Holy Eucharist Sunday service is at 10 a.m. at 616 Stockell Drive, Eureka, MO. Office: 210 S.

Central Avenue, Eureka, MO 63025 Phone: 636-938-3733 Website: www.St.FrancisEureka.com Vicar The Rev. Sally S. Weaver Phone No.s: Home: 636-938-7773 Cell: 314-651-3836 Bishop’s Committee: Bob Champlin, Sr. Warden, Paddy Wrob, Jr. Warden; Kathleen McDonald, Clerk; Michael Booker; Richard Mayfield; Cassie Eckhardt; Barb Sacco; Jack Lauless; Judy Cody Suzanne Jones, Treasurer. Annual Meeting An Annual Meeting is held each year at the end of January at which new Bishop‘s Committee and Convention Delegates are elected. St. Francis‘ Episcopal Church is a mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. The Chalice is the newsletter of St. Francis‘ Episcopal Church, Eureka, and is published at least 10 times per year. Submissions for The Chalice are due approximately the 20th of each month and may be e-mailed to the Office at stfranch@sbcglobal.net.

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St. Francis’ Episcopal Church Eureka MO March 2012

The Pastor’s Corner

God…made us alive together in Christ – Ephesians 2:4-5 This morning the earth smells like spring. The sound of birds, praising the promise of new life, fills the air. At St. Francis‘ we too are full of new life. We are growing because we focus on Christ -- on our care for those in need, on our trust in God, on our common life. Our mission statement sums up what we are about at St. Francis‘: Growing in Service, Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ, Come Grow with Us! Twice over its 20-year history St. Francis‘ has been where we are today – attendance in the 50s on Sundays -- and within a year of meeting that milestone attendance had returned to the upper-30s/lower-40s range. For almost all of its history St. Francis‘ has been in the range of 35-40 in worship on Sundays. This time we are changing that pattern. This time we will continue to grow. Growth is inherently unsettling. Long-established ways of doing things no longer apply. With the rearranged worship space, even something as simple as finding our usual seat is no longer possible! St. Francis‘ is not the church it was 2 years ago, thanks to the new faces, new ministries, and new energy that‘s been introduced. St. Francis‘ won‘t be the church it is today in 2 years‘ time. Change is anxiety-provoking. Old ways no longer work, but new ways may not yet be established. Often during periods of growth there‘s an increase in conflicts; feelings escalate. That‘s a natural, normal reaction to
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In this Issue
Adult Forum Calendar, p 3;
Attendance Statistics, p 3; Birthdays/Anniversaries, p 15; Bishop’s Column, p 6; Bishop’s Committee Retreat, p 16; Book Group, p 18; Bulletin Board, p 19; Calendar, p 17; Calendar for Vicar on Line, p 2; Children’s Reflections, p 15; Christian Life Model, p 9; Contacting the Vicar, p 2; Crafternoons, p 5; Daylight Saving time, p 4; Discretionary donation, p 11; Eureka Fun Day for Seniors, p 10; Financial Update, p 19; Goals 2012, p 8; Greening St. Francis’, p 13; Holy week offerings, p 11; Holy Week Quiet Day, p 4 Humor, p 16; Mardi Growl update, p 5; Newcomers Dinner, p 11; Pastor’s Corner, p 1 & 2; Pet Blessing planning, p 11; Planning Calendar, p 7; Plea from Community, p 14; Prayer for St. Francis’, p 19; Prayer list, p 12; Recipe of the Month, p 16; RSVP, p 18; Upcoming Events…., p 4;  Ministry Fair  Week of Guided Prayer Spiritual Offerings for the Week, p 15; Spring retreat, p 5; Stewardship Thought, p 5 & 15; What to give up for Lent, p 11; Worship Schedule, p 18; Youth Group, p 12.

uncertainty. It‘s likely that we‘ll see this at St. Francis‘ – more complaints, strong feelings over seemingly minor issues. Let‘s please be gentle with each other when this happens. Let‘s openly talk with one another about what we‘re thinking and feeling. Honest, open communication is the best antidote to anxiety. God‘s mission for the church is to reconcile us to God and one another. We can practice that within our faith community through careful listening and respectful talking. We will love one another through the rough patches. Successfully resolving conflicts will make our relationships that much stronger. When we‘re made alive in Christ we grow and bloom in unpredictable and unplanned ways. We are trusting in the Holy Spirit at St. Francis‘ and that means we‘re in for a wild and glorious ride. The Spirit blows where it wills, outside human control. With Christ before and beside us, our future will be grand. But it is unknown. We walk by faith, not by sight, trusting in God‘s never-failing goodness.

Pastor Sally†

The Vicar’s Calendar is On-line
Pastor Sally‘s calendar is on our website, www.stfranciseureka.com. Select ―Calendar,‖ then ―Vicar‘s Calendar.‖ It‘s the only calendar Pastor Sally uses, so it is complete and up-to-date.

