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


April 15, 2018


Appreciation Dinner


Appreciation Dinner will be held at St. Francis on Saturday, May 19. Starting at 6:00 pm there will be light refreshments. The Bella A-Capella group will perform a brief informal concert at 6:30 pm and a dinner buffet will begin at 7:00 pm.   This dinner is to thank all those who have worked so hard around St. Francis. Please come and enjoy!






April 8, 2018


Rogation Sunday


This year Rogation Sunday falls on May 6. 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!



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The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day


The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day will occur on Sunday, April 1 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 1.  All children are invited!  While the adults enjoy an Easter coffee hour, the children will be searching for candy filled eggs.   Come and join us for fun and fellowship!






March 11, 2018

Outreach Sunday


Sunday, March 11 there will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday which benefits the Franklin Food Pantry.





March 4, 2018
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Palm Sunday


The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday is on Sunday, March 25 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.  St. Francis is in need of Readers for The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Palm Sunday.  If you are interested,  please see the sign up sheet on the table in the Foyer to choose who you want to be.



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 29.



Good Friday

 

Good Friday service will be Friday, March 30 at 7:00 pm, using the traditional Good Friday Liturgy.  This Holy Week service is an important preparation for the Sunday of Resurrection.

 


The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day


The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day will occur on Sunday, April 1 and will be celebrated with a Festival Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10:30 am. All are invited for this festive day!


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Easter Egg Hunt


The annual Easter Egg Hunt at St. Francis will take place immediately following the service on Easter Sunday, April 1.  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!



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February 18, 2018

Game Night


Keep your calendars open!  St. Francis will have a fun filled Game Night held on March 17 at 6:30 pm.  Come and enjoy food and fellowship with the parishioners of St. Francis.  Please bring a finger food to share and any games or cards that you would like to play.  Contact Barb Roy for any questions.  Fun...Fellowship...Food...you do not want to miss it!


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CHOIR REHEARSAL NEW SCHEDULE


Beginning Wednesday, February 21, the Choir will rehearse weekly on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the choir room. There will also continue to be a rehearsal on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. New choirmembers are always welcome and needed! No experience or music reading necessary!! Please speak to Donna Sprowles, Director of Music if you have any questions.





February 4, 2018

Outreach Sunday


There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, February 11 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.





January 28, 2018

Parish Potluck Dinner


The Parish Potluck Dinner is CANCELLED.  The Potluck will be set for another date in March on Saturday.  Please keep your calendars open, further details will be available soon.






January 21, 2018


Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner


The Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be Tuesday, February 13 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.  Please hand out the flyer insert to people you may know. If anyone would like to help with the Pancake Supper, please let Mike Kock know.  See you there!

 


Ash Wednesday


Ash Wednesday Worship will be held on Wednesday, February 14 at 7:00 pm in the Nave. The Rev. Frank Edmands 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!


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Foyer Groups


Interested in getting together with 6 or 7 others for a monthly dinner for 3-4 months?  Join others interested in a supper or lunch group - in homes or out to eat.  A sign up sheet will be located on the counter in the coffee hour room.  It will be a warm time of connection and caring -  bring a friend.




January 14, 2018


"Soup"er Bowl Sunday


St. Francis will continue its traditional participation in “SOUP”er Bowl Sunday on February 4.  “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 Coffee Hour.  Any donations received will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.


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Annual Meeting


On Sunday, February 11 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 2017 into the office by February 8.





January 7, 2018

 

Altar Guild


The Altar Guild is asking once again for folks to stay after church today, January 7 to help take down the Christmas decorations.  Your help is so much appreciated and it is great to know we can count on you.



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 January, February and March will help with Kiwanis.



Outreach Sunday


There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, January 14 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.



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 21.  Please let Ron Thomas at know if you would like to be a contender for this event.  Everyone is invited to compete!


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Parish Potluck Dinner

 

The Parish Health Committee is hosting a Parish Potluck Dinner, weather permitting, on Saturday, January 27 at 6:00 pm.  Please come to enjoy fun and laughter at St. Francis!





December 31, 2017

Stewardship Ministry


The Stewardship Ministry gives thanks to all who have made a commitment for 2018.  Those who have not yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider how you can help so we can move closer to our goal.  Many thanks!



Epiphany Pageant


There will be an Epiphany Pageant put on by the Sunday School with James Taylor presiding over the liturgy.  Please mark your calendars for next Sunday, January 7.  The program will include six Lessons and Carols.  Please come and support our youth at St. Francis!


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Annual 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 21.  Please let Ron Thomas know if you would like to be a contender for this event.  Everyone is invited to compete!



Parish Potluck Dinner

 

The Parish Health Committee is hosting a Parish Potluck Dinner, weather permitting, on Saturday, January 27 at 6:00 pm.  Please come to enjoy fun and laughter at St. Francis!




