Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio

Parish Announcements

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.

If anyone would like to continue to worship at home as we come back to physically worship at St. Francis on Sunday, June 21 you can still meet with us every Sunday via Youtube.

The link found below can be used to connect online.  Service time is at 10:30 am so please try to login a few minutes early.  You can find a copy of the bulletin online under the tab Bulletins on our website.


Join St. Francis via Youtube at: https://youtu.be/Tn9mJ-Ol6Fw

 

Outreach Ministry Program


St. Francis has an Outreach Ministry Program each month. For the donations for July we will be collecting money for Back to School Supplies. Please donate your loose change to this worthy cause.


We also collect certain items for our Ingathering Sundays.  Please gather Back to School Supplies for July and place them in the Ingathering baskets in the Foyer.


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.

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/


A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop



Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

It’s been hard for us as a worshipping community to forego the celebration of the holy eucharist. As you know, I am not convinced that communion can be administered or received safely under present conditions. A few days ago I set Sunday, October 18, as a tentative date for the resumption of the eucharist, but this will depend on how Ohio is doing in its containment of COVID-19.

In the meanwhile, our fasting from the eucharist provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what the eucharist means. Let me say, first of all, that the eucharist means more than receiving consecrated bread and wine. Certainly, receiving these carries immense weight. We stand in an ancient tradition that claims the real presence of Jesus in this bread and wine, which we believe to be the body and the blood of Christ.

But we miss the point if we focus the meaning of the eucharist on the act of administering and receiving communion. The shape of the eucharist from beginning to end points to what it means to be the body of Christ, and each moment in the liturgy is a moment of communion — that is, union, with our risen head.

When we gather, however formally or informally, to hear scripture read and preached, then and there we are receiving Jesus, who is God’s Word. When we stand for the Gospel, we are acknowledging the real presence of The risen Christ in our midst. Should we proceed no further, our communion with him would be complete.

When we pray for the church and for the world, we claim our relationship with Jesus, our great high priest, as we, the priesthood of all believers, humbly join with him in his constant intercession to the Father on behalf of the entire creation. Should we proceed no further, our communion with Christ would be complete.

When we exchange the Peace, we are living out Jesus’ first gift to his frightened community on Easter Day: “Peace be with you; my own peace I leave with you.” Peace is love released by the assurance of hope. That peace then becomes our gift to share. Too often we treat the exchange of the peace as a liturgical intermission, but entered into mindfully, it is a powerful reminder of our ministry to friend and stranger in Christ’s name. Should we proceed no further, our communion with him would be complete.

When we offer our gifts of bread and wine, of money and food, we are offering ourselves, our souls and bodies, trusting that the Father will accept what we offer, however flawed. We dare to do this because Jesus has accepted us as his family, and kindly incorporates us into his self-offering on the cross. Should we proceed no further, our communion with him would be complete.

When the celebrant lifts up bread and wine as our spiritual sacrifice to the Father through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, we dare to believe that, however broken and neglectful we as the church have been, we will be given back to ourselves as the body of Christ.

This sacrament of our union with Christ and with one another lies at the center of our public worship. Why? Because it underwrites and affirms the union Christ has forged with all of us from the beginning of creation. Receiving communion is and should be precious to us.

But it is the outward and visible sign of an uncontainable grace which is ours to receive and share whether or not we partake of consecrated bread and wine. The grace of holy communion with Jesus and one another is present at every moment of the eucharistic liturgy, and therefore is present in every act of Christian worship, and potentially in every moment of our lives.

Just as the eucharist is communion with Christ from beginning to end, so is our walk as disciples of Jesus Christ. We may need to forego sacramental communion in this season, but we need not forego the spiritual nourishment Jesus is providing each of us in this hard time. What is this nourishment? It is Christ’s unqualified love for us, and our gratitude that feeds us and impels forward in his name. Holy communion is the outward and visible sign of Christ’s presence with us and alongside us every moment of every day. And when we are once again able to receive him in bread and wine, it will be in our thankful acknowledgement that he has been with us all along.

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The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal

Bishop of Southern Ohio

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!
Summer book club
Looking for a good book to read and people with whom to discuss it? Join Cathedral Canon Paul Williams and Diocesan Canon Lee Anne Reat for a series of book studies this summer. We will meet once a month through August via Zoom to discuss popular books.

The next gathering is Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. We will be discussing A Lillian Smith Reader, edited by Margaret Rose Gladney and Lisa Hodgens.

As a writer and forward-thinking social critic, Lillian Smith (1897–1966) was an astute chronicler of the twentieth-century American South and an early proponent of the civil rights movement. From her home on Old Screamer Mountain overlooking Clayton, Georgia, Smith wrote and spoke openly against racism, segregation, and Jim Crow laws long before the civil rights era.

Bringing together short stories, lectures, essays, op-ed pieces, interviews, and excerpts from her longer fiction and nonfiction,  A Lillian Smith Reader  offers the first comprehensive collection of her work and a compelling introduction to one of the South’s most important writers. Her most well-known works are Killers of the Dreamand Strange Fruit. Her legacy rests on her sense of social justice, her articulation of racial and social inequities, and her challenges to the status quo. In their totality, her works propose a vision of justice and human understanding that we have yet to achieve.

Join the discussion! Register at https://dsoepiscopal.org/online-book-club/