Saint Francis Episcopal Church
of Southern Ohio

Parish Announcements


Visit our playful and engaging 30 minute service designed for busy families to worship together with children of all ages.


Come as you are in soccer uniforms or pajamas to sing, pray, and eat with us.  Cereal, milk, bagels, fruit, and coffee provided, including vegan and glutein free options.


Sunday Mornings our doors will be open at 8:45 am and the service will start at 9:00 am at 225 N. Main Street in Springboro.




You are invited for a Morning Prayer, Rite II on Tuesday, October 19 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!




Blessing of the Pets

St. Francis is happy to once again celebrate the Blessing of the Pets.  It's a little late this year in lieu of our 40th Anniversary we celebrated last week, but we would like to invite you to join us on the front lawn of St. Francis for a short 10 minutes service and blessing on Sunday, October 17 at 2:00 pm.  Bring your favorite animal companion and join in to honor the patron saint of animals (and all nature), Francis of Assisi.  Think about bringing family, friends, and neighbors to share the event with us!  We will also be accepting newspapers, blankets, towels, and treats to donate to the Animal Shelter in Warren County. 




St. Francis Movie Night w/Discussion

Sunday, October 24 | 6:30 pm

Join us in the commons to watch this new documentary on the big screen, followed by a discussion about the film. An Official Sundance Selection,  My Name is Pauli Murray takes a look at the life and ideas of Pauli Murray, a Black lawyer, activist, poet, and Episcopal priest who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.  Durham native the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray was the first African-American woman ordained to the Episcopal priesthood. In 2012, she was named to  Holy Women, Holy Men  by the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church and thus became an Episcopal saint. According to her entry, "Growing up as a mixed-race person in the South, [Murray] became an advocate of ‘the universal cause of freedom,’ and throughout her life she worked tirelessly and with distinction as a lawyer, an advocate for civil and labor rights and feminism through her legal writings, essays and poetry.”




Public Service of Healing

On Sunday, October 24 during Holy Eucharist St. Francis will be holding a Public Service of Healing, with opportunities for healing prayer that honor social distancing guidelines.  The service includes the Litany of Healing, Healing Prayers for the Parish, and Lighting of the Candles. 





Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude

St. Francis will be having a Holy Eucharist on the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 pm in the Memorial Garden (will hold indoor in the event of rain).  Join with Christians across the world in observing the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.



Trunk or Treat

St. Francis will be having a  “Trunk or Treat” event during this October Fest /Halloween season on Saturday, October 30 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Celebrate the fall with “trunk or treat,” a tailgate-like event that everyone is invited to come celebrate the season with us!




All Saint's Sunday
All Saint's Sunday is on Sunday, October 31.  If you would like loved one's or friend's names to be included on the list of those that have passed away and want them to be read as we celebrate, please contact the church office at (937) 748-2592 or parishsec@saintfran.org.  You can also find a sign up sheet on the table in the Narthex.



Coming Soon!  2021 St. Francis Outreach Christmas Ministry

Each year For Love of Children, Inc. (FLOC) organizes their annual Christmas For Kids event.  This year St. Francis will be collecting toys starting on Sunday, November 7th until the beginning of December.  Questions: please contact Mary Harris or Betsy Hoobler.




Veterans Sunday

Please join us for a celebration to honor our Veterans during worship on Sunday, November 7 with guest speaker Raine Dearing, US Army Veteran, Civil Affairs Sergeant.  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! 




Christ the King and Youth Sunday

On Sunday, November 21 will be our annual Christ the King Sunday and will also include Youth Sunday this year.  The youth of St. Francis will lead in worship and song.  All youth are invited to participate.  Rev. Nancy will give a special youth sermon that Sunday.




Monthly Food Donations Drive 

The monthly food drive will be at Real Life Church and Springboro Baptist Church.  Donate any food items you have to Real Life Church at 1605 S Main St, Springboro, OH 45066 and Springboro Baptist Church at 125 E Mill St, Springboro, OH 45066.




Foyer Groups


Want to get together with 6-8 other parishioners for dinner a few times?  It's a great chance to get to know each other better.  Sign up with Virginia Culp.




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