St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

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It's Time to Tidy Up
Church Work Day!

Please come and help beautify the church this Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A light lunch will be provided. There is lots to do in the fall with leaves falling so come, bring your rakes, blowers, and most importantly your energy. Many hands make light work!

Bread Basket

Our basket today focuses on bread. This magnificent sustenance is described over 490 times in the Bible, alone. While searching for descriptions and quotes involving bread we found enough to fill a book!

Just as bread itself comes in many shapes and sizes, is used in so many ways and comes in so many flavors and varieties, so do we, God’s people.

“Here is bread which strengthens man’s hear, and therefore is called the Staff of Life.” (Matthew Henry)

In John 6:51 we are told: “I am the living bread that comes down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.”

When we take Communion, we should remember that Jesus gave us His best. He gave His life for us. We thank Him for His abundant and abiding love by sharing our time, talent, and treasure with our neighbors. As Nicholas Berdyaev said, “The question of bread for myself is a material question, but the question of bread for my neighbor is a spiritual question.”

All of us here today gathered in the communion of God’s Grace have experienced the Blessings of Christ. What a joy to share those Blessings with others in our larger community. Some of us give back through Yokefellow or Welcome Table, or donating supplies or money to help those suffering from the recent spate of storms. Some of us offer a ride to a neighbor or offer to grocery shop for them. Some of us share a smile with a stranger or say “Bless you” when we hear a sneeze.

As it says in 1 Peter 4:9-10: “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s Grace in it various forms.”

And, further, in 2 Corinthians 8:7: “But just as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

Holy Communion and all that it represents is one of God’s Greatest Gifts to all of us. Marianne Williamson, one of my favorite spiritual authors wrote: “Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.”

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” (Leo Buscaglia)

I end with a quote from someone earthly whom I work to emulate, Julia Child, thought I mostly fall short. “The art or bread making can become a consuming hobby, and no matter how often and how many kinds of bread one has made, there always seems to be something new to learn.”

Jesus took five loaves and two fish and fed a multitude. What can you contribute to this basket?

Presented by Allison and Steve Ross, Sunday, October 8, 2017

A New Schedule for the Mid-Week Eucharist and Healing

Effective immediately, the Mid-Week Eucharist and Healing service will be celebrated on the second and fourth Wednesdays only. If you’re unable to attend either service on Sunday or wish to receive prayers and anointing for healing—or if you’re looking for another opportunity to worship God in the fellowship of other faithful Christians—this service fits the bill. Join us in the Parish Hall at 5:30 each second and fourth Wednesday.

Mark your calendar

If you are interested in singing in The Martin Luther King Community Choir the rehearsal practice will begin on October 27 at 6:30pm. The location for the rehearsal is St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church 330 North Ridgecrest Ave. Rutherfordton, NC. We are fortunate to have The Rev. Givens to be the Choir Director again. Receive a blessing and have some fun! Come, learn, and sing 4 new songs. We would love to see and hear St. Francis voice at this wonderful community event.

Donna Murray - MLK-N.H. Community Board

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

Communication Cards

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

Yokefellow Donation Item

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) 

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

Coming Events

Sunday, October 15

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m. - Christian Formation
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 p.m. - Coffee Hour

Monday, October 16

7:30 a.m. - AA
6:30 p.m. - Worship Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 17

6:30 p.m. - AA
6:30 p.m. - Vestry

Wednesday, October 18

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

Thursday, October 19

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

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

Sunday, October 22

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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