Upcoming and Ongoing Events
Advent Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 3 at 4 :00 pm
Morning Prayer Offered During Advent
8:00 am, Monday through Friday, December 4-22
Tuesday Evening Bible Study During Advent
You are invited to join us on December 5 and 19 at 7:30 pm.
Email Tracey Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Christmas Toy Drive
We are collecting Christmas gifts for children in need from families served by Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corporation). The drive ends Sunday, December 3. The gifts will be distributed at our annual Christmas party on December 9. To donate a gift for a child, please sign up on the poster in the narthex. If you would like to donate a doll, African American dolls are preferred. Children's gifts (except for Target gift cards) should be placed unwrapped in the bins across from Millen Hall. Target $20 gift cards, for children 13 years and over, should be put in the offering basket or sent/given to the church office. A roll of wrapping paper along with your gift is optional but would be appreciated. For more information, please contact Ginger Roll at email@example.com
Breakfast with Santa supporting Samaritan Ministry & Housing Up
Saturday, December 2 -- 8:30-10:30am, Millen Hall
Come and enjoy a fun breakfast with Santa and your St. Francis friends; and at the same time enjoy the opportunity to give to children of families in need. The event provides breakfast, holiday crafts, caroling and of course your picture with Santa -- stress free. We encourage each family to donate a new, unwrapped toy. Toys for boys and girls: Infant through 12 years. Toy suggestions: Puzzles, Games, Cars, Dolls (African-American dolls are preferred).
Kitchen Brigade Christmas Cookies!
Do you like to make Christmas cookies? The St. Francis Kitchen Brigade--which includes anyone who likes to cook and socialize--donated 3 baskets of fancy Christmas cookies to the Fall Fest Silent Auction, and we're now planning to fill those baskets for the buyers, who will get them in time for Christmas. So, we're holding a cookie baking and decorating afternoon on Sunday, December 3, right after church at the home of Leslie Siegmund. Please come and help to decorate and bake cookies. If you'd like to participate, please (1) email Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you are coming, (2) come after church on December 3 (around noon) to 11308 South Shore Road, Reston, and (3) bring an apron and a sandwich or something for lunch. Drinks will be provided. We'll be finished in time to make it to Evensong at 4 pm. If you want to donate cookies for the baskets but can't be there on December 3, just let Leslie know. Also, if you have specific ideas or recipes that would work well for group baking, email Leslie.
Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up Christmas Party
Saturday, December 9
Our annual Christmas party for Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corp.) families will be on Saturday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW in DC (same location as last year). There will be a caravan leaving St. Francis at 9:00 a.m., and set up for the party will be at 10:00 a.m. Sign-up sheets are posted in the narthex for donating children's gifts and helping at the party. In addition to gifts for the children, St. Francis will provide a Christmas lunch buffet for guests and volunteers, crafts, and bingo. We need lots of volunteers and gift donations to make the party a success, and all ages are encouraged to come to the party. It is a great hands-on outreach opportunity for our youth and lots of fun. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Ginger Roll at email@example.com
Freezing nights are here, and hypothermia prevention shelters for the homeless are crucial for saving lives. Epiphany Church in Oak Hill, VA runs a Hypothermia Prevention Shelter during the Christmas season (Dec. 24 - 31). As many of you know, John Lowe, through his role as representative to Region V, became the transportation lead for Epiphany's shelter and coordinated St. Francis' participation for several years in this very worthwhile cause. Epiphany now has no one to fill this position and are asking for our help. If you could help with the shelter, especially with transportation, or would like more information, please let Susan Forbes know at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING ADULT FORUMS
December 3-- 9:15
Birth Narratives of Jesus from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke
"Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" by Tracey Kelly
December 10 -- 9:15 and 11:15
Service Schedule Discernment
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Click on the Shop at Amazon link at the bottom of this page or go to smile.amazon.comand select St. Francis as your charity.
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St. Francis Book Club
Monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Great Falls Starbucks
Contact Dirk Herkhof at email@example.com with questions.
Mondays at 7:30-8:30 pm
Join us on Mondays at St. Francis. Learn more here or contact program coodinators Michael Hattwick (703-898-8026 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kathy Anderson (703-476-9065 or email@example.com).
Men's Fellowship and Discussion
Wednesdays at 7:30 am
Join the Men's Group to discuss readings and topics, grow with us in our understanding of Christian theology, deepen your relationship with God, and enjoy fellowship with other men - at the same time that you enjoy coffee and breakfast.
Second Story Dinners
Sundays at 5:15 pm
Needed: Volunteers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer for this ministry or ifor more information.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study
Every other Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm in the Narthex
All are welcome to attend! Question: Contact Tracey Kelly at email@example.com Future dates: November 21st; December 5th, 19th.
Thursday Bible Study
Thursday Bible Study at 2:00 in the Conference Room -- Anyone interested in joining us is welcome. Please let Odiorne Beebe know you are coming as materials are provided. (703-759-6739).
A group of tutors from St. Francis carpools to Anacostia once a week during the school year to help students improve their reading skills. This year, we are tutoring at Garfield Elementary School on Wednesdays. We will leave the St. Francis parking lot at 9:00 am and return around 2:30 pm, starting on October 4. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, or exploring the possibility, please contact Pat Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome anyone who enjoys children. Prior experience is not necessary