Contacting Pastor Sally
If you call or e-mail Pastor Sally and she doesn‘t respond, please let her know. The best number to call is her cell phone: 314-651-3836. Remember that there‘s a middle initial, ―S‖, in her e-mail address: SallySWeaver@yahoo.com. She wants to respond quickly, so please let her know if that‘s not occurring.

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Here is the schedule of offerings at the Adult Forum on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for the first part of 2012. The entire Adult Forum calendar for 2012 is on our website at www.stfrancisereka.com — select ―Christian Education/Formation‖, ―Adults‖:
March 4 March 11 March 18 March 25 April 1 April 8 April 15 April 22 April 29 May 6 May 13 May 20 May 27 June 3 June 10 June 17 June 24 July 1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 Vicar's Forum -- quarterly goal review Ministry Fair Marcion Constantine Athanasius and Arius Easter brunch Strategic planning for St. Francis', part 1 Strategic planning, part 2 Strategic planning, part 3 Strategic planning, part 4 Strategic planning, part 5 Strategic planning, part 6 Strategic planning, part 7 David "Mass in the Grass" and picnic Vicar's Forum -- quarterly goal review Solomon Patriotic sing-along Women of the Bible: Ruth General Convention (national church) 2012 Women of the Bible: Judith Women of the Bible: Jezebel

Adult Forum Calendar

Sunday Attendance Statistics
2011 5 Epiphany 6 Epiphany Last Epiphany Ash Wednesday 1 Lent 58 58 48 19 50 2012 70 50 51 17 61

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Upcoming Events
Ministry Fair, March 11th
Something Just for You! St. Francis‘ second annual Ministry Fair will be here soon. A ministry fair is a one-stop shopping experience for members, new and old, to learn more about ministry opportunities currently available in the parish. Knowing each of us is called to do something that both advances the kingdom of God and also, in some way, makes our hearts sing, ministry leaders have set up an opportunity to explain what we do, and to invite new members to join in. Many members of the congregation have questions about parish ministries that they never seem to find time to ask: Do you have to take a test to be a lector? How can you ever remember what goes where when you‘re setting up the altar? How often do we do highway cleanup and how hard is it? Can the craftchallenged go to Crafternoon? Can the prayerchallenged participate in Monday Prayer or RSVP? What is RSVP? And what‘s with Miss Stevie carrying wine to church in brown paper bags? If these or other questions about the ministries of St. Francis‘ have arisen in your soul, there‘s a place to find the answers and a place to see if maybe you are called to one or more of them. Plan to attend the annual Ministry Fair on Sunday, March 11th during the adult forum session.

9:00 a.m. and conclude with Eucharist at 12:30. Join us for this quiet time and give yourself the gift of time. Bring a bible, paper, pencil; a light snack will be provided. The Rev. Susan Skinner will lead the meditations and guide the day. The cost is $20 per person which may be paid at the event.

Week of Guided Prayer held at St. Martin’s, Ellisville
What is it? It‘s a retreat in everyday life, a way of exploring different ways of praying, an opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced prayer guide. The Week of Guided Prayer begins on Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. at St. Martin‘s with a group gathering of all participants. Throughout the week the retreatants spend 30 minutes a day in private prayer and then meet confidentially with an experienced prayer guide for 30 minutes each day. Meeting with the prayer guides occur either in the afternoon or evening, at your convenience, at various locations within St. Martin‘s. All participants gather together for a closing celebration on Saturday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. If you haven‘t registered you may still attend and you may participate in the retreat even if you can‘t attend the opening or closing gatherings. You can register by calling the parish office at 636-938-3733. There is no registration fee, but retreatants are invited to share the cost (approx. $44) as they are able. For more information, visit www.weekofguidedprayer.org.

“Keeping a Holy Holy Week, Quiet Day
Confluence: A Center for Spirituality offers a Quiet Day, Saturday, March 31 Mercy Center, 2039 N. Geyer Road, St. Louis 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Prepare to enter Holy Week by spending some time walking quietly through the sacred gardens of our creation, redemption and salvation — the Garden of Eden, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden of the Resurrection. The day will provide opportunities for meditation, reflection, prayer, and silence in anticipation of the blessed time that lies ahead. We begin at

Get ready to lose an Hour’s Sleep!
It‘s time to ―spring forward!‖ Daylight saving time begins un March 11. Don‘t forget to turn your clock forward one hour before going to bed on Saturday night. You don‘t want to be late for worship on Sunday!

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Mardi Growl, 2012
Who says Soulard has it all? On Sunday, February 19th, Eureka held its second annual Mardi Growl party and pet parade, and St. Francis‘ was there. The Blessed Creatures Boutique was a hit among the stylish pets and pet owners at the parade. Thanks to Debbie Pizzella and Dan Meredith who organized the event and set up our booth; to Debbie, Sally Hader, Kyra Jordan, Sylvia Ahmed, Carly and Bob Champlin, Al and Gina Nessel, and Kathleen McDonald who sold pet accessories and green-bags; to Susan Meyer for providing us with a warming hut inside Susie Q Quilting and to Judy Cody for buying coffee for the staff. A special tail-wagging thank you to Lily Hader, CJ and Zach Weaver, and Amber Bernert for giving us a proud-of-our-pets presence in Eureka.
Submitted by Kathleen McDonald

