St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

News and Events

Inclement Weather Warnings

The prediction of snow for the weekend leaves all of us with a lot of questions about how our routines will be affected and what we need to do to prepare. Please remember that you alone can make wise and appropriate decisions about your own personal safety. St. Francis' Sunday services will take place as planned but you must assess your risk in getting here. If there's doubt, please stay home! God will understand!


Thank you for your response to participate in the many ministries at St. Francis Church for the 2017 year. Some of you have chosen to continue serving in the same ministry and some of you will begin serving for the first time. If you haven’t yet completed the form, it’s not too late. There are blank copies at the back of the church and in the Parish House. Your gift is important and is a part of the Body of Christ; serving together makes us whole. The Vestry is working to establish a new format to enhance ministries. You will be contacted by someone and given more information regarding the ministry in which you are interested.

Mid-Week Eucharist with Healing

Beginning on January 11, there will be a service of Holy Eucharist with Healing each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm. To assist folks with mobility issues, especially during the dark months of winter, these services will be held in the Parish House.

Inquirers’ Classes Begin on January 12

Curious to know more about the beliefs, practices, and traditions of The Episcopal Church? Inquirers’ Classes will answer the questions you have (and some you didn’t know you have). For folks who have been in The Episcopal Church for a while, they’re a good way to recall why we do things the way we do. They’re also a requirement for confirmation, the rite of membership in our church. Classes will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Commons Room of the Parish House on Thursday evenings January 12 through February 23. Childcare will be available if requested in advance. Contact Mother Chris for more information.

Celebrating the Life of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Next Sunday, January 15, our community and members of its churches will come together to celebrate the life and leadership of Dr. King at 4:00 pm at First United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in the church’s Fellowship Hall (see the following announcement). Many thanks to the New Hope MLK Committee, including our own Donna Murray, which has been planning this service for months. See you there!

Reception for the Martin Luther King Celebration

The Martin Luther King Celebration committee is in need of food for the reception following the celebration. St. Francis has been asked to donate two cold finger food trays that will feed 25 and a pound cake. If you would like to help with this, please contact Donna Murray.

Martin Luther King Day Tour to Atlanta

The New Hope Community MLK Committee is sponsoring a day tour of MLK-related sites in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, January 21. The tour will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017, and includes visits to Dr. King’s birth home, the King Center, the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Eternal Flame. The cost of the tour is $80 and registration closes on January 9, 2017. Flyers about the tour have been posted on the bulletin board in the Parish House and also on the Lych Gate bulletin board. If you are interested in making this day-trip or would like to know more, please speak with Mother Chris.

Practicing Forgiveness

This year our Lenten study will begin early, on February 1, as we learn to practice and experience forgiveness as a spiritual discipline. Although our study will rely heavily on The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, reading it is not required. Classes will be held at 6:45 on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Hall, February 1 through April 5. Each student will be provided with a journal, so advance knowledge of your participation will be helpful. Please notify the church office if you plan to attend.

Yokefellow Donation Item

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, January 8

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

Monday, January 9

7:30 a.m. - AA
6:30 p.m. - Girl Scouts

Tuesday, January 10

6:00 p.m. - AA

Wednesday, January 11

7:00 a.m. - Joe Middleton Group
12:00 p.m. - AA
5:30 p.m. - Healing Service with Holy Eucharist

Thursday, January 12

6:00 p.m. - Inquirers' Class

Friday, January 13

Saturday, January 14

Sunday, January 15

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m. - Christian Formation
10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 p.m. - Coffee Hour
4:00 p.m. - Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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