What's Happening at St. Francis
If you have someone you would like to have on the church prayer list, please send their name(s) to the office. Their name will remain on the list for two weeks but you may add it again.
SMUM Christmas Gift Drive
Every child deserves a wonderful gift during this holiday season. SMUM is accepting new unwrapped toys (for ages 0-11), gifts, gift cards and clothing (for ages 12-18). SMUM also appreciates financial donations to help buy Christmas supplies. If you'd like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Santa Maria Urban Ministry, with “Christmas drive” on the memo line. Thank you!
Advent Wreath Lighting
For the four Sundays of Advent ALL children, youth, and adults will gather in church at 10:00 a.m. for the procession & Advent wreath lighting before Church School (there will be no children’s chapel for these Sundays).
Saving Jesus (Ever feel Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right?)
The discussion begins Sunday, December 1st at 9:00 a.m. and will repeat each week on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Please join the rector in the library either Sunday or Wednesday (or both) in Advent. The format for each 60-90 minute session includes conversation around the readings, a video segment and guided discussion. We will hear from John Dominic Crossan, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine, James Forbes and a host of others for an exploration of the relevance of Jesus Christ for the third millennium.
St. Francis Advent Pageant 2013
Sunday, December 15, 10:00 a.m.
Presenting STRANGER IN THE MANGER.
Join us as we prepare for the birth of Jesus in song and rhyme. It's a whimsical, Seuss-like version of the traditional Christmas story complete with 1960s girl group angels, cheerleaders, rhyming narrative and a little rap.Dress Rehearsal.... Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lunch and Caroling at the Atrium
Sunday, December 15, 12:00 noon
All children, youth & adults are invited to sing at Atria Chateau Gardens (1185 Pedro St., San Jose, CA). This facility is across the street from the San Jose Swim and Racquet Club. Performance at 1:30 p.m. Meet at Jake's first at 12:00 noon for lunch and then go to Atria right after.
Christmas Flower Offering
We invite you to make a flower offering in memory of a loved one, or in thanks-giving for a friend or relative. Names will be listed in the Christmas worship Bulletin. You may use a Flower Offering envelope in the back of the church pews.
A Resounding Holiday
Sunday, December 15, 4:00 p.m.
St. Francis welcomes the Resounding Achord choral group for a holiday concert. SONGS WE KNOW BY HEART will feature all your favorite holiday tunes, many heard in new ways, as well as a few classics thrown in. Ticket Prices: High school age and under - free; College students - $10 presale/online, $20 at door; Adults - $15 presale/online, $20 at door. For more info or to purchase tickets visit ResoundingAchord.
Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, December 22, 6:00 p.m.
A Blue Christmas Service is a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Chrismas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God.
Family Christmas Service
Tuesday, December 24, 4:00 p.m.
This service welcomes children and their families. Carols and Holy Communion.
Traditional Festive Choral Christmas
Tuesday, December 24, 10:00 p.m.
A festive evening service with choir and instrumentalists. Carols and Holy Communion.
Christmas Day Service
Wednesday, December 25, 10:00 a.m.
All are welcome to this Celebration on the day of our Savior’s birth.
Lessons and Carols Service
Sunday, December 29, 10:00 a.m.
No 8:00 a.m. service
St. Francis Dinner Groups
Dinner groups - both adult and family are a fun way to meet and get to know those in our parish we may not have met otherwise. Each dinner group consists of 8 - 10 adults or 3 - 4 families who meet throughout the year in homes, restaurants, parks - wherever the group decides. Sign-ups will continue through the middle of December during coffee hour, so please consider this an activity in which you want to be involved! If you have questions, please call Melinda Dobbs, 267-1777 or Church office 292-7090.
St. Francis Upcoming Events ... Mark your calendar
Announcing SSP Middle School trip dates
July 13th - 19th, 2014
The Diocese will be taking the youth to the SSP site at Chiloquin in Southern Oregon. Registration forms will be available next month, but please don’t delay if you are interested. There are only 10 slots available for the 2014 trip and they do fill up quickly. Scholarships are available.
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ST. FRANCIS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
- 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the Chapel
- 9:45 a.m. Children's service in the Chapel
- 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II, with Choir in the Church
- 10:00 a.m. Church School till 10:45 a.m.
- 12:00 noon Healing and Holy Communion in the Chapel
The Church Office is staffed Mon - Fri, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm.Phone: 408-292-7090 / Fax: 408-292-7091 / Email: email@example.com
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