dre ns ’ & Y o uth Min is try May is here … so soon! I can not believe it’s already May! I feel like the school year just started, so it’s mind blowing to me that it’s already coming to a close. Speaking of which: please keep an eye on your email, announcements, and newsletter for some end of the year excitement! Personally, I would like to thank every single member of this Parish for making my first “school year” or “program year” with our children and youth so great. It has been an immense joy to get to know each and every one of them, this church is blessed with some incredible young people! Most of all, getting to know this Parish is such a blessing and reminder of God’s goodness and grace. Just because the summer season is here doesn’t mean we’re slowing down! Be sure to sign up for some of our camps/offerings, and always feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Peace to You, Felicia Cole
UPCOMING EVENTS Youth Sunday
Join us as we recognize new graduates. Middle School Missions Week
June 22-26 We'll spend our days helping out local non-profits, our evenings having fun and building community, and we'll be camping out in the Parish Hall! All rising 6th-8th graders are welcome to join us. The cost is $125 and the sign up form can be found here. If money is a hesitation, just let Felicia (firstname.lastname@example.org) know!
High School Glory Ridge Missions Trip June 30-July 6 We’re heading back to The Ridge for another amazing week of service and community! This year’s cost is $275. Turn in your $50 deposit and your form ASAP! You can pick up the form at EYC or by emailing email@example.com!
July 29-Aug. 2 Believe it or not, it's time to start planning for VBS! This year we'll be exploring Ancient Greece with our friend Paul! For more details on the program, registering, or volunteering just click here!
Quarter T r e as ur e r ’s Re po rt 201 9
This is the report of the financial results for the first quarter of 2019 for St. Francis Episcopal Church. First Quarter ACTUAL Revenues Expenses
First Quarter BUDGET $149,875 $175,216
YTD ACTUAL $161,965 $168,481
YTD BUDGET $149,875 $175,216
YTD VARIANCE $12,090 $6,735
Net Margin ($6,516) $(25,341) ($6,516) $(25,341) $18,825 For our Operating Accounts we received $161,965 in Revenues versus a budget of $149,875. This puts us positive to budget in the amount of $12,090. The main reason for this positive variance is that some members went ahead and paid their whole 2019 pledge in March. Without these payments pledges would have been close to our budget target for the quarter. The total revenue budget for the year is $714,244. So far year to date all other sources of Revenue other than 2019 pledges are just slightly below budget. Total Expenses for the quarter are $168,481 versus a budget of $175,216. Because of the above budget pledge giving in the first quarter, our net margin is negative (6,516) versus a budget of negative (25,341). The annual budget is a balanced budget with both revenue and expenses of $714,244. This includes Revenue from the ‘Special Gift’ gold envelope campaign of $29,500. There is little additional activity to report on the Capital Account since our March 31 presentation. The Day School has taken in $1,976 more than expenses against an annual budget gain of $7,600. Enrollment for this year is near the capacity. The Endowment Fund now has a balance of $502,561, an increase since the end of 2017 of $28,888 over the 12/31 balance of $473,673. Please feel free to call or email me with questions. Thank you all, Rick Saunders, Treasurer Rsaund1612@aol.com 336.545.8652
In order to make your 2019 Book Sale a great success, we need the help of EVERYONE who is able and available! A dedicated group of sorters and organizers have worked weekly for 11 1/2 months to get the merchandise ready for our sale. Now it is time for the rest of us to STEP UP TO THE PLATE! Please give us a few hours of time between Saturday, May 4, and Saturday, May 11. E-mail Susan Tysinger at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP with time slot(s) that will work for you. May 4-8 are setup dates. May 8, 5:30-8:30pm, is the Preview Party, needing only cashiers. May 9, 10, and 11 are sale dates.
VOLUNTEER TIME SLOTS SETUP
9:00 AM - Noon Noon - 3:00 PM
Preview May 8 (cashiers only)
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
After church - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - Noon 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM 11:30 AM - 2:45 PM 2:30 PM - 5:45 PM 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
9:00 AM - Noon 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
9:00 AM - Noon 11:00 PM - 2:00 PM
May 10 8:45 AM - 11:45: AM 11:30 AM - 2:45 PM 2:30 PM - 5:45 PM 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
8:45 AM - 12:00 Noon 12:00 Noon - 3:00 PM 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (or 'til clean!)
OTHER WAYS TO HELP If you are interested in helping provide food for our volunteers during the sale, please contact Mary Plybon, email@example.com. If you can help in the kitchen, contact Vara Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please consider volunteering to help set up shelves for the book sale. We will set up the shelves on Thursday, May 2, at 9 a.m. This normally only takes a couple of hours. Please also consider helping to set up the rollers which will enable us to move the books from the book garage to the Parish Hall. Rollers will be set up on Friday, May 3, from 3:30 - 5:30. Many hands make light work!
Little Franciscan Summer Camp
Child’s name: _____________________________________age as of June 1 _________ Child’s name: _____________________________________age as of June 1__________ Parent’s name(s): _________________________________________________________ Street address: ___________________________________________________________ City: ______________________________________ Zip code: ____________________ Email address: ___________________________________________________________ Phone number(s): _________________________________________________________ Allergies and/or medical conditions: __________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Emergency contact name and number in the event you cannot be reached: ________________________________________________________________________ Please bring a tote bag with a change of clothing daily. A peanut free snack will be supplied. Campers should dress for a mess! Parents should apply sunscreen and insect repellant before coming to school. Bring a peanut free lunch in an insulated lunch bag.
The cost for each camp is $75 per week. Camps run T,W,TH Please return this form with full payment to reserve your child’s space.