December 24, 2017


2017 Contribution and Reimbursement Deadline


Please remember that in order to claim a charitable contribution deduction for 2017, all contributions must be received in the parish office or postmarked no later than December 31, 2017.  The IRS has strict guidelines regarding this matter and no exceptions can be made. If you need to be reimbursed for any authorized church-related expenses that occurred in 2017, please complete a check request form (available in the parish office), attach your receipt, and turn it in to the parish office no later than December 31, 2017.  Your promptness is greatly appreciated!

 



Parish Potluck Dinner


The Parish Health Committee is hosting a Parish Potluck Dinner, weather permitting, on Saturday, January 27 at 6:00 pm.  Please come to enjoy fun and laughter at St. Francis!

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December 10, 2017


Ingathering Sunday


There will be an ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items on Outreach Sunday, December 10 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.




Morning Prayer Service and Christmas Eve Festal


Morning Prayer will be held at 10:30 am on Sunday morning, December 24.  A Christmas Eve Festal Holy Eucharist, Rite II, will be held at 5:00 pm on Sunday evening, December 24.  This Festal Mass will have the Rev. Frank Edmands presiding over the liturgy and a special Offertory Anthem entitled, “Ding, Dong, Merrily on High” performed by St. Francis' Choir and Children’s Choir.  Please bring family, friends, and neighbors to experience this joyful celebration of our Lord’s Nativity on this festive day!

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December 3, 2017


Episcopal Church Calendars


Episcopal Calendars are available on the welcome table in the Foyer.  A $3.00 donation to help offset costs are appreciated.

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St. Francis' Choir Concert


The St. Francis' Choir and several St. Francis' Parishioners will be singing at the Atria Senior Living at 355 West Central Avenue in Springboro on Sunday, December 10 at 1:00 pm.



Hanging of the Greens

 

On Sunday, December 17 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 the morning of December 24. 

 


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 17 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, December 31.




 


November 19, 2017


Thanksgiving Day - Office Closed


The office will be closed on Thursday, November 23 in celebration of Thanksgiving Day.  The office will be back open the following day.  Have a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving everyone!

 


Altar Flowers


The Altar Guild is requesting people to sign up to furnish flowers for the altar on Sunday's. A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex (table).  We have numerous vases at church that can be utilized.  Please help if you can, this is a wonderful way to beautify the church each week.

 


Altar Arrangements


Please bring in greens items for the altar arrangement. We are in need of pine, holly, blue spruce, cedar and arborvitae.  Help us make our altar area an advent season spectacular!

 


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 17 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, December 31.





November 5, 2017


Blessing of the Veterans and Luncheon


Please join us for a celebration to honor our Veterans in our area on Sunday, November 12.  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!  An RSVP is not required, but if possible please call the church at (937) 748-2592 to leave your name.



Delegates for the Diocesan Convention


Special thanks to St. Francis' parishioners Mike Kock, Pam Kock, Mary Harris, and James Taylor for becoming the delegates to the Diocesan Convention coming up on November 10 and 11.

 


FLOC, For the Love of Children Outreach Program


2017 St. Francis Outreach Christmas Ministry will begin Sunday, November 12 through December 10.  Each year For Love of Children, Inc. (FLOC) organizes their annual Christmas For Kids event.  This year they are doing something a little different, they will be collecting new underwear for children.  St. Francis' parishioner Barb Roy is the volunteer of FLOC, any questions please speak to her  or Betsy Hoobler.  For further details please see the insert in the bulletin.

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October 22, 2017



Christmas in Springboro


Christmas in Springboro is coming soon!  A sign up sheet for booth duty will be on the table in the Foyer.  The hours will be on Friday, November 17 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday, November 18 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday, November 19 from Noon to 5:00 pm.  Please join in helping St. Francis with this festive yearly event!

 

Kiwanis Breakfast


A Kiwanis Breakfast will be at St. Francis on Saturday, November 18 from 7:00 am to 10:30 am at $7.00 per person.  If anyone would like to help set up on Friday or volunteer on Saturday please contact Stephen Graham.
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October 15, 2017

Holy Baptism


There will be a Holy Baptism at St. Francis on Sunday, October 29 during the service.  Please come to help welcome and celebrate our newest members Savannah Taylor and Ellie Taylor.

 

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, Germany, on October 31, 1517, the eve of All Saints' Day.




October 8, 2017

Veteran's Day Celebration


Please join us for a celebration to honor our Veterans in our area on Sunday, November 12.  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!  An RSVP is not required, but if possible please call the church at (937) 748-2592 to leave your name.


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Christmas in Springboro

 

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.




October 1, 2017


Outreach Sunday


Next Sunday, October 8, 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. Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.



Cleaning Workday

 

WORKDAY-- Third Saturday in October!  Many hands make for light work. Come from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 21. We'll make ourselves busy inside and out and have a chance to work together and spruce the place up.  Any questions, please contact Mike Kock.


