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Special Service next Wednesday
by Rich Barber - Thursday, 11 December 2014, 01:18 PM
Dec 17 - 6p - Lessons & Carols followed by a Cookie Exchange!
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This Sunday - Trip to Good Shepard Church, E. Chicago
by Rich Barber - Thursday, 11 December 2014, 01:16 PM
Meet at our church at 4:30, Dec 14, to caravan to East Chicago, or meet us there if you know the way.
We will be bringing clothing donations, and, supper for after Evening Prayer service. Join us for a wonderful experience!
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All Saints Day
by Rich Barber - Thursday, 23 October 2014, 05:01 AM
All Saints Sunday - November 2, 11:15a

Make sure you have your calendars marked for All Saints Sunday on November 2. An annual favorite, come celebrate and remember the faithful who've gone before us and who call us to a greater life in Christ.

While not the focus of November 2, we'll also be collecting financial commitments for 2015 on that Sunday. If you haven't received a stewardship packet, then please reply to this email.

As is our custom at St. Francis, All Saints Sunday is combined with the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. Those who have been buried from St. Francis in the past year will be prayed for by name. If you have a name of a departed family member or friend you'd like to add to the list, then please submit the form available this Sunday, or, use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom left menu.
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Blessing of the Pets Wrap-up
by Rich Barber - Sunday, 5 October 2014, 05:08 PM
I want to thank everyone for all the help that made this year’s Blessing of the Pets so successful. I had my doubts about the turn out when it was snowing on the way to church but I was pleasantly surprised that so many pets and their owners came out in the cold weather.
It was nice to see so many from the congregation and to see that people from the community plan on this yearly and that others came for the first time after seeing our banner out front or the article in the paper.
Photos of the event at available in the "Photo Gallery", link is on the left side menu.
Thank you for helping to plan the event and for helping on the day of The Blessing.
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Blessing of the Pets
by Rich Barber - Wednesday, 1 October 2014, 02:49 PM
Continuing a tradition of many years, St. Francis’ Episcopal Church will have a Blessing of the Pets Saturday October 4th from 10:00am to 12:00pm on the church grounds at 237 E. Porter Ave., Chesterton (one mile east of Hwy 49). The event is open to all in the community who want to bring their pet to be blessed by Fr. Thomas Kincaid and presented with a St. Francis medallion. The pets should be appropriately leashed or confined.
The Porter County Animal Shelter (with a "No Kill" policy) will also be participating this year, bringing pets that are available for adoption. Donations to the shelter of canned dog/cat/puppy/kitten food will be accepted (see their web site for additional items:
Participating for the first time will be Best Buddies Pet Pantry. Best Buddies provides nourishment to the pets of individuals that are receiving state or federal assistance with the aim of keeping pets in the homes of their owners and not surrendering them to the shelter or abandoning them into the streets. They will be accepting donations to help keep the pantry filled during upcoming winter months. Their web site is
Refreshments will be served for dogs, cats and their human companions.
The Blessing event is held each year around the October 4th Fest day of St. Francis of Assisi, the 13th century patron saint of animals who was known for his love of all animals.

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