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    Godspeed Deacon Edrice Veichweg

    The St. Francis Community was out in full force this morning as we sadly bade farewell to Deacon Edrice Veichweg, who has blessed our lives with her ministry since September, 2011. The many tributes and thanks expressed today highlighted her wonderful sermons, her introduction of the Prayer Shawl Ministry to St. Francis Parish, and her commitment to social justice, only one example of which is her work in her home country of St. Kitts & Nevis. Her sense of humor, and the deep personal friendships she has shared with us will be treasured always. While we are profoundly sad to see her go, we are extremely grateful for the many gifts that she has given us. We wished Edrice all the best in her new assignment at St. Paul's Church, Fairfield, and reminded her that she will always be a treasured member of the St. Francis family.
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    EASTER EGG HUNT - Saturday, April 15

    The St. Francis Episcopal Church Annual Easter Egg Event will be held on Saturday, April 15th, from 10am-noon. Activities for children of all ages include Easter egg and cupcake decorating, face-painting, and other crafts. An egg hunt begins around 11:30 AM on the parish lawn. The Easter Egg Event will take place rain or shine. Join us at St. Francis Church located at 2810 Long Ridge Road, Stamford just 4 miles north of the Merritt Parkway. Everyone is welcome!

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    Easter Day Services - Sunday, April 16

    Easter Day Services Sunday, April 16 • Historic Church Service: 7:00 AM (503 Old Long Ridge Road) • Church Services: 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM (2810 Long Ridge Road) Participate in the mystery and wonder of the Resurrection at St. Francis. The beautiful worship spaces, filled with the life and beauty of spring flowers, the soaring choir anthems, the power of the Easter Day narrative, and an inspirational and insightful sermon from Rector Mark Lingle promise to make these services memorable.

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    Easter Vigil Worship - Saturday, April 15, @ 8:00 PM

    Easter Vigil Worship Saturday, April 15, @ 8:00 PM Church (2810 Long Ridge Road) This is a ritually and symbolically moving service. Participants start in the dark with the primal fire and the hope of the light shining in the dark. The great narratives of Creation, Exodus, and Liberation move us to a moment of Baptismal Remembrance and then into the wonder and mystery of Resurrection and Easter Day. The service is both visually and experientially powerful.

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    Good Friday Worship - April 14, @ 7:00 PM

    Friday, April 14, @ 7:00 PM Historic Church (503 Old Long Ridge Road) Follow the way of the cross in this service that remembers the Passion of our Lord. Participants share in communion from the reserve sacrament as a reminder that even on this most stark of liturgical experiences, God in Christ is present with and for us in a profound way.

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    Maundy Thursday Worship - Thursday, April 13, @ 7:00 PM

    Maundy Thursday Worship Thursday, April 13, @ 7:00 PM Historic Church (503 Old Long Ridge Road) This service commemorates Jesus' last supper with his friends, and his command that we should love one another as he has loved us. A ritual practice of washing symbolically expresses Jesus' command, and a shared Eucharist reminds us of our connection to that fateful night and to the love of God for each of us in the person of Jesus.

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    Labyrinth Guided Meditation - Wednesday, April 12, @ 7:00 PM

    Wednesday, April 12, @ 7:00 PM Church (2810 Long Ridge Road) Rev. Debra Slade will lead a Holy Week meditation using the ancient practice of the labyrinth. The interplay of soft light, peaceful music, movement, and a guided meditation allow participants to enter into a deeply moving and enriching experience.

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    Katrina Mygatt one of Stamford's Lasting Ladies

    Great article in Stamford Advocate, March 19, 2017. "Imagine what being her son was like, Joe Mygatt quipped.  “We often had to appear at demonstrations because of the additional head count,” he said.  [Katrina] Mygatt was driven to activism by her community spirit. Click here for full article   KMygatt

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    Read Pastor Mark's Weekly Newsletter

    Thoughtful and interesting commentary on hospitality, immigration and the Gospel.   Note that these newsletters are always published on our website under News/Events, but, in light of this weeks events, this one deserves front page attention.    Click here to read it

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    Bishops Douglas and Ahrens Letter regarding Refugees

    Bishops Ian Douglas and Laura Ahrens issued a letter in response to  the recent Executive Order regarding refugees.   The closing of the letter reads  "May we see Christ in those who are different from us, welcoming strangers and aliens with open arms of hospitality, love, and generosity. God's mission of restoration and reconciliation compels us to continue to settle immigrants and refugees in our country."   Read the entire letter here.

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    St. Francis Parishioner Featured in Stamford Advocate Article

    We were so happy to see life-long St. Francis parishioner Fred Frese's photo in a Stamford Advocate article on Tuesday, December 13, 2016!   Click here for full article ari-christmas-party-stamford-advocate

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    70th Anniversary Year Culminates with Special Liturgy and Luncheon!

