Saint Francis Episcopal Church - Our Church, Our Vision

Vision: The St. Francis Church family seeks to glorify God through worship, fellowship, teaching, and service. We worship God in the Episcopal tradition, hear God through the preaching and teaching of Christ’s Gospel and serve God by caring for others.

We are a parish church in the Diocese of the Rio Grande, which is part of the Episcopal Church, USA (TEC). TEC is part of the larger global Anglican Communion.

We're a friendly, informal group. We invite you to come worship with us this Sunday morning!

Sermon Notes, November 16, 2014

November 16,2014 Pent.23, Pr.28A

St. Francis Church

Rev. Jennifer Phillips

Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thess. 5:1-11; Mtt.25:14-30

I have by my desk a reprint of perhaps the world’s best loved and known painting ever Van Gogh's “Starry Night” painted late in his troubled life. Dark cedars sway ominously in the wind. When you see the painting live, you notice that there are bare patches of canvas, the paint went on hurriedly, perhaps with some desperation or distraction – visionary rather than perfect. Lines of foliage like ocean-storm waves seem to be rolling down from the hills as though to engulf the town. A little town gets ready for night, lamp-light still in some of its windows, and the pale needle of the church-spire pointing to heaven. The sky is alight – a gold crescent moon shimmers, the stars are haloed and pulsing with light. A great cosmic force of wind and turbulence swirls through the center of the sky – beautiful, terrible, awesome, promising change. It seems to both spiral in and spiral out at the same time in a mobius fashion. Will the little town survive these massive forces whirling around it? Will the small soul survive the churning of the universe around it? The church steeple says: this will endure, this direction is constant – and it doesn’t point indoors toward some shelter or refuge. It points straight into the heavens, into the center of the turbulence. It is where we also find ourselves. It is where we are sent.

Advent Resources

Society of Saint John the Evangelist has developed a digital Advent calendar.

Following the Star
Daily online devotions take on a seasonal theme, beginning with the first Sunday in Advent. Following the Star is written for teenagers and the adults who work with them. This service is a collaborative initiative of the Youth Ministries offices of The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Advent Lectionary Reflection
Join the Formation missioners of The Episcopal Church on a photo meditation through the Season of Advent. Each day a word for reflection, taken from the Sunday lectionary readings, will be posted on social media sites. Meditate on the word, then find a photo that embodies that word. Post the photo on social media with the hashtag “#episcopaladvent” as well as a hashtag for the word for the day (for example, “#joy”). Posting will begin on the first Sunday of Advent and conclude on Christmas Day. Preview daily meditations here


Applications now accepted for Official Youth Presence at Episcopal Church General Convention 2015

[November 19, 2014] Applications and nominations are now accepted for high school teens to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) at the Episcopal Church 78th General Convention to be held June 25 - July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT.
In collaboration with the General Convention Office and the President of the House of Deputies, the Office for Youth Ministries is coordinating the application and discernment process for high-school teens to become a part of the GCOYP. Applications and nominations are available here.
Bronwyn Clark Skov, Episcopal Church Officer for Youth Ministries, explained that several General Convention resolutions dating from 1982 to 2000 provide for an Official Youth Presence. Those selected are limited to no more than two high school youth from each of the Episcopal Church’s nine provinces, and are granted seat and voice on the floor of the House of Deputies under the current Rules of Order of the House of Deputies.
Criteria
To be eligible to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria:
• Be an active member and communicant in good standing of an Episcopal Church congregation
• Be at least 16 years old and no older than 19 during General Convention
• Be a current high school student enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2014/15 school year
• Be capable of traveling alone by plane or train to and from the meetings in the United States with no escort
• Be available to travel to the mandatory orientation and training from Thursday April 9 - Sunday April 12, 2015 - location to be determined
• Be available to be present at General Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, from Wednesday, June 24 – Friday, July 3, 2015
Skov explained that youth who serve as members of the Official Youth Presence will participate in a training/orientation weekend of community building, worship, and legislative process prior to General Convention.
“They will be encouraged to attend local synod gatherings prior to General Convention 2015 and would benefit from meeting with the adult deputies of their own dioceses to learn more about the process of resolutions,” she said. “At General Convention 2015 they will attend legislative committee hearings, will be encouraged to speak to issues in hearings, and may participate in debate on the floor in the House of Deputies. These individuals must be self-confident, articulate, and energetic. “
The General Convention Office provides the funding for each of the participants to cover travel, lodging and meals for the orientation weekend and General Convention.
Deadline is December 23. All applicants must also identify a non-family member nominator who can complete an on-line essay nomination form by December 23.
Nominators will be contacted in early January and applicants will be notified of their status in February. The Official Youth Presence will be announced in March.
Questions should be directed to Skov at bskov@episcopalchurch.org or 646-242-1421

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