Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News

MONTHLY MEETING: Saturday, February 9th

 9 a.m., PARISH HALL

At this month’s ECW meeting, we will be discussing the
third annual Collectibles & More Sale and plans for St Francis Outreach in 2019 with Carol Stark. Other activities to be discussed include Spring Play Day and an art project.
Please plan to join us for a fun hour or two with the women of St. Francis. Light refreshments will be served.


The 38th Annual Diocesan Men's Conference

The annual Diocesan Men’s Conference is scheduled for March 1, 2, and 3 at Camp Beckwith. The Reverend Terrence Elsberry, Author/Editor, and Priest Associate at Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut will present: Doing the Bible Better. 

Rev. Elsberry is the author of a number of books and articles, including, The Power of Doing the Right Thing: Finding Success Through a Value-Driven Life. He was also an editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. 

If you have an interest in attending, please contact John Griffing at 850 450 5126. 

The 48th Annual Diocesan Convention
February 14 - 16, 
St. James Episcopal Church | Fairhope, Alabama 

We ask that you keep our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Russell Kendrick, the diocesan staff, our elected delegates from St. Francis: Leon Mayberry, Ann Woll and Herb Woll, our rector, as well as all other ministers and delegates in prayer during the upcoming Diocesan Convention. Following the convention, we will have an opportunity to hear from our elected delegates from St. Francis about their experience as well as various information as to what is happening throughout our Diocese. 




Shrove Tuesday is the day before the beginning of the season of Lent. Popular practices such as indulging in food that one sacrifices for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations. 

So, laissez les bons temps rouler (lazay-lay bon-tom rulay) and come on down to St. Francis’ Parish Hall to pass a good time on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m! Bring your favorite Cajun or Creole dish to share. 

Mardi Gras beads and costumes are encouraged! 

Begin your Journey to the Resurrection with observance of Ash Wednesday on March 6 during one of our three
Ash Wednesday Services: 
7 a.m., Noon and 6 p.m. 



Every Wednesday, March 13 – April 10 

5:30 Evening prayer, 6 p.m. Light Supper, 

6:30 p.m. Speaker Begins 

Our Presiding Bishop Curry has invited and challenged us to be a part of the Episcopal Church’s branch of the Jesus movement. He cites the Gospel of John where Jesus said to his disciples: I am the vine, you are the branches. Abide in me and I in you, for apart from me you can do nothing. But abide in me and you will bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. 

Come to our Wednesday evening program during Lent and you will learn how we can abide in Christ and live the way of His love. 

The presenters will represent all orders of ministry within the Church: Lay person (Lita Brown), Deaconate (Deacon Clara Hewis), Priest (Fr. Tim Backus), Bishop (The Rt. Rev. Russell Kendrick) and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry through video clips.

Each evening will end with one of Bishop Curry's favorite Gospel hymns, and Jack Grimley will accompany on the piano. As we approach Holy Week, there will be a presentation of the
Passover Meal led by Carol Karesh, a Christian who was raised
in the Jewish tradition. 

We will have many more details as we get closer to Lent. If you would like to learn more now, read Bishop Curry’s book THE POWER OF LOVE. Or you can go online to our church’s website:  where you will find a wealth of resources. You can also search for Bishop Curry on the internet where you can see and hear him delivering many
sermons and words of inspiration.



On the first Friday of every month from 9-11 a.m.,
all adults are invited to join our Rector, Fr. Tim, who will
introduce various topics of reflection with open ended conversation. This is also an excellent opportunity where various thoughts, ideas, questions and suggestions can be raised and discussed openly as a group with the rector.
The first Friday with the Father begins February 1. 

First Friday’s with the Father will meet in conjunction with Senior Moment’s Cafe in the ‘Great Room’ (AKA the Youth Room) across from the library. Senior Moment’s Café meets every Friday from 9-11 a.m., so please feel invited to attend weekly or anytime you are available on Friday mornings. Senior Moments is an excellent opportunity to get to know other adult members of the church through open conversation.



St. Francis is in the process of developing a support group to meet the needs of the congregation and community. This group is open to all in the church that need a support community for any reason. We will also invite people in our community that are primary caregivers of someone that is homebound. 

Kim Giryluk, newly elected vestry member, will lead the discussions. Kim has a Masters in Clinical Social Work and is currently working at Pathways for Change in Pensacola. She has experience with therapy for individuals, families, and groups. At Pathways for Change she is working with homeless women veterans, in a substance abuse program for men and counseling individuals and families. 

Kim will be developing topics for the weekly support group based on the needs of those in attendance. Some topics may include:







Please contact Kim Giryluk 856-305-2946 if you would be
interested in joining a support group, and what kind of
support topics would be beneficial.


At St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, our Sunday mornings begin at 9:00 a.m. with Adult Christian Education in the Parish Hall. Nursery is available at 9:45 a.m. The Children's Sunday School is being revamped, and the date classes will resume will
be announced.

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. 


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, January 12th.

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, 
February 27 at 6 p.m. Please see the related article
with further information on dinner and the program.

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.
Please see the related article on "First Fridays
with the Father".

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 at 1:30 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.

Parish Supper Schedule 


February 27, 2019 

Update on City of Gulf Breeze & New Bay Bridge 

Speaker: Samantha Abell, Manager, City of Gulf Breeze 

March 24, 2019 


April 24, 2019 

Stone Age Solutions to Modern Problems: 

Lessons from our Ancestors for Handling Stress 

Speaker: Ms. Lisa Sims, PSC 

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 


We are updating the database of those who attended Cursillo and need your help. Regardless of when you attended, please give me a call or send an email with your contact information before February 22.

We are going to form Cursillo Reunion Groups and would love your input. The purpose of Reunion Groups is to share our spiritual life, including Christian achievements and disappointments and how we are continuing with the Cursillo method of piety, study and action.

A meeting will be held on Sunday, February 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Conference Room at St. Francis. We will discuss meeting frequency, days and times that are desired by everyone.

Hope to see you then!  Barbara MacNeil 850-867-6878



For the sixth consecutive year, the St. Francis Taizé Ensemble will present a Taizé service during Lent. The services will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday evenings: March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13. Taizé is a form of worship that encourages contemplative thought by alternating brief interludes of music, repetitive prayer, silence and meditation. Taizé is intended to be brief (30 minutes) and deeply inspirational. 

The service draws its strength from the simple, powerful phrases used to aid in meditation. The music is unpretentious. The songs resemble chants more than complex songs. This simplicity allows participants to focus on the spiritual meaning of the music. The services will feature the St. Francis Taizé Ensemble led by Cathy Griffing and guest musicians from our parish and the community. 

Taizé is held in the church Atrium which looks out on the serenely beautiful Gardens of St. Clare, which enhance the spiritual effect of the service. When the service ends, attendees leave with a sense renewal and revitalization. 


UTO (United Thank Offering) is a yearly campaign that seeks to gather money in small sums from Episcopalians throughout the church to create grants for parishes. These grants make it possible to achieve goals that will help in many different and difficult situations. 

This year, our campaign to fill the “little blue boxes” begins March 10 and end March 31). Please take your “little blue box" and fill it with coins or cash as a sign of your sacrifice. Checks are always appreciated too. 

Let this be part of your Lenten sacrifice. I am hopeful that you will examine the many blessings of your life, as will I, and see great hope for the future. I pray we will all be very generous again this year. 

Thank you, Carol Stark