Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church



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

Events and News

ST. FRANCIS WORK DAY 

Mark your calendars! It is time for an all-church clean-up/work day. Everyone is invited and encouraged to help on October 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We will be cleaning the campus from top to bottom. There is much to do and many hands make the work go faster (makes it more fun too!). There will be jobs for all ages and abilities. 

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SAVE THE DATE!

PARISH SUPPER WITH THE ADULT CHOIR 

PRESENTING “AN EVENING OF SONG” 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 6 P.M. 

This will be a program you will not want to miss. See you there! 

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HAVE YOU CONSIDERED 

SERVING ON THE VESTRY? 

If so, you need to be a member of the parish for one year, 16+ in age, and committed to a
3-year term. 

To serve as a member of the vestry, a person is to be a faithful example unto others of what it means to be a good steward through the use of their time, talent and treasure. This means that a member of the vestry is to be active in the parish with their time, to offer to the people of the parish and community the gifts they have been given to offer, and to be faithful with their financial resources by being a pledging, committed member of St. Francis. 

If you do wish to serve on the vestry, please submit to Chris in the Parish Office a bio describing how many years you have been at St. Francis and what you have been involved in as well as your general background history by MONDAY, OCTOBER 21. Additional information regarding what it means to be a Vestry member can be found on the bulletin board in the hall. 

At the completion of 2019, we will have four members completing their term and rolling off the vestry. Leon Mayberry, Helen Laucella, Nancy Storey, and John Petoskey. These four individuals have and continue to do so much for the St. Francis community and we are grateful and fortunate for their commitment and love of Christ. New members of the vestry will be elected during our Annual Parish Meeting – Nov. 24 .

For further information related to serving on the vestry, please contact Leon Mayberry or Helen Laucella, our current wardens, or Fr. Tim. 

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St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals,

Family Festival and Bazaar


Our St. Francis Day Celebration was nothing short of amazing. Thanks to every person who planned, participated, promoted or was otherwise involved in a day where, as the Bishop recently said, we "were the church." Applause to Beth Cyr for being the master planner. Photos to come.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019
2020 Stewardship Campaign Kickoff

Monday, October 21, 2019
Vestry Nomination Due Date

Sunday, November 17, 2019
Parish Budget Meeting

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Annual Parish Meeting & Election of
Vestry Members/Diocesan Delegates

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We will join in the Celebration of All Saints’ Day on Sunday, November 3, as we commemorate all the Saints, known and unknown; particularly our loved ones who have passed away within the last year. 

If you have a loved one who has departed within the past year, please contact Chris at the parish office so we can include them by name during the prayers and lighting of the candles. Please do not assume we have their name added to the Necrology to be read during the service. 

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Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) continues to work closely with dioceses tragically affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane Dorian. You can help provide affected communities with immediate and long-term support. If you would like to contribute to our Hurricane Relief Fund, please visit us at support.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-relief. 

For other needs across the world, please visit our main website at www.episcopalrelief.org. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. With your partnership, we are working together
for lasting change. 

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DIOCESE RECEIVES GRANT FROM UTO 

The Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast has been awarded its 25th grant from United Thank Offering. The grant of $30,000 has been awarded to the Pensacola Area Interfaith Justice Ministry. This project is an ecumenical ministry that will bring together 10 faith traditions to tackle community problems such as affordable housing, failing schools and the criminalization of childhood. 

The UTO grant provides a salary for a lead organizer. The lead organizer will help train members of the 20 member congregations to become effective at living out what God requires of us: the biblical mandate of Micah 6:8 “to do justice, love mercy,
and walk humbly with our God.” 

SUNDAY WORSHIP


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

SPEAKING OF SIN 

St. Francis Adult Christian Education Class 

Begins: 9:00 a.m., Sunday, September 8 

Sin, guilt, damnation, repentance, penance and salvation, are words seldom used any more. That fact does not mean such do not exist says Barbara Brown Taylor, 

Episcopal priest and author of SPEAKING OF SIN. 

Her book will be the basis for the 9 a.m. adult class on Sundays, beginning September 8. 

The class will be led by Diocesan Deacon Clara Hewis. 

Deacon Hewis encourages everyone attending to read the introduction of Speaking of Sin before the first session. 

The book is being offered at the discounted price of $5. 



Nursery and Children's Christian Education (K-5)
is available at 9:45 a.m.
 The children follow a junior acolyte from the service on Sunday before the Sequence Hymn and return before Communion.

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) is back!
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.
However, there will be no meeting in October
due to multiple events.


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

This month's parish supper is on Wednesday,
October 23rd at
6 p.m.
The adult choir will present
""An Evening of Song".

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 10 a.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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St. Francis Parish Supper Programs

October 23, 2019 

St. Francis Choir Annual Gospel Music Concert 

November 27, 2019 

The Future of Health Care
Dr. Cynde Gamache,

System Chief Nursing Officer and V.P. Ancillary & Patient Care Services, Baptist Health Care 

January 22, 2020 

Gulf Breeze Annual Update 

Mayor Cherry Fitch & City Manager Samantha Abell 

April 22, 2020 

“The Role of the Dairy Industry in the U.S. Economy” 

Dr. Flash Gordon 

May 27, 2020 

Security in Gulf Breeze 

Chief of Police Rick Hawthorne, 

Gulf Breeze Police Department 

June 24, 2020 

Bingo 

Beth Cyr & Cathy Griffing 


Questions? Please contact the Parish Office.

PARKING CHALLENGES AT ST. FRANCIS 

For parishioners who are able, please consider parking on the street during funerals or special events with large attendance. This will free up parking spaces for our visitors and make
St. Francis more “user friendly” to our guests.