Upcoming and Ongoing Events

Chili Cook-Off is Back! AND Halloween Costume Parade
Sunday, November 10 -- 5-7pm
It's time to prepare your special chili recipe: chili con carne, chili verde, white chili, vegan chili, vegetarian chili, Cincinnati chili, Five Alarm chili, -- you name it – if you make it, we look forward to tasting it! 'Not up to making chili? There are always sides and beverages to bring to share, as well. Click on this SignUpGenius to sign up for foods to bring: chilis, sides, beverages, and for set-up and breakdown/clean-up efforts. Hotdogs will be available and there will also be activities for the kids; both provided by the St. Francis Crèche. Thank you! And don't forget the parade of Halloween costumes will take place for all – children and grown-ups, alike!

Thanksgiving Food Drive
October 27 - November 17
Second Story is asking for our help in ensuring that many other needy families can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together.  Click here for more information and a list of items to purchase.

Welcome-Connect Brunch
November 17, after the 10:00 Service
Want to join us in fellowship and food with St Francis newcomers? Bring a dish and your experiences/knowledge as a St Francis parishioner to share. Millen Hall after the November 17th 10:00 service.
Sign up by clicking here or contact Karen Shindhelm: karenashind@gmail.com or Wendy Pan: wendypan60@gmail.com for more information.

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 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.

Second Sunday Fellowship Events
November 10 -- Chili cook-off
December 8 -- Christmas Carols

Habitat for Humanity
We have set our schedule of Build Days:
Nov. 16; Dec. 14; Jan. 15
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!

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.

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.