Eligible campers must have completed a three year class and be fully potty trained to attend camp. Older camp group is geared for rising 4’s, Pre-K & Kindergarten. Camp starts at 9:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm. _____ June 18-20 Let’s Go on Safari! _____ June 25-27 _____ July 16-18 _____July 23-25
Books & Cooks Royal Tales (Unicorns & Dragons) Into the Woods
______ Total number of camps
Eligible campers must have completed a two year class. “Littlest” Franciscan Group is geared for rising three year olds. Camp starts at 9:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm _____ June 18-20 _____ July 16-18 _____July 23-25
Let’s Go on Safari! Royal Tales (Unicorns & Dragons) Into the Woods
____________________________________________________________________________ ______ Total number of camps
Refunds for camps requested in writing are honored up to two weeks prior to a scheduled camp less a $15 fee for each camp. In the event a camp is cancelled due to low enrollment, a full refund will be made. Emergency Permission Form: We hereby agree to hold harmless St. Francis Episcopal Church and Day School or anyone acting on behalf of St. Francis, from any and all liability resulting from injury to my child, ____________________________, that may occur at Little Franciscan Summer Camp. I authorize any agent for St. Francis Episcopal Church to admit my child for emergency medical treatment as necessary in the event that such care is needed and I cannot be immediately contacted. Parent signature: ______________________________________________________________
Buy Jewelry this Saturday! Your husband called and said, "Buy ANYTHING you want, dear!"Just in time for Mother's Day! The Kendra Scott store at Friendly Center is having a Kendra Gives Back party This Saturday, May 4, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Twenty percent of all sales will be donated directly to St Francis Day School! Sipping and treats for all!
Purchase Art at the Day School! Check out the lovely floral canvases in the Day School wing. All artwork was taken from our campus. All canvases are for sale. The sale of any artwork directly benefits the school.The artist, Nataliya Strumila, a Day school parent, may be contacted directly at email@example.com. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any artwork may be purchased as is or ordered in other sizes. To see the artist's work, click here to access Drop Box.
Th e Reach from th e Outr e ach May 2019 FOOD DRIVE THANK YOU Thanks to all who volunteered in April for the Greensboro Urban Ministryâ€™s Spring Food Drive at the Harris Teeter on Lawndale. You all were troopers in the bad weather and the outdoor conditions. You collected 1,520 pounds of food and $132 in cash donations.
A SIMPLE GESTURE Feeding those in the food deserts has long been a concern in our parish. You can help by signing up to participate in A Simple Gesture. All you do is fill out a card and a green bag will be delivered to your door. Place your food donations in the bag and volunteers pick up your bag twice a month, leave you a new one, and then you do it all over again. Itâ€™s that SIMPLE. Leslie Isakoff, the founder of A Simple Gesture, works with BackPack Beginnings and Out of the Garden to make sure that school-aged children and their families have food over the weekends, during holidays and summer breaks. Together, these agencies and people like us can make a difference in Greensboro! Look for your sign-up card after the Book Sale in the pew racks and at the welcome table to participate in this great family project!
POLLEN ON YOUR CAR? Malachi House 2 will hand wash your dirty car for a $10 minimum service on Wendover Ave. across from GTCC!
For more information about outreach at St. Francis, please contact us at email@example.com. The Outreach Committee typically meets on the third Monday of the month in the Red Carpet room at 7:00 p.m. New members are welcome.
MEALS ON WHEELS Meals on Wheels is a nationally recognized program which provides food for individuals who are unable to provide (go out and purchase and/or prepare) meals for themselves. In Guilford County this program is implemented by Senior Resources at Guilford. Clients are provided one balanced hot meal each weekday. Frozen meals are provided for week-ends or holidays. To qualify to receive meals a recipient must be unable to drive nor reside with someone who can drive. Most clients are qualified financially for free meals, but there are some who pay for their meals. There is a long waiting list of those who need the meals but for whom there is no funding available. Volunteers deliver these meals each day. St. Francis volunteers deliver the first Friday of each month. A route normally has between 8 and 15 clients and takes 1 to 2 hrs. to deliver. We deliver 19 routes. Most routes are delivered by 2 people, but four routes are delivered by only 1 person. At this time we have TWO open routes which need substitutes every month in addition to the subs for people who, for various reasons, are unable to deliver their routes. In June that number will become FOUR open routes. We need help! If you are interested in this ministry and can donate a couple of hours once a month, please contact Jane Woody at (336)855-3884 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many who have been doing this for as many as 20 years. It really isnâ€™t difficult and makes a difference in the lives of those who serve and are served.
F r a n c i s E p i s c o pa l C h u r c h
A Parish of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman, Bishop The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan
Pa r i s h
S ta f f
Rector: The Very Rev. Milton C. Williams, Jr. Assistant Rector: The Rev. Dr. Andrew Harmon
Choir Director: Sam Doyle Junior Choir Director: Jane Woody Assistant Choir Director: Benita McFarland St. Francis Day School Director: Kit Hargett Parish Administrator: Linda Allgood Communications Coordinator: Michelle Hines
Director of Children and Youth Ministry: Felicia Cole Book Sale Manager and Membership Coordinator: Mark Hamby Bookkeeper: Blair Barnett Sextons: Jack Steelman & Bo Edwards Custodian: Rigoberto Bautista
St. Francis Vestry: Senior Warden: Jim Woody, Junior Warden: Chris Relos, Clerk: Kathie Huff, Treasurer: Rick Saunders, Laura Ambler, Betty Barry, Duana Cisney, Sonia Haslam, Robert Koehler, Dana Koval, Melinda Madtes, David Reich, Lynn Sandlin St. Francis Church: 336-288-4721, www.stfrancisgreensboro.org: St. Francis Day School: 336-288-4740
3506 Lawndale Drive Greensboro, NC 27408
St. Francis Episcopal Church
St. Francis Episcopal Church Newsletter