Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Advent Morning Prayer
Beginning on Monday, December 2 at 8:00 AM
Continue every weekday through Tuesday, December 24. It is a twenty-minute service of prayers, readings, and canticles, and it is also a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas with God being present. Lay women and men are desired for the role of officiant. Click Here to sign up now.

Annual Christmas Party for Families in Need
Saturday, December 14
Our annual Christmas party for Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up families will be on Saturday, December 14. We need volunteers to help at the party. All ages are welcome, and young children can have fun at the craft table. The party is from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW, Washington, DC. There will be a caravan leaving from St. Francis at 9:00 am to arrive at Christ Lutheran for set-up at 10:00. Directions to Christ Lutheran will be provided.

St. Francis provides a Christmas lunch buffet, Christmas crafts, Bingo, and a "toy shop," where parents can choose a gift for each of their children. For information on donating children's Christmas gifts for the shop, please see the following announcement. At the party, we will need help serving food, at the craft table, and helping parents select gifts for their children. If you can help at the party, please click on the link to sign up. Click here for volunteer sign-up. For more information, please contact Ginger Roll at rollginger@icloud.com

Children's Christmas Gift Drive
We need lots of Christmas gifts for the children in families served by Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up. We will bring the children's gifts to our Christmas party on December 14 for these families in need, and parents (sometimes grandparents) will choose a gift for each of their children. For many years, this has been a very important and fun part of the Christmas party. If you would like to donate to the Children's Gift Drive, please choose from the links below to sign up to donate gifts by children's ages. Please put your unwrapped gifts in the bins across from Millen Hall by or before Sunday, December 8. Target gift cards should be put in the offering plate or sent/given to the church office. If you would like to give a check to purchase gift cards, please write "Target gift card" on the memo line.

Christmas Gifts for ages 13 - 17 -- Click here to sign up for ages 13 -17 (We are asking for donations of $25 Target gift cards for ages 13 - 17.)
Christmas Gifts for Ages 11 - 12 -- Click here for ages 11 - 12
Christmas Gifts for Ages 9 -10 -- Click here for ages 9 - 10
Christmas Gifts for Ages 7 - 8 -- Click here for ages 7 - 8
Christmas Gifts for Ages 5 - 6 -- Click here for ages 5 - 6
Christmas Gifts for Ages 3 - 4 -- Click here for ages 3 - 4
Christmas Gifts for Age  2 -- Click here for age 2
Christmas Gifts for Ages 3 mos. - 23 mos. -- Click here for 3 mos. - 23 mos.

Give a Gala ticket (or 2) for Christmas
Available December 15 at church
Come cruise on the Royal Franciscan with fellow parishioners!


Amahl and the Night Visitors
Saturday, December 21 at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Written by: Gian Carlo Menotti Directed by: Joan McFarland   Conductor: Larry Vote
Cast & Choir: St. Francis Choir, St. Mary's College students and alumni, and from St. Francis Church, Tommy Maxson as the Page
Musicians: Pianist, Rie Moore; Oboe, William Capon,

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a short opera (45 minutes long) about a crippled young boy, his mother, and the Magi on their way to Bethlehem. It was an early television tradition and set the season for families in the 1950's and early 1960's. A light buffet will be offered between the two performance times. Bring friends and family to begin the Christmas celebration with us at St. Francis. The concert and meal are free.

Intergenerational Christmas Choir
December 24, Christmas Eve at 5:00pm:
(Let's do it again!) For something fun and different we will once again form a choir of parents, children and others who would like to participate in leading the 5 pm Christmas Eve service. In addition to leading the congregation in the carols and service music of the day, we will sing music before the service and at the offertory. Rehearsals for this choir will occur following the 10 am services on Dec. 15 and 22. The rehearsals will last approximately 30 minutes. Please consider joining us for what will be a fun and memorable Christmas experience.

Christmas Flower and Music Donations
Christmas Flower and Music Donation envelopes are in Sunday's printed Announcements insert. Please put your offering in the collection basket by December 15 to ensure your memorial will be included in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day orders of service/announcements. The Altar Guild and Choir thank you for your support in these ministries.

Habitat for Humanity
We have set our schedule of Build Days for the end of this year and the beginning of 2020:
SAT Dec 14, WED Jan 15, SAT Feb 8, and WED Mar 4. For more information, see our SignUpGenius pages at http://tinyurl.com/Habitat-IC. If you have questions, please contact Phil Pifer at (philipjpifer@mac.com

DEC 14, 5:30-7:30 pm: White Elephant Party & Dinner
JAN 12, 4-6:30 pm: Escape Room, Herndon

Ongoing Activities

Contemplative Prayer

Join us on Mondays at 7:00 pm  Contact program coodinators Michael Hattwick (703-898-8026 or drmhattwick@aol.com) or Kathy Anderson (703-476-9065 or kquinnanderson@gmail.com) to learn more.

Men's Fellowship and Discussion
No meetings November 27 through December -- Resuming January 8

Wednesdays at 7:45 am
Join the Men's Group to discuss readings and topics, grow with us in understanding Christian theology, deepen your relationship with God, and enjoy fellowship with other men – not to mention free coffee and breakfast. Please contact philipjpifer@mac.com to learn more.

Tutoring Tuesdays
A group of tutors from St. Francis carpools to Anacostia once a week during the school year to help students improve their reading skills. Tutoring will resume in September. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, or exploring the possibility, please contact Pat Ward at patwa@cox.net We welcome anyone who enjoys children. Prior experience is not necessary.

St. Francis Book Club -- NEW Time To Be Tried
Third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm
Next meeting:  December 18 at 2:00 pm at Great Falls Starbucks. Contact Dirk Herkhof at dcherkhof@gmail.com with questions.

Thursday Bible Study
Thursday Bible Study meets at 2:00 on Thursdays for a discussion on the studay of Hebrews and explanation of what we hope to accomplish. Our Bible Study is very low-key and non-threatening as we learn together. For any questions, please check with Lynn Fallon (703-759-2082) or Odiorne Beebe (703-759-6739).

Second Story Dinners
Sundays at 5:15 pm
Volunteers needed to deliver Sunday dinners to Second Story (Second Story offers a safe residential experience for teens who are in need.) Volunteers work in pairs to cook, deliver, and serve dinners. Dinners are made on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. Please contact Jennifer at jenniferomurphy@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for this ministry or ifor more information.