Revolutions of Faith
All classes meet Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. at St. Francis (see below for more details)
Join us beginning Sunday, August 20 for Revolutions of Faith! We’ll gather at 9 a.m. on Sundays to learn about and discuss the people throughout history who by their lives and witness have changed the way we think about God and ourselves forever. From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King, Jr., from St. Augustine to Nelson Mandela, from Julian of Norwich to Mother Teresa, we’ll discover how the lives and teachings of these Revolutionaries can impact our daily spiritual walk.
What does it take to be part of the Spirit’s transformation of the world? And how will that transform our own hearts? Join us to walk with the revolutionary saints from today and yesterday all the way back to the Blessed Virgin Mary herself on our last session of class in Advent. By the time we get to Christmas, Day 1 of Jesus’ Revolution of Love, we’ll be ready!
Reformation: The Mutiny Against Rome
September 17, The Bible Is For the People: John Wycliffe and Jan Hus
September 24, Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other: Martin Luther
October 1, The Birth of the Via Media: Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I
October 8, How Far Can We Take This?: John Calvin and John Wesley
October 15: No class--break
Pre-Reformation: Insurgency Vs. Empire
October 22, Thinkers: We’ll Figure This Stuff Out: Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas
October 29, Monastics: We’ll Pray About This Stuff: Anthony, Benedict, Francis
November 5, Mystics: We’ll Have Visions About This Stuff: John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich
November 12, Martyrs: We’ll Die for This Stuff: Stephen, Justin Martyr, Perpetua & Felicity, Ignatius of Antioch
November 19: No class--break
Bible: The Original Rebels
November 26, Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord: Isaiah
December 3, Make Straight In the Desert a Highway for Our God: John the Baptist
December 10, An Angel of the Lord Suddenly Appeared in a Dream: Joseph
December 17,Behold, I Am the Handmaiden of the Lord: Mary
Women's Thursday Bible Study
A group meets in the parlor on Thursday mornings from 10:00am to 11:30am for Bible study. Books of the Bible to be studied are chosen by group members. Mother Whitney facilitates once a month. Previous topics include the missionary travel of Paul, an exploration of the Holy Spirit throughout the Bible, and perspectives on the life and spirituality of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Men's Bible Study and Fellowship
The men of the parish meet monthly on Saturday mornings for Bible study and fellowship (and an occasional golf outing.) The Men's Group also cooks and serves the annual Shrove Sunday Pancake Supper and sometimes undertakes a service project for the church. Both the Men's Group and the Women's Group plan an annual weekend retreat at Waycross, our Diocesan camp and conference center in Brown County.
This group is organized to provide meals and whatever support is needed for families in a crisis situation because of illness, death in the family, or the happy crisis of the birth if a baby.
You are invited to attend the fellowship and greeting that takes place after the 10 a.m. service in the old parish hall just off the kitchen, also referred to as the Coffee Room. This is a great way to meet and connect with a variety of people in the parish.
We provide classes for inquirers (those wishing to be baptized, confirmed or received) and for the incorporation of new members into the Episcopal Church. Note that membership in the parish requires baptism, attendance, and support, but not prior Confirmation or Reception. The schedules for these series are available in the bulletin and newsletter. If you are interested in being married at St. Francis, please contact Fr. C. Davies Reed, Rector.
This is a group of men and women who commit themselves to praying for the needs of parishioners and their families and friends as they are brought to the attention of the group.
The parish sponsors many social events during the year including a Summer Celebration featuring a pig roast and pot luck.