Saint Francis Episcopal Church
The Mission of St. Francis is to be a dynamic Christian community, dedicated to the love of Jesus Christ and to the truth of His message.

Weekly Parish Announcements


July 30, 2017

Special Thanks


Special thanks to Allison and Eric Ferriell for doing a wonderful job with the Family Fun Night.  It was a great blessing!  And a big thank you to everyone who came that enjoyed a good time of fun and fellowship together.


 

Thank You


Thank you to Barb Roy for all her hard work and dedication in getting the bathrooms upgraded.  We give thanks to God for all her efforts!





July 23, 2017


Help Wanted


We are in need of Eucharistic Ministers.  If you feel called to help in this ministry, please contact Dick Pascoe.

 


Thank You


Thank you to all who contributed to the Cleaning Workday on Thursday, July 20th.  It was a very productive endeavor and we were blessed with all those who showed up.

 


Summer Performing Arts Program.


Special thanks to Jeff Baldrige for offering his talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.


The Summer Performing Arts Program has begun and will continue through Sunday, September 3rd. There will be no choir during these months. Please find the sign-up sheet on the table in the Foyer for any who would be willing to provide instrumental or vocal music, liturgical dance, dramatic reading, poetry, story-telling, or other forms of performing art thatwould be appropriate at the Offertory. Questions: contact Donna Sprowles.





July 16, 2017


Workday!


Many hands make for an evening of cleaning.  Please come and help clean starting at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 20th. We'll make ourselves busy inside and have a chance to work together and spruce the place up.  Dinner will also be provided.

 


Annual Family Fun Night


Keep your calendars open!  St. Francis’ Annual Family Fun Night will be held on July 22nd at 6:00 pm.  Come and enjoy food and fellowship with the parishioners of St. Francis.  Further details will be provided. Contact Allison Ferriell for any questions.  Fun... Fellowship... Food... you do not want to miss it!



Church Directory


St. Francis would like to update our directory with the congregations correct information. We would also like to have email addresses to help us save on postage.  Please make sure to fill out the form on the table in the Foyer and either place it in the alms or return it to the office.



Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Kate Hamilton and Kimmie Sprowles for offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program today.

 

The Summer Performing Arts Program has begun and will continue through Sunday, September 3rd. There will be no choir during these months. Please find the sign-up sheet on the table in the Foyer for any who would be willing to provide instrumental or vocal music, liturgical dance, dramatic reading, poetry, story-telling, or other forms of performing art that would be appropriate at the Offertory. Questions: contact Donna Sprowles.





July 2, 2017


Outreach Ministry Jars


Please look for jars around the church to throw your loose change in. They will be located on the table in the Foyer, near the coffee pots in the kitchen, and on the table during coffee hour. The donations for July and August will help with the Shriners Hospital for Children.



Outreach Sunday


There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, July 9th which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry. Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Need items on the bulletin board.




June 4, 2017


PARISH SUMMER BARBECUE PICNIC!


Let's welcome summer together and enjoy our parish family. Come on out to the church Saturday, June 10th at 5:00 pm. There will be inside and outside seating. Bring a side dish or dessert if you can. Questions? Call Virginia Culp. See you there!

 


Egg Cartons


The Life Enrichment Center is a food pantry in Dayton. They need egg cartons for distributing eggs to needy families. If you could please bring in your used egg cartons, there will be a container in the Foyer for them. Thank you!

 


SICK? NEW BABY? OVERWHELMED? WOULD A MEAL BE HELPFUL?


Consider using our Carrying Angels Ministry. Mary Martin arranges for meal deliveries to parishioners. It's a great service! Give someone an opportunity to help.

 


Annual Family Fun Night


Keep your calendars open! St. Francis’ Annual Family Fun Night will be held on July 22nd at 6:00 pm. Come and enjoy food and fellowship with the parishioners of St. Francis. Further details will be provided soon. Contact Allison Ferriell for any questions. Fun...Fellowship...Food...you do not want to miss it!

 


Christmas in Springboro


Christmas in Springboro will here before you know it. The Vestry is planning on having a meeting this summer to coordinate and plan for Christmas in Springboro in Nov. If anyone is interested in brain storming ideas or volunteering contact Barb Roy.






May 7, 2017


Outreach Sunday

There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, May 14th which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry. Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Need items on the bulletin board.



Sunday School


There will be no Sunday School for the Summer.  The last day for Sunday School will be on Sunday, June 4th and will resume back in September.  If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Catalan.



Summer Performing Arts Program


The Summer Performing Arts Program will begin Sunday, June 11th and will continue through Sunday, September 3rd. Their will be no choir during these months. Please find the sign-up sheet on the table in the foyer for any who would be willing to provide instrumental or vocal music, liturgical dance, dramatic reading, poetry, story-telling, or other forms of performing art that would be appropriate at the Offertory.  Please speak with Donna Sprowles for more information or any questions.





