Join us for the Annual Meeting

Brothers and sisters, my last official act at St. Francis will be the Annual Meeting on Sunday January 29 following our 10:00 a.m. service. We will enjoy a meal together and hear reports from your parish leadership on all that we have accomplished over the past year. Moreover, this will my last opportunity to address you as your priest.

I feel a bit like Moses on the verge of the promised land. I can see it, but I will not enter it. Moses led the children of Israel for 40 years through the wilderness. I have, to the best of my ability and by the grace of God, led you through the last two years of pastoral transition and COVID. Now, a new day is beginning
at St. Francis. So, much as Moses encouraged the Israelites, I urge you:

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV).

Our New Rector - The Reverend Jason Shelby
Sunday February 5 will be his first time leading our worship.
Please welcome him!
Our new Rector will be on his way to us very soon. The Reverend Jason Shelby will be arriving from Mississippi, with his family, at the end of January. Just 4 weeks away!

His very first service at St. Francis will be on Sunday February 5.
We hope as many as possible will be there on that day to welcome the Shelby family, and start the process of getting to know each other.

In the meantime, please hold them in your prayers as they negotiate the challenges of a long distance move and transition to a new Parish.
Antique Show
This Sunday - January 22, 11:30am, Library
After several cancellations, we are planning our next Antiques show (our long running fundraiser). Come join us to hear our ideas, share your own or just find out what the Antiques show is. 
Taizé - Service of Healing and Wholeness
Next Tuesday January 24, 7:00 p.m.
Join us in the Chapel for a peaceful time filled with music and candlelight. If you're not familiar with this tradition, the community of Taizé, in France, is the location of a teaching and contemplative retreat center that attracts thousands of believers from all over the world.

Our service of Wholeness and Healing emulates the style of the chant services at Taizé, with music from Taizé and other contemplative sources. We sing short phrases repeatedly to quiet our minds and hearts and open our souls to being in the presence of God. Join in as you wish. You also have the option for confidential prayer with a Prayer team leader. We pray that the time will be a healing comfort for whatever you face or hold in your heart.
Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday January 29, 11:15, Parish Hall - ONE service only. No 8am next week.
Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held at the end of this month, on Rev. Jerry's last Sunday. We will review the state of the Parish, our activities from 2022, and elect new Vestry members. We hope you can be there. FREE Childcare will be provided.

Potluck! We’re back in person this year (Hooray!) so please bring your favorite dish according to your last name: A - G dessert, H - P main dish, Q - Z salad or side dish. Questions? — contact Mary Deley or Kathy Compton.
Save the Date! St. Teresa's Chinese New Year!
Saturday, Feb 4, 6 - 8pm, Parish Hall
This is the year you are once again invited to the St Teresa’s Chinese New Year Event! Chinese Food, Beverages, Auction (multiple formats), Fun!
More details to follow...

Sundays - Holy Communion
8:00 a.m. - Rite I in-person worship in the Chapel, with hymns. This service is not live-streamed.

10:00 a.m. - Rite II in-person worship in the main church with music. Live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, and available for watching later.

Please contact Kristina Pelá to arrange for a Lay Eucharistic Minister to safely bring you communion.

Yoga with Jill!
A spiritual mind and body practice!
  • Mondays 11:15am - 1:00pm - Level 1/2 Hatha Yoga
  • Wednesdays 9:00-10:30am Level 1 Gentle Yoga
Parish Hall. No set fees - classes are free-will offering. Questions? Jill Fenske

Thursdays from 9:30-10:30am in our church sanctuary has re-started; masks optional. Please join us for meditation, followed by a time of conversation.
Note: Meditation is on hiatus over Christmas - we'll be back on January 12.
Contact - Susie Zimmerman
Coffee Hour Ministry
It's quick and easy to sign up - just pick a day. More than one person or household can sign up on the same day, so you don't have to be on your own.
  • We'll show you what to do.
  • We reimburse expenses.
Sunday School

Bring your children to Sunday School for our wonderful Montessori-based, Godly Play curriculum.
Godly Play makes meaning through story, wonder, and play. Nurturing spiritual lives by honoring the centrality, competency, and capacity of children. You and your children will be blessed by these teachings.
Remember - the Parish Directory is Online
Need someone's email, or even map directions to their home?
The password is Romans12:4-5
Bookmark the link on your phone or computer and let your browser save the password and you will always be up to date with information!
In a later email we will tell you how to access the Member Portal so you can edit details of your own listing.
Need Help of Any Kind?
Physical, Spiritual, Psychological, or Material?

We are here to do our best to help you with whatever you may need. We know circumstances can be difficult at any time. For help of any kind, or just a phone call, please email or call Jerry+ .

Enews Submission Deadline: 3:00 pm Wednesdays
Enews is sent weekly on Thursday afternoons: email Susan with your requests.
Staff Directory
Office main line - 310 375 4617
The Rev. Jerry Sather 310-594-7984 - Priest in Charge (Interim)
Mark Bennett 310-594-7416 - Director of Music
Claire Erbeznik 310-375-4617 - Office Administrator & Receptionist
Susan Marshall 310-594-8427 - Communications Specialist
Elaine Mistele 310-594-8268 - Business Manager

You are not interrupting our work - you ARE our work!