Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Lenten Morning Prayer
At 8:00 am Weekdays, beginning Thursday, March 7 through Friday, April 19.
For the more reflective and more reflective times of the year, St. Francis will read the Book of Common Prayer service of Morning Prayer as a community spiritual discipline. All are welcome for the Bible readings, responsive Psalms, and prayers for our common life.

Gralley Book sale at the Gala: Did You Miss Out?
Didn't place the top bid for an autographed copy of Craig Gralley's new book titled "Hall of Mirrors." Here is your second chance! Craig has graciously agreed to autograph as many copies as are pre-ordered to benefit the St. Francis Gala! In addition, he will donate 100% of his royalties received from books sold with this offer. Place your order and pay just $35 for an autographed copy of this intriguing story of the disabled American spy Virginia Hall. Email Molly Reynolds at mjackreynolds@gmail.com with the number of copies you desire to order and then send in a check for $35 per book to the church office or in the plate. Be sure to write "Gralley book order" in the memo portion of the check. Orders must be received by Monday, March 18 in order to have the books on hand when Craig will be in town. When placing your order, please include how you would like the inscription to be addressed (name/spelling). If there is a special sentiment or personalization you would like Craig to include, please indicate that with your order as well.

Lenten Fellowship Meal & Concert
Friday, April 5
St. Francis will welcome the community to a simple meal of bread, salad and homemade soup beginning at 6:00 pm.  At 7:30 pm the St. Francis Choir and the St. Mary's College of Maryland Chamber Singers will present a 1-hour concert of Rutter's "Requiem."  The meal and concert are free, however, a suggested offering of $5 per person or $10 per family will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank.

Lenten Potluck Supper Programs 
5:30 in Millen Hall -- March 17, March 31, April 7, April 14
More information to follow

Grate Patrol
Saturday, March 30
We will make bagged meals for the Loudoun Salvation Army "Feed the Hungry" program on Saturday, March 30th, beginning at 12:00 noon. We need lots of help, and all ages are welcome. We usually finish the meals in about an hour. It's fun and serves a very worthwhile cause.

Aprons for Mother's Day
Please join Franciscan Sewers to make aprons for the Mother's Day Apron Sale. All proceeds go to the young mothers at Second Story for Young Mothers (http://second-story.org/young-mothers/). The first meeting will be held in Millen Hall on Thursday, March 21 at 1:30PM. Please bring scissors. Contact Mimi Eldridge 703-759-4331 meldridge43@gmail.com

Easter Flower and Music Donations
Each year on Easter, St. Francis is beautifully decorated with hydrangeas. We also often have special music that includes instrumentalists during Lent and on Easter Sunday. It is the custom at St. Francis for parishioners to make Easter donations to the Altar Guild and to the Music Program to support these groups' efforts at Easter and during the year. Donations may be given in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for someone or something special. If you would like to give to either or both of these funds, please fill out the envelope enclosed in your Sunday bulletin and put it in the plate or send it to the church office. To have your memorials or thanksgivings listed in the Easter Bulletins, we will need to receive your donation by Palm Sunday, April 14.

Hydrangea Lottery
This year the Altar Guild will run its second "Hydrangea Lottery." To thank our Easter flower donors, we would like those who have contributed to have the opportunity to take home one of the hydrangeas two weeks after Easter. However, as there are likely to be more donors than flowers, we will hold a "drawing" that will include all donors who would like one of these plants. Once parishioners have made their donations, they will be contacted to ask if they would like to be included in the lottery. Lottery winners will be contacted so that they will know to get a hydrangea after the 10:00 service on Mother's Day, May 12.

Intergenerational Choir Returns to St. Francis
The Intergenerational Choir will regroup to sing at the 9 am Easter Service. Please consider singing with your other family members to lead a joyful Easter service. Brief rehearsals will follow the 10 am service in March 31, April 7 and April 14. Questions can be directed to Larry Vote at levote@smcm.edu.

Youth Confirmation Classes Begin in March
Confirmation is a sacramental rite in the Episcopal Church during which we express a mature and public commitment to Christ. At confirmation, an individual receives the laying on of hands by the bishop, and affirms his or her faith before the congregation. Starting in March, St. Francis Great Falls will be offering confirmation preparation for high school students (9th -12th grade) before Bishop Ihloff's visit on June 9. Sessions will be held on Sunday evenings from 4:00-5:30 PM on March 31, April 7, April 28, May 5, and June 2. One rehearsal session will be held on Saturday June 8. . Please contact the Rev. Tracey Kelly at tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org for more information.

Bishop's Visitation
Sunday, June 9
Bishop Robert Ihloff will be doing a Visitation to St. Francis on Sunday, June 9. Visitations are a time for the Bishop to preach and teach, while at the same time to listen and observe the gifts and needs of individual parishes. It is always appropriate that baptisms, adult confirmations, reaffirmations and receptions into our communion occur at this time. In order to plan our preparation classes, please contact us at (703) 759-2082 or at admin@stfrancisgreatfalls.org or tkelly@stfrancis@greatfalls.org by Sunday, March 17 to let us know of your desire to be baptized, confirmed, reaffirmed, or received.

Hands-On Spirituality
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 March 12, April 23, and May 21 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.

Habitat for Humanity
We have set our schedule of Build Days through summer 2019:
Sat Apr 6 – Donora Alexandria: a single family new home build.
Wed May 15 – Location TBD
Sat Jun 8 – Location TBD
Wed Jul 10 – Location TBD
Sat Aug 10 - Location TBD
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!


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. This year we are tutoring at Garfield Elementary School on Tuesdays. 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.