Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Events and News


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. The term Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. 

So, Laissez les bons temps rouler and come on down to St. Francis’ Parish Hall to pass a good time on Tuesday, February 13 at 6 p.m.! Bring your favorite Cajun or Creole dish to share. 

Mardi Gras beads and costumes are encouraged! 


Lent 2018 begins on Ash Wednesday (February 14). On WedS., February 21, St. Francis will begin its weekly Lenten Supper series at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The supper features a traditional meal of soup, salad and bread provided by St. Francis volunteers. 

This year’s Lenten Supper series program was created by John Griffing and is based on Fr. James Martin’s “Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Closer Friendship with Jesus”. Fr. Martin is a New York Times bestselling author who offers a vivid and compelling portrait of Jesus based on the Messiah's dramatic last words on the cross. Fr. Martin shows how deeply Jesus understands our struggles and why we can turn to him completely—in mind, heart, and soul. Each week of Lent, you are invited to hear the story of Jesus’ last words as presented by St. Francis parishioners. 


“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." 

Tom & Jennie Smith 


“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” 

Bob & Sara Lee Menzer 


“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 

Tom & Lita Brown 


“Woman, here is your son. . . Here is your mother.” 

Lynn & Sue Parker 

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” 

John & Carol Boden 


“I am thirsty.” 

Bob Weatherly 

“It is finished” 
Tim Backus


The laying on of hands has been a symbol of conveying God’s essence from ancient times to present and this gift of healing is among those received from God, a practice commonly used throughout the New Testament. Anointing provides a vivid, sacramental expression of God’s love in time of illness and troubles. 

The next three monthly healing services are scheduled on the following Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: 

February 17 

March 17 

April 14 

All are welcome. 


Saturday, March 24 from 8 a.m. to Noon 

Please mark your calendars! Working together we can spruce up the church and grounds before the Easter season. 


At St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, our Sunday mornings begin at 9:00 a.m. with Adult Christian Education (see details below) and
Children's Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. 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. 


Beginning on Sunday, February 4 and continuing through March 25, St. Francis will convene a new Adult Education study group from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall. The topics are the “Mysteries of our Faith”. Each week there will be a different topic and different moderator. Our moderators will spend ten minutes summarizing what Scripture has revealed about the mystery of the week. Then, the floor will be opened to whomever wishes to share their thoughts on the mystery or its effect on their life. The goal will be to learn from one another. If you prefer, you can just listen. No one will be asked to share their feelings. 

February 4 — Fr. Tim Backus. 

Why Confirmation? Isn’t Baptism Enough? 

February 11 — Anna Garcia Lucas 

Can Prayer Really Heal? 

February 18 — John Griffing 

How Do We Know God’s Will for Us? 

February 25 — Sue Parker 

What Scripture Tells Us About Heaven? 

March 4 — Leo Cyr 

The Incarnation: Was Jesus Really Human? 

March 11— Bob & Sara Lee Menzer 

The Atonement: Why Jesus Must Die for the Sins of Man? 

March 18 — Anna Garcia Lucas 

The Trinity: The Ultimate Mystery 

March 25 — Fr. Tim Backus 

The Mysteries Embedded in the Sacraments 


Tuesday Women's Bible Study
All women are encouraged to come Tuesday
mornings at 10 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.

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

Our monthly supper & forum is replaced this month by the Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Lenten Supper led by Bob & Sara Lee Menzer. See the article on Lenten Suppers for more info.

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

Tai Chi Classes for Seniors
Tai Chi classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays
at 9:15 a.m. in the Atrium.

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.


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.

  (As of DECEMBER 31, 2017)

December’s Ordinary Income was $14,449, up from a negative $2,760 the previous month. Expenses were $25,627, up from $21,876, the previous month. For 2017, Ordinary Income is $294,141 and expenses are $284,086, resulting in net Ordinary Income of $10,055. Non-budgeted income is a positive $4,688, ($1,940 Fundraisers, $2,280 Memorials and $468 from Youth Ministry. Non-budgeted expenses are ($7,575), resulting in positive net income of $7,168 for the year. 

Please note that for 2017, Pledge Offerings are $3,922 over budget and Open Plate Offerings are $7,766 over budget. The December 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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