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Burn Your Own Steak Night, Nov 6

New date due to weather issues! Bring something to grill and a side or dessert to share. Meet at the pavilion at 6:30pm for a night of fellowship and good food.

Traditionally Yours

There are two Sundays in November on which the hangings are white—what a relief after the long, long, green summer. The first is All Saints’ Day, which actually falls on a Sunday this year, so no need to move it to the Sunday after November 1. In the Anglican Church, All Saints’ is one of nine principal feasts, but the Episcopal Church only has seven of them. (Candlemas and the Annunciation just didn’t cross the ocean well, I guess.) All Saints’ is also one of the four days in the year especially recommended for baptisms. It’s a big day! So Amy Johnson pulled together the bell choir again to play on a couple of the hymns, and the offertory anthem will feature not just the choir but a lot of

The traditions of the Day of the Dead, Nov 1 & 2

EndFragmenNovember 1, All Saints’ Day, and November 2, All Souls’ Day, are marked throughout Mexico by customs that vary widely according to the ethnic roots of each region. Common to all, however, are colorful adornments and lively reunions at family burial plots, the preparation of special foods, offerings (ofrendas) laid out for the departed on commemorative altars, and religious rites that are likely to include noisy fireworks. In most places, November 1 is for remembrance of deceased infants and children, or angelitos (little angels). Those who died as adults are honored November 2. From mid-October through the first week of November, vendors all over Mexico sell special accoutrements f

Exploring Eastern Religions, Nov 8th

Starting November 8, the Adult Christian Formation class moves beyond “People of the Book”— Islam—towards Asia. Asia’s ancient religious traditions take us outside the cradle of the monotheistic, Middle Eastern religions to India, Nepal, and beyond. We will now look at Buddhism and Hinduism. What are their origins, their core beliefs, their many varieties? Where are these religions primarily practiced, what cultural hallmarks are there in each, what is the day in the life of a Buddhist or Hindu? When we engage our neighboring Hindu and Buddhist neighbors, as well as the many refugees from Nepal surrounding St. Francis, to build community, we need to know these things. St. Francis parishioner

Second Tuesday Reading Group reads Delicious Foods, Nov 10th

This month the readers are discussing Delicious Foods by James Hannaham. This is the gripping story of three unforgettable characters: a mother, her son, and the drug that threatens to destroy them. Through Darlene’s haunted struggle to reunite with Eddie, through the efforts of both to triumph over those who would enslave them, and through the irreverent and mischievous voice of the drug that narrates Darlene’s travails, Hannaham’s daring and shape-shifting prose infuses this harrowing experience with grace and humor. Dawn Neumann (9534 Circle S Drive, Helotes; 695-4501) will host the group at 7 p.m. November 10. Everyone is welcome, but please let Dawn know ahead of time if you’re planning

Get Ready for Social Media Sunday, Oct 25th

A selfie in church? Why not? It’s time again to bring those phones and tablets to church, and post, tweet, and Instagram! On October 25, churchgoers across the country are going to be on social media, sharing what is going on in church that day. It is no coincidence that this is also Reformation Sunday. One of the key tenets of the Reformation was getting the word about God’s grace to everyone. Martin Luther did this by nailing his theses to the door, translating the Bible into the language of the people, preaching, and writing and distributing pamphlets. We follow in his footsteps by sharing the good news on social media. Social Media Sunday began in 2013 with Carolyn Clement at Trinity Epi

Chores and Chow Time, Oct 24th

Mark your calendar for the next Chores and Chow event, set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 24, at St. Francis. We had a great turnout of about 30 people at our last Chores and Chow in May, and really got a lot done to beautify and enhance our campus. Look for a sign-up sheet in the narthex for our next campus work day—it’s an opportunity to help with our property and to spend time with your friends! Activities on October 24 will include re-striping the parking lot; mounting a basketball goal and net; picking up leaves; cleaning gutters; and planting new plants for fall. We also will assess what indoor work is needed, for those preferring to help indoors. There are some good things happe

Adult Christian Formation class takes a look at Islam, starting Oct 11th

Starting October 11, the adult education class will step into the brave, new subject of Islam. Since this summer, we have advanced our understanding each week from individual to parish spiritual identity, then reviewed the transforming identity of the Episcopal church in America, and most recently we looked at 2,000 years of phases in Christian spiritual identity as outlined by Urban T. Holmes. With this strong foundation of self-knowledge, we should be better prepared to take the next step in understanding spiritual identities beyond Christianity. St. Francis Episcopal Church is an Episcopal, Christian church surrounded by immigrant populations from across the Near East and Asia. Muslim imm