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

Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Children's Used Books and Magazines Drive
We are collecting used books and magazines in good condition for the children at Garfield Elementary School in DC's Ward 8, which has the highest poverty rate in DC. Several Franciscans are part of a tutoring program at Garfield Elementary, which will distribute the books to the children at the school. The school goes from preschool through 5th grade, and there are children reading above grade level, so we need lots of books and magazines from preschool to middle school level. Please put your book and magazine donations in the bins across from Millen Hall. The drive begins Sunday, February 18 and runs through Sunday, March 11. For questions, please contact Ginger Roll groll@cox.net

Morning Prayer at St. Francis Episcopal Church
8:00 am -- Monday through Friday for the season of Lent
Beginning Thursday, February 15 through Friday, March 30
This a Benedictine inspired prayer service that was the most often used by the Anglican Communion from the restoration under Elizabeth 1 until the second half of the twentieth century. It is a wonderful Lenten discipline to a Lenten discipline, taking about twenty-five minutes to complete. It will be read, rain or shine, congregation or no (only the reader is required, though prayer supporters are always welcome). See you there.

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians
Lenten Potluck Suppers -- February 25th, March 4th, March 18th –5:30-7:00 pm
In preparation for Holy Week, we invite you to consider how Jesus of Nazareth became the Christ of the Christian tradition. Please join us on Sunday evenings during Lent for a viewing of the 1998 PBS Frontline documentary, From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.We will begin with a potluck dinner together in Millen Hall. We'll then watch part of the documentary and discuss. This documentary draws upon historic evidence to detail the epic rise of Christianity. It considers how Judaism and the Roman Empire shaped the lives of Jesus and his followers. It examines the movement started by the Jesus followers in the early years after his crucifixion, and the subsequent separation of the Christian movement from Judaism. The documentary also discusses the composition of the gospels during the decades following the Jewish revolt against Rome in 70 CE. For supplemental information about the documentary, including essays by New Testament scholars, maps, archeological evidence and a timeline, visit the website at https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/ 
Want to come but can't attend all three sessions? Come for as many as you are able. For more information, please contact The Rev. Tracey Kelly.

Lenten Change Drive for The St. Francis Basic School in Juba & the Primary School in Ezo Province (both in South Sudan)
The St. Francis Creche preschool is collecting change in each classroom and bringing it to Chapel weekly during Lent until March 21. Students will drop change in the Big Jar and watch it accumulate. Creche students can add loose change weekly. Parents and all others are welcome to make contributions as well. Checks should be made to St. Francis Church and notated "Sudan School." These two schools rely on our donations to educate several hundred children of South Sudan, which is the poorest and most illiterate region of Africa. Education provides an avenue out of poverty and for many children and teachers of this war torn region, the school represents the only stability and hope in their lives. It is a safe environment where children receive a nourishing meal and develop their capabilities and teachers earn their livelihood in a region of the world where employment opportunities are few. Please keep the St. Francis Basic School and the Ezo School in your thoughts and prayers during Lent.

Ski Trip to Whitetail
Saturday, February 24
On Saturday, February 24 several of our youth and some adults are going for the day to Whitetail Ski Resort. We will leave from the church at 7am that morning and return that evening after a full day of skiing. This invitation is open to all members and friends of St. Francis. If you are interested please email us at: kquinnanderson@gmail.com or call Kathy Anderson at 703-476-9065.

Habitat for Humanity: 2018 plans
We now have monthly Build Days scheduled for January - April 2018. They are Jan 20, Feb 21, Mar 24, and Apr 25 - all will be in Herndon/Reston. To volunteer, or for more information, see our SignUpGenius page http://tinyurl.com/Habitat-IC. Only 10 volunteer slots are open on any given date. Volunteers must be 16 years or older, and need no prior skill (seriously!). Our Habitat email distribution list includes over 60 Franciscans - please let Phil Pifer (philipjpifer@mac.com) or Barney Thomson (thomsonbarney@verizon.net) know if you would like to be included on that distribution, or if you have any questions at all about our work with Habitat. And please come join us in 2018 - do something worthy, learn some skills, and have fun with us! Check out our HforH web page for a report on the November 2017 work day!


More to Come

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
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.

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

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

Morning Prayer Service
During Lent
Monday - Friday at 8:00 am

Book Drive
Thru March 11

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Franciscan Newsletter

Creche Upcoming Events

Registration is open!


Feb. 25 - Lenten Supper at 5:30

March 2 - Dr. Seuss B-day

March 4 - Lenten Supper at 5:30

March 26 - April 2 - Spring Break - School is closed

April 16 - School is closed - FCPS are closed

April 26 - Petting Zoo - 12:30-1:30

April 30 week - Creche Teacher Appreciation

May 10 - 1 pm - Creche Spring Singing Performance

May 11 - 1 pm - Creche Spring Singing Performance

May 24 - Last Day of School

May 25 - School-wide Party & Picnic - 11-1

May 25 - Closing Chapel Service - 11 am

May 30 - June 28 - Camp Programs


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