Payday Loan Interest Rates
Missourians for Responsible Lending is a statewide effort to end 400% interest rate loans. Right now, payday lenders in Missouri are charging an average of 444% interest—and can legally charge as high as 1950%! Missouri has more payday lenders than Starbucks, McDonalds & Walmarts combined! Together, we can change this through a citizen‘s initiative on the 2012 ballot, asking voters to say ―yes‖ to capping the rate of payday, car title, and other high cost loans at 36%. You can help restore the financial security of Missouri working families, seniors, veterans, and others by publicly endorsing the campaign to say that 400% interest is too high. Visit MOResponsibleLending.org

Crafternooner Lunch
The women of Wednesday Crafternoon are planning to share a St. Patrick‘s Day lunch at the Parish House at noon on Wednesday, March 14th. If you are home on that day and would like to join us for lunch (and/or crafting or not!), please contact Carly Champlin or Sally Hader. Everyone is welcome!

Day of Spiritual Retreat, March 24
Come be refreshed and renewed by God‘s tender loving care for you. When: Time: Where: Lunch: Saturday, March 24 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shaw Nature Reserve-Gray Summit, Dana Brown Center Sandwich and chips provided Bring your own beverages and snacks. $15/person Kristie Lenzen, a member of St. Francis‘ Church, has a M.A. in Pastoral Studies

Cost Presenter:

Dress: Comfortably Call the office (636-938-3733) to reserve your spot and so we know how much food to bring.

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Lent
Some more thoughts about Lent, continued from last month’s note about this holy season, with some specific suggestions this time. Rest. Benedict Reid, monk of St. Gregory‘s Abbey in Three Rivers, Michigan (and formerly abbott of that community) contends that sheer exhaustion is a major spiritual issue of the age. A frequent spiritual counsel to those making retreat at the abbey? ―Sleep for twenty-four hours. Then come talk to me.‖ The parenthesis-time offered by Lent can be a gift in our overadrenalized existence. Read. Scripture is a norm for Lenten reading, but anything scripture-inspired also fits the season. I typically read biography during Lent, and I can commend Stanley Hauerwas‘s Hannah‘s Child: A Theologian‘s Memoir and Eric Metaxas‘ Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I have read them both, and they make for excellent spiritual nourishment. Give up something good, for the sake of something better. I am not of the mind that Lent should hurt—though I do think simplicity is a byword for the season. The thoughtful simplifying we might do during Lent can spill over into the rest of the year, and living more simply can effect the conversion of life to which we are continually called. What might one give up? Elaborately prepared meals, television time, computer time, shopping time—that sort of thing. And for what reason might one give up such things? Not so that it will hurt—but so there might be time to do something better. (Like Rest or Read, above. Like Pray or Repent or Be Together, below.) Pray. It‘s obvious—and it must be said. Lent gives a good season to rest in God‘s presence, alone and together, and to storm the throne of God with the hopes and needs of this aching world. Repent. Too often we get caught up in the listing of sins without dealing with root issues in our broken lives. Lent says, Deal with them. And accept the new possibilities for life offered by God in Christ Jesus! Lent is not about beating ourselves up, as if God might be impressed by our doing so. Lent is about naming root issues of sin—and moving on to celebrate forgiveness. The Rites of Reconciliation, beginning on page 446 of the Prayer Book, give some structure for considering these root issues of human sin. You might even consider arranging to use one of these two rites. I know, I know. ―Private confession‖ has many negative connotations around it. But it is a grace offered within our church—not required. It is a grace that goes under-utilized. Be Together. Too often the fragmented manner of living in our time leaves precious little time to enjoy the benefits of a community, of life together. So take the time. Renew friendships. Write letters. Drink coffee. Sit in the den with family. Invite friends over for one of those simple meals you will cook during the season. Above all, have a good and holy Lent, in the community of believers.
Bishop Wayne Smith March 2012

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St. Francis’ 2012 Planning Calendar
January
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Strategic Planning during Adult Forum – April 15 - May 27 Concerts on Central – Apr 20 Trinity hot lunch – April 29 Adopt-a-Highway

Vicar‘s vacation – Jan 2-13 Confirmation classes – Jan 16, 23 Annual meeting – Jan 22 Bishop‘s visit (3 baptized, 4 confirmed/received) – Jan 29 Diocese/Natl Church forms: Parochial report, list of BC members, sexual misconduct

May
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Strategic Planning during Adult Forum – April 15 - May 27 Book Club – May 17 Concerts on Central – May 18 Pentecost – May 27 Begin door-to-door evangelism Doorways collection ends Eureka Food Pantry drive for special needs Bishop‘s Committee meeting: Committees & goals review

February
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Super Bowl Sunday – UTO gathering (do this in 2013?) Bishop‘s Committee retreat – Feb 17-18 Mardi Growl – Feb 19 Ash Wed. @ 6:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. – Feb 22 Begin knitting scarves and shaken baby syndrome hats