April 30, 2017


Outreach Ministry Jars

Please look for jars around the church to throw your loose change in. They will be located on the table in the Foyer, near the coffee pots in the kitchen, and on the table during coffee hour. The donations for May and June will help with the Humane Society of Warren County. 




April 16, 2017


Rogation Sunday


This year Rogation Sunday falls on May 21st. We will ask for God's blessing on the fruits of the earth and celebrate spring on this special day of the church calendar.  It's a good day to wear a spring hat!




April 9, 2017


SISTER ACT at LaComedia Dinner Theatre for St. Francis Episcopal Church

We have planned a St. Francis night for 
Friday, May 26, 2017.  You will need to be at the dinner theatre by 5:30 pm. (This is Memorial Day Weekend). She has reserved 20 seats and can add more if we need them. Cost is $44.00 per person and it needs to be paid in full by April 23rd to Diana Graham.  The total bill is due to LaComedia by April 26th and once we pay,  there are no refunds. Please RSVP me ASAP that you plan to attend.
It should be a great night to enjoy some laughter and fellowship.




April 2, 2017


Outreach Sunday

There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, April 9th which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.


Dinner Group Outing

We are looking for people to sign up for a group outing to La Comedia in Springboro.  The sign up sheet will be located on the counter in the coffee hour room.  It will be a warm time of connection and caring.  Questions?  Contact Virginia Culp or Diana Graham





March 26, 2017


In Memory of St. Francis' Senior Warden, Bill Riegel

William David Riegel was born on June 23, 1941 in Piqua, Ohio and he passed away on March 21, 2017.  Bill Riegel will be greatly missed by the congregation of St. Francis.  Please pray for his family and friends at this time.


The Bishop is Coming!


The Rt. Rev. Bavi Edna "Nedi" Rivera will make a pastoral visit to St. Francis next Sunday, April 2nd.  She will bless us with her presence as St. Francis' Priest!  Please come and welcome her as she celebrates the Eucharist and preaches.


Family Fun Night

The St. Francis's Annual Family Fun Night has been postponed and will be rescheduled.  Further details will be provided soon.  Question: contact Allison Ferriell.



March 12, 2017


Palm Sunday


The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday is on Sunday, April 9th and will begin outdoors (weather permitting) with The Liturgy of the Palms; after which we will process to the nave to celebrate Holy Eucharist, Rite II.



Easter Flowers

 

If you would like to memorialize a loved one, or express thanksgiving for God’s many blessings through your donation of Easter Flowers, please fill out the needed information on the form found on the Foyer table.  Mark checks payable to St. Francis and mark the memo “Easter Flowers”.   Please submit the forms to the office by Wednesday, April 13th.



Good Friday

 

Good Friday service will be Friday, April 14th at 7:00 pm, using the traditional Good Friday Liturgy.  This Holy Week service is an important preparation for the Sunday of Resurrection.



Easter Day

 

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day will occur on Sunday, April 16th and will be celebrated with a Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10:30 am. All are invited for this festive day!



Easter Egg Hunt

 

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at St. Francis will take place immediately following the service on Easter Sunday, April 16th.  All children are invited!  While the adults enjoy an Easter coffee hour, the children will be searching for candy filled eggs.  Donations of plastic eggs and/or candy would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please see Jenny Catalan or Lisa Spangler.  Come and join us for fun and fellowship!





March 5, 2017


Family Fun Night

Keep your calendars open!  St. Francis' Annual Family Fun Night will be held on March 25th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Come and enjoy food and fellowship with the parishioners of St. Francis.  Further details will be provided soon.  Contact Allison Ferriell if you have any questions.  Fun...Fellowship...Food...you do not want to miss it!

Outreach Ministry Jars

Please look for jars around the church to throw away loose change in.  They will be located on the table in the foyer, near the coffee pots in the kitchen, and on the table during coffee hour.  The donations for March and April will help with St. Francis' bathroom renovations.  Thank you for supporting the Outreach Ministry.




February 12, 2017


Outreach Sunday

This Sunday is Outreach Sunday.  There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of most needed items on the bulletin board.


Annual Meeting

The Annual meeting will be postponed till Sunday, February 26th following the 10:30 am Liturgy.


Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Worship will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 7:00 pm in the Nave.  The Rev. Roger Foote will preside.  During this service, Holy Communion will be administered and ashes will be imposed upon our foreheads, reminding us of our mortality.  Please come!



February 5, 2017


Altar Flowers

Don't forget the Altar Flower sign up sheet on the table in the Foyer.  This is a wonderful way to help beautify the church each week.


Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be Tuesday, February 28th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Pancakes will be $5.00 per person and $20.00 for a family of four or more.  Come and eat all the pancakes, eggs, and sausage you want before beginning our period of fasting for Lent.  If anyone would like to help with the Pancake Supper, please let Mike Kock know.  See you there!






January 22, 2017


Family Fun Night

Due to uncertain weather conditions, Family Fun Night was cancelled on Saturday.  A new date has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 25th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  Please keep your calendars open for this event!



January 15, 2017

"Soup"er Bowl Sunday

St. Francis will continue its traditional participation in "Soup"er Bowl on Sunday, February 5th.  "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat."  The Outreach Ministry will be adding homemade and delicious soup to the February 5th Coffee Hour.  Any donations received will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.



Annual Meeting

On Sunday, February 12th following the 10:30 am Liturgy there will be St. Francis' Annual Meeting.  During this annual meeting Delegates will be chosen, new Vestry Members will be announced, and a presentation of the budget and finances will be given.  As well as a list of brief reports from all Ministry Chair persons.  All Ministry Leaders should submit their reports from 2016 into the office by February 9th.



January 8, 2017



Outreach Sunday

There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, January 8th which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board. 






January 1, 2017


Family Fun Night

Come and enjoy Family Fun Night on January 15th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  This year we are doing things a little differently.  We will have  a post holiday "dirty Santa" gift exchange.  Everyone should bring a gift for the exchange, around $10-20 in value.  It can be something you received for Christmas but don't have a use for, something you've picked up at after Christmas sales, or you can make something (handmade craft or food).  Each participant will draw a number and that will be the order in which we pick gifts.  Dirty Santa rules are easy to follow and will be explained the night of.  We will have small snacks available but everyone is encouraged to bring something to share.  We will also play a couple of small team and individual games.  Please contact Allison Ferriell if you have any questions.  Fun...Fellowship...Food...you do not want to miss it!


Chili Cook-off

Time for fun and fellowship for all.  The annual St Francis Chili Cook-off will be held after church on Sunday, January 22nd.  Please let Ron Thomas know if you would like to be a contender for this event.  Everyone is invited to compete!


Outreach Jar Ministry

The Outreach Jar Ministry for the months of January and February will be for Multiple Sclerosis.  Please put any change in the jars found in the Kitchen, Foyer, and the Commons.  All donations will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at the end of February.




December 25, 2016


Epiphany Pageant

There will be an Epiphany Pageant put on by the Sunday School and put together by Jenny Catalan.  Please mark your calendars for  Sunday, January 8th.  The program will include nine Lessons and Carols.  Please come and support our youth at St. Francis.


Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is asking once again for folks to stay after church January 8th to help take down the Christmas decorations.  Your help is so much appreciated and it is great to know we can count on you.


Stewardship Ministry

The Stewardship Ministry gives thanks to all who have made a commitment for 2017.  Those who have not yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider how you can help so we can move closer to our goals.  Many thanks!





December 18, 2016


Christmas Day Service

There will NOT be a Christmas Day Service on Sunday, December 25th.   The Sunday morning service has been cancelled.  St. Francis will be back with a Morning Prayer Service on Sunday, January 1, 2017.



December 11, 2016


Christmas Eve Festal Holy Eucharist, Rite II

The Christmas Eve Festal will be held at 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 24th.  This Festal Mass will have the Rev. Ronald Redder presiding over the liturgy and a special Offertory Anthem entitled, "Christmas Hallelujah" by L. Cohen.  Please bring family, friends, and neighbors to experience this joyful celebration of our Lord's Nativity on this festive day!



December 4, 2016


Hanging of the Greens

On Sunday, December 18th St. Francis will be having its annual "Hanging of the Greens" after the church service.  Please make plans to help beautify the church for the Christmas Eve service on December 24th.



Life Enrichment Center

The Life Enrichment Center is a food pantry in Dayton.  They need egg cartons for distributing eggs to needy families.  If you could please bring in your used egg cartons, there will be a container in the Foyer for them.  Thank you!



Outreach Sunday

There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, December 11th which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.


LuLaRoe Popup Show

On Saturday, December 17th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm all ladies of the church are invited to a fun event being held at St. Francis.  Krys Moffitt will be holding a LuLaRoe popup show.  It is a beautiful line of women's, kids, and men's clothing.  Try on as many of these lovely pieces as you like, there will be an entire inventory available for you to shop.  No ordering is involved, if you find something you want, you buy it and take it with you that day.  There will also be refreshments and a wonderful time for fellowship. Please contact Donna Sprowles, Kate Hamilton or Kimmie Sprowles for any questions.  Hope to see you there!



