Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio

Parish Announcements

A Morning Prayer on the Commemoration of Anna Ellison Butler Alexander

Morning Prayer on the Commemoration of Anna Ellison Butler Alexander on Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 am on ZOOM.

Strictly religious, strictly business, Deaconess Alexander commanded respect.  She helped to found and to run St. Cyprian’s School at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Darien, and in 1902 she founded a school at Good Shepherd Church in rural Glynn County’s Pennick community, where she taught children to read—by tradition, from the Book of Common Prayer and the Bible—in a one-room schoolhouse. Join us for Morning Prayer on ZOOM as we commemorate Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander. Link will be emailed this week.

Movie Night Under the Stars!

How long has it been since movie theaters have been open?  Come to a movie (The Raider of the Lost Ark) under the stars on Saturday, September 18.  Kind of like a drive-in movie without the car. 

Bring your own snacks, chair and/or blanket.  The movie will start at 8:00 pm.  You may arrive as early as 7:30 pm.  We hope it doesn't rain and come to the movies to enjoy this time of fellowship and fun!

A Poem, A Psalm and a Pint (or two)

Tuesday, September 30, 7:30 pm 

The patio at Warped Wing Brewery in Springboro

Poetry has been called God's divine language. The Psalms are the largest collection of poems in the Hebrew Scriptures. They uncover ways of speaking about God that aren't found in books of history, law or the gospels. How is God speaking today through the    poets? How might the poets of our time uncover ways of speaking about God that aren't found in the pulpit or on podcasts? Each month this fall we will gather on the patio at Warped WingBrewery and put a contemporary poem in conversation with an ancient Psalm, discussing what links them and how they are distinct. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, whatever their faith background, to grab a pint (or two) and join in seeking God through the poetic.


Feast of St. Francis Outdoor Celebration
St. Francis Sunday will be on Sunday, October 4 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am and from Noon - 1:00 pm we will have a drive up Pet Blessing.    We will host a special outdoor morning prayer service featuring live song, pet blessings and special prayers on the occasion of St. Francis celebrating 40 years as a parish.  We will celebrate rain or shine thanks to Covenant Presbyterian Springboro loaning us their big top tent.

Labyrinth & Nature Walk

St. Francis invites you to a Labyrinth & Nature Walk on Saturday, October 10th from 9:30 am - 11:00 am at Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon.  Come and join us!

Bible Study has resumed back on Wednesdays at 10:30 am at North Park. Currently our study is based on the book "102 Fascinating Bible Studies" by Preston A. Taylor.  Each week we focus on a different topic such as humility, judgment, praise, salvation, etc.  Attendees don't need a book to participate but a Bible would be helpful.  Class discussion provides insight and a deeper understanding of God's word.  All are welcome!


We go through the topics as they are presented.  We'll start with chapter 59 "Memory".  But again, we read the book out loud so you don't have to have a book.  We all take turns reading and enjoy participating together!

After a rather lengthy hiatus, Sunday School will resume on September 13th! Mrs. Thomas and I have missed our time together and are looking    forward to learning and growing with you once again.


Our first few weeks back will be spent reconnecting and hearing your stories of the last few months. We will review and wrap up our discussion (that we began in January!) of the seven I AM statements of Jesus.  


Things may be a little different this year, as we make accommodations for Covid 19, but I know that we will have a great year together.  

~ Jenny Catalan, Sunday School Director

Contemplative Exercises
Contemplative Exercises can be a great addition to corporate worship and Bible study in the spiritual life of a Christian. Many of the prayerful practices listed below are ancient practices that have been a gift to the church through the ages. Each session will include the history of the practice, the theology that informs it, and an opportunity for us to practice together so that each person who attends will feel equipped to integrate the practice into their own lives. 


Labyrinth & Nature Walk: Saturday, October 10th 9:30 am - 11:00am at Miller Ecological Park in Lebanon.  Praying the Anglican Rosary (with special guest the Rev. Paul Bennett): Thursday, November 5th, 7:00 pm - 8:30pm on Zoom.

Repairs Around the Church

St. Francis is looking to secure funds for our continued and much needed efforts to repair our church.  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.  You can also give your contributions in the donation plates each Sunday or mail it into the office.


Thanks to all those who have contributed already for repairing our building. St. Francis is very grateful for your continued support which is a key element in keeping us open and running smoothly.  Your contributions have allowed us to repaint our building, repair the siding, update our heating and air-conditioning, get new carpeting in certain areas, etc.   We would like to, in the future, repair our back wall (which is in desperate need), get a new front sign, continue to update the parking lot, etc.

Our 40th Anniversary is coming up on October 4, 2020.  Please join us in celebration throughout the year as we commemorate the past 40 years at St. Francis Episcopal Church. The yearly celebration will be a time to remember who we are as a church family and renew the vision of our parish in service to God.  St. Francis will also be hosting a special service and dinner on October 4, please keep your calendars open for that day.

Welcome The Reverend Jed Dearing to St. Francis

Please welcome Fr. Jed Dearing as he starts his residency program here at St. Francis. Please make sure to welcome him in person when you come back to worship with us.  Jed's regular office hours at St. Francis are Monday - Thursday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. The best way to reach Jed is to schedule time together with any pastoral concerns by contacting the church office at 937-748-2592 or

The Diocese has placed newly ordained Deacon Jed Dearing at St. Francis with his wife Raine and 17 month old son Llewyn. Deacon Jed recently graduated from Seminary, was ordained by the Bishop in June, and has joined St. Francis for his residency program for the next several years with Rev. Nancy Hopkins-Greene as his mentor.  

Guidelines for In-person Worship

St. Francis has set up some simple guidelines to follow when we come back for in-person worship. We will implement those guidelines with great care because our top priority is keeping each other safe.

  • We are requesting that the congregation not move around the church building anymore than necessary to reduce the amount of cleaning required between services. 
  • Restrooms are available for emergencies only, otherwise please do not use them.
  • No socializing in the Narthex before or after the service.  Please proceed directly into the Nave and sit in the pews prior to service.  The pews will be taped off in halves.
  •  Several bulletins will be placed in the pews prior to the service to eliminate passing them at the door.  We ask that congregants take their bulletins home to dispose of them verses at the church. 
  • There will be no Fellowship Hour after the service, we ask that anyone who would like to speak to each other should do so in the parking lot.
  • Face masks must be worn by everyone before, during and after the service. 


St. Francis would like everyone to implement the appropriate procedures for us to safely worship and gather together again.

DSO COVID-19 Resources

Message from the Diocese of Southern Ohio

Communications teams from around the Episcopal Church have been diligently curating lists of resources to support and inform the church during this time of crisis. Here are just a few new ones we have found:

Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices -

Connecting in the Midst of an Epidemic from Episcopal Relief & Development -

Faith-Based Response to Epidemics from Episcopal Relief & Development -

Happy 1/2 Hour with the Rabbi

Every Thursday from 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM,

you’re invited to HAPPY 1/2 HOUR with the Rabbi!

Bishop Breidenthal is back with Rabbi Abie Ingber for this week's Happy 1/2 Hour with the Rabbi on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

Every Thursday, Christ Church Cathedral's Rabbi-in-residence Abie Ingber gives a 30-minute online offering exploring Sunday’s sacred texts through the lens of centuries of Rabbinic commentary. This is a casual and light-hearted way to get to know the rabbi, interact with the bishop and maybe learn something about the scriptures - join the fun!

This weekly 30-minute online offering will be exploring Sunday’s sacred texts through the lens of centuries of Rabbinic commentary, is hosted by our Rabbi-in-residence, Abie Ingber.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the party!