Inreach includes the things we do for one another, in the name of Christ. Inreach activities at St. Francis Church include Altar and Flower Guilds, Lay Eucharistic Visiting, Home-Prayers, Greeters, Coffee Hour and more. By caring for each other, and making the St. Francis Community a safe, warm and welcoming place, we strengthen ourselves to be able to bring our gifts out to the wider community.
An easy way to get involved and help the parish is to purchase gift cards through our Scrip Gift Card Program. We buy gift cards from Great Lakes Scrip Center at a discount, and re-sell the certificates for full face value. Orders are placed about once a month. The discount, anywhere from 2% to 18%, is revenue to St. Francis Parish. Scrip gift card purchasers produce revenue by making regular household purchases they would make anyway. Groceries, clothing, toys, gifts, even gasoline can be purchased with Scrip. Popular participating retailers with the St. Francis community are: ACME, Lord& Taylor, Macy’s, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Walmart and Whole Foods. Check out the complete list of participating retailers HERE Contact Cathy Ostuw (email@example.com)..
Our volunteers teach 3-4 Sundays per year, from September to May, leading the K-6 Sunday School classroom from 10:00 – 10:40 a.m. The curriculum One Room Sunday School is used. The lesson and craft activities are pre-packaged; no advance preparation is necessary. Professional teaching experience is not required!
The Flower Guild
We glorify God and beautify our worship space weekly with a floral design on a pedestal next to the Altar (Easter and Christmas require all hands & clippers on deck!!). The special requests of those dedicating the flowers are honored. No special skills are required, just the joy of arranging fresh, often seasonal, plant material in whatever style the arranger chooses. If you are new to flower arranging you can work with an experienced arranger. The time commitment is about once every 4 – 6 weeks. The Flower Guild also provides flowers for the altar for the Sunday 8am services at the Historic Church.
Coffee hour is a welcome and welcoming tradition at St. Francis. It is held almost every Sunday after the 10 a.m. service at the Church and on the first Sunday of the month following the 8 a.m. service at the Historic Church. Hosted by volunteer parishioners who rotate the responsibility, it is a time to meet newcomers and to catch up with fellow parishioners while sharing snacks.
Altar Guild – Historic Church
The altar is set up on Saturday morning, and altar guild members take it down after the 8 a.m. Sunday service. New recruits work with an experienced volunteer. Contact Beazie Larned at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Altar Guild – Church
There is something very reverential about preparing the church for a Service. Guild members, typically a team of two, set up the altar before the 10 a.m., Sunday service and put it away after the service. Participation is on a monthly basis. There are step-by-step instructions along with photos located in a room adjoining the altar. Contact Claudia Bilotti (email@example.com)
Proclamation of the Biblical text is a centerpiece of worship services and provides the context for sermons. Lectors read the appointed first (Old Testament) and second (New Testament letters) lessons. During the summer, the lector leads the congregation in reading of a psalm. Contact Rev. Mark Lingle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Greeters make a first and lasting impression on newcomers or anyone who appreciates a warm hello at St. Francis. The most important function is standing out as a point-of-contact by offering a greeting before the service, being a friendly person to chat with during coffee hour, and answering any questions. Contact Jane Lazgin (jane.Lazgin@waters.nestle.com).
Lay Eucharistic Visitor Ministry
Part social, part spiritual, the Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) ministry is a wonderful way to connect with parishioners who are unable to join us for worship. Each week, two LEV’s bring bread and wine, blessed during services, to our shut-ins. While there, LEV’s hold a short service that includes communion. News of the parish, greetings from others, and any special intention requests are shared. The parishioners we visit are always happy to see us and never fail to express their profound gratitude. Contact Rev. Debra Slade (email@example.com).