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―Mass in the Grass‖ (social) -- Jun 10 Concerts on Central – Jun 15 Vicar‘s forum, goal review – Jun 17 Vicar‘s vacation – June 23 – July 5 Tutoring ends for the summer

March
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Leadership Conference at St. Martin‘s – Mar 3 Vicar‘s forum, goal review – Mar 4 ―Week of Guided Prayer‖ with St. Martin‘s – Mar 4-10 Ministry Fair – Mar 11 Book Club – Mar 15 Day of Spiritual Retreat at Shaw Nature Reserve – Mar 24

July
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School supplies/shoes collection begins – July 15 Book Club – July 19 Concerts on Central – July 20 Camp Phoenix – July 29 – Aug 4 Trinity hot lunch – July 29 Adopt-a-Highway

April
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Palm Sunday – Apr 1 Seder meal – Tues., Apr 3 Tenebrae @ 7 p.m. with soup & bread; invite Ascension – Wed., Apr 4 Maundy Thursday @ 7 p.m. (Lodge) and Vigil afterwards (parish house) – Apr 5 Good Friday @ noon & 7 p.m. – Apr 6 Easter – Apr 8 Easter egg hunt – Apr 8

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Concerts on Central – Aug 17 Float trip at St. Clair School supplies/shoes distribution Tutoring starts Bishop‘s Committee meeting: Committees & goals review

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United Thank Offering collection

tree lighting – Nov 24
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September
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Adopt-a-Family begins (Youth Group) Nominating Committee formed Adopt-a-Highway Bishop‘s Committee meeting: Committees & goals review

Vicar‘s forum, goal review – Sep 2 Eureka Days – Sep 7-8 Book Club – Sep 20 Trinity hot lunch – Sep 30

December
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October
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Advent begins – Dec 2 Vicar‘s Forum, goal review – Dec 2 Diocesan Lessons & Carols – Dec 9 Youth Group: Wrap gifts for Agape House – Dec 5 Adopt-a-Family ends Budget for 2013 Christmas Eve & Day Trinity hot lunch – Dec 30 Vicar‘s vacation – Dec 31 – Jan 11

Pet blessing – Oct 6 Stewardship program begins – Oct 15 Lunch and fun at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch – Oct 20 Oxfam lunch for World Food Day – Oct 21 Social at Judy Cody‘s – Oct 27 Eureka‘s Howl-O-Ween

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Eureka High School Craft Show – Nov 3 (?) All Saints‘ – Nov 4 Stewardship brunch – Nov 11 Book Club – Nov 15 Diocesan Convention in Columbia, MO – Nov 16-17 Scarves and shaken baby syndrome hats distribution – Nov 18 Ingathering of groceries – Nov 18 Thanksgiving Eve – Nov 21 Shopping with St. Nick, Christmas caroling, Eureka

January 2013
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Reports for annual meeting written Annual meeting – Jan 20 Adult Forum schedule Community Services Ministries schedule Eureka Chamber of Commerce Trivia Night Report for Diocese and National Church: Parochial report, sexual misconduct forms, list of Bishop‘s Committee members, etc.

St. Francis’ 2012 Goals
What 1. 15% increase in Average Sunday Attendance (ASA) 2011 ASA = 47 2012 ASA goal = 54 2. 15% increase in membership 2011 membership = 84 2012 membership goal = 97 3. Being able to pay the Vicar for 7.5 units (3/4 time) in 2013 4. Establishing a visitor/new member incorporation process, ensuring appropriate ―contact points‖ and a welcome for all by year-end by year-end Actual by year-end

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The Christian Life Model
Worship
Holy Eucharist

Action
Stewardship

Service

Evangelism

Service – Community Service Ministries
Daily offices Personal devotions

 Scarves and shaken baby syndrome hats  Trinity hot lunch on 5th Sundays  Adopt-a-Highway  Adopt-a-Family during the holidays  School supplies/shoes collection & distribution  Eureka Food Pantry  Doorways items for new residents  Community Room use – Daisy Troop, AlAnon, AA  Wednesday Crafternoon  Tutoring program  Pastoral Care Stewardship  Green initiatives, including community garden  ―New Consecration Sunday‖ – Nov 11 Evangelism      Hospitality on Sundays Newcomer dinners, newcomer gift Name tags Pictorial directory Communications – Website, Chalice, brochure, signs  Forum dinners  Door-to-door evangelism

 Sundays at 10 a.m.  Monday prayer group at 5:30 p.m.  RSVP (Robe & Slippers Virtual Prayer) – last Tuesdays at 8 p.m.  Special services: Ash Wed., Holy Week, Easter, Christmas, All Saints‘, Pentecost, Thanksgiving Eve  Healing – 4th Sundays  Compline following the Book Group  Lenten Week of Guided Prayer – Mar 4-10  Day of spiritual retreat – Mar 24  Pet blessing – Oct 6  Mass in the Grass – Jun 10  Diocesan Advent Lessons & Carols  ―Forward Day by Day‖ booklets  Altar Guild, ushers, acolytes, chalice bearers, lectors, bread makers, banner committee, tellers, sacristans, choir

