St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

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Introducing Father Gary Coffey

As required by Canons, the Senior Warden met with the Rev. Gary Coffey on June 19th preceding an interview by the full Vestry of St. Francis. Father Coffey was interviewed by the Vestry on June 28, 2018, after which St. Francis Vestry unanimously voted to offer the position of Interim Rector beginning September 2, 2018. With thanks be to God, Fr. Coffey accepted the offer with thanks. Father Gary Coffey is retiring from Grace Episcopal Church in Asheville, N.C. on July 16, 2018 after 17 years. He has more than a casual interest in our Parish as it was his home parish before he went to seminary thirty-eight years ago. Forest City is his home town and Fr. Coffey’s sister, Janice Thompson, still lives in Rutherfordton. Fr. Coffey stated that serving St. Francis at this time would give him the opportunity to give back to the Parish that supported him when he was called to the priesthood.

Cottage Meetings

“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.”
Acts 2:46 (New International)

You should have received your invitation by now. If you have not, please contact Linda Bailey. If you have received your invitation and have not responded, please do so by July 16th.

Education for Ministry

Anyone who is interested in starting EfM this year needs to let Susan Keith know immediately. It is time to send in the registrations for the class.


8:00 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite II
9:30 a.m.-Christian Formation 
10:30 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite II (with choir) 

To see pictures of what goes on at St Francis outside of these walls click on the photo.

Coming Events

Sunday, July 15

9:45 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
11:15 a.m. - Punch on the Lawn

Monday, July 16

Tuesday, July 17

6:00 p.m. - AA

Wednesday, July 18

12:00 p.m. - AA
6:30 p.m. -Vestry Meeting

Thursday, July 19

Friday, July 20

Saturday, July 21

Sunday, July 22

9:45 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
11:15 a.m. - Punch on the Lawn

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