November 27, 2016


Poinsettia Flowers

If you are interested in contributing Poinsettia Flowers in memory or thanksgiving for someone, please make out your check to St. Francis, in the memo notate "Christmas Flowers", and put into the alms by Sunday, December 18th for the Christmas Eve bulletin.  Christmas Flower forms are located on the table in the Foyer.  If by chance, someone is unable to get a donation in on time, the names will be published in a later list on Sunday, January 1st.


Dorcas Group

There will be no meeting in December for the Dorcas Group (aka Craft and Needleworkers).


2016 St. Francis Outreach Christmas Ministry

The Outreach Christmas Ministry will begin Sunday, November 20th through December 11th.  Each year For Love of Children (FLOC) organizes their annual Christmas for Kids event, a toy drive, and distribute these gifts to children who would not have much of a Christmas without the community's helps.  They are desperately in need of toys for children ages 0 through 18.  You can bring a new, unwrapped toy or a stuffed Christmas stocking (please mark them with a tag for either girl or boy and approximate age level) to the St. Francis's foyer and place them in the barrels by Sunday, December 8th.  The toys should be New and Unwrapped.  No Edible Gifts such as cookies or candy should be placed in the barrels.  St. Francis' parishioner Barb Roys is the volunteer of FLOC, any questions please speak to her.



November 12, 2016


Veterans Celebration

Please join us on Sunday, November 13th for a celebration to honor our Veterans.  Stay after the service for a special meal during our coffee hour.  Please invite all of your Veteran family and friends to this special event.


Outreach Sunday

There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry on Outreach Sunday, November 13th.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.





November 6, 2016


Caring Angels

New Ministry: Caring Angels.  Sick?  New Baby? Difficult to get around?  Talk to Mary Martin to arrange for Caring Angels to make a meal and deliver it with love.



Dorcas Group (aka Craft and Needlework Group)

Dorcas Group meets on the second Thursday of the month. Our next meeting is November 10th.  Work on things for local medical centers or your personal projects.  Learners welcome!  Drop in anytime at your convenience between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  We'll have more fun if you come join in.  Questions: contact Virginia Culp.


Christmas in Springboro

Christmas in Springboro will be held the weekend before Thanksgiving on November 18-20.  The Vestry has decided this year to have a booth set up to pass out information about St. Francis.  There are sign up sheets for cookies and to work at the booth on the table in the Foyer.  Please stop by and sign up to help out at this event.


October 30, 2016


Veteran's Celebration

Please join us for a celebration to honor our Veterans in our area on Sunday, November 13th.  Stay after the service for a special meal during our coffee hour.  Please invite all of your Veteran family and friends to this special event!



October 23, 2016


Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar Sunday, October 23rd were given by Bill and Peggy Riegel to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for fifty-six years of marriage.


Celebration of New Continuing Clergy Leader


Please join us fora  celebration of our new Continuing Clergy Leader, The Rev. Ronald Redder, on Sunday, October 30th followed by a parish potluck after the service.  Please bring your favorite dish to share.  Invite your fiends and family for  this festive event.


Reformation Sunday

Celebrated on the last Sunday in October, Reformation Sunday commemorates the Protestant Reformation as well as Martin Luther, who nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, German, on October 31, 1517, the eve of All Saints' Day.


October 16, 2016


Supply Clergy

Please welcome The Rev. Robert Hufford, Supply Clergy, who is here to preach and celebrate with St. Francis on Sunday, October 16th.  Please take the time to welcome him in person.


Continuing Clergy Leader

On Sunday, October 23rd , St. Francis will have a new Continuing Clergy Leader. The Rev. Ronald Redder will bless us with his presence for the Sunday service.  Please come and support St. Francis while it is in this transition period to a new Continuing Clergy Leader.



October 9, 2016


Supply Clergy

Please welcome The Rev. William Gartig, Supply Clergy, who is here to preach and celebrate with St. Francis on Sunday, October 9th. Please take the time to welcome him in person.


Dorcas Group

Dorcas Group (aka Craft and Needlework Group) meets on the second Thursday of the month.  Our next meeting is October 13th.  Work on things for local medical centers or your personal projects.  Learners welcome!  Drop in anytime at your convenience between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  We'll have more fun if you come join in.  Questions?  Please contact Virginia Culp.


Outreach Sunday

On Sunday, October 9th there will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.


October 2, 2016


Supply Clergy

Please welcome The Rev. William Gartig, Supply Clergy, who is here to preach and celebrate with St. Francis on Sunday, October 2nd.  Please take the time to welcome him in person.


Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar this Sunday are given to the glory of God by Mary Harris.



Altar Arrangements

Please bring in fall items for the altar arrangement.  St. Francis is in need of pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds, sunflowers, etc.  Help us make our altar area a fall spectacular!