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Doctrine
Scripture

 Eureka Chamber of Commerce  Eureka High School Craft Fair  Pet blessing  Mardi Growl  Howl-O-Ween  Shopping with St. Nick & caroling – Eureka tree lighting  Ads, community-wide communications  Oxfam World Food Day lunch  United Thank Offering Administration/leadership/management  Bishop‘s Committee  Finances  Personnel, staffing  Buildings, grounds

Tradition

Reason

 Adult Forum on Sundays at 11:30 a.m.  Friday morning Bible study  Children‘s education on Sundays during service (until the Eucharist)  Nursery  Diocesan Youth events –Camp Phoenix  Youth Group  Confirmation class (in 2012)  Book Club Oversight
Administration Leadership/Management

Do you have the luck of the Irish?
A Fun Day for Seniors

Come to lunch and see if you can find the Pot of Gold! Join us for a corned beef lunch and the Irish Dancers from Holy Infant Church. Be sure to wear your Green or you might get pinched! Thursday, March 15th, 11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Transforming Community

Spiritual guidance

Eureka Community Center Cost: $5.00 Please register by March 13th To register or for more information call Ann at 636-938-6775

Spiritual Guidance  Ministerial alliance  Pastoral care to those outside our congregation – e.g., Vicar‘s disc. fund Transforming Community  Concerts on Central  Eureka Days

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Tim Phillips of Assured Automotive 19 West 5th St., Eureka
Tim Phillips, owner of Assured Automotive, has once again provided a significant donation to the Vicar‘s discretionary account. I use the Vicar‘s discretionary account to provide emergency funds for people in crisis. Typically the money is given to people outside the congregation of St. Francis‘. Tim Phillips periodically gifts each pastor of the various churches in Eureka with a check to be used for helping people in dire need within the community. Tim serves as an example to all of us of what it means to be Christ in the world. Tim asks for nothing in return. In fact, he‘s somewhat embarrassed to be recognized for his gifts. So the following suggestion comes from me, Pastor Sally, not from Tim: When you need work done on your car, please consider taking it to Assured Automotive at 19 West 5th St. in Eureka. It‘s a way we can support Tim for all he‘s done on behalf of our neighborhood and God‘s world.
Submitted by Pastor Sally

other better. Newcomers‘ dinners are a regular part of our welcoming ministry, chaired by Sue Schmidt.

Holy Week Services in April
Holy Week is the 1st week in April. To help you plan, here‘s a listing of our worship services. All will be held at 616 Stockell Dr., the Masonic Lodge. Please consult the website for more details, www.stfranciseureka.com. Sunday, April 1 – Palm Sunday at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3 – Seder meal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 – Tenebrae at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5 – Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6 – Good Friday at noon and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 8 – Easter at 10 a.m.

Pet Blessing & Autumn Celebration Meetings -- 1st Thursdays at 7p.m.
The 1st Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the parish house (210 S. Central), Debbie Pizzella is hosting a meeting to plan the 2012 pet blessing & autumn celebration, which will be held on Saturday, Oct 6 this year. If you‘re interested in helping, please talk to Debbie and plan to attend the meetings. This community event honors our patron St. Francis‘, lover of animals and earth.

What to Give Up for Lent
Give up complaining – focus on gratitude. Give up harsh judgments – think kind thoughts. Give up worry – trust God to provide. Give up discouragement – be full of hope. Give up bitterness – turn to forgiveness. Give up hatred – return good for evil. Give up anger – be more patient. Give up pettiness – become mature. Give up jealousy – pray for trust. Give up gossiping – control your tongue. Give up sin – turn to virtue. Give up giving up – persevere.

Newcomers’ Dinner
On February 24, Sue and John Schmidt hosted a group of parishioners who are new to St. Francis‘ in their home for dinner and conversation. The large and lively group included some St. Francis‘ ―old-timers‖ as well. We‘re grateful to the Schmidts for providing such a comfortable venue for getting to know one an-

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Youth Group
On February 10, members of St. Francis‘ Youth Group and chaperones had a great day visiting the City Museum. Tom & John Bethany Don Bob Gail and Cody Margot and Teresa Lanie Joanne Brian Dennis Dan Oops — what did we do! Jimmy Margie Mike Evelyn Colleen Lincoln Connor Family of Craig Finnegan Sons of Paddy Wrob Granddaughter of Dale Herzberg Cousin of Debbie Pizzella Brother of Dan Merideth Sister and nephew of Cory Lawson Friend and friend‘s granddaughter of Brigitte Jung Friend of Paddy Wrob Friend of Patrick Wrob Friend of Michael Booker Friend of Michael Booker Parishioner Friend of Tony Weaver Friend of Sylvia Ahmad Sister of Paddy Wrob Cousin of Debbie Pizzella Coworker of Barb Sacco Son of coworker of Barb Sacco Friend of Dan Card Friends of Lori Scissors

