St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC
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Episcopal Explanations: The Bishop Is Coming!

The Latin word for bishop is episcopus, and the original name of the Episcopal Church noted that we were the Protestant Church with bishops in the United States. The Catechism on page 855 of the Book of Common Prayer tells us that “The ministry of a bishop is to represent Christ and his Church, particularly as apostle, chief priest, and pastor of a diocese; to guard the faith, unity, and discipline of the whole Church; to proclaim the Word of God; to act in Christ’s name for the reconciliation of the world and the building up of the Church; and to ordain others to continue Christ’s ministry.” The Bishop also confirms and receives new members into the Church. The staff carried by the Bishop, properly called a crozier, is one sign of his pastoral authority.

In the Diocese of Western North Carolina, the Bishop makes an official Sunday visit to each parish once every two years. This Sunday, February 26, the Right Reverend José A. McCloughlin will make his first visit to St. Francis. Please join us in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 for a breakfast brunch and reception honoring him and the new members of the church who will be confirmed and received when we gather for one service at 10:30. Bishop José will preach and preside at the Eucharist. The Rev. Deacon Michelle Wiltfong, who serves at Church of the Redeemer in Shelby, will assist Bishop José in the liturgy. Please come and welcome Bishop José and Deacon Michele to St. Francis.

Building and Grounds Committee

The Building and Grounds Committee is gearing up for the next year and we need input from any and all Parishioners. If you are interested in being part of this important committee, please come and help us to maintain our beautiful buildings and grounds. There are several important issues that we will face during the coming year and we want your help. If you are interested please contact Don Corry or Jason McCurry. Thank you so very much.
Don Corry, Junior Warden


We will host Welcome Table on Monday, February 27. The menu is meatloaf, green peas, creamed potatoes, slaw, bread, beverage, and dessert. We will need a minimum of twenty-five (25) meatloaves. We ask that you use the recipe below and the meatloaves be cooked prior to bringing them to the parish hall. If you can donate a meatloaf, please bring it to church by Sunday, February 26 and leave it in the refrigerator in the parish hall. Identify the meatloaf with the name of the preparer and the date prepared. It would be helpful to know, prior to February 26, if you will donate a meatloaf for the meal. Please let Linda Bailey know.

Meatloaf Recipe
2 lbs. ground beef
1 package onion soup mix
2 eggs
½ cup tomato sauce
¾ cup bread crumbs or crushed crackers

Combine all ingredients. Place meatloaf in loaf pan. Cook at 350 degrees for one hour or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. Allow meatloaf to cool. Remove from pan and put into a zip lock freezer bag or wrap in tin foil. Freeze (if made ahead of time). Bring to church by Sunday, February 26, and leave it in the refrigerator at the parish hall. Identify the meatloaf with the name of the preparer and the date prepared. If you make a meatloaf before the week for Welcome Table and want to bring it to the parish hall, please put it in the freezer in the kitchen. Help is always needed the day we serve as host at Welcome Table. If you will be able to be there to help that Monday in the preparation of the food, to do registration, to greet, to serve food between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm, to wash dishes, or clean up, please contact Linda Bailey.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

You won’t want to miss our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 28th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hosted by our EPIC youth, it’s another great opportunity for us to come together for food and fellowship. We’ll be setting up on Monday evening from 5:00 p.m. If you can help, please come!

Ash Wednesday Services

There will be two Ash Wednesday services on March 1st. At 8:00 a.m. we’ll begin Lent with the Ash Wednesday liturgy, including the Imposition of Ashes. At 5:30 p.m., we’ll add the Holy Eucharist to our observance of this Holy Day.

Lenten Quiet Day: Moving from Lent into Easter with a Rule of Life

Mark your calendar for a Lenten “time out” from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 18. Through a series of brief talks followed by periods of quiet reflection, Mother Chris will guide participants through the development of a Rule of Life, an order of spiritual practices suitable to their own life and lifestyle. This is NOT for women only—MEN are welcome, too! Bring a brown bag lunch with something to drink, a snack to share and a comfortable chair, and a pen and paper to record your inspirations and ideas as we gather to grow together in faith and practice.

Community Lenten Services

Please join the Rutherfordton Ministers at 12:00 noon on Wednesdays during Lent for a short service of prayer, preaching and singing. Here are the dates and locations of this year’s services:

March 8 Mount Vernon Baptist The Rev Chris Beebe

March 15 First UMC The Rev Cynthia McCullough

March 22St. Gabriel Episcopal Church Mr. Bobby Lynch

March 29 2nd Baptist Church The Rev Andrea Purcell

April 5 St John AME Zion Dr. Keith Stephenson

April 12 No Wednesday service in Holy Week

April 14 St. Francis Episcopal Church Good Friday Liturgy

April 16 Rutherfordton Town Cemetery Dr. Sydnor Thompson
7 a.m. Sunrise Service Breakfast following at First Baptist Church, Rutherfordton

Mid-Week Eucharist with Healing

Don’t forget our midweek Service of Healing with Holy Eucharist each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm in the Commons Room of the Parish House. Anointing for healing is part of the service but is not a requirement for those who attend. All are welcome!

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January - April
Spaghetti Noddles & Sauce


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

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Coming Events

Sunday, February 26
Bishop's Visit

9:15 a.m. - Brunch Reception
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II

Monday, February 27

7:30 a.m. - AA
5:00 p.m. - Welcome Table

Tuesday, February 28

5:30 p.m. - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
6:00 p.m. - AA

Wednesday, March 1

7:00 a.m. - Joe Middleton Group
8:00 a.m. - Imposition of Ashes
12:00 p.m. - AA
5:30 p.m. - Imposition of Ashes with HE
6:45 p.m. - Forgiveness Class
7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice

Thursday, March 2

Friday, March 3

Saturday, March 4

9:30 a.m. - Dismantling Racism
11:30 a.m. - DOK Meeting

Sunday, March 5

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m. - Christian Formation
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II

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