St. Francis Episcopal Church Announcements
Celebrating God’s presence, Sharing God’s love
Please be in prayer for all of the parish as we continue to receive the Ingathering of our pledges for the work of the Church in 2014! To date we have received 21 pledges in the amount of $56,180. The Children’s Sunday School classes will have rehearsal for the Christmas Pageant. The Adult Class will have a reflection on the passing of Nelson Mandela.
Christmas services will be December 24th at 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
The Nominating Committee of the vestry is receiving vestry nominations. Forms are available in the December “Channel”. Please prayerfully consider offering yourself or someone else for service on the vestry. The Annual parish meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 9 a.m.
The Second Sunday of Advent
Assisting Ministers – December 8, 2013
Celebrant and Preacher: Fr. Dan Krutz
Ministers of the Church: The People of God
LEM 8 am: Robert Bishop Lector 8 am: Julie Krutz
LEMs 10:30am: CeeCee Picou & Linda Moore Lector 10:30am: Dianne Gill
Acolytes: Sarah Warren, Alyssa Bishop, Jane Ashley Parker
Usher: Dick Hetrick
Musician: G P Baker
Vestry Members on Duty: Don Verdicanno, Darla Burnett, Midge Magee
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
SPECIAL NEEDS AND CONCERNS:
Avalea, Jon Bonneval, Brenda, Lois Burton, Cassidy, Charlie, David L., Davis, Nancy Dewitt, Donald, Kim Embrey, Blake Fallo, Family of Joy Black, John Flanagan, J R, Angie Fontenot, Gary, Julia, Ken Hampton, Mike Holden, George Holley, Sr., Agnes Johnson, Christina Johnson, Kyleigh Hope LeBorde, Mary, Gene McArdle, Patty Michel, Monica Mellon, Carol Sue Parker, Pat, Mike Picou, Roxeann, Sarah, Shannon, Sidney, Sandy Stafford, Susan Thornton, Theresa, Tony, Jason Wingate
We remember the Faithful Departed especially Ella Curtis, Marvin Davis, Charles “Buddy” Hancock, Jamie Lee Self, Mel Stout and others of our parish family you may name.
THOSE SERVING OUR COUNTRY
Jeffrey Bell, Matthew Bonneval (USN), Paul Boorsma, James Hall, Craig Henry, James Hall, Cpl. Joseph Gage Karwick USMC, Jason Lacy, MMFN Brett M. Lee, Lt. Ryan McGoldrick (USN), Erik Pittman
Birthdays & Anniversaries (December 8 – December 14)
Luis Cintron 12/10
Jamie Davis 12/14
1. December 8th = Diocesan Youth Leadership Council at St. Francis
2. December 15th = Christmas Pageant
3. December 24th = Christmas Eve Services 5:30pm & 10:30pm
4. January 12th – 14th = Episcopal Church Women Get Away Retreat at SECC
Mike Picou Fund. An account was established at Capital One Bank by friends and relatives of Mike Picou to help with his expenses related to medical costs, equipment and lifesaving drugs. Mike was on a heart transplant list for some time, but through God's grace and the generosity of the donor he has received a new heart! You may make a donation to the Mike Picou Donation Account #2077621949 at any of the Capital One Bank branches. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
The flowers on the altar this Sunday, December 8th are given in thanksgiving to God for the anniversary of the birth of their son, Eric by Father Dan & Julie Krutz.
If you wish to give Poinsettias at Christmas in memory of someone or in thanksgiving, please sign up and pay for the flowers as soon as possible. The price is $10 per plant. The last day to place your order is December 8th. Sign-up sheets are located in Founders Hall and at the back of the church.
Teachers needed for the Spring semester for all age groups. Please consider volunteering your time to work with the youth of St. Francis. Contact Darla Burnett email@example.com or 225-235-7206 if interested. Thank You!
Save the Date!
Saturday, December 7, 2013 the Episcopal Church Women will have their Christmas Party.
Christmas Gifts - Nursing Home
We have received our list of nursing home residents that are in need of our help this year. The tree with the ornaments will be in Founders’ Hall starting on Sunday, December 1st. Please take a name, purchase the items listed and return the gifts, along with the ornament label by December 15, 2013. If you have any questions, you can contact Julie Roark at 225-202-1384 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The children's Christmas pageant is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2013 during the 10:30 service. If your child is interested in participating in the pageant please let Darla Burnett know as soon as possible (email@example.com).
We also need help finding six large boxes (washer/dryer/refrigerator size) for the upcoming pageant. If you have a box you can donate please bring it to the church office or call Darla Burnett at 225-235-7206 for pick up.
St. Francis Senior League will meet for the December Christmas party on Tuesday, December 17th at 11:30am. We will meet at the home of Jim and Virginia Bruce (8570 Wildwood Drive, Denham Springs). Gumbo, salad and bread will be served. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.
We are looking for assisting ministers for our Christmas Eve services at 5:30 & 10:30pm. If you would be willing to serve, please let Fr. Dan know or call the church office at 665-2707.
Episcopal Church Women
Get Away Retreat at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center January 12th – 14th. Please clear your calendar for some great time to calm yourself after the holidays. You may read, do crafts, and just have quiet time. This is an opportunity to come together for fun, fellowship, and worship.
Flower Chart 2014
The new Flower Chart for 2014 can be found in Founders’ Hall. If you would like to donate flowers for a Sunday in 2014, please sign your name by that date.
December 8th = Darla Burnett, Sam & Sarah Hyde, Sarah Pulliam, Julie Krutz
December 15th = Janie Rainey, Gerald Rainey, Lynn Johnson, Becky Gautreaux
December 22nd = Judy Knecht, Gene Knecht, Midge Magee, Susan Tarleton
Dec 7 – Dec 13 = Deanna Johnson, Susan Johnson, Traci Hebert
Dec 14 – Dec 20 = Judy Knecht, Sue Howes, Becky Gautreaux
Dec 21 – Dec 27 = Dianne Gill, Joyce Havard, Judy Guerra
December 8th = Fr. Dan & Julie Krutz
December 15th = Julie Roark
December 22nd = CeeCee Picou
CALENDAR OF (December 8th – December 14th)
Sunday, December 8th - The Second Sunday of Advent
8:00am - Holy Eucharist
9:30am - Sunday School (kids & adults)
9:45am - Choir rehearsal (church)
10:30am - Choral Eucharist
1:00pm - 4:00pm - Diocesan Youth Leadership Council
Monday, December 9th
8:00am - 4:00pm - Office Open
Tuesday, December 10th
Wednesday, December 11th
8:00am - Noon - Office Open
6:30pm - Education for Ministry (EfM)
Thursday, December 12th
12:30pm - 4:30pm - Office Open
Friday, December 13th
12:30pm - 4:30pm - Office Open
Saturday, December 14th
Parish Secretary: Gayla Isom Sexton: Roberta Hood
Nursery Attendants: Tammy Lemoine & Avery McArdle