Prayer List

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Consider this:
The term ‗repurpose‘ doesn‘t show up yet in Word‘s online dictionary, but I think it should. In fact, it should rank right up there with the other green ―re-‖ words like reduce, reuse and recycle. After all, the Style Network, HGTV and St. Francis‘ Church use ‗repurpose‘ all the time. On the Style Network, to repurpose an item is to transform it, to take it off the shelf of old lackluster stuff and give it new life as something else. One can, for example, take an unused necklace and repurpose it as a purse handle, giving a whole new life cycle to both the necklace and the purse. Repurposing the one saves both, at least for a while, from the trash bin. The knitters, quilters, card-makers and other crafters at our Wednesday Crafternoon know all about repurposing. Following a timeless tradition of using what you have, they are making a quilt for the church. Many quilts are made from good cloth repurposed from out-grown, out-worn clothing. Ours is made from some of that and some favorite fabric scraps from each of us. Each of us (according to the extent of our talents) contributes old fabric, old skills, and new energy to create a work of art and a piece of comfort. The quilt is still a work in progress, but that same group has created another icon of repurposing. And it‘s cute enough for the Style Network! I‘m talking about the Purina feed bags collected by animal-raising members of our congregation which are emptied, cleaned, twisted, turned, sewn, given handles and bases. Voila! The bags designed to carry animal chow have been repurposed as handle-bags for people to carry their groceries, their gym clothes, their shopping, or whatever they need to carry. We sell the bags in the Blessed Creatures Boutique to help raise money to fund our ministries.

I‘ve been thinking about those bags a lot lately. I am so proud of them and what they mean about the coming together of St. Francis‘ members‘ ministries! A bunch of old feed sacks have been transformed into cheerful, useful tote bags that will have new life way beyond the feeding of livestock. I was thinking of the re-purposed feedbags as a metaphor for the other transformations in our parish life. Making those bags is exciting and it‘s fun. There‘s real joy in sharing the finished product with the community. And of course it‘s way cool to take each $5 bill we earn and deposit them in our accounts to fund other ministries. But some of the repurposing, the transformation of those bags, is hard and even dirty work. Cleaning the bags is dusty, outdoor work and turning the bags inside out and back again takes more strength than most of us have. Cooperation and sharing of talents makes this simple-but-not-easy transformation possible. It also makes the process fun. Pastor Sally‘s sermon about change (6 Epiphany, particularly pp 5-6 http:// www.stfranciseureka.com/sermons.html ) reminded us that it can be more comfortable, easier, to leave things the way that they are. It can be a lot of work to take the gifts we share with one another and share them with more and more people. In tote bag terms, it might be uncomfortable to wash the dust off of our ways and to turn our processes inside out and then right them again. It‘s undoubtedly less comfortable to be the thing transformed than it is to be the one doing the repurposing, the one who has a plan and is acting on it. But it is the thing repurposed, the thing transformed that has beautiful, practical new life. It takes energy, planning, creativity and work to repurpose a feed bag or a congregation. Good thing we have God on our side!
Submitted by Kathleen McDonald

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Please Help Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome
We‘ve all heard on the news about babies who are seriously injured or die from ―shaken baby syndrome. Wool Gatherings, The Wallach House, 510 N. West Ave, Eureka, MO 63025, has submitted the following appeal for help in trying to prevent these horrible situations. If you would like to help, contact Wool Gatherings directly or perhaps talk with Kathleen McDonald of St. Francis‘ Crafters Group, for information.

We at Wool Gatherings have recently gotten to know Kara Rieger and Bill Weishaar. They had the unspeakable happen in July, 2011 when they lost their 13-month old daughter, Lily, after she was shaken at a home day care in Eureka. Kara, Bill, and Lily's aunt Kathy, came to Wool Gatherings to learn to knit so they can make hats for a project called "Click for Babies" Period of Purple Crying Campaign. The "Click for Babies" project is a grass-roots campaign operating in a number of states the United States and Canada. The project seeks to spread awareness about the Period of Purple Crying — the first five months of life when the amount of infant crying can become frustrating and overwhelming to caregivers. The campaign's ultimate goal is to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. You can learn more at clickforbabies.org. Wool Gatherings has decided to help Lily's parents by enlisting all the knitters and crocheters we know to help make purple baby hats. We are stocking a variety of purple yarns, we have baby hat patterns free of charge, and we are giving a 30% discount on all yarns purchased for charity knitting. Wool Gatherings will also serve as a drop-off site for the baby hats. Here's what you can do:  Knit or crochet as many newborn baby hats as you can. The hats need to be at least 50% purple -- any shade.  Spread the word to all the knitters and crocheters you know.  Drop off completed hats at Wool Gatherings between now and November, 2012. Wool Gatherings will get the hats to Lily's parents who will give them to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome to distribute the hats (along with information about the Period of Purple Crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome) to hospitals which will give them to as many families of babies born in November as possible. Thank you for your participation and support!