Gallon Milk Jugs

Save and bring in your gallon milk jugs for the annual Christmas in Springboro.  St. Francis' parking lot will be used for the annual event, and milk jugs will be used to light up the parking area during Christmas in Springboro at night.  Please put them in the Foyer.




September 25, 2016


Blessing of the Pets

The annual Blessing of the Pets happens on October 2nd at 2:00 pm in the parking lot of St. Francis Episcopal Church.  Bring your favorite animal companion and join in this brief liturgy in honor of the patron saint of animals (and all nature), Francis of Assisi on this his feast day.  A long-standing tradition in the Anglican Communion, the blessing of animals is especially fitting for St. Francis. Please come and share the event with us!


Foyer Groups/Dinner Clubs

Join 6-8 other parishioners for a chance to get to know each other better over a meal.  A sing up sheet is on the counter in the coffee hour room.  We will meet for a home cook group dinner on Monday, October 3rd in the Library at St. Francis.  (The previous date of September 26th is cancelled because it conflicts for an number of people due to the presidential debate that night.)  Questions or Comments, please contact Virginia Culp.


Altar Flowers


The flowers on the altar are given by Gretchen Weller to the gory of God and with love and gratitude for the People of St. Francis.


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's Teachable Moments are "The Nicene Creed: Conclusion".  This will be during our coffee hour time as we gather after the service.



September 18, 2016


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's Teachable Moments are the "Nicene Creed: Third Paragraph".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour times as we gather after the service.


Parish Health Ministry

The Parish Health Ministry is still sponsoring an Eyeglass Collection by collecting old eyeglasses and sunglasses.  A box will be out all summer in the Foyer, please put any glasses donations in there.



September 11, 2016


Guest Preacher and Concelebrant

We welcome The Rev. Jason Leo, Missioner for Congregational Vitality, our guest preacher and concelebrant this Sunday.  Jason will be available during the coffee hour for your questions and comments.  Please take the time to welcome him in person.


Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar today are given by Allison Ferriell to the glory of God and in memory of the victims and survivors of the attacks of 9/11.


Outreach Sunday

This Sunday there will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household times which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry on Outreach Sunday.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.



September 4, 2016


Dorcas Group (aka Craft and Needlework Group)

Dorcas Group meets on the second Thursday of the month.  Our next meeting is September 8th. Work on things for local medical centers or your own personal projects.  Learners welcome!  Drop in anytime at your convenience between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  We'll have more fun if you come join in.  Questions: contact Virginia Culp.


Summer Performing Arts Program

The Summer Performing Arts Program's last day is Sunday, September 4th.  There will be no choir today.  The Choir will resume back on Sunday, September 11th.  If you would like to join the Choir or have any questions, please contact Donna Sprowles.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Kate Hamilton and Kimmie Sprowles for offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, September 4th.


Teachable Moments

This Sunday, September 4th Teachable Moments is "The Nicene Creed: Second Paragraph".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.



August 28, 2016


The Choir

The Choir will resume back on Sunday, September 11th. If you would like to join the Choir or have any questions, please contact Donna Sprowles.


Sunday School

Sunday School will resume back on Sunday, September 11th. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Catalan.


Parish Health Ministry

Please welcome Mary Martin and Allison Ferriell as new members of the Parish Health Ministry Team.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Virginia Culp for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, August 28th.


Teachable Moments

This Sunday, August 28th Teachable Moment is "The Nicene Creed: Second Paragraph".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.



August 21, 2016


Special Thanks

Thank you to Mike Kock and David Culp for setting up the new phone system in the office.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Kate Hamilton for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, August 21st.


Teachable Moments

This Sunday, August 21st Teachable Moment is the "Nicene Creed: Second Paragraph".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.



August 14, 2016



Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Barb Roy, Barb Pascoe, Kate Hamilton, Pam Kock, and Kimmie Sprowles for offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program.


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's Teachable Moments are "The Nicene Creed: Second Paragraph".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.


Outreach Sunday

Sunday, August 14th is Outreach Sunday.  There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.



August 7, 2016



Outreach Ministry

The Outreach Ministry for August and September will be gathering school supplies for children unable to supply their own.  We need to be aware of children who need extra help getting ready for school.  There are many in the surrounding area.  There will be a bin near the outside door to collect any supplies you wish to donate.  The quarters and loose change in the collection plate plus any you could put in the outreach jars located in the Foyer and the Commons during the coffee hour will be used to buy added supplies.  Children need all the support we can offer them.  Thank you for your support.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Kate Hamilton and Kimmie Sprowles for offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's Teachable Moments is "The Nicene Creed: First Paragraph".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.



