Upcoming and Ongoing Events

St. Francis Gala, 2020
A Royal Franciscan Cruise
Saturday, February 22, 6:00 p.m. in Millen Hall

Buy your Tickets After the Sunday services
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To Help People in Puerto Rico

The St. Francis Outreach Committee is partnering with Scout Troop 55 in collecting crucial supplies for people in Puerto Rico, who have been devastated by earthquakes and aftershocks. The supplies we collect will be delivered to Puerto Rico by a local non profit, United - DMV (which stands for DC, MD, and VA). Since the need in Puerto Rico is immediate and critical, there is a very short time frame for the drive, which begins now and ends on Wednesday, January 29.
Here is the list of new and gently used camping and survival supplies being requested:
Sleeping bags
Cooking pots, pans, and utensils
Hygiene items
Please put your donations in the bin across from Millen Hall. For more information please contact Gary Pan gpan@panatech.com or Ginger Roll rollginger@icloud.com

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 12 through Sunday, February 16. The shelter needs all sizes from newborn to pull-ups. Please put your donated diapers in the bins across from Millen Hall. For more information, please contact Ginger Roll at rollginger@icloud.com

Flower Sponsor
Sign Ups for 2020
The Flower Sponsor Sign Up poster for 2020 is now hanging in the Narthex. Now is the perfect time to reserve the Sunday(s) that are especially important to you! You need not necessarily complete the sponsor envelope right now. We will remind you before your Sunday(s) come up. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Murphy at jenniferomurphy@gmail.com

April 24 – 26, 2020
How about booking a weekend getaway less than two hours from home where: all your meals are prepared; the woods are right out your front door; and the company is "heavenly"? Maybe you have never come to a Women's Retreat at Shrine Mont before? Ask any of the following regular attendees and they will give you a million reasons why they wouldn't miss it!!!! (Cathryn Lee, Wendy Pan, Carol Withers, Jessica Maxson, Lynda Davis, Tracey Kelly, Kathy Anderson) Details and Registration will be forthcoming.. Questions? Please email or call The Reverend Tracey Kelly, 703-759-2082, email: tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org or Wendy Pan, wendypan60@gmail.com

Preparing for Valentine's Day 2020:
Sunday, February 9th is Valentine Box Day!
This annual St. Francis tradition was started by the Episcopal Church Women many years ago. It has always been well received by our college and boarding students and military and Foreign Service personnel living away from their church home. It is a nice way to keep in touch and send a little love in the form of snacks and supplies; additionally a letter from clergy is included and Valentine cards can be added, as well.
***Please send addresses for all recipients to our parish administrator at admin@stfrancisgreatfalls.org by Friday, February 7th. Recipients with food allergies need to have boxes packed by and handled with care by their parent please. *** 
Join us in the Nursery rooms after the 10:00am service on Sunday, February 9th, as many hands make quick work so packing goes quickly. We will follow-up with a pot luck lunch and some fellowship time in Millen Hall.  Drop off snacks, baked goods individually wrapped, toiletries and school supplies (all labeled "for Valentine Boxes", please!) at the church kitchen. Consider also, a donation (suggested $5 to $10; note the "Valentine Boxes" on check) to off-set the shipping costs.  Please join us and help pack the boxes! Bring something for the pot luck to share! For questions or additional information: Sandy Smith rsmith186@cox.net (703) 408-6832 or (703) 437-0141.

Habitat for Humanity
We have set our schedule of Build Days for the end of this year and the beginning of 2020:
SAT Feb 8, and WED Mar 4. For more information, see our SignUpGenius pages at http://tinyurl.com/Habitat-IC. If you have questions, please contact Phil Pifer at (philipjpifer@mac.com

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.

Men's Fellowship and Discussion
No meetings November 27 through December -- Resuming January 8

Wednesdays at 7:45 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. Tutoring will resume in September. 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
Third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm
The book club is trying a new meeting time, moving it to 2:00 pm on the third Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, February 18th, at 2:00pm at Starbucks, Great Falls. 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.