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


October 21, 2018


Christmas Caroling


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 16 at 1:30 pm.



Stewardship: Week 2 - First Fruits, Our Lives


This is the second week of our experience with First Fruits.  This week our focus is on First Fruits, Our Lives.




October 14, 2018



The Bishop is Coming December 9: The Second Sunday of Advent


An Opportunity for Confirmation - Bishop Tom is scheduled to visit Saint Francis on the Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, 2018. The Bishop’s visitation gives people the opportunity to make a mature, public reaffirmation of Christian faith and the baptismal promises made by you or for you at your baptism. During the sacramental rite of Confirmation candidates make a mature and independent affirmation of their faith and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by the Bishop (The Book of Common Prayer, BCP, p. 860). The rite of Confirmation is no longer seen as a completion of Christian initiation, nor is Confirmation a prerequisite for receiving communion. Today, Baptism is the full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's body the Church (BCP, p. 298). Accordingly, the rite of Confirmation is understood in terms of a mature, public reaffirmation of the Christian faith and the baptismal promises.

 


CONFIRMATION CLASS


Preparation for Confirmation will help the candidates discover the meaning of a Christian commitment in their lives, will explore ways that their Christian commitment can be lived out. Preparation will draw upon the baptismal covenant (BCP, pp. 416-417) and An Outline of the Faith (BCP, pp. 845-862). Fr Frank will lead the preparation sessions beginning October 28, 2018.


Please sign-up for the Confirmation Class. The sign-up sheet is on the table in the Foyer. If you have any questions regarding confirmation, please do not hesitate to ask or contact Fr. Frank Persons who want to be confirmed must attend the Confirmation Class.


Kiwanis Breakfast


Come on out to a Kiwanis Breakfast at St. Francis on Saturday, November 17 from 7:00 am to 10:30 am.  Pancakes, eggs and sausages will be served at $7.00 per person.  Help us support the children of our local community.  Enjoy a nice warm breakfast before the Christmas in Springboro Parade begins. If anyone would like to help set up on Friday or volunteer on Saturday please contact Stephen Graham.



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 16 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday, November 18 from Noon to 5:00 pm. Please also consider donating to the raffle baskets that St. Francis gives out each year to lucky ticket winners. Join in helping us with this festive yearly event! If you are interested, please contact Barb Roy.



Veterans Lunch


Please join us for a celebration to honor our Veterans in our area on Sunday, November 11. 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.



October Bonfire


St. Francis will be having an October Bonfire for parishioners and with the Boy Scouts, Troop 50 on Saturday, October 27. Anyone is invited to come and fellowship with those who are interested!



Stewardship: Week 1 - First Fruits, God’s Earthly Gifts to Me


Deuteronomy 26: 3-10 - When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God. Then you shall declare before the Lord your God: “… So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm… He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.”




Thank you!


Special thanks to everyone who participated in the Blessing of the Pets!  St. Francis had a dozen dogs, a pair of goats, kittens, and a guinea pig that were blessed by Fr. Frank.  It was a wonderful success.




October 7 , 2018


Healing Ministry


The Vestry is actively working on re-establishing our Healing Ministry at St. Francis.  If anyone would like to volunteer, please speak to Stephan Graham.



Vestry Meeting


The Vestry will meet on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 pm.



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 October and November will help with the Animal Shelter in Warren County.



Outreach Sundays!


There is a continual ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  The Outreach Ministry is now starting a new program with certain items that need to be collected each month.  For the month of October, please collect Pet Supplies and place them in the Ingathering baskets in the Foyer.  A volunteer will deliver the items to the Food Pantry the 2nd Sunday of every month.  Please continue to support this wonderful ministry!




September 23, 2018

Episcopal Relief and Development is working with partners to provide critical support for the most vulnerable communities affected by Hurricane Florence.  To make a donation, please fill out the coupon (found on the table in the Foyer) and mail it in with your check or credit card information.  You can also contribute online to the Hurricane Relief Fund at https://support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief   Please pray for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.  Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will help Episcopal Relief and Development respond to this crisis.




