How will we be able to recognize the change to the season of Lent this year since we cannot meet in person for church services? Even outdoor services would still not allow us for the imposing of ashes. So, Ash Wednesday and the imposition of Ashes is a church service where our being separated shouldContinue reading “Francisco-fact: Ash Wednesday during a pandemic. How?”
What is the Annual Meeting for and who gets to participate? Annual Meetings for the Episcopal Church are primarily governed by the Diocesan Constitutions and Canons. Our denominational governance is much like our civil governance, Federalist, only the church term for that philosophy in the church is subsidiarity. This concept is ancient. It simply meansContinue reading “Francisco-fact: What is the Annual Meeting? Who can vote?”
A coast-to-coast bell ringing memorial to honor the Americans we have lost to COVID-19 took place, today, at 5:30pm today, Tuesday, January 19th. The National Bell Festival is honored to join in the ringing and to help this moment resonate even more widely. At 5:30pm today, the bell, at St. Francis, was rung by Fr. DavidContinue reading “Bell ringing to honor the Americans lost to COVID-19”
What is happening with the Winter Gala in this time of social distancing and COVID-19? The Vestry and the liaison to the Winter Gala, Gary Pan, have been working on this. Our short answer is that the Winter Gala will not be taking place in its traditional form on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, FebruaryContinue reading “Francisco fact: Will there be a Winter Gala?”
Presider Remember not, Lord Christ, our offenses, nor the offenses of our forefathers; neither reward us according to our sins. Spare us, good Lord, spare thy people, whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood, and by thy mercy preserve us, for ever.
People Spare us, good Lord…
Dear Franciscans, Yesterday, our nation experienced deeply troubling events in the capitol, Washington, D.C. These events include the disruption of the process by which our leaders are affirmed and invested with their responsibilities. Because of the nature of these disturbances, I want to encourage you to join me in prayers for our nation, for itsContinue reading “Prayers for Our Nation”
How are we doing on our Stewardship Campaign for 2021? We are moving toward our goals for 2021. As of Sunday, November 21 we received 59 pledges in the amount of $349,251. Thank you! For comparison, our final numbers for 2020 were 117 pledges totaling $592,282. Our goal for 2021 is $600,000.
What is the status of worshipping indoors and in-person at the church? The answer to this question is, sadly, unknown. There are two areas of clarification that need to go with this answer. One concerning the laws and executive orders of the Commonwealth and one concerning the Diocesan directives.