Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Children's Used Books and Magazines Drive
We are collecting used books and magazines in good condition for the students at Garfield Elementary in DC's Ward 8, where several Franciscans are part of a tutoring program. Ward 8 has the highest poverty rate in DC, and many children at Garfield have few if any books at home. We need lots of books from preschool to middle school level so that all the children at Garfield will be able to choose several books to take home. Click here for a list of suggested books and a bit more information. Please put your book and magazine donations in the bins across from Millen Hall. The drive begins Sunday, April 14 and ends Sunday, May 26. For more information, please contact Ginger Roll at groll@cox.net

Potluck Easter Brunch
Easter Sunday, April 21
Please join your fellow Franciscans to celebrate Easter at a festive potluck brunch to be held at 10:00am (between the 9:00 & 11:00 services) in Millen Hall.

Lenten Morning Prayer
At 8:00 am Weekdays, now through Friday, April 19.
For the more reflective and more reflective times of the year, St. Francis will read the Book of Common Prayer service of Morning Prayer as a community spiritual discipline. All are welcome for the Bible readings, responsive Psalms, and prayers for our common life.

Youth Confirmation Classes
Confirmation is a sacramental rite in the Episcopal Church during which we express a mature and public commitment to Christ. At confirmation, an individual receives the laying on of hands by the bishop, and affirms his or her faith before the congregation. St. Francis Great Falls will be offering confirmation preparation for high school students (9th -12th grade) before Bishop Ihloff's visit on June 9. One rehearsal session will be held on Saturday June 8. Please contact the Rev. Tracey Kelly at tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org for more information.

Women's Afternoon Retreat
At the Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg
Friday, April 26th – 2:00 pm
The women of St. Francis are invited to the Cana Vineyards and Winery in Middleburg for an afternoon of fellowship and conversation. Please let Tracey Kelly know if you plan to attend so that she can organize the details. tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org

Women's Annual Retreat
At ShrineMont, April 26 - 28, 2019
Join us for a weekend of discovery, friendship and an opportunity to relax and enjoy God's surroundings. We begin Friday night with dinner and end with lunch on Sunday. Your entire Saturday afternoon is free to enjoy a walk in the woods, an outing with friends or a peaceful rest in your cabin, reading and napping. Contact: Tracey Kelly, tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org

Aprons for Mother's Day
Please join Franciscan Sewers to make aprons for the Mother's Day Apron Sale. All proceeds go to the young mothers at Second Story for Young Mothers (http://second-story.org/young-mothers/). Contact Mimi Eldridge 703-759-4331 meldridge43@gmail.com if you are interested in helping create the aprons! If you don't have a sewing machine, you can be a cutter or an ironer, or a seller.

Bishop's Visitation
Sunday, June 9
Bishop Robert Ihloff will be doing a Visitation to St. Francis on Sunday, June 9. Visitations are a time for the Bishop to preach and teach, while at the same time to listen and observe the gifts and needs of individual parishes. It is always appropriate that baptisms, adult confirmations, reaffirmations and receptions into our communion occur at this time. In order to plan our preparation classes, please contact us at (703) 759-2082 or at admin@stfrancisgreatfalls.org or tkelly@stfrancis@greatfalls.org by Sunday, March 17 to let us know of your desire to be baptized, confirmed, reaffirmed, or received.

Hands-On Spirituality
This is a series of sessions using art and horticulture for spiritual contemplation and introspection. No artistic or gardening skill, talent, or experience needed! These sessions will be led alternately by Jessica Maxson and Jan Lane, on April 23, and May 21 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm. We will meet in the Millen Hall Annex. A $5 donation would be gratefully accepted (but is not required) to help with cost of materials. Please contact Jessica at jessica@maxson.com or Jan at jan.p.lane@gmail.com with any questions.

Habitat for Humanity
We have set our schedule of Build Days through summer 2019:
Wed May 15 – Location TBD
Sat Jun 8 – Location TBD
Wed Jul 10 – Location TBD
Sat Aug 10 - Location TBD
For more information, see our SignUpGenius page at http://tinyurl.com/Habitat-IC
Use these as an opportunity to bring your 16+ kids to join you doing good and learning building skills. If you have older high schoolers, it is a great and easy way to build service hours. No prior skill is needed - you will be taught. If you have questions, or to be added to the Franciscan email distribution for Habitat, please contact Phil Pifer (philipjpifer@mac.com) or Barney Thomson (thomsonbarney@verizon.net).Please come join us this year! Follow the 'Golden Rule', learn some skills, and have some fun!

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 Tuesdays
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. 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.