Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News

Save the Date!

Wednesday, August 23, 6 pm

Parish Supper and Gospel Concert by the Adult Choir

The Adult Choir is working hard preparing some new anthems to share with you in August. Come join us for dinner immediately followed by a musical presentation by the choir.

 It will be a toe- tapping, fun evening.

                                  With a song in my heart!
                             Cathy Griffing, Organist/Choirmaster

Wow! Biggest, best Trivia Night yet!
Thanks and hugs to chairs Julie and Jay Smith,
and to judge Jodi Kenworthy.
Everyone had a blast.Great questions, fun competition,
good time had by all!


"The greatest little upscale rummage sale!"

The sale is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 22 & 23.

The kickoff will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 22 in the Parish Hall with a Wine & Cheese Pre-Sale Party. Don’t miss out on the chance to see and buy the best stuff first! Tickets for the Friday night event are $10 each or two for $15. There is no charge to attend the Saturday sale which lasts from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Do you have any of the following items at home that you no longer need? If so, please consider donating them to St. Francis if they are in clean, working condition. They will be sold at the ECW “Collectibles & More” Sale on September 22 & 23. All proceeds will be used to modernize the St. Francis kitchen. Unsold items will be donated to Interfaith Ministries. If you have any questions, please call Beth Cyr (850-206-9137) or Gay McDaniel (850-450-1437).

• Appliances (small / working)

• Art (frames, paintings, wood pieces, sculptures, ceramics)

• Bicycles      • Children toys (like new)   • Costume jewelry

• Designer hand bags (excellent, lightly used condition)

• Fishing equipment (rods, reels, crab traps, cast nets)

• Furniture (Antique and Fine Furniture)

• Hardware items

• Household accessories (vases, partial sets of

dinnerware, stemware, crystal, vases, statues,

candleholders, silver pieces, etc.)

• Holiday decorations      • Lawn furniture

• Linens (placemats, tablecloths, etc.)

• Mink Coats (no stoles)      • Yard items

• Water toys (canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, surf boards, etc.)



Creative! How else would you describe the unique plan the St. Francis ECW has developed to raise funds to remodel the parish kitchen? They will teach attendees how to make high quality holiday wreaths that sell in stores for $100 or more. The members can purchase the wreath they make, or, donate it to be sold during our St. Francis Day celebration.

The workshop will follow the ECW September 9 monthly meeting (9 a.m. Parish Hall). Admission to the workshop is $15 and includes a bag lunch. Twenty ECW members are already signed up. The instructor and the wreath-making materials are supplied by the ECW.

Reservations must be received by Beth Cyr ( by August 15.


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. 



Women’s Bible Study

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room.

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

The July Parish Supper has been cancelled because so much is going on and many are on vacation. The new Forum season begins on Weds., Aug. 23 when our St. Francis Adult Choir will present a Gospel music Concert following dinner. Plan to join us and sing along!

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

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.


The new directories are scheduled to be distributed on Sunday, July 16, after Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall. We will also discuss how to load the new directory on your smart phone. Once loaded on your phone, your directory will automatically update whenever changes are made to the directory by the St. Francis office. One new directory per family is available for each family that “sat” for Lifetouch photography, or, made arrangements for pictures to be available to St. Francis. For those who did not participate in the directory update, a copy of the new Directory will be made available in several weeks.

  (As of May 31, 2017)

May’s income was $16,474 and expenses were $16,507, resulting in a negative net income of $33. However, for the first five months of the year, net income is $17,358. Through May, pledged offerings are $8,189 over budget, open plate offerings are $2,134 over budget and expenses are $10,472 under budget. The May 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.

  Leon Mayberry, Treasurer


On Sunday, August 13, our Diocesan Bishop, Bishop Russell Kendrick, will be with us to celebrate and preach at St. Francis for our annual Bishop’s visitation. While we will not have Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation during the service, on this special day we will have other elements of blessings and celebrations.

August 13, is the day before school resumes for students in Santa Rosa County. This day is also just a few days after Escambia County schools are back in session. While details are still in the works, this would be a perfect day in the life of the church and community to hold special blessings such as: Blessing of the Backpacks, a Blessing over our students, Blessing of school supplies for those in need, Blessing of those who teach or are on staff in the school system, etc. This day, especially with the Bishop being with us, would be an excellent opportunity to start a new school year on the right path.

If you are interested in helping to plan this special service, please contact Tim Backus. Nothing is currently set in stone and all options are on the table. Let us make this special day of our Lord a day to remember in the life of our church and community.