outreach, MLK parade, chapel time
outreach, MLK parade, chapel time
The Franciscan
St. Francis of the Islands Episcopal Church
Wilmington Island -  Savannah, Georgia
First Sunday after Epiphany | 9 January 2019
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Remembering the Baptism of Jesus 
Every year, on the first Sunday after the Epiphany, we remember how John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the River Jordan. And this year it's Luke's turn to tell the story. The four evangelists reference the story differently, the same way we remember things differently. The important thing isn't the accuracy of our memories. It's what our memories aim us toward that matters. And in the case of our Lord's baptism, our remembering it aims us toward God's willingness to enter the depths of human experience, our joys and our sorrows.
In Children's Chapel this Sunday, we'll remember the story of Jesus's baptism and then pivot toward the story of Noah and the Ark. We'll make the connection, too, between the Church as its own holy ark sailing on the waters of life secure in the grace of Holy Baptism.
Children's Chapel will meet at 9 a.m. between the services. 

I hope to see you Sunday,
Lauren+

Outreach News

Outreach would like to request cash donations and/or peanut butter, jelly, cookies and cat food for our monthly delivery to the Homeless Communities.  Our Blessing Bag supply needs to be replenished.  We have some restricted funds designated for our blessing bags but we will always welcome money donations and/or appropriate items for the blessing bags such as small sized hand sanitizer, soap, wash cloth, shampoo, cream rinse, toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrush, mouthwash, hand lotion, protein sources, bottled water, pens, note pads, batteries or bug spray, as you are able to help.
Outreach will be preparing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Friday the 11th at 2 pm and will meet at the church at 8:30 am on Saturday the 12th to deliver them.
Linda Gernay, Chair


Parish Office closed on January 21st for MLK Day



Join the MLK Parade on MLK Day!

The Episcopal Diocese of Georgia has a float in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Parade in Savannah, GA, on Monday, January 21, 2019. The Diocese has participated since the event’s inception in 1985. We participate in the event by (1) marching in the parade with a float dedicated to the Diocese of Georgia, (2) holding a service of Holy Eucharist after the march at St. Matthew’s Church, and (3) hosting a concluding reception with a light lunch in St. Matthew’s Parish Hall. ALL are welcome to participate in these events.
 
The parade begins promptly at 10:00 AM from East Broad Street and East Liberty Street. The Diocese of Georgia's float and marchers will be somewhere in the vicinity of the East Broad Street Elementary School (400 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401) in the "middle of the pack.” Our float will have signs on it and, weather permitting, live musicians to lead us in song while we march. For a detailed map of the parade route, go to https://www.mlkingsavannah.com/blog/parade-route.
 
Try to gather there no later than 9:30 AM. Dress appropriately for the weather since the march takes at least one hour. It is difficult to park near the starting point so plan to walk or arrange to be dropped off. Some St. Matthew’s parishioners may be able to shuttle people from the church parking lot to the parade starting point.
 
The parade concludes in front of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1401 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Savannah, GA 31415. We will proceed directly into the church to begin a service of Holy Eucharist. The liturgy should begin between 11:00 and 11:30 (depending on our position in the parade). Immediately following worship, join us for a reception in the St. Matthew’s Parish Hall. Those who are unable to join us for the march are still welcome to come to worship and the reception. 

News from our diocsean youth missioner:

