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If you are new to the Episcopal Church, our style of worship may not be familiar. We are a Protestant church that has a high view of both sacrament and liturgy, which may be very familiar to those coming from other liturgical traditions.

Eucharist and Baptism for us are at the very heart of what we believe about God and our relationship to God.

Fr. Mark’s Announcements

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For Thursday, October 20, 2016

From Fr. Mark

1) Praying for Justice — Last Sunday I invited all of us to spend ten minutes each day praying for justice in our lives, in our communities, and/or in our world. Nothing more complicated than that — just praying for justice, however you imagine it. I have been doing this and have been moved by the experience. I hope you have been as well. 

2) Speaking of prayer, our friends in the Bahai community would be gathering here at St. Francis on November 1st at 7:00PM for a prayer vigil to encourage world unity, national unity and community building, and we are invited to join with them. Please join me here for some ecumenical prayer that evening. 

3) Also, on Thursday of that week (Nov 3rd) at 7:15 PM we will host an informational meeting of local interested parties around the issue of human trafficking, which is coming to light as a real issue in our state and even out here in the Panhandle. Anyone who would like to be a part of this group is welcome to attend. 

4) A sincere thanks to everyone who has shared in our Ministry Minutes as part of our 2017 stewardship program. If you have not already done so, will you remember to prayerfully consider and submit your pledge by Nov 20th? You can bring your pledge card in and drop it off, place it in the plate on Sunday, or send it by mail. Thanks for your continued support of this parish!

Rosemary’s Announcements

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Rosemary’s Announcements for Thursday, October 20, 2016


  • Choir Practice each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome!
  • Sunday, Oct. 23, the children's story tellers and doorkeepers will be meeting at 11:30 in the Sunday School room to plan our upcoming teaching schedule for the winter months. If they have any questions call Peggy Wymore at 436-1820 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Altar Guild Meeting, Saturday, October 29 at 10 a.m., in the Parish Hall.  Be the first to see the new vestments!
  • Western Deanery meeting at Good Shepherd of the Plains in Harrisburg, on Saturday, November 5, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The business meeting includes election of a lay co-dean for a two year term. Program will include discussion of the new A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES which was published by Church Publishing last month and HOW TO SPEAK EPISCOPAL--what do all of those pesky initials, acronyms and funny words used by Episcopalians actually mean (if there are some you have wondered about that are not covered, please ask). Holy Eucharist and lunch (a free will offering) will be included. We will end not later than 3:00.

“Telling our stories”

We have been getting to know others in the parish through gathering together each Sunday at 9.10am.   Among those who have already told their stories of how they have come to be part of our church are Richard Schaneman, Joyce Hilman- Kortum, Santana Tamarak, Jane Sayre, Lillis Grasmick, guest Dean Craig Loya of All Saints Cathedral, Omaha, Brad and Jana Bode, and Nina Betz.

This Sunday we are planning to hear from Judi Widmaier and Mother Karen Anderson.  I know some of their stories and am eager to hear them again. You won’t want to miss them!  We will exchange stories through November 20th, just before Thanksgiving.   

Everyone has a story!   Not everyone wants to share theirs and that’s fine.  But do come and join us!  

If you would like to continue in 2017 with hearing more stories or sharing yours, please let Fr. Mark or Rae E Whitney know.




Bible Reading for today

Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.

St. Mathew 11:28