July 31, 2016


The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Feast of the Transfiguration with Blessing of Fruit with Holy Eucharist, Rite II will be on Friday, August 5th at 7:00 pm.  A cookout and communion will precede the service at 5:45 pm.  Please come!


Parish Health Ministry

The Parish Health Ministry is still sponsoring an Eyeglass Collection by collecting old eyeglasses and sunglasses.  A box will be out all summer in the Foyer, please put any glasses donations in there.


Teachable Moments

This Sundays Teachable Moment is "The Nicene Creed: First Paragraph".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Loretta Stockstill for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.



July 24, 2016


Teachable Moments

This Sundays Teachable Moment is "The Nicene Creed: A Study of our Statement of Faith".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Kimmie Sprowles for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.



July 17, 2016


Teachable Moments

This Sundays Teachable Moments is "The Nicene Creed: A Study of our Statement of Faith".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.


Annual Audit

If you would like to be involved in the Annual Audit of St. Francis, please contact Bill Riegel.



July 10, 2016


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Kimmie Sprowles for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday, July 10th.


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's Teachable Moment is "The Nicene Creed: A Study of our Statement of Faith". These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of coffee hour as we gather after the service.


Outreach Sunday

Sunday, July 10th is Outreach Sunday! There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food times as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.



June 26, 2016


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's Teachable Moment is "The Nicene Creed: Introduction".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour as we gather after the service.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Kimmie Sprowles for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.



June 19, 2016


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's Teachable Moment is "When the Trinity Gets Out of Balance", Part 3.  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Lauren Kock with Pam Kock accompanying on the piano and offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.


Mobile Mammography Coach

Premier Health's mobile mammography coach will be at the Franklin Food Pantry, 345 S. Main Street in Franklin from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on June 27th.  Schedule an appointment at (844) 453-4199.  For more information visit www.premierhealth.com/mammo.



June 12, 2016


Teachable Moments

This Sundays Teachable Moments is "When the Trinity Gets Out of Balance", Part 2.  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Jeff Baldrige, Jack Emerson, and Stephan Graham with Diane Graham accompanying on the piano and offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.


Prayer Requests

There will be a blue binder in the Foyer for Prayer requests.  Please fill out your information if you would like to have it in the weekly announcements.  You can also call the office at (937) 748-2592 or email the office (parishsec@saintfran.org) to put your prayer requests into the announcements.


Outreach Ministry

A donation of $415.30 to St. Jude's was collected the past couple of months through Outreach's jar program.  Please continue to contribute!


Outreach Sunday

Sunday, June 12th is Outreach Sunday!  There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.



June 5, 2016


Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Kate Hamilton for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.


Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School for the Summer.  Sunday School will resume back in September.  If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Catalan.


Outreach Ministry

Please look for jars around the church to throw your loose change in.  They will be located on the table in the foyer, near the coffee pots in the kitchen, and on the table during coffee hour. These will benefit Parkinson's Disease for the coming months.  This is a great way for the Outreach Ministry to serve the community.


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's Teachable Moment is "When the Trinity Gets Out of Balance".  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.


Dorcas Group (aka Craft and Needlework Group)

We will not be meeting  in the summer months.  Plan to start again on the Second Thursday of September.  Happy Summer!




 May 29, 2016


Memorial Day Prayer

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.  Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Help us get our ducts in a row!

Hear what Junior Warden Mike Kock says about St. Francis' furnace and air conditioner needs. You may be able to help!


Teachable Moments

This Sunday's teachable moments is about the "Trinitarian Language" - the words we use to talk about the Trinity.  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.



May 15, 2016


Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments starting Trinity Sunday May 22.  We will begin a study of the Nicene Cree and how it presents the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in our confession of faith.  These Teachable Moments will be a brief part of the coffee hour time as we gather after the service.

Banns of Marriage

The Rev. Gretchen K. Weller publishes the Banns of Marriage between Allison Marie Lorenz, spinster, of West Carrollton, Ohio and Eric Alexander Ferriell, bachelor, of West Carrollton, Ohio.  If any of you know just cause why they may not be joined together in Holy Matrimony, you are bidden to declare it.  This is the first time of asking.



May 1, 2016


Outreach Sunday, May 8th

There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  Ingathering baskets are in the foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.


Summer Performing Arts Program

The Summer Performing Arts Program will begin on Sunday, June 5th and will continue through Sunday, September 4th.  Their will be no choir during these months.  Please find the sign-up sheet on the table in the foyer for any who would be willing to provide instrumental or vocal music, liturgical dance, dramatic reading, poetry, story-telling, or other forms of performing art that would be appropriate at the Offertory.  Please speak with Donna Sprowles for more information or any questions.


