Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio

Parish Announcements

A Morning Prayer on the Commemoration of Bede the Venerable, Rite II

You are invited for a Morning Prayer on the Commemoration of Bede the Venerable, Rite II on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 am via ZOOM.   


Morning Prayer starts at 7:30 am and typically lasts thirty minutes. The Zoom Link is recurring and can be used weekly. Bulletins will be provided in the Zoom Chat Box but all services can be joined using a Book of Common Prayer.


Join us every Tuesday morning to pray Rite II Morning Prayer at 7:30 am via Zoom, at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85912344872  All are welcome to join! 
Ascension Day Evening Prayer / Feat of the Ascension - Holy Eucharist Rite II

St. Francis will be having an Ascension Day Evening Prayer on Thursday, May 13 at 6:30 pm // Feat of the Ascension - Holy Eucharist Rite II.  It’s one of our principal feasts, and just like Christmas is a principal feast, and Easter and All Saints Day, so is the Feast of the Ascension. Merry Ascension! We remember and we commemorate Jesus — his body rising into heaven and leaving his disciples there knowing that his Holy Spirit was soon to come upon them. So go celebrate a Merry Ascension. Celebrate the good news of Jesus Christ and share it with a world aching to hear it.



Bike to Church Sunday and Blessing of the Bicycles

Bike to Church Sunday and Blessing of the Bicycles is on Sunday May, 16 at 10:30 am. Springboro is celebrating National Bicycle Month in May and if you are a bicyclist, we invite you to bicycle to church Sunday, May 16. We will offer a blessing of the bicycles (or tricycles or unicycles) immediately following the service.   We will hear from guest preacher and avid bicyclist, Jonathan Youngman. Jonathan Youngman is the Managing Director of Franklinton Cycleworks (an Episcopal Mission Enterprise in Columbus Ohio), who works to educate their neighborhood about the personal, environmental, social, and physical benefits of biking.  Stay after the service for a special Q&A with Jonathan.




Memorial Day Flags

 St. Francis would like to memorialize your loved ones and friends who passed away, whether as veterans, from COVID19, or other issues with small flags in the front yard for Memorial Day in May.  If you would like to contribute flags for the people you would like to celebrate, please contact the church office at (937) 748-2592 or parishsec@saintfran.org by May 15.  If you have any questions, contact Mary Harris.





On May 26 at 7:00 pm St. Francis will be hosting a parish wine tasting.  all participating in the wine tasting are asked to bring a $10.00 to $15.00 bottle of wine and deliver it to the kitchen in a bag.  The wine bottles will be decorated to hide the label.  Wine will be tasted one bottle at a time and when done we'll vote for our favorite.  The winner will receive a fun prize.  All ages 21 and up are welcome.  If you don't like wine, come to socialize and bring your drink of choice.  Water and ice tea will be provided as well as light snacks.  This is no dinner!  Cheers!  Call Kathi Oaks for more information.




Rummage Sale

St. Francis will have another Rummage Sale on Saturday, June 5 from 9:00 am1:00 pm.  While you Spring Clean don’t throw it away, keep it for the Rummage Sale.  There is no time like the present to clean house and donate any of the items you find to St. Francis.  You can collect home décor, toys and games, books, movies, jewelry, clothing, etc. Reminder that St. Francis will be having  a Fall Rummage Sale as well, so start collecting anything you would like to donate for that sale.  Let your friends and neighbors know they are welcome to set up a table for free.  If you have any questions, please contact Mary Harris.

Foyer Groups

St. Francis is redoing our Foyer Groups.  Interested in getting together with 6-8 other parishioners for a monthly lunch/dinner for a chance to get to know each other over a meal? Join others interested in a supper or lunch group - in homes or out to eat, in person or via Zoom.  A sign up sheet will be located on the counter in the Commons.  It will be a warm time of connection and caring - bring a friend.




Holy Communion in the time of COVID-19

Bishop Breidenthal has authorized the reinstitution of Holy Communion commencing  Sunday, October 18th, pursuant to the following guidelines. 


The service of Holy Communion shall follow the order of service for Holy Eucharist as set forth in the Book of Common Prayer with the following adjustments: 


• The celebrant shall remain masked and use hand sanitizer throughout the celebration of the Eucharist and especially before the distribution of the consecrated bread. 


• A small amount of wine shall be poured into the chalice for the consumption of the celebrant only. No consecrated wine will be distributed to the congregation at this time. 


• The priest host can be touched, broken and consumed only by the celebrant. It may not be added to the consecrated bread to be distributed. 


• The celebrant shall consecrate the bread by holding hands above the paten (no touch). 


• Before the distribution of the consecrated bread to the congregation, the celebrant will again use hand sanitizer. 


• The congregation will be invited to come to the celebrant, maintaining social distancing with masks on. The celebrant shall drop a piece of the consecrated bread in the hand of the communicant so as to not touch the communicant’s hands. Without consuming or removing the mask, the communicant shall immediately return to their seat where they may lift their mask and consume the bread.





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 has resumed! 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



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 - https://www.ecfvp.org/blogs/3763/covid-19-resources-2

Connecting in the Midst of an Epidemic from Episcopal Relief & Development - https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/us-disaster-program/remoteministry/

Faith-Based Response to Epidemics from Episcopal Relief & Development - https://www.episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/us-disaster-program/faith-based-response-to-epidemics/