Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News

"The greatest little upscale rummage sale!"
Wine & Cheese Pre-sale Reception
Friday, Sept. 22 - 6 p.m.

Collectibles and More Sale
Saturday, Sept. 23 - 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The ladies of St. Francis ECW are hard at work preparing for the big sale on September 22-23. The goal is to make enough money to remodel parts of the St. Francis kitchen and thereby create additional workspace and add to our dishwashing capacity. You can help in two ways. 

First, donations of lightly used but fully operational items are still needed for the sale. Such items include household accessories & linens; small appliances & furniture items; art; children toys; jewelry; holiday decorations; and fishing equipment. 

Second, support the sale by purchasing your tickets for the Wine & Cheese pre-sale reception from Gay McDaniel or Beth Cyr. The cost is $10.00 each or two for $15.00. The Wine & Cheese will be held on Friday, September 22 at 6 p.m. in the St. Francis Parish Hall. Buy your tickets in the atrium and get the first look at the wonderful items available for purchase that evening.

The “Collectibles & More” sale continues on Saturday, September 23 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is no admission charge for Saturday’s sale. 
Questions? Beth Cyr at 850-206-9137


Like to get to know and chat with other 

St. Francis parishioners? 
Then a WELCOME group is for YOU! 

Known as WELCOME groups for it is:

Where Episcopalians Linger Chatting Over Meals Enthusiastically 

The groups where St. Francis’ friends gather for food and conversation are now forming for the 2017-2018 year. 

You will find forms in the Sunday bulletin or on the hall table across from the office. ALL who want to be included, even if you are presently in a group, should fill out the form.
There are many choices for the time or venue, so please select one that fits your schedule best. The forms can be turned in to the office, or put in the envelope on the poster in the church atrium.

The options include: 

Friday evening 
Saturday brunch 
Sunday lunch 
Sunday evening pot lucks in homes 
Sunday supper at a restaurant 
Or a combination group 

If you are unable to pick up a form, or have questions, please call: Sara Lee Menzer (934-7765) or Sally Weber (677-9832) or email Sara Lee at 



Friday, September 29th 2017 6 p.m. 

Beckwith Camp & Retreat Center 

10400 Beckwith Ln. Fairhope, Alabama 

What's happening? 

Friday Evening Undercroft Cafe opens at 6:30 p.m. 

Saturday 12 p.m. Bishop’s BBQ 

2 p.m. Diocesan Ultreya 

All Day - Fun Activities for the Family & Youth
(Cornhole, Badminton, Blooper Ball, Pool Volleyball, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddleboards, Giant Water Slide and College Football 
in Wilson Hall) 

Saturday Evening Live Auction, Low Country Boil, and 

Music by Rock Bottom Auction starts at 5 p.m. with Low Country Boil at 6:45 p.m. 1st Pick Raffle draw at 5 p.m.
to the Live Auction 


WANTED: One Webmaster for the St. Francis website!

Ann Woll has maintained the St. Francis website for the past ten years. The template currently used for our site has been phased out, requiring a redesign of the site. No, you won't be writing code! The site is hosted through GoDaddy, and the templates are plentiful and easy to use. Fr. Tim has put some thought into how the information on the site could be arranged, although a formal Sitemap has not yet been created. This is the perfect opportunity for someone with the skills and interest to step in and redesign the site accordingly. Serving as webmaster, one would input the information and graphics into a new template, then when the Parish Secretary has completed the monthly Messenger newsletter, use that information to keep the website updated each month. 

Ann is happy to assist in the transition as needed. If you are interested in helping with this gratifying outreach for our parish, please contact Chris in the parish office at 850-932-2861. If you have questions, please contact Ann at 850-748-2818.


At St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, our Sunday mornings begin at 9:00 a.m. with Adult Christian Education meeting in the Conference Room.

Children's Sunday School meets at 9:45 in the
Sunday School classroom.

Worship is at 10 a.m. with nursery provided.
We utilize both Rite One and Rite Two Holy Eucharist, with organ and choir. Refreshments and conversation take place after the service in the Parish Hall.

The service of the Holy Eucharist is celebrated two times every week – Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at noon. The Wednesday Eucharist is a wonderful, intimate opportunity to refill our spiritual cup in worship with one another for our Lord. 



Tuesday Women's Bible Study
All women are encouraged to come Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m! We will begin by examining the Gospel and additional readings for upcoming Sundays. No preparation needed in advance. Please join us! 

Women of St. Francis (WOSF) Luncheon
Takes place the second Tuesday of each month
at 11:30 a.m. All ladies are invited.
Please bring a little something to share.

Hospice Card Crafters

Meet the first Wednesday of each month at
10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room.
No experience needed.

Monthly Parish Suppers and Forums

This month's Parish Supper is on Weds., September 27th at 6 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share at our potluck dinner. Please also bring a non-perishable, non-expired food item or two for the Interfaith Ministries food basket.

The Florida Department of Financial Services will present “Be Scam Smart” as part of their statewide effort to stop senior financial exploitation. The program is divided into three parts: how to spot fraudulent behavior; scams targeting local seniors; and ways to combat identity theft. 

Adult Choir Rehearsal
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Choir Loft.

Tai Chi Classes for Seniors
Every Monday and Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. in the Atrium

Senior Moment Café
Fridays in the Great Room from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

St. Francis Readers
Meets the 3rd Monday of each month
at 1:30 p.m. in the Library.

Needle Work Ministry
Meets the second Friday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
in the Great Room.


To find out about AA and other groups,
please call the Parish Office at
850-932-2861 weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Teaching Others to Pray 

In Brian Taylor’s opening chapter of Becoming Christ: Transformation Through Contemplation, Taylor suggests that the “whole point of a life of prayer [is] not to attain and sustain pleasant or deep ‘spiritual’ experiences for ourselves, but to be transformed by God into a more perfect fulfillment of the persons we are created to be”. What is the ideal towards which we are aimed in this process of transformation? 

The workshop, Teaching Others to Pray, introduces several methods of meditative prayer, and discusses how these methods can be used by individuals, groups, and during retreats. This is an open invitation to attend a free workshop from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on the following Wednesday evenings in St. Francis’ parish hall: October 4, 11, 18 and November 1 and 8. Articles, readings and Bibles will be available.

We will use excerpts from the book below: 

Becoming Christ: 

Transformation through Contemplation, 

by Brian C. Taylor 

(Cambridge, MA Cowley Publications, 2002) 

To ensure we have enough copies for everyone, please RSVP to Chris Miller in the parish office (932-2861) by October 1. Light refreshments will be available, however extra food is always welcome!


  (As of JULY 31, 2017)

July’s income was $24,184 and expenses were $24,537, resulting in a negative net income of $353. However, for the first 7 months of the year, net income is $9,533. For the first 7 months of the year, Pledge Offerings are $7,587 over budget, Open Plate Offerings are $2,504 over budget and Expenses are $5,009 under budget. The July financial statements are posted on the bulletin board for your review. Let me know if you have questions, and let Chris know if you would like a copy of the financials. 

Let me know if you have questions, and let Chris know if you would like a copy of the financials.  

Leon Mayberry, Treasurer