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Welcome to St. Francis by the Sea

"Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your
journey of faith, you are welcome here, at God's table."

From the Rector's Study

Dear People of God,

 

On my final day of vacation this past Sunday, I had the rare opportunity to attend church as a worshiper in a town that I had never been to before. I carefully checked the service times on the church website, of which there were two. I decided to enjoy sleeping a little later this particular Sunday (since it was vacation), still giving myself plenty of time to get to church. Entering ten minutes before the service, there were no greeters or ushers at the door. The church was completely empty except for two people I couldn't see but could clearly hear. I took a seat that I hoped would be inconspicuous to anyone. After all, I didn't want to sit in someone else's seat! As you can imagine, I don't often get to feel what visiting a new church for the first time as a visitor is like. I felt what it must be for a new person attending any church for the first time. My thoughts turned to you and us and our intention of welcoming all who come to St. Francis. Now I know what it is like to go to a new church in a new town for the first time and have no one speak to you. What if we all introduced ourselves to those we have yet to meet? A new friend will be found for you and St. Francis; they will know us and be welcomed with our love. You all know by now I don't claim to be an angel. Yet, the passage of scripture that comes to my heart when I think about hospitality at home and at church comes from the thirteenth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

May we continue in our welcoming ways as St. Francis by the Sea.

 

In Christ,

 

Douglas+

NEWS & EVENTS

Summer Sunday Schedule returns on June 16 until August 17 with the return of the early Rite I said service at 8:00 AM.

 

Spring Clean-Up Saturday, June 8th — 9:00am - 12 noon. Please join us as we spruce up the church after a very long winter! Lunch will be provided.

Weekly Summer Bible Conversation begins on June 16 at 9:00 AM on the Gospel of Mark at 9:00 AM in the Rector’s Study.

 

Organ Benefit Concert for Outreach on June 18, at 7:00 PM. A free will offering will be received to assist in St. Francis’ community outreach. The Outreach Committee will be on hand to share about this work. A reception will follow. Bring a friend!

 

Potluck Dinner (5:30 PM) and Ceilidh on Tuesday, July 9 (7:00 PM). Bring your favorite casserole for dinner and/or your Celtic dancing feet for a fun midsummer gathering for the entire community.

 

St. Francis’ Annual Parish meeting will take place on Sunday, August 25 on immediately following the 10:00 AM service.

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Mission Statement

We are a welcoming, engaged and diverse community of faith dedicated to the spiritual, physical and social well being of ourselves and our neighbors.  Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, come explore and experience with us the mystery of God’s love.

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Sundays at 10:00 am
 

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