St. Francis Church

Sunday, August 18 was the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.  Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, 2 Corinthians 3:4 “our sufficiency is of God who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter but of the spirit.”  In this passage Paul is responding to a group in the church of Corinth who insisted that only those who followed Jewish law could be Christian and questioned Paul’s authority.  He discusses the difference between a religion of law promoted by the legalists and the religion of the spirit through Christ that he is preaching.

This was a busy week for several members of our congregation.  On Saturday Rita Fancher taught a workshop in acrylic painting at the Ava Art Guild where she is a lifetime member and has also been a painting teacher for many years.  She is also the head of the altar guild at St. Francis, in charge of keeping the altar appropriately appointed according to the church calendar.

Brian and Stephanie Connell were in New York over the weekend to visit their son Lincoln at West Point where he has finished his basic training and will begin classes as a cadet.  They were allowed to spend Sunday with him before he starts classes.

Also on Saturday, Chandler Connell came down from Springfield and we attended the Summerscape 2013 concert, an orchestra organized by Barbara Deegan, music teacher at the Ava Public Schools, with local people and members of the Springfield Symphony.  Chandler and I are both classical music lovers & have season tickets to the Springfield Symphony & we were impressed by the quality of the Summerscape musicians & both enjoyed the concert.

Services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church are Sundays at 10:30 AM & Wednesdays at 6:30PM.  Visit our website at