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Offering Basket

I have in my hand an empty offering basket.

My life’s basket has gone from empty to full. Let me tell you a brief story. About six years ago I was going through a very tough time in my life. My wife of almost sixty years was slowly dying of COPD. On top of that she fell and broke her hip and had to have a hip replacement.

We were not church goers. In fact we had not been to a Sunday service in over forty years. Then my daughter, Dee Ullrich, a member of St. Francis Church, started to have our wonderful Evangelistic Ministers begin visiting my ailing wife and bringing her communion. These visits were a Godsend to me and my ailing wife. After a home visit from Mother Chris, we became members of St. Francis Church. We renewed our vows right here on our 60th wedding anniversary in February 2013, but unfortunately she died a few months later on Mother’s Day weekend.

My love of this church has grown and as most of you know, I am now happily married to Linda Bailey. I serve on the Vestry, the Finance Committee, and cook for Welcome Table. I now try to give back to our Lord for these many blessings that I have received by tithing to our church which, through the grace of God, I can afford to do.

Giving is done in many ways here at St. Francis Church. We give our time, talent, and treasure to support our church and its many and various ministries. We do this because of our love of God and our desire that we may help others to grow and know Him. How can you help to fill this basket?

Presented by Mike DeLorenzo, Sunday, September 17, 2017

What to Watch for in Church This Sunday

This week, we’ll read the Psalm antiphonally by whole verse at both services. Antiphonal is from the Greek, meaning “voice against voice,” and in practice is an alternation between groups of people. Instructions for antiphonal reading of the Psalms will always tell you who the groups are. This week the groups will be the two different sides of the church. The left side (the pulpit side) will read the first verse and the right side (the organ side) will read the next verse, continuing that pattern to the end of the Psalm. At our 10:30 service this week, we’ll begin our hymns in a new way. Rather than beginning with a short introduction to the hymn, we’ll hear it played through one verse and begin to sing when it starts again. Hopefully this will give all of us a sense of the melody and rhythm, and better equip us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

The Wired Word

Have you ever seriously thought about how scripture speaks to current events? Beginning this Sunday morning, we’ll begin using the Wired Word for our Parish Hall Christian Formation class. The conversations are sure to be lively, the opinions varied, and as always, the fellowship will be warm and inviting. Bring your bibles and join us for interesting and thought-provoking discussions each Sunday morning at 9:30 in the Parish Hall. If you’d like to prepare in advance, please email Mother Chris+ at to receive the week’s focus story and relevant scriptural references.

Welcome Table, September 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, is our time to host Welcome Table at First United Methodist Church, Rutherfordton. The menu will be baked spaghetti, salad, bread, melon, dessert, and beverages. We are asking members of St. Francis Church to bring desserts. Please have desserts at the parish house by Sunday, September 24. Workers are needed to greet, prepare food, serve food and beverages, wash dishes, and clean up after the dinner. If you can help by doing any of these things, please contact Sherry Campbell or Linda Bailey.

Communication Cards

For those of you who missed the sign-up for the Communication Cards, please contact Judi Gustafson, BE CONNECTED!

St. Francis Day Parish Picnic – Mark Your Calendars!

On Sunday, October 1, we’ll celebrate the feast of our patron saint, Francis. There will be only one service that day, at 10:30 am in the back yard of the Parish House (weather permitting). Afterward, we’ll enjoy our annual Parish Picnic, time for fellowship, and for those among us who are competitive, games. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Sides and desserts will come from the best cooks in Rutherford County: YOU! Come casual and comfortable, bring a lawn chair to sit in during the Eucharist, and don’t forget to bring a tasty dish!

ECW Presents Conversations with Bishop José

On Saturday, October 7th, the Diocesan ECW presents Conversations with Bishop José. Registration will begin at 9:00 am with donuts and coffee. The event will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Asheville. The bishop will share some of his hopes and vision for the diocese and for the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). The program is open to all parishioners in the diocese (men & women). Registration is $30 per person. Any profits from the luncheon will go into the Women Helping Women Scholarship Fund. To register go to or for more information contact Diane Mance at or Mary Ann Ransom at Registration deadline is September 30th.

We are going places, wanna go? We invite everyone to join us!

On November 18th at 7:00 pm at the ICC Foundation we will attend: Songs & Stories" with Mountain Faith Band and Sadie Robertson.

The group will start out with fun conversations and fellowship at the Dragon Palace Chinese Restaurant in Spindale for dinner. Meet us there at 5:15 pm. Address:1639 US Highway 74A BYP Ste 180 Spindale N.C.

The buffet is yummy! Pricing for adults is $ 9.59. Children under 3 are free. Ages 3yrs- 4yrs. $3.99, 5yrs -9 yrs $4.99 10 yrs. $4.99 over 10 yrs old is the adult price. Everyone is responsible for the cost of their dinner. After dinner, the group will go close by to see the performance at Isothermal Community College.

The Mountain Faith Band is an accomplished, award-winning Americana-Roots group based in the mountains of North Carolina. Besides performing on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Mountain Faith was a Season 10 Semi-finalist on TV’s American’s Got Talent. Sadie Robertson of the A& E show Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars fame is an inspirational speaker and author of “Live Originals,” Proceeds from the show will benefit the nonprofit literacy initiative. I Write My Story Foundation, Inc.

The cost for the performance is $28.69 or $40.36 per ticket depending on the seating arrangements you make. Each ticket includes tax & fees. Youth 18 years and under is $17.01. (There is not a group discount for this particular show.) Everyone is responsible for buying and making arrangements for their ticket and seating. Go to for reservations or call the box office 828-286-9990. Carpooling will be available; call, text, or email Donna Murray for arrangements 828.231.6896

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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September - December
Canned Fruit


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, September 24

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

Monday, September 25

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

Tuesday, September 26

6:30 p.m. - AA
6:00 p.m. - EFM

Wednesday, September 27

12:00 p.m. - AA
5:30 p.m. - Healing Service with HE
7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice

Thursday, September 28

6:30 p.m. - Brotherhood of St. Andrew Dinner Meeting

Friday, September 29

Saturday, September 30

Sunday, October 1

10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
12:00 p.m. - Church Picnic

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