ST FRANCIS of ASSISI
established in 1979
Worship Opportunities at St. Francis
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - Rite II Holy Eucharist (spoken liturgy)
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - Rite II Holy Eucharist and Choir
Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. - Rite I Holy Eucharist
September through May
(not during the summer months)
PO Box 445
8818 SW Miley Rd
SE Corner of I-5, at the Charbonneau Exit
Wilsonville, OR 97070
UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS
Guys Nite Out
Thursday, December 1, 5:45 pm
Backpack Buddies (sorting)
Monday, December 12, 9:00 am
Backpack Buddies (packing)
Tuesday, December 13, 9:00 am
Thursday, December 15, 5:30 pm
Thursday, December 15, 7:00 pm
Christmas Baskets Prep
Saturday, December 17, 8:00 am
Greening of the Church
Saturday December 17, 8:00 am
Christmas Baskets Prep and Delivery
Sunday, December 18, 8:00 am
Lessons and Carols
December 18, 10:30 am during the service;
Ladies Lunch Out
Monday, December 19, 11:45 am
Decorating the Church for Christmas
December 21, 1:00 pm
Christmas Eve Services
5:00 pm and 9:30 pm
Christmas Day Service
The Feast of the Epiphany
January 8, 8:00 am and 10:30 am
Adult Faith Formation for Advent
Please join us Sundays, December 4 through 18 as we explore the wonders of the Incarnation. That God would choose to become something—someone!—we could identify and follow, or hurt, is pretty incredible on its face! Read and reflect on these verses from the Prologue to the Gospel of John, and bring your thoughts to Cummins Hall between services. The coffee will be hot and we'll be waiting for you at 9:15 am. Please join us!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…He was in the world, but the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God…the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth…
December 4: Word
December 11: Flesh
December 18: Light
Message from Bishop Michael Hanley
Dear Friends in Christ:
The following statement of resolve in the wake of yesterday’s election comes to you from The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley, Bishop of Oregon in consultation with the Very Rev. Nathan LeRud, Dean of Trinity Cathedral and several clergy leaders of the diocese.
There are moments in our history in which the Church is presented with an opportunity to affirm who we are, and whom we endeavor to be. Too often, we have been passive in the face of injustice, bigotry, and oppression. We confess our complicity in political and religious systems that have perpetuated injustice over many generations. We confess that fear and the desire to keep the peace has often led us to issue statements rather than the harder task of working for a more just and equitable society.
As Christians we are called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ with clarity and conviction, particularly as that Gospel compels us to work alongside those in every faith tradition to confront forces which threaten the lives and safety of the most vulnerable.
As a people committed to the incarnation of God in the human body of Jesus Christ and the mystical body of the gathered community, we affirm that our very bodies must serve the cause of healing, love and justice. We believe in the goodness and holiness of the human body in all of its varied and diverse forms, and we commit to the protection of bodies and souls in the face of forces that demean, disenfranchise, threaten and abuse the children of God. We renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God. Therefore we commit:
• To protect and defend the human dignity of immigrants, refugees, and those who fear deportation. Our churches will be sanctuaries for those whose safety and security is threatened;
• To stand and work with those whose race or religion is threatened by the vitriolic and violent language and action of white supremacy in American society;
• To confront bigotry, fear, ignorance and hatred whenever and wherever we encounter it. We will not be silent or passive in the face of language that harms the children of God;
• To protect the physical, psychological, and spiritual safety of women, people of sexual and gender diversity, the elderly and the physically impaired;
• To pray for our president and elected leaders and hold them accountable to the principles of justice as found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believe that together we can foster a world of justice, love and the mercy of God. We commit to this work and we invite those who would do likewise to join us in the work ahead.
Service of Lessons and Carols
Dear People of God: In this Advent and Christmas Season, let it be our duty and delight to hear once more the message of the Angels, to go to Bethlehem and see the Son of God lying in a manger.
Let us hear and heed in Holy Scripture the story of God’s loving purpose from the time of our rebellion against him until the glorious redemption brought to us by his holy Child Jesus, and let us make this congregation, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, glad with our carols of praise.
So begins the Bidding Prayer from the Service of Lessons and Carols. The St. Francis Choir is busy preparing the music for this beloved service at St. Francis. Join us on December 18 at the 10:30 am Choral Eucharist for this service featuring Old Testament prophesies and the Gospel stories of the birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ.
You are invited to join Catechumenate 2017
At St. Francis Episcopal Church we take seriously our responsibility to be the best disciples we can be.
You are cordially invited to join us in Cat 2017,
to deepen your understandings of why we do what we do and what God hopes for each of us.
Join us for 3½ months that will enrich our lives and faith and community.
RSVP to Terri Hoffmann, 503-982-4825 or
or Fr.Tony Petrotta, 503-678-5422