Advent and Christmas

4th-adventBlessed Advent to you and your family! While it may seem more and more counter cultural, what with all the Christmas displays in the stores and holiday specials on TV, we are expectantly joyful as we are in our four-week journey to the stable.

The Episcopal Mission of Warren County Church invites you to celebrate Advent and Christmas with us.

Your first opportunity is our Youth and Family Event: Movie Night on Friday, December 15thAll youth (and all adults who can bring a child or youth as admission to the event) come enjoy a family holiday movie, popcorn, and other activities. Start gathering after 5, movie starts at 6.

Sunday December 17th finds our youth rehearsing for the first time for the Christmas Pageant. Then on Christmas Eve they will rehearse at 4 PM and eat pizza.

Join in the fun on Tuesday, December 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in Youngsville when we will partake in some wine, cheese and crackers while we sort out and organize our greens.

Our hot holiday meals is next on our journey as we sign up now to prepare and deliver on Christmas Day to those who are shut-in and/or alone.  Add your name to the list of volunteers and prepare to wield a spoon, donate Christmas Cookies, or drive a car as we bring the love of God out to all those who would be alone on Christmas.  Organizing this ministry takes place on Saturday, December 23 at First Lutheran in Warren.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent occurs in the morning on December 24th with our Worship Service at 8:30 AM at St. Francis in Youngsville and our 10:30 AM Worship Service with Baptism at Trinity Warren.  Following both services greening of the churches will happen.

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Two opportunities are being offered to you on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24.

A service for families and children of all ages, featuring a Christmas pageant with young voices filling the Sanctuary, a brief children’s sermon, and hymns at Trinity in Warren at 5:00 PM.

Our musical offering with congregational singing, special music, candle lighting in celebration of the Lord’s birth at Trinity in Warren at 8:00 PM.

On Christmas Day join us at St. Francis in Youngsville for an 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet and a 9:00 AM simple Eucharist in celebration of Christmas.

 

The week between Christmas and New Years the office is closed on December 25th & 26th and January 1.  Barb will be in Wednesday, December 27th thru Friday, December 29th with the clergy available for emergencies.

 

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Blessing of Backpacks and Work Items

BackpackSunday, September 3rd our worship will feature a time to pronounce God’s blessings upon the people of God and the things they use in their callings of life.  Students of all ages should bring a backpack for their school things.  Workers should bring an item that they use at work (and creativity is always appreciated).  Retirees should bring something that they use in their lives as part of living out their callings, too (even bridge cards have had God’s blessing go with them to their sacred tables).  Don’t miss this chance for us to recognize and welcome God’s place in our daily life and work.

 

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Forgiving

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In a world that seems to be at war with itself and a society that points fingers and places blame on others or condones the seeking of revenge it is  important for us to examine our Christian principle of forgiveness. If we follow the belief of an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth, we would all soon be blind and toothless. Forgiveness is one of the basic tenets of our faith and yet it is one of the most challenging things for us to do.  We are often surprised by extraordinary acts of forgiveness. Many may remember in October of 2006 when a gunman entered an Amish school and killed 2 girls and shot 8 others and then took his own life. After this horrific and tragic incident, the Amish community forgave the killer and his family. The community responded this way because of their belief in the words of Jesus Christ who tells us to forgive one another and to think of the needs of others before ourselves.

Forgiveness isn’t something that’s just practiced in extraordinary circumstances. Forgiveness is something that takes place in our everyday lives. It takes place in all of our relationships.

The Episcopal Mission of Warren County would like to invite you to join us in exploring this aspect of our faith this fall. We will explore why we should forgive, the meaning of forgiveness including what forgiveness is not, and a fourfold path to learning how to forgive. We will be reading a book written by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu entitled The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. All materials for this class/book study will be provided at no cost. We will gather every Wednesday evening at 7 pm starting September 13 and continue through November 1 at our Warren location. It is our hope that in offering this class/book study that we will not only improve and strengthen our relationships with others, but also deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ.

If you have any questions please call the office (723-9360) and speak with Father Tim.

 

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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church!

St. Francis Worship SpaceWelcome to St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church!  Within these pages you are offered a glimpse of the common life of our active, growing church.  You will see that our members are young and old, life-long Episcopalians and new Christians.  You will see why we call St. Francis “home” – the opportunities to reach out to one another and to our communities, the opportunities to learn and grow in our faith, and opportunities to explore and use the various gifts God has given us.

If you are in search of a new spiritual home, we invite you to inquire further by joining us for Sunday worship or by contacting the parish office with questions.

If you are planning to pass through Warren County and are looking for a place to worship God temporarily, we are happy to open our doors to you during your visit.

We’re glad you’ve taken the time to explore our community of faith.  May God bless you and keep you this day and always!

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  • Service

    Worship begins every
    Sunday at 8:30am.
    St. Francis of Assisi
    Episcopal Church
    343 E. Main St.
    Youngsville, PA 16371
    Phone: (814) 563-7586
    Email: stfrancis@eaglezip.net