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Our Children’s Reflections on God and the Gospel
What is the Holy Spirit made of?  A whole bunch of other spirits.  A dove. What are special works that God has for us to do?  Clean up.  Loving people.  Do what your parents tell you to do.  Do what God tells you to do.  Be good to your best friend. I have a best friend who I be good to.  Go to church each Sunday.  Go because you celebrate the feast of Jesus.  My pants keep falling down. They‘re supposed to fit. What does it mean to fish for people?  Possibly looking for people to be your friend.  Give people food.  Getting people to talk to.  Jesus looks for people, poor people, to help them.  Everyone talks in public, once they‘re my age.  Even Presidents go to church. What sorts of things does Jesus teach?  To walk and to fish.  He taught the Gospel. Who is your neighbor? The Shirmishes. George, but we don‘t know the rest of
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St. Francis’ Spiritual Offerings during the Week
Mondays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. at the parish house (210 S. Central) we gather for prayer. We pray for the people of St. Francis‘, those who haven‘t joined us yet, those on our prayer list, the needs of our community, and the world. We close each session at 6:05-6:15 p.m. with Night Prayer. Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Parish House (210 S. Central) we study the Bible readings appointed for the upcoming Sunday. Please join us for these meetings whenever you can, whether weekly or once in a while. All are welcome.

Birthdays in March
Arlene Underwood, March 12 Cassie Eckhardt, March 14 Paddy Wrob, March 17 George Rasmussen, March 26

Anniversaries in March
Debbie & Steve Strathearn, March 5
Have we missed an important date for you or your family? Make sure the Parish Administrator has all the important dates for you in the church records.

his name. Whom do we love?  Friends, family, dogs, God, Jesus, ourselves.  In 2nd grade we learned the word ―JOY‖ means Jesus, Others, Yourself.  I lost track of time last night while trying to make bricks.  When our dog dies my dad says we‘re going to redo our wooden floors.  And he barfed two times.

Stewardship Thought
Lord, help us to give from our sustenance and not just from our surplus.

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Recipe of the Month
Cauliflower Pea Salad Ingredients:
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HOLY HUMOR
During these serious and troubled times, people of all faiths should remember these four great religious truths: 1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's Chosen People. 2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. 3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world. 4. Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store.

1 head cauliflower 1/4 cup chopped onion 1 pkg. frozen peas 1 pint mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. ranch seasoning 8 oz. shredded cheese 1/2 jar bacon bits

Directions: Break cauliflower in bite-size pieces. Layer cauliflower, onion and peas in 9x13 inch pan. Spread mayonnaise evenly over all. Sprinkle with salad seasoning, shredded cheese and bacon bits. Chill overnight, and toss before serving. Servings: Prep Time: Cooking Time: 9-12 15-20 Minutes 0 Minutes
Submitted by Sylvia Ahmad

April Chalice, Calendar & Worship Schedule
The deadline for the April Chalice, Calendar & Worship Schedule is March 25. If you have items for any of these publications, please send or e -mail to Maxine Heller in the parish office (stfranch@sbcglobal.net).

Bishop’s Committee Retreat February 17th and 18th, 2012.
Once every year the new and returning members of the Bishop‘s Committee meet with the Vicar to spend time in reflection, prayer and planning for the coming year. Although the Bishop‘s Committee does not have tons and tons of work to do, it is helpful to the committee members, the congregation and the vicar if we work together effectively, efficiently and enjoyably. The time spent in retreat is worth it! On Friday evening, March 17, the Bishop‘s Committee met at the Parish House where Kristie Lenzen led us in prayer, reflection and sharing of some of our spiritual journeys. It was a great time for new and returning members to know and care for one another more deeply.

Saturday was all about the practical, the logical, sequential, whole-to-part, crank-it-out planning work, setting goals, priorities and action plans for our little piece of God‘s Kingdom on Earth. It was exciting, effective, efficient and enjoyable. Thanks to Kristie, to Pastor Sally, to Bob and Paddy, our Wardens and warm, comfy thanks to our chef, Steve Strathearn. Where can you learn about the goals? Any or all of these venues will have more details:  this edition of the Chalice  the bulletin board downstairs at the Lodge  the Vicar‘s Forum, 11:30 a.m., Sunday March 4, after service and coffee.

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St. Francis’ Episcopal Church
210 S. Central Avenue Eureka, MO 63025

March 2012

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Please call or e-mail the Parish Office (stfranch@sbcglobal.net) with items for the calendar before the last week in each month to get on the following month’s calendar. Shaded area indicates days Maxine is in office, from 8 till noon, unless indicated otherwise.