September 16, 2018


Clothing Donations


Special thanks to all those who recently made clothing donations.  They will be used for a wonderful cause! - Dee Taylor

 

 

ADOPT -A- BILLS


ADOPT -A- BILLS are available for support of various ministries and events here at St. Francis.  Please place your check along with the adopt-a-bill slip in the offering.


 

Outreach Sundays! 


There is a continual ingathering of non-perishable food items as well as household items which benefits the Franklin Community Food Pantry.  The Outreach Ministry is now starting a new program with certain items that need to be collected each month.  For the month of September, please collect Shampoos and Conditioners and place them in the Ingathering baskets in the Foyer.  A volunteer will deliver the items to the Food Pantry the 2nd Sunday of every month.  Please continue to support this wonderful ministry!



Foyer Groups


St. Francis is redoing our Foyer Groups.  If you are 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, a sign up sheet will be located on the counter in the Commons.  If anyone would like to take the lead with a Foyer Group, please fill out your name at the top of the sign up sheets.





September 9, 2018


Choir Rehearsals


Choir Rehearsals have returned! Since Fr. David is doing a three-part teaching series at 9:30 am, the Choir Rehearsal was moved to 9:00 am instead.  It will return back to it's regularly scheduled time at 9:30 am on September 16.

 


Sunday School


Sunday School has resumed!  If you have any questions or would like to include your child in our Sunday School program, please contact Jenny Catalan.



Outreach Sunday


This Sunday, September 9 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.




September 2, 2018

 

Veterans Sunday


Please join us for a celebration to honor our Veterans in our area on Sunday, November 11.  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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The Bishop is coming!  On Sunday, December 9 The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal will make a pastoral visit to St. Francis to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, preach, and administer the Rite of Confirmation with the Laying on of Hands.  This time will be spent in worship, prayer, conversation and fellowship. It is a key time for the bishop to listen and talk with parishioners.  Please come and welcome him as he celebrates the Eucharist and preaches.




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August 26, 2018



The Blessing of the Animals and Pets


The annual Blessing of the Pets occurs on Sunday, October 7 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.  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. 

 


"Walk to End Alzheimer's"


Please join Canterbury Court in the Dayton "Walk to End Alzheimer's" on Saturday, October 6 as a member of the Canterbury Court Team.  Google "Dayton Walk to End Alzheimer's" to join, or make a donation.  If you would like to donate by check (make payable to "Alzheimer's Association"), send your donation to Canterbury Court, Attn: Teresa Britton, 450 N. Elm St., West Carrollton, OH 45449. Contact Mary Harris at if you are interested in attending.




August 19, 2018

Heritage Sunday

Come and celebrate Heritage Sunday on September 9 during the Liturgy and Coffee Hour. This will be a wonderful way to celebrate your family traditions, heritages, and diversities. Whether your of Scottish, Asian, German, North Africa, English, etc. decent we want to celebrate that with you. Come and dress in heritage clothing, bring something that reminds you of your culture, even bring a traditional family recipe dish to Coffee Hour. Questions: please contact Barb Roy.


Sunday School


Sunday School will resume back on Sunday, September 9. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Catalan.




New Eucharist Minister/Lector Ministry Leader


Special thanks to Stephan Graham for taking over as the Eucharistic Minister/Lector Ministry Leader from Dick Pascoe. Your many contributions are very much appreciated!

 



Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Pam Kock, Barb Roy, Teena Baldrige, and Barb Pascoe for offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program today.



August 12, 2018


Healing Service


Come and enjoy a Healing Service with Rev. David Bailey on Sunday, August 26. At 9:30 am there will be training for anyone who is interested. After the Communion during the Liturgy there will be a healing service for those with special needs and healings. Please come and bring anyone that could benefit from this special service.




August 5, 2018



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 August and September will help with the St. Vincent De Paul Shelter.




Summer Performing Arts Program

Special thanks to Diana Graham for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program  Sunday, August 5.




July 29, 2018


Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Teena Baldrige for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, July 29.