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Eucharistic Visitors Training

 

Fr. Frank Edmands will be training Eucharistic Visitors on these Sundays after Coffee Hour  and Fellowship: October 15 (Introduction) and October 22 (Practice). Two sessions have been scheduled for both the “Introduction” and the “Practice” for the Training of Eucharistic Visitors. Candidates for this ministry must attend at least one of the Introduction & one of the Practice sessions. A sign-up sheet for Eucharistic Visitor Training is on the table in the Foyer.





September 24, 2017


Thank You!


St. Francis would like to thank Jeff Baldrige for volunteering to become the Coordinator and leading the 2018 Stewardship Campaign.  We thank God for his contribution.  If anyone has any questions about the upcoming Campaign, please contact Jeff Baldridge.



Blessing of the Pets


The annual Blessing of the Pets happens Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm on the front lawn of St. Francis after the service.  We will have a blessing, snacks, and lots of fun! 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.  Come and share the event with us!  We will also be accepting newspapers, blankets, towels, and treats to donate to the Animal Shelter in Warren County. 





September 17, 2017


Eucharistic Visitors Training


Fr. Frank Edmands will be training Eucharistic Visitors on these Sundays after Coffee Hour and Fellowship: September 17 (Introduction), September 24 (Practice), October 15 (Introduction), and October 22 (Practice).  Two sessions have been scheduled for both the “Introduction” and the “Practice” for the Training of Eucharistic Visitors.  Candidates for this ministry must attend at least one of the Introduction and one of the Practice sessions. A sign-up sheet for Eucharistic Visitor Training is on the table in the Foyer.


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September 10, 2017


Choir Rehearsals


Choir Rehearsals have returned! Coffee is at 9:00 am. Rehearsal begins at 9:15 am sharp! We meet in the Hoobler Choir Room. No experience necessary - we learn together. All ages 13 & up are welcome. Consider being a part of this important ministry in the life of our parish. Interested: contact Donna Sprowles, Choir Director.

 

Sunday School


Sunday School has resumed!  Questions, please contact Jenny Catalan at (513) 777-4525.



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, September 10th. Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.


Blessing of the Pets


The annual Blessing of the Pets happens Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 pm on the front lawn of St. Francis after the service.  We will have a blessing, snacks, and lots of fun! 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.  Come and share the event with us!

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September 3, 2017


Summer Performing Arts Program


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



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 September and October will help with Autism. 



Episcopal Relief and Development


Episcopal Relief and Development asks us to join them in prayer and support for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.  To help care for those affected by this crisis, please find the form on the table in the Narthex.  Fill it out and place it in the alms and St. Francis will make sure that it gets directly to them to help local partners provide critical emergency assistance to those in need.

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August 27, 2017


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.



Altar Flowers


The Altar Guild is requesting people to sign up to furnish flowers for the altar on Sunday's.  A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex (table).  We have numerous vases at church that can be utilized.  Please help if you can, this is a wonderful way to beautify the church each week.


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August 20, 2017


Acolyte Meeting


There will be an Acolyte Meeting after Coffee Hour this Sunday, August 20th.  Please stop by for those who are current Acolytes and anyone who is interested in becoming an Acolyte for training.  This can be a great way to serve!

 


Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Kate Hamilton for offering her 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 Sundays.

 


Help Wanted

If anyone is interested in becoming the Coordinator and leading the 2018 Stewardship Campaign starting in October, please contact Mike Kock, Sr. Warden.



August 13, 2017


New Continuing Clergy Leader


Please welcome our new Continuing Clergy Leader, The Rev. Frank Edmands who is here to preach and celebrate with us today and who will bless us with his presence for the Sunday services.  Please take the time to welcome him in person and continue to wear your name badges so he can learn your names.


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Summer Performing Arts Program


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

 

 

Ingathering Sunday


This 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.  Ingathering baskets are in the Foyer as well as a list of Most Needed items on the bulletin board.







August 6,
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Help Wanted


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

 


Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to the St. Francis Schola for offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program this Sunday.

 

The Summer Performing Arts Program has begun and will continue through Sunday, Sept. 3rd. There will be no choir during these months. Choir Rehearsals will resume back on Sunday, September 10th.  Coffee at 9 a.m. Rehearsal begins at 9:15 sharp! We  meet in the Hoobler Choir Room. No experience necessary - we learn together. All ages 13 and up are welcome. Please consider being a part of this important ministry in the life of our parish. Contact: Donna Sprowles, Choir Director.

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Sunday School


                                              Sunday School will resume back on Sunday, September 10th.  If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Catalan.



Thank You to the Boys Scouts


Special thanks to the Boys Scouts for their hard work in cleaning up the yard and replacing the tree out back with a new one. All the yard work they do for St. Francis is very much appreciated.








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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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!


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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!


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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.