Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Tables for Ten
A new season begins.  Click here for more information about this fun way to meet new people. Sign up in the narthex or contact Terri Adama at terriadamslcsw@gmail.com.

Walkathon and Ice Cream Social
Sunday, September 22
Our annual Walkathon to Empower the Homeless will be on Sunday, September 22, at 11:15 AM. Take a stroll on the lovely grounds of St. Francis Church, enjoy ice cream with toppings in Millen Hall, and support a very worthy cause. Registration is $37 for adults and $27 for under 18 years. All proceeds go to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington.In 1986, St. Francis Church joined with 11 other churches in the Washington, DC area to address the root causes of homelessness. Together they founded Samaritan Ministry to help homeless people and others at risk make meaningful changes in their lives. In 2018, there were over 900 participants in Samaritan Ministry's programs.

Toiletries Drive for the Homeless
September 2 - 29
Along with our Empower the Homeless Walkathon, we are holding a toiletries drive in September for participants in Samaritan Ministry's programs. The drive starts Sunday, September 1, and ends Sunday, September 29. Samaritan Ministry prefers full size toiletry items, but it accepts all sizes. Click here for list of desired items.

Walk the Labyrinth
Sunday, September 29,
11:15am - 12:15pm.
Meet in Millen Hall. What is a labyrinth? It is one of the oldest contemplative tools known to humankind. When you walk the labyrinth, you are setting aside time to be with God and listen for what God is telling you. Contact: Kathy Anderson 703-476-9065, kquinnanderson@gmail.com Future dates for instruction include: Sunday, October 20 at 9:00am and Sunday, November 10 at 11:15am.

Fall Fest Weekend, 2019
Saturday, October 5th
The festivities begin at 3:00 PM and continue until 7:00 PM. There will be live Blue Grass music, Wine Tasting by the Wine Outlet, Food Trucks with plenty of good things to eat, and many fun Games for the Children. Come, enjoy the day with friends and fellow Franciscans.
Sunday, October 6th
We will continue our tradition of holding the 10:00 AM service under the tent for the Blessing of the Animals.

Second Sunday Fellowship Events
September 8 -- International Cuisine Potluck -- THIS SUNDAY at 5:00 -- Bring a dish that reflects your heritage or even that of another!  Please join us!

October 13 -- Trivia Night
November 10 -- Chili cook-off
December 8 -- Christmas Carols

Food, Fellowship, and Baptism Conversations
Have you been thinking about having your child baptized at St. Francis? Please join us for four gatherings in August and September in preparation for the next baptisms on October 6 and November 3. We will share a meal and get to know each other, and talk about the nature, meaning and purpose of Holy Baptism. Sunday afternoons at 4 pm on:September 29. Please feel free to bring your children. It's okay if you have to miss one or two gatherings. Contact the Rev. Tracey Kelly at tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org if you are interested.

Hands-On Spirituality is returning!
This is a series of sessions using art and horticulture for spiritual contemplation and introspection. No artistic or gardening skill, talent, or experience needed! These sessions will be led alternately by Jessica Maxson and Jan Lane, on September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 10 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm. We will meet in the Millen Hall Annex. A $5 donation would be gratefully accepted (but is not required) to help with cost of materials. Please contact Jessica at jessica@maxson.com or Jan at jan.p.lane@gmail.com with any questions.

Rector's Bible Class: "Don't Know Much Bible-ography?"
Thursdays, September 19 through October 24-- 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
The Outline of the Six Classes is:
i. What's in the Bible? That Depends on Whose Bible it is.
ii. Composition of the Bible: How it is written and by whom.
iii. The Story: Hebrew Bible Before the Prophets
iv. The Story: Hebrew Bible During and After the Prophets and Deuterocanonical Books
v. The Story: Early Story of the Way and the Gospels
vi. The Story: Books of Beginning Christianity
If you want to read the Bible more fluently and effectively, you my want to be part of this. BTW (By-the-way), BYOB (bring-your-own-Bible!)

Gala 2020 Planning Meeting
Sunday, October 20
For more information, contact Pat Ward (patwa@cox.net) or Leslie Siegmund (lesiegmund@aol.com).

Habitat for Humanity
We have set our schedule of Build Days:
Sat. Oct. 5
For more information, see our SignUpGenius page at http://tinyurl.com/Habitat-IC
Use these as an opportunity to bring your 16+ kids to join you doing good and learning building skills. If you have older high schoolers, it is a great and easy way to build service hours. No prior skill is needed - you will be taught. If you have questions, or to be added to the Franciscan email distribution for Habitat, please contact Phil Pifer (philipjpifer@mac.com) or Barney Thomson (thomsonbarney@verizon.net).Please come join us this year! Follow the 'Golden Rule', learn some skills, and have some fun!

FALL YOUTH GROUP CALENDAR
SEP 15, 5-6:30 pm: Ultimate Frisbee & Pizza
OCT 12, 5:30-9 pm: Haunted House with Rev. Tracey
NOV 10, 7-9 pm: Bonfire & S'mores
DEC 14, 5:30-7:30 pm: White Elephant Party & Dinner
JAN 12, 4-6:30 pm: Escape Room, Herndon

Ongoing Activities

Contemplative Prayer

Join us on Mondays at 7:00 pm  Contact program coodinators Michael Hattwick (703-898-8026 or drmhattwick@aol.com) or Kathy Anderson (703-476-9065 or kquinnanderson@gmail.com) to learn more.

Tuesday Evening Bible Study
Every other Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm in the Narthex
All are welcome to attend!  Questions: Contact Tracey Kelly at tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org 

Men's Fellowship and Discussion
Wednesdays at 7:30 am
Join the Men's Group to discuss readings and topics, grow with us in understanding Christian theology, deepen your relationship with God, and enjoy fellowship with other men – not to mention free coffee and breakfast. Please contact philipjpifer@mac.com to learn more.

Tutoring Tuesdays
A group of tutors from St. Francis carpools to Anacostia once a week during the school year to help students improve their reading skills. Tutoring will resume in September. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, or exploring the possibility, please contact Pat Ward at patwa@cox.net We welcome anyone who enjoys children. Prior experience is not necessary.

St. Francis Book Club
Monthly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Great Falls Starbucks. Contact Dirk Herkhof at dcherkhof@gmail.com with questions.

Thursday Bible Study
Thursday Bible Study meets at 2:00 on Thursdays for a discussion on the studay of Hebrews and explanation of what we hope to accomplish. Our Bible Study is very low-key and non-threatening as we learn together. For any questions, please check with Lynn Fallon (703-759-2082) or Odiorne Beebe (703-759-6739).

Second Story Dinners
Sundays at 5:15 pm
Volunteers needed to deliver Sunday dinners to Second Story (Second Story offers a safe residential experience for teens who are in need.) Volunteers work in pairs to cook, deliver, and serve dinners. Dinners are made on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. Please contact Jennifer at jenniferomurphy@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for this ministry or ifor more information.