The 2019 Diocese of Georgia Youth Mission Trip
Appalachia Service Project: Warmer, Safer, Drier
Who: All Diocese of Georgia Youth currently in Grades 8-12
When: July 13-20, 2019 and a REQUIRED RETREAT April 5-7, 2019
Cost: Estimated cost is $900. Financial Aid is available! We do not want anyone to be unable to make the trip due to financial concerns. Please contact Joshua Varner about financial aid.
What are we doing?
We will be working on making homes warmer, safer, and drier for families in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee. Our group will be hosted by the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). ASP was founded in 1969 and it hosts, and coordinates the work of mission teams each summer and throughout the year. We will stay at one of ASP’s summer centers together with other groups and each day our work teams will go out to our assigned families and work on their houses. The specifics of our work will be based on our groups’ collective skills and talents, on what has been done by other teams in the weeks before we get there, and on what will be the most helpful for us to do for the families we will serve. We may be roofing, working on flooring, painting, or other projects entirely! We will know much more about our work before the trip begins.
An ASP Trip is not a luxury experience. We will be sleeping on air mattresses or on the floor, depending on what you bring with you! But this kind of trip is an incredible opportunity to live out our baptismal Covenant, to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving [our] neighbor as [ourself].”
Annual meeting 
The Annual Meeting of our parish will take place Sunday, January 27th. At that time the Vestry will present our 2019 Budget. We will hear from parish committees on their work to date and needs for next year, and elect new members to the Vestry The current nominees are Bruce Riner, Steve Westgate, Mike Rowland, and Charlotte Dixon. There will be one service that Sunday, set for 9:30 a.m., followed by the Annual Meeting, followed by our customary Fried Chicken Brunch in the Parish Hall. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. 
If you are a committee chairman, please email your annual report to Elva. She will be compiling all reports in a booklet for distribution at the meeting. At that time, we will elect  new members to the Vestry.

 THE BOOK OF EXODUS
Our Tuesday Scripture class will continue on January 15th.  
Education class room.
Time: 10:45-11:30
A study of Exodus will  continue on Tuesday mornings at 10:45 a.m. Please join us at 10:00 a.m. for the Holy Eucharist.
All are invited.                                                                                    Renie Muhvich
CHURCHKEEPING DETAILS
CHURCH LOCKUP: January: Teri Sandford
Sign up lists are in the parish hall for altar flowers, sanctuary candles, and refreshments.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:  Announcements for the Sunday bulletin and/or this newsletter should be in the office no later than noon on TUESDAY.  Call 912-897-5725 or email admin@stfrancisislands.org
OTHER DATES ON THE CALENDAR 
January 9: 6:00 p.m. Outreach meeting
January 15: 10 am Holy Eucharist  & Healing Service, commemorating St. Aelred
January 15: 10:45 a.m., Scripture Class (see above)

January 21: Annual MLK Parade; School holiday, Parish Office closed

January 27: Parish Annual Meeting, ONE SERVICE, 9:30 am (see above article) 
February 9 Vestry Retreat, Living in the Light of Candlemas (with reruns of Groundhog Day)
February 15-16: Honey Creek Creekfest
February 19: Savannah Convocation Clericus at St. Francis of the Islands, Noon


ROTA FOR FIRST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY, JANUARY 13
Celebrant & Preacher: the Rev. Lauren Byrd; Deacon the Rev. Geri Nelson; Organist: Irina Gorb; Choirmaster: Lowell Roberts; The St. Francis Choir: Anne Acker, Gretchen Bateski, Rowan Carter, Charlotte Dixon, Mary Ann Gephart, Misty Graham, Bruce Nead, Ellen Reis, Carolyn Simmons, Joyce Tinsley, Sally Welch, Thad Welch, Marilyn Williams; LEM:Arthur Duncan, Gordon Taylor; Reader: Arthur Duncan, Traci JenkinsAcolytes: Ben Adams (8:00), Abby and Sydney Brown, (10:15); Ushers: Brian Kastick, Curtis Smith, Mike Rowland; Greeters: Jeanette and Arthur Duncan, Linda and Nestor Gernay; Altar Guild: Linda Gernay, Sue Avery, Karen Murrin; Nursery: Brea Yates, Therese Nelson.
Readings  are available at The Lectionary Page

St. Francis of the Islands | 590 Walthour Rd  | 912- 897-5725
The Rev. Lauren Flowers Byrd: lauren.flowers.byrd@gmail.com, 912-398-9847
Elva Wright (parish administrator): admin@stfrancisislands.org
The Rev. Geri Lee Nelson (deacon)
Vestry: Glenn Miller (Senior Warden), Teri Sandford, (Junior Warden), Langley Meredith, Dustin Hartley, Serena Nasworthy, Lowell Roberts, Curtis Smith, Gary Sullivan, Wendy Walmsley; Treasurer: Robert Brown; Clerk of the Vestry:  Kathy Riner
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