St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

News and Events

Angel Tree

Sunday, Novmeber 23rd is Angel Tree Sunday! If you wish to serve a child in the Angel Tree program, please stop by the Cloister House and pick out a child to sponsor.

Rutherfordton Community Thanksgiving Service

The Rutherfordton Community Thanksgiving Service will be held here tonight at 7:00pm. The Reverend Connie Jensen from St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church will bring the message. A community choir will provide special music.

Lych Gate Deadline

Due to Thanksgiving holiday, our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week Deadline for articles for the December Lych Gate will be November 24th.

Welcome Table – November 24, 2014

We will host Welcome Table at First United Methodist Church on Monday, November 24. The menu is turkey pot pie, green beans, salad, dessert, and beverages. The item of food needed is desserts. Help is always needed for preparation of the food on the Monday we serve, serving food and beverages, washing dishes, and cleaning up after the meal. Please contact Linda Bailey (828-245-7456 or or Allison Ross (828-202-6722 or if you are available to help in any way.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

If you would like to participate in any way in our Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon and have not been contacted by someone on the committee, please call Blue Pittman at 447-5503. There is still a need of several items, especially green beans and sweet potato casserole. If you are traveling or will be away, monetary donations would be greatly appreciated.

Out of Town

As in years past, I’ll be traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family next week. I’ll be out of the office from Monday, November 24 through Saturday, November 29, back in time for church on the First Sunday of Advent. As in the past, the church office will be closed on Thanksgiving and the Friday after. If you have pastoral emergencies, please contact the church office or the wardens. My prayers will be with all of you as you come together to feed Thanksgiving dinner to folks in our community and then scatter to celebrate with your own families. Enjoy, be safe, and give thanks in all things. CFB+

Advent’s Coming

November 30 is the first Sunday of Advent, and there will be liturgical changes to mark the season and make us think as we worship.

At our 8:00 service, we’ll be going back in time to Eucharistic prayers that are no longer used. Long-time Episcopalians will find some familiarity in these liturgies. On December 14, we’ll celebrate a high mass dating from the time of the Oxford Movement, including the “bells and smells” that some of you long for. There will be no chanting or other music at this service; most of our 8:00 folks prefer it that way, and your rector is not a gifted singer. Doing without it will be much better for everyone!

At 10:30, we’ll be using liturgies from Enriching Our Worship, with contemporary and inclusive language adopted by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention almost 10 years ago.As part of our Advent observance, we’ll be asking our children (ages 10 and under) to process into the church behind the cross and help us light the candles on the Advent wreath. We’d like for them to join us in the recessional at the end of the service, too!

At both services we’ll be using unleavened bread in place of communion wafers. Gluten-free wafers will still be provided for those who need them.

Charles Swindoll wrote, “If the pace and the push, the noise and the crowds are getting to you, it’s time to stop the nonsense and find a place of solace to refresh your spirit.” That’s what Advent can do for Christians who observe this holy season of preparation and embrace the invitation to be refreshed and awakened. Hope to see you in church during Advent. There will be something for everyone!

You’re Invited

On December 3, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the Bishop and Diocesan Staff will host an Open House at the Bishop Henry Center, 990B Centre Parkway, Asheville. It’s an easy drive from Rutherford County, off I-240 at Exit 6. Bishop Taylor, Canon Pritchett and other members of the diocesan staff are striving to create connection with Episcopalians in Western North Carolina and welcome all of us to come and see our Diocesan House, to visit with them and with each other, and to share the joy of the season with each other.

Annual Meeting

The Parish Annual Meeting will be on December 7th following the 10:30 a.m. service. There will be a potluck lunch and the meeting will follow.


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

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Coming Events

Monday, November 24

5:00 p.m. Welcome Table

Tuesday, November 25

6:00 p.m. AA

Wednesday, November 26

11:30 a.m. Community Thanksgiving Dinner
7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice

Thursday, November 27
Office Closed

Friday, November 28
Office Closed

Saturday, November 29

Sunday, November 30

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:30 a.m. Advent Event
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

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