Upcoming and Ongoing Events

 A Special Visitor is coming to St. Francis on
Sunday, December 9th during the 10:00am service.
Please be there to welcome him! He loves children and is widely known for his compassion and care ….and no, it's not Santa!

Vestry Nominations
The Vestry, a body Franciscans made up of the Rector and 10 lay parishioners, from whom are selected the congregation's officers—Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Register, and Treasurer, and who are charged with the governance of the Parish, are elected on the last Sunday in January 27, 2019. We are calling for nominations. You can self-nominate, or you can let a member of the Vestry know you are interested. This is a great way to contribute to our common life and energy. Vestry members will also be reaching out to Franciscans to serve—prayerfully consider saying yes.

Christmas Toy Drive
Donating Christmas gifts for children in need has been a Christmas tradition at St. Francis for many years. The drive begins Sunday, November 11 and ends Sunday, December 2. Click here to learn more

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 1st , 8:30-10:30am, Millen Hall
A Wonderful Event Supporting a Great Cause!! 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 and holiday activities -- 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).

Advent Lessons & Carols
Sunday, December 2 at 4:00 pm
With the coming of the holy season of Advent we will again have the opportunity to take part in the wonder tradition of Advent Lessons and Carols. Plan now to attend this special service on December 2 at 4 pm. where our choir will present beautiful music of Advent, where readers will proclaim the age-old story and where we will all will sing our favorite Advent hymns. The service will be followed a reception and time of fellowship. Invite your friends and familyt o attend and to linger after the event for refreshments and fellowship together. A beautiful start for the Advent Season!

Advent Morning Prayer
Beginning Monday, December 3 at 8:00 AM
Morning Prayer will continue every week day until Monday, December 24. It is a twenty-minute service of prayers, readings, and canticles, and it is also a wonderful way to prepare for Christmas with God being present. Lay women and men are desired for the role of officiant.

Christmas Party
December 8
Our annual Christmas party for Samaritan Ministry and Housing Up (formerly Transitional Housing Corp.) families will be on Saturday, December 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW in DC. Click here to learn more.

Strong, Able Bodies Needed for Church Greening
Saturday, December 22
We are seeking five to six strong people to assist in the greening of the church…. Specifically, we will need help in standing up and securing the outside tree behind the altar window and one or two people to help hang the large wreaths in the windows behind the altar. All these activities will take place beginning at 9:30am Saturday, December 22. If you are able to help, please contact Rob Smith (rsmith186@cox.net) or Jennifer Murphy (jenniferomurohy@gmail.com) Thank you!!!

Christmas Eve Intergenerational Christmas Choir
December 24 at 5:00 pm
For something new and different we plan to form a choir of parents, children and others who would like to participate in leading the 5 pm Christmas Eve service. In addition to leading the congregation in the carols and service music of the day, we will sing music before the service and at the offertory. Rehearsals for this choir will occur following the 10 am services on Dec. 9 and 16. The rehearsals will last approximately 30 minutes. Please consider joining us for what will be a fun and memorable Christmas experience.

Hands-On Spirituality
Are you interested in trying different ways to explore and express your spirituality? Looking to get your hands (literally) dirty while strengthening your connection with God? Then please join us in Hands-On Spirituality, a series of sessions using art and horticulture for spiritual contemplation and introspection. No artistic or gardening skill, talent, or experience needed! One more session will be led on November 20 at 7:00 - 8:30 pm. We will meet in the Millen Hall Annex. A $5 donation would be gratefully accepted 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: Fall Plans
Sat Dec 15 - Frye Alexandria.
For more information, see our SignUpGenius page at http://tinyurl.com/Habitat-ICUse 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).

St. Francis' Annual Winter Gala -- SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, March 2 at 6:00 PM
Time moves quickly in Northern Virginia and Ash Wednesday will be here before we know it. Therefore, it is time to get the St. Francis Winter Gala, penned on our calendars. Always festive and always a way to celebrate ministry with each other—mark it down!

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 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 Tuesdays. The first day of tutoring will be September 18. 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.