July 22, 2018

 School Supplies


   St. Francis will be collecting school supplies for needy students for this upcoming school year.  Please drop off your donations in the container in the Narthex.    Questions: contact Mary Harris.



Eucharistic Visits

Did you know that we offer Eucharistic Visits for the sick and shut it.  Please contact Jeff Baldrige or Stephan Graham if you are interested.


Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help paint the Sanctuary. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mike Kock.


Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Donna Sprowles for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program on July 22, 2018.





July 8, 2018


Mysteries at the Parish – Saturday, August 4 at 6:30 pm


Did you hear that squeaking door? Oh no, now a soft violin is playing. Ah, the wind has begun to blow….and of course, a thunderstorm is now upon us…ugh! The lights just went out. Ok, now you get the ambiance. Saturday night, 4 August, the mysteries will flow, and you will get to be a super sleuth. Holmes, Watson, Piorot, Marple, stand aside. St Francis’ finest are ready, willing and able. So, make plans to come to the parish and experience the awe of some unusual mysteries. And, to up your game, why not dress up as a character? CLUE will give you some inspiration. Drinks and light snacks will be available but the focus will be on your little gray cells. We’ll be dividing up into sleuthing teams, so if you wish to sign up a team, please do so. A sign-up sheet will be available at coffee hour. The games afoot….




Coffee Hour Update


For the rest of the summer, we will be doing a lighter Coffee Hour.  Cake, cookies, cheese and crackers, fruit, veggies, etc.  Please let Barb Roy  know what you think of the lighter coffee hour.


Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Jenny Catalan for offering his talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, July 8.





July 1, 2018

Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Teena Baldrige for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, July 1.







June 24, 2018

Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Jeff Baldrige for offering his talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, June 24.





June 17, 2018


Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Kimmie Sprowles for offering her talent and gift to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, June 17.





June 10, 2018


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.



 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!





June 3, 2018


Summer Performing Arts Program


Special thanks to Jeff Baldrige, Stephan Graham, Jack Emerson and Diana Graham for offering their talents and gifts to the Summer Performing Arts Program Sunday, June 3.

 


The Summer Performing Arts Program has begun and will continue through Sunday, September 2. 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.


 

Outreach Donations for June and July


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 June and July will help with the Heart Association.



May 20, 2018

Parish Summer Barbecue Picnic


Let's welcome summer together and enjoy our parish family. Come on out to the church Sunday, June 10 at 12:00 pm. There will be inside and outside seating. Bring a dish to share. The church will provide the meat and a dessert to celebrate. Questions? Contact Barb Roy.  See you there!




May 13, 2018


Canterbury Court Butterfly Garden Planting Party


Canterbury Court Butterfly Garden Planting Party will be on Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at 450 N. Elm Street in West Carrollton.  Please bring your gloves, hats, and hand tools to spruce up and rejuvenate their lovely Butterfly Garden.  Bring any sun-loving perennials you'd like to share.






May 6, 2018


Summer Performing Arts Program


The Summer Performing Arts Program will begin Sunday, June 3 and will continue through Sunday, September 2. 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.


 

Sunday School


There will be no Sunday School for the Summer.  The last day for Sunday School will be on Sunday, June 10 and will resume back in September.  If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Catalan.





Apirl 29, 2018


La Comedia St. Francis Night


A La Comedia St. Francis Night will be held on Saturday, June 2 at the  La Comedia Dinner Theatre.  The show will be the comedy Little Shoppe of Horrors. You will need to be at La Comedia Theatre between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm if you are interested. The cost will be $30.00 per person (special price night).  We have 24 seats reserved.  You need to have your money in by Sunday, May 6.  Please make your checks payable to Stephan Graham. Questions: call Diana Graham.



Renewal of Wedding Vows


On Sunday, May 27 Myla Dee Taylor and James Taylor will have a Renewal of Wedding Vows at St. Francis during the service.  Please come to celebrate with them on this joyous day!





April 22, 2018


First Saturday in May!  Many hands make for light work. Come from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 5 for a Mulch Cleanup Day. We'll make ourselves busy and have a chance to work together and spruce the place up. Questions, contact Mike Kock.




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.