St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

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Episcopal Explanations: Catholic

Many of our guests and visitors, and even some of our members, question the use of the word “catholic” in our prayers and liturgies, assuming this refers to the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic is derived from the Greek word meaning “general” or “universal.” The phrase “the catholic church” was first used in the early second century by Ignatius of Antioch. In our Catechism (the Outline of Faith) on page 854 in the Book of Common Prayer, we’re reminded that “The Church is catholic, because it proclaims the whole Faith to all people to the end of time.” “Catholic,” whether the word is or is not capitalized, is used to make a distinction between local congregations and the larger Church, to mean orthodox instead of heretical, to recall the undivided church before the Eastern and Western churches divided in 1054, and to name those churches and their members which claim an unbroken continuity of faith and tradition going back to the age of the apostles (including Anglican, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic traditions). When we say “one holy catholic and apostolic church” in our creeds, we affirm that what the church believes, it has always believed. Hopefully this explanation will clear up some misconceptions, and will also give you an understanding that you can pass on to others. CFB+

Vestry Organization

At the beginning of this year, the Vestry adopted a restructure of their responsibilities as leaders of our parish by dividing into three groups as teams which will focus on one particular area of our parish life. Stephanie Williams and Mike DeLorenzo, along with Treasurer Linda Bailey and Vestry Clerk/Parish Administrator Kathryn McGowan are the Administrative Team, responsible for managing finances, stewardship, and other administrative tasks of the vestry. Don Corry and Jason McCurry are responsible for overseeing work needed and done on our buildings and grounds. Judi Gustafson, Gordon Pendarvis, Donna Murray, Allison Ross, and Roscoe Conn are the Ministry Team, responsible for parish activities both within and outside of St. Francis. Mother Chris+ is the liaison for worship ministries, which includes lectors, greeters, ushers, Eucharistic Ministers, Eucharistic Visitors, acolytes, and Altar Guild. You may have already heard from one of these groups or members about ways to be involved in the life of the parish. If not, they will contact you soon about ways you can help our parish thrive. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about how the vestry functions or what we are called to do and be as St. Francis Church, please feel free to contact one of these folks. Please remember that the Vestry's work is for the benefit of us all, and so is yours!

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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January - April
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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, April 23

8:00 a.m. - Morning Prayer Rite I
9:30 a.m. - Christian Formation
10:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer Rite II

Monday, April 24

7:30 a.m. - AA
5:00 p.m. - Welcome Table

Tuesday, April 25

6:00 p.m. - AA

Wednesday, April 26

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

Thursday, April 27

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

Friday, April 28

Saturday, April 29

Sunday, April 30

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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