St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

News and Events

Building & Grounds Committee Meeting

Anyone who has been on the Building and Grounds Committee and anyone who would like to be a part of the committee should come to a meeting on August 30th in the Cloister House following the 10:30 am service.

Welcome Table, August 31, 2015

We will be hosting Welcome Table on Monday, August 31. The menu is Beef Rigatoni, Salad, Bread, Dessert, and Beverages. Desserts are needed this month. Please bring desserts to the parish house kitchen by Sunday, August 30. If you can help by preparing a dessert or if you can help in any way with preparation for the meal on Monday, August 30, please contact Sherry Campbell (828-288-3801 or

Inquirers Classes / Confirmation Classes

On Sunday, October 11, Bishop Taylor will visit St. Francis, and while he’s here will confirm and receive new members into The Episcopal Church. Inquirers’ classes for folks who wish to become members of St. Francis or who want to know more about The Episcopal Church will begin on Sunday morning, August 23 and continue through October 4, meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Contact Mother Chris+ to save your spot or ask questions. Youth Confirmation Classes, which began in the spring, will resume on Sunday, August 23, meeting from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Commons Room.

Join the Conversation

The Diocese will be holding several Holy Conversations during August and September. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts about the diocese and who our next bishop might be. Your input will be an important part of the profile being developed for those who feel the Holy Spirit calling them to be the next Bishop of Western North Carolina. There will be two meetings in Shelby at Church of the Redeemer on September 1st, at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. If you wish to carpool to either event, please meet at the Parish House at 12:00 pm or 5:30 pm.

Please read below letter from The Rev. Dr. Gary Butterworth, Chair of the Bishop Search/Nominating Committee.

Dear Western North Carolina Clergy/Committees/Churches,

Earlier this year our bishop, The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor, announced plans for his retirement and with that the election of a new bishop to be ordained on October 1, 2016. The Standing Committee appointed a Search/Nominating Committee which started its work in May of this year. We have been busy at work forming community, gathering information about our diocese, developing surveys and scheduling Holy Conversations, to name but a few.

One of the top priorities of our committee is to ensure that we get maximum input from our diocese about what we want and need in a new bishop as well as the dreams we have for our diocese. The information gathered will assist us in developing a profile of our diocese which will go out church-wide so interested persons can discern whether Holy Spirit is calling them to be our bishop.

With this said, I want to apprise you of some very important events that will occur during August and September. First is our diocesan survey which will be available online from Aug 19th through September 9th (we are also asking every church to have paper copies available). We ask that everyone take the survey and ask anyone who knows someone who does not have online access to give them the opportunity to take the survey by sitting with them with a computer and helping them take the survey. Second are the Holy Conversations which we will hold throughout the diocese. We have 15 Holy Conversations open to all and three specifically for clergy scheduled where you can sit down with other Western North Carolina Episcopalians to listen and offer your own desires and dreams for our diocese. Holy Conversations are a time for respectful listening, sharing, honesty and optimism and we need everyone's participation.'s%20Pages/bishop-search.html

We are hoping for a great response that will allow us to produce a faithful profile so we are able to call a faithful and dedicated servant of Jesus Christ to be our next bishop. We also ask for your continued prayers as we do this work.

Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Dr. Gary Butterworth, Chair, Bishop Search/Nominating Committee


May -August: Canned Carrots


8:00 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m.-Church School  
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 ,August 23

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

Monday, August 24

Tuesday, August 25

6:00 p.m. - AA

Wednesday, August 26

7:00 pm - Joe Middleton Group
6:00 p.m. - Stephen Ministry
6:30 pm - EFM
7:00 p.m. - Choir

Thursday, August 27

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

Friday, August 28

Saturday, August 29

Sunday, August 30

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 P.M. - Building & Grounds Committee Meeting

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