    Sunday, November 13, 2016 was a very special day at St. Francis today, as we celebrated our 70th Anniversary with a special liturgy and a lively luncheon! Highlights were the premier of an original musical composition, "May the Words of my Mouth" by Darin Lewis, beautiful tables decorated by our very talented parishioners to commemorate the last 8 decades, and a special song written by Margie Irish, performed by Richard Weidlich and Frank Mastrone, and accompanied by Jim Fredericks. Oh, and the Baptism of Keyniah Denikah Bass!!

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    Organ Recital was simply Divine

    The St. Francis Sounds Good concert series got off to a beautiful start on Sunday, October 23. Organist Alistair Reid delighted those attending with a rich and varied organ recital that revealed the range of our amazing organ, while also touching the heart with the beauty of wonderful musical selections.

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    All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing

      We observed the feast of our Patron, St. Francis, with a special blessing for pets at Sunday services on October 2nd. We were joined by pets Henry, Buddy, Jake, Lucy, Linda and others, who were well-behaved and friendly, and barked and meowed appropriately during the hymns and sermon. We appropriately started and ended the 10:00 service with the hymn "All creatures of our God and King" which was written by St. Francis of Assisi. "Let all things their Creator bless, And worship Him in humbleness" [gallery ids="1997,1998,1999,1996"]  

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    4th Annual Miles for a Mission was great success!!

    Thanks to all who came out for the 4th Annual Miles for a Mission Race, and the 2nd Annual Dogapalooza! We were delighted to partner with Inspirica - from homeless to home, who is the beneficiary of all race proceeds, and we are blown away by the enthusiasm and support of students, parents and faculty of St. Luke's School, New Canaan. [gallery ids="1946,1945,1944,1941"] Race results are now online athttps://runscore.runsignup.com/race/results/…

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    REMINDER! One service on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016

    Just a reminder that we will have only one service this Sunday, September 25, at 8:00 AM at the Historic Church, 503 Old Long Ridge Road, since the 4th Annual Miles for a Mission Race will take place starting at 9:00 AM at the Church.

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    Great press for Miles for a Mission!

    Two great articles  in the Stamford Advocate about the upcoming Miles for a Mission Race and our partnership with Inspirica, who will be the beneficiary of all money raised at the race!   Click here for article   Click here for another article

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    An Extraordinary Dinner with an Asian Flair

    The fourth event in The First 70 series lived up to its description, and to high expectations!  Promising that guests would "Enjoy a summer evening in a beautiful setting with friends old and new,"  Rosemary and Joe Mygatt hosted an elegant, delicious, festive and fun dinner  for 20 at their home on Saturday, August 13th. A thoughtful seating plan ensured that everyone had a chance to make new friends, and a very enjoyable time was had by all.  Very special thanks to Rosemary and Joe for hosting this event. [gallery ids="1918,1917,1919"]  

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    Former Broadway actor entertains Atria Stamford residents as arts director

    We are so proud of Frank Mastrone, who made the front page of the Stamford Advocate on August 8, 2016.  Click on DETAILS for a link to the story! Read the full story  here:

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    Parish Picnic was a great success!

    Rain did not dampen the spirits of St. Francis Parishioners, we just moved the Parish Picnic indoors! We were entertained by the wonderful guitar playing of Michael James, and enjoyed burgers and hot dogs, along with many delicious side dishes and desserts. Picnic Group Smiths Picnic Picnic Musician Picnic Grillers

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    Don't miss the Parish Picnic on June 5th!!

    This will be the Kick-Off event for "The First 70"  -- a series of events celebrating our first 70 years as a Parish. Join us immediately following the 10:00 AM service on Sunday, June 5th, for a fun filled Parish Picnic grill fest, with guitarist,  Joe Allen playing jazz, blues, gospel, and country music. Please bring a  side dish, salad, veggie or dessert to share.  We’ll supply grill meats and   libations.   Sign up and buy tickets here:

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    Choir Year Ends with Beautiful Music for Pentecost

    The St. Francis Choir will take a well-deserved rest for the summer, but their presence at the 10:00 Pentecost Service on May 15th was beautiful, and inspiring as always.   Click here if you need a "fix" to get you through the summer!

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    Save the Date! 4th Annual Miles for a Mission Race - Sept. 25, 2016 9:00 AM

    Combine fitness and fun by participating in the 4th Annual Miles for a Mission Road Race, a 5K run/walk USATF certified course with chip timing through the beautiful back roads of scenic North Stamford. Register here! Sign Up All money raised by the race will benefit Inspirica, a Stamford based nonprofit organization. Inspirica’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain- permanent housing and stability in their lives. Over the past five and one half years Inspirica has made 905 job placements and moved 801 men, women and children from homelessness to independent, dignified lives in the community. Back by popular demand is the option for dog owners to run or walk with their dogs. The post-race Dogapalooza features fun and amusing dog activities and competitions.

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    St. Francis Opens Doors to Muslim Study Group

    St. Francis Church and Mark Lingle got some great coverage in The Stamford Advocate on May 2, 2016.  Read the article here:   CHURCH OPENS DOORS TO MUSLIM STUDY GROUP - The Advocate, 2016-05-02