Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Vestry Nominations
The Vestry, a body Franciscans made up of the Rector and 10 lay parishioners, from whom are selected the congregation's officers—Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Register, and Treasurer, and who are charged with the governance of the Parish, are elected on the last Sunday in January 27, 2019. We are calling for nominations. You can self-nominate, or you can let a member of the Vestry know you are interested. This is a great way to contribute to our common life and energy. Vestry members will also be reaching out to Franciscans to serve—prayerfully consider saying yes.

Advent Morning Prayer
Beginning Monday, December 3 at 8:00 AM
Morning Prayer will continue every week day until Monday, December 24. It is a twenty-minute service of prayers, readings, and canticles, and it is also a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas with God being present. Lay women and men are desired for the role of officiant.

Strong, Able Bodies Needed for Church Greening
Saturday, December 22
We are seeking five to six strong people to assist in the greening of the church…. Specifically, we will need help in standing up and securing the outside tree behind the altar window and one or two people to help hang the large wreaths in the windows behind the altar. All these activities will take place beginning at 9:30am Saturday, December 22. If you are able to help, please contact Rob Smith (rsmith186@cox.net) or Jennifer Murphy (jenniferomurohy@gmail.com) Thank you!!!

Christmas Eve Intergenerational Christmas Choir
December 24 at 5:00 pm
For something new and different we plan to form a choir of parents, children and others who would like to participate in leading the 5 pm Christmas Eve service. In addition to leading the congregation in the carols and service music of the day, we will sing music before the service and at the offertory. Rehearsals for this choir will occur following the 10 am services on Dec. 9 and 16. The rehearsals will last approximately 30 minutes. Please consider joining us for what will be a fun and memorable Christmas experience.

St. Francis' Annual Winter Gala -- SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 PM
Time moves quickly in Northern Virginia and Ash Wednesday will be here before we know it. Therefore, it is time to get the St. Francis Winter Gala, penned on our calendars. Always festive and always a way to celebrate ministry with each other—mark it down!

Ongoing Activities

Contemplative Prayer
Join us on Mondays at 7:00 pm  Contact program coodinators Michael Hattwick (703-898-8026 or drmhattwick@aol.com) or Kathy Anderson (703-476-9065 or kquinnanderson@gmail.com) to learn more.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study
Every other Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm in the Narthex
All are welcome to attend!  Questions: Contact Tracey Kelly at tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org 

Men's Fellowship and Discussion
Wednesdays at 7:30 am
Join the Men's Group to discuss readings and topics, grow with us in understanding Christian theology, deepen your relationship with God, and enjoy fellowship with other men – not to mention free coffee and breakfast. Please contact philipjpifer@mac.com to learn more.

Tutoring Wednesdays
A group of tutors from St. Francis carpools to Anacostia once a week during the school year to help students improve their reading skills. This year, we are tutoring at Garfield Elementary School on Tuesdays. The first day of tutoring will be September 18. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, or exploring the possibility, please contact Pat Ward at patwa@cox.net We welcome anyone who enjoys children. Prior experience is not necessary.

St. Francis Book Club
Monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Great Falls Starbucks. Contact Dirk Herkhof at dcherkhof@gmail.com with questions.

Thursday Bible Study
Thursday Bible Study meets at 2:00 on Thursdays for a discussion on the studay of Hebrews and explanation of what we hope to accomplish. Our Bible Study is very low-key and non-threatening as we learn together. For any questions, please check with Lynn Fallon (703-759-2082) or Odiorne Beebe (703-759-6739).

Second Story Dinners
Sundays at 5:15 pm
Volunteers needed to deliver Sunday dinners to Second Story (Second Story offers a safe residential experience for teens who are in need.) Volunteers work in pairs to cook, deliver, and serve dinners. Dinners are made on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. Please contact Jennifer at jenniferomurphy@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for this ministry or ifor more information.