April 24, 2016



Supper Clubs aka Foyer Groups

Please be sure to RSVP for our first dinner and organizational meeting at the Red Lion near the Dayton Mall.  It's a great way to get to know each other better.  If you have not signed up, yet are interested in monthly dinners with with 6-8 parishioners for 3-4 months, sign up (sheet on the counter in the coffee hour room) or talk to Virginia Culp, Social Life Coordinator.




April 17, 2016


Outreach Ministry

Please look for jars around the church to throw your loose change in.  They will be located on the table in the foyer, near the coffee pots in the kitchen, and on the table during coffee hour.  These will benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital for this coming quarter.  This will be another great way for the Outreach Ministry to serve the community.




April 10, 2016


Crafters and Needleworkers

Think Thursday - the second of the month!  This month it's the 14th and comes this week.  Bring your project.  some of us will be making prayers shawl for the sick-directions available.  Some of us will be working on personal things.  If you want to learn, come on down.  In order to accommodate a variety of schedules, we will meet on a drop in basis from 4 to 7:30 at the church.  come when you can - it will be a merry group if you're here.

Work Party

Bring your gloves and tools.  On Saturday, April 30, help spruce up our lovely gardens in preparation for Rogation Sunday the next day.  Meet at the church at 9:30.  If you would like to donate $ for more mulch, talk to Mike Kock.

Rogation Sunday

This year Rogation Sunday fall on May 1st.  We will ask for God's blessing on the fruits of the earth and celebrate spring on this special day of the church calendar.  It's a good day to wear a spring hat!



April 3, 2016


Outreach Sunday

There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, April 10.  This will benefit the Franklin Community Food Pantry. Ingathering baskets are in the foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.  Thank you for your support.

Ministry Leader Needed for Ushers and Greeters

Ushers and Greeters Ministry Leader is still needed.  If you are interested in filling this position, please contact Bill Riegel.  Please prayerfully consider filling in for this important and much needed ministry.


Blessing of the Home

A traditional practice in the season of Easter is the Blessing of the Homes.  If you want Gretchen to bless your home, please set up a date with Alisha, the Parish Secretary.  The rite is a specific Blessing of Homes at Easter, and takes about half an hour.  It is not a room-by-room blessing known as the Celebration fo a Home.  (Which is also available but requires a lot more preparation and planning.)  Talk to Gretchen if you're interested in the longer rite.



March 27, 2016


Hilarity Sunday

Planning to skip church next Sunday?   A lot of people do.  That's why it's called "Low Sunday".  Here at St. Francis we replace Low Sunday with "Hilarity Sunday".  Based on a 19th century tradition in which Swedish Lutheran Bishops required their pastors to start their Low Sunday sermons with a joke, we observe Hilarity Sunday in a similar manner.  We tell jokes instead of a sermon on this day, because God played a joke on Death with the Resurrection.  It is our way of saying to death, "Where is your sting?  Where is your victory?"  Please join us for Hilarity Sunday and feel free to join the fun by wearing a silly hat or necktie.



March 20, 2016


The Reconciliation of Penitent


The practice of aural confession, called in our prayer book The Reconciliation of a Penitent, is especially appropriate for Holy Week.  It is an excellent way to conclude your personal Lenten journey.  The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available to any parishioner who wishes to participate.  Those interested should speak with our priest to both set a date for the rite and receive guidance on what needs to be done in preparation.   To learn more about this discipline, see the two forms of the service printed in the prayer book, pages 446 through 452.  The Litany of Penitence which is part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy (BCP, pp 267-8), is a useful outline for self-examination in preparing to make a confession.  For more information, speak to Gretchen.


Supper or Lunch Group

Interested in getting together with 6 or 7 others for a few informal meals over the next few months?  Join others interested in a supper or lunch group - in homes or out to eat.  A new sign-up sheet is on the counter in the coffee hour room.  Groups will start soon.  Be sure to get signed up!


Calling All Needle Workers and Crafters

How about a monthly group?  You can work on prayers shawls or baby blankets for the hospital or your own project.  Want to learn?  This is the place for you, too.  A sign-up sheet is on the counter in the coffee hour room.  It will be a warm time of connection and caring - bring a friend.


Discussion Group

We are creating a monthly discussion group, taking the opportunity to consider current events and their relationship to our personal views on faith.  The sign-up sheet can be found on the counter in the coffee hour room.  It's a chance to enrich each other and connect.






March 6, 2016


Continuing Clergy Leader

We welcome The Rev. Gretchen Weller in her new role as Continuing Clergy Leader here at St. Francis.  For the past six months, Gretchen has been our supply priest on Sundays and Holy Days; her responsibilities now include presence in the office one day a week, pastoral care visitation, and guidance in matters that are "liturgical, spiritual, theological, or pastoral."  Her usual day in the office is Tuesday, and you are welcome to drop in any time that day.  Gretchen can meet with you on other days and in the evening by arrangement.


Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at St. Francis will take place immediately following the service on Easter Sunday, March 27th.  All children are invited!  While the adults enjoy an Easter coffee hour, the children will be searching for candy filled eggs as well as special "resurrection eggs" that contain symbols of the passion and resurrection.  (The resurrection eggs can be redeemed for a prize.)  Donations of plastic eggs and/or candy would be greatly appreciated.  If you have any questions, please see Jenny Catalan, Lisa Spangler, or The Rev. Gretchen Weller.  Come and join us for fun and fellowship!



February 28, 2016


Palm Sunday

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday will occur on Sunday, March 20th and will begin outdoors (weather permitting) with The Liturgy of the Palms; after which we will process to the nave to celebrate Holy Eucharist, Rite II.


Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday service will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 pm.  The Liturgy will consist of Foot Washing, Holy Eucharist, Rite II and the Stripping of the Altar


Good Friday

Good Friday service will be held on Friday, March 25th at 7:00 pm, using the traditional Good Friday Liturgy.  Both of these Holy Week services are an important preparation for the Sunday of Resurrection.


Easter Flowers

If you would like to memorialize a loved one, or express thanksgiving for God's many blessings through your donation of Easter Flowers, please fill out the needed information on the form found on the foyer table.  Mark checks payable to St. Francis and mark the memo "Easter Flowers".  Please submit the forms to the office by Wednesday, March 23rd.


Easter Day

The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day will occur on Sunday, March 27th and will be celebrated with a Festal Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10:30 am.  All are invited for this festive day!



February 14, 2016


Sunday School

There will be no Sunday School this Sunday morning.  Class will resume Sunday of next week.


Chili Cook-off

Thanks to all the people who participated in the Chili Cook-off.  There were ten participants this year.  First place went to Barb Pascoe, and Joe Spangler and Pam Kock tied for second place.



February 7, 2016


Last Year's Palms are this Year's Ashes!

Please bring your palms from last year's Palm Sunday to the Pancake Supper.  We will burn the palms and make ashes for the imposition at Ash Wednesday liturgy the following day.


The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal's Visit

We welcome The Right Reverend Thomas Breidenthal, our diocesan bishop.  This Sunday, February 7th, is the Bishop's regular visit to our parish.  Please join the Bishop at the 'Soup'er Bowl fundraiser following the service to greet him and discuss the life and ministry here at St. Francis.  The Bishop will meet with the Vestry in the Library for a brief conversation following the fundraiser.


Episcopal Visitation Fund

The loose offering for this Sunday will to into the Episcopal Visitation Fund.  Donations to this fund provide scholarships for the Summer Camp Program at Procter.  Please be generous.  If people wish to write a check for this purpose, it should be made payable to the Diocese of Southern Ohio and will be mailed with the congregation's check from the loose offering.



January 17, 2016


Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 21st following the liturgy.  During this meeting Delegates will be chosen, and Vestry members chosen if needed.  An update of budget and finances will be presented as well.  All chairpersons of ministries should turn in a brief report to the church office by Wednesday, February 17th.



Ash Wednesday Worship

Ash Wednesday Worship will be held on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 pm in the Nave.  During this service, Holy Communion will be administered and ashes will be imposed upon our foreheads, reminding us of our mortality.  Please come!


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  The cost is $5.00 per person and $20.00 for families of 4 or more.  Come and eat all the pancakes you want before beginning our period of fasting for Lent.  If you would like to help with the Pancake Supper, please contact Mike Kock.  Please come and enjoy!




January 10. 2016


"Soup"er Bowl Sunday

The annual "Soup"er Bowl Sunday will be held on Sunday, February 7th.  The Outreach Ministry will be adding homemade and delicious soup after church that day.  Any donations received will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.  "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat. Amen."



The Bishop is Coming!

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal will make a pastoral visit to St. Francis on Sunday, February 7th.  He will celebrate the Holy Eucharist, preach, and administer the Rite of Confirmation with The Laying on of Hands.  Please do not miss this festive day!




January 3, 2016


Chili Cook-Off

Time for fun and fellowship for all.  The annual St. Francis Chili Cook-off will be held after church on Sunday, January 24th.  Please let Ron Thomas know if you would like to be a contender for this event.  Everyone is invited to compete!


Stewardship Thank You Dinner

The Stewardship Ministry Team invites the people of St. Francis to its annual Stewardship Thank You Dinner on Sunday, January 10th.  This dinner is being offered as a means of saying thank you for the generous giving and pledging that is taking place during our campaign for 2016.  Everyone if welcome!