Upcoming and Ongoing Events

St. Francis' Annual Winter Gala -- Find more information on the Gala page here!
Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 PM
The Gala is Coming!  Time moves quickly in Northern Virginia and Ash Wednesday will be here before we know it. Always festive and always a way to celebrate ministry with each other. Buy your tickets on Sunday!

Sunday School schedule changes
Sunday School will begin at 9:30 am, so Moms, Dads, and Children, you have an extra 30 minutes for sleeping-in, lingering over breakfast, or to avoid getting dressed so you can enjoy the buzz of running late. And, it will also extend Sunday School to 10:15 am with Children making a stop in Millen Hall for Children's Chapel on the way upstairs and joining us at the exchange of the peace. It is our hope that this timing is better able to meet the needs of parents, children, and the church.

Youth Confirmation Classes Begin in March
Are you a high school student who would like to be confirmed? 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. Starting in March, St. Francis Great Falls will be offering confirmation preparation for high school students (9th -12th grade) before Bishop Ihloff's visit on June 9. Sessions will be held on Sunday evenings from 4:00-5:30 PM on March 3, March 10, March 31, April 7, April 28, May 5, and June 2. One rehearsal session will be held on Saturday June 8. A mandatory parent meeting will take place on Sunday, February 24, 11:30-12:15. REGISTRATION IN THE CLASS IS REQUIRED. Please contact the Rev. Tracey Kelly at tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org for more information.

Diaper Drive for Embry Rucker Shelter
Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston is a 70-bed shelter that provides healthy, safe emergency housing and services for families as well as single men and women. St. Francis will help support families served by the shelter by collecting diapers from Sunday, January 13 through Sunday, February 17. They currently have 20 children at the shelter under the age of 5, and their need for diapers is even more critical than usual. They need all sizes from newborn to pull-ups, except size 2. Please put your donated diapers in the bins across from Millen Hall. For more information, please contact Ginger Roll at groll@cox.net

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 February 12, March 12, 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.

Youth Group Ice Skating and Dinner
February 18, 3:30 - 7:00 pm
Grab your skates (or plan to rent them) and come show off your skating skills at Reston Town Center then enjoy a yummy dinner at Ted Bulletin's. Plan to meet in the church parking lot at 3:30. We will drive over to the Reston Town Center, planning a 4 pm arrival. Following our skating adventure, we will walk on over to Ted Bulletin's for a tasty dinner. Plan to bring $10 for skating + $6 for skate rental (and make sure to have thick socks, hat/mittens and a jacket!), plus money for dinner (~$20). We will plan to be back at the church around 7 pm. Please RSVP to Lynn Spencer at LynnLSpencer@gmail.com so that we can plan accordingly. Hope to see you all there! PLEASE NOTE THAT WE COULD USE SOME ADULT DRIVERS FOR THIS EVENT, SO PLEASE LET Lynn Spencer know if you are able to help out!

Scout Sunday at St. Francis:
February 10, 2019
A Scout is Reverent, this is one of the points in the Scout Law. Each year, we observe Scout Sunday on or around the Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. We welcome you to join us in celebration, whether you're a current scout or scout leader, or have been any time in your past. Please wear your uniforms, neckerchiefs, patches, pins or sashes to church! Our worship at 10am will feature the service of scouts from our own units at St. Francis, with a reception following in Millen Hall. If you have any questions, or would like to borrow or acquire some scouting regalia to commemorate your own activity, please reach out to Kevin Maxson at kevin@maxson.com.

Habitat for Humanity
We have set our schedule of Build Days for early 2019:
Sat Feb 23 – Donora Alexandria
Wed Mar 13 – Donora Alexandra
Sat Apr 6 – Frye Alexandria: a single family new home build.
For more information, see our SignUpGenius page at http://tinyurl.com/Habitat-IC
Use these as an opportunity to bring your age 16+ kids to join you doing good and learning building skills. If you work for the government and have been furloughed, you can take out your frustrations by hammering on one of our projects! 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 fun with us!

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.