9220 Georgetown Pike
Great Falls, Virginia 22066
703-759-2082 fax: 703-759-0874

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

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Christmas Toy Drive
We are collecting Christmas gifts for children in need from families served by Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corporation). The drive ends Sunday, December 3. The gifts will be distributed at our annual Christmas party on December 9. To donate a gift for a child, please sign up on the poster in the narthex. If you would like to donate a doll, African American dolls are preferred. Children's gifts (except for Target gift cards) should be placed unwrapped in the bins across from Millen Hall. Target $20 gift cards, for children 13 years and over, should be put in the offering basket or sent/given to the church office. A roll of wrapping paper along with your gift is optional but would be appreciated. For more information, please contact Ginger Roll at groll@cox.net

GFSC November 21st Luncheon and FREED Performance
The Great Falls Senior Center is again holding their monthly luncheon at St. Francis on November 21, and has extended an invitation to any Franciscan adult who would like to attend. There will be a performance of the Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED). FREED is a group of African-American re-enactors who bring forgotten black women of the Civil War era back to life. Freed, founded in 2005, came together after a number of like-minded women donned period dress at a museum event, commemorating the establishment of the U.S. Bureau of Colored Troops during the Civil War. Their re-enactments, dramatic readings, and various other educational programs in period clothing transport us back in time. In addition, our very own Creche Preschool Singers will regale the group with a holiday chorale performance! They are guaranteed to be cuuuute!
The event will be held in Millen Hall from 10 am to 1pm and includes lunch. The suggested donation is $10. Advance reservations are a must to reserve space and food: Karen Emami at karen.emami@globalinfotek.com or call her at 703-938-6471. The Great Falls Seniors Center is the largest organization serving the needs of Seniors in our community. Visit gfseniors.org for more information.

Breakfast with Santa supporting Samaritan Ministry & Housing Up
Saturday, December 2 --  8:30-10:30am, Millen Hall
Come and enjoy a fun breakfast with Santa and your St. Francis friends; and at the same time enjoy the opportunity to give to children of families in need. The event provides breakfast, holiday crafts, caroling and of course your picture with Santa -- stress free. We encourage each family to donate a new, unwrapped toy. Toys for boys and girls: Infant through 12 years. Toy suggestions: Puzzles, Games, Cars, Dolls (African-American dolls are preferred).

Kitchen Brigade Christmas Cookies!
Do you like to make Christmas cookies? The St. Francis Kitchen Brigade--which includes anyone who likes to cook and socialize--donated 3 baskets of fancy Christmas cookies to the Fall Fest Silent Auction, and we're now planning to fill those baskets for the buyers, who will get them in time for Christmas. So, we're holding a cookie baking and decorating afternoon on Sunday, December 3, right after church at the home of Leslie Siegmund. Please come and help to decorate and bake cookies. If you'd like to participate, please (1) email Leslie at lesiegmund@aol.com to let her know you are coming, (2) come after church on December 3 (around noon) to 11308 South Shore Road, Reston, and (3) bring an apron and a sandwich or something for lunch. Drinks will be provided. We'll be finished in time to make it to Evensong at 4 pm. If you want to donate cookies for the baskets but can't be there on December 3, just let Leslie know. Also, if you have specific ideas or recipes that would work well for group baking, email Leslie.

Advent Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm
The season of Advent and the coming of the Lord at Christmas will be celebrated in a very special way.The age-old tradition of "Lessons and Carols" will be presented by the Clergy, Lectors, and the St. Francis Choir. Join us in sharing a festive mood of expectation as we hear in readings, carols and hymns the age-old story of the coming Nativity. All ages are encouraged to attend this service which will be followed by a reception in Millen Hall.

Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up Christmas Party
Saturday, December 9
Our annual Christmas party for Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corp.) families will be on Saturday, December 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW in DC (same location as last year). There will be a caravan leaving St. Francis at 9:00 a.m., and set up for the party will be at 10:00 a.m. Sign-up sheets are posted in the narthex for donating children's gifts and helping at the party. In addition to gifts for the children, St. Francis will provide a Christmas lunch buffet for guests and volunteers, crafts, and bingo. We need lots of volunteers and gift donations to make the party a success, and all ages are encouraged to come to the party. It is a great hands-on outreach opportunity for our youth and lots of fun. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Ginger Roll at groll@cox.net

Hypothermia Prevention
Freezing nights are here, and hypothermia prevention shelters for the homeless are crucial for saving lives. Epiphany Church in Oak Hill, VA runs a Hypothermia Prevention Shelter during the Christmas season (Dec. 24 - 31). As many of you know, John Lowe, through his role as representative to Region V, became the transportation lead for Epiphany's shelter and coordinated St. Francis' participation for several years in this very worthwhile cause. Epiphany now has no one to fill this position and are asking for our help. If you could help with the shelter, especially with transportation, or would like more information, please let Susan Forbes know at sforbes09@gmail.com


December 10 -- 9:15 and 11:15
Service Schedule Discernment

Ongoing Activities

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

Contemplative Prayer
Mondays at 7:30-8:30 pm
Join us on Mondays at St. Francis. Learn more here or contact program coodinators Michael Hattwick (703-898-8026 or drmhattwick@aol.com) or Kathy Anderson (703-476-9065 or kquinnanderson@gmail.com).

Men's Fellowship and Discussion
Wednesdays at 7:30 am
Join the Men's Group to discuss readings and topics, grow with us in our understanding of Christian theology, deepen your relationship with God, and enjoy fellowship with other men - at the same time that you enjoy coffee and breakfast.

Second Story Dinners
Sundays at 5:15 pm
Needed: Volunteers to deliver Sunday dinners to Second Story (formerly known as Alternative House). Volunteers work in pairs to cook, deliver, and serve dinners, usually once during a four month period. Dinners are made on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month. The count typically ranges from five to 10 or 12. Second Story offers a safe residential experience for teens who are in need. Please contact Jennifer at jenniferomurphy@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer for this ministry or if you have any questions.

Evening Bible Study
Every other Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm in the Narthex
All are welcome to attend! Currently, we are studying 1 Maccabees. (It is found only in a Bible with the apocrypha. You can also read it here with this link http://bible.oremus.org/).
Question: Contact Tracey Kelly at tkelly@stfrancisgreatfalls.org   Future dates: November 21st; December 5th, 19th.

Thursday Bible Study
Thursday Bible Study at 2:00 in the Conference Room -- Anyone interested in joining us is welcome. Please let Odiorne Beebe know you are coming as materials are provided. (703-759-6739).

Tutoring Wednesdays
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 Wednesdays. We will leave the St. Francis parking lot at 9:00 am and return around 2:30 pm, starting on October 4. 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

Upcoming Events

Christmas Toy Drive
Now through December 3

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 2

Advent Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 3 at 4 pm

Christmas Party in DC
Saturday, December 9

Find more Events info here

Franciscan Newsletter here
Episco-Facts here

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Creche Upcoming Events

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Nov. 22 - 24 - School Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 2 - Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 3 - Creche Singers at 4:45 at Lighting of the Tree in Great Falls

Dec. 6 - Vision Screening

Dec. 14 - Pageant & Luncheon at noon

Dec. 18 - 21 - 9:30 - 1:00 - Christmas Break Camp

Dec. 15 - Jan. 1 - School Closed

Jan. 2 - Return to School

Jan. 15 - School Closed - MLK Day

Jan. 26 - School Closed

Jan. 29 - School Closed

Feb. 13 & 14 - Valentine's Day Parties

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