Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church



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

Events and News

IMPORTANT DATE ALERT

STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

Please return your pledge cards on or before this date (the sooner the better. This is critical for planning our budget for 2018.) If you have not previously pledged, please prayerfully consider doing so. If you have pledged in previous years, thank you, and please consider increasing your pledge to help support our growing parish. You may mail your pledge card in or place it in the offering basin.

November 26 - Annual Parish Budget Meeting 

Plan to attend and hear about the budget and the exciting year ahead of our parish in 2018! 

December 3 - Annual Parish Meeting 

and Election of Three Vestry Members 

Please plan to attend. The St. Francis 2015 Annual Report will be presented: We will elect three Vestry members from the submitted nominees. 
No nominations from the floor will be accepted for Vestry election. Vestry positions will be elected by a simple majority of votes.
 

We will also vote for three Diocesan Central Gulf Coast 2018 Convention delegates,
as well as three alternates.

The 2018 Convention is being held February 22 – 24, 2018 in Destin at St. Andrews by the Sea. 

Thank you for your interest, and your continued support of the St. Francis parish! 

VESTRY NOMINEES 

We are pleased to announce that we have three
Vestry nominees: please click on their names to

read their biographies.

John Boden 

Amy Reyes Guidry 

Carol Stark 
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New Member News
Please join us in welcoming our newest members. 
We are delighted to have them join our parish
and wanted to share the good news!

Sean and Kristina Tomey
Erin and Wright Currie
Deb Currie

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PARISH FORUM SCHEDULE 


November 15, 2017 

Oldies but Goodies with Jack 

Jack Grimley 

NO DINNER / NO PROGRAM IN DECEMBER 

January 24, 2018 

Information is the Secret to Shopping for a Used Car 

Gerald Adcox, Adcox Imports, Pensacola 

February and March, 2018: 

St. Francis Lenten Suppers 

April 25, 2018 

St. Francis Hurricane Recovery Program 

Alice Lane & Martha McMahon 

May 23, 2018 

Be Scam Smart 

Florida Department of Financial Services 


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WANTED: One Webmaster for the St. Francis website!
www.stfrancisgulfbreeze.org

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.

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SUNDAY WORSHIP


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. 

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ST. FRANCIS ACTIVITIES


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!

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
There is an ECW eeting at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 11th in the Parish Hall.
Light refreshments will be offered.


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., October 25th 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.


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

Tai Chi Classes for Seniors
Tai Chi classes will not be offered after November 10th until the first of the year.
Date to resume will be announced.

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 (Prayer Shawl Guild)
Meets the second Friday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
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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UPCOMING WORKSHOP: 

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!

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   TREASURER’S REPORT
  (As of SEPTEMBER 30, 2017)

September income was $18,791 and expenses were $24,729, resulting in a negative net ordinary income of ($5,938). For the first nine months of the year, net ordinary income is a negative ($963). 

Through September, pledge offerings are $721 under budget. However, open plate offerings are $1,944 over budget and expenses are under budget. Year to date, non-budgeted income is $4,595 (fund raising and memorials) and non-budgeted expenses are $7,575. 

The September 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

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