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7 pm Pet Blessing meeting, parish house

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7-8:30 am AA, parish house 9:30 am Leadership Conf, St. Martin’s

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10 am Holy Eucharist-Lodge, Rite I 11:30 am Adult Forum Begin week of guided Prayer, St. Martin’s

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5:30 pm Prayer Group, parish house 6:30 pm Worship & Music mtg, parish house

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10 am Al-Anon parish house

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Office Closed Vicar’s Day off
12:30 am Crafternoon 6:30 pm Tutoring program

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10 am Bible Study, parish house

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7-8:30 am AA, parish house

End week of guided prayer, St. Martin’s

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saving time begins
10 am Holy Eucharist-Lodge, Rite I 11:30 am Adult Forum 5:30 pm Prayer Group, parish house

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10 am Al-Anon parish house

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Office Closed Vicar’s Day off
12:30 am Crafternoon 6:30 pm Tutoring program

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6:30 pm Book & Movie discussion group

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10 am Bible Study, parish house

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7-8:30 am AA, parish house

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10 am Holy Eucharist-Lodge, Rite I 11:30 am Adult Forum 12:30 pm Bishop’s Com meeting

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5:30 pm Prayer Group, parish house

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10 am Al-Anon parish house 6 pm Com & Mktg meeting, parish house

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Office Closed Vicar’s Day off
12:30 am Crafternoon 6:30 pm Tutoring program

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10 am Bible Study, parish house

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7-8:30 am AA, parish house 10-3 pm Spiritual retreat, Shaw Nature Reserve

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10 am Holy Eucharist-Lodge, Rite I Anointing Sunday 11:30 am Adult Forum

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Deadline
5:30 pm Prayer Group, parish house 10 am Al-Anon parish house 6-7 pm Daisy Girl Scout Troop, parish house 8:00 p.m. RSVP via Skype

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Office Closed Vicar’s Day off
12:30 am Crafternoon 6:30 pm Tutoring program

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10 am Bible Study, parish house

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7-8:30 am AA, parish house

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Worship Participant Schedule
Ministry
SACRISTAN

March 11-Mar
Rich Mayfield

2012 25-Mar
Rich Mayfield Michael Booker & Cristin Selle Michael Booker Kathleen McDonald Alex Branchfield

04-Mar
Jim Eckhardt

18-Mar
Jim Eckhardt Judy Cody & Kristie Lenzen Kristen Lenzen Kevin Selle Kyra Jordan

LECTORS INTERCESSOR CHALICE ACOLYTE/CRUCIFER ALTAR GUILD USHER

Alex Branchfield Kathleen McDon- & Sarah Branchald & Kevin Selle field Paddy Wrob Michael Booker Jerry Smith Stevie Sewell & Brigitte Jung John Schmidt Sue Schmidt Barb Sacco Rich Mayfield Stevie Sewell & Linda Doolittle

Sue Schmidt & Judy Cody & Jerry Jerry Smith Smith Rich Mayfield Suzanne Jones & Rich Mayfield Sylvia Ahmad

Bob Smith & Rich Mayfield Michael Booker

TELLERS HOSPITALITY/COFFEE HOUR

Arlene Underwood & Suzanne Bob Smith & Rich Jim Eckhardt & Jones Mayfield Bob Champlin Sacco Family Booker Family Schmidt Family

St. Francis’ Book Discussion Group
The next meeting of the Book Discussion Group will be Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. ―All endings are beginnings. We just don't know it at the time..." From Mitch Albom, the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, comes this long-awaited follow-up. An enchanting, beautifully crafted novel that explores a mystery only heaven can unfold. In The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you've ever thought about the afterlife -- and the meaning of our lives here on earth. The Five People You Meet in Heaven is a tale of a life on earth. It‘s a tale of life beyond it. It‘s a fable about love, a warning about war, and a nod of the cap to the real people of this world, the ones who never get their name in lights.

RSVP
RSVP (Robe and Slippers Virtual Prayer) -- which is group Evening Prayer from our own homes using webcams and Skype -- will occur on the last Tuesday of the month at 8 p.m. Our next RSVP is March 27 at 8 p.m. If you‘d like to participate, please send an e-mail or talk to Jackie Selle (jkselle@sbcglobal.net), who hosts the call.

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Financial Update — January 2012
January 2012 Total Income Total Expenses Difference $ $ 10,145 10,911 (766) Budgeted for January $ 9,512 11,320 $(1,808) YTD 2012 Actual $10,145 10,911 $ (766) $ 11,359 1,660 4,302 26,000 3,246 1,330 YTD 2012 Budget $ 9,512 11,320 $ (1,808)

Checking Account—Rockwood Bank Balance in Edward Jones Money Market Balance in Diocesan Investment pooled fund-general Custodial account held by the Diocese Balance in Diocesan Investment pooled fund-Sp Growth Receivable from Pension fund

If you have further questions, talk to the Vicar. Pastor Sally values input and is happy to have a conversation at any time about St. Francis‘.

St. Francis’ In-Depth
If you would like more details about St. Francis‘ finances, the Bishop‘s Committee meetings, and the Vicar‘s activities, please see the bulletin board in the lower level of the Lodge. There you will find two month‘s worth of:
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Bishop‘s Committee meeting minutes; Monthly financial reports; Treasurer‘s commentary; Vicar‘s activity reports.

Additionally, on the Sunday immediately following the Bishop‘s Committee meeting which is on the third Sunday of the month, the financial results for the previous month will be reported in the bulletin insert.

Prayer for St. Francis’
We pray for the witness, renewal, and growth of our parish family. Living God, infuse us with your love. Enable us to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all whom we meet through our actions, our thoughts, our words. Make St. Francis' Church a place of invitation and welcome, a safe harbor and a beacon of the light of Christ. Amen.

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