Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church



1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561
            www.stfrancisgulfbreeze.org             

Events and News

ST. FRANCIS DAY CELEBRATION

Our 2019 St. Francis Day Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, October 5. Mark your calendars now. The Blessing of the Animals will begin the day followed by our traditional Fish Fry with hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings. The cost is $8 per adult with kids (under 10) eating FREE. There will also be a Bake Sale so you will have plenty of choice baked goods to take home. 

A new and exciting feature this year is an “Arts & Crafts” Bazaar. We will rent tables in the Parish Hall and tent space outside. The cost per table or 10’X10’ exhibit space is $25 and three spaces have already been rented! If you know anyone that makes and sells arts and crafts, please tell them to call Beth Cyr at 850-449-1444 for additional details on exhibit space. All are welcome. 

Our Bazaar opens a whole new avenue of interest in attending our St. Francis Day celebration. It also offers a reasonably priced opportunity for artists and artisans to introduce their work to the community. As we draw nearer to October 5, we will provide regular updates on the Bazaar to our St. Francis community and to the people of Gulf Breeze. Our celebration this year will raise the bar for future years! 


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ST. FRANCIS’ ECW ELECTS OFFICERS 

At the March 2019 meeting of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), the following women were elected to two-year terms as: Co-Presidents Beth Cyr & Gay McDaniel; Co-Vice Presidents Carol Boden & Judy Holmes; Treasurer Janet Wood; Secretary Mary Jo Mann. The ECW Vestry Liaison is Helen Laucella. The ECW meets the second Saturday of each month. All women of St. Francis are welcome. The next meeting is Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 a.m.. in the Parish Hall. Light refreshments are served. 


WOMEN’S FUN LUNCH DAY 

We are having a Women’s Fun Lunch Day on May 11, 2019 after the 9:00 a.m. ECW Meeting! The Fun Lunch starts at 10:30 a.m. Paint a flower pot and enjoy a delicious lunch box with Jo’s Chicken Salad, sesame seed bread, fresh fruit and bread pudding. This is a wonderful way to become better acquainted with your fellow parishioners. 

All women are invited, and the cost is $15.00. 
To sign up call Beth at 449-1444 or Gay at 450-1437.
 

ECW OUTREACH TO WOMEN VETERANS

St. Francis’s ECW has created bounteous baskets of household and kitchen supplies for women veterans who will be leaving the Pathways for Change Cox Clinton Residence to set up their own apartments. 

What is the Pathways for Change Clinton Cox Residence? Pathways for Change works with women veterans to successfully help them move through the intricacies of transitioning from military service back to civilian life. Clients spend a few months at the Clinton Cox Residence where they are offered services to help them determine the best option for permanent housing, save money, research options in the work world or the educational world. Each veteran pays 30% of her monthly income as rent and receives her own suite with bathroom, and all utilities and Wi-Fi are included. A community kitchen, living room, and laundry room are shared by all veterans. The program is recognized by the VA as a GPD grant recipient.


The ECW is pleased to announce the third annual 2019 Collectibles & More Sale August 16,17 and 18. Your support has enabled us to have two successful sales in 2017 and 2018. We have already started collecting items for the sale and welcome your donations. Please drop your items at the Collectibles and More room at the church.

Call Beth Cyr at 850-449-1444 with questions.

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THE BRIDGE BETWEEN
TRUTH AND FORGIVENESS
A Free six-week discussion
led by Anna Garcia-Lucas

 Anna, a retired USAF veteran, mom and wife, is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Bexley Seabury Seminary.
Anna, her husband, Bryan, and children are members of
St. Francis Church.

The discussions will be held in the conference room at:

St. Francis Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Dr.

Gulf Breeze, Florida

On the Saturdays shown below from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Light lunch will be served

The discussions will center on the following topics:

March 9 Human Nature
March 16 Hate Is A Figment of Imagination
March 23 Angry At The World versus Personal Anger

 April 6 Movie and Discussion
April 13 Why Doesn't God Just Wipe The Slate Clean of Humans?
April 20 God's Silence "How do I even begin to forgive...?"

These guided discussions are open to all denominations regardless of affiliation and spiritual level. We will discuss truth and forgiveness along with spirituality and religion in a non-threatening atmosphere. All discussions will be respectful and within safe boundaries.

If you have certain dietary needs, please let Anna know when you RSVP. Looking forward to our impactful discussions! Please RSVP to Anna Garcia-Lucas,
aglucas66@gmail.com, 575-430-2852.

SUNDAY WORSHIP


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

Nursery and Children's Christian Education is available at 9:45 a.m. 

Worship is at 10 a.m
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. 

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ST. FRANCIS ACTIVITIES


Tuesday Women's Bible Study
All women are encouraged to come Tuesday
mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the Conference Room. 

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
The ECW's Monthly Business Meeting is on the
second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.
in the Parish Hall. All St. Francis women are welcome.
The next meeting is on Saturday, March 9th.


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 Supper

There will not be a a parish supper this month
due to the Lenten Supper Programs. See related article.

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

Tai Chi for Seniors

Free Tai Chi classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays 

in the Atrium from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.


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

First Fridays with the Father
Meets 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Great Room
(in conjunction with Senior Moment Café)

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

Prayer Shawl Guild
Meets at 1:30 in the Great Room.

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 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.
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2019 PARISH SUPPER SCHEDULE


April 24, 2019 


Our guest speaker will be Professor Lisa H. Sims from Pensacola State College. Prof. Sims’ topic is “Stone Age Solutions to Modern Problems: Lessons from our Ancestors for Handling Stress”. From human genesis until less than 10,000 years ago, all humans lived in hunting-gathering bands. Today’s modern lifestyle is so different from the original lifestyle blue-print that feelings of extreme fatigue, isolation, and even extreme loneliness are commonplace. Prof. Sims will look into our distant past for solutions to relieve our stress and anxiety. 

The entrées are your choice of: Chicken Enchilada with Vegetable Medley; Salisbury Steak (Mashed Potatoes); and, Vegetarian Spinach Enchilada. Each entrée will be served with Sensational Salad and bread, and the dessert is Fudge Brownies. Tea and lemonade are available. The price is $8.00 per person. You may bring wine to the Parish Supper if you wish. 

Tickets will be available in the Parish Office from April 15 to April 22, or in the Atrium before and after services on Sunday, April 14 and 21. 

May 22, 2019 

Dangerous Scams & Frauds Targeting Seniors 

Speaker: Stephen Rome, AARP 

June 26, 2019 

The History of Protestant Churches in Pensacola 

Speaker: John Appleyard, Historian 


Questions? Contact Leo at

leo@leomcyr.com 

850-889-3517 


The Way of Love: Evangelism 101
with the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers and
the Presiding Bishop's Evangelism Team

Saturday, May 4 -- St. Jude’s, Niceville 

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This free training session includes a host of resources for understanding the Jesus Movement, redefining and reclaiming evangelism, organizing a revival, sharing our stories, walking the neighborhood, improving hospitality and more. 

Lunch will be provided. Donations accepted. Registration is required for this free event and everyone is welcome. 

Register online at the Diocesan website: www.diocgc.org 

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